|FA Cup second round: AFC Fylde v Wigan Athletic|
|Venue: Mill Farm Date: Friday, 1 December Kick-off: 19:55 GMT|
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“Ten years ago people were laughing at us,” remembers AFC Fylde chairman David Haythornthwaite. “They’re not laughing anymore.”
The 12 months is 2007 and Lancashire businessman Haythornthwaite, having failed a second time to acquire his liked Blackpool from the Oyston family, is drawing up a 15-year plan to propel Kirkham and Wesham, a group of workers based throughout the village of Warton on the Fylde coast, into the Football League by the use of 2022.
Five promotions, a name change and one multi-million-pound floor later, AFC Fylde are on the right track to join neighbours Blackpool throughout the Football League long forward of Qatar host the World Cup in five years’ time.
On Friday, the National League club, managed by the use of former Tranmere and Stockport defender Dave Challinor, look to be triumphant within the 1/3 round of the FA Cup by the use of beating 2013 winners Wigan Athletic in front of 4,500 at Mill Farm – a tie you’ll be in a position to watch continue to exist BBC Two.
“We will not stop until we have reached the Football League,” Haythornthwaite tells BBC Sport.
From ‘pub workforce’ to Football League?
League One Wigan have professional three relegations since change Ben Watson’s winner against Manchester City four years previously sent Latics enthusiasts into ecstasy as they claimed the main number one trophy in their history.
In difference, AFC Fylde – nicknamed the Coasters – have had two promotions within the an identical period. Since 2006, gates have risen from fewer than 100 to 1,500 throughout their climb from the 11th-tier West Lancashire League to the brink of the Football League.
The son of a Lancashire dairy farmer who as a child used to earn pocket money by the use of accumulating eggs from the family farm, Haythornthwaite has bankrolled the club’s rapid get up the non-league ladder after making his fortune throughout the animal neatly being diet industry.
The entrepreneur used to be persuaded to get involved by the use of his just right buddy Dai Davis, then Coasters chairman, “over more than one pint” in a Lytham pub.
A fanatical Blackpool fan, Haythornthwaite, who named his company Tangerine Holdings in their honour, had merely been rebutted a second time by the use of the club’s debatable house owners.
“There’s only one team that plays in tangerine,” the 63-year-old says. “My dad used to take me. My first have compatibility at Bloomfield Road used to be a 6-Zero win over Newcastle throughout the out of date First Division. I used to be hooked.
“I’ve in no way been particularly pleased with the existing house owners.
“At one level I felt just a bit bitter on account of they ridiculed me at the time. They discussed I wasn’t capable, I didn’t have the money and I didn’t know what I used to be doing.
“It sparked that ‘ what, let’s have a transfer, let’s finally end up to everybody we will be able to be in a position to do it’.
|The upward thrust and upward thrust of AFC Fylde|
|Just 182 changed into up to watch AFC Fylde’s Northern Premier League Division One North space have compatibility with Warrington Town on 31 January, 2012. A crowd of 3,858 watched their National League North space game with Chorley on 26 December, 2016.||Defender Zaine Francis-Angol carried out throughout the 1/3 qualifying round of the Champions League for Motherwell in August 2012. Midfielder Sam Finley scored a purpose against Harrogate Town final season that went viral with more than 650,000 views on social media.|
|The Coasters’ club badge features a fighter jet – reference to the BAE Systems’ internet web page in inside sight Warton, where parts for the Typhoon are made and assembled.||This is AFC Fylde’s first glance throughout the FA Cup second round having beaten Wrexham 1-Zero and Kidderminster Harriers Four-2 in this season’s competition.|
“I told Dai I’d only get involved if we gave it a real good go. At the time we were playing in a field at the back of a pub. Our competitors liked to call us a pub team and they weren’t far off.”
Ironically, AFC Fylde’s upward thrust has attracted Blackpool enthusiasts who’ve transform disappointed with life at Bloomfield Road. The Coasters had merely finished 13th throughout the Northern Premier League Division One North – the eighth tier of English football – when Blackpool were promoted to the Premier League in May 2010.
Now the golfing apparatus are separated by the use of merely two divisions.
Ten years previously the Coasters were playing against the likes of Leek County School Old Boys and Holker Old Boys throughout the North West Counties League Division Two.
This season they’ve beaten every Hartlepool United and Leyton Orient, relegated from the Football League at the end of 2016-17, transparent of space.
Every AFC Fylde player wears a shirt with 2022 on the sleeve, while a large banner enthusiasts display at space video video games reads: “2022 – Stop Us If You Can”.
They are permanent reminders that the club gained’t save you until it achieves its purpose of becoming a Football League club.
The Coasters are able for it off the pitch – their plush new Mill Farm floor in Wesham, eight miles from Blackpool, is the envy of many a club in League One and League Two.
It boasts a restaurant with a roof terrace, sports activities actions bar and cafe, as well as to conference and fit facilities.
“I said we should have a 15-year plan, we’re bang on with that plan,” supplies Haythornthwaite.
“It does now not subject for individuals who invest £100,000, tens of millions or billions of pounds, it does now not be sure you just right fortune at any level.
“I am not silly. Most golf equipment in our league have two times our finances. Everything we do, we do in a measured manner.”
From chopping the grass to three promotions
While Wigan are on their seventh permanent manager since a hit the FA Cup on 11 May, 2013, Challinor has now not too way back celebrated his sixth anniversary in charge of the Coasters.
AFC Fylde were throughout the eighth tier when the former League Cup finalist with Tranmere used to be persuaded to drop two leagues and leave Colwyn Bay, his first managerial procedure, after buying into Haythornthwaite’s vision.
“Even back then, the club had big ambitions. The change over the past six years has been huge,” says Challinor, who has advisable the Coasters to three promotions since he arrived in November 2011.
“My first game used to be space to Cammell Laird [attendance 213]. What the club looked like then and the best way it sort of feels to be now, it’s chalk and cheese.
“As supervisor, I used to be doing the whole lot – even slicing the grass at the pitch.”
Since turning into a member of AFC Fylde, Challinor has graduated from Salford University with a firstclass honours degree after training to be a physiotherapist. It’s something the 42-year-old intends to fall once more on may have to he ever find himself redundant as a manager.
“It’s there if I would like it. Hopefully I may not have to use it.”
Challinor used to be renowned for his long throws as a defender throughout his playing occupation, which included two FA Cup quarter-final appearances and Sami Hyypia’s shirt after Liverpool’s sixth round Four-2 win over Tranmere at Prenton Park in 2001.
“Ironically, long throws are something we could do better as a team,” he added. “It’s a bit of a dying art these days.”
Building internet web page to record goalscorer
AFC Fylde’s group of workers accommodates Jack Muldoon, who used to be part of Lincoln City’s run to the FA Cup quarter-final final season. Yet their most likely purpose provide against Wigan is the club’s record scorer, Danny Rowe.
As a schoolboy, Rowe trained alongside Tom Cleverley and Danny Drinkwater at Manchester United forward of being introduced at the age of 16.
“I kind of knew it was coming,” says the striker who has scored 132 goals in all competitions, along side 50 final season, since turning into a member of the Coasters in August 2014. “They discussed I wasn’t playing as well as to I will be able to have to and I wasn’t in reality taking part in it.
“I used to be at one of the vital largest golf equipment on this planet. I began so younger and it were given to some degree the place issues had been truly intense and the joy light.”
Soon after leaving United, Rowe began an apprenticeship as a joiner which included three years on a Blackpool construction internet web page.
“It was freezing cold and wet. It made me think how good I’d had it in football,” supplies Rowe, who had an means from League One Oldham Athletic rejected in the summer.
He continued playing football for Kendal Town and earned them £10,000 plus add-ons when he moved to Fleetwood, then a non-league club, in December 2010.
Rowe, perfect scorer throughout the National League with 11 goals this season, trained with England and Leicester striker Jamie Vardy on the other hand spent most of his time at Fleetwood out on loan at Stockport County, Droylsden and Barrow.
Having left Fleetwood without making a Football League glance, the 27-year-old hopes his goals can steer the Coasters to League Two – after causing an FA Cup second-round disappointed against Wigan.