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Story posted: Monday, 16th September 1991

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Legendary South Derbyshire-born goal keeper Jack Fairbrother was a surprise visitor to Raunds Town’s Kiln Road ground on Saturday to provide a poignant and nostalgic reminder to visitors Gresley Rovers of what they were playing for.
Now a sprightly 74, Fairbrother, a member of Newcastle United’s all-conquering side of the early 1950s, now lives a stones throw from the Northamptonshire’s club’s newly-built ground and turned up to greet Rovers clutching a 1951 winner’s medal.

Gresley, though, looked like stumbling at the very first hurdle of this season’s competition when they went behind to a debatable 59th minute penalty – only to level through a John Barry spot kick 14 minutes from time.

Coach Steve Dolby confessed later: “I thought we were on the way out when they scored. The way the game was going I thought we weren’t going to get back into it – but we showed character to come back.

“The conditions meant it was an awful game and we didn’t play that well – but we’ll be looking to finish the job tomorrow.”

Striker Paul Acklam was withdrawn after 73 minutes of Saturday’s game with a groin injury but hopes to be fit for tomorrow’s replay at the Moat Ground (7.45pm).

Rovers will be hoping to clinch a lucrative second qualifying round tie at home to Beazer Homes Premier Division leaders VS Rugby, who beat Lincolnshire side Stamford 2-0 at Butlin Road on Saturday.

The winners of that game must then travel to either Chasetown, Bilston Town or Banbury United in the third qualifying round.
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  Team P GD Pts
12 Spalding United 39 -3 50
13 Peterborough Sports 39 -9 45
14 Loughborough Dynamo 40 -18 45
15 Belper Town 40 -40 45
16 Sheffield FC 39 -22 41
17 Carlton Town 37 -4 40
18 Kidsgrove Athletic 39 -21 38
19 Gresley 37 -28 37
20 Newcastle Town 40 -26 35
21 Market Drayton Town 37 -44 32
22 Romulus 40 -39 31

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Carlton Town
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Thu, 19th Apr 2018, 7.45pm (Home)
Frickley Athletic
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Sat, 21st Apr 2018, 3.00pm (Home)
Stamford AFC
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Mon, 23rd Apr 2018, 7.45pm ()
Carlton Town
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Wed, 25th Apr 2018, 7.30pm (Away)
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