Aug 23 2012 By Tim Street
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LEE PEARCE wants to thanks David Seaman for making him a better keeper – by taking him fishing at Bedfont Lakes.
Seaman was one of six ex-internationals drafted in by sponsors Budweiser to help Wembley FC with their FA Cup campaign, which gets underway again on Saturday as the Lions travel to Uxbridge.
As part of the preparations, the former Arsenal and England keeper took Pearce and the other Wembley keepers for training sessions at Bisham Abbey – and was there to guide Pearce as he took his place between the sticks against Langford in the last round.
Pearce said: “What the guys have done for us is fantastic, there has been no aloofness. They have gone beyond what they were brought in to do.
“Seaman took a coaching session with my kids, which he didn't have to do – he could have just gone and got a cup of tea instead.
“I've now got David Seaman's number on my mobile, which if you had told me a year ago I'd have thought you were mad. Maybe I'll take him fishing to say thanks – David Seamen eaten alive at Bedfont Lakes had a nice ring to it.
“At my age, I was a bit cynical about what I could learn or how my game could be changed, but he has really tidied up my game – things like punching the ball whereas I would try to catch everything before – and giving it a real punch rather than a jab.
“Then you get Ray Parlour coming down to training before the Langford game when he didn't have to and helping carry the goals. I'm not someone who's impressed by money or fame, but I've been impressed by these guys.”
Pearce admitted the flip side of the coin was that players who had helped Wembley open their league campaign with a win at Raynes Park Vale seven days earlier had to step aside to accommodate the likes of Parlour and Graeme Le Saux for the FA Cup game.
But he added: “There were obviously some players disappointed they weren't involved against Langford – take Taiwo Edun, he was brilliant against Raynes Park, but had to make way for Le Saux.
“But then, at least Taiwo can tell his kids and grandkids he was once dropped for a former England player, and came on as a sub for Graeme Le Saux.
“There is also the motivation for the lads who weren't involved to make sure they are involved against Uxbridge, which should keep everyone on their toes.”