Born-again club get chance to reward loyal fans.
FA CUP PREVIEW MAIDSTONE'S FA Cup second round tie at Wrexham is a reward for their long-suffering fans, according to firstround hero Frannie Collin.
The Ryman League outfit make the trip to north Wales having shocked League Two Stevenage in their firstround replay thanks to a double from striker Collin.
And with the club having returned to Maidstone three years ago for the first time since the original club's bankruptcy in 1992 things are looking up for the seventh-tier side at their new Gallagher Stadium home.
"This is a fantastic moment for all those who fought so hard to bring professional football back to Maidstone," said Collin. "Maidstone had no club until it was reformed three years ago and now look at us, we are in the second round of the FA Cup.
"I don't think many of us believed this could happen so soon, but it has."
Maidstone could welcome back their captain Steve Watt after a thigh injury as they tackle a side who are no strangers to cup upsets. Wrexham's 2-1 win over Arsenal in 1992 is still regarded as one of the competition's greatest giant-killings.
Bury, who lifted the trophy twice in four years over a century ago, and 1959 finalists and four-time semi-finalists Luton do battle at Gigg Lane in one of three all-League Two clashes, along with Oxford's Kassam Stadium clash with Tranmere and Cambridge's home tie against Mansfield.
Last season's semi-finalists Sheffield United, who also reached that stage twice in the 1990s, will look to avoid becoming giant-killing victims when they host Plymouth while League One Preston hope to avoid the same fate against Shrewsbury.
Today also sees a father and son both in FA Cup action.
Gary Johnson's Yeovil make the trip to the Crown Ground to tackle Accrington - while son Lee will watch his Oldham outfit tackle thirdtier rivals Doncaster.
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|Publication:||The Journal (Newcastle, England)|
|Date:||Dec 6, 2014|
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