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Wembley Wonderland

The FA Vase Photo: The FA

For Dunston UTS and West Auckland FC it doesn't get any bigger than this. Both clubs play in the Northern League, in front of crowds of around 150. But in May they will walk out together at English football's national stadium. On the guest list at Wembley for the final of the FA Vase.

It will not only be a day to remember for the players and fans, but will boost the coffers of two clubs who like many non-league sides are struggling to pay the bills.

West Auckland are a club with a rich history. They famously once won the original world cup, the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy, in 1909 and 1911.

Dunston meanwhile have been going since 1975. For the Gateshead side it's been a difficult season. They lost the services of their physio Matty Annan, who died from a heart attack last year. They're dedicating the Wembley final to him.

Matty Annan who passed away last year Credit: Dunston UTS

But he's still been with them, in a fashion, as they enjoyed their cup run. The club has continued his match-day ritual all the way to the final. They'll be doing the same on the big day itself. Treasurer Cliff Starkey explains that on display in the changing rooms will be the shirt Matty wore on matchdays and a pair of his lucky underpants!

The final will take place on May 13th. A great day for North East football and the Northern League.

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