Marine manager Neil Young could not hide his excitement after his side were drawn against Tottenham Hotspur in Monday’s FA Cup third-round draw.
With Marine occupying 9th place in the Northern Premier League Division One, the eighth tier of English football and Tottenham Hotspur currently sitting at the summit of the Premier League, the draw represents the biggest gulf between two clubs ever seen at this stage of the competition.
The non-league club will welcome Spurs to Rossett Park, which has a capacity of 3,185 and is a world away from the facilities the international superstars at the North London club are used to but ultimately ties of this nature are what the magic of the cup is all about.
Reacting to drawing Spurs in the third round, Young told Sky Sports (as relayed by The Daily Star): “It’s an unbelievable feeling to be able to bring the Premier League leaders to our tight little ground in Marine.
“Fantastic. The England captain, the Welsh captain, Jose Mourinho.
“Coming to Mourinho is a just for our lad’s efforts to get this far seven games in. To pull Tottenham Hotspur out of the hat is a fantastic feeling for the football club.”
While Jose Mourinho’s men enter the competition in the Third Round along with the other Premier League and Championship sides, it has taken Marine seven matches to make it to this stage.
Young saw the tie as a reward for the hard work the club based in Crosby have put in to get this far.
He added: “Everyone here is looking forward to it, there were cheers that went around the ground.
“Well, nobody is in the ground, I think it was in the houses around the ground. It was crazy.
“But [we’re] looking forward to it. As I said, it’s a just reward for everybody’s efforts to get this far.”
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