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FA Vase: ‘Local friends’ Great Wakering Rovers and Romford meet in Wembley final

Written by on May 9, 2024

“The buzz is good – the excitement is happening now,” said Romford manager Dan Spinks.

“It is the first time it has really sunk in, because we have had other games going on and the nerves are starting to kick in.”

The match will be Romford’s first at Wembley since they were beaten 1-0 by Bromley in the FA Amateur Cup final 75 years ago.

The competition ran between 1893 and 1974 when the Football Association (FA) abolished amateur status.

“It is probably the only time I’ll get to Wembley, and probably the only time most of the players will get there, so we have to enjoy it,” added Spinks.

“Confidence has always been high. A lot of the players have played in leagues above this, but they know that you have to win your duels.”

Reaching the final also marks a proud moment in Patient’s career, given his dedication to football since starting out as a young coach at Barking in the Isthmian League in 1980.

“I’ve done 1,800 games or so. This is the pinnacle,” the Great Wakering chairman said.

“Some have said to me, including my wife: ‘Will this be your last game, because I don’t think you can ever beat this?’”

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