play-off hero upson looks to create wembley magic

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Bury St Edmunds-born Ed Upson is hoping to again live up to his reputation for scoring big goals in big games at Wembley on Sunday (1.30pm).

The former King Edward VI School pupil netted a late winner against Sheffield United to book Yeovil Town’s place in the League One play-off final against Brentford.

Closer to home, he is known for coming off the bench as a raw 15-year-old schoolboy to lash home a stunning winner for Ipswich Town to secure the FA Youth Cup in dramatic circumstances against Southampton in 2005.

“It has half sunk in,” he said ahead of playing at the national stadium for a chance to take Somerset club Yeovil to their highest-ever standard of football. “It is such a massive place to go.

“It is every boy’s dream to go to Wembley and is the kind of thing that doesn’t happen in most people’s lifetimes, so is really hard to believe.”

But the reality will begin to dawn when former Newmarket Town manager Gary Johnson takes Upson and his teammates out on to the hallowed Wembley turf today to ensure they are not soaking it up for the first time on Sunday.

After his heroics in the semi-final, setting up the first and scoring the second before being mobbed at the final whistle by his home fans, Upson admits the result is all that matters this time.

“Everyone wants to be the match winner and it is something I have been lucky enough to do, but it is more about winning the game now,” he said. “Of course, I would love to score the winner though.”

Upson, who joined Ipswich as a 12 year-old to be released after one first-team appearance at 20 before going on to play more than 100 games for Yeovil since 2010/11, revealed he will put himself forward in case of a penalty shootout.