Football: Another Wembley day for Chapple
Friday 14 May 1999
Geoff Chapple won the country's senior non-League tournament three times in four years with his previous club, Woking. He is now concluding his second season in charge of Kingstonian, where he has already achieved success. Last term he took the Surrey side to the Ryman League title, and now he has steered them to their first Trophy final.
"We seem to enjoy playing in a big-match atmosphere," Chapple said, "and we'll definitely be up for it on Saturday." His captain, Matt Crossley, has enjoyed as many Wembley victories as his manager - the centre-back won two Trophy finals and one Third Division play-off final with Wycombe. In contrast, Kingstonian have not played at Wembley since 1960, when they lost the FA Amateur Cup final to Hendon. When they won the same tournament in 1933, they overcame Stockton in a replay at Darlington after a draw at Dulwich.
Forest Green are making their first trip to the "Twin Towers" since 1982, when they beat Rainworth 3-0 to lift the Vase. Like Kingstonian, they were promoted to the Conference a year ago, when they won the Dr Martens League. Unlike the Surrey side, though, Rovers have not spent decades at the higher levels of the non- League game - they were playing in the Gloucestershire County League little more than 25 years ago.
On Sunday the Vase holders, Tiverton Town, take on Bedlington Terriers in this season's final. It will be the Devon team's third and probably last trip to Wembley in this tournament, as they have won promotion from the Screwfix Direct to the Dr Martens League and will play in the Trophy next term.
Tiverton's long-serving striker Phil Everett needs to score once to equal Kevin Smith's record of 303 goals for the club. Bedlington's John Milner, who has hit 65 league and cup goals this season, may miss the final with a hamstring strain.
Latest in Sport
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Praise to Arsene Wenger for having the courage of his convictions
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: The biggest fight of all time, or maybe just the most lucrative?
What time does Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao start?
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: What time does it start and where can I watch it?
Chelsea transfer news: 'Eden Hazard will cost Real Madrid £100m - and a Galactico,' says Jose Mourinho
- 1 I've been called an abusive and dangerous parent, when all I did was listen to my transgender child
- 2 Why this father didn’t hide his daughter’s heroin overdose in her obituary
- 3 Smartphones are making children borderline autistic, says psychiatrist
- 4 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 5 Teaching profession headed for crisis as numbers continue to drop and working lives become 'unbearable'
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
Rupert Murdoch berated Sun journalists for not doing enough to attack Ed Miliband and stop him winning the general election
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove
£26000 - £28000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: Senior Accounts Assistan...
£24000 - £26000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: A highly successful, glo...
£22000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company is part of a Group...
£16000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you a a young, dynamic pers...