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Let’s hope Altrincham are first step in FA Cup dream

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: November 03, 2012

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HELLO and welcome to this week’s edition of my captain’s column.

This weekend we put our league priorities to one side and turn our attention to this year’s FA Cup.

For me, the FA Cup is a special tournament to be involved in and each year I look forward to the first round draw.

It’s a chance for teams from the lower leagues to pit themselves against opposition that they might not normally face during their own regular domestic season.

We have had some great cup runs in

the last few seasons and none greater than when, six seasons ago, Burton almost toppled the mighty Manchester United.

Since then we’ve had great wins and beaten some good teams like Middlesbrough, who had star players in all positions.

So we welcome Altrincham to the Pirelli tomorrow for our Sunday afternoon kick off.

As its a Sunday, and with the magic of the FA Cup in the air, I hope you all take the opportunity to come down and cheer the boys on.

We had another great win last week when we beat Bradford City in our League Two clash.

Another vital goal from Calvin (Zola) sealed all three points for us but it was a great team performance from all involved.

For me, Stanno (Nathan Stanton) was man of the match and was a rock all afternoon.

To come back in and play how he did shows what a good professional he is.

A lot of people think when playing against 10 men it should naturally be easy, but teams tend to sit back and hang on for a point, and after Bradford went down to 10 men early in the first half, I’m just glad we keep plugging away and eventually came away with all three points.

I played my first game in eight months on Tuesday against Shrewsbury in the reserve league and I’m delighted to be back in the fold and pulling that Burton shirt on once again.

It’s been a long, hard few months but I’ve had some good people looking after me who have kept my spirits up.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the boys who have been nothing but supportive since I found out the extent of my injury.

The constant laughs and banter has definitely kept me going.

So I hope you enjoy your Saturday afternoon off and I look forward to seeing you all at the Pirelli tomorrow for what could be the first step to a trip to Old Trafford or the Etihad.

Keep your support as vocal as always and keep 100 per cent behind the boys — be loud and be proud.

Come on you Brewers!

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