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Lincoln City's Jamie Taylor out to conjure up some magic in FA Cup

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: October 19, 2012

Lincoln City's Jamie Taylor

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The magic of the FA Cup has often failed to put Lincoln under its spell, but they do not hold exclusivity when it comes to a lack of spellbinding tales.

Jamie Taylor's own dalliance with Big Ears is more Grotbags than Dynamo in a record punctured with a series of less than glamorous adventures.

In the only time he ever reached the third round, Southend was the destination, but that ended in a 5-2 defeat for his Dagenham team-mates.

Taylor realises time is running out to experience its riches, admitting it would be a career regret not to leave an impression on the competition.

But as Lincoln begin another cup excursion against Halifax this weekend, he hopes this year could finally be the time to step out of the shadows.

"You are probably speaking to the wrong person when it comes to memorable FA Cup stories," jokes Taylor.

"For a start I have never experienced a great run and the only time I did reach the third round was with Dagenham, but we lost 5-2 to Southend.

"A few years back after I left Horsham, they then went and pulled Swansea out of the hat in the second round.

"So as you can see, my history is not the best, but hopefully this will be my year because the FA Cup has not exactly been kind to me.

"Whatever people say about this competition, it's a part of football folklore in this country – everybody loves the cup.

"People ask you about the big games, who was the best player you played against and so on.

"At the moment I can't really tell them anything which is why I would love to finish my career knowing I have made a good impression on it.

"Every player has a dream of making it to the third round and I would love to have Newcastle in the third round.

"My dad Alan is a Geordie and I went to watch them play Wigan last year.

"It was an outstanding experience and even as a Liverpool fan, St James's Park is a fantastic stadium with an amazing atmosphere."

As much as Taylor has designs on achieving personal goals, Lincoln's own need for success this year is certainly an important part of the plot.

With the club still in the mire financially, which led to chairman Bob Dorrian revealing they were losing £10,000 every home game, cup cash has become hugely important.

The ramifications of an early exit have not been lost on the players, who are equally aware of their circumstances.

Taylor understands just how important a win is to the balance sheet and knows a lengthy run could dramatically change their fortunes.

"The financial rewards from the FA Cup are massive to the club this year," he said.

"It's been well publicised that the finances at the football club are not the healthiest.

"Every penny helps so a win on Saturday, followed by a nice cup run allied with a game on TV, would help the club immensely.

"It's widely acknowledged that a good draw can set you up for a couple of seasons.

"I am originally from Crawley and they reached the third round a couple of seasons ago.

"They were lucky enough to land the ultimate draw in Manchester United which will set them up for years."

But first Lincoln must negotiate the challenge of Halifax, who reached the play-offs in the Blue Square Bet North last season only to be knocked out by Gainsborough.

They beat league leaders Chester in a replay last week and are managed by the chiseled former Port Vale defender centre-back Neil Aspin.

Like Lincoln, they too used to be a league club and their fans are dreaming of scaling those heights again.

They have already targeted an early upset and while the fourth round qualifying tie appears a banana skin, Taylor remains unfazed.

"The game against Halifax does look a banana skin but who would you rather have?" he questions.

"Would you rather play Wrexham who are up near the top of our league or would you want to play a team from a division below you?

"But it will be a tough assignment because they were unlucky not to win promotion last season.

"And actually looking at it, it might do us a favour facing somebody like that because nobody wants to be on the end of an upset.

"This will be Halifax's cup final and anybody we would have played would have been a war.

"We just have to go out there and even if we don't play to the best of our capabilities, we just need to grind out a result any way we can."

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