Lichfield City skipper Kyle Patterson shared his memories of both watching
and playing in the FA Cup ahead of Saturday’s first qualifying round
tie with Nuneaton Borough writes Dan Hargraves.

“I remember watching the Liverpool Man United final when Cantona
scored that volley, that was probably my first memory of watching the FA
Cup”, the midfielder said.

“In terms of playing, I’ve been lucky really. When I was at Tamworth
we made it to the third round and played Everton away at Goodison Park
and that was obviously an amazing memory.

“But the game before I remember more fondly because I scored the
winner. We played against Gateshead away, it was a long journey from
Tamworth, about four hours. We weren’t really fancied at the time,
Gateshead were quite a big team, we were just going up there as massive

“We had soaked up a lot of pressure during the game and got a corner
with about five minutes to go and the ball dropped to me from about six
yards out and you can imagine the feeling.”

However, Saturday will provide the 35-year-old with another opportunity
to make fond memories in the prestigious competition. “[The feeling]
it’s got to be excitement I think”, Patterson said.

“With what the chairman and the vice-chairman are doing now, I think
these occasions are going to keep on coming. We’ve been promoted, last
year we beat some of the records. It’s exciting but, the way in which
the club is going, I wouldn’t see it as a one-off.”

The captain also emphasised the determination of his teammates to go and
record a famous win on Saturday, saying: “I don’t think I’ve ever
played with a bunch of lads who are just as fearless as they are. There
are a lot of young lads who will probably step up to the level that
Nuneaton are at now and probably higher. I just see no fear in us.

“When we played Evesham away in the last round, that was a big game.
They’re in the league above us and an established club at that level,
a big stadium, good support. The lads just don’t let the occasion get
to them, they just want to play football and do their best.”

September 2, 2021

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