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Non-League Finals Day will return to Wembley in May 2018

The Football Association have confirmed that Non-League Finals Day will return to Wembley Stadium on Sunday 20th May 2018.

This season will be the third time that the Buildbase FA Trophy and FA Vase Finals have been held at the home of English football.

In May 2016 over 46,000 supporters witnessed a piece of non-league history as the two finals were held on the same day for the first time.

On that occasion Hereford - backed by nearly 20,000 supporters and Ronaldo the Bull - were beaten by Ebac Northern League club Morpeth Town in the Vase final, whilst FC Halifax Town shocked Grimsby Town in the final of the FA Trophy.

The success and enthusiasm surrounding the inaugural Non-League Finals Day saw the FA confirm that the two finals would be to Wembley last season.

Again there was success for an Ebac Northern League club in the FA Vase, as South Shields beat Cleethorpes Town.

In front of around 15,000 Mariners supporters, former Sunderland and Middlesbrough star Julio Arca becoming the eighth captain of a Northern League club to lift the Vase in the last nine seasons.

In the FA Trophy Final there were echoes of the 2016 final.

Just like FC Halifax Town, York City had suffered relegation from the National League ahead of the final.

But just like the Shaymen they beat the odds to put a silver lining on a poor season by lifting the Trophy, much to the delight of an impressive band of travelling support.

An Aidan Connolly goal four minutes from time gave the Minstermen their second FA Trophy triumph, in a thrilling 3-2 victory of Macclesfield Town.

Now the FA have announced that non-league football will get another big day out at Wembley and it will take place on Sunday 20th May, less than twenty four hours after this season's Emirates FA Cup Final.

Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
Images: Reuters Media

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