MARK Grimley hopes to be able to bring FA Cup football to Uttoxeter for the first time.
The newly-formed Uttoxeter Town have enjoyed a stellar start to their existence, with back-to-back promotions in their first two years.
They will ply their trade in the renamed Midland Football League next season, and though that will not qualify them for FA Cup immediately, there is the chance Town will be able to enter the world’s oldest cup competition in the near future.
“To do that would be absolutely unbelievable for me,” said manager Grimley.
“We are just going for consolidation this season, 100 per cent.
“We have been advised that we can’t enter the FA Vase yet as the floodlights weren’t up to scratch in time.
“But if we can get into that next season and then push to finish high enough for qualification into the FA Cup, that’s the long term aim.
“That would be fantastic, to get Uttoxeter Town into the FA Cup for the first time and bring FA Cup football to Oldfields.”
Grimley was glad to see his side promoted into what was the Midland Combination League, rather than the East Midlands Counties League, but knows it will be a step up for Town.
“We will be playing at a very good level of football next season – and that is taking nothing away from the Staffs County League as there are some very good teams in that league,” he said.
“Travelling is not so much of an issue in the Midland Combination League.
“We are where we wanted to be and I have no doubt that the players will give me 100 per cent from day one.
“A few people wanted the East Midlands Counties League, but I wanted to go south as it’s more accessible.
“It also gives me a fresh pool of players to select from.
“Teams are more competitive at that level, and there’s quite a lot of money about – or so I’m led to believe.
“There are quite a few teams who hand out a decent amount in expenses.”