As Nwankwo Kanu bundled the ball into the back of the net, winning Portsmouth the 2007-08 FA Cup Final against Cardiff City, the Pompey section of Wembley erupted.
Somewhere amid the unbridled jubilation was a nine-year-old Mason Mount.
Now 22 and looking back on that moment, Chelsea midfielder Mount recalls how his dad had said: “You’ll be out there one day, you’ll be playing there one day.”
- The Emirates FA Cup Final
- 5.15pm BST, Saturday 15 May 2021
- Wembley Stadium connected by EE
For many kids, that would be a doomed prophecy, but not the young Mount. This will be his second Emirates FA Cup Final at the home of English football, while he’s played there nine times for the national team.
There have been plenty of memorable moments in Mount’s cup career outside of Wembley including two FA Youth Cup victories with the Blues.
Impressively, of the 12 matches he’s played in the competition for Derby County and Chelsea, he’s won 11.
But as eye-catching as Mount’s FA Cup record is, the one loss sticks in his mind.
Despite Christian Pulisic scoring an early goal that Mount helped to create, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brace meant Arsenal were those leaving Wembley with the FA Cup aloft in last season’s Final.
“You remember how it feels to lose in a game like that,” he admits.
“When you’ve watched the other team celebrate, then pick up the trophy, you remember those feelings and you don’t want to have them again.”
The Blues have set about putting that Final loss right this season and naturally, Mount is leading the way.
He opened the club’s FA Cup account for the season against Morecambe with what he says is “probably up there with the furthest out I’ve scored from.”
Touching the ball out of his feet before firing it into the bottom corner, the midfielder seemingly caught goalkeeper Mark Halstead by surprise.
While Mount didn’t play against Barnsley, he captained the team either side of that match – as the Blues defeated Luton Town and Sheffield United by two-goal margins.
It’s almost expected that Mount will have his say in games now, and that was also the case in the semi-final against Manchester City.
After receiving the ball in his own half, the midfielder immediately turned and played a perfectly weighted pass for Timo Werner to run onto, allowing the German to meet it without breaking his stride and set up Hakim Ziyech. This proved to be the moment that secured Chelsea’s place in the Final.
All of these moments are great, but it’s clear how keen Mount is to turn them into his first piece of silverware in senior football, as he says:
“We’re winners. We want to win trophies. We’re so very focused on that, so any opportunity we have to push and lift the trophy, we want to do it, we’re hungry for it. This year is a massive opportunity to win a trophy. We want to take that and we want to win.”