The day my dream came true

The Non-League Football Paper - - NEWS -

MATT Bad­cock’s ar­ti­cle on the FA Vase (NLP,

Septem­ber 10) en­cap­su­lated the un­bri­dled joy which comes with longterm sup­port­ers who never dare dream that their team would stride out on the hal­lowed Wem­b­ley turf.

I saw it in 2016 as Mor­peth Town beat Here­ford in the Vase fi­nal but more per­son­ally when my team FC Hal­i­fax Town un­ex­pect­edly beat Grimsby Town 1-0 to win the FA Tro­phy.

I have been sup­port­ing Hal­i­fax for 75 years hav­ing seen my first match at the Shay in 1942. Since then I have prob­a­bly seen twothirds of the games and lots of away matches as well, even though I lived 40 miles away for 41 of those years!

Last May, I watched in awe with my wife, my son, my two grand­chil­dren and my daugh­ter, who had flown over from Tan­za­nia just to get to the game.

Even though Hal­i­fax had been rel­e­gated to National League North on the fi­nal day of the season, the FA Tro­phy fi­nal was a day never to be forgotten. NEVILLE LUMB

The Wir­ral

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