Friday, October 09, 2009

Rebel Reds ready for FA Cup test

Source: The Bolton News

7:00am Friday 9th October 2009

FC United are set for the biggest game in their history when they take on Staylbridge Celtic for a place in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup.

This is the furthest the breakaway club have ever been in the famous old competition since their formation four years ago as they prepare for Sunday’s clash with the Blue Square North outfit at Gigg Lane (3pm kick off).

Buoyed by Wednesday night’s 4-0 thrashing of UniBond Premier League rivals Nantwich, and with Rebels fans planning a 1970s-inspired theme day, Karl Marginson’s side will fancy their chances of causing an upset to keep their Wembley dream alive.

“It’ll be a tough game as Stalybridge are in the division above us, but we’ve got the players to have a good go at them and with the crowd behind us we’ve got every chance of causing a minor upset,” said boss Marginson.

FC general manager Andy Walsh added: “The FA Cup has always been special to United fans and with each game we’ve won excitement for the next one has gone up another notch.

“Supporters are planning to bring flags, banners, scarves and wear all sorts of 1970s attire to help create an atmosphere reminiscent of days gone by. ”