FA Cup blog: Daggers beware cup magic
10:00 08 November 2014
From Tottenham to Kingstonian to Romford, the competition provides stories for all clubs and their supporters
Supporters across the land will be gearing themselves up for the first round of the FA Cup this afternoon and they’ll be hoping the magic of the cup takes them far in the competition.
Dagenham & Redbridge fans will be hoping to get past Southport and then possibly through round two ahead of a plum draw in round three when the Premier League big boys enter the tournament.
But it is important to remember that the FA Cup doesn’t start here, it started on August 16 when non-league side Barking travelled to Haverhill Borough in the extra preliminary round.
My journey in this year’s campaign started at Kingsmeadow Stadium where Ryman Premier Kingstonian hosted Ryman North outfit Romford in a second qualifying round replay.
A division separated the two teams and Romford had done extremely well to take the K’s to a replay in the tie on September 27.
I couldn’t attend that match, I was actually at Victoria Road to see a rare home victory for Wayne Burnett’s men over York City – the only home league success I have seen from Daggers unfortunately!
But I reported on the replay the following Monday and witnessed a tie that typified why the FA Cup is so special.
Romford, who don’t pay their players a penny, took on Kingstonian, who were two wins away last season from playing in the Conference South, and came ever so close to causing a cup upset.
Boro lead three times before they were eventually beaten 5-3 after extra time. It was a monumental effort by the Ryman North side.
Kingstonian were lucky on September 29 to progress and Dagenham should be weary of Southport.
Daggers should also be cautious if they find themselves three goals up tomorrow at any stage because my football team Tottenham Hotspur are a good example of why you shouldn’t rest on your laurels in the FA Cup.
Cast your mind back to 2004, Wednesday February 4 when Spurs found themselves three up at half time in the fourth round of the competition versus Manchester City.
I envisaged at half time I could go into school the next day and talk about ‘how good we were and how we were going to win the cup!’
45 minutes later, though, and after hearing my Dad shout every name under the sun at the television, Tottenham had exited the competition after throwing away their healthy lead to lose 4-3 at White Hart Lane.
It was embarrassing to watch and unfortunately that is my most memorable FA Cup memory.
Daggers will hope it goes straight forward today but they will be weary of what the magic of the FA Cup can provide.