Full steam ahead…..erm…..Brighton….

I am still not sure what to say. Nearly 48 hrs after the events of Spotland, it’s still sinking in. Yes, shocks and upsets happen every year, but not to me they don’t. I have been used, in the past, to going to games hoping that I wouldn’t be on the end of the upset, but on Friday that was different.

It was built up to be our biggest game and of course it was, but I was giddy and worried in equal measures before the game. Of course giddy, I couldn’t wait to get there. A night game in a decent ground, a sold out away end and an atmosphere expected to blow the roof off. I wasn’t disappointed in any of those, in fact it all surpassed my expectations. But there was worry as I say. We don’t get 3,000 at the games, so who had bought our tickets? Would the local idiots turn out? Would the rumours of City, Bury,Utd and even Bolton hoolies turning up come true? Well on the whole, it all went well. There were a couple of minors incidents and rumours of stuff that I am not sure of the facts, but suppose that was to be expected. But, yes all went to plan. The game was great, FC matched ‘Dale for most of the game, won it in the 94th minute with controversy, there was an unnecessary if totally understood pitch invasion after the 1st goal and of course on the final whistle the kind of pitch invasion that gets shown on Match of the Day for 30 years.

At the end of the game, whilst everyone was going mad, I have to admit I struggled to get my head round it. Was it real? Did it really happen? Well yes it did and we were in the hat (I do wish they would use a hat) for round 2.

And that had brought us Brighton or Woking. At the risk of sounding disrespectful not the best draw. It will be a good trip out and that is good, but there has already been thoughts of issues on tickets already and we don’t even know who we are playing yet. And of course, BHA are currently playing at the Withdean Stadium, which isn’t a place that I have to admit, I am in no rush to get to. But then it’s their ground and fair enough, at least they have one. Shame Falmer won’t be finished till next season.

Anyway, that is 3 weeks away. We have a couple of vital league games in between at Northwich and Colwyn Bay as well as a trophy game at home to Hinkley. It’s a busy time and I hope that we can keep some of the irregulars who were in attendance on Friday.


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