The FA Cup has been a good friend to League Two this year and the draw for the 4th round proved no exception for some. Between Dennis Wise and Rio Ferdinand, they managed to provide two clubs with massive lifelines and a big, big payday.
Both Yeovil Town and Newport County knocked out higher opposition in round 3 and would’ve been sitting eagerly awaiting to see who and where they could be going on 27th January. And little did either of them know what was about to unfold.
Town came out the first of the two, drawn at home to Premier League opposition. And not just any old opposition, Manchester United. Top six, one of the most recognised teams in the world and one of England’s most successful, managed by the irrepressible Jose Mourinho.
County, meanwhile certainly weren’t to be outdone drawing another top six side in the shape of Tottenham Hotspur also at home. For both clubs sets of supporters, it represents a chance to see their team take on the superstars but at their level.
Neither Utd or Spurs will relish heading to smaller, tighter compact grounds, the smell of an upset lurking down the corridors and the sheer excitement of every fan, young and old, within those grounds hoping to see a once in a lifetime win.
Yeovil will also kick off the BBC coverage on the Friday night and there could be some headlines come Saturday morning if Utd don’t approach it correctly. County also feature for TV coverage as the BT Sport cameras will be there ready to screen an upset at Saturday tea-time.
For both these clubs, the financial coverage will support both clubs till at least the end of the season and possibly beyond, it’s something bigger clubs don’t have to comprehend with, the game awash with money at the top end.
The media levels will increase tenfold, something both club’s players will relish, it’s not every day millionaire superstars take on the journeymen and young pretenders, journalists looking for an angle to promote and display the underdog.
For the two Premier League clubs, it represents a good chance for winning silverware and both will expect to have enough within the team they select to win games, for Yeovil and Newport it’s 90 minutes in the spotlight, a chance to show the nation what both clubs can do and for a shot at giant-killing, it’s the FA Cup, anything can happen!
Written by Trevor Knell
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