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FA Cup: King's Lynn Town face Stevenage as they bid to reach Third Round Proper for the first time in 61 years





Tommy Widdrington wants football fans to turn The Walks into a sea of blue and gold on Saturday as the Linnets bid to reach the Third Round Proper of the FA Cup for the first time in 61 years.

League Two Stevenage stand between Lynn and a place in the promised land in a cup tie that will be beamed to thousands by the BBC television cameras.

"I hope the whole of Norfolk comes to support us," said Widdrington.

Tommy Widdrington. (59732059)
Tommy Widdrington. (59732059)

"At the end of the day and in Lynn's most recent history the club haven't had a game as big and the potential possible gains that come with it.

"We hope it is rammed to the rafters and that most of the ground will be blue and gold. It's why you play the game and why people coach and manage in it because you want days like these."

After knocking out Doncaster Rovers in the last round, Lynn's boss will leave nothing to chance in their bid for more cup glory on their own patch

The Lynn chief revealed that his side will prepare as thoroughly as their previous ties against Kettering Town, Ashington and Doncaster Rovers.

"I'll be telling the players to not leave anything to chance," he said.

"It is another possible day in the sun for our lads in terms of the size of the game. They've already had one day in the sun with their performance at Doncaster so why stop there?

"It's a big day, not just for the football club, but also for the town. It's a brilliant town, I stay in it most Friday nights and I enjoy the delights it offers.

"It can be a beacon of light for the town, people in Lynn should have something like this that they want to come to and we want them to come back after Saturday.

"We'll try to be open and entertaining and try to win the game, it's as simple as that.

"I want to be in the hat on Monday, the same as Steve (Evans) will want to be in the hat."

Manager Steve Evans celebrates victory over Sunderland Picture: Ady Kerry (60858930)
Manager Steve Evans celebrates victory over Sunderland Picture: Ady Kerry (60858930)

Stevenage manager Steve Evans has the utmost respect for Widdrington and Lynn as a club.

"We know it's going to be tough," he said.

"I've got a lot of time for them as a football club and a lot of time for the manager.

"It's probably known that I'm good friends with Tommy at a distance, but we're football friends if you like.

"I think Tommy told one of my staff that he thought he has better players than us six weeks ago and it's interesting that we're now playing each other in the FA Cup.

"If you look at their performance up at Doncaster in the last round, you'd be acclaiming that."



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