FA Cup: I want supporters to feel proud of us, says Bradford Park Avenue boss (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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FA Cup: I want supporters to feel proud of us, says Bradford Park Avenue boss
The Avenue staff and players have been centre stage this week but manager John Deacey feels tomorrow’s FA Cup tie should be all about the club’s supporters.
Before Avenue headed off to Doncaster Rovers for the first-round tie, Deacey said: “I don’t know how many tickets we were allotted or how the sales have gone but I really hope we have the backing of the Bradford public when we run out for the game.
“The players have been buying tickets up because they have family and friends who want to come along as it’s such a big game.
“I’m hoping we take between 600 and 700 with us, which will be a decent following.
“It is one for the fans though. They support us through thick and thin and this is their day in the spotlight just as much as any of the players.
“A non-league club against a side fifth in League One and who were in the Championship last season! This is what the FA Cup is all about and we have to go there and give a good account of ourselves so our fans can be proud of us.”
Avenue’s squad has had to work hard since the draw was made, with important league games to contend with.
A good run of form, boosted by the confidence gained from their cup run, has seen them climb into the play-off places in Blue Square Bet North.
Doncaster have done their homework ahead of the tie. Manager Dean Saunders sent his former Wales team-mate Bryan Flynn to Horsfall Stadium last weekend.
Flynn will have reported back on a spirited Avenue display that saw them come from a goal down to beat Bishop’s Stortford 2-1.
Deacey did not run the rule over Rovers, however he quipped: “Why would I do that? I don’t want to frighten myself to death.
“We played them in a pre-season friendly at our place and they have only had a couple of changes to personnel since so we know what they are all about. They are a very good side and they are also full time so are training every day.
“Our lads have worked their socks off for the club and at their day jobs. Last Tuesday we went to Colwyn Bay (2-1 win) and didn’t get back until about 1am. I was up at 6am and most of the players will have been as well.
“That’s what it’s like for a club like us. We don’t get luxury coaches and come in the day after a night game at 10.30 or 11 for a massage and a sauna! It doesn’t work like that but that just makes games like this one all the more enjoyable.”