FA Cup dreams

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THE FA Cup first round is one of the biggest days in the football calendar and the stuff that dreams are made off.

We can all remember the magical days of the world’s most famous domestic cup competition. Who can forget Wimbledon’s amazing upset of the mighty Liverpool in the 1988 final, or non-league Sutton United’s humbling of top-flight Coventry City, who had won the FA Cup just two season’s before?

For Paulton, of the Zamaretto League South and West Division, the dream has already begun after they pulled Norwich City out of the hat to assure themselves of a lucrative appearance in front of the television cameras and a day in the national spotlight.

And on Saturday Stags have their own chance to create their own piece of cup history as they attempt to battle their way into the third round and a possible money-spinning tie with one of the Premier League big boys.

But while Mansfield Town chairman Andy Perry may be rubbing his hands in glee at the thought of a massive pay day, boss David Holdsworth is only focusing on glory on the pitch.

Stags may not have bagged a glamour first round tie, but what they have bagged is a fantastic chance to progress to the next round and put themselves within just 90 minutes of a possible trip to Old Trafford, Anfield or Stamford Bridge.

And what a day that would be for the long-suffering Field Mill faithful and everyone connected with Mansfield Town. We all remember the impact on the club before the cup clashes with North East giants Newcastle United and Middlesborough.

With Stags sitting fourth in the Blue Square Premier and Forest Green sitting in the relegation places, the signs look good for cup progress and then who knows.

Ok so I may be wrong. . . Stags may get bombed out in the next round after a Forest Green horror show, or they may get eliminated in the second round against an unglamorous side such as Stockport or Barnet.

But for now let us all dream . . . after all isn’t that what the FA Cup is all about.

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