Chris Stammers – FA Cup Interview

AFC Manager Chris Stammers spoke to us ahead of the sides Emirates FA Cup match against Litherland REMYCA tomorrow at 12:30pm.

The game will be streamed live on the BBC Sport website so we got the Manager’s thoughts on this as well as his cup run ambitions and on the role of the FA in grassroots football.

The match tomorrow will be streamed live on the BBC, how do you feel about the team being watched by a larger audience than you’re used to? Does it add pressure or will it just add to the event?

I think just like you said there, it’ll certainly add to the event. It gives the lads an opportunity to be seen by a potential worldwide audience, to show people what they’re capable. Using Jamie Vardy as an example, he’s someone who played non-league football and look at the level he plays at now. So it is possible that somebody could see something special in these lads, keep an eye on their development and they really could progress up the ladder. I see the coverage of this game as a bonus and one the lads will relish, certainly not an added pressure.

A cup run is always exciting for the supporters, what are you hoping to deliver for them in the competition?

Of course to get as far as possible, ideally I’d like to better the clubs record in the competition. To do that you know you’re always going to draw a good team, playing those sides is always exciting for the fans and it’s good for the club. Everyone loves a cup shock as well so recording one of those over a bigger club would be great. I was lucky enough to be the number 2 at Burscough that was one game away from playing Manchester United and that beat Gillingham in front of 3,000 people, so I’d love that kind of story for this club.

What are your thoughts on the FA using the competition as an opportunity to give much needed coverage to grassroots football?

It’s a massive positive; it’s the world’s oldest club competition so to have the spotlight on it from the very beginning is huge. I think the last few weeks have put the two ends of football in such perspective, when you think of all the money being spent here and abroad at the top level. It would be great to see some more money begin to filter down into grassroots. A big part of that support from the FA along with the coverage from the BBC is that it will give players, the club and the supporters an amazing platform – the world famous FA Cup.

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