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FA Cup comes to Bodmin Town

Manager Darren Gilbert poses with the illustrious trophy. Photo: The FA

The FA Cup trophy visited Cornwall yesterday, travelling to Bodmin Town as the team prepares to take on local rivals Bideford in the second qualifying stage of the competition on Saturday.

Bodmin are one of the lowest ranked sides still in the competition.

The team plays in the South West Peninsula League Premier Division.

Having already beaten three teams ranked above them in the National League system, a win at Priory Park on Saturday would see them reach the Third Round Qualifying and match their all-time best performance in the competition.

Brian Retallack, Bodmin Town President and father-in-law of First Team Manager Darren Gilbert, says the club is "delighted" to have hosted the famous trophy.

It’s been amazing for the players, fans and especially for the kids. After travelling away for the last three games, we can’t wait to play at Priory Park this weekend, hopefully in front of a big home crowd.

– Brian Retallack
The club says children especially appreciated the chance to have their picture taken with the trophy. Credit: The FA

Andy Ambler, The FA’s Director of Professional Game Relations, says the cup is a competition that is "truly for all".

We’re delighted to be able to take this iconic piece of silverware down to Cornwall to visit one of the most south-westerly clubs in the competition. Bodmin’s cup run has seen them earn over £6,000 in prize money to date, which we hope will have a significant impact at the club.

– Andy Ambler