Former Sutton United stopper Trevor Roffey is hoping the U’s can make history in today’s Papa Johns Trophy Final 2022.
The ex-Yellows keeper was taking in the atmosphere at the home of football ahead of today’s showdown between Sutton and Rotherham United.
“It’s a privilege for me to be here,” he explained. “The boys have played exceptionally well and again, for the fans and the Club, it’s a momentous occasion. Your debut season in the League and you get to a Final.”
Over the years, the South Londoners have earned a reputation as so-called ‘giant-killers’ – something the goalkeeper knows all about, having been a part of the team that famously defeated former champions Coventry in the FA Cup, before returning to his full-time job as a bricklayer the following week.
“I was involved during one of them against Coventry,” he recalled. “They’d won it in 1987 and they had nine of that existing team playing against us. They didn’t perform on the day and we took advantage of that and got a 2-1 win. What an evening’s entertainment that was! I played in goal that day. It was an amazing day for us and hopefully, this will be an amazing day for them."
And the U’s are something of a family affair for Roffey, whose dad Dave Roffey also played in goal for Sutton
“He made two appearances at the old Wembley in 1962 and 1968,” he continued. “He played in goal and I’ve just followed on.
“Sutton is one of the best family Clubs I’ve ever played at. They’re very welcoming and they look after you. We’re still friends all us players now. We get together and see each other once or twice a year.”
Indeed, if the U’s can live up to their billing once again this afternoon as history suggests, they’ll be on their way to victory.