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Banks Relishing FC United FA Cup Tie

27 October 2015

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Spireites midfielder Ollie Banks saluted the magic of the FA Cup as Chesterfield were drawn against his former side FC United of Manchester in the first round.

The Spireites were drawn with the National League North side in Monday evening's FA Cup draw, with the match to be played on the weekend of November 7.

For Banks the tie represents not just the chance to go to FC United's new Broadhurst Park stadium and play an exciting up-and-coming non-league sides, but also the chance to say hello to some old friends.

Banks played for the Moston-based club in 2013, and the club provided the platform the midfielder needed to launch himself into professional league football.

The 23-year-old described his night as his clubs old and current were drawn together: "When I was watching it and the number of balls left were becoming fewer and fewer I was thinking that it was bound to happen, you could tell it was.

"I actually put on my Twitter that I thought we'd get FC United, and I'm delighted that we have. I think I had 100 or more notifications on social media straight away.

"It's going to be a big day for FC United, getting drawn at home to a league club, though from our perspective it's a good chance for us to go through-  and it's great for me to go back."

Despite the three divisions between the clubs, Banks is under no illusions that his current side will have an easy path to the FA Cup second round.

"It will be a tough game because they're a good side," he said. "But hopefully we can go there and do the job, getting through to the next round.

"I went back to go to the new ground for the first time recently and they've done an unbelievable job. It's all been paid for by the fans and to get all that money raised is just unbelievable.

"Having played there for a while it's like a big family and you can easily understand how they've done it."

Details on the kick-off time and ticket details for the match will be announced after they are confirmed.

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