Sergio Torres targets Emirates FA Cup glory with Whitehawk

Monday 14 Dec 2015
Whitehawk's Jake Robinson, Danny Mills and Sergio Torres celebrate win against Lincoln

Sergio Torres is no stranger to experiencing the magic of the Emirates FA Cup.

The Whitehawk midfielder and his team-mates picked up a dramatic 1-1 draw with Dagenham & Redbridge last week, which means they were part of the third round proper draw for the first time in their history.

Dagenham & Redbridge v Whitehawk

The Emirates FA Cup
Second Round Proper
2pm, Sunday 6 December 2015
Chigwell Construction Stadium
Winners receive £27,000 from prize fund

And that’s a feeling which Torres knows well, having been part of Crawley Town’s Cup run to the fifth round back in 2011.

The Sussex side were drawn out to play Manchester United away and it’s a game which the Argentine still speaks about with affection, despite an unfortunate 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford.

"Walking out of that tunnel brings so many memories rushing to your head from when I first came to England," he recalls.

"I’m actually going to play here, at the Theatre of Dreams in front of 75,000 people, it was just amazing.

"And we were so unlucky to lose 1-0 because we played so well. I remember seeing my dad outside and he gave me a big cuddle and said ‘I’m so proud of you son’."

The 34-year-old is now hoping to experience something similar again with Brighton-based Whitehawk, who knocked out Lincoln City in their first round proper debut last month.

Whitehawk midfielder Sergio Torres recalls his FA Cup trip to Old Trafford

Torres knows they’ll have to cause an upset again in their replay with Dagenham if they are to have any chance of featuring in January's third round, which includes the Premier League and Championship sides.

But he says the team will return from east London with confidence and with the hope of continuing their adventure into the third round.

"It's been an amazing FA Cup run this year, which the whole club has been interested in," he added.

"It's going to be a difficult game, but of course in The FA Cup, anything can happen.

"I think you can see that every player wants to do well because it's the only chance we'll get to play against the big players, who you watch on TV so it's an amazing competition."

Watch the full feature with Torres in the video player above.

By Nicholas Veevers Content Manager - FA Owned Channels