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The FA Cup Has Helped Me Progress In The Game – Jordan Williams

2 November 2017

Despite this being Jordan Williams' first season in professional football, he is no stranger to the Emirates FA Cup.

The 24-year-old, who joined Rochdale from Barrow in the summer, not only reached the third round with the Bluebirds last season, he also went as far as the second round with Norwich Victoria during the 2015-16 season.

He believes the FA Cup has helped with his rise through the divisions.

“I love the competition!” said Williams.

“The dream for any footballer is to try and go as far as you can go and the overall dream would be to win it.

“As well as playing in it for Barrow last year, I also played for Northwich Victoria in the competition the year before that and we had a great run as well. We played something like eight games and got into the second round.

“The FA Cup has helped me progress in the game, so it’s a brilliant competition for me.”

Rochdale met Jordan Williams’ Barrow in the third round of the FA Cup last season, after the Bluebirds had seen off Taunton Town and Bristol Rovers in the previous two rounds.

Having beaten league opposition to set up the tie against Dale at Holker Street, Williams knows only too well that Saturday’s opponents, Bromley, will head to the Crown Oil Arena with no fear.

“We’re going to have to be on our mettle.

“Bromley, as a non-league side, will go into the game with no worries. When I was at Barrow and we went on that run last season, we were always expected to lose, so you go into every game with no fear.

“I know they’ll be up for it and I know they’ll be coming here looking to take the win. I expect it to be a tough task and for Bromley to make a good game of it. But as Rochdale showed when they played Barrow last year, they played very well and showed they can deal with non-league sides.”

Recalling his favourite FA Cup memory, he said: I’m a Liverpool fan so Steven Gerrard’s late equaliser against West Ham in 2006 stands out for me, as does the Michael Owen double for Liverpool against Arsenal in 2001.”

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