STAGS shook off the disappointment of last night’s home defeat against Grimsby on Thursday as they soaked up some of the Wembley atmosphere ahead of their FA Trophy final date on 7th May, reports Stephen Thirkill.
Boss Duncan Russell, assistant manager Paul Hall, players Paul Connor, Louis Briscoe and Adam Murray, as well as chairman John Radford and chief executive Steve Barker were all at the national stadium as part of the official FA Trophy press day.
During the visit the squad toured the dressing room used by Stoke City in their FA Cup semi-final hammering of Bolton and climbed the famous Wembley steps, where they hope to lift the cup in just over two weeks time.
Darlington boss Mark Cooper as well as players from FA Vase finalists Coalville and Whitley Bay were also on hand during a baking hot day in North London.
Duncan Russell said: “It is a fantastic achievement to be in the final and one that we are all very proud of.
“The final will be an amazing occasion for the club and everyone connected with it. “We are really looking forward to the big day and will be going out there to enjoy the occasion and hopefully bring home the cup.
Influential winger Louis Briscoe said appearing at Wembley would fulfil a childhood dream.
“Being at Wembley is the stuff we all dream about,” he said. “We all watch the FA Cup final and England games and want to play at Wembley.
“It has been a long road for us since we turned out against Worksop at Ilkeston. We have been on a great run in the competition and cannot wait for the final.”
“There will be a great atmosphere on the day and it is good that we are hear today to take in Wembley ahead of the game. We want to reward our fans by winning the cup.”
Stags have so far sold more than 10,000 tickets for the big day and are set to outnumber their north east opponents as the town prepares to come out in force to back their heroes.
It will be the first time Mansfield Town has appeared at Wembley since the lifted the Freight Rover Trophy in dramatic fashion way back in 1987.