While Wycombe's quest to emulate Colchester United's feat last season and complete the Conference and Trophy 'double' is receiving most of the publicity, it is the final of the Vase - the tournament for the smaller non-League clubs - that represents the true grass roots of the game. For Tiverton, a trip to Wembley is a special event that may never be repeated.
The Devon club, who have finished second in the Great Mills League, have plenty of stalwarts of the non-League game in their ranks - men who have played for years for the love of their sport, not for great financial reward.
Hedley Steele, the 39-year-old Tiverton captain and sweeper, is one such player. A Yorkshireman, Steele joined Exeter City from Tiverton in 1974 but was released two years later after making seven League appearances.
He has since played for Dorchester, Elmore, Weymouth - where he signed on the same day as Andy Townsend and Tony Agana - and Gloucester before returning to Tiverton in 1987. For all his travels, Steele, a housing officer with Devon County Council, has never been close to playing in a Wembley final.
'It's still sinking in that I've got there now, at my age,' he said. 'It will be a great day. Playing in a good side like this makes it easy to enjoy my game. Supporters say to me 'Wembley will be a nice way to finish' - but I'm not ready to retire yet. As long as the legs keep going, I'll keep playing.'Reuse content