Razzmatazz of the FA Cup reaches Leiston

ALL the razzmatazz of the FA Cup will whirl into little Leiston on Saturday and chairman Andy Crisp is desperate to see everyone associated with the club enjoy its big day.

Stuart Watson

ALL the razzmatazz of the FA Cup will whirl into little Leiston on Saturday and chairman Andy Crisp is desperate to see everyone associated with the club enjoy its big day.

Victory Road, which normally gets modest attendances of around 200, will be packed to the rafters as the rural Ridgeons League club - who are the lowest ranked team left in the competition - stand on the brink of the first round.

A win over Lewes, who as a Blue Square Premier side play four steps above Leiston, would put the Suffolk club in the hat amongst revered League One clubs such as Leeds United.


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To mark the occasion, fans will be able to have their picture taken with the FA Cup itself ahead of kick-off on Saturday, while ITV's cameras will be filming at the game for an evening highlights package.

Crisp said: “There's lots of talk about who we could get in the next round, but at the moment it's all pie in the sky. The most important thing is that we make sure everyone enjoys the day.

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“Yes this match is for the players, but they have been the first ones to say that the hard work that goes in off the pitch has helped get them here.

“We have got a very hard-working committee of helpers and workers that provide a very professional set-up on match day.

“When we set our budget at the start of the season we were only able to go for the players at (AFC) Sudbury (Stuart Boardley, Brett Girling, David Head and Stuart Wardley) because we didn't have to pay a transfer fee for them.

“I'm sure there was much more on the table in terms of money from other clubs, but the first few signings saw what we had as a club and that encouraged one or two others to come.”

The winners of Saturday's game will scoop £12,500, but the reality is that, with television money and a potentially lucrative gate, victory could mean anything up to £150,000.

Crisp said: “I think we should also pay tribute to the management team, led by Carl (Chenery), who have brought everyone at the club on the same level. In the past I've felt that not everyone involved with the club have all been in it together but that has changed now.”

He added: “There is no doubt that Saturday is the biggest game in the club's history, but if we lose there will be plenty more opportunities for us this season.

“We are still in the Vase, which is a competition we are very excited about, and we have got an Ipswich Town XI coming to us in November for the Suffolk Premier Cup so there is a lot to look forward to.”

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