Showdown with hero Rooney for Ellesmere’s Birch after Chorley FA Cup success

Ellesmere’s Arlen Birch is relishing the chance to go toe to toe with his hero Wayne Rooney in the third round of the FA Cup.

Birch, who featured in Chorley’s latest giant killing win over Peterborough on Saturday, was overjoyed to hear his side will host Derby County in the third round.

Rooney, who is currently caretaker manager of the struggling Rams could line up on the field or could be in the technical area for January’s clash.

But the 24-year-old former Everton and Burnley man doesn’t care, and is just excited to be facing the man he grew up idolising.

He said: “As a kid I was a big United fan and I’d have Rooney on the back of my shirt and my England shirts.

“It is amazing to get a draw like this and it will be great to face him whether it be on the pitch or if he is on the sidelines I don’t care really.

“It is something every kid wants to do growing up so it will be great on the day.

“It’s massive for me being United fan but also being former Everton and Rooney being the same.”

Chorley had to come from behind at London Road on Saturday evening to dump out the League One leaders.

And despite being dominated in possession, Chorley arguably carved out more goalscoring opportunities in the game.

But after conceding early on, the full back thought he was going to be in for a long evening.

He added: “We conceded after like two minutes and I looked over to the captain and thought, this is going to be long night.

“But we grew into the game, hit the post and our goalkeeper hasn’t really had a save to make all game.

“It wasn’t backs to the wall, we went there and did well and it was great to get through.”

And the scenes after the game have gone viral with the management team and players dancing and singing to the Adele song that has now become synonymous with Chorley’s cup run.

Birch insists it was an evening he’ll never forget and hopes the Adele song can be blasting after a few more league games in the future.

He added: “It was an amazing experience, after it as much as on the pitch.

“It was a bit different with no fans and not being able to go out after it, but we had our own little party on the bus on the way back.

“It was just amazing to be part of, with all the singing that everyone has seen. It has become a bit of a thing after cup matches, but not so much after league games at the moment.

“But the cup is put to bed for a bit now, we have to concentrate on the league again with Curzon Ashton this week.”

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