Troy Deeney wants his mum to see him lift the FA Cup after Watford's final against Manchester City on Saturday.

The Hornets' skipper said that it would be the first time since he was about 12-years-old that his mother, Emma, would see him earn glory and, for him, that would mean more than anything else.

When asked if the prospect of playing in Europe following an FA Cup victory excited him, he simply responded, "Yeah, it would be nice.

"But if I win, I get to pick up a trophy in front of my mum, which is massive. I ain't done that since I was about 12, so to be honest, I don't really want to look that far ahead.

"That's very cliche, I'm just doing all the work I need to do now to make sure that I'm in the best position that I am to be A, picked but then B, to perform to a level that's acceptable.

"It's the biggest occasion and naturally it's a monumental game in terms of what it means to English football, so to possibly be leading the team out in front of all those people and obviously having my family and friends there it will be massive for me."

Deeney admitted it had been so long since he had earned any silverware as part of a team, he could not remember what it was he had last won and that he had never played in a cup final as a professional. 

The captain has collected some personal awards during his time at Vicarage Road, but said their importance would be greatly diminished by winning a team award.

"It would've been when I was at school probably, a school county game or something, I genuinely have never done one (a final)," he said.

"I got one a few years ago here, players player and that kind of thing, but this is different, this is a team one.

"It's alright having individual awards, but the team ones are more important than anything and again it's history for this club.

"It's been 35 years since the last time Watford was in a final, we've never won a cup so it's a massive achievement to get there, but you're on the cusp of doing something unbelievable, something that's never been done in this club's history.

"So while you've got to enjoy it you've also got to know that there's a seriousness to it as well and go out and try and make history."

Deeney still believes the FA Cup holds a very important place in English football, despite some claims that it is no longer as significant as it used to be. 

The Watford captain described the tournament as "our competition" and said it was a trophy he would love to lift up.

He said: "I think if you go to most traditionalists they love the FA Cup.

"Watford vs Woking at the start of the competition was massive, that was a full house. It's massive for those quote unquote smaller clubs that need the money and I think when everyone treats it with the respect that it deserves you end up with loads of games where people nearly knock them (bigger teams) out.

"Swansea nearly took Man City out. If they had VAR it could've been a different game so you have to respect it and again this is our competition so there's no point talking about the Champions League and all of those things that they're trying to do with that, this is our competition let's enjoy it and let's make it as good as it is."

Spurred on by prevous giant killings, in particular Wigan Athletic's heroic final victory against City in 2013, Deeney believes there is a chance for the Hornets to cause an upset again, although he admits they are not being naive about their chances.

He said: "Man City lost to Wigan not too long ago, so you have to draw comparisons from that and hope that it's your day.

"You look at Liverpool and you look at Spurs this season, again underdog mentality going into the second legs (in the Champions League) you'd say no one really gave Liverpool a chance so it could be the year of the underdog who knows?

"We're not a bad outfit, we'll give people a game and on our day we can beat anyone and that's ultimately what we need to do, we need to have our day and hope that Man City have an off day. 

"Every team has weaknesses, otherwise they wouldn't lose a game.

"We're not naive enough to think that we can just turn up and we're going to beat Man City, they're a great team.

"They're arguably one of the best we've had in terms of this generation of football and footballing teams, so we'll definitely show them the respect they deserve, but also it's a one off game and anything can happen."