Nantwich Town. Founded in 1884 they pissed about for seventy odd years until entering the inaugral FA Youth Cup in 1952. In the second round they were drawn against a Manchester United side that featured the likes of Duncan Edwards, David Pegg and Albert Scanlon, and they were soundly beaten, errr, 23-0.
Nantwich then returned to anonymity, doing nothing of note for fifty odd years, until drawing FC United of Manchester in the quarter finals of the Copa del Presidente.
They thrashed us. 5-1. But sadly for them, with the score at 4-1 with a couple of minutes to go, they brought on a young sub whose registration wasn’t in order. Despite protestations from our club, who seemed desperate not to win this trophy, saying that the substitution had no effect whatsoever on the game, the LMC threw Nantwich out of the tournament, and it was us poor bastards who had to go to Goole in the semis instead.
We’ve only met competitively once, in that Copa Del Presidente match. But we played them in preseason and won 3-0. Which is worth fuck all, as it goes. EDIT – As Reddish Hugh so kindly points out down below, we met three times previous to the Copa Del Presidente match, twice in the NWCL div 1, and once in the NWCL Challenge Cup, recording two wins and a draw in the process. What makes this mistake far more unforgiveable than my Nicky Santoro/Tommy De Vito, Casino/Goodfellas confusion in the ‘Pugilism Round-up‘ post is the fact that I was at two of those games. Whoops.
Nantwich site 8th in the table, with 12 points. They come in to the game off the back of a 1-1 home draw against big spending abominations Leigh Genesis. They’ve drawn their last three games, but haven’t lost since their first game of the season.
Important things to remember?
This is the FA Cup, people. THE FUCKING FA CUP. It is permissible to be as giddy as you like. What is not permissible is the small town, no mark tradition of balloons, curly wigs, and enough tin foil to wrap up warm all the participants of the Great Manchester Run.
“In ’77 in was Docherty, Atkinson will make it ’83…”
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