Lambs skipper will set stall out early

Tamworth skipper Adie Smith believes the Lambs can ruffle a few Canaries' feathers on Saturday - starting with the moment they set foot in the Conference strugglers' ground.

Tamworth skipper Adie Smith believes the Lambs can ruffle a few Canaries' feathers on Saturday - starting with the moment they set foot in the Conference strugglers' ground.

"Norwich City will be surprised when they walk in," he said. "It won't be salubrious. In fact, it will be bleak but that will be part of the charm of a brilliant day, which it will be, whatever happens."

It's temporary buildings rather than nice, warm dressing rooms, with no guarantee the hot water boiler will have been switched on - just as it was when Burton Albion were at The Lamb on Boxing Day.

And instead of Gary Kemp's perfect Carrow Road pitch, it will be a typical non-league surface - uneven.


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The Beeb have indeed chosen the tie in the hope of an upset, but manager Mark Cooper's mind is on the £150,000 fee, although he insists he won't be spending it all at once.

"I'm not going to get the go-ahead from the chairman to suddenly go on a spending spree to bring in a load of new players, but the money will be invested in the club's infrastructure and that's going to be of great benefit," he said.

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Tamworth saw the good days just a year ago when, having beaten Bournemouth and Hartlepool, they held Stoke to a draw before losing a replay at The Lamb on penalties.

"The past couple of seasons have been great and it's the Cup that has put the club and the town in the spotlight and given everyone an unbelievable lift," said Smith.

"This is really what it's all about, a big game that will focus everyone's attention."

Cooper, son of former England and Leeds star Terry Cooper, won't be carried away.

"I grew up around football clubs," he said. "My dad was an excellent motivator. Players would run through a brick wall for him. We're part-time but when we're at our best we have people who will run through a brick wall."

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