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Road to Wembley – London Bari

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indexAlmost the first thing we have to do every pre-season is pick the team that will kick off our Nobby & Ready Road to Wembley.

The FA Cup Extra Preliminary round draw was made recently and contains some real gems including many teams that we have followed before such as Quorn, Boldmere St Michaels and Biggleswade United.

The ties take place on Saturday 15th August, and you never know but if any one of them can survive another 14 games, then they will get to play in the Final at Wembley in May, and Nobby & Ready would have watched them all the way!

This year we have plumped for a team called London Bari FC. This name resonates with Nobby because not only is London born and bred, but he also played for a Sunday team in Chicago called Bari FC, ran by two brothers and still good mates who were born in Bari, Italy but moved with their parents to the U.S.A when they were kids. It was a good time of my life, and London Bari seemed a suitable choice.

So, who are London Bari?

Well, they are based in the middle of the East End in Upton Lane E7, they are members of the Essex Senior League and play at Clapton’s Old Spotted Dog Ground, which is probably the finest name of a football ground you could ever hear. London Bari play in red and will travel to Suffolk to play Long Melford of the Eastern Counties League Premier Division in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary round.

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