Stockport County have attracted national headlines this week as they prepare to face National League side Barnet in the second round of the FA Cup.
There will be highlights of the game on live TV this Sunday afternoon, but County fans are travelling in huge numbers with almost two thousand supporters expected to make the journey, outnumbering the home fans despite the game being played in north London.
County boss Jim Gannon said:
“I know what our fans are like and Barnet will be surprised at the numbers we take, you can’t help but get excited, I’ve never had so many people coming up to me and wishing me well, so there’s a great feeling around the place. Our fans are very proud of the club and the town, and we want to fly that flag with pride on Sunday.
“We’ll put everything into the game and give ourselves a real chance of winning the cup tie. We’re going to do the fans proud and I’m sure they’ll do us proud.”
County have lost just one of their last 14 games and Jim Gannon feels the club is moving in the right direction. He said: “There is definitely something brewing, I have great belief in the players and other people are starting to see that potential and what we’re actually starting to fulfil.
“Recent games have given us a sense that this is a team starting to move forward with purpose and I think everyone is excited about what can be achieved this season. The FA Cup run is really a sign of us coming of age as a team and starting to become a cut above our level at times, and I hope we can show that on Sunday.”
Victory in this tie would put County into the third round of the FA Cup for the first time in more than a decade, and a potential meeting with a Premier League side.