Former Gladiators skipper to lead United out at Wembley

Liam King
Liam King

Former Matlock Town captain Liam King will be looking to overturn the odds when he leads out North Ferriby United in the FA Trophy final on Sunday.

King will captain the Humberside team against Conference Premier side Wrexham at the world famous Wembley Stadium, Ferriby having progressed to the final by beating Bath City on penalties

And, although Wrexham are favourites to lift the trophy, the 27-year-old left midfielder is confident the Villagers have what it takes to cause a big shock.

“We have had good success at North Ferriby United in the last few years,” he said.

“It is a club that has always improved in my time here and a club that is forward-thinking. We want to get to the Conference and this can act as a platform to that.

“Wrexham are a full-time club and much bigger than us, people expect them to win, but that just means the pressure is on them.

“We go into the game with no pressure and nothing to lose.

“There is only a one division difference, which is not a massive gap. We beat Lincoln City 4-0 at their place in last season’s competition and knocked Woking out, so we have got a chance.

“This is a tight-knit club, the lads are in good form and we are confident. We may be the underdogs, but we are going there for the win. People do not remember runners-up and Wembley is not a place where you want to lose.”

For King, it is a dream come true after his side suffered heartache last season when they were beaten at the quarter-final stage.

“I am really excited about getting to Wembley and cannot wait for the day to finally arrive,” he said.

“It feels like it has been a long wait. That moment when we emerge on to the pitch is going to be something special.

“To be playing at Wembley, at a place with all the history and all the great games and players to have played there, is a great feeling. It’s not something that every footballer gets to do.

“The hard work that I have put in ever since I was a young player has paid off and this is the reward for that work.

“My friends and family are all going down on the train to cheer us on.”