Marine v Tottenham: Kane out to keep away from one other non-league nightmare
Sunday’s FA Cup encounter between Marine and Tottenham is the type of conflict that basically captures the imaginations of supporters, as non-league meets Premier League.
Ordinarily such an event would imply a doubtlessly very important money inflow for the smaller facet, with match tickets promoting out faster than ever and TV crews descending on a modest floor of their droves.
Whereas it received’t be fairly the identical this time given the coronavirus pandemic, it nonetheless guarantees to be a special occasion for Marine, who’ve bought over 5,000 digital tickets.
Taking part in within the Northern Premier League Division One North West, the eighth tier of the English soccer pyramid, Liverpool-based Marine will host a Spurs workforce that’s used to competing within the Champions League.
It represents a complete new type of problem for the non-league facet, although it is usually a chance for the unlikeliest of ‘large killings’.
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THE SIZE OF THE TASK
‘The magic of the cup’ is that on a given day, any workforce may doubtlessly beat another, and that’s certainly the perspective Marine will need to take into the weekend.
Although, clearly the truth is reasonably extra stark.
For the reason that Premier League’s inception in 1992, solely twice have non-league sides defeated top-tier opposition.
The primary was in 2013 within the fourth spherical, as Luton City claimed a 1-0 win over Norwich Metropolis.
It ended a run of 27 years since top-tier opposition had misplaced to a non-league facet, with Altrincham having eradicated Birmingham Metropolis in 1986.
The one different event since then occurred in 2017, as Burnley misplaced 1-0 to Lincoln Metropolis, who made it so far as the quarter-finals.
There’s additionally a coincidental hyperlink to that Norwich defeat with Sunday’s contest – Spurs star Harry Kane was within the Canaries’ facet that day throughout an unsuccessful mortgage interval initially of his profession.
These two wins for non-league groups have come from 52 matches, with 42 unsurprisingly ending in victories for the top-flight sides.
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