SWINDON Town head coach Ben Garner has asked every home fan inside the County Ground on Friday night to bring energy and passion as the Robins search to create one of biggest FA Cup shocks in the competition’s history.

Last season’s Champions League finalists, Manchester City, will arrive at the County Ground as heavy favourites in the FA Cup third-round tie as they look to regain the trophy they last lifted in 2019.

Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering City side will hope to take their first step in doing so against a team that has only ever reached the semi-finals twice – and the last time Swindon did that was 110 years ago.

Despite the 72-place gap between the teams, Town’s head coach is hopeful of providing life-long memories for families and friends to share and has asked for a cauldron of noise throughout.

Garner said: “If we can create a really big atmosphere at the County Ground on Friday night, it will certainly help.

“We want that energy, and we want that passion. Hopefully, together, we can create a special night that will live long in the memory.

“For the supporters, I just hope that they enjoy it, and let’s see if we can go and cause an upset.”

Garner was adamant during Wednesday’s pre-match press conference that no negative thoughts would enter either his players’ mind, nor his, ahead of the daunting task of taking on the current Premier League leaders.

Instead, the Town boss said he just wants both his squad and the fans to try and enjoy the experience as much as possible as anyone who has been involved with the club for at least a year deserves this treat.

Garner said: “Having the opportunity – as a League Two club – to take on the Premier League champions and, in my opinion, one of the top three teams in the world will be a fantastic occasion.

“It’s brilliant for everyone here. It’s a little bit different for those of us who have come in, but the staff and the supporters that were here before have endured a lot of difficulties and a lot of challenges.

“For those people that have gone through that and come out of the other side, I think this game is a great reward.

“I’m sure there will be a fantastic atmosphere here on Friday night, and hopefully everyone can enjoy the occasion.”