That’s one for our older listeners, straight out of Roy of the Rovers and sits alongside “Play up Pompey” and “kay sera sera, whatever will be will be…we’re going to wemberleee”….
There is something undeniably special about the FA Cup isn’t there, an almost 1950s like nostalgia. The anticipation, the build-up, the history and the fact that your team is in the same competition as everyone else in the country. And always has the chance to win a game even against a bigger side and get to the next round. Makes you want to get your rattle out!!
For ourselves and Bedford Wembley and winning the FA Cup is just a bit unlikely of course….but we’re both part of it and with a local dimension, particularly for some of our fans from the Bedford area, it should be cracking afternoon.
For Diamonds it’s our 7th round of FA Cup action over just two seasons and so far we’ve only been beaten the once of course, but have a 100% record at home. Bedford Town are the 4th side from a higher level we’ve played after Northwood who we beat away last year in arguably our best FA Cup result, Cambridge City who we beat 3-2 here at the Dog & Dog in probably our most exciting FA Cup tie, and Dover Athletic who beat us 3-1 on the south coast in our most disappointing result. It’s interesting to note though that Dover went on to achieve promotion last season and are now a Conference Premier side.
Bedford Town’s history goes back to 1908 although they were sadly wound-up in 1982 but reformed in 1989. Their first incarnation had a fantastic FA Cup pedigree as Southern League giant killers with wins in the 1950s against Watford, Norwich and Newcastle, and a memorable 2-2 draw at Highbury against Arsenal. They led the replay until 4 minutes from time and were only beaten in extra time.
Diamonds come into the game in good form having only had three games this season but having been mighty impressive in all three, maybe bar the second half at Harborough. They won that game 2-1 and then beat an initially good looking Oxhey side 5-1 in the Extra Preliminary Round of the FA Cup. Last week they came through a real test with the sending off of Jack Ashton not long after Peterborough Northern Star had equalised, but were positive, strong, superb defensively and quick on the attack to run out comfortable 4-1 winners.
Bedford have had a mixed start to their season but have played 6 league games. They’ve only picked up one point at home from three games scoring just twice, but they’ve won 2 from 3 games on their travels scoring 11 times. Away day specialists maybe?
The two sides have met twice in pre-season action with Diamonds winning both games 2-1 including this seasons game at Bedford back in July when Elliot Lamb-Johnson got his debut Diamonds goal with Russ Dunkley adding the other. It has all the makings of a closely fought FA Cup tie.
Radio Diamonds will be on air to bring you live action, and the media team will be filming the game for the highlights package and issuing regular twitter updates which are a great way of finding out what’s going in if you’re out and about. I’m on match report duty as well and will try and get my report up on the website as soon as I can.
So enjoy the match however you engage with it and let’s all be “Up for the Cup”!!
Radio Diamonds Presenter