Ronnie Moore loves the romance of the FA Cup – but insists the prospect of a televised trip to Salford City will not be a distraction.
Hartlepool United have been drawn away to Salford City in the Emirates-sponsored world-famous club competition.
It is, without doubt, one of the ties of the second round as an out-of-sorts Pools visit the Northern Premier League outfit who caused one of the shocks of round one by beating Notts County in front of the BBC TV cameras.
This tie has been picked for television coverage. It would have been a shock if it wasn’t, Pools visiting Moor Lane on Friday, December 4 (7.55pm kick-off).
But this match is more than just non-league battlers against a low League Two team.
Salford City are on the lips of most football fans given they are part-owned by Manchester United heroes Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Gary and Phil Neville and Paul Scholes and have been featured in a BBC TV documentary.
“It’s not a distraction for me or the players, I don’t think,” said Moore.
“We were all made up with the draw, it’s a good it’s on the telly and it’s great exposure for the players and club.
“But before then there are some important games to think about, starting with Orient on Sunday.”
Moore admitted he had a premonition Pools would be the next opposition for the Reds.
“Salford is one of those things you get a feel for in advance,” he said. “ It’s a great TV game, but there are tough matches ahead before it.
“It’s a fantastic draw for both clubs, they will feel they can beat us because of our form right now.
“It’s at their ground and the interest with the Man United connection.
“Some will make them as favourites.
“We’ll show them total respect – what they have done is fantastic and they were very good against Notts County – we have to make sure we aren’t one of those League clubs who go out.
“It’s the wonder of the FA Cup and what can happen – we know how tough it is, but we can’t go there and show any fear.
“We are the league club, we have to impose ourselves on the game.
“Anything less than 100 per cent and we will get found out and get beaten.”
No ticket details fhave been released yet for the Salford match, but Pools are likely to get an allocation of around 350.