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Kelly: FA Cup holds many memories

13 February 2015

Royals defender buys into the magic

Everyone has their own personal treasure chest of FA Cup memories.

Reading fans may recount with glee Brynjar Gunnarsson’s Anfield nutmeg, but for Stephen Kelly the competition’s magic was summed up with an infamous final fashion faux-pas.

“Being a Liverpool fan I have watched the final a couple of times,” said the Irish international.

“I was a bit young to see the Liverpool/Wimbledon final, but I always remember the white suits when they played Manchester United! That’s the one that sticks out in my head because of the time and the big players. It’s a great tournament and a great competition, and every player wants to get as far as they can each season. Growing up the FA Cup was always something that you would watch. It’s always been one of the highlights of the season. I think this season has kind of brought back the magic, when you look at the teams that have gone out of it. It’s got people a bit more interested in it.”

Derby County have had the edge over the Royals so far this season, with victories in the Championship at Madejski Stadium and in the Capital One Cup, but Kelly is determined that the Rams will see a different side at the iPro.

“We do them owe them one. We’ve come up against them twice already this season and haven’t fared too well. But we’re in a better place now. We’re a bit more positive.”

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