Sammy Igoe never thought he would get another opportunity to taste Wembley success again.
The 38-year-old former Pompey midfielder helped Bristol Rovers to League Two play-off final success at the home of English football, scoring in a 3-1 win over Shrewsbury in 2007.
But Gosport Borough’s FA Trophy run has presented another unexpected chance for the veteran to add another chapter to a fine career.
Igoe said: ‘To go there again would be something very special.
‘I was nearing 31 last time with Bristol Rovers, and I thought it was going to be a one-off.
‘Every professional player dreams of playing at Wembley and, on average, not many do.
‘As a group of players we have come this far, and rather than end up disappointed, then it’s up to us to carry on and earn a trip up to Wembley.
‘And if we manage to do that, then for me it would be something I never thought would come my way again.’
Igoe’s former club, the Hawks, will go in to the clash as favourites, especially after Borough went down 2-0 at home to fellow relegation strugglers Whitehawk in midweek.
But Alex Pike’s side have shown they can raise their game and the midfielder is relishing the task of going up against his former club.
‘To have come this far in the FA Trophy is something that is down to a squad who have bonded into a side who can beat anyone on their day,’ said Igoe.
‘And here I am looking to return and play against the Hawks – a club where I spent some time before moving on to Borough.
‘We’re a very capable side so I see no reason why we can’t get a result in both games and reach the final.’
Gosport have plenty on their plate as they bid to avoid the drop from Skrill South, but there is a prospect of silverware as well.
Igoe added: ‘We have games in hand that need to be won and it’s most important that we remain in this league after what we achieved last season.
‘It’s very difficult to focus with so many things going on but we could just end our season winning some major silverware.’
– DAVE KEMP