KYLE Letheren is determined to go one better than his dad by winning the FA Trophy at Wembley.
The 29-year-old shot-stopper is set to play between the sticks on the hallowed turf for York City against Macclesfield on Sunday, May 21 following the 3-2 aggregate, semi-final triumph over Lincoln.
He will be following in the footsteps of his father Glan, who played under the old Twin Towers in the final of the competition for Bangor City 33 years ago.
Bangor were held to a 1-1 draw and then lost the replay at Stoke’s old Victoria Ground but, for once, Letheren junior wants to grab the family bragging rights with his parent having also been part of the Leeds United squad that lost the 1975 European Cup final to Bayern Munich at the Parc des Princes in Paris, where he was an unused sub.
On the prospect of playing under the famous arch for the first time, Letheren confessed: “It will be one of the best days of my career, but nobody wants to lose there. My dad lost in the 1984 FA Trophy final, so I better go there and win it.
“He’s trained me since the age of eight, so I’ve got to win something that he never did. You dream of getting to Wembley finals as a boy, so it is a dream come true.
“I’ll never do what he did and get a European Cup runners-up medal, but I can get one up on him at Wembley now.”
Like manager Gary Mills, meanwhile, the City net-minder admitted he turned away before Scott Fenwick converted the decisive extra-time penalty.
“I couldn’t watch it,” he revealed. “I never do and I don’t know whether it should have been a penalty or not either, but couldn’t give a monkey’s.”
Regardless of the contentious nature of the penalty, Letheren went on to reason the two-legged victory was deserved, pointing out: “Big Matt Rhead is effective for them, so we had to make sure we won the second balls and I thought the lads were outstanding at the back.
“I didn’t have too many saves to make. I think I had a couple in each half and you would expect more at a place like Lincoln.”
The former Blackpool and Dundee keeper also stressed that all thoughts will now switch to Tuesday’s home clash with bottom-of-the-table Southport, as the team focus on the fight for National League survival again.
“It was all about Tuesday as soon as we got back in the dressing room and all the games will be just as big as each other now, but we know we can beat anybody,” he declared.