FA Cup: Stamford players eye American bonus after Wrexham giant-killing

Graham Drury
Graham Drury led Corby Town to the FA Cup first round in 2011, where they lost 3-1 at Bristol Rovers

Stamford's players are hoping to earn enough money from their FA Cup run to fund an end-of-season trip to the US.

The Lincolnshire side reached round one for the first time by beating National League Wrexham 3-2 after extra-time in a fourth qualifying round replay.

Stamford, who play in the eighth tier Northern Premier League Division One South, now face League One Hartlepool.

"We're on a bonus for the FA Cup and we're determined to go to America," manager Graham Drury said.

"At the minute we've got nearly £2,000 and if we beat Hartlepool in the next round I'll be saying to the chairman I want another £5,000 to go into that players' pot.

"That's our goal, our dream, to send the boys to America."

Drury, who led Conference North side Corby Town into the first round of the FA Cup five years ago, took over as manager of Stamford last season but was unable to save them from relegation from the Northern Premier League Premier Division.

And he said was delighted to make club history by giving them some cup success.

"When I came into Stamford at the back end of Christmas last year they'd won one home game in 18 months," Drury told BBC Radio Lincolnshire.

"We've turned that round and made Stamford a bit of a fortress. We've lost one game here this season and we've played some top-quality sides.

"We've stuck at it and we've got our rewards, and to take them to the first round proper, I'm a very proud man."

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