A national sports radio station will now be cheering on Carlton Town during their journey down the road to Wembley after the Millers secured a place in the next round of the FA Cup.
talkSport’s breakfast show announced on Monday that they would be picking the name of a lower league team out of a hat to back during their time in the FA Cup competition – with the hope of them securing a tie against a top side in the third round.
Loughborough University FC were the team selected and the national station, which has over 5m listeners, announced on air that the Leicester side had been drawn against our very own Carlton Town in the extra-preliminary round of the competition.
The station hyped up the tie by carrying out a live interview with Loughborough’s team captain prior to the match last night at Stoke Lane.
After hearing the interview, reporters at Gedling Eye contacted the station prior to the game asking where the breakfast show’s loyalties would lie if the Millers managed to secure victory – and the station committed to backing Carlton Town if they dumped Loughborough out of the competition.
And the Millers came good, winning the tie via a 4-2 penalty shoot out following a 1-1 draw
A talkSPORT spokesperson told Gedling Eye yesterday: “Carlton will become our team if they win tonight. The talkSPORT team will be keeping a close eye on tonight’s game.
“The ideal scenario is our side gets one of the big boys in Round 3! ”
The station and club have since exchanged tweets, with Carlton Town supporters now pledging to send an official scarf to be worn by the trio of breakfast show presenters now that they would be supporting the club.