Hooks aiming to make history with Blyth Spartans

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BLYTH Spartans midfielder Neal Hooks wants his side to “create further history when SkyBet Championship club Birmingham City visit Croft Park for Saturday’s sell-out FA Cup third round tie.

Hooks, in his second spell at the Evo-Stik League club, said: “The game against Birmingham is certainly the biggest of my time at Croft Park and it’s in the top three of my career. We’ve done so well to get this far and hopefully we can create further history with a good result on Saturday.

“I was aware of the club’s history and tradition in the FA Cup. I have made the first round before during my time with the club and I know only too well how important a good cup run can be for the club and everyone involved here.”

This year’s run has seen Spartans overcome Darlington 1883, Altrincham and Hartlepool United. However it was the fourth qualifying round tie at Leek Town that Hooks believes gave his side the belief that a special cup run was there for the taking.

The former Spennymoor player added: “I think the moment I knew we were going to have a special cup run was the away game at Leek Town.

“We had a delay on the way down there, kick off was delayed and we had to come back from a two goal deficit at half time. The team showed then that we had the fighting spirit for a good cup run.”