Neal Ardley will be holding back the tears when he leads out AFC Wimbledon at Wembley this afternoon.
The former Crazy Gang member grew up watching FA Cup finals on TV and dreamt of one day gracing the famous Wembley turf.
He witnessed the long walk managers used to make the long walk from the dressing rooms, across the greyhound track and onto to the pitch.
While the stroll from the dressing rooms at the redeveloped Wembley is much shorter, it still makes the hairs stand up on the back of the neck for the football community.
Ardley will make that walk as he prepares his team for battle against Plymouth in the play-off final under the arch today.
“When I was kid I dreamed of playing at Wembley and I dreamed of being a manager,” he explained.
“The FA Cup was a big deal back in those days and you’d spend the whole day watching the build-up with your dad.
“I saw the managers leading the teams out and always wanted to do that. I always wanted to be a manager and this will be a dream for me and two-and-a-half years into becoming a manager is a very quick time to realise a dream.
“I’m thankful that my parents are still around to share it with and my wife and daughters will be coming to watch. They are all part of this dream.”
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Whether Wimbledon win or lose at Wembley, Ardley has moved to reassure supporters the club has not fallen behind with their preparations for next term.
That’s despite the team not knowing which division they will be playing in, with the Dons boss having planned for every possibility many weeks ago.
“Next season is nailed already,” he continued. “It’s there and ready to go.
“We had a plan in place for if we got to the play-offs and had dates scheduled for pre-season if we made it or not, as well as games planned.
“It’s all done and dusted and we like to plan ahead.”