There’s something about the FA Cup that guarantees excitement.

Whether it’s the prospect of a place under the Wembley arch, playing a local rival from a different division or a ‘minnow’ taking on one of the big fish, there’s always something to sink your teeth into.

And with Ipswich, the lowest ranked remaining side pitting their wits against Manchester City, the Women’s Super League table-toppers and current holders, the FA Cup has once again produced something special. 

The fourth-tier side sit top of the FA Women’s Premier League Division One South East and will make the most of their first match at this stage in the competition by bringing along a bumper following.

Around 500 supporters are expected to make the lengthy journey to the Academy Stadium from East Anglia in the hope of witnessing a major cup upset, and their manager, Joe Sheehan, says their support has been astonishing. 

"Our supporters have been incredible since the Norwich fixture back in September," he said. "They’ve stuck with us and followed us home and away every single week. They’ve got flags, jumpers, scarves, badges and all sorts.

"Their support for our players has added to a whole new matchday experience. They’ll sing loud and proud for us come Sunday and we will need every voice and encouragement we can get.

"To travel over four hours from home with 400-500 fans supporting a fourth-tier team is an astonishing number for a women’s game, but I’m not at all surprised and I think it could end up being even more than that."

Ipswich captain Amanda Crump added: "Our supporters have played an important part in the growth of our club and they bring a great atmosphere to every game, home and away.

"We are incredibly grateful for their support. With over 400 fans travelling to biggest match in our history to date is incredible and it will help create a brilliant atmosphere that won’t go unnoticed on the pitch."

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From a City perspective, captain Steph Houghton is excited to locking horns with a new opponent and explained how the Tractor Girls are likely to feel ahead of the game.

“I’ve been in that position in the past. When I played for Sunderland and came up against big clubs, it’s really exciting and you really want to put on a performance for the fans and your family,” she said.