Neil Reynolds reckons FA Cup magic is alive and well after his FC United of Manchester side bagged a home draw with League One high flyers Doncaster Rovers.
Reynolds was part of the draw’s coverage on Monday evening before watching his Rebels side get pulled out of the hat alongside Rovers.
The news is bittersweet for the Northern Premier League side who would have been set for a money-spinning crowd any other year.
But despite everything seemingly working against them, Reynolds says they will feel the fans’ absence the most.
“We have a special relationship with our fans and we’re going to miss them terribly,” he said.
“Them not being there doesn’t help. When the ground is rocking that’s what helps us. It goes in Doncaster’s favour our fans not being there. But we’ll be doing everything we can do on the pitch to make the fans super proud.
“It would be easy to say the pandemic diminishes the magic of the cup, but the history books will never be taken away.
“The television coverage is the icing on the cake. It’s the saving grace that goes a little way to covering our financial costs suffered due to having an empty stadium.”
It’s a decade since FC United reached the second round – their best-ever FA Cup performance.
And Reynolds says there’s no reason why they can’t make history again.
“We’re over the moon to have got where we have,” he said.
“Is this the end of the road? Who knows? You’ve seen it before, Non-League clubs can sometimes get the rub of the green. We’re going into it excited but under no illusions how tough it will be.
“It’s magical. We believe we can do it so why not? We’re going to go into the occasion and enjoy it but we’re certainly not here to make up the numbers.
“If we get beat, then so be it but I’ll be proud of the boys. We’ve beaten teams above us to get this stage so far so we’ve more than shown we can do it.”