|Sholing 1, West Auckland Town 0. The Vase comes south!|
And so they did...
|Pre-match souvenir hunting.|
Sholing FC (0) 1 v 0 (0) West Auckland Town AFC
Saturday May 10th 2014
FA Carlsberg Vase Final (at Wembley)
Attendance: 5,431 (approximately 3,000 from Sholing)
Colours: Red and white stripes / black / red and white stripes v Gold / black / gold
National Grid reference: TQ1985
|The roots of the arch.|
|Bobby Moore in silhouette.|
|South Today's Tony Husband and his cameraman film the fans arriving along Olympic Way.|
|Lewis Fennemore spots family and friends in the crowd as a man with an umbrella on his head walks past.|
|Reading out the teams before kick-off. "And at number 7 for Sholing...it's Barry Mason!"|
|Rain on the terraces at Wembley.|
Sholing 2, Manchester United 0.
There's a scoreline you don't see every day.
|They've only gone and scored! 1-0 to Sholing!|
Shall I do it again next season? Why not? I don't expect I'll be at Wembley again - Sholing won't be defending the Vase due to being promoted to the next level, where they will enter non-league's senior cup competition, the FA Trophy. But Alresford Town, Winchester City, AFC Portchester and Blackfield & Langley, amongst others, will fancy their chances. It could happen all over again. The draw for the first qualifying round will be in July, then it kicks off again on September 6th.
|Out comes the board for the official winners' photo opportunity (with obligatory champagne showers).|
|Capturing the trophy presentation on a camera phone.|
To the FA:
You spent how much on building Wembley Stadium? £650,000,000? Did it not occur to you to spend an extra few quid to extend the roof just a teensy-weensy bit further so that the plebs sitting in the front 30 or so rows don't get wet when it rains, as it very occasionally does in this country? Hmmm? Or at least put the fans who turn up for the Vase final in one of the upper tiers where they can keep dry. My coat is till sopping wet two days later.
I went to 30+ matches this season, and the only one I couldn't keep dry at was played at the national stadium. Think on.
|A souvenir foam hand, broken and forgotten on the Wembley steps.|
There will be an end of season roller round-up in a week or two. Until then, thanks to my regular readers for coming back here week after week. It's much appreciated.