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HARRIS ISSUES CITY CHALLENGE
TNS chairman Mike Harris has challenged Manchester City's fans to prove they support a big club by turning out in their thousands at the Millennium Stadium on August 28.
Though the club are facing the embarrassing possibility of playing the match in front of a largely empty stadium should City wrap up the tie during the first leg at their new City of Manchester Stadium a fortnight earlier, Harris believes there will be no problem if the Blues' supporters back up their words with actions.
"Since the draw was made, I have had numerous calls from City fans asking us to give them a big allocation," said Harris.
"Well they can't have a bigger one than this.
"This isn't about money and if I am the only person in the ground then so be it.
"But we keep hearing how many supporters City have got - well let's see them."
Harris is confident his team - based in the tiny village of Llansanfreid -will emerge from their two-legged tussle with pride, even if he is refusing to suggest they could actually get through.
More than anything though, he is hoping TNS' performances can generate some much-needed recognition for the Welsh Premier League, which he believes is struggling to attract the attention it deserves.
"This tie will attract the type of coverage the whole of Welsh football is striving for," he said.
"If we could somehow get the same attention as rugby does in this country then we would all be happy, so this is an excellent opportunity for us.
"People ridicule Welsh football but I feel there has been a huge improvement over the last few years.
"Twenty years ago if a team like Turkey had come to play it would have been regarded as a virtual walkover, now they have one of the best teams in the world.
"It is the same at club level, so that is the type of improvement we have to look for too.
"This is a big few weeks for us, because we will also be the first side to play City in a competitive match at their new home. Hopefully we will do ourselves justice."
27 June 2021
 
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