Burhill Golf Club greenkeeper Steve Cordery plots FA Cup football giant-killing with Staines Town FC

Burhill Golf Club greenkeeper Steve Cordery is balancing managing Staines Town Football Club's best-ever FA Cup performance with his full-time job at the leading Surrey golf course.

Staines Town FC, which plays at Wheatsheaf Park in the Blue Square South football division, has won a second-round replay against Millwall FC of League One after a 1-1 draw on 28 November.

Steve Cordery is juggling managing the team of part-timers and working at the Burhill course in Walton-upon-Thames, Surrey, where he works as part of a team under senior course manager Rob Surgey. 

Cordery said: "It's hectic. You're on the phone all the time and watching games most nights but it's just what you do in non-league [football]. All the players have other jobs as well — my striker, Gareth Risbridger, is also a greenkeeper at a course in Wycombe.

"We're all involved in football because we enjoy it, not for the money. It's a big philosophy of mine that we play with a smile on our faces. I want players who are going to come in from a tough day at work to enjoy it."

Staines beat League Two Shrewsbury 1-0 in the first round.


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