Captain Macca recalls his earliest recollections of the cup
Everyone has their own early memories of the FA Cup – whether it’s a David versus Goliath upset in round three, the first time they saw the Wembley crowd belting out ‘Abide With Me’, or the victorious team climbing the steps to the Royal Box to collect the trophy.
Our skipper Paul McShane recalls his earliest memory of the FA Cup – which came 20 years ago, shortly after his 10th birthday, and involved a Red Devils team whose Academy he would go on to represent…
“My earliest memory is probably Eric Cantona’s goal against Liverpool in the last few minutes [in 1996] – I remember that,” he said. “I didn’t actually watch it live… I was at Dublin Zoo at the time and I got told! I was out with my friends and family!
“But I do just remember being told that Cantona scored in the last few minutes – that would probably be one early memory of mine. And Everton beating Manchester United in the final the year before; that stands out too. Those are probably the first two memories that I have.”
And now the Royals skipper wants to create some new memories for the players and fans alike to remember for a generation.
“If you go and win an FA Cup, it’s talked about for the rest of the club’s history,” he said. “You want to aim for that – you never know, you could get to the final. It’s not impossible and we have to have the belief to go on.
“Our next game is West Brom and we want to win that so we can see who we get in the next round. Then hopefully we can get to the semi-final like last year – and hopefully go a step further to the final!”
Here's hoping! It's one step at a time - and we hope you'll join us for the next stepping stone as we take on the Baggies on Saturday, with a quarter-final place at stake. Click here for information on how to get hold of tickets; it's just £10 Adults and £5 Concessions when bought in advance!