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We want to make our own history, says Graham Fenton

Thursday 07 May 2015
Graham Fenton, left, in the North Shields dugout (photo Onion Bag)

North Shields are yet to win The FA Vase but boss Graham Fenton hopes his club's previous success at Wembley can inspire them to victory in Saturday's Final.

Fenton, a former Wembley winner himself during his time playing for Aston Villa in the '90s, believes he can also pass on his own experiences to his squad.

And, as they prepare to face North West Counties League Premier Division champions Glossop North End, the ex-Blackburn Rovers midfielder says his team will be ready to perform under the arch.

Glossop North End v North Shields

The FA Vase Final 2015
3pm, Saturday 9 May
Wembley Stadium
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"Obviously, I’ve had the experience of playing at Wembley in a cup final myself," said Fenton, who started in Villa's 3-1 League Cup win over Manchester United in 1994.

"That’s something I’ll try to pass down to the players.

"We just want to get everyone prepared so we don’t have to worry about anything in the build-up to the game, the lads can hopefully just turn up and put on a performance."

He continued: "We know about The FA Amateur Cup success in 1969 – the photos are in the cabinet at the ground and we’ve still got members of that team who come down and watch us.

"Everyone is well aware of the success North Shields had in the '60s, hopefully we can put in a memorable performance and recreate those memories on Saturday."

North Shields follow a recent tradition of Northern League sides reaching The FA Vase Final.

Local rivals Whitley Bay won it three years on the bounce, including a win over Saturday's opponents Glossop in the 2009 Final.

Graham Fenton playing for Aston Villa

Fenton won the League Cup at Wembley with Aston Villa in 1994

Meanwhile, Dunston UTS and Spennymoor Town have also enjoyed recent successes in 2012 and 2013 respectively. 

However, 12 months ago Hampshire outfit Sholing took the Vase away from the north-east for the first time in seven years by beating another Northern League side West Auckland Town.

And while Fenton did not expect to make it all the way to Wembley this season, he admits it was on their agenda from day one.

"It feels absolutely fantastic to be taking North Shields to Wembley," said the 40-year-old.

"It was one of our early-season targets to get as far in The FA Vase as possible.

"There are some very good sides in the competition, so we never set out thinking we could get this far, but the lads have been great. "

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