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Birmingham's Geoff Horsfield
"It's going to be a good game, especially for the fans"
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Horsfield: We won't roll over
Geoff Horsfield
Horsfield is a big Liverpool fan
Geoff Horsfield explains to BBC Sport Online's Mandeep Sanghera how his graduation from bricklayer to cup finalist will make him appreciate the occasion.

Four years ago Geoff Horsfield was working on a building site.

On Sunday in the Worthington Cup final, the Birmingham striker will be aiming to demolish the hopes of Liverpool in their quest for a unique treble.

The Anfield outfit are challenging for victory in the Worthington, FA and Uefa Cup competitions.

Add to that the fact that the Merseyside club have a special place in his affections, and the game has added appeal for Horsfield.

But while Liverpool are strong favourites to defeat Birmingham and win the first of what could turn out to a triple trophy haul, Horsfield and his team-mates seem less than willing to play just a supporting act.


Some of the lads off the building site used to come and watch me. Some would say I was good and others said I was crap
  Geoff Horsfield

Horsfield said: "For everyone involved at Birmingham City, it is one of the biggest games of their lives and for me as well, especially as they are my boyhood heroes.

"Growing up, I didn't get to see them that often as I was playing myself, but I always look out for their results.

"I started supporting them in the Eighties when they had the likes of Ian Rush and Kenny Dalglish in their side and they were dominating like Manchester United are now.

"I had Liverpool videos, although I don't know where they are now. Probably at my dad's.

"So I am really looking forward to the game and will savour the occasion."

He continued: "We have a fantastic side and are good enough to give anyone a game. We will go out to win and try to enjoy it, but we will not just roll over."

It is not in Horsfield's nature to give up easily, especially after the kind of effort he has put in to become a professional footballer.

Geoff Horsfield
Horsfield scored twice against Ipswich in the semi-final

"I was a hod-carrier, bricklayer on a building site," said Horsfield, who combined his work with part-time spells at Guiseley and Witton after leaving Scarborough.

He then moved to Conference side Halifax and had a spell at Fulham before becoming Birmingham's record signing last July when he signed for 2.25m.

His backgound has proved a valuable learning experience on the way to the League Cup final - the unexpected highlight of his career so far.

"It is a good thing as I appreciate things a lot more," he said. "Most players have been in football and nothing else but I had to work for a living while playing non-league football which is one of the hardest things to do."

"When I was working and I didn't think that I would get this far.

"Some of the lads off the building site used to come and watch me. Some would say I was good and others said I was crap. But some still come and watch me now."

Horsfield says the second round tie against Wycombe gave Birmingham their biggest scare, despite the fact that the Midlands club have overcome three Premiership sides to reach the final.


We will be a bit apprenhensive and cross our fingers before the game hoping they have a bad day
  Geoff Horsfield

Whether Liverpool will be one top-flight opposition too many, Horsfield says there will be no lack of effort from the Blues camp.

"We will approach this the same as before," he said. "We will go in confident, play our game and try to stop them playing their football.

"We will have to stop their front three if they play that way.

"We will be a bit apprehensive and cross our fingers before the game hoping they have a bad day as, on their day, they can beat anyone.

"They are one of the best teams in Europe but we wil give it our best shot.

"It is a great day out and we will be aiming to enjoy it. Hopefully, we can make it a day to remember. Dafter things have happened."

Worthington Cup final will be broadcast on BBC Sport Online and BBC Five Live 909 & 693 MW from 1500 GMT.

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