‘FA Cup magic still alive,’ says Chris Waddle

Chris Waddle'Sheffield Wednesday v Wimbledon 17th October 1993
Chris Waddle'Sheffield Wednesday v Wimbledon 17th October 1993

EX-ENGLAND international Chris Waddle believes the magic of the FA Cup is still very much alive ahead of Alfreton’s clash with Leyton Orient this weekend.

The Reds face the League One side in the second round of the cup in front of the live cameras at the Impact Arena this Sunday.

And the former Newcastle, Tottenham and Sheffield Wednesday winger - turned ESPN pundit - said the prospect of drawing a Premiership team in the next round is all the motivation Nicky Law’s men need.

He said: “Alfreton play good football. It will be a good chance for the club, manager and players to showcase what they can do, and for some it will be an opportunity to put themselves in the shop window.

“There’s no pressure on Alfreton. They can go out there against a team higher up the pyramid and enjoy it, with a bit of luck they could do it.”

The Reds are looking to reach the third round of the competition for the first time in their history.

“If you can get one of the big boys, if you’re lucky enough to get Manchester United away or a trip to Anfield it can really change a club’s season,” he said.

Alfreton go into the game on the back of a 3-1 defeat to Kidderminster Harriers in the FA Trophy.

But Waddle, who played in two cup finals during his glittering playing career, says form goes out the window when the FA Cup comes round and maintains it is still the best domestic competition in the world.

“I love it. Growing up as a kid I watched it religiously. Cup football brings the town alive and you never know what’s going to happen,” he added.

- ESPN will televise live and exclusive coverage of Alfreton Town v Leyton Orient in the FA Cup Second Round at 2.30pm on Sunday. Visit ESPN.co.uk for details.