FOOTBALL: Raymond not wishing old mate Moyes well in FA Cup
2:24pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in Sport
KEITH RAYMOND’S greatest nightmare is to meet up with David Moyes when his FA Cup odyssey takes him to Wembley on Saturday, May 17 next year – despite the Manchester United manager being an old mate.
Raymond is raising money and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis, the disease with which his wife Diane has suffered for more than 18 years. His novel fund-raising initiative saw him randomly choose a team (Horndean FC) in the opening Extra Preliminary Round back on August 17, and he plans to watch all 14 rounds of the competition, swapping allegiance as each of his adopted teams is knocked out.
AFC Portchester beat Horndean which brought him to the Corinium Stadium on September 28 when the Portsmouth side were themselves dumped out by the Town.
Raymond was back for Saturday’s clash with Weymouth and he will take in the tie between the Southern Premier League side and whoever they draw in the Fourth Qualifying Round.
“I thought Cirencester were worth a replay after their second half fightback,” said Keith, who was an official at non-league Woking FC for eight years during the time of the club's mighty FA Cup run in 1991.
“We went to the Hawthorns in the third round proper and beat West Brom 4-2 which earned us a fourth round tie with Everton,” he said.
“It was a home draw but we opted to play them at Goodison Park to get our 50 per cent share of the 34,000 gate and we only lost out to a single Kevin Sheedy goal.
“I think the club made about £150,000 which was crucial to the subsequent upgrading of their ground.”
Raymond also revealed his connection with Moyes.
“Both our sons were at the Preston Academy while David was still playing for the club,” said Keith.
“I remember at that time that Alex Ferguson asked David to take over the youth side at Manchester United, but he wanted to carry on his playing career at the time.
“When I lived in the north, I was a season ticket holder at Anfield. I have kept in touch with David since and we have had plenty of banter about his association with Everton.”
And, as a Liverpool fan, Raymond has no affection for Moyes’ latest club.
“You can safely say I would not look forward to David taking United to the FA Cup final,” he insisted.
If you would like to support Keith’s cause, visit justgiving.com/Keith-Raymond.
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