Throughout their childhood, Reece and Lauren James became accustomed to celebrating Chelsea’s success.
Then there was the FA Cup, which the Blues claimed four times in six seasons between 2006 and 2012.
“Whenever there was a Chelsea final, we always watched it,” says Reece, who then breaks out into a smile and adds: “But when we were younger, they were winning trophies frequently, so there were too many to remember really well.”
Chelsea’s relentless pursuit of silverware hasn’t waned in the years since.
This season the men’s side has won the UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup.
This weekend, both teams are hoping to be crowned FA Cup champions.
On Saturday, Reece and his teammates take on Liverpool at Wembley.
Less than 24 hours later, Lauren will be part of the Chelsea women’s squad that faces Manchester City.
Potentially, a place in FA Cup history: the first brother and sister to win the competition.
“It would be a great piece of history to have,” says Reece.
“We’re both looking forward to it. Our aim is to win both trophies. I’ll be supporting her, and she’ll be supporting me.” Lauren adds: “It will be a big occasion at Wembley, but I have to look at it as another game. But of course, it will be a special moment if we win.”
Reece is coming to the end of his third campaign in the Chelsea first team; Lauren her first following a move from Manchester United last summer.
For their father, Nigel, it’s a source of great pride to have two of his children playing for the club the family has long supported.
“He’s played a big part by coaching us alongside clubs, giving us guidance, and keeping us grounded, so we stayed focused,” says Lauren.
Her older brother then adds: “He’s had a big influence on where we are today – and is proud of both of us representing Chelsea. To represent the club is a great feeling. We both have put in a lot of hard work, in football and away from football, to get to where we are. It hasn’t just happened.”
Growing up, Lauren’s passion for football was moulded by Reece and their brother Joshua, who spent time in Fulham’s academy.
“I think that drove us both to where we are today,” admits Reece.
The FA Cup hasn’t been kind to the men’s side in recent years: Chelsea have reached four of the previous five finals but only once have come away with the trophy.
Reece has experienced two of the defeats, against Arsenal and Leicester City.
“We’ve been in the final the last two years and lost them. So that isn’t nice, and hopefully this year we can change that,” he says.
“The aim is always to win trophies.”
Reece is almost guaranteed to start his final, but Lauren may have to be content with a place on the bench.
The position Reece will be deployed in by Thomas Tuchel is less clear-cut.
It’s a position he played when in the club’s academy and one in which he looked comfortable alongside the evergreen Thiago Silva.
“He is quality. He’s a good professional and a good person, he wouldn’t be playing at 37 years old at the highest level if he wasn’t. He’s a great person, a great leader, and a great footballer.”
“It helps a lot, and his experience helps a lot. He’s been around in the game a long time and has played many good games – and probably many bad games as well. And that all helps.”
It is another 37-year-old Premier League star who James has looked up to throughout his career: Cristiano Ronaldo.
“The way he conducts himself, he’s a role model on and off the pitch,” says the 22-year-old.
“He wants the best for himself and his career, and that’s why he’s one of the best in the world in his late 30s.“.
Unlike Ronaldo, James will not need to use the FA Cup final as a springboard to his ascent to the top of the European game.
Then will come the turn of Lauren, a young forward capable of the spectacular.
If come Sunday night both siblings have medals around their necks and their names in the history books, then you suspect it’s an FA Cup weekend that both will remember for a long time.