The Buildbase FA Vase

Find out more about Chertsey Town and Cray Valley ahead of Sunday's FA Vase Final

Non-League Finals Day kicks-off at Wembley on Sunday with the Buildbase FA Vase Final, which sees Chertsey Town take on Cray Valley. Neither club has previously won the Vase, so this year will see a new name on the trophy and we hear from both clubs ahead of the game. The Vase Final kicks-off at 12.15pm and will be shown live on BT Sport.

Friday 17 May 2019
Chertsey Town's Jake Baxter, Dale Binns and Kevin Maclaren and Cray Valley's Andy Walker, Kevin Lisbie and Denzel Gayle
Chertsey Town FC
  • Formed: 1890
  • Home: Alwyn’s Lane
  • Nickname: The Curfews
  • League: Combined Counties Premier Division (promoted)
  • Twitter: @TheCurfews

Dave Anderson - Manager

“It’s an amazing moment for everyone involved with Chertsey Town Football Club, and as manager of the team it is very hard to put into words how proud I am to be leading this team out at Wembley Stadium.

“It’s been a long journey to get here, playing ten games, so it’s a massive achievement for any club to reach the FA Vase Final.

“I expect a very tough game, but it’ll be a football match and not a war, both teams like to play, so I think it will be an event that will be easy on the eye. We’ve done our homework and picked out what we feel is relevant to the players and what we think will help us win the game.

“Hopefully we can do it for our supporters, who have been unbelievable this season and deserve this day out."

Chertsey boss Dave Anderson and Cray Valley's Kevin Watson are aiming to get their hands on the FA Vase this year


Jake Baxter - Striker

“The Vase is an important competition at this level and this game will definitely be the biggest match that most of us will ever play in. You don’t often get the chance to play at Wembley in a national cup, it’s so exciting for everyone involved at the club.

“We’re just looking forward to getting out onto the Wembley pitch and playing the game.

“Everyone is a little nervous, but we’re confident at the same time.”

Cray Valley (PM)
  • Formed: 1919
  • Home: Badgers Sports Ground
  • Nickname: The Millers
  • League: Southern Counties East Premier Division
  • Twitter: @CrayValleyPM

Kevin Watson - Manager

“There has certainly been a lot of buoyancy around the club ahead of this match, especially after winning the league. I firmly believed being a manager would never be as fulfilling as being a player, but this season possibly changed my mindset.

“We’ve watched our opponents today a few times and they are a strong side – you would expect nothing less from a team that’s reached the final of a tournament.

“Most of the fans at Wembley will be family and friends and people who are close to the players – these are key drivers and motivators for the players, and they will be a key factor in their performance.

“It’s good to know things about the opposition but ultimately, we can only affect our own performance, and only through that can we affect the opposition.”

Kevin Lisbie - Forward

“At every club you will have different experiences, whether you are playing in the Premier League or not, but this is up there for me.

“We’ve had to really grind out some results this season, and the reward is playing at Wembley and winning the league, so I have certainly enjoyed myself. I’ve felt like a little kid again for a couple of weeks.

“I’ve got about 150 tickets and a good deal of them are for professionals who I’ve played with and appreciate what I’ve done here.

“Chris Powell, Mark Bright, five or six of them said they were going to come, and I’ve bought them tickets, so if they don’t, they owe me £12.50 each!”

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