Sweet FA Cup – Two Down and At least Thirteen To Go
Four Newcastle fans came up with a win/win idea, to reinvigorate their love affair with the FA Cup, whilst at the same time raising valuable funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
Coinciding with the kick-off of the Premier League on Saturday 16 August, the FA Cup also started on that Saturday with the Extra Preliminary round, the first of fourteen stages of the 143 year old famous Cup competition, with the fourteenth obviously being the final at Wembley.
The four friends (Wayne Soulsby, Mac Crawford, Pete Hind and Malcolm Larkin) started at Newcastle Benfield v Penrith AFC (whoever won that tie, Malcolm and friends would go and watch in the next round, then the winner of that tie and so on – all the way to the final) to kick off their Cup adventure. They are paying for all of their own travel and costs, with any monies raised going directly to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
Newcastle Benfield won that encounter and so set up round two of fourteen on Saturday 30 August, Newcastle Benfield home to Kendal Town, Malcom continues the story;
‘To win you have to score one more goal than your opponent’ – Johan Cruyff
A return to Newcastle Benfield – certainly a bit of a respite from the blustery conditions that greeted us two weeks ago and sadly Mac didn’t manage to get pie and chips as they had sold out.
Sun shining on a nice afternoon!
Game on… Newcastle Benfield’s last game was a 3-1 loss to North Shields, while Kendal Town were on the wrong side of a 7-0 thrashing, albeit after having two players sent off in the first 10 minutes.
Managed to have a chat with some of the away fans today – something you don’t see enough of once you get to a certain level in the league. The game ended up 0-0 and was a close encounter with both teams pretty much cancelling each other out.
Benfield probably just edged the first half but couldn’t get that all important goal. The second half started and Kendal Town came out fighting and certainly had the better chances, almost stealing the show towards the end to nearly guarantee a home tie in two weeks time.
Ultimately though, a replay is needed on Tuesday with the winners facing Bridlington Town in the next round.
Reflecting after the game, it certainly felt like the cup is about to get real very soon and travel is going to be on the cards!
The good news is Mac eventually managed to get his PIE!! Haha
Please remember we are doing this all in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. Everything you donate goes directly to them! We are paying for our own travel and tickets to the games.
You can also donate via Justgiving text, simply text FACP76 followed by £1, £2, £5 or £10 to 70070.
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