Accrington Stanley are dreaming of clinching one of the biggest matches in their history after landing a mouthwatering third round FA Cup tie against giants Manchester United.

Stanley are 90 minutes away from hosting the likes of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie in early January, if they can overcome Yeovil Town in their second round replay on Tuesday, December 16, following the draw.

Reds manager John Coleman described last night's stunning draw as a 'glamour tie' that could generate a lot of income for the club and fuel a promotion push.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, he said: "We have got to be realistic we have got Yeovil in the next round, as much as it is an incentive for us it is an incentive to them.

"But I don't think you will get a game that has got more riding on it, we will give it our best shot and hope we can get that glamour tie.

"This could be the difference between us being able to launch a challenge to get promoted, it could generate a lot of revenue for the club and maybe ease any financial worries that are there.

"We don't get big gates at the moment obviously it would be a sell out if we could get past Yeovil.

"We are relying on beg, stealing and borrowing and calling in lots of favours to get players , it would take a lot of burden off the chairman."


He added that the big worry was for the players now to remain focused for Stanley's weekend clash against Portsmouth.

Readers took to our Facebook page to share their excitement at the possible tie. Michael Scott said: "What a great prize for winning the replay against Yeovil Town.

"It could bring in TV money for the Club if Accrington Stanley beat Yeovil in a replay and the game is then chosen for live TV coverage."

Brian Walsh added: "My kids have just gone mental and want to get tickets tonight, just a small matter of Yeovil now."

Meetings with United stretch back to the the 19th century with the 1892/93 season resulting in a pair of draws.

United then subjected Stanley to a 7-0 rout in 1902, and a post-war 2-2 draw forced an FA Cup third-round replay for the sides, with the United eventually emerging victorious in a 5-1 success at Maine Road in 1946.

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