AFC Fylde hoping to recreate Wembley heroics 11 years on

AFC Fylde are heading to Wembley in the FA Trophy

AFC Fylde are returning to Wembley for the first time in 11 years, after late heroics against Stockport in an enthralling 3-2 win in the FA Trophy semi-final.

But this won’t be the first time they’ve played at the new Wembley.

Going back to the days when Fylde were named Kirkham & Wesham they visited Wembley playing against Lowestoft Town in the FA Vase final in 2008.

Heading into the 84th minute things were looking bleak for Kirkham, 1-0 down with time running out.

However, inspired substitute Matt Walwyn came on to bag a brace and give Fylde their first major silverware.

Former player James Sheppard was one of the players who played that day and can remember the day very fondly.

“It has to be, doesn’t it?”, said midfielder Sheppard, when asked if this was the highlight of his career.

“It didn’t quite work out for me so to fall back and play non-league playing at the new Wembley is definitely a highlight.”

Fylde will be playing against Leyton Orient in this year’s FA Trophy final, it will no doubt be a cagey match as both teams sit near top of the national league.

No doubt they will looking to recreate the heroics of that 2008 side that defied the odds, helping Fylde to their biggest achievement to date.