Forest Green FA Vase 1982 Wembley hero Andy Leitch is backing his old club to make history and reach the Football League.
Leitch, now 66, went down in Rovers’ folklore 35 years ago, bagging a brace in Rovers’ 3-0 victory over Rainworth Miners' Welfare FC.
Leitch and his Wembley team-mates Jimmy Jenkins, David Dangerfield and Steve Doughty were special guests of the club on Saturday as Rovers thumped Wrexham 3-0.
To cap a memorable day, Leitch and ex-team-mate Jimmy Jenkins spent some post-match time with boss Mark Cooper
Leitch said: “It was a real pleasure to meet up with Mark and kind of him to invite us into his office for a beer. It was good to have a chat with him and he was interested in our history. I really hope Mark can now lead the team into the Football League.”
And Rovers' boss Cooper was happy to meet up with the past greats, he added: "Andy and the rest of the FA Vase squad put Forest Green on the map back in the 1980s.I'm pleased they enjoyed the game and day with us."
Leitch was a prolific non-league hot-shot, equalling Jeff Astle’s FA Cup record, scoring in six consecutive ties for Minehead, including goals against Swansea and Portsmouth.
And Rovers’ old goal scoring hero still finds it hard to believe the 1982 Wembley win was more than three decades ago.
“It is hard to believe it was 35 years ago,” he said.
“Wembley was another level, I’d never even been before we played, but remembered all the great games and players who had played at the old stadium and it was a dream to score and then win it, fantastic, it never leaves you, was a great team effort, with great memories.”