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Which FA Cup team will run out to I Fought the Law? Met Police, of course

The club abandoned their police-only policy to avoid folding but links remain strong and they face Newport full of optimism

Metropolitan Police FC, a team shrouded in myth and misunderstood in some quarters, are dreaming. The seventh-tier side, mid-table in the Southern League Premier Division South, host Newport County on Saturday hoping to reach the FA Cup second round for the first time in the 99 years since they were formed as a works team, part of a recreational department for the force’s officers and staff.

No ordinary team, there are plenty of quirks. The running of the club is funded by a £1-per-ticket weekly lottery for staff past and present and, at home games, they walk out to The Clash’s I Fought the Law. “It is a fantastic tune to run out to,” says the manager, Gavin MacPherson, whose assistant is the former Barnet winger Jon Nurse. “I don’t take a lot of notice at what other clubs do but most clubs certainly take notice of ours.”

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