Afterwards they compeletely ballsed the draw up on the telly. I went into the dressing room to break the news that we’d drawn Kings Lynn away - our fourth away draw on the trot against a side that are a rung below us in the league system, but who are top of that league. It would have been a tough, tough game, when all we wanted was a home draw. But Trevor Brooking got it wrong, and then it was announced that we had Darlington at home instead. A much better prospect.
This is the first time in 120 years of history that Lewes have had a home tie in the First Round proper of the FA Cup. I’m delighted: for all we’ve achieved over the last three years it all seems to be overshadowed in peoples’ eyes by that Stoke game five years ago. Now we have reached the same stage. We’re not meant to win against Darlington - they have ex Premiership players like Julian Joachim and Alun Armstrong in the team - but if the players all perform to their maximum again, you never know. Who will be in the team very much depends on who plays well in the two games before, at Histon away on Saturday 4th and Dorchester at home on Wednesday 8th. It’s vital that we treat these games with the same determination we treated the Crawley game, because we have a team which could thrive at a higher level, but we need to work hard to get there first.
Tickets for the Darlington match will go on sale on Saturday at the Dripping Pan. Between 8am and 9am season ticket holders get a chance to buy them. Between 9am and 12 noon, the rest will go on sale. The club have increased prices for this game, which will be as follows.
Terrace - £15; New Stand - £20; Kids and OAPs - £8
There will be a 2,000 capacity and the club are expecting a sell-out.