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FA CUP | Vermiglio relishing fixture against Athletic

The FA Cup is always special, although it will be even more so for Jamie Vermiglio at the weekend writes Josh Vosper. The assistant manager is under no illusions about the task facing the Magpies, as they kick-off at 12.30pm live on the BBC.

Talking about the game itself he said: “The league is our priority but we’ve not had a good run in the FA Cup for quite a while now and are determined to have one. All the lads are ready and prepared for the game. We’ve got players who understand the importance of this fixture and certain individuals who’ve played a higher and lower level. They’ve been underdogs before and won’t be underestimating Ashton.”

Being a local lad, he has a deep relationship with everyone at Brocstedes Park saying: “The club have developed tremendously over recent years. My best mate Dougie Pitts is the joint manager along with Jason Foulds. They’re quickly establishing themselves as an excellent duo and I’ve no doubt they will be on the radar of many teams who are looking to progress. I was best man at Dougie’s wedding and he was mine. Our families are extremely close so naturally I always want his team to do well. The links are endless.” Although he won’t be thinking about any of that prior to game adding: “There’s nothing I want more than a Chorley win. I took enough stick last year when they beat us in the Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy. I couldn’t face it all again.” 

Athletic are below Jansen’s men in the football pyramid, but Vermiglio has warned against complacency and said: “As everyone knows, league positions don’t mean anything in the FA Cup. On any given day any team can beat anyone. We’ve watched them twice in preparation and been impressed. Despite this, we are always confident going forward into any game. Whether we are playing top of our league or top of the Wigan Amateur League we believe that if we play to our potential we can beat anyone. The same will apply tomorrow.” After hearing about live coverage on the BBC he added: “It’s something different for the club and players. Our club has a growth mindset and this is another step in the right direction. Our players, just like Ashton’s will relish the opportunity of playing in front of the cameras and will naturally want to impress everyone.” 

Finally, he added: “My routine will be the same apart from not being able to listen to my usual play list on the way as it takes me two minutes to get to the ground. One thing that will be different is my little boy and girl will be watching. They’re jumping on the bandwagon, as is my wife who’s not been to a match since I was playing - which was quite a while back.” 

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