Saturday, January 15, 2022

McQuilken Remembers Wembley


Former Hereford midfielder James McQuilken is playing for Stourbridge against National North Guiseley today in the FA Trophy.

Last season he played at Wembley in the Trophy final on the very day he was set to get married.

"It was wonderful to play at one of the iconic stadiums, if not the iconic stadium with all the history and sense of your surroundings that goes with it," McQuilken told the Express and Star.

"The build up and just the atmosphere inside and outside the ground was special.

“I think for any potential footballer growing up you want to play at Wembley but not many actually do so and it is something I think will always be one of the highlights of my career.

“It’s a competition where I have played in the semi-finals twice and the final but lost all three so not had the best of luck, though many players don’t even get to a semi final.

“The result at Wembley obviously wasn’t great but it was probably an achievement just to get the game on last year which was a bit of a nightmare for many people, the wedding had already had to be postponed well in advance, though, the two dates would have clashed."

His wedding to fiance Steph will take place in the summer.