Deeney: “Let’s Try And Make History”
Once the three-minute bell has sounded around the Wembley changing rooms and the final instructions have been relayed, there’ll be the briefest of opportunities for a closing remark from the captain. One final nugget to rally the troops.
So what words of wisdom will Troy Deeney choose to impart on his teammates, if selected, as they gather by the door to the tunnel ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final against Manchester City?
“Enjoy it, you’ve earnt it. Something along those lines,” he revealed to the gathered media this week.
“It’s been 35 years since the last time Watford were in a final and we’ve never won a cup, so it’s a massive achievement to get there. We’re on the cusp of doing something unbelievable, something that’s never been done in this club’s history.
“So you’ve got to enjoy it, but you’ve also got to know that there’s a seriousness to it as well, so let’s go out and try and make history.”
With 90,000 supporters packed under the Wembley arch – including 80 of Deeney’s family and friends – not to mention a global audience of millions, the club captain accepts this will be the biggest game of his career to date.
“Yes, I think it will,” he said. “It’s the biggest occasion and naturally it’s a monumental game in terms of what it means to English football.
“To possibly be leading the team out in front of all those people, and having my family and friends there, it will be massive to me.”
But has the skipper stopped to imagine, just for one moment, how it would feel to walk those Wembley steps and lift the famous trophy aloft for the first time in Watford’s 138-year history?
“If we win I get to pick up a trophy in front of my mum and I haven’t done that since I was about 12,” he said.
“I’ve won a few individual awards but this is different, this is a team one. It’s alright having individual awards but the team ones are more important than anything and it’s history for this club.
“We’re not naïve, this is a massive test that’s in front of us and probably the hardest one, but if you want to win trophies and get into Europe then you have to play against the best.
“Elton John’s up there [points to photo on training ground wall] and he’s synonymous with this club, but I want my picture up there for years to come as well.”