North West Evening Mail
FORMER Barrow AFC midfielder and current FC United manager Karl Marginson was ecstatic after guiding his side into the FA Cup first round proper for the first time in their five-year history.
He beamed: “These are happy days. It’s the biggest win in our history. We’ve never played a competitive match against a Conference team before, so combine that with all the romance of the FA Cup and that makes it all that bit more special.
“I’m just buzzing for everybody at the club.”
Marginson was in no doubt as to who were the better side on the day at Gigg Lane. He added: “We deserved it. I said in the week that Barrow would probably have to have an off day and we would have to be right at the races, and that’s what happened.
“Going forward we caused them numerous problems, though when we hit the post in the second half and their keeper pulled off a great save, I thought it might not be our day. Credit to the lads for keeping going. Also credit to Barrow managers Dave Bayliss and Darren Sheridan, they both said at the end when we shook hands that it was a deserved result.
“I feel for Dave and Daz because obviously it was a banana skin and we’ve managed to prevail.”
Asked if the win was sweeter because it came against one of the clubs he used to play for, Marginson said: “No, I feel for all them fans. They travelled in numbers like they always do and they’re going home with that empty feeling. I’m sure Barrow will come again and bounce back like they always have done. For us though it means a few quid (£12,500 FA prize money and big gate receipts from a crowd of over 3,200), which will help us build our own ground.”
“It’s another major achievement for FC United. We’ve only been going five years and to be in this position is credit to the players and supporters. “I mean, scenes like that at the end with the supporters, you just don’t get that anywhere else at this level. They are the best fans you could wish for.”
Last updated at 09:05, Tuesday, 26 October 2010