See What Being In The FA Cup Third Round Means To These Non-League Fans.

With third round fixtures taking place this weekend, fans of Non-League sides still in the FA Cup have a lot to be excited about.

Only five teams outside the top four divisions in England have made it this far, with Stourbridge FC being the lowest ranked team left in the competition.

Fans across the country will be attending games in their thousands to see their clubs star players but it’s the Non-League supporters who will arguably be the most excited.

Take for example 33-year-old Eastleigh supporter, Lee Stevens. He’ll be part of 1,500 fans travelling to  Championship side, Brentford.

Lee is one of 1,500 Eastleigh fans travelling to Brentford.

Lee, who has followed Eastleigh FC religiously for four years, but supported them for 12, said how big a deal it is for the club.

“We made history getting to the third round last year, the furthest we’ve been in the competition and now we’ve done it again. It’s great for the club and the publicity is mad because of it.”

The side currently sit 11th in the Conference and Lee said the result won’t wouldn’t spoil the occasion.

“I believe on our day we can shock Brentford and win but win, lose or draw, we will be proud.”

Another non-league side supporter, Shane Parrot, 29, will be following his local side, Lincoln City, to another championship side, Ipswich Town.

Shane will be driving with friends to Ipswich for the match.

He says the pressure will be all on the hosts.

“The pressures on Ipswich, I’m not expecting us to win but we’ll have a good day out.”

Nearly 5000 Imps will travel to Portman Road, hoping to continue their good season.

Shane said, “If we can hold them or dare I say win there, it will be amazing for the club. But the league is the priority, this cup run is a bonus.”

Lincoln are the conference league leaders but there’s no doubt they’ll be hoping they’re in the fourth round draw.

Elsewhere, fellow Conference sides Barrow AFC and Sutton United face Rochdale and AFC Wimbledon respectively. Whilst 7th tier, Stourbridge FC travel to Wycombe Wanderers.

All ties will be played this weekend, beginning with West Ham United vs Manchester City tonight.

The fourth round draw will take place on Monday, following Cambridge United vs Leeds United.


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