It would seem that Ramsbottom United’s record-breaking run in the FA Trophy has registered in some unlikely places.
Reaching the Third Round proper (last 16) has really caught the imagination, as the east Lancashire club is the only representative of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League still in contention for a trip to Wembley should a place in the final be realised.
Before that, there is the little matter of a game against AFC Fylde, three divisions higher and chasing a place in the Football League.
So the game at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium on Saturday (2nd February) really is a David v Goliath contest, with the Rams hoping to produce a cup shock and gain a place in the quarter-finals.
The previous round (the furthest the club had ever reached) saw Southern League big boys Weymouth make the long journey north. Expecting to return home triumphant, the Dorset side were stung by a last gasp equaliser by the Rams which necessitated a 550 mile round trip to Weymouth the following Tuesday for the replay.
More in hope than expectation, a fearless band of seventeen supporters made the arduous trip to support the team, and returned joyfully with a 3-1 victory under their belts, much to the disapproval of the frustrated home fans. Hence the game against AFC Fylde.
Inspired by the progress made by “Little ol’ Rammy”, a local poet promised that should the team win on the south coast, he would pen a special tribute in the form of a poem dedicated to the club.
Following the fine win, that’s exactly what PAUL JENKINS did.
Here’s what Paul said regarding writing the poem: “Sometimes my job is just BRILLIANT and Saturday was no exception. To big up the club in anticipation of what’s arguably one of Ramsbottom United’s biggest ever games (vs AFC Fylde FA Trophy 3rd round – it’s a BIG deal) I was invited down to the Riverside to scribe a new piece. Such an honour to be asked to write for something right at the very centre of our town’s community.
“Here’s the result – a tribute to those who brave the cold each week to watch people who aren’t earning millions and surprisingly don’t spend 90 minutes rolling around on the floor.
“If you’re local to Rammy – come on down and show your support next Saturday 2nd Feb at 3pm. Let’s pack the place out!”
Have you not heard the poem? Find it below