Delighted Nathan Buddle said the ‘crazy’ reaction to Blyth Spartans’ FA Cup heroics has made him feel like a celebrity and he can’t wait to face Birmingham City in the Third Round – in what will be the biggest game of his career.
The 21-year-old from Amble played in the Green Army’s 2-1 victory over higher-league Hartlepool United last Friday, putting them into the next stage of the competition.
And on Monday, the Northern Premier League outfit were drawn at home to Birmingham City, of the Championship – setting up a tasty David versus Goliath clash.
While it wasn’t the dream Premier League tie that Buddle and his colleagues were hoping for, it will still be a massive occasion when the 2011 League Cup winners come to town.
Looking ahead to the game, scheduled for the first weekend in January, he said: “Birmingham aren’t the Man Utd or Liverpool that we were hoping for, but they are still a top club and it will be the biggest game I have played in.
“We have nothing to lose, we will have a go and who knows what will happen.”
The magic of the cup was certainly alive and kicking in Blyth’s Second Round win against Hartlepool, which was shown live on TV.
And the famous victory was especially pleasing for Buddle who was released by Pools in 2013.
He said: “I have never left a match with as much satisfaction and to see what it meant to the fans is something that will live with me for a long time.”
He says that the days since the win have been surreal. “My phone hasn’t stopped with messages of support. It’s overwhelming and it makes you feel like a celebrity.”