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Tuesday, 08 November 2011

MK Dons: 10 Handy Facts About FA Cup Opponents Nantwich Town

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Nantwich Town are one of those non-league clubs going through the best period in their history. This weekend they appear in the FA Cup First Round for the first time in their 127 year history - over the past five years the club keep hitting new heights.

  • In 2006 Nantwich won the FA Vase Final, played at Birmingham City's ground. At the time they played in the North-West Counties League.
  • A year later they topped that league and moved to the Unibond (now Evo-Stik League). Next season they were promoted again to the Unibond Premier, where they are now.
  • Their current boss is Northern Ireland international Jimmy Quinn, who played for the club back in his youth. He first turned out for the club in 1979.
  • Nantwich are known as 'The Dabbers'. No-one can be certain of the exact origin of the name but people from Nantwich are known by that term.
  • The Dabbers are currently ninth in the Evo-Stik Premier table; this season was their 89th attempt to qualify for the FA Cup First Round.
  • Striker Ben Mills is the main goal threat. He has 10 league goals so far making him joint top scorer in the division.
  • Aleksandrs Solovjovs is a Latvian under-21 international who has played for Skonto Riga and FK Ventspils.
  • In 2007 the club moved into their new Weaver Stadium built at a cost of £4 million.
  • A possible substitute for the game at MK Dons will be former Crewe striker Rodney Jack. Now 39, the St Kitts and Grenadines international was still the supporters' player of the season last year.
  • Skipper Chris Flynn is another with a connection to local League club Crewe. He turned professional with the Alex but played just once for the first team.

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