I have above looked back on three of my most memorable Winchester matches, the F A Cup match with Cirencester in 2018/19, the F A Cup match with Truro in 2016/17 and the league match with Cirencester in 2019/20.
My attempts to add the files as attachments did not appear to be a success and I have now listed the three reports on separate threads, although I have taken more space on this forum than I would have liked.
I did go to the 2004 F A Vase final at St Andrews and remember meeting Terry Bone who I contacted to book a place on the coach. I remember there being at least three coaches, there could have been more and as for the game itself Andy Forbes scored in the first half and Shaun d**e scored with a second half penalty to complete a 2-0 win.
I in fact saw the first three F A Vase finals in which a Wessex League club played, also seeing Wimborne v Guiseley (1992) an d Truro v AFC Totton (2007). In addition to the 2004 F A Vase final of 2004 AFC Sudbury also lost the F A Vase finals of 2003 and 2005, and before merging with Sudbury Wanderers to form AFC Sudbury. Sudbury Town also lost the 1990 F A Vase final.
I also went to the Vase final with my wife and 2 daughters, the home semi having been the first City game I'd watched since the 70s. I believe there were 6 coaches or so - it was a great day for the club and a great atmosphere, although I can't help wondering if there would have been a bigger crowd if it had been played at Wembley. I didn't think the game itself was particularly memorable - City never looked anything other than comfortable.
The game was the culmination of a huge run of success for the Club - with something like 11 trophies in 3 or 4 seasons. The team we accumulated could have easily have held their own 2 or 3 divisions above the Wessex League - which was much stronger in those days than at present.
The Final itself was (for me anyway) a nerve racking experience, at least until Andy Forbes scored one of his customary goals to open the scoring. That goal was the last one of the 76 that Forbsey scored in the season - and resulted in the Bookmaker at the ground running out of money, with so many City supporters grabbing generous of odds of 7-1 for him to score the first goal! When Danny Smith was tripped in the area early in the second half, the resultant penalty was converted by Sean d**e - and the rest is history.
I agree that the crowd would have been much larger had the game been played at Wembley - but I would rather have won at St Andrews than lose at Wembley (which AFC Totton did a few years later). All in all, a day I will never forget.