Kidderminster manager, Russ Penn has challenged his non-league side to inflict fresh FA Cup anguish on West Ham boss David Moyes and the Premier League club’s owners.
Moyes will be well aware West Ham cannot afford to underestimate Kidderminster after he was dumped out of the competition by them as a Preston player in 1994.
That victory was part of Kidderminster’s best FA Cup run — to the fifth round — a memorable campaign that also featured a win against Birmingham, then owned by David Gold and David Sullivan, the current co-owners of West Ham.
“I knew about the David Moyes link, but I completely forgot about Gold and Sullivan. This is what I mean, it is history,” Penn said.
“We have to believe history can be made one day, so let’s hope it could be Saturday.”
Kidderminster, from the sixth-tier National League North, beat Championship side Reading to set up their date with West Ham, who are fifth in the Premier League.
Moyes is likely to rotate his team at Aggborough as the Hammers focus on chasing Champions League qualification, but Penn would prefer to face their star men.
“You would rather get the best of the best,” Penn said. “This is our cup final.”
Man City face fellow leaders FulhamThe leaders of the top two divisions meet at the Etihad Stadium as Manchester City face one of the few sides in England capable of dishing out the kind of thrashings Pep Guardiola’s men have made their specialty.
In their six Championship and FA Cup matches in 2022, Fulham have scored 24 goals, including a 7-0 rout of Reading and six-goal sprees against Bristol City and Birmingham.
Boasting the goalscoring riches of Aleksandar Mitrovic, Harry Wilson and Fabio Carvalho, Marco Silva’s side have already hit 74 goals in the second tier this season.
City, nine points clear at the top of the Premier League, have plenty of firepower themselves.
The champions, unbeaten in their past nine games in all competitions, have crushed Leeds 7-0 this season, also racking up three six-goal hauls and scoring five three times.