‘I just want to see us in the hat on Monday’

The magic of the FA Cup hasn’t escaped Borough boss Tommy Widdrington and the manager is in buoyant mood ahead of their cup-tie with Farnborough.

Widdrington has experienced the FA Cup first-hand as a player and is all too aware of what a run in the the game’s oldest cup competition could mean to the club.

Eastbourne Borough prepare for FA Cup test

Eastbourne Borough prepare for FA Cup test

“The FA Cup is the biggest cup competition in the world, everybody knows about it all over the planet”, he said “I was lucky enough to get quite a long way a couple of times and I just want to see us in the hat on Monday.”

Being in Monday’s draw not only means a place in the next round but with £4,500 prize money on offer, it offers a real financial incentive for the club.

And if Borough are to progress, the prize money will increase with each round.

But perhaps the biggest incentive for the Sports is that victory on Saturday puts them one step closer to the first-round proper, at which stage the football league clubs are introduced.

Progression would put them just two wins away from a potential glamour-tie with one of the leagues big names and with the likes of Wolves and Sheffield United plying their trade in League 1 these days, it could become a real possibility.

And while it might be a bit premature to start thinking so far ahead, the boss is excited by the prospect of hosting a big club at Priory Lane in the not too distant future .

“It (the FA Cup) means a lot. Obviously our bread and butter is the league opposition and hopefully we can eventually progress out of this league. At this level of football there is a financial reward but I think it’s (all about) the furore that surrounds the FA Cup and the opportunity that you may, possibly, and it is possible, that Manchester United could come here in January and that’s a realistic chance for the club.”

Ambitious it might well be but Borough go into the match, understandably, full of confidence after a string of impressive displays.

They’re currently sitting pretty at the business end of the Skrill South and go in to this weekend on the back of a fine 4-1 win over Bishop’s Stortford.

The manager, however, is well aware of the threat posed by Saturday’s opposition and will be taking nothing for granted, “I saw them down at Havant and they were unfortunate to lose.

“The biggest compliment I can give them is they’re the closest team I’ve seen to us.”

See Tuesday’s Gazette for match report and pictures.