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Skipper: Cup means a lot to this club

8 November 2014

Simpson desperate for another FA Cup run

Josh Simpson agrees that the FA Cup has become a special competition for Crawley Town.

And despite having to play away from home for the ninth time in a row in the first round at Yeovil today, the skipper is confident of leading Reds on another FA Cup run.

Reds have won six of those previous eight first-round encounters including the last four ahead of today's trip to Huish Park.

We have reached the third round three times in the last four years and those memorable runs to the fifth round in 2011, when we played Manchester United in front of 74.000 at Old Trafford, and the home game against Stoke City 12 months later are still fresh in the memories of all Reds' fans.

"Before 2010 the club's history in the FA Cup wasn't that great but we've developed a reputation as a bit of a cup team in recent years and the current squad are aware of that tradition," said Josh.

"The manager loves the FA Cup and throughout the build-up to today he's been emphasising the importance of doing well for the club, the fans and the town.

"I joined the club during the middle of the 2010-11 Cup run and it was incredible. And earlier in my career I played for Histon when they knocked out Leeds United so the competition has a lot of special memories for me.

"We are desperate to get that buzz going again. We didn't do well last year when we lost to Bristol Rovers in a second round replay but that's in the past.

"Yeovil today will be extremely tough but we have prepared well and it's a game we're all looking forward to. There might not be many chances for some of the older lads to get to the third round and perhaps draw a massive club so we have to try and take this opportunity."

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