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City director Rob McGill denied Trophy final honour
11:16am Saturday 12th May 2012 in News
YORK City business development director Rob McGill will not lead the team out at Wembley today after the Football Association turned down a request from Minstermen manager Gary Mills.
The City boss had wanted McGill to enjoy the honour at this afternoon’s FA Trophy final against Newport County in recognition of his family’s continued support for the football club.
But English football’s governing body have insisted Mills must take his players out on to the pitch to the disappointment of the City chief.
Mills said: “I would have loved nothing more than for Rob to lead the team out and I asked him, as soon as we got there, if he would do me that greatest honour.
“But Wembley have changed the rules and it has to be the manager that leads his players out.
“It’s unfortunate because there are people who deserve the chance to do that and I think Rob and his family fall into that category.
“I wanted to give him that opportunity even though it would have taken away my opportunity before I knew we would be going again.
“But, if I can still sneak him on to the pitch today, I will do.”
Mills also revealed that the team’s preparations will be exactly the same for today’s match as they will be for next weekend’s Blue Square Bet Premier play-off final against Luton.
“We’ve already booked into the same hotel and, while I am superstitious, if the worst was to happen today, we would not change our plans and not go back there,” he added.
• Today’s game will be refereed by Cheshire official Anthony Taylor.
The assistant referees are Simon Bennett and Sian Massey, with Darren Drysdale the fourth official.