From Grecian the Lion to the trophy’s bodyguard: stories behind the FA Cup third round

05 January 2018 07:10
Meet the man inside Exeter’s mascot suit, the brothers returning to play a the stadium where they used to watch their dad play and others who will play a part in one of English football’s special occasionsIn 2013 Bournemouth were in League One and we were the Premier League side but we were very fortunate to earn a replay in the third round, even though we were playing at home. Bournemouth must have fancied their chances in the second game because Roberto Martínez always rotated his squad for Cup matches and, when I saw our teamsheet on a freezing night on the south coast, I thought all the ingredients were in place for an upset. But a great goal from Mauro Boselli earned us a trip to non-league Macclesfield in the next round. I thought that gave us a good opportunity of reaching the fifth round, but that was as far ahead as I was looking. Boselli cost £6m from Estudiantes and never scored another for us but, without his goal at Bournemouth, who knows? Continue reading. . read full article

Source: TheGuardian