Many cynics believe the magic of the FA Cup is long gone, but tell that to the hundreds of Chesterfield fans queuing up in the rain for their ticket to a fourth round tie at neighbours Derby County.
When details of the Spireites’ 5,700 allocation were announced there was a clamour for the hottest ticket in town. Such has been the demand, the club was forced to suspend sales on Monday to catch up on orders over the weekend.
Frustrating for supporters, yes, but a clear example of the volume of interest in a competition that has served up a rare meeting between two sides less than 30 miles from one another.
A first meeting between the two sides, at the right end of their respective divisions, in 30 years has added an extra ingredient to the pot already full of spice. This one has done what was intended, to grab the imagination of fans.