Play-off hero Matty Blair can’t wait to rediscover that special Wembley feeling with Fleetwood Town.
The winger scored the only goal in 180 minutes of semi-final football to send Town into a promotion showdown against Burton Albion a week today.
And having already played twice at the home of English football two years ago with vanquished semi-final foes York City, Blair is looking forward to going through the experience all over again.
“I’m fortunate enough to say I’ve played there already, twice,” he told The Gazette.
“It’s a special place. There are special feelings and special things happen there.
“I’m delighted for all the lads who haven’t been. We’ve got a couple who have but I’m sure they will all embrace it as much as I have.”
One team-mate for whom Blair believes it will mean more than anybody is Nathan Pond. The centre-half is in his testimonial season with Town, having begun his career at the club in the North West Counties League.
“It’s brilliant for Pondy,” said Blair. “He’s shown over this season just how well he’s adapted. The strength he shows on the pitch and off it ... he’s truly tremendous.
“Full credit to him – he deserves this more than anyone.”
Friday’s second leg at Highbury was a tense, goalless affair, and it seemed fate that former Minsterman Blair’s Bootham Crescent strike should seal it.
The 23-year-old added: “I don’t know about it being written in the stars but the lads worked superbly well over the two legs.
“Both performances defensively were absolutely solid. I don’t think they’d have broken us down if we’d played a third game
“It was always going to be a battle and they got so far by conceding very few goals. But we were solid as well. We scored and they didn’t.”
The winger knows how different things could have been had he signed a new contract at York City last summer
He said: “Look what can happen in a year. I could still have been a York player but now I’m delighted to be part of something special at Fleetwood and going to Wembley. It will be unforgettable.”
Having scored on both his previous visits (in the Conference Play-off final and FA Trophy final when York were still a non-league club), Blair will be keen to finish his first season at Fleetwood on a real high.
He said:“Do I fancy a hat-trick of Wembley goals? It would be brilliant, wouldn’t it? I’m sure there will be a lot of people from back home in Coventry there to support me – my family and friends.