Johnson dreams of glory as FA Cup gets underway

Simon Johnson
Simon Johnson

When Eastbourne Borough last reached the first round of the FA Cup, Simon Johnson watched on from the stands as a keen supporter.

Now the club’s longest serving player, the utility man, 24, is hoping to do the business on the pitch and is itching to emulate the class of 2005, who were narrowly edged out by Oxford United.

A 1-1 at Priory Lane was followed by a 3-0 defeat in the replay.

“I was in the crowd that day and it was a great experience,” Johnson said.

“The dream is to get that far again. It would be amazing to get to the first round proper.

“Sometimes you see some lower league teams go even further than that and it would be amazing for the club and a massive boost for the town if we could do it .

“It’s not out of the question and with a bit of luck it can be done.”

Since the heady heights of 2005, the FA Cup has proved a tough nut to crack for Borough.

Three of the last four seasons have seen them prematurely dumped out by lower league opposition - defeats that live long in the memory for Johnson

Ryman Premier outfit Enfield Town are the visitors on Saturday and he is keen to lay recent disappointments to rest.

“We’ve got lots of new players and only a few have been part of the recent FA Cup defeats. It’s new to most of these players but we really want to put things right on Saturday.”

It’s fair to say, however, that Borough aren’t going into the game in the best of form.

A scintillating start to the season has been marred by three defeats in a row, but the former England schoolboy sees this weekend as a chance to turn their fortunes around.

“It’s just a little blip I think, there’s no real reason why we’ve been on this run.

“It will do us a lot of good to perform well on Saturday and provide a good platform for us to go again in the league. It’s down to us as players.”