Cup of cheer for Metropolitan Police FC
22 October 2012
Metropolitan Police Football Club manager Jim Cooper has expressed his delight after the team's FA Cup heroics were rewarded with a First Round match against Crawley.
The Blues stormed to a 3-0 victory over South Park in Saturday's (20 October) Fourth Qualifying Round, in the process securing their place in the hat for yesterday's main draw.
Their reward was a home tie at Imber Court against the team currently sitting fourth in League One, and the likelihood of a full house of around 3,000 at the East Molesey ground.
"I'm chuffed with the draw and everyone involved will relish it," said Cooper, whose day job is as a police sergeant in Dagenham. "Fingers crossed, it could even be televised, which would have huge financial implications for a club like ours.
"It will be extremely difficult to get anything from Crawley, and we are huge underdogs, but never say never.
"I'm so thrilled for the players. It's great exposure for them and a massive opportunity to highlight their skills."
It will be the Met's first appearance in the First Round since 1993 when they also faced Crawley, then a non-league outfit. The Sussex side were too strong on that occasion.
MPFC is a community club that features three serving officers in its playing staff, however all the management and organisation of the club is carried out by Met officers and staff.
Saturday's game was won with goals from Howard Newton and a brace from Jonte Smith.
Smith is currently on loan from Crawley and has been the hero of the cup run with 10 goals scored already.
Unfortunately for the First Round hosts, his parent club has already confirmed he will not be sanctioned to play when the two teams meet.
The match will take place at some point over the weekend of 3 November.
See www.metpolicefc.co.uk for further details about MPFC.