Mansfield Town's Oli Hawkins – high time for a dream FA Cup tie in my career

Striker Oli Hawkins is hoping to finally get to experience a dream FA Cup tie against a Premier League giant if Mansfield Town can get past League One Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.

By John Lomas
Thursday, 2nd December 2021, 2:29 pm
Oli Hawkins - dreaming of a big FA Cup tie.
Oli Hawkins - dreaming of a big FA Cup tie.

The 29-year-old, back up front last weekend after a stint in defence, said: “I have been unlucky with the FA Cup really and never had a massive team to play against or got very far.

“Hopefully this season that changes and I can progress with Mansfield to the next round and draw a really big team away or home.

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“I was at Portsmouth when we drew Arsenal in the FA Cup but I was either injured or not in the squad for that game. I have never played bigger than Championship sides.

“All lower league teams just want to get one of those big teams, get some TV coverage – it's exciting.”

However, as a Spurs fan, he admits drawing them would bring mixed feelings.

“If we drew Spurs I would have to think where I'd like to play against them – up front or at the back,” he smiled.

“Would I like to mark Harry Kane or try to score against my own team?

“But I would be excited for any big team to be honest.”

Hawkins was delighted to hear Stags had sold out of their 3,300 ticket allocation for Saturday.

“The home fans are always very good and we have taken some very good numbers to places this season,” he said.

“Selling out on Saturday gives us a really good boost to have a real good go and give the fans a chance to see us win and go on to the next round.”