Humphreys is still dreaming of leading Wisbech out at Twickenham
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The romantic notion of one day leading Wisbech out at Twickenham continues to drive Cliff Humphreys.
The Harecroft Road stalwart has seen his beloved club reach numerous Junior Vase area quarter-finals over the years. But tomorrow those memories and that passion will all be reignited again when the Greene King Eastern Counties Division One club visit Herts/Middlesex 1 Cheshunt in the last eight of the southern section.
'We have a love affair with it,' said Humphreys of the prestigious knockout competition.
'A lot of the other teams don't seem to put that much emphasis on it now. The cups are actually shrinking. So therefore we've only actually played one game to get to this stage. Yet in 05/06 when we played Sidmouth (at the same stage), which I remember well as we should have won, that was our fifth game so we'd got the cup fever in our boots.
'But I do think the lads will switch themselves on knowing it's a prestige game and have different heads on.'
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The Fenlanders were handed a bye in the first round before Mersea Island conceded their next scheduled fixture. A 22-6 win at Newmarket sets up tomorrow's clash between two teams that are enduring mid-table mediocrity in their respective set-ups.
A victory this weekend would seal progress to the last four and leave the triumphant club just three more wins away from a glamour afternoon at the home of rugby.
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The Wisbech chief added: 'It's something you dream of – as player, as a coach, as a manager – that you're associated with a side that's actually played in a cup final at Twickenham which is the home of rugby union.
'We will always field a cup team and we won't call off. As more and more clubs get used to doing it (not fulfilling Vase fixtures) the competition itself is eroding. But that still doesn't take away the fact that you could end up playing a national cup final on the hallowed turf at Twickenham, which is every player's dream I would have thought.'
EC One Swaffham and higher-level London Three North East West Norfolk – who beat Lowestoft & Yarmouth 45-10 to strengthen their quest for back-to-back promotions on Saturday – have a free weekend.
n To hear the full interview with Humphreys ahead of Wisbech's big match listen to episode 53 of the West Norfolk Sports Podcast. online this evening at www.edp24.co.uk/wnsp