Borough boss ponders new plan for Chesterfield tie

PUBLISHED: 17:03 27 October 2010

David Howell - Harrow Borough Manager

David Howell - Harrow Borough Manager


HARROW Borough boss David Howell is demanding his side keep their feet on the ground ahead of their plum FA Cup first round clash with Chesterfield.

Harrow’s reward for their stunning 4-2 triumph at Eastbourne on Saturday is a home tie against the League Two leaders, the first time Borough have reached the first round since 2000 and only the third time in their history.

Borough have already seen off opponents from the Blue Square South and Premier divisions, but although Howell is confident his side can spring another shock result, he is refusing to get carried away.

“Do I think we can win? Yes. If you’re asking me how, that’s a different question,” admitted Howell. “After beating Eastbourne, we’re not the surprise package any more. Chesterfield will know about us so I’ll have to find another way to beat them.

“It’s a great draw. I remember their manager, John Sheridan, from when he was at Birmingham with me in the mid-90s and I know he’ll have them playing good football.

“I’ve spoken to a few other managers and it sounds like they’re playing the best football in the division by far, so it promises to be a historic day for us.

“But to get carried away about the FA Cup at this stage would be ridiculous. We have Concord Rangers in the league on Saturday and I want the players’ minds fully on that game. Only after that can we think about Chesterfield.”

Howell featured in both of Borough’s previous FA Cup runs, as a player when they reached the second round in 1984, and as assistant manager when they lost to Wycombe Wanderers 10 years ago.

Their current run promises to be their most prosperous yet, having banked £27,000 so far, and Howell is determined to keep it going.

“I’ve been lucky really, Harrow have made the first round three times and I’ve been there for all three, but it makes you realise how old you are!” added the manager.

“I remember playing against John Aldridge when we eventually lost to Newport in the second round in 1984. That was a special game and this one will be as well.

“We’ve really needed the money we’ve won so far, and this is payback for all the volunteers and people who work every day for nothing at the club.”

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