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Ahead of the Queens Park Rangers FA Cup 20-year reunion game (Saturday 23rd May at Berkhamsted), a series of interviews starts with former Ducks defender - Allan Pluckrose. 'Plucky' played in the FA Cup third round tie on his way to making over 250 appearances for the club.
We will have more interviews and news on the event to follow in the coming weeks!
What are your memories from the cup run in 1994/1995?
It was a very exciting time with plenty of media interest, not just with the results but with our 'Duck Walk' celebration which saw its debut at Kingstonian. The first round tie at Newport Isle of Wight was a very tense affair in really bad conditions. We were favourites for that match but I think the condition of the pitch and home support evened out any sense of advantage. In a game of scrappy football John Blencowe managed to dig dip and produce some great pieces of skill for our goals. For the Kingstonian game we were not fancied but probably produced one of our performances of the season, with Cliff Hercules scoring a wonderful first goal which was then celebrated with the 'Duck Walk'. The duck walk celebration was discussed on the team bus on the way to the game and evolved from the 7 dwarves to ducks waddling. We played really well against Kingstonian and thoroughly deserved our 4-1 victory. That night all the players returned to the Club at Buckingham Road to await our opponents in the third round, it was incredibly exciting and when it was announced we were to play a Premier League team, QPR, the whole place erupted!
How did it feel taking the crucial penalties in the first and second round matches at Newport and Kingstonian?
I had been our regular penalty taker for a couple of seasons and had managed to maintain a 100% record. I would line the ball up as if I was right footed with the intention of putting it into the bottom right hand corner. I would then take a really long run up and place it left footed into the bottom left corner. This technique worked really well until we played Enfield twice in quick succession. Andy Pape was in goal for Enfield and remembered my little routine, saving well to his right hand side. Despite that miss I did carry on taking them and dont remember missing too many more. I didnt feel nervous taking the penalties because I trusted my little method. The penalties at both Newport and Kingstonian were perfect examples of my little technique with the goal keeper going the wrong way on both occassions.
What are your memories from the build up to the big game at Loftus Road?
I think from the time the draw was made we were all keen to play the game and some of the media build up was painful. I dont remember too much but there were reporters and more interest in our games leading up to the tie.
Who did you have to mark in the match at Loftus Road? What was the actual game like?
I was playing sweeper behind Mickey Barnes and Lee Harvey so I wasn't actually marking anybody but I did have plenty of challenges with Les Ferdinand and Kevin Gallen. To be honest the game was a big disappointment, partly because QPR were a lot better than us but also because 2 incidents of bad luck seemed to define the game early on. We conceeded a goal from a corner when our goalkeeper Paul O'Reilly unfortunately seemed to punch the ball against Danny Maddox head, resulting in the ball looping over everybody into the goal. We wanted to keep a clean sheet for as long as possible and we were now were 1-0 down after 10 minutes. Not long after Lenny Brayshaw challenged for a header with David Bardsley and ended up leaving the pitch for about 15 minutes to receive several stitches in a deep cut. By the time Lenny had returned, the toll of playing a Premier League team with 10 mean had taken its toll and we were 3-0 down! So by half time the game was over and do not remember us having a shot of meaning in the whole game. The shame was we were a very big team and I think most teams feared our aerial presence at set pieces and from long throws: I am sure we could have given QPR a few problems had we held out a bit longer.
How did the players spend the evening following the match at Loftus Road?
I am pretty sure we returned to the Club at Buckingham Road but I am not really sure. A lot of us were very disappointed after the game so there was not a great appetite to celebrate anything.
Could you give some information on what you've done since moving on from the Ducks in around 2000?
I played my last game for Aylesbury when Cliff Hercules was Manager and thoroughly enjoyed my time with the club under Trevor Gould, Dave Sansom, Steve Ketteridge, Gary Phillips and Hercy. I left the Royal Air Force in 2012 and settled in Spain with my second wife Lorraine.
With the season drawing to a close and a Cup Final to look forward to on May Bank Holiday Monday, 4th May, we have reduced the prices of all remaining club merchandise. Take this opportunity to get your hands on a bargain and turn the ground green and white for Cup Final day!
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Striker David Kolodynski's 73rd minute goal secured league leaders Kettering Town a 12th match unbeaten, but they were held to a 2-2 draw in a topsy turvy game at Uxbridge. Elliot Sandy had given the Poppies an early lead, only for defender Mitchell Wiseman and then Matt Woods giving the hosts the lead on the hour mark before Kolodynski's leveller.
Just below in the table, there were a number of intriguing match ups as the race for the playoffs enters its final stages.
At Haywood Way, third placed Aylesbury FC hosted second placed Bedworth United, and despite the Moles being reduced to ten men goals from ex-Duck Aston Goss, Brian Haule and Brad Wadkins completed a 3-0 win that saw the sides switch positions in the league.
With a fifth straight win Royston Town are now up to fourth as they came from behind to secure an important, and late, win against Hanwell Town - with Kaan Fehmi netting the winner in the 86th minute.
Meanwhile two other playoff hopefuls met at Butlin Road, but there was nothing to separate Rugby Town and Barton Rovers as the two played out a goalless draw.
At the wrong end of the table, the bottom two sides both secured 1-1 away draws to move a little close to the pack. Basement side North Greenford United drew 1-1 at inconsistent Aylesbury United, whilst 21st AFC Hayes drew 1-1 at 19th placed Bedford Town.
It means third-bottom Leighton Town can't relax yet, the Reds thrashed 4-0 at another up and down side - St Ives Town.
Also winning by four were Egham Town, who were able to build on their midweek win at North Greenford United by completing a 4-0 win at Daventry Town. Brendan Matthew opened the scoring after just three minutes, before striker Danny Bassett - recently signed from Staines Town - netted a hat-trick to move the Sarnies into the top half.
Whilst Kettering are on a 12-match unbeaten run, Chalfont St. Peter made it 12-matches without a win as they went down to a 2-1 defeat at Godalming Town, Tom Willment and George Frith scoring either side of Tony Mendy's effort - his second goal in two games since joining the Saints to no avail.
At Potters Bar Town, Bedford Town put their reported off-field worries to one side as they ended Scholar's caretaker manager Steve Ringrose's unbeaten start to life in charge with two late, late goals. Josh Oyinsan had given the hosts the lead on the quarter hour mark, only for the Eagles to win it with 86th and 92nd minute goals from Curtis Shaw and Paul Cooper respectively.
Only a late volleyed goal from veteran Greg Williams saved Aylesbury from an embarassing defeat against basement side North Greenford United as 'The Leader' salvaged a 1-1 draw.
The visitors took the lead late in the first half through Jessy Yoboue, after the Ducks had earlier wasted several chances to score themselves.
After the break an already poor quality match took a turn for the worse, and for long spells in looked like there was no way back for Aylesbury - until Williams popped up to ram home a near post finish and rescue his side.