Friday, February 29, 2008


FANS of Goole AFC are being urged to turn out in huge numbers with FC United of Manchester visiting next weekend after a change to the cup draw.

At a UniBond League Cups' Committee hearing last Thursday, Nantwich Town - who Goole were set to play against in the Presidents Cup semi final - have been disqualified for fielding an ineligible player in their quarter final tie against FC United of Manchester.

As a result they will now visit the Victoria Pleasure Grounds on March 8, in what will be one of the biggest attendances seen in Goole for years.

And assistant manager Mick Norbury is calling on the whole of the town to attend the match to support the team.

He said: "They will bring a minimum of 800-1,000 fans and it will an amazing atmosphere with it being a semi final.

"We need all our fans behind us because with the number of fans they bring it will be like a home tie for them.

"But our fans can be fantastic and there was a group of 20-30 away at Sheffield who never shut up singing, even when we went a man down and that is what spurred the lads on to get a result.

"It gives you an extra ten per cent and we need everybody to get behind the lads, because they deserve it."

Spice has also been added to the game with Mick revealing that interviews following the match with fans and players of FC United of Manchester, after they lost to Nantwich, labelled Goole a long ball side.

He explained: "They said they didn't want to come to Goole anyway because we were a side of cloggers.

"That is disrespectful to the players and I think people assume that because me and Nigel Danby are in charge.

"But that is not the case and it gives us even more motivation to beat them and play them off the park."

The winners of the tie will face Ossett Albion or Radcliffe Borough.

Mick added: "It is not about the money and revenue but the opportunity for the lads to play in that kind of atmosphere.

"I remember coming to Goole 20 years ago when Terry Curran was manager and they were in the equivalent of the Conference league.

"We want to bring back the glory days and Goole has been up there so lets have another crack at doing it."

Last Updated: 29 February 2008 10:55 AM