Brackley Town midfielder Elliot Sandy described the FA Cup win over Gillingham as the best result in the club’s 123-year history.
Sandy, who was making his 250th appearance for the club on Monday, also praised his team-mates after they produced a memorable performance to shock the League One club live on BT Sport..
He said: “I think it’s definitely the biggest result in the club’s history, without a shadow of a doubt.
“It’s our first time in the second round of the FA Cup, first time beating a league side and not only today but to get the result at Gillingham and then coming here and winning 1-0 is just fantastic for everyone involved with Brackley.
“We always believed. We thought we had more in the tank and hadn’t really got going in the first half. It was a bit of a scrappy half and I just thought we had to keep doing what we were and push on that extra gear and we managed to do that.
“Our backs were against the wall a little bit in the second half but we managed to hold on. We defended extremely well, Ryan – our captain – was just unbelievable. He heads everything a mile and with him in the middle we have so much belief that we can keep clean sheets.”
Now into his eighth year at Brackley Town, Sandy has been instrumental in Saints’ historic cup run, adding: “I’ve been here eight years so I know a lot of people and known a lot of the lads since they were kids and now they’re 21/22 and still chanting my name, which is amazing to hear.
“Being on BT Sport and playing in front of however many thousands of fans we’ve hopefully shown what a good side we are. Now we can push on. The main aim this season is to gain promotion, it’s going to be difficult.
“I always enjoy a cup run. It’s the furthest I’ve ever got and it’s the first time I’ve played in the first round so it’s just absolutely brilliant.”
Brackley, who now face a trip to Macclesfield in the second round on December 7, are potentially one round away from facing the likes of Manchester United or Liverpool.
Sandy added: “Macclesfield is going to be very difficult going there but we have the belief now as a group of players and squad that we can beat anybody on our day – well I’m not sure about your Manchester United or Chelsea – but who knows, it’s the FA Cup!”