Witton prepare for their biggest cup tie since the 2011/12 season on Saturday afternoon when they welcome National League Solihull Moors to Wincham Park in the Fourth Qualifying Round of the Emirates FA Challenge Cup. The Moors are enjoying an excellent league campaign so far and find themselves fifth in the top tier of Non-League's pyramid system but games against higher-ranked opposition twice already in the competition have seen Witton progress to this stage. The Midlands club were close to being relegated last season but managed to survive and now under the guidance of former Blackburn Rovers, Southampton & England Goalkeeper Tim Flowers, have found themselves in a better position. The tie is Moors first game in this season's competition being exempt until the final qualifying stage so they will be wanting to make the first round stage and hopefully, draw a club from the English Football League. Witton obviously go into the game as underdogs and rightly so based on league standings but, how many times have the team raised themselves to a greater level when it was most needed and who's to say they can't reach those levels again. The players & management team have done a fantastic job in getting us to this stage already and they will be ready for the challenge which faces them and Solihull Moors will know they have been in a game, whatever the result on Saturday afternoon. If Witton perform to their capabilities anything is possible but it will be a tough test. Kick off at Wincham Park is 3pm.
Parking: The Car Park is past the Social Club on the right. Please note: Parking for Disabled is available next to the turnstiles as you approach the stadium from the access road.
Admission Prices: Adults £10, Over 65's/Disabled £7, 16-21 year olds £5, Under 16's £2. Please note: Witton Albion Membership Cards are NOT valid for this fixture. Supporters are advised to enter the stadium by way of the turnstiles at the Wincham End of the ground.
Matchday Programme: £2 - A 48 page edition on sale inside the Social Club and also the stadium from the museum next to the turnstiles.
Social Club: The Social Club is open from 1pm.
Social Club Access: Before the game, the Social Club is accessible by way of the main entrance ONLY. From half time onwards the Social Club is accessible from inside the stadium via a passageway within the main stand. Please note: Alcohol is NOT permitted inside the stadium for this fixture.
This Saturday is "Pie awareness day" and we're featuring "Birties big three", the mighty Meat'n Tater, the sensual Steak and Kidney and the choose me Cheese and Onion. So don't miss out on the chance to wallow in this Pie fest. Pre-order your choice(s) by texting 07760. 482922, state your name and preferred pick up time, ie pre-match or half time. This option is a strictly pie only, no green stuff etc and collection is from the Social Club food counter area only. As Birtwistle 's pies are made to order, texts must be received by 3.14 (get it?!) on Thursday, 18th October. Standard matchday prices apply - £2.50 each or and upgrade to the "Pie Burger" (A pie in a bun!) for a mere £3.!
This service is available to all supporters including visiting fans and please note: "Queenies" will be in operation as per normal match days, that's about it, pie for now!
Refreshments: Food is available from inside the Social Club before & after the game. The Tea Bar (Queenie's) is also open during the game inside the stadium.
Please note: As the Social Club is now a full-time food preparation area, dogs are not permitted inside the building - with the exception of assistance dogs (hearing & visually impaired).
Witton Albion Football Club are extremely grateful and delighted to welcome this afternoon's Match Sponsors - Life-long Witton Supporters Eddie Phillips & his daughter Joanne. We thank them both for their generosity and hope that they have an enjoyable afternoon with us. We are also delighted to welcome our Matchball Sponsor Paul Dodd, whose father Billy formed part of that wonderful coaching team which took us to Wembley for the FA Trophy Final back in 1992. Thank you also Paul and let's hope that it's a great occasion for everyone at our club.
Additional Information: Should the game be drawn after normal time, the replay is scheduled to be played on Tuesday, 23rd October at Solihull Moors Damson Park Stadium with a 7.45pm kick off and will be decided on the night with extra time and penalties if required. Should the game be decided on Saturday, Witton will travel to Chester FC in the Preliminary Round of the Cheshire FA Senior Cup on Tuesday night also with a 7.45pm kick off.
Big game this and I am really hoping we can pull off a shock result and win this one. The players always up their game for these matches, so we can do it. But we need all the support we can get, so every Witton fan who can make it should get to the game and be that 12th man. UTA