Fakenham keeper looking to pull off Norfolk Senior Cup shock
When young goalkeeper Tommy Rix's King's Lynn Reserves side reached the final of the Norfolk Senior Cup two years ago, he must have thought he was going to fulfil a lifelong dream and run onto the pitch of his beloved Norwich City. Playing at Carrow Road is a dream for any die hard Norwich City fan, so imagine Rix's dismay, when he found out he would be warming the bench.
Rix's side when onto to record a stunning 3-1 victory over more fancied Wroxham, but it felt like a hollow victory.
'Well, the final against Wroxham wasn't the best of evenings on a personal note,' he said. 'Don't get me wrong, I was ecstatic with the lads. They put in a great performance and came away with the trophy but as a Norwich fan and having the chance to play there, knowing that you deserve to. I played in all the previous rounds and played well. But that was the gaffer's decision not to play me I respected his decision.'
Two years later, Rix has moved onto pastures new with Fakenham Town and will now come face to face with the Canaries in this season's Norfolk Senior Cup fourth round.
The original tie on Tuesday has been re-arranged for December 14 at Clipbush Park due this week's cold snap - and Rix is confident the Ghosts can overcome a shaky start to the season to put in a good performance against the Canaries' second string.
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'So far we have not really got going, we have been putting in good performances for 60 minutes but not turning good performances into results,' he said. 'But hopefully the Norwich game can kick start the season.'
The former King's Lynn stopper feels the magic of the cup will help Fakenham and believes stranger things have happened in football.
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'You never know in football,' he said. 'It is a cup game anything can happen, but the boys know this is a huge game for everyone involved with Fakenham Town football club and the lads will be buzzing so they will give their all and do their jobs, so yeah we stand a chance, why not?'
Surely, should Fakenham win, it will be alongside such cup upsets as Sunderland beating Leeds in 1973, and Hereford beating Newcastle in 1972 but that surely is the beauty of football.
You never, ever know.