Travelling back six years to the very day, 12th May 2012, certainly one of the most notable in the Minstermen’s proud 96-year history, as they lift their first-ever national knockout trophy at Wembley Stadium.
Wembley hero Matty Blair has spoken of how helping York City win the FA Trophy reduced both himself and his family to tears.
The 21-year-old winger made the breakthrough when chasing onto Ashley Chambers’ beautiful 65th minute through pass and lifting the ball over advancing Newport County goalkeeper Glyn Thompson.
That was Blair’s nineteenth goal of a supremely productive campaign and followed recent crucial semi-final efforts against both Mansfield Town [play-offs] and Luton Town [Trophy].
More simply glorious passing football from Gary Mills’ confident side then witnessed Lanre Oyebanjo soon adding a decisive second goal just seven minutes later.
“It was overwhelming,” Blair admitted to The Press. “Ash put the ball through. It was a lovely little ball and it bounced up nicely for me – just to dink it over the keeper. I have managed to do that.
“It was a great feeling to score in front of the York fans. It was just brilliant. Every positive word would describe the feeling I am having now.
“I have walked past my brother and all his mates, my friends and family that have come up,” he continued. “I have walked past my mum and she was crying her eyes out – my sister crying her eyes out – and it just makes me think ‘they are all here to support me’. It makes me feel so proud.”
However, supporters’ hero Blair must now try and do it again as the Minstermen face undoubtedly the most crucial game in their modern history when tackling regular adversaries Luton in the play-off final next week.
And should City manage to complete an unprecedented ‘Wembley-twice’ victory double just eight days apart, it would reclaim their prized Football League status following a long eight-year absence.
Rewind Extra – May 2012