ALFRETON Town’s mouthwatering FA Cup first round proper tie at home to Carlisle United on Saturday is certainly one for the fans to savour.
The Reds are in the first round for only the fifth time in their history, and although this is the third time in the last seven years, the average is once every ten years since the club reformed in 1959.
The Cumbrians will come into the tie sat in tenth place in League One and have only lost once in their last ten games, that being a 4-0 defeat at league leaders Charlton Athletic.
A glimmer of hope for Alfreton is that Carlisle’s away form of late has been somewhat patchy though with only two wins and four defeats from their last eight games away from Brunton Park.
Alfreton are 60 places lower in the football pyramid than Carlisle and have only won once in their last last eleven games in all competitions.
That victory though was at Lincoln City in the fourth qualifying round replay, a game which once again showed that on their day, the side can compete and beat the bigger clubs in Blue Square Bet Premier Division.
The FA Cup has it’s own unique magic and a fantastic atmosphere will be generated at the Impact Arena with Carlisle expecting to bring anywhere up to 1000 fans for the game.
The tie has also caught the imagination of the media and the game will be covered by ITV who will have seven television cameras at strategic points around the ground, with highlights being shown on Sunday’s ITV FA Cup show between 11.05am and 3pm.
Reds chairman Wayne Bradley said: “Days like these don’t come around every year and FA Cup games like this are so very special to be a part of and watch.
“These are the days fans come and buy extra programmes and memorabilia to remember the game in years to come.
“We know we are obviously not going to win the FA Cup, but we will enjoy the game and we have earned the right to play in it.
“We face a real daunting task against Carlisle and all we can ask is that our team gives it’s all in the hope a major cup shock can be achieved. Mark my words, there will be one somewhere on the day, let’s hope it is at Alfreton.
“It is a nice distraction from the threat of relegation from the Blue Square Bet Premier and one for everyone at the club to enjoy.”
There is prize money of £18,000 awaiting the winners and a place in Sunday’s second round draw.
The match has been made all-ticket and tickets for the game can be purchased by calling in at the Impact Arena each day between 9am and 7pm up to Friday evening.
Alternatively, tickets can be booked and paid for by credit card by phoning the ticket line on 01159 392090 extension 107 between 10am and 3pm Thursday and Friday of this week only.
Should a replay be necessary, this will take place at Carlisle’s Brunton Park ground on Tuesday, November 22 with a 7.45pm kick-off.
Ticket prices would be: Adults £15 seating, £11 terracing; Senior Citizens/Students £9 seating, £7 terracing; Juniors £5 seating, £4 terracing; Children under 11 £1 seating and terracing; Child under 7, free; Wheelchair £2 seating or terracing; Carers, free of charge.