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The FA Cup, It Still Means Something

And so there it was, the Concord Rangers FA Cup journey came to an end for another season, but what a journey it was eh? Making the first round proper of this legendary competition for the first time was something special for our small club, and we certainly made an impact didn’t we?Having our clubs name read out on live TV in the first round draw was quite surreal, but not only for those of us involved with the club. People all over the world wondered who this team were that had been drawn away to Mansfield Town, many of them taking to social networks to ask the question “who the f**k are Concord Rangers” (I use the asterisks as this is a family publication!). With the increased net traffic, this led to our club even trending worldwide on social network site Twitter, giving our tiny club further publicity, reaching places we’d never even dreamed of.The column inches that were then dedicated to our club continued to overwhelm and surprise us, with national publications such as The Sun…

Boreham Wood, FA Trophy, 291114

And so there it was, the Concord Rangers FA Cup journey came to an end for another season, but what a journey it was eh? Making the first round proper of this legendary competition for the first time was something special for our small club, and we certainly made an impact didn’t we?Having our clubs name read out on live TV in the first round draw was quite surreal, but not only for those of us involved with the club. People all over the world wondered who this team were that had been drawn away to Mansfield Town, many of them taking to social networks to ask the question “who the f**k are Concord Rangers” (I use the asterisks as this is a family publication!). With the increased net traffic, this led to our club even trending worldwide on social network site Twitter, giving our tiny club further publicity, reaching places we’d never even dreamed of.The column inches that were then dedicated to our club continued to overwhelm and surprise us, with national publications such as The Sun…

Mansfield, FA Cup, 251114

A week ago Concord Rangers travelled to Mansfield to finally take part in their first ever FA Cup 1st Round proper fixture, after the original match was called off due to a waterlogged pitch at the One Call Stadium.There was over 100 Beachboys fans there on that cold Tuesday night ready to cheer the lads on to victory, singing our admittedly low variety of chants throughout the entire 90 minutes, and I was proud to say I was a part of that crowd. This was especially so after I was away when the original fixture was due to take place!The lads knew they had a tough job ahead of them, even with Mansfield being in poor form and their fans wanting the manager out (they have since parted ways after that game) they were still a fulll time, professional League 2 side that would provide a very strong test. Professionalism and determination would be key, and it was on show from the 1st to the 90th minute. It would be unfair to focus on one players performance that night, as the whole team ensur…

Boreham Wood, Vanarama South, 151114

Ok Ill admit it and be completely honest, I wasnt totally unhappy that the first scheduled fixture at Mansfield was postponed last Saturday. I was in New York on a trip I’d booked way back in May, so I had fully accepted the fact that I would be missing what was going to be the biggest, most important fixture in the history of this club that I’ve followed and become a part of. A point that was hammered home to me when sitting at Heathrow Airport on the Friday morning and I saw the teams BBC interview pop up on the big screen in front of hundreds and maybe thousands of people over the morning!Of course when it came to the actual postponement and the way it was called off, I have every sympathy for the team, players, staff and fans that made that long 3-4 hour journey by coach to Mansfield only for the news to hit that the delightful weather had robbed the Beachboys of their Saturday afternoon in the spotlight. From what I understand the weather had been pretty shocking throughout the d…

Weston Super Mare, Vanarama South, 011114

I’m still not sure it’s entirely sunk in yet, but last Monday night our great little club heard its name read out live on BBC 2 as part of the draw for the FA Cup First Round for the first time. It was a massive moment for Concord Rangers, one that rewards all the hard work and effort that the staff, players & fans have put in over the years here.Going to St Albans City and winning was never going to be an easy task, and it wasn’t as it ended up being just one goal that separated the two sides. What a goal it was though, Joe Gardner watched the ball come over from the left hand side, timed his shot superbly and saw the ball sail into the net past the stranded Saints keeper. A place in The FA Cup First Round was ours, and so were bragging rights for me as I have the pleasure (!) of working with a St Albans fan!Celebrations continued until the early morning for many of us, making the most of the fact that the clocks went back an hour at the time too! But then the reality of it all b…