There is nothing like the FA Cup to wake the national press up to a football club. Aylesbury certainly enjoyed their moment of fame before the last round and now we are getting a hint of what can happen when you enjoy Cup success.
Fortunately, and with Nick Dugard’s lead, we are generally able to deal with press enquiries as they come in, whether through Nick, Gordon or myself. We try and be proactive wherever possible and I think Nick’s excellent efforts mean we often get more than our fair share of press, though it is fair to say that most weeks are not like this – and who knows what will happen if we progress further in the Cup. A nice problem to have.
Today’s Non League Paper has a nice feature on our shy and retiring vice captain Lee Chappell and earlier today I was interviewed by Non League 24 for a feature they will be doing on the Club in their forthcoming new magazine – we will be in either issue 1 or issue 2 a month later. Tomorrow night I am doing the Non League show on Radio London (from 9-10) and then on Tuesday we believe the Times may be coming down to Ruislip – presumably now for the Trophy replay. Perhaps we might even expect a decent preview in the local press too.
Next weekend we already know of two camera crews including one from ITV and that Radio London and Radio Sheffield will be providing commentary. Then there are the requests from photographers and others to be at the game.
With a week still to go I would imagine there will be plenty more calls and enquiries. Watch this space.