Our Emirates FA Cup campaign begins on Saturday when Burton Albion visit The Peninsula Stadium in the First Round.
It is The Ammies’ first time entering the competition at the First Round as a result of May’s promotion to The Football League, and they can open it with a home tie.
Burton Albion have themselves made a lot of progress in the last decade since their promotion to The Football League, and have reached the heights of The Championship.
However FA Cup stories haven’t been as regular for The Brewers and they haven’t progressed from the round at which they entered since 2013-14. Their best run in the competition came in 2010-11 when they reached the Fourth Round and lost to Burnley, who had Graham Alexander on the bench.
Maybe their most memorable run though came in 2005-06 when, as a Conference side, Burton held Manchester United to a 0-0 draw in the Third Round. In the subsequent replay, Salford owner Ryan Giggs scored in a 5-0 win for United.
The Magic of the FA Cup
The world’s oldest Cup Competition always inspires a different kind of atmosphere, particularly for Salford after the heroics of the 2015-16 season.
Speaking to the Gaffer, it appears that there is still a special feeling around the competition.
“The FA Cup is a world famous competition and anyone who’s ever been involved in English football either as a supporter, playing in it, managing in it, it’s always a special time when the FA Cup comes around.
“I think the history of the competition is part of everyone’s own personal support of football, whatever team you’ve supported as a kid has probably had some FA Cup story along the way so for us to be involved each season is a great privilege and we want to have a good time in it.
“We want to compete and win, and we’ve got a stern test on Saturday against a team from a higher level but I think it’s a good game for the supporters to come and watch, and I think there’s going to be a good game of football but it’s a game we’re looking to win.
“You have to take each round as it comes because you could be playing anyone, you could be playing someone three leagues below you or you could be playing someone two leagues above you, that’s the beauty of the FA Cup.
“To look at where you can progress to is very difficult because you don’t know who your next possible opponent could be, so for us it’s to try and win on Saturday and be in that draw.
“Our ambition for the FA Cup is to be in the draw as often as possible, I think that’s the most we can aim for and we’ve got to concentrate on ourselves on Saturday, play as well as we possibly can and you’ve got to give all due respect to Burton Albion.
“We know it’ll be a tough game but we want them to know it’ll be a tough game for them as well so for me that’s the one, you go into these games and everyone knows when the draw comes around it’s an exciting time, everyone’s waiting for their number to come out of the hat and if we can be in that then that obviously means that we’ve had a good result.”
There are no new knocks or injury concerns and the Gaffer is confident he has a fit, competitive squad to choose from.
“I think we’re quite strong, we haven’t got any issues from last week.
“Obviously there’s players that are not in the team, not in the squad at the moment who are training hard to break into it, but injury wise we’re pretty good so that’s a major positive because we want to have a strong squad to choose from.
“We keep the squad together as often as possible and we work a lot together as a squad because over the course of 10 months it’s always a squad that gains success so it’s vital that they continue to do that, train hard against each other, continue to support each other on match days.
“The importance of the squad is there for everyone to see and come Saturday, we’ll pick the team, we’ll pick the subs and whoever we pick I think it’ll be a team good enough to give Burton a real tough game.”
Kick-Off is 15:00 at The Peninsula Stadium. Tickets are available in advance from the ticket office during opening hours, or online until 14:00 on Saturday. South Stand and North Stand tickets must be purchased in advance; on the day admission is for the West Stand only and turnstiles will be closed once capacity is reached.