This weekend will see Sutton United compete in the Fifth Round of the Emirates
FA Cup for the first time ever, but don't be fooled into thinking this is a
team made up of part-timers.
For starters, Sutton have three former Arsenal players in their ranks,
including one who made a UEFA Champions League appearance for the Gunners.
Craig Eastmond (midfielder) A member of Arsenal's 2008/09 FA Youth
Cup-winning side, he made 10 first-team appearances for the Gunners, including
one against Shakhtar Donetsk in Europe.
Roarie Deacon (winger) Started out at Arsenal and signed professional
terms before a switch to Sunderland. He has since played for Stevenage and
Crawley Town in the Football League, and also represented England at under-19
Jeffrey Monakana (winger) A youth career at Arsenal, including being
rewarded with a four-year contract at the age of 14, was followed by spells at
a host of clubs including Preston North End, Brighton, Aberdeen and Bristol
Then there's a midfielder who was once signed by Middlesbrough for a reported
Nicky Bailey (midfielder) Started out at Sutton and worked his way up,
all the way up to the Championship with Boro and later Millwall. He has also
played for Charlton Athletic and Southend United.
And Bailey isn't the only player to make a substantial number of Football
Kevin Amankwaah (defender) A full-back with more than 300 professional
appearances to his name, for the likes of Bristol City, Swansea City and
Matt Tubbs (striker) A pivotal part of Salisbury City's rise early in his
career, he has gone on to score goals for Crawley, Bournemouth, Rotherham, AFC
Wimbledon and Portsmouth, amongst others.
Dean Beckwith (defender) A towering centre-back who won promotion to the
Football League with Hereford United. He has since played for Northampton and
Luton, prior to joining Sutton.
Paul Doswell's side isn't limited to players from these shores either. Like
Arsenal, Sutton are partial to a Frenchman.
Maxime Biamou (striker) Joined at the start of the season after spells
with French teams Yzeure AS and Villemomble. He bagged the all-important second
goal at AFC Wimbledon in the third round.
Bedsente Gomis (midfielder) A Lens youth-teamer who had spells in France
and Spain before moving to England, first with Southend, then Sutton. He was
voted Player of the Year at the end of 2014/15.
Then there are these gems...
Simon Downer (defender) He's Sutton through and through. In his third
spell with the club, Downer has won the Ryman League and National League South
titles, and was a stand-out performer in the Second Round victory against
Jamie Collins (defender) The goalscoring hero of the Fifth Round.
Collins, who has also played for fellow National League clubs Forest Green
Rovers and Eastleigh, kept his cool from the penalty spot to score the winner
against Leeds United.
Watch Sutton United take on Arsenal in the FA Cup at Gander Green Lane,
live on BBC One on Monday 20th February, kick-off at 7.55pm.