Tunbridge Wells reflect on FA Vase defeat at Wembley

  • 5 May 2013
  • From the section Kent
Media captionFans of Tunbridge Wells went wild with excitement after Stanford scored

Tunbridge Wells FC and its fans have been reflecting on the biggest game in its history, which saw them lose out to Spennymoor Town in the FA Vase final.

The club was cheered on by more than 12,000 of their own fans at Wembley with the attendance more than three times that of last year's final.

The Wells lost 2-1 to the Northern League side, despite Josh Stanford scoring a goal 12 minutes from the end.

"It was an amazing moment, and I'll never, ever forget it," he said.

The son of the fashion designer, Karen Millen, said it would probably "go down as the best day of my life".

Image caption Karen Millen was at Wembley to see her son, Josh Stanford, score a goal

"Obviously I'm gutted that the team didn't win," he added.

Spennymoor Town took an early lead in the match, with Gavin Cogdon scoring after 18 minutes.

Stanford briefly levelled the score, before the Durham side sealed their victory with a goal from Keith Graydon just 90 seconds later.

The Football Association said the attendance for the match was 16,751 - the highest for an FA Vase final for five years.

Martin Larkin, manager of the Wells, said despite the defeat the club would use the experience as a springboard to attract more fans to the Culverden Stadium next season.

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