With the FA Cup in full swing, the romance of the cup is sure to be enhanced by some upsets when the lower division and non-league sides are drawn against the big guns of the Championship and Premier League.
Sadly there’ll be no repeat of the 2008 success of Havant & Waterlooville, when they led twice in their 4th round match away to Liverpool, as they were knocked out this week 0-3 at home to League 1 promotion hopefuls Preston North End.
I’ll never forget the standing ovation the part-timers received from the Liverpool fans as they left the field, such was the respect they had earned.
Our family has, for the moment, a reason to be cheerful and indeed hopeful for a lower league team.
Our cousin, Louis Corrigan, who plays for Warrington, was at the centre of the celebrations last week when they upset Exeter 1-0 to earn a place in the 2nd round of the cup.
Warrington Town FC, who play in the 8th tier of English football, 100 places below their opponents, held on after a seventh minute goal, headed by defender and professional plasterer Craig Robinson, seeing out the game with a combination of good fortune and hard work.
Their cup run began back in August with a win against Barton Town Old Boys, progressing through five rounds to set up the match against Exeter.
They are now the lowest-placed side still in the cup and will face Gateshead FC, who play three leagues above Warrington in the Conference Premier League.
‘Our Louis’, as he is known to his Liverpool family, has had a pretty tough time lately, having lost his grandfather a year ago this month.
‘Uncle Jimmy’, as we knew him, ran several amateur youth teams in Liverpool and, as Louis’s main father figure, steered his career until he was signed by Tranmere Rovers aged 16.
He then moved to Australia playing for Shepparton United, before a move back to Warrington Town.
Louis’s been enjoying the national attention the team have received in the past week and Portsmouth and Liverpool family will be Warrington fans when they play Gateshead on Tyneside on December 6, hoping and praying for another cup upset.