NEARLY one year ago to the day, Stags captain Adam Murray climbed the famous Wembley steps to lift the Blue Square Premier play-off winners trophy in a rather unhappy fashion.
Murray, then the club captain of Oxford United, had heart-breakingly been forced to sit out the U’s 3-1 promotion victory over York City after a back operation caused him to miss the second half of the season.
Now the influential midfielder, who is in his third spell at Field Mill, has another chance to lift a Wembley trophy for the club so dear to his heart, though that back injury has again returned to plague him over the past week.
“This is going to be an amazing experience for us and, from a personal point of view, it will be a very proud moment,” said Murray, “Lifting the FA Trophy would be an amazing experience and a moment you never forget.
“I lifted the trophy for getting promoted from the Blue Square Premier last season, but it was a hollow feeling because I was injured and didn’t take part in the game.
“Getting my hands on the trophy really didn’t feel as it should do. This year lifting the trophy would be a totally different feeling.”
Murray, who began his career at Derby County before moving on to Kidderminster, is also urging the loyal Stags fan to roar their side on to a famous victory.
“We will have lots of fans in the ground cheering us on and making a big noise which is going to give us a massive lift,”he said.
“I am pleased for the fans because they really deserve this day for staying with us through thick and thin and we hope we can make it a day to remember for them.”
And with the big game getting ever nearer determined Murray has already turned his thoughts to an historic day of glory for Stags.
Said Murray: “We have to play with drive, passion and to play our game. We want to be going up those steps as winners.
“We are here to win and it is hard not to think about winning the cup when I close my eyes or have a moments thought. It would be a tremendous day for everyone connected with Mansfield Town football club.”
After scoring twice and setting up the winner in an inspirational display against Gateshead, Murray missed the defeat Bath last weekend to get treatment on his back and returned to on Thursday.