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Bradbury the history man for Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 18:02 23 November 2011

Goalscorers Ben Bradbury (left) and Nathan Gordon celebrate their FA Cup heroics after Tuesday night's 2-1 extra-time win over Oxford City

Goalscorers Ben Bradbury (left) and Nathan Gordon celebrate their FA Cup heroics after Tuesday night's 2-1 extra-time win over Oxford City

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Midfielder dreaming of their day at Crawley

Redbridge’s FA Cup first-round hero Ben Bradbury feels their underdog status throughout the FA Cup competition has motivated everyone at the club for their record-breaking achievements this season.

Bradbury scored the extra-time winner on Tuesday night, his 12th of the season from midfield, to put the Motormen into the second round of the FA Cup.

“It is our seventh game and I think we have only played one team ranked lower than us,” he said.

“We have played against teams from leagues above. A Conference team in Ebbsfleet and beat them 2-0 at home.

“Now we have come away to Oxford in a replay and beat them 2-1 it is just unbelievable.”

And as much as he would like to take all the credit, he feels the teams performances over the season have warranted their second-round tie at Crawley Town.

“I’d like to take the plaudits, but the whole team has dug in so much today,” he added. “I just put the ball away at the end there. What a great performance from the boys.

“To say that we are just one round away from the big teams is remarkable. One game away from Old Trafford, Anfield, White Hart Lane, any of them, it is just remarkable.

“We are going to go to Crawley and give it our best shot. At the end of the day, just to get this far is unbelievable.”

This is a moment the 23-year-old will never forget, especially his goal which proved to be the winner.

“It was unbelievable, it is probably the proudest day of my life,” he said.

“Words just cannot describe how good a feeling it is. I got the ball out wide and I faced the full back up one-on-one, went inside and shot across the goal and luckily it went through the keeper’s legs into the corner of the net and I don’t remember much after that.”


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