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Sunday, 5 January, 2003, 13:44 GMT
Shrewsbury's precious Jem
Shrewsbury celebrate their FA Cup giantkilling win over Everton
Jemson (right) is calm during the celebrations

Shrewsbury FA Cup hero Nigel Jemson toasted victory over Everton with a cup of tea and a night in front of the television on Saturday.

While Shrewsbury's young team would have been expected to party hard following their remarkable third round victory at Gay Meadow, their much-travelled captain headed straight for home.

Jemson, who scored both goals to sink Everton, was still up for the cup - but this time it was with milk and two sugars.

Jemson factfile
1969: Born Preston, 10 August
1988: Joins Nottingham Forest in 150,000 move from Preston
1990: Scores Forest's winner in 1-0 Littlewoods Cup final win over Oldham
1991: Left out of Forest's FA Cup final team against Spurs
1991: Joins Sheffield Wednesday for 800,000 but seriously injures both ankles in car crash
1994: Moves to Notts County for 300,000
1996: Joins Oxford United for 60,000
1998: 100,000 move to Bury
2000: Prompts a late career renaissance as he joins Shrewsbury on a free transfer
"I actually don't feel that great - I think I have come down with a touch of flu," Jemson told BBC Sport Online on the morning after the day before.

"I didn't get home until after eight and it was just a case of having a cup of tea with the wife and kids and trying to keep my eyes open until Match of the Day."

TV highlights gave Jemson the chance to wallow in the aftermath of the Shrews' win - and provided proof that the giantkilling act was carried out entirely on merit.

"Obviously we were the underdogs but at the third round there always has to be one upset and we thought maybe it could be our day," Jemson revealed.

"Our pitch isn't the best and we knew Everton would find it hard to come and play their attractive football on it.

"We got off to a good start, the crowd got behind us and we made it hard for them.

"We passed the ball and we were a bit disappointed we didn't go in at half time more than 1-0 up."

I never lost faith in my ability and I know I have still got it

Nigel Jemson
Jemson opened the scoring with a precision free-kick and, after Niclas Alexandersson had levelled for the Premiership side, secured victory with a late header.

The goals - and the victory - helped erase a recurring FA Cup nightmare for Jemson.

A burgeoning prospect who joined Nottingham Forest from his home-town club Preston, the 21-year-old Jemson already had England Under-21 caps to his name when he scored a hat-trick in Forest's march to the FA Cup final, only to find himself dropped for the Wembley date with Spurs.

Having scored the Wembley winner in the League Cup final against Oldham a season earlier, FA Cup heartache was hard for Jemson to stomach.

Matchwinner Nigel Jemson shows off the Littlewoods Cup after Nottingham Forest's 1990 Wembley win
Jemson was Forest's 1990 Wembley hero
The striker has been waiting a long time to remedy the situation.

"Saturday was a fantastic day for me personally. To score two goals against Premiership teams is fantastic.

"Of course it was very disappointing when I got left out of the Forest team in the '91 cup final, but that is history and you just get on with it."

Jemson still harbours hopes of dancing on football's big stage at least once more and will be eagerly awaiting news of Monday's fourth roun draw.

"I never lost faith in my ability and I know I have still got it - it's just a case of putting it against the best.

"The 1990 win against Oldham was a magnificent achievement and a great memory, but it's that far gone now. It seems such a long time ago.

"I've been fortunate and have had a lot of success over my career and long may it continue.

"I look after myself and I do plenty of stretching and that has paid off.

"I've still got a few years in the old legs yet."


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