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Raglan: “FC United was my perfect draw"

7 November 2015

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For Charlie Raglan, Monday night’s FA Cup first round match against FC United of Manchester means more than most games.

Raglan joined the Spireites from Monday’s opponents in 2014 after spending a successful spell at the club when they finished second in the league - and he knows from experience it won’t be an easy game.

“We’ll treat them with the utmost respect, I know playing at that level that when you do get a team from a higher league you do tend to get a lot more out of every player.

“As much as it’ll be nice to go back, the emotion will go to one side once we’re warming up and once we’re there.

Much has been made of FC United’s rise through the leagues and their formation in 2005 following Malcolm Glazer’s takeover of Manchester United and Raglan is full of praise for the club and its loyal following.

“It’s all friendly, it’s a football club that wants to win but they see the bigger picture and that’s why they fell out of love with modern football.

“You don’t get that amount of away or home support at that level, everywhere you went, even playing Frickley on a Tuesday night, they make it an atmosphere like Old Trafford, for me that may be the closest I’ll get to playing there.”

People love an FA Cup upset and Raglan is aware of the importance of avoiding one at Broadhurst Park.

“We’ve got to make sure there is no upset, obviously it’s the FA Cup and people will hear stories and fairy tales but we’ve got to make sure we do our job properly and play for the win.

“Once I see the team sheet I’ll give some tips out, I’m a Chesterfield player and I’ll go there to be a part of a winning side and get through to the next round, there’s no doubt about that.”

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