Like most Liverpool victories of the past decade, Gerrard would prove be the pivotal figure. This time, however, Steven was not the headline maker.
The day had started with Cardiff fans joking Liverpool's team coach would be best served following them on the way to Wembley.
“We wanted to come here and win but we have done the club proud. I think you have got two teams who have put everything into that game. You have to lose with dignity and that's what we did. There is a lot of emotion out there because it is a young side and emotions are running high but I am so proud of them”
Malky MackayCardiff City manager
The journey along the M4 to North London is one Cardiff and its supporters have become used to during recent seasons.
Four appearances in as many years at the home of English football would be the envy of several Premier League clubs, Liverpool included.
Wembley Way was awash with red and blue, a mix of Welsh and Scouse accents with fans making the most of the sunshine which greeted them.
Mingling with supporters and enjoying the pre-match build-up were Cardiff's Malaysian backers Vincent Tan and chairman Dato Tan Tien Ghee, along with chief executive Alan Whiteley.
He said: "For any Championship club to get to a final at Wembley is a stunning achievement. It's a great day for the club and a great day for the fans."
But amidst the anticipation and excitement there was time for reflection and solemn remembrance too.
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