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Did you see Diss Town lift the FA Vase at Wembley?

PUBLISHED: 16:13 04 May 2019

Celebrations of the Diss Town FA Vase Cup win against Taunton at Wembley, 7 May 1994 . Photo: Archant Library

Celebrations of the Diss Town FA Vase Cup win against Taunton at Wembley, 7 May 1994 . Photo: Archant Library

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It is the most memorable day in the town's modern history, when the streets of Diss emptied to fill Wembley to see Diss Town lift the FA Vase trophy.

Diss Town FA Vase Cup win against Taunton at Wembley, 7 May 1994 . Photo: Archant LibraryDiss Town FA Vase Cup win against Taunton at Wembley, 7 May 1994 . Photo: Archant Library

The date May 7, 1994 is a treasured memory of fans of the Eastern Counties League side as the Tangerines triumphed beneath the twin towers of the old Wembley stadium.

A 13,450 crowd watched the final as Diss came from behind to beat Taunton Town 2-1 after extra time.

Score board of the Diss Town FA Vase Cup win against Taunton at Wembley, 7 May 1994. Photo: Archant LibraryScore board of the Diss Town FA Vase Cup win against Taunton at Wembley, 7 May 1994. Photo: Archant Library

The team, managed at the time by Bill Punton, had trailed for much of the game, but equalised deep into injury time thanks to a penalty from Paul Gibbs. Peter Mendham then stepped up to score the winner in extra time.

It was a day when the country town came to the big city and carried off the honours. The following day the 'Tangie Army' turned Diss orange for an open top parade through the town with thousands lining the streets to see the players and the trophy.

Celebrations of the Diss Town FA Vase Cup win against Taunton at Wembley, 7 May 1994 . Photo: Archant LibraryCelebrations of the Diss Town FA Vase Cup win against Taunton at Wembley, 7 May 1994 . Photo: Archant Library

Now as the 25th anniversary fast approaches we are calling on fans to relive their recollections of the club's finest hour. Were you in the Wembley crowd or did you line the streets?

The occasion lives long in memories of fans young and old. EDP editor David Powles was among those at Wembley. “Sometimes you just get lucky. By that I don't mean Diss Town were lucky to win the FA Vase final - or the players and fans were lucky to have such a memorable day at Wembley Stadium. Just that I was lucky to be there to witness it,” he said.

Celebrations of the Diss Town FA Vase Cup win against Taunton at Wembley, 7 May 1994 . Photo: Archant LibraryCelebrations of the Diss Town FA Vase Cup win against Taunton at Wembley, 7 May 1994 . Photo: Archant Library

“The sea of orange at the famous stadium seemed to go on forever. It was a great day and I'm sure the enjoyment of the run made me determined to sign up for a Norwich City season ticket a year later. Players like Paul Gibbs, Paul Warne, Kelly Barth et al became my heroes. Twenty five years on those names live on - as do the fantastic memories.”

• Were you there to see Diss Town make history at Wembley? Post your memories in the comments below or email simon.parkin@archant.co.uk

Diss Town FA Vase Cup win against Taunton at Wembley, 7 May 1994 . Photo: Archant LibraryDiss Town FA Vase Cup win against Taunton at Wembley, 7 May 1994 . Photo: Archant Library

Celebrations of the Diss Town FA Vase Cup win against Taunton at Wembley, 7 May 1994 . Photo: Archant LibraryCelebrations of the Diss Town FA Vase Cup win against Taunton at Wembley, 7 May 1994 . Photo: Archant Library

Celebrations of the Diss Town FA Vase Cup win against Taunton at Wembley, 7 May 1994 . Photo: Archant LibraryCelebrations of the Diss Town FA Vase Cup win against Taunton at Wembley, 7 May 1994 . Photo: Archant Library

Diss Town FA Vase winners 1994. Peter Mendham front left with flag. Photo: Bill SmithDiss Town FA Vase winners 1994. Peter Mendham front left with flag. Photo: Bill Smith

Celebrations of the Diss Town FA Vase Cup win against Taunton at Wembley, 8 May 1994 . Photo: Archant LibraryCelebrations of the Diss Town FA Vase Cup win against Taunton at Wembley, 8 May 1994 . Photo: Archant Library

Celebrations of the Diss Town FA Vase Cup win against Taunton at Wembley, 8 May 1994 . Photo: Archant LibraryCelebrations of the Diss Town FA Vase Cup win against Taunton at Wembley, 8 May 1994 . Photo: Archant Library

Diss Town FA Vase Cup win against Taunton at Wembley, 7 May 1994 . Photo: Archant LibraryDiss Town FA Vase Cup win against Taunton at Wembley, 7 May 1994 . Photo: Archant Library

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