FLEETWOOD Town bid to make history tomorrow by claiming their first Football League scalp in the FA Cup – and in the process spoil Wycombe Wanderers’ up-coming anniversary party.
Next week, former Wycombe players gather to mark 10 years since they enjoyed their greatest milestone in their history, playing Liverpool in the semi-final, but Fleetwood will go all out to make sure the celebrations don’t go with a swing, after they take on Wanderers in the first round at Highbury.
Wycombe have themselves experienced the highs and lows of the FA Cup – since losing to Liverpool in the last four, they have also lost to non-league opposition in Eastwood Town and Basingstoke.
And though Fleetwood are riding high in the Blue Square Bet Premier, and the Chairboys are struggling at the bottom of League One, manager Micky Mellon has healthy respect for Gary Waddock’s side.
He said: “Wycombe are a League One side, and they deserve to be there because they have already proved that they are a good enough to play at a higher level than my players, and we have to give them respect.
“So it won’t be regarded as a giant-killing if Wycombe beat Fleetwood!”
Mellon is just happy to be involved in the FA Cup – and he expects that feeling to get through to the spectators tomorrow.
He said: “Of course, there is something special about the FA Cup, the romance and the magic, and especially when, like tomorrow, we get the chance to play against a side from a higher division.
“And the fans have their part to play.
“The crowd have become more vocal over the last month or so, and it is great to hear because it makes such a difference – it has been really positive and pleasing to hear them get right behind us.”
Winger Peter Till and defender Paul Edwards are back in the frame after injury, and could well figure against Wycombe, especially for FA Cup action when seven substitutes are allowed.
However, defender Paul Linwood is likely to be absent, while Ryan Jackson has moved back to AFC Wimbledon at the end of his loan spell.
n WITH Blackpool not having a match this weekend because of international matches, the Cod Army are expecting to have a few extra ‘conscripts’.
Fleetwood have already sold in excess of 1500 tickets for the tie, and there has been plenty of interest from Blackpool FC supporters.
Mellon said: “We are hoping for a good crowd because the people of the Fylde coast want to see Fylde teams do well.”