Alexander’s debt to Money

Richard Money
Richard Money

Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander is preparing for a touchline reunion with the man who gave him his break in football.

Richard Money is the man who has brought Cambridge United – Town’s FA Cup hosts on Saturday – back from non-league obscurity.

He also happens to be the man who, more than two-decades ago, spotted the talents of a certain young defender while on the coaching staff at Scunthorpe United.

Of course the Fleetwood boss, who went on to join an elite group of professionals who played more than 1,000 games, is grateful.

But it doesn’t stop him eyeing passage into the second round draw – not to mention an end to Town’s recent traumas on the road.

“Richard Money, I know him very well,” Alexander told The Gazette.

“He was my youth team manager at Scunthorpe. He gave me my first chance to be a professional footballer.

“I know him very, very well. I know how competitive he is but he knows the same goes for me.

“He should know that better than anyone.”

Fleetwood have lost their last six games away from Highbury, including a 3-2 reverse at Deepdale 12 days ago.

In their last three away matches, Alexander’s men have gone on to lose from a winning position.

With League Two Cambridge on the agenda this weekend and a trip to struggling Yeovil the following Saturday, Town have two perfect opportunities to turn their away form around.

But Alexander is taking nothing for granted. “It will be hard again,” he said.

“Cambridge did great last season and they have made a solid start.”

He knows the draw wasn’t kind to Fleetwood or their supporters.

Town took nearly 1,500 to Deepdale for their last away outing. A fraction of that number are expected to make the long trip to Cambridge, but Alexander understands the difficulties involved and he is desperate to reward those who do travel.

He said: “It’s hard on our supporters. They have enough long journeys throughout the season.

“We saw the numbers we took to Preston and we’d love to do that week in, week out.

“But we know what the reality is at our club. Our supporters have limited funds and limited time.

“But we want to put on a show for those who do travel and get a result for them.”

And the experienced campaigner insists there is still something special about the world’s oldest knockout contest.

He said: “It’s exciting. It’s the FA Cup and everyone looks forward to it.

“We want to go down there, look to win and look to get a run going.”

Town have made it to the second round for the past three seasons.