ONE Mansfield Town fan who grew up in a family full of Liverpool fans says he hopes to finally have the bragging rights on Sunday.
Stephen Wells (28) has been supporting Mansfield Town since he watched his beloved side face Carlisle United in the 1994-95 season when he was just 10 years old.
But, while Stephen’s eyes have firmly been on the goings on at the One Call Stadium, his grandad, uncle,auntie and all his cousins have prefered to follow the fortunes of the the world famous Anfield side.
And on Sunday family loyalties will be put to the test when Mansfield Town face seven-times FA Cup winners Liverpool at the One Call Stadium in front of a sell-out crowd and a global television audience.
Stephen, who is a season-ticket holder in the Quarry Lane end, said: “It’s going to be strange hearing the PA announcer say ‘please welcome Liverpool and Mansfield Town’.
“It’s a strange one for me, my grand-dad was from Barrow and was a massive Liverpool fan. Every single cousin and uncle and auntie support Liverpool, it’s only me and my dad that support Mansfield so I want bragging rights.
“I cannot concentrate on my work right now. My mate, who is a Liverpool fan, is worried that we are going to win. I can’t see it myself, but as long as we get stuck in, let Liverpool know they’ve been in a game, put a cracking performance on and score a goal, that’s all I want,
“If the players walk off thinking ‘I gave everything’, no matter the score that’s all that you can ask for. Would anybody be shocked if Liverpool win 6 or 7-0? I don’t think so, we have nothing to be afraid of, much like Slough and Matlock, I’m expecting the players to be bang up for this game.”
The last time a non-league side defeated a top flight team was back in 1989 when Sutton United overturned the odds to dump Coventry City out with a 2-1.
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Next week’s Chad will also feature a special eight-page supplement looking back on the cup clash and will feature a match report, player and fans reactions and a picture special.