TOWN AT WEMBLEY: Toffolo could be in for quite a weekend

Harry Toffolo interviews team-mate Jermaine Hylton at the club’s Pre-Wembley Press Day (PIC: Richard Wintle)

Swindon Town wing-back Harry Toffolo could find himself getting through some serious celebrating if everything goes to plan this weekend at Wembley.

Not only will Toffolo – who is back in training and raring to go following a lengthy lay-off with a dead-leg – be focusing all of his attentions on trying to help the Robins overcome Preston North End at Wembley on Sunday, the youngster’s thoughts will also be on the Championship Play-Off Final just a day later.

Toffolo’s parent club Norwich City will go head-to-head with Middlesbrough on Monday with a coveted place in the Premier League at stake, with The Canaries on the cusp of bouncing straight back to the top flight after just a year out.

And, with Town hoping to be marking promotion to the Championship in style come Monday, Toffolo is keeping his fingers crossed that Norwich can finish the job off and make it a double celebration in the Toffolo household.

“It’s mind-boggling to be honest because I used to go to Wembley quite a bit as a Chelsea fan and you went quite a lot – not making a big deal about it – Chelsea won a few trophies at Wembley,” Toffolo told FLIC SPORT.

“I never thought I would have the opportunity at 19 to play at Wembley.

“I watched the Bristol Rovers game the other day – the Goosebumps I got from them walking out – I can’t wait to have that opportunity to play there in front of all the family.

“It’s really good to have that opportunity at 19-years-old – not every 19-year-old boy can say they’ve played at Wembley.

“I spoke to the Director of Football at Norwich and he’s said that there is a ticket there for me on the Monday if I want to go to it.

“Imagine getting two wins – a promotion to the Championship then a promotion to the Premier League.

“It could be quite a weekend.”

With the League One Play-Off Final now just days away, Toffolo is determined to make the most of his opportunity to play at Wembley by soaking up all aspects of the day, whilst remaining focused on the task at hand.

“You are waiting for it to come round and it will come round very quick. You’ve got to make sure that you are right in everything that you do and that you plan and prepare in the same way as you would for any other game – as the gaffer says it’s just another game,” added the 19-year-old.

“If everything is right then I’m sure we’ll be able to get the result.

“I remember we won the FA Youth Cup (with Norwich City) and because we went away to Stamford Bridge, it was really good to play in front of the 3,000 fans that travelled and it will be a memory that will live with me for ever.

“But you don’t really remember the whole thing and I wish that I remembered more about it.

“You’ve got to make the most of it and soak it all up because some players will never play at Wembley – this could be the last time that I play at Wembley in my career.

“You’ve got to make the most of it but you don’t want it to be the only time you play at Wembley and for it to be a loss – you’ve got to make sure you are focused and get the balance right between the two.

“I’m sure we will do that.”




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