Thursday 3rd November
Do you dare to dream - AGAIN !
On this day in FA Cup history …. November the Third has seen some interesting games in Chesham Utd's FA Cup campaigns, three of them from well over one hundred years ago.
In the Second Qualifying Round replay on 3/11/888, having drawn 3-3 in the first game Chesham went down 10-2 away at Luton Town. The high scoring didn’t stop there as in Third Round Qualifying on 3/11/1900 Chesham Generals won 5-3 away at Marlow. In 1906 Chesham Town drew 1-1 away at Wycombe Wanderers before winning the replay 3-1. We then have to fast forward to 3/11/1979 - a mere thirty-six years ago - for the next game, and the most significant result of the four when Chesham Utd beat Maidstone Utd in the Fourth Qualifying Round following which the Generals went all the way to the Third Round Proper - the club's best ever run
Well, back to 2016 and here we go – again. Having previously not faced Football League opposition in the FA Cup since the run of 1979 / 80, Chesham have now repeated the feat in two successive seasons - a truly momentous achievement. Last season’s famous matches at Bristol Rovers (pictured above, image courtesy of Trevor Hyde) and Bradford City are now followed in 2016 by one of the best First Round draws available, a great fixture away to Peterborough Utd who are flying high in Football League One.
Media interest in Saturday's match is growing. The FA have highlighted the tie in their First Round preview here and follow this linkfor an interview with Andy Leese for the Ladbrokes website. Follow this link for Barry Hayles' views on the match, an drecolections of past encounters v The Posh. Peterborough's Manager Grant McCann has also spoken to the Peterborough local press
BBC Three Counties Radio will be attending the game and plan pre and post match interviews. Wycombe Sound will also be covering the match, and Andy Leese will feature in their FA Cup Special being broadcast between 7 and 8pm on Friday evening. The Bucks Free Press are planning to do live social media coverage throughout Saturday, starting off by speaking with Andy Leese before travelling to the game with fans on one of the supporters coaches. Check back here later for further news and media items
For travelling fans wishing to meet up beforehand the consensus from a wide range of informed sources is that The Cherry Tree - much frequented by visiting fans - and Charters Bar, a large converted floating barge and a hotspot for real ales, are both good and welcoming choices. Both are within easy reach of the ground. Chesham fans are also invited to join the locals in Peterborough's clubhouse by our hosts' Official Supporters Club "we welcome your supporters to join us in the clubroom before the game - just head for the Venue which is just past the Main Ticket Office. Kind regards, Forever Posh"
Our hosts have an excellent record in the FA Cup. In the last fifteen seasons The Posh have only once gone out in the First Round, and on that occasion the winners were a non-league side. Following a 0-0 draw at Peterborough on Saturday 5th Nov 2005 Burton Albion, now of course of the Championship but back then in the National Conference, took the Posh back to their new Pirelli Stadium where they won the replay 1-0 and famously went on to hold Manchester Utd there 0-0 in the Third Round before succumbing in a replay at Old Trafford
Most if not all of those Chesham Fans who went on those fantastic adventures to Bristol and Bradford last season will of course be going to Peterborough. If you didn’t go last year then don’t miss out on this one - you'll have a great time in great company!. Peterborough’s Abax stadium is an excellent venue at a top professional club, and the town has a great reputation as a welcoming and friendly destination for visiting fans. And with the ground close to the town centre shopping and other attractions there’s also plenty to do for any non-footballing elements in the family
With advance ticket sales from the club combined with online purchases already exceeding 500, and other supporters who are travelling independently and paying "on the day" it looks like we'll be getting a great turnout to rival or even beat the numbers that went to Bristol and Bradford last year. There are a still advance match tickets and a few coach tickets available from the club. These will be on sale from The Meadow at Friday's Fireworks Spectacular details here . If you have not yet purchased, or can't get to the Fireworks evening, then don't worry! You can still buy tickets online directly from Peterborough Utd at advance prices, which is cheaper than paying on the day and there is no booking fee. Tickets purchased online can be printed at home or collected at the stadium. Or just turn up at Peterborough on Saturday and pay at the turnstiles!
The venue, Peterborough United Football Club, ABAX Stadium, London Road, Peterborough, PE2 8AL is a very easy journey from Chesham and car parking is available close to the ground. Click here for detailed travel and parking information from Peterborough Utd’s website
Be there, be a part of this, make some noise and enjoy the occasion of another great day in the club and the town's history!
Admission prices for the game are as follows
In Advance: Adults £12, Seniors / 18s-21s £8, Junior U18s £3.
On Match Day Adults £15, Seniors / 18s-21s £10, Junior U18s £5
Manager Andy Leese said of the draw
"Another fantastic FA Cup game in prospect as we play Peterborough United in the First Round Proper. I thought our ball had been lost as the draw went on and on! Playing another professional club is a great reward for our efforts. It will be extremely challenging as we found last season with Bristol Rovers and Bradford City. You have to remember that last year, Bristol Rovers were in League Two, whereas Peterborough will be more like Bradford, which is another step up in terms of the calibre and class of the players you're facing.
“The hard core of the squad is still here from last year though and the old heads will be vital, we will rely on their experience. The young lads just take it in their stride – they probably think we reach this stage every year!
“It's a very decent draw indeed against an established Football League club. It presents a huge challenge, and I'm delighted, it's going to be another great occasion. I've never come up against Peterborough before but I've been there a couple of times watching Stoke City, who I used to follow home and away when I was younger. I think their ground looks very different from when I was last there though!
"We will prepare as we always do and see where it takes us. The game will ignite the fans and the town again, and I'm sure we will take huge support to Peterborough - what a great game to look forward to!
INFORMATION FOR THOSE TRAVELLING ON SUPPORTERS COACHES
For those travelling on the Supporters Trust coaches please arrive early as they will be departing promptly - remember to check whether you are booked on the 10am or 11.30am departure as tickets are not transferable. No alcohol is permitted on any of the coaches travelling to the game, this is an FA and police rule and could cause the entire coach to be turned around if police deem it necessary. This rule will be enforced and bags checked by stewards before departure. Please note that there will be very limited parking at The Meadow for coach travellers on the day as the main car park will be closed for the coaches to park up and turn around.