Oyebanjo sole remaining survivor from last Wembley trip

York's full-back Lanre Oyebanjo.
York's full-back Lanre Oyebanjo.
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YORK city are the county’s most frequent visitors to new Wembley.

Since the £757m home of English football was reopened in 2007, the Minstermen have been there no less than four times.

It is an impressive record and one that none of their fellow play-off qualifiers in League Two can rival. Not, however, that City’s four previous visits – the most recent of which came in 2012, when goals from Ashley Chambers and Matty Blair clinched promotion back to the Football League – are likely to stand the current squad in good stead.

Nigel Worthington’s major overhaul of the squad is the reason with only Lanre Oyebanjo of the team on duty that day at Wembley likely to start against Fleetwood Town tonight.

The York full-back said: “It is only two years but there has been some change around in personnel.

“The manager is different and now we are pushing for League One and not trying to get out of the Conference. That is just how football is but we feel confident.”

A 17-game unbeaten run is the reason for that optimism, as Oyebanjo is the first to admit.

He added: “Looking back to Christmas, when we were down there and just trying to secure our league status, we always knew there was an outside chance of us getting towards the play-offs.

“It was important that we carried on that unbeaten run at Scunthorpe where we were very disappointed to be 2-1 down at half-time. But we picked it up and showed our character against a very good team who had been top of the league for a long time.

“That character and comeback will stand us in good stead for the play-offs because we know that if do go behind we are capable of coming back. Hopefully, though, we will not be in that situation.

“Fleetwood are a good side and we expect a tough test. I want to go to Wembley again and win but let’s get there first.”