Bolton skipper Davies desperate to right FA Cup wrongs

Bolton Wanderers skipper Kevin Davies is determined to overcome Stoke City and reach the FA Cup.

Bolton Wanderers skipper Kevin Davies is determined to overcome Stoke City and reach the FA Cup.

In 1997 he was part of a Chesterfield side that suffered an agonising defeat to Middlesbrough in a semifinal replay, while he was snubbed at Southampton for their final with Arsenal in 2003.

Davies told the Daily Mirror: "It's not quite worked out for me in the FA Cup. Other than my experiences with Chesterfield and Southampton, I haven't got close.

"I've such amazing memories of that semi-final against Middlesbrough, but they're more than tinged with disappointment. At 2-0, they're down to 10 men, you start dreaming, don't you?

"You start thinking about your Wembley cup final suit and song and I know I did. We didn't do anything particularly wrong. It's one of those that you look back on and think what could have been.

"It was a big disappointment, but I'm still grateful to have had that opportunity with Chesterfield. I try and take the positives from it and I got my move to Southampton at the end of that season, but there's still some hurt there.

"With Southampton, we got to the final and I fancied my chances of getting a place in the squad. But an hour-and-a-half before kick-off the manager told me I hadn't made the bench.

"Although I got to the final with Southampton, I never felt part of it. Gordon Strachan gave me a loser's medal on the way back on the coach, but it meant nothing to me. I don't even know where it is now."

 
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