The Isuzu FA Trophy

Find out more as we look towards Sunday's Isuzu FA Trophy Final at Wembley

Friday 19 May 2023
The Isuzu FA Vase Trophy takes place at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 21 May 2023

The Isuzu FA Trophy Final takes place on Sunday afternoon, with FC Halifax Town taking on Gateshead at Wembley Stadium connected by EE.

It kicks-off at 4.15pm BST and can be watched live on BT Sport or tickets are still available to attend Non-League Finals Day which also includes the Isuzu FA Vase Final earlier..

Ahead of the game, find out a little more about each club and get the thoughts of the managers.

You can read more about the clubs and teams involved in the Trophy Final in the official matchday programme, which you can order here.

FC Halifax Town
Nickname: The Shaymen
League: National League
Ground: The Shay
Manager: Chris Millington

It's been a funny few weeks, with the gap between the season ending and this match against Gateshead really building the sense of excitement surrounding the game. Personally, I’m not sure how it will feel to lead the side out at Wembley because it has taken a long time for the achievement of getting this far in the competition to sink in.

Before the semi-final, the enormity of what awaited didn’t really hit me until a couple of nights before. I was sat round the dinner table with the kids and they were asking about Wembley and what the day would entail if we got there. I got this little flutter of butterflies. And I’ve had that feeling again in the run-up to this game.

For the past few weeks, we’ve been so engrossed in the nuts and bolts of the organisation for the day – preparing the training programme and making sure that we can prepare as well as we can – that the reality of the match itself hasn’t hit. Today, though, I think there will be a few nerves but also a real sense of excitement.

There’s an added bonus to it in that it’s Halifax Town I’ll be leading out. I’m a Manchester lad, but this is a club that has become very close to my heart over the past few years. I know what this Final means to the club and to the fans. Having the opportunity to play on the biggest stage you can ever perform on is the most exciting thing for us all.

We’ve been on a decent run of form, and hopefully we can take that into the final against a very good Gateshead side.

Nickname: The Heed
League: The National League
Ground: Gateshead International Stadium
Manager: Mike Williamson

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a lot of us. I’ve never been to the old Wembley or the new one, so I’m looking forward to the experience and taking the family down. But more than anything, we know we’re playing a really tough game against Halifax and we’re looking forward to the challenge.

I don’t think you can quantify how much Gateshead means to me. I came in as a player, then a brief time as player-coach and then player-manager. I’ve been given the opportunity to learn, make mistakes and to really push my ideas onto the pitch and training.

It’s been phenomenal and it’s a really community-based club, so we do everything we can to give back. The ethos is we’re in it together, win, lose or draw.

For us, it’s just about making sure that we’re the best version of ourselves. It’s been a rigorous schedule, I’ve never experienced anything like it, but when I reflect back, I’m sure it will be with very fond memories.

Our resilience and ability has got us here and we’ll need that again against Halifax. They’ve got a real identity, a game plan, they’re really organised and they’ve got players that can counter and threaten on the break as well. So, it’s going to be a real good, enjoyable tactical battle.

By Competitions department