Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier says the atmosphere at a Wembley final is something that will stay with everyone, as Saints prepare for their first trip there this weekend since 2010.
Le Tissier is one of a select few names to have scored a goal for Southampton at the home of football, and says that feeling is matched by knowing as a player that you’ll be backed by many thousands of supporters on the day.
Now working with Sky Sports, Le Tissier will be a keen spectator once more on Sunday and he can’t wait to see the Saints fans flock to Wembley in their numbers this weekend.
“Any Wembley appearance is special,” Le Tissier highlighted. “For players, as kids growing up you always want to go and play at Wembley whenever you possibly can, and no matter what competition that’s in.
“I was lucky enough to play there a few times with England, but also in 1992 in the Zenith Data Systems Cup which is not the most glamorous of cup competitions, but still, it was a Wembley appearance and to score was amazing. It was the only goal I ever scored at Wembley, and as a kid growing up that’s something you look forward to.
“That was a childhood dream come true and the players have a chance to do that on Sunday.”
Le Tissier watched on for Saints’ two most recent cup final appearances, the FA Cup Final in Cardiff during 2003, and more recently, the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in 2010.
“I was in the Sky Sports studio that day as well and it was just fantastic to see the amount of supporters that we took up for that, it was incredible – over 40,000 fans there which was superb for a competition that is formed by the bottom two leagues of the divisions, so it was fantastic support.
“I remember being at Cardiff in 2003 too. I was at the opposite end to the Saints fans and I remember seeing the sea of yellow and blue at the other end which was incredible, and hopefully we’ll get that kind of atmosphere again.”