Nathan Collins knows all about the highs and lows that the FA Cup can offer.
The Boston Town manager says some of the best memories from his playing career arrived in football’s best-loved knockout competition - as well as some of his worst ones.
“I scored my best goal for Boston in the FA Cup, a 30-yarder against Long Eaton,” Collins reflected.
“But I also remember being sent off against Bury (Town) as well.
“They were a couple of divisions higher and the chairman still reminds me of the money he says that cost him.”
As the Poachers prepare to take a break from UCL Premier action and host Eastern Counties Premier Division side Walsham-le-Willows this Saturday in the FA Cup extra-preliminary round at the DWB Stadium (KO 3pm), there is £1,500 in prizemoney at stake.
And Collins wouldn’t mind going on a good run and paying chairman Mick Vines back a few pounds.
“I had some of my best memories as a player in the FA Cup so, as a manager, I’m looking forward to it,” he added.
“I don’t think it gets in the way of the league matches early on. It’s the FA Cup so, no matter what round you’re in, you should always be excited to play in it.
“There’s always that dream of going on a run and getting a Football League side.”
And for Collins’ young side, there’s also that excitement of making a debut in the competition.
“I’d guess about half of my players have never played in the FA Cup before,” the manager added.