Football fans often get carried away by hyperbole declaring that the next game is the “biggest ever”, “most important ever”, “epoch defining”, “history making” which is rarely the case. However, Canterbury City’s FA Vase Semi-Final with Cray Valley (PM) is undoubtedly the biggest and most important in the club’s history.
The FA Cup 1st round tie at Swindon Town in 1968-69 in front of over 14,000 where they lost to a contentious last-minute penalty is undoubtedly the biggest previous occasion in the club’s history but this is very different, the prize is a place at Wembley Stadium in a national final live on TV. THE Wembley Stadium!
Of course, Cray Valley PM will be hot favourites with their experienced ex-league players and big budget and goal happy title contenders, but they only beat City 2-0 in the league game this season with both goals coming in the final quarter.
What Canterbury City’s players need now is for the city to turn out in support of the club in a once in a lifetime opportunity. They have done incredibly well to see off the might of Langney Wanderers, AFC Varndeanians, Saltdean United, Corinthian, Southall, Newport Pagnell Town, Leicester Nirvana and much fancied Biggleswade. Now as the clear underdogs they need your support.
The football is honest and affordable (adults £7|), the welcome warm at any City game but the club now really need YOU! The first leg is at Cray Valley (PM) on Sunday 17th of March. Getting to the ground in Eltham by public transport is not that easy on a Sunday, so the club are running an official supporters’ coach (on the “fun bus” you might even get to meet the legendary “Sleepy Dave”!) from Canterbury bus station to the game. It is £10 return and you’ll get to mingle with fellow city fans for the 45 miles journey in search of glory. There are some spaces left, so please contact the club to secure you’re spot! The is a chance of additional pick-ups at Faversham and Medway services.
The second leg on Saturday the 23rd is at Salters Lane home of Faversham Town. A pre-match pint in the Elephant pub should set you up nicely for a defining afternoon. Once again, we will urge all football fans of the city and surrounding area to turn out and roar City on. Undoubtedly the unfashionable underdogs but hopefully ones that will not die wondering.
The prize for the players and fans of a club the size of City is almost unimaginable, but of course it will also help in the campaign to bring the club back to their rightful home IN the City of Canterbury. If you want a day trip to Non-league Finals Day on Sunday 19th of May or the help City come home, please come and join us for the biggest two games in the history of the club. Unimaginable when they folded in 2001 and reformed in 2007 playing in a field the in Kent County League Division Two East!
Up The City!
Updated 07:42 - 6 Mar 2019 by Martyn Sexton