U's Ian Miller aiming for a second FA Trophy success

Wednesday, 19, March, 2014

Cambridge United captain Ian Miller with the FA Trophy

Two out of three is the aim for Cambridge United captain Ian Miller as he prepares for another big day at Wembley Stadium.

Having lifted The FA Carlsberg Trophy as Darlington captain in 2011 his Grimsby Town side fell at the final hurdle at Wembley last season.

And ahead of Sunday's meeting with Gosport Borough under the Arch, Miller wants to taste victory again, and not feel the disappointment of defeat.

"I can’t wait," he says. "This will be my third Final at Wembley in four years.

"It was a fantastic feeling [winning in 2011]. We were playing a very good Mansfield Town side and the match went down to the wire.

"It was 0-0 and Chris Senior scored the winner in the 119th minute which was unbelievable, leaving it so late perhaps made it extra-special.

"I was extremely proud to lead the team out, with the armband on and my team-mates behind me. The fans were so loud in the ground, it made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.

"When you play at the park with your friends as a kid you pretend to play at Wembley, and to get that chance was amazing. Hopefully I get it again with leading Cambridge out, too."

However, victory in 2011 was followed two years later with a runners-up medal, but he doesn't want to experience that 'horrible experience' this time around.

The 30-year-old former Ipswich Town man moved down the east coast to Grimsby Town in December 2011 and 18 months later was back at Wembley in the Trophy Final.

But this time the game ended in the agony of penalty shootout defeat.

"It was a pretty horrible experience," says Miller in the official FA Carlsberg Trophy Final match programme. 

"Just losing a game of football is bad enough but to lose on penalties after such a big build-up to the game and then to come away with a runners-up medal was hard to take.

"To be fair, we probably didn’t deserve to beat Wrexham but it was still a sour taste watching the opposition lift The Trophy and celebrate with their fans. I just wanted to go home as soon as possible."

He adds: "I’ve played in those two Finals and been on both sides of the coin, so if anyone asks for my advice I’ll just tell them how I felt last year after losing.

"Although I’ll equally never forget winning, I’ll never forget the moment we lost and the postmatch emotions.

"Watching the other players, staff and fans all in jubilant mood is not something I want to re-live again, and I’ll be spurring the boys on with that image."

Tickets for The FA Trophy Final are priced at £30 for adults and £15 for children under 16.

You can buy online by clicking here or by call out hotline on 0844 980 0656.

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