Quireboys and Green Army inspire Spartans to FA Cup win

Inspired by music from the The Quireboys and the vocal backing of their travelling fans, Blyth Spartans secured a hard fought FA Cup victory at Mickleover Sports on Saturday.

The 2-1 success secured their place in the draw for the fourth qualifying round.

And in Monday’s draw, Spartans were once again handed another journey on the road.

They will travel to Leek Town on the weekend of Saturday, October 25, with the winners of that tie facing a windfall £12,500 in prize money.

But it is the prize of reaching the first round and the introduction of Football League club’s which carries the biggest incentive.

Leek are currently sixth in the Ev-Stick League North Premier First Division South.

They secured their right to host Spartans with a 2-0 home win over Boston United on Saturday.

And Blyth manager Tom Wade revealed music and the travelling support helped spur his side to the win at Mickleover.

“After the pre-match warm-up we made sure all the lads came off the pitch together past the massed green and white supporters so they could understand and feel the passion of the fans, who were just brilliant all day, He said.

“We also had the Quireboys’ Spartans song, which was specially recorded for the club before we played Blackburn Rovers in 2009, playing loud in the dressing room just before kick-off.

“It got the lads really buzzing!”

Regarding the game itself, Wade added: “It was a tough game and probably not the best in the world, but we battled well and eventually it told.

“We had the best chances and showed our usual endeavour.

“When Robbie [Dale] put us one up we should have really gone on to score two or three more.

“Mickleover were a strong side although they played the aerial game a lot.

“Robbie had another great game for us. Mickleover had obviously done their homework on him, with two or three of them around him most of the time.

“We had some great displays out there but I thought young Ryan Hutchinson at centre back was the man of the match. The best player on the park by miles.”

The hosts equalised just before the interval but Blyth scored again in added time when Jarrett Rivers popped up to fire home after more good work by Dale.

“You have to feel for Mickleover,” added Wade.

“They are a great club with great supporters and great management.

“It was tough for them to take – soul destroying – but it was fantastic for us.”