DESPITE holding fond memories of making his Swindon Town debut and his first appearance at the County Ground in the FA Cup, Louis Thompson is still waiting to taste victory in the competition, and he hopes that will arrive at Whaddon Road tomorrow.
The graduate of Town’s academy came off the bench at Leicester City in the fourth round in 2012, in a game which Swindon lost 2-0, and then made his home bow against Macclesfield Town in the first stage of the tournament later that same year – only to score an unfortunate late own goal in another 2-0 loss.
That was followed up by a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of the Conference Silkmen 12 months ago, meaning Thompson has mixed emotions when recalling his personal adventure in the world’s most famous knockout event.
This weekend, he and his Robins teammates will be looking to make amends for back-to-back first-round exits when they travel to Cheltenham Town and it’s fair to say Thompson is enthused by the prospect.
“We haven’t done very well in the FA Cup and hopefully this year will be a bit different. Normally we do play well in the other cups so I don’t see why the FA Cup should be any different this year,” he told Link Sport.
“I made my debut in the FA Cup and my home debut as well so it’s been a good cup for me. It’s not been a good cup results-wise but it’s been good on a personal level. I’ve got my fingers crossed that it’s about time we got a win and a first win for me in the FA Cup.”
Thompson added: “It’s a nice cup to play in. It gives everyone an opportunity to play a higher level team and aspire to play where some of the players are. We need to get the win and move on into the second round.
“Every young lad likes to play in the FA Cup. I watched it as a boy and you look at it and think it’s a real footballers’ cup. We’ve had an unsuccessful past couple of seasons in it so we’ll look to put it right this weekend.
“Macclesfield were a bit of a bogey side for us. They’ve put us out of the last two FA Cups so hopefully we can put a little run together this time.”
Asked to recall putting through his own net late on in the home defeat to Macclesfield in November 2012, he said: “I think that was my home debut and I scored an own goal. We’ve moved on from that now, it’s quite a long time ago and hopefully the boys will help me put that right.”