Wigan defender Caldwell out to prove brother wrong

09 May 2013 11:47

Gary Caldwell has extra motivation to make sure Wigan win the FA Cup on Saturday - proving his big brother wrong.

The Latics have reached the cup final for the first time in their history and will meet 2011 champions Manchester City at Wembley. Wigan's success has come as a surprise to many, including Caldwell's brother - and former Wigan defender - Steven.

The Latics captain said: "I spoke to him earlier this year saying it would be great if Wigan could win a trophy. He didn't think it was possible so hopefully I can make him eat his words on Saturday."

Caldwell remembers well watching the cup final with his brother at home in Scotland.

The 31-year-old picked out Manchester United's 1-0 win over Liverpool in 1996 as his abiding memory of finals from his youth. Eric Cantona scored the only goal five minutes from time in a final also remembered for Liverpool's cream suits - a fashion statement Wigan will not be copying on Saturday.

Caldwell said: "The one that sticks out would be the silly suits and the Cantona volley in the final minutes for Manchester United to win the double. It wasn't a great match but it was a great occasion.

"I just remember as a kid watching both cup finals. Obviously being Scottish the Scottish Cup final is a big day and a big occasion but I always remember getting up with my big brother and the family and watching the whole build-up to the FA Cup final.

"Back in the day it used to be a whole day event, and because it was the last day of the season it was a real showpiece day.

"You used to sit and watch that every year and to think one day you'd be a part of it was obviously a dream and that dream's come true this weekend."

Source: PA