Sidebar

18
Wed, Oct
51 New Articles

Typography
CARLOS EDWARDS is so excited about the LDV Vans final that if he scores, he's stripping.


Don't worry, we're sure he's not going to really. But then again it's always been the likeable Trinidadian's dream to play in a big British cup final in front of thousands of fans crammed into a packed stadium.

Who knows? If he does net a goal, his emotions will rise and perhaps the shorts will go down after all.

"Growing up in Trinidad I always wondered what it would be like to run out and play at the old stadium Wembley in a cup final," said Edwards.

"This one might be at the Millennium Stadium, but that's good because I'm with a Welsh club.

"Being out there is going to send the chills down my spine. It has been a dream for me." "The stadium is massive and it's already got a lot of history to it.

"Let's hope we can write our own chapter by becoming the first Welsh club side to win an English trophy there."

It's an amazing fact that Wrexham, for whom the prefix "crisis-hit" is now almost obligatory, could well have three players in next year's World Cup finals - not many Premiership sides can boast that.

But last week, as Edwards and compatriots Hector Sam and Dennis Lawrence were on the other side of the world trying their hardest to get Trinidad to Germany, there was another event constantly in the back of their minds.

Edwards added: "While I was back home I focused on doing my best out there. But the LDV final was always in my head. All three of us have been thinking about going there on Sunday and giving something back to the people who have welcomed us so much.

"Wrexham is our home now and we'd like to give the fans something to remember."

Put on the spot, ambitious Edwards did reveal his biggest dream.

"This final is going to be brilliant, but ultimately my biggest aim is to play with Trinidad at the World Cup finals," he said..

"But the time for all that will come. We've still got about a year and seven matches which will decide if we're going to Germany.

"Cardiff is first and foremost in my mind at the moment.

"This will be one of the biggest games in my career.

"It's not the FA Cup, but for a club like Wrexham this final is going to be a wonderful event."

With the club still facing an uncertain future, many fans will travel from North Wales looking to treat Sunday as a party day, determined to enjoy the afternoon and forget about what could be in store for Wrexham.

And Edwards stressed the players are desperate to make sure the showpiece event will end in the correct way - with the Dragons lifting the cup.

"It's not been the best season for us," he added. "There are lot of things about how the club's been run which are upsetting, but this has put a smile back on people's faces.

"The fans deserve a bit of success. They've had a terrible time of it this season, but this can be a thank you from the players to them for all their support.

"If you look at the ups and the downs we've endured this term, this can be something which will brighten up the club and the whole town.

"The players have got a duty to go down to Cardiff, do the best we can and hopefully come away with the trophy."

And while winning it for the fans might be uppermost in Edwards' mind, he admits there's nothing wrong with a bit of selfishness on the big day.

"I'd love to get a goal," added Edwards. "I'll go wild if I do. In fact, if I score I'm going to strip. I'll become a streaker.

Don't put that in the article!"

Sorry Carlos, but it's our public duty to give everyone a little warning. CaarrlloossEEddwwaarrddss:: Paayybbaacckkttiimmee