THE man whose name will be forever linked with the FA Cup believes Bury Town will need no extra motivation ahead of tomorrow’s first qualifying round tie against Gorleston (3pm).
Roy Essandoh shot to fame in 2001 when answering Wycombe Wanderers’ advert on Ceefax for a striker and going on to net the winner in an FA Cup quarter-final against Premier League outfit Leicester City.
That story has become part of folklore in the world’s oldest cup competition, and although another last eight appearance is unlikely for the 35-year- old, the incentive of a potential first round encounter against the likes of Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United or Charlton is motivation enough.
The Irish-born Ghanaian said: “Just watch any video of the FA Cup, whether it’s the likes of Yeading playing against Newcastle and you think ‘if they can do it, we can as well’.
“Everybody has a chance to go a long way – everybody is looking to get to the first round, and if you’re lucky you might go even further. It doesn’t matter what level you are, everybody dreams of getting to the third round and drawing a Premier League team.”
The veteran frontman may have to sit out tomorrow’s tie as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury, but few could argue he has already made more of an impact on the FA Cup with one goal than most Premier League players will in a career.
Reflecting on his quarter-final winner against Leicester in 2001, Essandoh said: “It’s nice my name still comes up, because it’s one of those things that in 20 or 30 years will still be talked about.
“Everybody wants to have played at that stage, it’s a nice thing to have done and you would like to do it again, although that would be quite hard now.”
Since his strike for Wycombe, Essandoh has carved out a successful non-League career with the likes of Bishop’s Stortford, Cambridge City and Billericay Town, and has already netted once in his two substitute appearances for Bury since signing in the summer.
“It’s a nice club, the boys are great and I feel like I’ve fitted in quite well,” he said regarding his move to Suffolk. “Hopefully once my injury clears up, I can get back on the pitch and have a little run of injury-free time.”
Speaking about the test Gorleston will pose Bury on Saturday, assistant manager Richard Skelly added: “We want to have a good run in the FA Cup.
“We set the standards for Saturday at Canvey on Tuesday with the way we played and the effort and commitment that was put in.”
Kieran Leabon begins his three-match suspension. Callum Kearns and James Scowcroft remain sidelined through injury.
Bury (from): Bullard, Coulson, Cunningham, Essandoh, Fenner, Garnham, Hipperson, Hunter, Ingram, Kennedy, Nunn, Nurse, L Reed, S Reed, Robbins, Short, L Smith, S Smith.