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Whitby Town's Biggest Game In 16 Years

Whitby Town's Biggest Game In 16 Years

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 6:15am 18th October 2019. (Updated at 8:12am 19th October 2019)

Whitby Town FC play their biggest match in 16 years in the Emirates FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round on Saturday afternoon. 

The Blues face Stourbridge with the winners playing in the 1st Round proper, potentially facing League One opposition like Sunderland, Ipswich or Portsmouth.

The match kicks off at 3:00pm at The Turnbull Ground and Town Manager Chris Hardy is hoping for a large turnout from home fans to help the team get through:

"Get along. In my opinion, it's the biggest match Whitby have had in recent years. It epitomizes the romance of the cup and what the cup can do for players and clubs alike. It's a great story and one we hope we can continue on". 

In the last round, Whitby beat Gloucester City against the odds in a Monday night replay, with players struggling to get time off work and a ten-hour round-trip making for less than ideal circumstances.

Should there be a replay, the Seasiders would face another long journey this Monday. This is because that's Stourbridge's preferred 'midweek' fixture date. The club have already made plans, saying a supporters coach would leave Whitby at 12:30pm on Monday if needed.

Chris hopes it won't come to that and that his players will get the job done at the first time of asking:

"You could say we're a little bit experienced travelling on a Monday night, given we only did it a couple of weeks back. It's something we're prepared for should it happen. Hopefully we can do the job on the day".

There is a small chance Whitby could make it to the 2nd Round without kicking a ball in the 1st Round. This is because of the odd number of Football League teams in the cup this season, after Bury were expelled from the EFL earlier this season. Because of this, the team who come out of the hat last in Monday's draw will get a Bye through to the next round.

The financial benefits of progressing through the rounds are huge, with tomorrow's winners bagging £18,750. The losers still collect £6250. The winners of 1st Round ties collect £36,000. Chris says it can transform a club financially:

"It's huge. It'd probably put the football club on a sound footing for the next few seasons which is incredible to think that winning a few games of football can actually do that. But this is the reality of the FA Cup and this is why it has so many people excited and it's something you want to be part of".

Tickets for the match are priced at £10, £6 and £3. 

Yorkshire Coast Radio would like to wish all players and officials the very best of luck! 

Hear the full interview Chris Hardy did with Paddy here:


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