Accrington's Simon Garner is ready for the biggest football match of his football career – as FC Halifax take on League One pacesetters Charlton in the FA Cup first round on Sunday.
The clash is live on ITV (12.30pm kick-off) and Halifax midfielder Garner, who lives just off Whalley Road, can’t wait.
"We have had a few weeks to think about it since the draw but it’s massive for us and is the biggest game of my career," said the 29-year-old.
"The whole town is buzzing, we are expecting a bumper crowd and we get £67,000 just for it being on television.
"It’s the furthest I have ever got in the FA Cup in my career and so it’s just really exciting – you dream of things like this happening."
While Garner can’t wait, it has been agony for his team-mate, former Great Harwood player James Dean, who is suspended for the huge clash.
"He is absolutely gutted," said Garner, who is a fireman in Preston. "I travel into training with him and to matches and he is devastated to be banned."
Former Mount Carmel pupil Garner was in the youth team at Accrington Stanley with dad Carl, current manager of Evo-Stik side Clitheroe, living a stone’s throw from the Crown Ground.
"I was in the youth team when I was 16 or 17 and things just didn’t work out.
"I moved to Great Harwood under John Hughes and since then have moved around – to Clitheroe, Kendal, Prescot, Hyde, Clitheroe again, Stalybridge and then to Halifax last season.
"The biggest game I had played before this was Stalybridge’s Conference North play-off against Barrow but we lost that 1-0."
It has been a steady climb up the leagues for FC Halifax following the demise of former league club Halifax Town in 2008.
Town were regular rivals of Stanley in their Conference days but were believed to owe around £2m when they were finally wound up in 2008.
FC Halifax was formed shortly after and they play at the Shay ground.
Since then they have moved up the football pyramid, winning the Evo-Stik First Division and Premier Division in some style and are now 10th in the Blue Square Bet North table.
"It has been a steady rise back up," said Garner, with the team managed by former Port Vale defender Neil Aspin.
"I suppose people haven't noticed it much until this draw. There has been a lot of media attention though in the last few weeks with it being seen by many as the tie of the round and on TV.
"Charlton are going really well and we are not sure what type of team they will bring but whatever, they will have good players.
"I have had loads of friends asking me for tickets and hopefully a lot of people will be rooting for us on the television.
"We are going well in the league at the moment. We did not start well and I did not play the first five or six games, I was on the bench, but we have won a few and had a good result last week beating Gloucester 3-1.
"I got back into the side and have scored two in the last five – which is unusual for me as I only usually score five in a season!
"But I would love to score on Sunday – that would be a dream. The firemen in the mess would certainly enjoy it!"
FC Halifax’s star was striker James Vardy before he moved to Fleetwood and Garner picks out Lee Gregory as the one to watch.