Chairman is delighted at cup draws

Tom McKie.
Tom McKie.

Alnwick Town chairman Tom McKie admits he is absolutely thrilled after the club bagged plum ties in two major cup competitions.

The St James’ Park side, of Northern League, Division Two, will host St Helens Town in the second round proper of the FA Vase, which has its final at Wembley.

And the black ’n’ whites have drawn former Vase holders, Whitley Bay, in the quarter-final of the Northumberland Senior Cup.

It is the first time that Alnwick have reached this stage of the Vase since the 1975/76 season.

McKie is delighted that they have a home tie against a St Helens side who are sitting 17th in The North West Counties Football League Premier Division.

Of the fixture, which is scheduled for 3pm on Saturday, November 22, he said: “I think it is winnable and we are looking forward to it.

“The fact that it is a home draw is the icing on the cake and we really hope we can attract a bumper crowd on the day.”

Alnwick’s last-eight tie at Whitley Bay, of Northern League, Division One, is scheduled for 7.30pm on Tuesday, November 18.

McKie said: “Whitley are a top side and we have a great relationship with them.”

The chairman, who said he did cartwheels after hearing the result of both draws, added: “Both cups provide a great experience for the lads.

“It is down to their work as well as the squad that Derek Atwell and Steve Mullen have put together.”