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Chasetown FC prepare to start another FA Cup journey

The FA Cup

The FA Cup

Chasetown FC begin their attempts to repeat the greatest day in their history when they kick off their FA Cup campaign against AFC Wulfrunians.

The Scholars take on the West Midlands Regional League Premier Division outfit tomorrow (August 29) knowing that they will be firm favourites to progress past the Preliminary Round of the competition.

But coming into the game on the back of their first league defeat of the season, manager Charlie Blakemore will be all too aware that his side will need to bounce back if they are to avoid slipping up on this potential banana skin.

Chasetown made history in the competition in January 2008 when they became the lowest-ranked side in FA Cup history when they entertained Cardiff City at the Scholars Ground, having seen off Port Vale in the previous round after a replay and beating Team Bath in the first round – a game which became famous for a BBC broadcast of Blakemore’s rousing team-talk.

Despite taking the lead against the Welsh side, Chasetown eventually saw their FA Cup dream falter in front of the BBC cameras and a live audience around the country as Cardiff eventually won 3-1.

But the games against Cardiff and Port Vale weren’t the first time Blakemore’s men had given a professional side a scare at the Scholars Ground.

In 2005 Chasetown were again visited by the live BBC cameras and went ahead in the FA Cup First Round through Nicky Harrison’s strike against Oldham Athletic, before the professional side levelled and forced a replay which saw the Scholars beaten 4-0 at Boundary Park.

The audience inside and outside the ground for Saturday’s clash against Wulfrunians will be nowhere near that for Oldham or Cardiff, but Chasetown’s players will know all too well that it could be the first step in yet another momentus journey for the Scholars and their fans.

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