The Cobblers have just been drawn to play away at Conference South side Bishop’s Stortford in the First Round of the FA Cup. Whilst I earlier said it would be nice to play a new side I did say I wanted it at home so this becomes one with real banana skin potential. Stortford have won their last six games in league and cup including a 6-1 hammering of Chipstead FC and an excellent 1-0 success yesterday against Conference Premier club Forest Green Rovers.
Based in Hertfordshire, it’s not the longest trip for Cobblers fans but it will conjure up memories of that dreadful day in 2001 when we were dumped out of the cup at Canvey Island in front of a BBC audience on a Sunday lunch time.
The Blues have a long history having been formed in 1874 with an FA Trophy win in 1981 and Isthmian League titles in 1981 and 1994 amongst their finest hours. They play at the Prokit Stadium which holds an impressive 4,525.
So a very tricky tie to overcome in a couple of weeks’ time but it should be good fun to make some new friends along the way. The magic of the cup will most definitely be in the air when the tie takes place (over the weekend of November 9th and 10th) but let’s just hope we’re not making the headlines!