TONIGHT’S FA Cup second round tie being screened on BBC TV will be of particular interest to local football followers.
That’s because in goal for non-league Solihull Moors against League One side Blackpool will be Ryan Boot from Rocester.
Ryan, pictured, joined Vanarama National League club Solihull at the start of the season after being released by League Two Port Vale at the end of his contract.
Since then the 23-year-old has been an ever-present in the Moors line-up. He has conceded just 18 goals in 23 league and cup appearances and kept no fewer than eight clean sheets. He has not conceded a goal in his last five games.
His presence between the posts has helped Solihull mount a serious challenge for promotion to the Football League. They are currently sixth in the Vanarama League table.
Another clean sheet for Ryan saw Moors hold visitors second-in-the-table Salford City to a draw in front of the 2,000-plus crowd on Saturday. Tonight’s game at Damson Park is expected to attract a record 3,000 attendance in addition to being watched by millions of TV viewers.
Solihull Moors reached this stage of the competition for the first time in their 11-year history by defeating Hitchen Town 2-0./
Ryan, who joined the Vale after progressing through the Stoke City Academy as a youngster, only became a goalkeeper by chance.
“I used to play outfield, and during a tournament, our keeper got injured and I was forced to go in goal,” he said.
Tonight’s match on BBC Two kicks off at 7.55pm. MOTD Live starts at 7.30pm presented by Dan Walker, with analysis from Dion Dublin and Paul Ince.