Saturday, October 10, 2009

Back in time for United

Source: The FA

By Stefan Pape - Saturday, 10 October, 2009

It's a 70's themed day at Gigg Lane on Sunday.
FC United v Stalybridge Celtic
The FA Cup sponsored by E.ON
Third Round Qualifying
3pm, Sunday 11 October
Gigg Lane, Bury FC
Winning clubs receive £7500

There will be blood, sweat, and platform shoes this weekend as FC United of Manchester host Stalybridge Celtic on a 70's themed day at Gigg Lane in their vital FA Cup clash.

On a day when flares and punk hairstyles come back into fashion, FC United, currently competing in the Northern Premier League, are hoping for a win that could take them one step closer to qualifying for The FA Cup for the first time in their history.

"It would be fantastic for the players and fans to qualify for such a prestigious cup," said United's manager Karl Marginson.

"The fans have been a great inspiration to the players and it would be a great chance for the players to pitch themselves against professional footballers."

Marginson also believes that the fun atmosphere generated by the club's fans, will only help the players succeed on the pitch. "It adds a little bit of spice to the fixture, it gives the game a carnival atmosphere," he added.

The fans' favourite, who has been in charge of United since they were formed back in 2005, experienced his own success in a cup competition, when he won The FA Trophy as a player with Macclesfield Town back in 1996, and he believes his own experiences can only help the players.

"That's why I'm here, to pass on information and to help the lads, letting them know there is no pressure," said Marginson.

Despite being touted as the underdogs in the tie, Marginson still believes his side have a good chance of progressing to the Fourth Round Qualifying of The Cup,

"Anything is possible. That's the romance of The FA Cup," he concluded.