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#EveryGameMatters: George Thomas

5 September 2018

Leicester City's George Thomas is currently plying his trade on-loan at Scunthorpe United, but it was with hometown Club Coventry City where he made his name, most notably in the 2017 Checkatrade Trophy Final...

You were part of the Coventry City side that won the Checkatrade Trophy in 2016/17 – what can you remember about that game?

Everything!

It was such a good day, and obviously at the time we were struggling down near the bottom of the league against a good Oxford United side who were there the previous year - We were the underdogs going into the game.

44,000 Coventry fans were at the game, the atmosphere was electric and in the game itself we started sharp, opening the scoring in the 11th minute and suddenly everyone thought we could actually win this.

I think we played very well, tactically we were very good and to get the win was just a great achievement to end a great day.



Was that your first time playing at Wembley?

It was my first time even being at Wembley, I never got the chance to go there as a player or a fan so for me it was a brand new experience and an unbelievable day.

I’d obviously played quite a few league games until then so the nerves of playing had settled down, but before that game I’ve never been so nervous, I had butterfly’s in my stomach – even the day before the game.

To step out onto that pitch, the flames shooting up into the air in front of 74,000 supporters – which is the most I have ever played in front of – is a surreal experience. As soon as the game kicks off it is just a game of football.

It’s everyone’s dream to play at Wembley, what do schoolchildren want to do when in the playground, they want to play on the biggest stage and at the national stadium – to get there at such a young age, to score and then lift a trophy is a dream come true.

Talk us through your goal…

I could talk about this all day! I remember it so clearly, it was a goal kick, the ball got flicked on down the line and Kyel Reid picks me out on the edge of the box. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with the ball when it came to me, but as soon as the first touch killed it dead I just hit it.

I don’t know why, it was one of those rushes to the head, but as soon as I hit it I knew it was going into the bottom corner. To celebrate in front of all of those fans was, I’d say, the best moment of my life.


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