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Dreaming of a Wembley return
Monday 23rd March 2015 @ 12:23 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

A sense of nostalgia hangs heavy over Surrey Street.

Six years have passed since Glossop felt heartache at Wembley Stadium, but a lust to return is stronger than ever.

One man who knows what it will take to reach the penultimate stage in the competition is Captain Dave Young.

The club stalwart, who has made 414 appearances for the club, has become an integral part in Glossop’s success.

Having sampled a taste in 2009, the defender is hungry for more.

Reminiscing on his previous experience in the final, Dave told Chronicle Sport “I captained Glossop when we were previously at Wembley and the whole experience of playing there is just unbelievable.

“There were four or five of us playing for the side in that game who are still here now, so we know what potentially awaits us if we do reach the final.

“We honestly struggled to hear each other on the pitch because it was that loud and there were only 12,000 people inside the stadium.”

The dispiriting nature of losing the Final is a mutual feeling shared in the dressing room.

Succumbing to a 2-0 defeat during the final in 2009 were Kieran Lugsden, Tom Bailey, Sam Hind and Martin Parker.

Despite competing in the 9th tier of English football, Glossop are renowned for their vocal support.

Chris Willcocks men have been cheered on by crowds this season that far exceed the average attendance.

Described by Dave as ‘outstanding’, the Surrey Street faithful have more than played their part in the clubs upward trajectory. He added “The support this season has been brilliant both home and away and it will only get better if we continue to win games.

“We’ve taken 200 fans to some places this season which is amazing for a club of our size and they’ve really played a part in the clubs success.”

With great power comes great responsibility, but Dave, and his team mates, wouldn’t have it any other way. He added “Obviously a lot of people have been taking an interest in the club because of our decent run, but we’re not particularly bothered by that and the more support the better, in all honesty.”

Naturally, the player’s thoughts are preoccupied with a trip to Wembley Stadium.

According to Dave though, the league takes precedence.

Despite trailing Runcorn Linnets by 11 points, the skipper believes the momentum lies with the Hillmen. He said “Although we want to win the FA Vase, our main priority lies within the league and it’s important that we continue to keep the pressure on Runcorn by winning our games in hand.

“Cup competitions have been really good this season and it’s great that we’ve been able to get this far in the Vase for the fans.

“Although we’ve played a lot of cup games, they haven’t hindered our league performances yet and we’ve got a really good momentum going at the moment because of those wins.”

For a period last Saturday, it looked as if Chris Willcocks men were heading for defeat against Nelson.

However, Glossop stole all three points in the dying stages of the game thanks to Jason Carey and Captain fantastic.

Questioned on the importance of the win, Dave said “beating Nelson was a relief for everyone at the club because we didn’t play particularly well on the afternoon, but the most important thing was picking up the three points.”

The club followed last weekend’s victory up with another win on Tuesday night.

Glossop made the relatively short journey to Winsford United and returned to Derbyshire with a 4-1 win.

The squad will have wished for a similar journey this Saturday, but they will, however, be embarking on a mammoth journey to Cornwall. He added “We’re getting the coach to St Austell at 9am on Friday morning and we won’t be coming back until Sunday.

“Hopefully we can go and win the first leg so that Saturday night will be enjoyable for the lads and for those supporters making the long trip home.”

Tickets for the home leg of the semi-final have completely sold out.

The number of games to reach the final are falling, but expectations of a cup triumph are increasing.