20th Oct, 2019

WEMBLEY INTERVIEW: Academy gradutate Thomas dreaming of Wembley winner in Checkatrade Trophy Final

Shaun Reynolds 29th Mar, 2017 Updated: 29th Mar, 2017

SCORING the winning goal at Wembley would be a dream come true for Sky Blues striker George Thomas, and he is hoping to get that opportunity if given the nod against Oxford United in the Checkatrade Trophy Final on Sunday.

The 20-year-old, who has been with the club for more than a decade, helped the Sky Blues into Sunday’s final by scoring the second goal in the semi-final against Wycombe just over seven weeks ago.

His goal sent 11,000 Coventry fans into raptures – an attendance figure which will be four-times larger on Sunday when Mark Robins’ side play at the national stadium for the first time in 30 years.

The academy graduate, who celebrated his 20th birthday last week, is hoping for more on-pitch success for the Sky Blues who head into the match on the back of two morale-boosting wins against Port Vale and Bristol Rovers in the league.

“Sunday is going to mean the world,” said Thomas, who has scored four goals in the competition so far. “For me, my family, and the supporters.

“Everyone’s excited and everyone is positive ahead of this game. We’ve had two good results in the last week and everyone on the training field is looking forward to the game.

“All the support we receive will be good and it will be a surreal experience.

“It gets my heart racing just thinking about it. I’ve been going home every night for the past week dreaming about what could happen and thinking about lifting the trophy.

“Every child that plays football dreams of this. I’m thankful I may get the opportunity to play.”

Coventry’s presence in the final can partly be put down to Thomas after his first-half strike in a 2-1 victory over Wycombe in the semi-final.

Thomas and his teammates are all aware of the history involved – in particular the FA Cup success in 1987 and the club’s Premier League days.

“It’s an important day and we want to get some silverware in that cabinet,” he continued.

“No-one wants to go to Wembley and lose. Everyone is going there to win.

“I remember a lot was riding on the semi-final. The first goal gave us a great start, but you can lose a one-goal lead in seconds.

“When I scored our second goal it was a great feeling – the fans cheering, my teammates running over.

“It would be unbelievable to score in front of 40,000-plus Coventry fans, it’s what dreams are made of.”

Thomas, who has never been to Wembley, said the largest crowd he has played in front of to date is 22,000.

Sunday’s game is expected to attract more than 70,000 fans, and Thomas admits playing in front of a large crowd will be a special feeling.

He added: “We all have to enjoy the game and take everything in.

“This game is special. We’ve got to treat this as another game when it kicks off.

“I’ve been at the club for more than ten years, to give something back would be great.”


Receive a weekly update to your inbox by signing up to our weekly newsletter.

Reader Travel

Check out all of the latest reader travel offers to get your hands on some free gifts.

Property Finder 24/7

Search for properties in Worcestershire, Warwickshire and the West Midlands.

Online Editions

Catch up on your local news by reading our e-editions on the Coventry Observer.