FORMER Manchester United trainee Lee Roche already has more magical FA Cup memories than most.
From savouring Eric Cantona's magnificent Wembley winner in 1996 to being part of a Burnley side that knocked out mighty Liverpool two seasons ago, the cup has been kind to Roche.
So it is no wonder that Roche has been considered Wrexham's lucky omen as the Dragons have embarked on a cup run that now takes them to Derby County for Saturday's third round.
Roche's association with the FA Cup goes back long before he made the first of his three senior United appearances.
Years prior to his solitary Premiership appearance - as a substitute in a 5-3 home victory over Newcastle in November 2002 - and a Champions League start against Spanish outfit Deportivo La Coruna the following March, Roche was part of the United fabric.
"United always used to look after the youngsters very well and get us tickets for the big games," said the 26-year-old Bolton-born defender (pictured left).
"I was at the final when Cantona scored the winning goal against Liverpool.
"I went to the game with my dad as United took all the players down there. You always felt involved and, as a kid, that was absolutely brilliant.
"It wasn't the best of games, really, but Cantona was amazing to pop up and score a goal like that in the last few minutes.
"The memories come flooding back when you see some of the games replayed on TV. It was a great experience just to be there and enjoy the atmosphere.
"Being at United since I was a young lad there was a special buzz about the FA Cup. It was the cup that every player wanted to win."
Though Roche failed to make a lasting first-team impression at Old Trafford, he has proved his worth in the lower leagues.
A successful loan spell at Wrexham in the 2000-01 season provided invaluable experience before he returned to United and then onto Burnley.
Roche clocked up over 60 appearances for the Clarets and it was at Turf Moor where he rekindled his love affair with the FA Cup.
Twice, Roche reached the fifth round - losing 1-0 to eventual finalists Millwall in 2004 before suffering a 2-1 replay defeat to bitter rivals Blackburn the following season.
But, before then, Burnley had enjoyed a famous 1-0 victory over a Liverpool side who went on to claim Champions League glory a few short months later.
"That was a brilliant game to play in - those are the games you always remember when you look back," said Roche about a tie settled by Djimi Traore's comical own goal.
"All crowds love FA Cup games and it was a great atmosphere on the night.
"It was a night game as the first match had been called off. It was live on Sky and I think Liverpool thought they could come and roll us over.
"They had quite a decent team out and I played at right-back against a Spanish lad (Antonio Nunez) who got sent off late on.
"I went to the fifth round twice with Burnley and it would be great to do the same at Wrexham.
"When the FA Cup comes round there's always a special feeling around whatever football club you're at.
"The further you get through the more exciting it gets, coming up against the bigger teams.
"So let's just hope we can get a result against Derby and carry it on."
After collecting Christmas bookings against Rochdale and Hereford, Roche is actually suspended for the visit to Championship high-fliers Derby.
And, as he has filled an emergency midfield role in recent games, that has prevented Roche from enjoying a close-quarters reunion with his former United colleague David Jones, who is about to complete a £1m switch to Derby after a loan spell with the Rams.
"It's disappointing to miss any game, but I'd obviously wanted to play in the FA Cup game," he said.
"It would have been great to play against David. I'm a few years older than him, but I did play with him in the United reserves towards the end of my time there.
"He's a good player and he always had the potential to come through and do well.
"I'm a bit surprised that he's gone to Derby because he was so good on the ball. I thought he might get more of a chance at United.
"But he went to Preston (on loan) and did well there. Now it looks as if he's got a good move to Derby and he could kick on.
"I'm sure even bigger clubs will be looking at him in time."
Despite Derby's fine form which has taken them to second place in the Championship on the coat-tails of leaders Birmingham, Roche reckons the third-round tie is far from a formality.
"Maybe they'll rest a few players and that will even things up," he said.
"Even though our league form hasn't been great, it's a tie where we are capable of causing a shock.
"Sometimes the big teams do take it a bit lightly, and let's hope they do that.
"It's a nice stadium and it will be a great experience to play there in front of a lot of fans.
"The pressure's off us and if we get an early goal then they'll feel the pressure even more."