Chow continues his love affair with new Wembley

Whitley Bay FC playing at Wembley in the FA Vase Final 2001.  They won 3-2 for their third consecutive win. The two goalscorers Paul Chow and Lee Kerr with the trophy.
Whitley Bay FC playing at Wembley in the FA Vase Final 2001. They won 3-2 for their third consecutive win. The two goalscorers Paul Chow and Lee Kerr with the trophy.
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WHITLEY Bay striker Paul Chow added another record to his football career during the victory over Coalville Town in the FA Vase on Sunday.

As well as scoring the fastest goal at the new Wembley with his strike on 21 seconds in last season’s final against Wroxham, he is now part of a Whitley Bay team that has lifted the Vase three times in a row and four times in total.

And a tongue in cheek target set at the beginning of the season to score in every round of this year’s competition turned out into a reality when he notched a brace at Wembley on Sunday.

Speaking after the final whistle, Chow said: “I can’t really put it into words, I am absolutely ecstatic.

“I’m totally and utterly worn out, but what a feeling, it’s absolutely fantastic.”

Chow contributed a goal in either half of the dramatic victory, which saw the Bay lose their lead twice over the 90 minutes before he clinched the winner with four minutes to go.

The striker, who was referred to as a donkey by Poole Town fans in the semi-final, described the feeling of scoring at the home of English football.

“As a centre forward you hope you have a chance, and to get two goals at such a fantastic stadium is unbelievable,” he said.

He admitted Coalville took him by surprise throughout the game, but knows that when people look back at the history books it is Whitley Bay who they will be talking about.

He added: “Coaville were excellent, we had them watched and knew that they were a decent side, but it took me by surprise how good they were.

“Whether it is experience or the never get beat attitude, we have umpteen unbeaten Vase runs and it just seems to happen where we get over the line.”