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Back to the start

Back in July 2007, Jake Livermore made a 10 minute substitute appearance in his debut for the first team in a pre-season friendly against Sunday's FA Cup opponents, Stevenage.

Almost five years later, Jake is very much a part of the first team squad and has played 27 times for the Club this season across all competitions.

This weekend's fixture will undoubtedly stir some of our midfielder's memories of that occasion, although the 22-year-old needs no reminding as to how he felt that day.

"They're good memories. Martin Jol was in charge at the time, and I was buzzing to get on the pitch.

"I was young at the time, and obviously Stevenage is not too far from where I live, so I had a lot of family there supporting me. It was a good day for me.

"I had a feeling I was going to play (Jake was a substitute). The gaffer at the time kept asking how I was feeling, and I got a nod from one of the coaches before I came on.

"It was a good crowd, and there always is a good crowd down there. I was always trying to get on the ball as much as I could, I was like a little boy in a playground! "

Jake looks set to make another appearance at Broadhall Way this weekend only under very different circumstances.

Whilst on paper the tie looks like a mismatch, over its illustrious history The FA Cup has thrown up hundreds of upsets and Jake is aware of the fact that the popularity of the competition is due to the frequency of 'David Vs Goliath' fixtures. But why are matches against lower league opposition often so tricky?

"I think it's one of the mysteries of football, it's why so many people love The FA Cup. There are so many upsets, there always seems to be one. Obviously we're hoping it's not us and that we'll go there and get the job done."