Tim's Penny for the Guys
Byline: By MARK BLOOM South Wales Echo
In for a penny, in for pound, could be Merthyr Tydfil manager Tim Harris' motto ahead of the club's money-spinning FA Cup tie with Walsall at Penydarren Park (7.45pm). The televised first round encounter could generate more than pounds 100,000 for the Martyrs, but the money - and the luck - started rolling in as early as September when the Martyrs tackled Taunton Town.
The second qualifying round match finished in a tense 1-1 draw, but Debbie Evans, wife of assistant manager Paul, picked up a penny from outside the club and handed it to Harris claiming it would bring good luck for the rest of the competition.
And she was right. Merthyr won the replay 2-1, and then beat Salisbury and Farnborough to set up tonight's mouth-watering clash.
'I have kept the penny in my kit-bag for luck since that day,' said Harris, who has a fine FA Cup pedigree with Cinderford Town and Newport County.
'I think we might need more than a penny tonight,' he said. …