Aug 14 2012 By Tim Street
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SOME of their rivals unfairly compared it to the circus coming to town when Wembley FC took on Langford in Saturday's FA Cup extra preliminary round game.
But it certainly wasn't your average football match, when the likes of Graeme Le Saux, Ray Parlour, Claudio Cannigia and Brian McBride ran out at Vale Farm in the all-red strip of the Lions.
The opening exchanges were low-key as both teams seemingly tried to get their heads around a surreal situation, but it wasn't long before we had a full-blooded cup tie on our hands.
Off the pitch, things were just as weird too. A whole press pack of Argentinian Olympic reporters turned up to watch Cannigia, and celebrated when he opened the scoring as wildly as if he had just scored in the World Cup Final for Argentina.
Continuing the Olympic theme, two American swimmers turned up with their medals intent on catching McBride's eye. Trying to interview the striker afterwards, his attention wandered constantly to them, although it was hard to tell if he was eyeing up the gold medals or the bronzed birds.
It wasn't your average football crowd either. One fellow pointed at the programme I was reading and asked where he could get 'a leaflet' too.
But my favourite moment was queueing up for a burger at half time. A woman in front of me, on reaching then front of the line, asked the vendor what his vegetarian options were.
Sloppy Joe behind the counter wore a priceless expression, but to be fair, offered to rustle her up a cheese roll, before promptly whacking two of those plasticy processed burger cheese things between a bun and handing it over. She seemed happy enough anyway and wandered off to enjoy her fare.
The circus now rolls into Uxbridge on Saturday week. McBride has already said he won't be there (unless Budweiser can cajole him into it in the meantime), but one thing is for sure – it will be a day the good people of Uxbridge FC won't forget in a hurry.