King’s Lynn old boy Fuff predicts titanic battle
Former King's Lynn stalwart Glen Fuff hopes a little inside knowledge can tip the balance when he leads St Neots into battle in tomorrow's UCL Premier Division title shootout against his old club.
Fuff was a cult figure at The Walks during a six season stint where he was crowned player-of-the-year on four occasions, but the 34-year-old has ruled out divided loyalties.
The Saints' skipper is aiming for a quickfire league and cup double ahead of the first league meeting of the season prior to the following weekend's FA Vase fifth round trip to Norfolk.
'It will be good to see a few old faces and catch up with a few people,' he said. 'I've got some great memories and I had a special rapport with the fans. These are big, big games. You could see a 1,000 plus crowd at our ground and the cup game at Lynn could be an astronomical figure. These are the ones you work hard at training during the week to play in front of excellent support with good players. Once Lynn were placed in our league I knew whenever the fixtures came around what it would mean.
'I'm looking forward to it and the FA Vase game as well. I remember playing a game against Arsenal when they had a charity match there but that is the only time I have been back to play, to be honest. I've watched a few games since, but it will be funny and strange walking into the away dressing room.'
Fuff knows his hometown club must nullify 31-goal Lynn striker Jack Defty but is backing the Saints' own eye-catching strikeforce to cuase mayhem. Former Peterborough United and FA Vase winner Shane Tolley has plundered 24 goals in 18 league games whilst ex-Aston Villa FA Youth Cup winner Stefan Moore has scored at a goal a game since his high profile New Year arrival.
'Jack was a young lad coming through when I was at Lynn and he has done ever so well,' said Fuff. 'He has had a great career, played at a good non league level and I'm sure we'll have a few ding dongs and then maybe a few drinks after the game. But the two we have up front are very good quality players. On there day they are unplayable at this level. They're good enough to play two levels higher in my mind and these are the games when you want your better players to come to the fore and perform.
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'Some of the pitches in the UCL when you go away can be a bit of leveller, but at home with the style of football we play and the squad we have we are full of confidence. I don't think they'll be any complacency. Lynn is a quality side in their own right. I know myself what they are capable and I will be drumming it into my lads there is no way you can cruise through a game like this one.'
Unbeaten St Neots go into this weekend's league contest four points clear of third-placed Town with a vastly superior goal difference and Fuff believes the big spenders are a club on the up.
'The club is very ambitious,' he said. 'If you look at the facilities they are second to none. They have a great basis to push up the leagues and they are signing players not just for this league, but to help them in the next one and the one above that.
'Promotion to the next stage of the pyramid is vital. Of course, you would love to get to Wembley but if we make the FA Vase final then that is icing on the cake. We'll take the games as they come along, but playing two and maybe three times a week is difficult if we get towards the end of the season.'