Whipping up a frenzy for FA Cup clash

Daventry Town FC
Daventry Town FC

Senior figures in the town are urging people to get behind Daventry Town Football Club as they play in the FA Cup first round on Saturday.

he Purple Army will be taking 1,000 supporters on Saturday to see Daventry Town take on Chesterfield at 3pm.

And the town’s leaders are urging the residents of Daventry to get behind the team as they reach the first round proper of the famous cup competition for the first time ever.

Daventry MP Chris Heaton-Harris said: “It is actually quite amazing for a small upcoming club to reach this stage.

“I have refereed at this level and there is nothing else like this. The atmosphere is absolutely fantastic. This is the time when the FA Cup starts to reach the attention of a global audience.”

He also talked of the chances of an upset.

Mr Heaton-Harris said: “I have been having a look at Chesterfield’s recent form and I think Daventry Town stands a good chance. I am very confident of a victory.

“I think Chesterfield will score first but Daventry Town have a good record of coming from behind and I think they will.”

The leader of Daventry District Council believes it will bring the town national levels of coverage.

Cllr Chris Millar said: “I think it is a fantastic achievement. It means the game will be shown on ITV and will give the town exposure on a national scale.

“The chairman Ian Humphrey has amibitions in the future to get Daventry into the football league and I think this tie is a reward for the owners, the players and the fans for all of their efforts.

“I think they can win on the day. Anything can happen but we’ll hope Chesterfield have a quiet day.

“Two more rounds and Daventry Town could play Manchester United.”