TOM RICHARDS is the taxi driver who is hoping to take Horsham places.
The Hornets midfielder, 29, scored a late leveller to book the club a fairytale FA Cup first-round replay after a never-say-die 3-3 draw at League One high-fliers Barnsley.
TV cameras will light up the sold-out Camping World Community Stadium tonight to watch the non-leaguers bid to reach the second round for only the second time in their 142-year history.
Guilford-born Richards, who has previously played for the likes of Fulham, Aldershot Town and Leatherhead, said: “There have been a few jokes with the lads about getting fresh trims for the TV cameras.
“There’s pure excitement to be on TV.
“I’m lucky to have reached the second round before with Leatherhead but it would be amazing with Horsham. It would go down in history.”
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The West Sussex minnows, who play in the Isthmian League Premier Division on the seventh tier of the football pyramid, last made this stage of the competition 16 years ago and have already played seven games to reach this stage.
Dom Di Paola’s part-timers are mainly teachers or retail workers, although there is also a plumber in the ranks.
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But Richards is a taxi driver for school kids.
He said: “I’ve got a couple of different jobs.
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“I’m a taxi driver for a company who help the council drive kids to school and back in the mornings and afternoons.
“I trade the foreign exchange market, too.
“It works well everything combined — doing the school runs, training and my other job.
“All the attention for scoring the decisive goal has been great but I just try and stay humble.”
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