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Something to get excited about

The FA Cup is a competition rich with history. For United supporters it has more memories than for most: it’s a trophy that has seen some of our greatest performances; our most cherished victories; it was our only source of achievement throughout the 80s; and, at the City Ground in 1990, it saved some fairly important bacon.

Pre-2005 it would have been inconceivable for any FC United supporter to think of watching any form of ’United’ in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup. But here we are nevertheless, on Wednesday 17th September FC United will play our first FA Cup home tie - the replay following the 0-0 stalemate with Nantwich on Saturday.

Our prize should we win is a home tie with FC Halifax Town, formerly Torpey-pinching Conference side now demoted to a newly formed club competing in the Unibond First Division North.

But first we must deal with Nantwich. We’re currently three matches away from the possibility of facing a league side, five matches from the third round. The dreamers amongst us will be idling the work hours away thinking of FC making it to the second round, and United winning the cup. This way we’ll be able to watch ’United’, in one form or another, in every round of the cup. Knocking Leeds out en-route would add a cherry on the icing on the cake. Which, if memory serves, was Gary Pallister’s goal against Blackburn at the end of the 93 season.

So come on down to Gigg Lane. Usual admission prices apply, £7.50 adults, £5 concessions and £2 under 18s. As this is a cup match, season tickets are not valid for entry. Kick off is 7.45pm and we’re on the march with Margy’s Army!

We need as many supporters at the match on Wednesday to get behind the team, there will be no Fair Share draw on Wednesday but there will be a raffle with the chance to win a cash prize and the opportunity for a VIP behind the scenes day out at a match of the winners choice as a guest of the club. We are grateful to Corbetts and Red Molotov for stepping in at short notice to sponsor the game.

Match Sponsors: Corbettsports
Match Ball Sponsors: Red Molotov

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First Posted ~ 18:25 Mon 15 Sep 2008
News ID ~ 1821
Last Updated ~ 11:52 Mon 21 May 2018