Spennymoor Town v Tunbridge Wells
The FA Carlsberg Vase Final
3pm, Saturday 4 May 2013
As a former England captain, Wembley Stadium might feel like home, but to Lewis Dodds his first time out under the Arch will be with his hometown club.
On Saturday, the ex-Sunderland midfielder will line up for Spennymoor Town against Tunbridge Wells and will be hoping to take The FA Carlsberg Vase back to the north-east.
"I've played at the old Wembley before, but until the media day two weeks ago I had never been to the new stadium," he told TheFA.com.
"When you come here and walk round the place it's an amazing sight. I’ll be looking out for my family in the crowd, and my two little kids, but then I'll have my mind on the job at hand and be concentrating on the game."
For a local lad, Dodds has a great rapport with the fans and is wants to give the travelling Spennymoor army something to remember from their day at Wembley.
A attendance of over 14,000 is expected for the game - a huge crowd for an FA Vase Final - and Dodds says it will be the pinnacle of his football career, alongside his appearances for his country.
"I won a few England caps at various youth levels alongside some big names, like Wayne Rooney. My debut was in the Nordic tournament, which was played that year in Denmark," he explained.
"I was rooming with Wayne Routledge - he's done alright for himself! - and was captain during the tournament, which we won.
"I was only 15 so had to get out of school to be involved. That was my first memory with England, and it was a great experience for me."
He added: "I'm from Spennymoor, so all my mates come along to watch matches and I often go out for a couple of beers after the games. For a local lad it's a dream come true to play for Spennymoor Town at Wembley.
"My uncle also played in goal for Spennymoor and played in the Semi-Final of The FA Trophy 35 years ago, when they lost over two legs against Leatherhead. The club means a lot to me and to my family."
He added: "This would have to be one of the pinnacles of my career as a footballer, right up there at the top."
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