‘Brave, resilient, magical York City’

12 May 2012 @ 7.51 pm
| Sport
The magnificent Minstermen celebrate after the final whistle in the FA Trophy

Lifelong fan Robert Beaumont on a winning day at Wembley

All the pain, anger and frustration that have come with supporting dear old York City over the years are worth it for days like this.

Watching Gary Mills’ brave and resilient side lift the FA Trophy in the amazing surroundings of Wembley was magical. OK, City didn’t play brilliantly, especially in the first half, but we were worthy winners.

This was the perfect dress rehearsal for next Sunday’s crunch match against Luton and will have given all the players really useful confidence for a tough test.

Some already look at home at Wembley – Mclaughlin was superb throughout whilst Chambers and Gibson had excellent games too. Smith and Challinor grew in confidence as the match progressed and Blair scored a memorable goal. Parslow and Ingham put in great shifts, too.

We missed Kerr and Doig and we will have to step up a gear to beat Luton. But we can do it and, my goodness, I think we will do it. I can’t wait to be back at Wembley next week.

Pre-match nerves: City line up at Wembley. Photograph: YorkMix
City's fans ready for the fray. Photograph: YorkMix
Jason Walker, Ashley Chambers and Patrick McLaughlin tee-up a free kick. Photograph: YorkMix
City's flag flies over Wembley again. Photograph: YorkMix
Half time and it's scoreless. Photograph: YorkMix
City's fans were in great voice all afternoon. Photograph: YorkMix
The final whistle, and City have done it! Photograph: YorkMix
Smiles all round from the FA Trophy winners. Photograph: YorkMix
Champagne, anyone? Photograph: YorkMix
Drenched but happy. Photograph: YorkMix
The Minstermen salute the fans. Photograph: YorkMix
Jamie Reed gets his hands on the silverware. Photograph: YorkMix
It's not a dream, it's there in black and white. Photograph: YorkMix
Ashley Chambers and Daniel Parslow. Photograph: YorkMix
We'll see you very soon... on Sunday in fact. Photograph: YorkMix