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Familiar Turf

21 May 2016

KELVIN Mellor knows first-hand how it feels to walk out at Wembley Stadium, and cannot wait for his teammates to experience an occasion "that dreams are made of."

The Pilgrims are back in training and well under way with preparations for the Sky Bet League 2 play-off final against AFC Wimbledon, taking place at a venue Kelvin knows rather well. The 25-year-old's six years with Crewe Alexandra included two successful trips to the Home of Football, earning promotion from League 2 via the play-offs in 2012, before lifting the Johnstone's Paint Trophy with Alexandra a season later.

"That was the first time I'd played at Wembley and it was an experience I'll never forget," said Kelvin on the 2012 final. "It's an unbelievable stage and the atmosphere is electric there, but winning it is another thing. I can't explain it - it's an unbelievable day.

"It was brilliant. The fans were great and it's what dreams are made of. It's where you want to be playing football - it's what you watch on TV with England and stuff, so it's where you want to be. It's hard to explain until you actually get there and feel the emotions and the vibes that you get when you're in the dressing room.

"Obviously when you step out you hear the fans; it's a great experience and it's what dreams are made of. It's a world you wouldn't have stepped into before - it's different."

The unique build-up to a Wembley final has captured the imagination of Argyle and the entire city of Plymouth, ensuring a busy couple of weeks for the Greens before the small matter of a football match on May 30. Kelvin is comfortably taking the occasion in his stride, though, and is keen to put across his experiences and composed demeanour to the rest of the dressing room.

"I feel a lot more relaxed going into it this time than the first time," said Mellor. "It is mentally draining. You can't stop thinking about it and everything is to do with that.

"I try to treat it just the same as every other game, really. Every game's a cup final but obviously this one means a bit more to us. We're just trying to make it as normal as possible and train properly, professionally and take it through to the game.

"Now we're training and we're just trying to keep it as normal as possible at the high standard that we can do. As long as you're mentally prepared and you approach it properly you'll be fine. We'll be fine and we'll pull everyone together.

"To play at Wembley and become a player that's part of a successful club: hopefully we can do that and as a team we're more than capable of that."

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