BROWNE ON THE BALL: Can Boston suffer an FA Cup upset? Just a tad!

TADCASTER Albion. Who are they? Never heard of them.

As my brother put it: “Ain’t they the team Roy of the Rovers used to play against?”

Just the name conjures up old black and white images of men - in their large, floppy newsboy caps and cheapest suits – waving their rattles and singing a song that now seems as old, dated and daft as Norwich’s On The Ball City ditty.

In the backdrop lies a burning chimney or two, visible behind the slagheaps.

Boys in their patterned jumpers and grey knee-length shorts take it in turns to climb the ladder they rested against the ground’s dry-stone wall to avoid paying to get in.

It all sounds very much like a romantic vision of the past doesn’t it?

But sadly, that’s not the case. That’s just me being facetious.

Just because you know little if anything about a team. Just because they play in a lower league, it doesn’t mean they’ll be a walkover.

When Boston United were drawn to face Quorn in the FA Trophy in 2009 a colleague of mine laughed and asked ‘is that really a place?’

He then made some quip about it not being a ‘meaty encounter’ and Boston winning easily.

Of course, that wasn’t the case and after the dullest goalless draw I’ve ever seen, Quorn won the replay in Leicestershire 1-0.

In my years covering Boston United I’ve witnessed some pretty horrific cup defeats.

The home loss to Brigg summed up how superiority in ability and organisation doesn’t always overcome desire.

It only takes 90 minutes for confidence to be reborn as hubris.

Of course, Boston have also had their enjoyable moments when they became Davids slaying 11 Goliaths.

Lee Thompson’s demolition of Luton Town is a personal favourite.

But this is the FA Cup.

It is the world’s most famous cup competition for a reason – because there are no seedings and because over the years so many minnows have met so many big boys.

Few cause an upset. But upsets happen and then they become very famous.

Some cocky fans may reckon Tadcaster will be a pushover because they’re just a small brewery town club who play in a step fiv regional league?

But that’s exactly why they’re dangerous.

Because they don’t reach this round every year and because they don’t play clubs with former Football League status every season, they’ll be more than up for it.

There’ll be respect shown to Boston, but the opposition will not be in awe.

They’ll be too busy thinking about the names they can make for themselves.

On Saturday, Boston face the Brewers – and they’ll have to be at their best to avoid an FA Cup hangover.