Georgia Brougham remembers the roar around Wembley that greeted the final whistle as Stockport County clinched promotion to League One. On Sunday she will be 90 minutes away from potentially enjoying a similar high at the national stadium.
The Everton Ladies defender was a 10-year-old fan of the Hatters at the time and watched on from the stands as they edged a five-goal thriller against local rivals Rochdale in May 2008.
On Sunday, Brougham and her Blue Girls teammates will be out to reach Wembley themselves when they take on Arsenal in the FA Women’s Cup semi-finals.
“I was a massive Stockport County fan growing up,” she told evertonfc.com. “I was there at Wembley when they played Rochdale. County won 3-2 and the scenes were ridiculous!
“That’s the only time I’ve been to Wembley and it was a very good day so hopefully we can win on Sunday and go on to create more memories there.
“It shows how far the women’s game has come having the final at Wembley and how much it is growing.
“The FA Cup is the biggest competition in the English women’s game. It is my dream to play at Wembley and to lift the cup would speak volumes for where the Club is going.
“Sunday will be one of the biggest games I have been involved in. I played in the Continental Cup final for Manchester City – against Arsenal – in 2014 and we won 1-0 so hopefully it’s a repeat for me.
“But this is the biggest occasion I have had for Everton - it’s a massive game and we know where we want to be.”
The Toffees’ Cup tie is set to be played in the familiar surrounds of Marine FC’s Marine Travel Arena in Crosby, kick-off 12.30pm.
While the girls have spent the season playing on the artificial turf at Halton Stadium in Widnes, Brougham insists the squad are right at home on the grass in Crosby, having played there against Bristol City in the fifth round.
“It will be an advantage to us because Marine has been Everton Ladies’ home for years before we moved to Widnes,” she added. “When we played Bristol there it felt like home so we have to use that to our advantage.
“We have trained on grass this week and we’ve had away game on grass. You have to be able to adapt as players and crack on.
“We have had a few away on international duty but standards have been really high in training. We know we have had to prepare properly and training has been very good.
“There has been an extra edge - everyone is excited and in high spirits because we know what is at stake. But the quality has been up there in training and we know what we need to do.”
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