There’s a well-liked narrative that each time the likes of Marine come up towards Premier League opposition within the FA Cup, the gamers wish to face the massive weapons at their multi-thousand-seater grounds.
However for Marine captain, Arsenal fan and trainer Niall Cummins, that couldn’t be farther from the reality as his eighth-tier aspect put together to welcome Tottenham to Rossett Park – reside on talkSPORT this Sunday.
“Personally, why would I wish to go to the Spurs stadium, run round on carpet and get performed off the pitch?” the 27-year-old informed talkSPORT.
“It’s an absolute no-brainer for me to do it at our place. I do know the chairman wouldn’t thank me for saying that, however from a soccer context, we wish to do effectively on this sport.
“For the primary time within the membership’s historical past, we’ve bought covers over the pitch – which I’m not too joyful about. I hoped it was going to be a little bit of a minefield! It’s been protected a bit an excessive amount of.”
He added: “I used to be actually hoping Jose Mourinho would present the Cup no respect.
“You wish to play towards the children, you don’t wish to play towards all these prime gamers!
“It’ll be sensible for the membership to see all these prime gamers, whether or not they’re on the aspect or on the pitch, it’ll be an excellent expertise. However it gained’t assist us if they bring about all the massive weapons!”
Cummins is correct to disregard the magical ingredient of the conflict and deal with attempting to win it, given the Marine CEO has confirmed his gamers might be positioned on furlough except they pull off a miracle towards Spurs.
Marine, who’ve hardly performed or educated over the past two months resulting from COVID, had been compelled to make use of Everton’s coaching floor final evening as a result of all of their typical venues had been frozen over or closed.
However, like many non-league gamers, soccer isn’t the one occupation for Cummins – and he’s nonetheless juggling on-line instructing along with his membership’s disrupted preparation for the match on Sunday.
He continued: “I’ve bought a lesson in a minute as soon as I’m completed with this! There’s been a number of help from the scholars, a number of them are very into their soccer.
“A few of them are giving me a little bit of stick, I don’t wish to make a idiot of myself as a result of I’m positive they’ll have loads of movies to indicate me!”
However in addition to eager to keep away from furlough and embarrassment in entrance of his onlooking college students, there’s one other extra sentimental cause why Cummins is determined to beat Spurs.
He’s a Gooner.
Named after Gunners legend Niall Quinn, Cummins was raised with a passionate disdain for Arsenal’s north London rivals.
“I’m an Arsenal fan as a result of once I was youthful, like most dads do, you train your children to help who you wish to help, and he was an enormous Pat Jennings fan,” he added.
“I’m named after Niall Quinn! When Arsenal wasn’t draw out of the hat, the subsequent neatest thing was Tottenham so we may get one over on them.
“There may be a number of historical past for myself.”
Even nonetheless, his allegiance to Arsenal wouldn’t cease him attempting to get his hero Heung-min Son’s shirt at full-time, if the chance arose.
“I might by no means script it and attempt to get a shirt from the beginning, I don’t agree with that and it doesn’t sit effectively with me,” Cummins mentioned.
“However I might leap on the probability if somebody does it. Each goes on about Harry Kane, he’s the identical place as me and he’s a improbable individual.
“However the one I idolise is Son. His ardour and dedication to the sport. Any crew that I coach, that’s the kind of position mannequin I look as much as. He’s primary for me.”