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Man on the mic turns into coach on the sidelines as Tyler prepares for Watford

Woking are bidding to reach the FA Cup fourth round for just a second time.
By Ed Elliot, | 18d

Woking assistant manager Martin Tyler wants to write another memorable chapter in his boyhood club's FA Cup history as he prepares for "the game of a lifetime".

Tyler, best known to most football fans as a Sky Sports commentator, became an unpaid member of the club's coaching staff in May following the appointment of manager Alan Dowson.

The non-league Cards famously beat West Brom en route to a fourth-round meeting with Everton in 1991, as well as taking top-flight Coventry to a third-round replay six years later.

Those moments are chronicled inside the Kingfield Stadium and Tyler, who first watched Woking in 1953, hopes to add to the timeline following Sunday's sold-out third-round clash with Premier League Watford.

"It's really nice out on the side of the stand where they've got all the history," said the 73-year-old.

"And we hope maybe something from Sunday will go up there as well and we'll have a little bit of a part of it.

"We've got the game of a lifetime for Woking and to be involved in it as one of their own, as somebody who came here at eight years old, it's an incredible feeling.

"I have two parallel lives – one you all know about and one you don't know about.

"Now these parallel lives collide on one particular Sunday afternoon and I can't wait."

In-form Woking, the lowest ranked team left in the tournament, go into the game second in the Vanarama National League South.

Boss Dowson admits to having little knowledge of the Hornets as he does not watch top-flight football, leaving Tyler to pass on information gained during his media duties

Tyler, who has been assisting Dowson at a handful of non-league clubs since 2005, was in the Cards' dugout for the game against Hampton & Richmond on Boxing Day before commentating on Watford's defeat to Chelsea at Vicarage Road that evening.

"We haven't got a clue what the Watford team will be," admitted Tyler.

"But, I guess, through work I'll know where they play and what one or two of their strengths and weaknesses are. Obviously we've talked about it.

"We're not babes in the wood, but it is a massive gap. It is their (the players') day and we are thrilled for them."

Despite the hype of the televised clash with Javi Gracia's Hornets, Dowson has insisted that an immediate return to the National League remains his priority.

The former Millwall, Bradford and Darlington defender had to build the Surrey club's squad from scratch after he joined from Hampton & Richmond last year.

He has used the tie to motivate his players to seven successive league wins but fears how they will react when their cup run is eventually ended.

"It's been great leading up to the game because we've said to the players, 'If you don't perform, you won't play against Watford'," said Dowson.

"And it's got the players on it and they've been brilliant, they've won seven on the spin.

"The concern is how we pick them up maybe when the whole thing is over. That's the biggest concern."

Cards midfielder Max Kretzschmar is a major doubt for the match with a hamstring problem.



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