SOCCER history could be made in Slough today, Monday, if the town’s football team manage to upset the odds during a cup clash in front of the television cameras.

Slough Town Football Club, known as the Rebels, will compete in the FA Cup Second Round against League One side Rochdale on BT Sport, a team four divisions above them.

The match, at the new Arbour Park stadium, will kick off at 7.45pm - with fans and residents alike hoping for an upset which would put the town on the sporting map.

Fans include new leader of Slough Borough Council, James Swindlehurst, who praised the team for being ‘in great form’. He said he wished the team the best.

He said: “It is so exciting for the club, the council and the town to be hosting the FA Cup second round.

“The Rebels are in great form, on home turf and have the whole town behind them so Rochdale should be worried.

“I wish the team all the best and I know many from the council will be either there on the night cheering them from the stands or at home yelling at the telly!”

He added: “Arbour Park is an amazing new venue for the town and STFC and I hope it has played the part we wanted it to play in the club’s continued success.”

Former player and fans’ favourite Lloyd Owusu, said the artificial turf at Arbour Park will play to the home team’s advantage.

Mr Owusu, who also played in the football league for Reading and Brentford, said: “Fair play to the boys, club management and staff for doing so well in previous rounds and showing some real great football.

“I have been fortunate enough to see a couple of little highlights here and there online so they are doing really well and it is a great achievement for the club.”

Former striker, Mr Owusu, said live sport coverage could only benefit the town.

He added: “It is going to raise the profile of the club massively.

“This is probably the first time since my era when we got to the semi-final of the FA Trophy and got through to the first round proper against Cardiff.

“We got a replay against them and the whole town was on a high and going crazy

“So overall for Slough to set themselves on the map now is fantastic because now they are going to set a precedent with regards to who they are and hopefully they can make a bit of history by knocking out a Football League Club.”

The match is a 2,000 capacity sell-out so the club is asking only those who have tickets to come to the stadium today. Gates are set to open at 6.15pm and parking will be limited. The club has asked supporters to use alternative forms of transport or park in the town centre.

Slough supporters will enter Arbour Park at the North end (Crematorium end) through the turnstiles nearest Lynch Hill Enterprise Academy.

Fans have been asked to allow additional time to get into the ground and be patient with extra volunteers who will be on hand to help. No alcohol will be served at half-time, the club has also confirmed.