Former Doncaster Rovers favourite James Hayter is looking for another piece of Wembley history this afternoon when he appears in the League One play-off final for Yeovil Town.
Hayter, who left Rovers last summer to join Yeovil, wrote his name into the clubs history books when he scored the only goal of the game in the 2008 League One play-off final to defeat Leeds United.
The striker, who spent five years with Rovers, scored with a bullet header early in the second half to defeat Leeds and help Rovers claim promotion to the second tier of English football for the first time in fifty years.
Hayter left the Keepmoat last summer following Rovers relegation from the championship after a four year stay and he is now aiming for a quick return with his new club Yeovil, who face Brentford at Wembley this afternoon.
The 33-year-old admits the play-off final against Leeds is all a bit of a blur and the highlight of his sixteen-year playing career that started at Bournemouth in 1997. Speaking in the Western Gazette , Hayter said, ‘It was a bit of a blur after but I have seen it a few times now. It was just after half time and a header from a corner that put us 1-0 up. We had played really well and in the first half we should have been 2-0 or 3-0 ahead.
“After we scored Leeds put us under pressure but we held on and the rest is history. That’s definitely the best day of my career so far. To score the winner at Wembley and in cup finals is what every child dreams of. It was unbelievable to go there and play in a Yorkshire derby in front of 70,000 fans.”
Hayter is now aiming to add a new highlight to his career, which has also included the fastest ever Football League hat-trick when he scored three times for Bournemouth in 140 seconds against Wrexham in 2004. ‘We were the underdogs on the day against Leeds but we managed to pull off a result and I scored the winner. That’s the highlight of my career and to go there and do something with Yeovil would be right up there,’ continued Hayter.
The striker has enjoyed a tremendous first season at Huish Park with Yeovil. He has netted 16 times for the club as they clinched a place in the play-offs.
After beating Sheffield United in their play-off semi-final, Brentford stand in their way of a first ever season in the championship, having only been in the Football League since 2003.
It would be an amazing treble for Hayter with both his former clubs, Bournemouth and Doncaster already gaining promotion from League One this season.
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