Boss Brady Stone wants bumper Unwin Ground crowd to cheer Ely City on to FA Vase glory
“Come and cheer our boys on to FA Vase glory” is the message from Ely City manager Brady Stone ahead of arguably the biggest match in the club’s history.
Ely City’s FA Vase journey
September 10: Ely City 3-2 Kirkley & Pakefield
(Alex Theobald, Ash Walter, Tom Williams)
September 24: Ely City 4-2 Diss Town
(Kelvin Enaro, James Seymour, Alex Theobald, Mason Newman)
October 22: Northampton ON Chenecks 1-3 Ely City
(George Darling, Tom Williams x2)
November 12: Wadham Lodge 0-3 Ely City
(Kelvin Enaro, Alex Theobald, Tom Williams)
December 3: Welwyn Garden City 2-3 Ely City
(George Darling, Kelvin Enaro, Craig Neal)
January 7: Ely City 3-0 Shepshed Dynamo
(George Darling, Ashley Shipp x2)
The Robins can continue their wonderful march towards a dream date at Wembley with victory over Sporting Khalsa on Saturday afternoon, and the Ely boss wants hundreds of football fans from far and wide to flood through the gates at the Unwin Ground and back his boys.
A record number of 386 packed the terraces when Ely triumphed 3-0 over Shepshed Dynamo in the fourth round earlier this month, and Stone has set his sights on smashing that record again in two days’ time.
“If we can get over 400 in that will be fantastic,” he said.
“Even if we can get as many as last time then it will be a great occasion. It was brilliant to see so many locals, supporters and ex-players come down in the last round.
“We appreciate the support so much and hopefully we can give them all something to cheer about come 5pm on Saturday.”
The Robins are the underdogs for Saturday’s fifth-round tie against an in-form Khalsa side, but Stone, right, says his men will go into the clash with no fear.
“No-one expected us to get this far so I’ll just tell the boys to go out there, embrace it and enjoy the game,” he said.
“We’ll go into the game exactly how we have done in the other rounds – with big smiles on our faces and with nothing to lose.
“We’ll train hard this week and then we’re off for a team bonding session at the bowling alley tonight so we’ll go into the game in high spirits.”
Stone also admitted that Ely’s 1-0 defeat to Fakenham Town last weekend didn’t do wonders for their FA Vase preparations, but he hopes the poor result will be quickly erased from memory this weekend.
“It was a pretty poor performance, especially after the performances we put on in our last two games,” Stone said.
“The only positive thing was that Sporting Khalsa’s manager came down to watch us and we didn’t really give anything away!
“We’re so proud of how we’ve done in the Vase and it means so much to us, especially being a local boy and with Martin [Grey, assistant manager] playing for the club all his life.
“We’ll just have to wait and see what happens come 5pm on Saturday.”
• Match day tickets (£6 adults, £3 cons/under 16s) can be bought at Sainsbury’s, Lisle Lane, Fencabs, Market Street or at the Unwin on Saturday.