Fan Power No Shock To Skipper

Captain Ricardo Almeida Santos is hoping to make Trophy final day a memorable one for the fans as he looks to lead Wanderers to Wembley glory.

Over 34,000 Wanderers’ supporters are making the trip to the capital to back Ian Evatt’s men in their bid to beat Plymouth Argyle and win the Papa Johns Trophy.

And with club crested flags being left out on each seat, the East end of the stadium on Sunday afternoon will be a sea of blue and white as Evatt’s team tries to become the first since 1989 to take a cup back to Bolton.

“Once I saw the number of fans going I wasn’t surprised,” said Santos.

“They always show up in their numbers and it will be good for the boys.

“They support us a lot and give us that extra energy and belief and hopefully we can go there and bring the trophy back home.

“It’s a big moment for everyone. We will go there and enjoy it but it’s business, as well, so we have to go there and win.”

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Should Wanderers repeat their success of 34 years ago in the same competition and mark the 100th anniversary of the club’s first FA Cup win at Wembley with another trophy, Santos would be the man to lift the silverware.

And that honour wouldn’t be lost on the defensive strongman – a leader on and off the pitch whose stock has risen in the tandem with the team after joining the Whites in League Two three years ago.

“It would mean everything,” he added. “When I first came here I never thought this would be happening.

“You’ve just got to soak it all up and enjoy the moment and hopefully by the end I can do that.”

Watch the skipper’s full pre-match interview in the video above.

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