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FA Vase finalists take tour of the Lane

Posted on 6 April 2005  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

The countdown to the final of the FA Vase is underway - representatives of AFC Sudbury and Didcot Town have been taking a tour of the Lane.

We host the final of the competition - seen as the FA Cup of non-league football - on Saturday May 14, kick-off 2pm.

Gary Harvey, manager of AFC Sudbury, was joined by the club’s general manager Mick Mills, secretary David Webb, treasurer Brian Tatum and director Peter Scott.

Didcot Town manager, Stuart Peace attended the meeting along with secretary Simon Kelly, chairman John Bailey, press officer Steve Clare and physio Mark Roberts.

Both clubs have been given the opportunity for their players to visit the stadium before the final to familiarise themselves with the surroundings.

Harvey, who saw his side beaten in last season’s final by Winchester City and also at Upton Park for the previous defeat by Brigg Town, said: "I’m looking forward to the final immensely.

"I expect a better atmosphere at White Hart Lane than the last two finals, all the players are very excited.

"It’s been great to see the pitch and get a feel for the place, I can’t wait.

"There’s going to be a great atmosphere here on the day, it’s going to be a fantastic occasion not only for the club, but for the club officials and supporters as well."

AFC Sudbury won the toss to decide which team will occupy the home dressing room for the final.

Although AFC Subury have experienced reaching the final before (1989, 2003, 2004), this is the first time that Didcot has got to this stage of The FA Vase.
Peace, who guarantees his players will not be star struck, believes they can spring a shock.

"There is a big buzz about the final in Didcot," he said. "We’re a small club but we’re in a big final. Sudbury of course, will be the massive favourites but my players will relish playing on this surface. They won’t freeze."