Blues skipper Sutherland happy doing it for the kids
If the Blues beat South Park in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round on Saturday, Met Police skipper Steve Sutherland will be a happy man when he retires from football.
The 30-year-old has lifted the Ryman Division One South title and the London Senior Cup in his six years at Imber Court, but an appearance in the first round proper has so far eluded him.
The closest he came was reaching this same stage with the Blues two season’s ago when boss Jimmy Cooper's men lost 2-0 to Hendon in a replay.
“I’ve won a league and a cup, but never got to the first round proper and that was always the target this season for me,” he said.
“When you’ve got a small family you want them to grow up and be able to see what you achieved.
“It would be absolutley fantastic to get on television if we get a good tie, because it gives your children something to aspire to.
“But we will not be taking this game lightly, even if they are two leagues below us.
“We didn’t field a strong side, but they beat us 6-1 or 7-1 in pre-season and we know they are a very capable team.”