Special childhood memories keep Spireites boss up for the cup

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CHESTERFIELD boss Paul Cook is full of enthusiasm for the FA Cup.

His side travel to his former club, Tranmere Rover,s this afternoon in the second round of the competition.

Cook said: “It’s a fantastic competition, The FA Cup. It should never be undermined.

“For young kids who grew up watching cup finals on the telly, it was a special day, and the thought that we’re a few rounds away from Wembley excites me.

“Going to Tranmere is a great game.”

The manager, who was a player at Prenton Park in 1996 and 1997, only ever made the quarter-finals as a player.

He started for Burnley when they lost 2-0 at Watford in 2003 in a side that also featured Ian Thomas-Moore, son of current Tranmere boss Ronnie Moore.

Cook was also called into the travelling squad as a youngster for Norwich City in their semi-final against Everton on the same day as the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, but he didn’t end up being involved.