Day dream finally comes true
By Ian Cooper IF GOOD things come to those who wait, then ex-QPR goalkeeper Chris Day was long overdue his big Wembley moment. The former Loftus Road favourite finally took his bow at the national stadium with Blue Square Premier side Stevenage Borough on
By Ian Cooper
IF GOOD things come to those who wait, then ex-QPR goalkeeper Chris Day was long overdue his big Wembley moment.
The former Loftus Road favourite finally took his bow at the national stadium with Blue Square Premier side Stevenage Borough on Saturday, as they beat York City to lift the FA Carlsberg Trophy.
And the veteran shot-stopper, who was with the Rs from 2001 to 2005 and helped guide his team to the 2003 play-off final in Cardiff, revealed the occasion was well worth the wait.
"It's nice to finish this season on a high," said Day. "I'd been a sub in two Wembley cup finals before, and I played at the Millennium Stadium for QPR, and although I didn't play in the first team, I enjoyed the occasion.
"It's more great memories. For me, today was about seeing as many of my friends and family and as many people from the town as possible enjoying a great day out. This was their day."
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Day led his hometown club to a 2-0 win over York City to lift the trophy, making a crucial save from Adam Boyes midway through the first half when the match was goalless.
The 33-year-old is still eager to taste league glory with Borough after they missed out in this year's play-offs, but admitted he still cherishes memories of the team he left behind four years ago.
"I'm coming up to 34, but hopefully I've got another few years left in the bank," he added. "It's another thing I can tick off, it would be nice to play here in the league and fingers crossed I can do that with Stevenage.
"I've got a lot of friends here today who are QPR fans, people who I met through the club.I still follow them a lot and it would be nice to see them here one day in the play-off final."
But while Day looks forward to another possible Wembley appearence, he spared a thought for Hoops' keeper Lee Camp, who looks set to depart Loftus Road this summer, leaving Radek Cerny as the sole goalkeeper at the club.
"It's a bit of an unusual situation, because there are a lot of good keepers out there, and in that division most teams have two goalkeepers.
"I'm sure they'll bring someone in. Obviously they've made the decision not to play Lee and by all accounts they've had a falling out.
"It's a club in transition, but the main thing about QPR has always been the fans, and as long as that stays, that's the main thing,