U’s legend reflects on 2010 promotion back to the Football League

Constable, affectionately nicknamed Beano, captained United when they beat York City 3-1 in the Conference play-off final at Wembley.

Matt Green broke the deadlock after 15 minutes, before strike partner Constable doubled the lead six minutes later, as he dispatched his 26th goal of the season in front of the 33,000 travelling U’s fans.

The Minstermen pulled a goal back, but Alfie Potter netted on the break during stoppage time, to seal promotion.

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Constable told the Oxford Mail: “Looking back now, it’s still the highlight of my career. It was nice that we got to go there a day or two early and get that out of the way.

“To walk out in front of 33,000 Oxford fans and feel that energy that they gave us on the day, was phenomenal.

“It was then more relief at the end at the final whistle because the season had been a bit of a rollercoaster.

“To go there and get the result, and get that relief knowing we were back in the Football League, it gave us the opportunity to give to the supporters what they had been desperate for.

“I managed to miss all the celebrations because I had press after the game, so I remember coming back in, and there was beer everywhere.

“Looking back, that’s the one thing I regret. Not being in those pictures for the celebrations.

“The highlight of my career was being there on the day, and scoring at Wembley is every kids’ dream growing up.

“To be able to do that, and be captain on the day, was even more special, and made it a really proud moment for me.”

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United head to Wembley on Saturday, now aiming to secure promotion to the second tier of English football.

To do that, they must overcome a Bolton Wanderers side who beat the U’s 5-0 back in March.

Constable said: “I’ve been in that situation where you lose a game heavily, and it’s a good opportunity to sit down as a group with the players and get things out that people aren’t necessarily happy with.

“Things are said between players and you get it all out in the open, and you can move on.

“I’ve certainly been in that situation where you’ve had a heavy defeat, and it’s almost like the catalyst to then have a reset.

“I’m not sure how the first team did it, but that’s how we did it at the time. It is sometimes good with the knock-on it has, and what it can do to the morale of the team.”

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