Wembley is a huge boost says 1993 hero Hall

York Press: Wayne Hall in 1993 Wayne Hall in 1993

FA TROPHY victory could spark a new era of success at York City, declared Wayne Hall, one of the club’s 1993 Wembley wonders.

The left-back attained hero status with City fans as the man whose penalty 16 years ago clinched promotion from the club’s first appearance at Wembley, where Crewe Alexandra were beaten in a dramatic spot-kick shoot-out.

In four days’ time City return to Wembley to face Blue Square Premier rivals Stevenage Borough in the FA Trophy final.

Since Hall was in his playing pomp – he racked up more than 400 appearances for the Minstermen – the club’s playing fortunes have ebbed dramatically.

The current players can create their own niche in the club’s history just as Hall and his contemporaries did in 1993. Back then City marked the club’s Wembley debut with promotion, and the 2009 version can become the first City line-up to collect a domestic knockout trophy.

Hall, who will be among several former City aces to journey with the faithful to Wembley, said: “It saddens me to see City where they are now. I had great times at the club, so I want them to get back into the League.

“Winning at Wembley can be a spur. If City can get the result they want then it will set them up for the start of next season.

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“They will end the year on a high and they can take that into the next Blue Square campaign. A win at Wembley would give more resources to Martin Foyle and he might then be able to bring in new players.

“A win at Wembley gives anyone great confidence and it is so true in football that confidence breeds results.”

Hall pointed out that after he and his team-mates triumphed over Crewe in 1993, they then reached the play-offs for a second successive year only to bow out in the semi-final to Stockport. And within a year of that City were celebrating a national headline-grabbing Coca-Cola Cup conquest of the mighty Manchester United.

“We got so much confidence out of what we achieved at Wembley that we felt we could beat anybody.

“We had such a good team with a spine that was so strong with Dean Kiely in goal, Paul Stancliffe in defence, Nigel Pepper and Gary Swann in midfield and then Paul Barnes up front. That was the key. But winning at Wembley gave us that confidence.”

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12:08pm Wed 6 May 09

Colin Pratt says...

4 days after our 1993 triumph my then wife had a tattoo of the City no.3 shirt with the words "Wayne God Hall" underneath....onto her left bum cheek. We devorced 5 years ago (nothing to do with the Tattoo though!!)
4 days after our 1993 triumph my then wife had a tattoo of the City no.3 shirt with the words "Wayne God Hall" underneath....onto her left bum cheek. We devorced 5 years ago (nothing to do with the Tattoo though!!) Colin Pratt

12:13pm Wed 6 May 09

DAVE FROM LEAM says...

First time I knew what they ment by a tension headache during the penalties. I hope this one doesnt go that way.
First time I knew what they ment by a tension headache during the penalties. I hope this one doesnt go that way. DAVE FROM LEAM

1:24pm Wed 6 May 09

Barbarian says...

Ha ha Colin, I think I pulled your ex on a drunken new years eve in '02. I laughed out loud when I saw that! I understand why you may have divorced her, despite her ace tatoo she had the personality of an egg!

Back to Ginner, he was a legend - its a shame none of that gifted squad has even had a go at managing the club
Ha ha Colin, I think I pulled your ex on a drunken new years eve in '02. I laughed out loud when I saw that! I understand why you may have divorced her, despite her ace tatoo she had the personality of an egg! Back to Ginner, he was a legend - its a shame none of that gifted squad has even had a go at managing the club Barbarian

2:01pm Thu 7 May 09

willyorkuk25 says...

Wembley Way (Olympic Way) decked in red and Blue (with a tinge of Purple) the Yorkies walking down chanting as we approach the arch, we all walk as one, chant as one and support OUR team as one.

I O CITY. CITY I O.

One team, One Support, One Love and One Result.
Wembley Way (Olympic Way) decked in red and Blue (with a tinge of Purple) the Yorkies walking down chanting as we approach the arch, we all walk as one, chant as one and support OUR team as one. I O CITY. CITY I O. One team, One Support, One Love and One Result. willyorkuk25

8:27pm Thu 7 May 09

roll-it-u-eejit says...

romantic ..,.,
romantic ..,., roll-it-u-eejit

8:10pm Fri 8 May 09

noddyinnapa says...

Ginner what a leg-end!
Ginner what a leg-end! noddyinnapa

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