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29 May 2014

15 years ago today (May 29), the Iron recorded their first ever victory at Wembley Stadium.

They defeated Leyton Orient 1-0 in the Division Three play-off final, with Alex Calvo-Garcia scoring the winner in the sixth minute.

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Here is what the key personnel said about the win:
Captain Chris Hope: "What do I remember? Well, it was a beautiful day - a really, really warm, humid day. One or two of their players had been shouting their mouths off about their chances and we kept a low profile. The anticipation was what excited us. We were all really looking forward to playing there. I remember we went to Dublin after beating Swansea at home in the play-offs. We had ten days between then and the final, and the manager took us away from all the madness back home. What a day though!"

Goalscorer Alex Calvo-Garcia: "Just playing there was a dream. The goal was the icing on the cake. Being absolutely honest, as soon as I headed the ball I knew it was going in. Our dietician Jeannie Baker had told me I would score the winning the goal. I could not find a word to fully describe what it felt like scoring. I even hugged the referee! I really felt I had given something back to all the people who had welcome me into the club and the country. Also, after scoring, I jumped on top of Russ Wilcox who was living another very special day. Good old Russ, with all his professionalism and common sense, told me to put my shirt back on. He was concerned about the referee booking me for taking my shirt away. The following day I went to buy a paper from the corner shop and you could see by people's smiles what it meant to them. I bought all the papers in the shop that day!

Manager Brian Laws: "It was fantastic. Calvo-Garcia put his name into the history books. The players thoroughly enjoyed it and we had great camaraderie at the time."

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