Sutton United goalkeeper, Ross Worner, is actually an Arsenal fan and he revealed recently that David Seaman is his hero.
Worner has been supporting the Gunners since he was seven years old after he saw David Seaman in action.
“I have been an Arsenal fan since 1996,” he revealed. “I watched Seaman save two penalties in Euro 96 and that was it for me.
“This is the best draw we could have got. Seeing Arsene Wenger walk out and stand by the dugout at our place will be a sight to remember. “
“Seaman is my biggest hero, though I didn’t model myself on him. I was more of a ‘throwmyself-about’ kind of keeper. I am a lot shorter, so I have had to be very agile.
“He was steady, not flash – that’s what I liked about him.”
Another interesting story to come out of the FA Cup clash is when Olympic goal medal winner, Sally Gunnell, visited his frame shop.
As with most of the Sutton players, 27-year-old Worner has a part-time job on the side of football. The money in National League teams is only a fraction of that in higher tier football. In fact, Sutton only have an annual turnover of around £800,000; Arsenal’s is £330m. Therefore, you can understand that most players at that level can’t afford to solely play football.
Sutton goalkeeper, Worner, owns a frame shop on the side and got a rather special visitor ahead of the U’s clash against Arsenal.
Olympic Gold Medallist, Gunnell, visited his shop to have her 1992 shoes, vest and number framed, completely unaware of who Worner was.
“I didn’t know anything about it,” she told the Daily Express. “I didn’t even know that Ross played for Sutton, or that he was their goalkeeper
“I knew a couple of smaller clubs had done well in the FA Cup this year because we are all football fans in our family but I didn’t realise it was him. It’s fantastic.
“There will never be another highlight like this for them.
“This is all my gear from 1992. I have never, ever, put anything up on the wall, so I decided it was time.
“There are trophies in the toilet, that’s all. The medal is not going in – that still gets handed around so I need that. I’m a West Ham fan normally but I am a Sutton fan this week, no doubt about it.”
Gunnell, now 50, won gold for the 400m hurdles in 1992 and is still the only female British athlete to win Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth titles. She’s now a motivational speaker. Let’s hope she’s not been giving Worner too many motivation tips.