Steve Burr wants to see his players etch themselves into Chester FC folklore come 5pm on Saturday.
The Blues will face Southend United in the first round proper of the FA Cup this weekend (3pm), and Burr has set his sights on masterminding a famous cup upset for his side.
The clash with the Shrimpers at Roots Hall represents the Blues’ first appearance in the first round of the world’s most famous domestic cup competition since their re-formation in 2010, and the Chester boss is hoping a little bit of magic can rub off on his players down in Essex.
“We’re all looking forward to this weekend and it’s an occasion that we will enjoy, but we will be going there with the intention of winning,” said Burr, who has led former clubs Northwich Victoria and Kidderminster Harriers to the third round of the competition as a manager.
“We know it will be tough as they are a Football League side and are going well, but we are playing well also and we can be a match for them.
“The FA Cup is a special competition and this weekend, who knows, one of our players could be a hero come 5pm on Saturday.”
Prior to reforming, Chester’s last appearance in the FA Cup first round proper came back in 2008 when they were beaten 3-0 at home by Millwall.
But the Blues can take heart from their last trip to Essex in the opening round of the competition as a non-league outfit, a 1-0 win at Colchester United back in 2002, when Chris Tate struck at the death to seal a famous win at the old Layer Road ground.
Burr has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the trip this weekend, with Matty Brown expected to deputise once again for the suspended Michael Kay and John Worsnop likely to remain in goal despite playing in last weekend’s 3-2 defeat at Eastleigh with a gashed foot.
“We have one or two little knocks, with the likes of Craig Mahon struggling a little, but we should be okay for the weekend,” said Burr.
“Matty Brown came in and did well at Eastleigh in the absence of Michael Kay and I know he’ll be looking to stake a claim for a starting spot when Michael returns.
“All the lads are wanting to play in this game as the FA Cup is a special thing to be a part of. It will be the first time that a few of our lads have played in the first round, I’m sure.
“I’m sure the fans will be going down in force and, hopefully, we can give them something to cheer.”
The winners of this weekend’s clash will go into the hat for the draw for round two, to be shown live on BBC Two on Monday evening (7pm).