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Maidstone boss George Elokobi fires up fans before FA Cup fifth round tie

Maidstone boss George Elokobi has addressed the travelling fans before their FA Cup game against Coventry City with a rousing speech.

The coach has become familiar to football fans on social media for his inspiring speeches as the non-league side reached the Fifth Round of the FA Cup with a famous 2-1 victory against Championship side Ipswich.

No less than 5,000 Maidstone fans packed the away end at Coventry in anticipation of yet another giant-killing.

Elokobi delivers message to fans

As the players got off the bus, Maidstone boss Elokobi stopped to deliver a message to supporters: “One thing and one thing only. I know you are all proud of our boys and players.

“I, as a manager am super proud of each and every one of you, the Maidstone fans, for taking your time out to be with us tonight.

“Whatever happens, we are Maidstone United football club. Make some noise.”

Elokobi message before Ipswich victory

Ahead of the 2-1 away win against Championship high-flyers Ipswich Town in the previous round, Elokobi also took time out to speak to the travelling supporters.

In the car park prior to the Ipswich Town match, Elokobi said: “Nobody can take away what we, including this special group of players, have done.

“So let's savour every moment, every second of today's occasion. Show respect to Ipswich Town.

“We're going to come here and give it our absolute best. And we will enjoy the game!”

“This binds us for life, what out boys are achieving right now,” Maidstone boss Elokobi told reporters after the game. “What our boys are achieving now has not been done [for] over 100 years. The magic of the FA Cup is very much alive.”

Maidstone supporters will be hoping for a similar result tonight to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals for the first time in their history, but have an uphill battle on their hands as they found themselves 2-0 down after just 14 minutes.


Will Murray

Freelance football journalist. Experience writing for When Saturday, Comes, Goalkeeper.com, Elite Scholars and Total Football Analysis. Recently finished an MA in Sport Journalism at the University of Brighton. Long-time season ticket holder at the two-time European Champions Nottingham Forest.

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