WHETHER the first-leg of the Isuzu FA Vase semi-final takes place this weekend or next week, nothing can distract from the magnitude of this two-legged contest for Worcester City.

Coventry City and Liverpool in the FA Cup, the glory days of the 1970s, they are all times that City fans will look back on (if young enough!) with fond memories, but this is the new era and the potential of a Wembley final looks hard to top.

Not much would come close to that. It's not a league title or promotion, but a trip to the home of football backed by thousands in blue and white would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for all involved with the club.

But first... they must come through two matches against Great Wakering Rovers from Southend. 

Much of the talk this week has been of the Claines Lane's pitch, moving to Sixways and, of course, the weather.

But for chairman Steve Goode, regardless of whether this first-leg is this week or next week, it is something that has captured the imagination of the whole city.

"This is by far the biggest occasion I have experienced whilst being involved with the club," he said.

"Coventry was big but then I was only the supporter. This is massive for the city."

It has been some season for Worcester. They have won trophy under their belt and there is potential for three more, including the Vase.

They remain big favourites to win the Hellenic League Premier, two points clear with four games in hand and the Marsh Challenge Cup should not be too much of a problem.

But the Vase just has that special feel about it, especially given there is a chance that, potentialy, anything upwards of 10,000 could venture up to watch their team at Wembley.

"It’s a brilliant occasion, the whole place is buzzing. This season has been unbelievable," Goode added.

"It's great seeing all the local lads pulling together under another local lad in Chris Cornes (manager).

"I can only imagine that, if we were lucky enough to get to Wembley, and I believe over two legs we can beat anyone. If we do get there, the fan base would be crazy, people would be shocked how many fans we would take.

"But the buzz around the city, everyone is talking about the football club.

"I have followed the club and the only success I have really seen is when my dad was alive back in the 70s, it's unbelievable.

"All the records this team are breaking. I feel sad in a way cause a lot of those records were set when my dad was involved but I know he would be happy to see me being the one to break them."

There is a pitch inspection at Claines Lane ahead of tomorrow's game at 7pm (Friday night, March 29).