FOR Louis Briscoe and his Stags team-mates, playing at Wembley in an FA final will be the completition of a boyhood dream.
Like many young lads up and down the country Briscoe, whose 118th minute strike in the second leg against Luton propelled Stags into the final, dreamed of scoring the winning goal at Wembley.
And on Saturday the former Port Vale man will have the chance to do just that as he turns ambition into reaity when he steps out onto the hallowed turf of the national stadium as Stags take on Darlington in the FA Trophy final.
“Playing at Wembley is the stuff that we all dream about,” said Briscoe, who capped a fine season by being named the Chad Readers’ Player of the Season.
“We watch the FA Cup final and England games and dream of playing at this stadium and to be here is an amazing feeling.
“It has been a long road for us since we faced Worksop Town at Ilkeston on that cold night in November. We have had some tough matches and done it the hard way having to play replays against Alfreton and Chasetown.
“We went on a great run in this competition and now we have to finish it off by winning the cup.”
And although Mansfield Town experienced a gruelling end to their faltering league campaign, the flying winger says his side will be all guns blazing during the showpiece occasion.
“We have played a lot of games in this competition and a lot of league games in close succession, but when we come out at Wembley there will be no thoughts of tired legs,” he said.
“The adrenalin will be running through us and the buzz of the crowd will drive us on.
“The nerves will play a part in the game, but we have to go out there and enjoy the day and the experience. There will be a fantastic atmosphere and it will the biggest game in our careers for some of the team.
“This is the certainly the biggest game of my career, the one before that was the Luton semi-final. We are thinking about the match, it is hard to put something like this out of your mind.”
Stags are set to be roared on by more than 13,000 fans as the town comes out in force in what they hope will be a repeat of that famous day back in 1987 when Mansfield Town defeated Bristol City on penalties in the Freight Rover Trophy final.