VETERAN defender Wayne Thomas said Worcester City’s cup victory over Coventry was his “number one” football experience in a career spanning almost two decades.
The Blue and Whites stalwart, who put in another solid performance to see out the win, has had success with Burnley, Stoke and Southampton, but rates the weekend’s achievement as his best.
Thomas scored a memorable goal to put Stoke ahead at Arsenal in the 2005 FA Cup, eventually losing 2-1, but it was his heroics at the other end that helped Worcester claim the scalp of the League One giants.
“It’s got to be up there as the number one,” he said. “I have been fortunate enough to play in the fifth round twice and they have been great occasions, but I’ve never been in a situation whereby this could be the last FA Cup I play in.
“To come to a stadium like this with that many supporters and beat opposition a few leagues above us is a fantastic achievement.
“It’s right up there with one of the best football experiences in my life and something I will never forget.”
The 35-year-old also hit back at the Sky Blues for suggesting Worcester would be heading to the Ricoh just to ‘make up the numbers’.
“From very early on their manager and a couple of players had released a press comment saying we were coming here, would enjoy our day, have a nice day out, bring a couple hundred fans and that would be that,” he said.
“It’s difficult as a bigger club playing against lower league opposition, you say all the right things in the press about the lads being motivated, they won’t be complacent, they will be working hard and they won’t be taking anything for granted.
“But in reality, it doesn’t work like that.”