Die-hard Buxton fan, and certainly the most appropriately named, David Buxton has been waiting 63 years for a second chance to see his beloved football club play in the FA Cup second round.

The 75-year-old is old enough to recall the 6-1 defeat away at Accrington Stanley in 1958, with the first-round win over Crook Town the first match he can remember, but now the wait is over, and he is tipping the seventh-tier side to pull off a giant-killing against League One Morecambe.

He never dared dream of seeing TV cameras rock up at Silverlands but with the side aiming to make it into the FA Cup third round for only the second time in their 144-year history, Saturday’s 12.45pm kick-off will be shown live on BBC One.

There is reason for the Bucks to be optimistic with Morecambe having been dumped out of the FA Cup by fellow non-league sides Dover Athletic in 2014/15 and Halifax Town in 2018/19.

It will also be a big change of scenery for the Shrimps compared to last season’s competition, when they lost 4-0 to Premier League giants Chelsea at the third-round stage.

“It is the biggest game I remember Buxton having, I’m very excited,” said Buxton, whose side are the only team left from across the Pitching In Northern Premier, Isthmian and Southern Leagues looking to continue their fairy-tale run.

“I can’t even think of what would’ve been the second biggest, perhaps the Accrington Stanley game in 1958 after we had beaten Crook Town in the FA Cup.

“I’ve been a season ticket holder from the mid-90s but the first game I can remember was Buxton v Crook Town.

“I never dreamt that I would see TV cameras at Silverlands, I never did. I am a bit past pinching myself, but I am more than excited about it.

“I think we will do alright, particularly on our 3G pitch and being at home. I think all that is in our favour. I know we are playing a league club and I understand that, but one never knows what might happen in a FA Cup match.”

The Bucks are one of more than 200 non-league clubs supported by Pitching In, a landmark grassroots sport investment programme set up by Ladbrokes, with the support of its owner Entain.

As well as financial support, the initiative focuses on the community aspect of non-league football and the importance of volunteers.

The only time Buxton made it into the third-round draw and beat Football League opposition came with a 4-3 win over Aldershot in 1951/52.

Cup fever has gripped the local area with a sell-out crowd of 3,600 expected at Tarmac Silverlands Stadium to see the lowest-ranked side left in the competition in action as they bid to earn a win that could see them book a glamour tie against a top-flight club.

“The whole town is buzzing, people who are never, ever involved with the club are talking about Buxton Football Club, it’s great for us and we are lucky to have a fair number of volunteers to help the big day go smoothly,” explained the retired Buxton.

“It’s fabulous; I never thought I’d witness us be the lowest non-league team left in the FA Cup at this stage of the competition, it’s becoming increasingly hard to put together these runs so it’s special to be there.

“I follow Liverpool as well, but my priority is Buxton and I would love to see us draw the Reds or one of the Manchester sides if we could make it through.”

Ladbrokes, with the support of its owner Entain, has launched a multi-million pound investment programme, Pitching In, designed to support and promote grassroots sports. For more details see: https://entaingroup.com/sustainability/pitching-in/