I talked last week about the importance of not letting the sense of occasion and the atmosphere unsettle you in a big match at Wembley and after watching Crewe beat Cheltenham in the npower League 2 Play-Off Final on Sunday, I'd have to say the Alexandra players coped with the nerves and the expectation better than their counterparts.
I'm not saying the Robins froze because Mark Yates' team certainly had their chances on a different day, the result could have been different, but I was hugely impressed by the way what was a very young Crewe side played their football and fulfilled their potential when it really mattered. Maybe it was the ignorance of youth but Steve Davis' side looked like they played at Wembley every week.
They also has that essential ingredient every successful side needs - a bit of luck. There was absolutely nothing lucky about Nick Powell's beautiful strike for Crewe's opener, a gorgeous goal from range, but it could easily have been 1-1 of Jeff Goulding's thunderbolt had hit the back of the net rather than the crossbar and, as I said, Cheltenham had other chances to get on level terms before Byron Moore made it 2-0 late in the second-half.
They say sometimes a team's name is already on the cup and I always fancied Crewe to win at Wembley. I think fate is too strong a word for it and I'm not a superstitious man but their incredible winning streak since November and the side's youthful exuberance all made me think it was going to be their day.
Credit has to go to Mark Yates for his post-match comments. He's a decent man and he said that Crewe were worthy winners because they took their chances and his team did not. It was an honest assessment of the game at a difficult time and just goes to prove yet again that matches are decided by very small margins.
Powell's goal lit up Wembley and only added to the 18-year-old's growing reputation. There were rumours of interest in Powell even before the match from a number of top sides, including my old club Manchester United, and that strike will definitely focus the spotlight on him even more.
Time will tell if a big club actually comes in with a juicy offer in the summer. We all know United have a track record in nurturing young players, so I've no doubt they would look after him well at Old Trafford, but the decision about his future lies with the player, his agent and the club.
Whatever happens, it is a glowing endorsement of npower League 2 that young English players like Powell can ply their trade in the lower divisions and still come onto the radar of the big boys. I know from experience that npower League 2 matches are awash with scouts and it proves the traditional career path from lower leagues to the top flight still exists.
It's also worth noting that nine of the Crewe starting XI at Wembley were products of the club's Academy, which I think is an unbelievable statistic. In the past, the Academy has polished up the likes of David Platt, Neil Lennon and Danny Murphy and in Powell and his current team-mates, the Railwaymen have proved that the production line is in good health.
I'm sure the Crewe squad will enjoy their summer holidays but while the players from all the Football League clubs sun themselves on beaches around the world, I'd urge you to spare a thought for their managers.
It's true that the modern player can't completely let themselves go during their six-week break like we did back in my day. They're all sent off with individual schedules to keep them flexible and ensure their general fitness levels don't drop too alarmingly but it's still a real break from football, both physically and mentally.
It's a different story for managers. At Macclesfield, Stockport and Morecambe, there wasn't a single day during the summer when I wouldn't be on the phone dealing with something football related. It really was 24/7 and it used to drive my missus absolutely mental when we sitting on a beach in Spain and my mobile would go off for the fourth or fifth time on any given day.
A manager's greatest fear during the summer is missing out on a player. It's our biggest nightmare that one missed call could see a bargain buy slip through the net and it's why we are never off duty. A lot of the calls, most of which are from agents, ultimately come to nothing but every now and again they result in a fantastic transfer and sense of satisfaction you get when you do a good bit of business is addictive.
This is my last blog of the season. I hope you've enjoyed reading them as much as I have writing them and thank you for all your comments and questions.
Have a great summer.