HAVING been there and done that on three occasions, Gavin Fell is hopeful Spennymoor Town can follow in the footsteps of Whitley Bay and Dunston UTS and win the FA Vase, writes STEVE BROWN.
At the very least, it might keep him in a job.
Fell was head coach of Whitley when they won three successive Vase titles between 2009 and 2011.
A subsequent spell as assistant to Steve Cuggy at Blyth Spartans proved ill-faited before the former member of Wimbledon’s ‘Crazy Gang’ joined Moors as Jason Ainsley’s assistant.
Ainsley has overseen three successive Northern League Division One championships, a feat which has been overshadowed by the Vase achievements of Whitley and, last year, Dunston.
However, Spenny take on Kent Premier League side Tunbridge Wells at Wembley today and Fell believes they are more than capable of finally adding the Vase to their trophy cabinet.
He said: “It’s bizarre, the lads are probably sick of me this season.
“They keep saying ‘put your league winners medals on the table’ and I keep saying ‘show me your Vase medals’.
“Jay has always said the league title is more important but I’ve seen a different side to him over the last two or three weeks.
“Now he knows he’s going to the final he’s been saying that this is the one which really matters!
“That’s just banter. In all seriousness, I know it’s one he wants to put to bed.
“Over the last three or four seasons they’ve dominated the Northern League and won the Durham Challenge Cups, the Cleator Cups.
“The one which has always escaped them is the FA Vase, so the fact we have got there is great for him, for the club and for the town.”
Fell added: “It’s long overdue but the lads will take it in their stride.
“ In the big games they’ve stepped up to the plate, and the one thing we’ve got here is good footballers.
“When they step out onto that pitch, it should suit them.
“If you can’t play on the pitch at Wembley, you can’t play anywhere, but I’m confident they’ll deliver.”