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Thursday, 5 December, 2002, 07:39 GMT
Minnows eye third round
Vauxhall Motors defeated QPR in the FA Cup second round
Vauxhall Motors have already tasted FA Cup glory

Four teams who ply their trade in leagues below the Nationwide Conference are hoping for FA Cup glory this weekend.

But are Vauxhall Motors, Harrogate Railway, Barrow and Crawley Town ready for another spot of giant killing?


Vauxhall Motors

Will the match at Macclesfield be your biggest ever?
Manager Alvin McDonald: We've just beaten QPR, the greatest night in the club's - and my own - history. The dream goes and I wouldn't be surprised if we have 2,000 fans following us on Saturday.

Who should Macclesfield look out for?
We're a strong attacking team and don't depend on one person. But Terry Fears is our top scorer. He is a labourer when he isn't playing for us.


My wage bill is loose change to Michael Owen
Alvin McDonald
What about your preparations?
We're trying to not change things. We are 19 games unbeaten and you don't fix something that isn't broken.

What about famous players who have worn the Vauxhall shirt?
The current players are probably the most famous having won three promotions in five years. Our history is being built game by game, season by season.

And are the current crop of players earning big wages?
My wage bill is loose change to Michael Owen. I'm lucky that the lads are not money orientated. The bill is probably about 1,600 a week - we only pay what we can afford.

And who would you like in the third round if you're in the draw?
As an Evertonian I don't really want to come up against them. Probably Liverpool at Anfield.


Harrogate Railway

Have Harrogate Town ever had a bigger fixture than Bristol City?
Manager Paul Marshall: This will be the biggest by far. It's massive for us and will be our eighth match of the FA Cup this season. Our average crowd is 100 and there will be 3,500 watching us this weekend.

And who is your real dangerman?
We are the top scorers in the competition so far with 31 goals. They will be watching Kevin Smith and Steve Davey, who have scored eight and seven goals in the competition so far. Kevin works is a wood yard and Steve is a postman.

Ricky Holden played for Railway
Holden played for Harrogate Railway
Are you doing anything different in the build up to the game?
We are pampering the players a bit this week. Taking them to a Jacuzzi and sauna - and working out in a gym on Wednesday.

Who are the club's most famous players?
Rick Holden, who played for Oldham and Manchester City, and Tony Canham, who played for York City.

How much do the lads earn?
Our average wage bill is between 15-40 a week per player. It works out at about 450-a-week all in.

And if you beat Bristol City?
I'm a Liverpool supporter so it must be a trip to Anfield.


Barrow

Is your trip to Shrewsbury the club's biggest ever fixture?
Manager Kenny Lowe: Certainly in the short term. The club have been in administration for four years and everyone is aware of the financial implications.


We don't train together because the lads live all over the place
Barrow boss Kenny Lowe
And the dangerman?
Striker Grant Holt, who a few League clubs have looked at. He is only 21 and is a good youngster who used to play for Halifax.

Have you tweaked your preparations?
No - we don't train together anyway because the lads live all over the place. In the four years I have been in charge we have probably trained together five or six times.

What about the wage bill?
We have no highly-paid players and most of the lads just get expenses. We cannot offer contracts. It is really a team of friends playing together that have kept the club together.

And if you win?
We have given Oldham and Leyton Orient close games in recent years so maybe it will be third time lucky. If we do win, I want either the worst team left at home or Manchester United away.


Crawley Town

Will your match at home to Dagenham & Redbridge be the biggest game in the club's history?
Managing director Steve Duly: One of them. We played Brighton in the third round about 10 years ago and there were close to 19,000 in the Goldstone Ground. We normally average 1,200 but Saturday's game will be a 4,741 all-ticket sell-out.

David Speedie in action for Crawley Town
Speedie played for Crawley
Who should Dagenham boss watch out for?
Former Wimbledon player Peter Fear has been in excellent form all season but Nic McDonnell is our top scorer with 10 goals - and that is including a month out with injury. He is a carpenter by trade.

Any special preparations?
No. Obviously it is an all-ticket game but we are just keeping our feet on the ground.

Who is the club's most famous ever player?
Chelsea duo David Speedie and Colin Pates.

What about the wage bill?
By the sounds of things it is far in excess of Vauxhall Motors, Barrow and Harrogate Railway.

And if you beat Dagenham who would you like in the third round?
We are in with a good chance of promotion to the Nationwide Conference so I would settle for 15 minutes of Cup glory at Manchester United and then focusing on the League.


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