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'I feel like Willy Wonka - I've never been so popular'

Thursday 07 May 2015
Glossop boss Chris Willcock wants to add the Vase to the League title

Glossop North End boss Chris Willcock says his team will have the support of the whole town when they come out at Wembley on Saturday.

The Derbyshire outfit will face Northern League side North Shields in The FA Vase Final under the arch with a hefty crowd behind them. 

And Willcock believes it will be a great day for all Glossopians who will be hoping it is second time lucky for the Hillmen.

Glossop North End v North Shields

The FA Vase Final 2015
3pm, Saturday 9 May
Wembley Stadium
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"We won’t be short of support at Wembley this afternoon - we’re looking to get 8,000 Glossop fans through the gate and there will be a fair few familiar faces," said Willcock, a teacher by day.

"It’s going to be a fantastic weekend for everyone concerned with the club and from the town."

He said: "To be honest I feel a bit like Willy Wonka at the moment. I’m not sure I’ve ever been so popular.

"The kids at school are queuing up for their toast in the morning and then constantly asking for that golden ticket!

"I’ve been a teacher for the past 15 years, dealing with children from the age of four to the age of 12 – and then dealing with another 20 kids in the dressing room on a Saturday!"

But this weekend at Wembley it will certainly not be child's play for Glossop, who are looking to go one better than their Vase Final defeat to North Shields' League rivals Whitley Bay six years ago.

Glossop North End v North Shields, FA Vase media day

Willcock, second from right, with three of his players and The FA Vase

Willcock's team arrive in the capital full of confidence after securing the North West Counties League Premier Division title, and promotion from the fifth tier of the English football pyramid, last month.

And he insists they will not be overawed by their massive showdown at the national stadium.

"Obviously a game at Wembley is a world away from what we’re used to, but it’s essential we focus on the game rather than the occasion.

"Grass is grass, although it will certainly be better than some of the grass we’re used to playing on! 

"The Stadium will also be totally different to what we’re used to but we’ll deal with that."

He added: "It’s a new experience for many of them but there are five players in the squad who were there in 2009. 

"Hopefully we can draw on what they learnt during the 2009 run and it can only help us."

You can read the full interview with the Glossop North End striker in The FA Vase Final programme, which is available to buy at Wembley on Saturday afternoon.

If you want to be part of the crowd at Wembley on Saturday for one of non-League football's most prestigious cup finals, you can get your tickets online here priced at £15 for adults, £10 for OAPs/students and £5 children.

By Jamie Bradbury FA Editor