FLYING winger Matty Blair is preparing for his third trip to Wembley in as many seasons for a Fleetwood Town side hoping to deny Burton Albion promotion to League One.
Blair only turned professional four years ago, having begun his footballing life in the Midland Alliance with Racing Club Warwick.
Moves to Stratford Town and Bedworth United followed before Blair, now 24, was offered his first professional deal, with Kidderminster Harriers.
It’s a background which keeps Town’s play-off goal hero firmly grounded
“The Midland Alliance seems a long way off,” said Blair. “I’ve just worked hard, kept my head down, kept going and battled through every challenge. I’m here now – that’s just how I’ve got to look at it.”
“Now I’ve got a chance to get into League One. I’ll give it everything I’ve got to make that happen.”
Blair’s route into the game makes the Warwick-born winger even more determined to succeed.
“I never thought I would get to where I am now,” he said. “I love playing football whether I’ve got to pay subs or I get a bit of pocket money. I always just wanted to play.
“I never went out because I had games on Saturdays. I just worked my way up and up.
“It’s an incredible feeling to be here and part of so big. But I’m more determined than ever to put a shift in.”
Blair’s previous Wembley outings came within the space of just eight days back in 2012.He found the net on both occasions to help York City to victory in both the FA Trophy and Conference play-off final.
“You couldn’t write it,” he said. “To go to Wembley once and win is amazing.
“To go back and do it again – it’s something else.”
“Seeing everyone smiling and bouncing and celebrating.
“It’s just amazing.
“It’s an amazing feeling.
“It’s everything you can imagine.
“For Fleetwood to experience it as well would be wicked.”
As for the prospect of another visit, Fleetwood’s wing wonder can’t wait.
“It makes all those £5 fees seem worth it,” he joked.
“I take nothing for granted and I’m just happy to be here.”