Defender looking to go one better than his best man who featured in first ‘New’ Wembley final.
In 2007 James Perch got his first taste of the new Wembley Stadium when he attended the FA Trophy final between Kidderminster Harriers and Stevenage Borough as he cheered on boyhood friend and best man at his wedding, former Kidderminster defender Gavin Hurren.
It was the first competitive final to be held at the current Wembley Stadium and Perch’s only visit as a spectator, but now he’s looking at a first playing berth and hoping to go one better than Hurren whose Kidderminster side lost 3-2 on the day.
“He’s (Hurren) always had that one up on me because no matter where I play he always says ‘well I’ve played at Wembley’, so he trumps me on that one every time, it would be nice to play and get even.
“Kidderminster lost very late on, hopefully that won’t happen for us and we’ll go one better and win, which would mean I’ve got one up on him then.
“He told me things about the occasion but to be actually preparing for it myself is so much different.”
Sunday’s game against Manchester United in the Community Shield will be Latics’ third visit to the national stadium in four month and summer signing Perch is hoping to keep up a winning run but said he understands how difficult the game will be.
“We’re going to turn up and enjoy it but most importantly we’re going to work hard so the fans can enjoy it.
“The fans will be there to have a nice day out and get behind us and we’ll be there to work to make sure that they can be proud of us by trying to win the game.
“We know it’s going to be tough but hopefully we can make it three out of three for the club.”
Perch also said that with Man United’s new manager on board, they’ll be eager to claim their first piece of silverware under David Moyes, but Latics will be out to stop them.
“It’s going to be a difficult game because it’s David Moyes’ first competitive game in charge of Man United and for a club like that it’s always important that they win trophies.
“I’m sure he and his team aren’t going to want to pass the Community Shield by, they’re going to want to win it as much as we do.
“They’re a very good side and they’re not going to just take this as a friendly game and certainly neither are we.”
Perch believes Latics good start to the season against Barnsley could be a major influence on the game and it’s outcome, adding:
“We’ve got off to a good start in the league and it’s a chance to use that as a positive ahead of Sunday.
“We want to take the way we played on Saturday into the game against Man United but we know it’s going to be a tough one, which means we really do have to be at our best.”
You can still make it to the Community Shield game against Man United on Sunday 11 August with tickets available until Friday.