When Fleetwood Town line-up against non-league Bromley in the FA Cup First Round on Saturday, one member of the squad will be looking back three years to a previous meeting with the Blue Square Bet So
By David Mitchell
When Fleetwood Town line-up against non-league Bromley in the FA Cup First Round on Saturday, one member of the squad will be looking back three years to a previous meeting with the Blue Square Bet South team.
Striker, Steven Gillespie, was not only part of the Colchester United team who won at Bromley in the First Round in November 2009 but he also scored the final goal on the day for Aidy Boothroyd’s side:
‘When the balls came out of the bag I thought how funny it was to be playing them again. Colchester and Bromley are fairly close on the map and a few of their lads had been at Colchester so wanted to get one over on their former team. It was definitely a potential banana skin situation but we scored fairly early as I remember and put the tie to bed.’
‘I remember that they had some really good players in their squad and they will definitely want to prove a point on Saturday. We need to be professional and do a job. If we do things right and play to a level we are capable of we should be ok.’
The Liverpool-born player sees the FA Cup as a welcome distraction from the League campaign:
‘It’s a competition we always got into as kids. We would watch the Cup Final as a family regardless of whoever was at Wembley. Fortunately, as a child, I remember Liverpool and Everton playing in many of the finals.’
Gillespie hopes that he has the chance to repeat his 2009 effort with another goal:
‘I’ve scored my goals in bunches throughout my career and I’m pleased to have had a few lately. I’d like to stay in the side. We are creating lots of chances which keeps me in the game.’
The Cod Army will be more than happy if history repeats itself and a Gillespie goal leads to a Town victory over the Greater London side.
The ticket office is open from 9am to 5pm on Friday and 9am until kic-off on Saturday. Tickets for all areas of the ground are £10 adults, £5 concessions and £1 under 12's. Season tickets and other passes are not valid for cup games.
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