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Wednesday, 09 November 2011

Bristol Rovers: 10 Handy facts on FA Cup opponents Corby Town

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Bristol Rovers play host to Corby Town in the First Round of the FA Cup this weekend, but how much do you know about the visitors?

Corby got their FA Cup campaign off with a 3-1 replay win over Histon at home in the second qualifying round after being held to a draw at the Conference strugglers. They then went on to beat Hednesford Town 4-2 away before thrashing Kidderminster 4-1 at home in a replay on November 2. But here are 10 handy facts on the boys from Northamptonshire.

  • Corby Town play in the Blue Square Bet North division and are currently pushing for a promotion place. With one of the best defences in the league, while also averaging around two goals a game, the Steelmen will be tough opposition.
  • The club are called the Steelmen following the town’s association with the steel industry. The town underwent a huge expansion in the 1950s with the steel works attracting thousands of Scottish workers down to the Northamptonshire town.
  • Affectionately known as Little Scotland because of its Scottish heritage, Corby boasts the largest Glasgow Rangers supporters club outside of Scotland. In fact on Tuesday night, the Scottish champions officially opened Corby Town’s new stadium, Steel Park.
  • Corby’s new stadium replaces their former ground the Rockingham Triangle. Steel Park has an official capacity of 3,893, with scope of further expansion. They managed to attract 1,026 to their recent cup triumph over Kidderminster.
  • One man who will know all about Corby in the Pirates ranks is former captain and caretaker manager Stuart Campbell. The former Leicester City and Grimsby midfielder was born in the town and won 15 caps for Scotland’s Under-21s. He of course led Rovers to the quarter-final of the FA Cup in 2008. I wonder who he will be supporting this weekend?
  • Corby Town are currently managed by Graham Drury. He was a reserve team player at Grantham under Leicester City and Celtic manager Martin O’Neill and also played for Harrowby United and Bourne Town. Last season he took the Steelmen to the first round of the FA Cup where they took Luton Town to a replay at Kenilworth Road. He certainly believes in the magic of the cup.
  • The club was formed in 1948 and a number of big names have pulled on the famous Corby shirts. Former Nottingham Forest and Rotherham striker Lee Glover ended his career at his home town club, former Liverpool defender and Match of the Day analyst Mark Lawrenson spent a season there. Internationals Reg Smith, Johnny Morris, Henry Cockburn and Gerry McElhinney played for the club, so have more modern players including Trevor Morley, Eddie McGoldrick and John Robertson.
  • In 1966 Corby Town reached the Third Round of the FA Cup for the first and only time in their history. After beating Luton Town at Kenilworth Road in a replay, the Steelmen travelled to Plymouth Argyle. But it was not a happy trip for Corby. They lost 6-0 and the club have never reached those heights again.
  • Turning away from football for a second, Inspector Morse author Colin Dexter actually taught at Corby Grammar School in the early 60s. He then found huge success with the Morse franchise.
  • David Hofbauer is the club's record goalscorer with 159 goals to his name while Derek Walker is the club’s record appearance holder, having played 601 games. Their current top scorer in the league this season is Matt Rhead with seven.

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