FA cup campaign can kick-start season
28th October 2009
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Anton Gunter reports from the inside


In all my days as a football fan I have never experienced life on the inside. That’s to say whats its actually like to be personally involved in what some may call a minnow team. Having been at AFC Telford UTD for approximately 6 months I can now well and truly say that the club, the players and most importantly the fans are deep in the blood. I am no life long fan, I am no till I die Telford fan, BUT I do care about the Bucks and care about their results. Why wouldn’t I, its my job as commercial manager to look after the clubs revenue generating side and as a man football is in bedded in my brain.


SO it’s with this in mind that I sat at the New Bucks Head stadium last night and eagerly anticipated the arrival of Blythe Spartans in the final qualifying round of the FA Cup. Winner takes all, a home tie against League 2 Lincoln City with their ex England striker, Chris Sutton as manager. The FA Cup proper, the chance to shine, the chance to be on TV the chance to . . . . . . . . . . . Well all the thoughts aside it’s kick off and the Bucks are playing for their season. It’s fair to say our season is not quite on track, yet so a chance to shine in the FA cup will be good.


The game in the first half was full of bite, grit and determination. The players from both sides fighting for the upper ground. The ball going from one end of the ground to the other. Neither side wanting to give away the advantage. And then . . . . . . .


Finally like an expectant father, the ball flies into the net and the Bucks are 1 nil up. All the hurt of previous matches disappears as an involuntary jump of delight is released from all around me. Liam Blakeman you beauty . . . . . . . .  I cant but help to notice the chairman and board of directors hugging and dancing and clenching their fists. I then suddenly am aware that I appear to be higher than they are, and to my utter astonishment it is me who is jumping and whooping and wallowing with great excitement.


We’re off, up and running. Then the half time whistle blows and its soup and sandwich time. Before I know it, the players are on and we are at it again.


In a nut shell and to cut matters short, 3 more stunning goals, a mass brawl, an excited crowd, drama, comedy, heartbreak for some, happiness for others. An affair with the cup that so many love, an eagerness for the next round and a huge sigh of relief. I think the FA Cup is great and for £11 its good value. You have to have sky for so much to be packed into 90 minutes.


SO my suggestion is get your self to the New Bucks Head Stadium and get your self a seat on what is generally considered the most topsy turvey ride in the world. THE FA CUP.


Follow this link for the official AFC Telford United Website.


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