Well it’s November now, and all football fans know what that means… It’s FA Cup time!!
Over recent years the FA Cup has produced numerous shocks, and has certainly reduced the egos of many of the so called “Big Teams”.
The draw has worked it’s magic again this year, and has pitted Town against local rivals and Blue Square Bet Premier promotion hopefuls Hereford United.
The Bulls have had a mixed history in the Cup with the highlight coming in 1972 when as a Southern League club they knocked top-flight Newcastle United off their perches.
Town meanwhile have had a some results which have shocked the fans; a one-nil loss to Staines Town in 2009 and a three-one loss to Blythe Spartans the year before certainly left fans wondering about our cup form. However, a good run under Turner last season presented us with a third round trip to Middlesbrough. Salop fought hard in that game and eventually went down one-nil at the Riverside.
Salop last met Hereford in the cup in 2006, when a nil-nil draw at the Gay Meadow – in the first round – meant that Town had a trip to Edgar Street to keep themselves in the competition. The Bulls won that game two-nil in front of their fans, sending Town players and fans home with their tails between their legs.
Let’s hope this year Turner and the lads can string together another run of results in the FA Cup starting at Edgar Street on Saturday. The game could well be a feisty affair with it being Turner’s return to a club he spent so many years at, not to mention Rob Purdie who will have a point to prove against his former club.
A note for fans: the game is kicking off at 1PM due to policing arrangements.
Breathe on ’em Salop!