It was certainly a case of mixed emotions, but Danny Scopes spoke of his immense pride in the knowledge that Concord Rangers’ long-awaited 2019/20 season Buildbase FA Trophy Final with Harrogate Town will be going ahead on Many Bank Holiday.
The Beach Boys defied the odds as well as covid restrictions to reach the showpiece event at the home of football.
The Canvey-based outfit was forced to play their semi-final tie with Halesowen Town behind closed doors due to measures brought in due to the pandemic. Then uncertainty reigned over the final, with some suggesting the competition could be declared null and void in line with several other non-league competitions.
However, having received the news that the game will now go ahead, Scopes expressed his delight although that was tinged with disappointment that the fans will not be able to attend what is the biggest match in the clubs’ history.
“It will be a proud day for everyone connected with Concord Rangers Football Club,” Scopes told Yellow Sport.
“Of course, we are all upset that the supporters can’t be with us, after all, they are the people who backed us and helped us win the games to get to Wembley. We are gutted for them.
“But that has only made us more determined and given us extra motivation to put on a decent performance which they can be proud of.
“The game will be shown live on television. We hope the fans will tune in and cheer for us. It is also fantastic for the players to be involved in a live match which will be broadcasted all over the world.
Having played on the parks around south-east Essex as an amateur footballer, the opportunity for Scopes to lead Concord out at Wembley is a wonderful ‘rags-to-riches’ story for the 46-year-old. However, the Beach Boys boss insisted it was all about the club, the players and the people involved behind the scenes and supporting from the terraces who mattered most: “It’s fantastic that we will get an opportunity to finish the journey,” he added.
“What with the state of the world over the past year, finishing the competition itself is a miracle.
“It is a dream come true for all of us – Concord Rangers playing at Wembley Stadium – competing the competition for those people is exactly what needed to happen. We will be doing everything in our power to give them something to be proud of come May 3.”