“I had a tear in my eye, I literally didn’t move out of my seat. I just sat in my chair and did nothing other than say, ‘Oh my God, this is it!”

That was the reaction of Maidenhead chairman Peter Griffin as he watched his team grab a major payday in the FA Cup at Port Vale on Sunday.

Substitute James Mulley bagged a 93rd minute equaliser in the first round tie at Vale Park, sending players and supporters alike into ruptures.

The reward is a televised replay at York Road next Thursday (7.45pm), with the winners to go to League One Exeter City in the second round.

Griffin has spoken of exhaustion and disbelief after a draw that will live long in the memory of all Maidenhead supporters.

And he has paid tribute to manager Alan Devonshire and the players for keeping Magpies’ FA Cup dream alive.

“I’m immensely proud,” said Griffin. “We knew coming here would be really tough and the game-plan was to just hang in there. We never gave up, we kept on going right to the end and when the chance came along right at the end we took it.

“The scenes at the end, when the whole team ran towards the supporters after we scored the goal, are amazing. It’s moments like that you get involved in football for, so you’ve got to love them when they come along.

“I had got to the point where I thought we had done really well but weren’t going to do it. I just couldn’t see us getting the ball out of the corner when they ran the clock down.

“Their supporters and chairman were saying ‘get it out. They don’t want to be doing that against a non-league club, that’s not great’. Having said that, if you get the result you’re happy with it.

“So when the ball went forwards and into the back of the net it was disbelief. I’ve had a few beers since and long may it continue!”

He continued: “The squad we’ve got here is a top team in the Conference South and we’re not a big budget team. Everyone says that but genuinely we’re not.

“We know what we can do and Sunday was an example of that. We’re well organised, well set up and Alan know what he’s doing. He gets them well drilled.

“Alan gets the players that he knows can perform to his system, and play well. He’s just done so well, and the players come in and respond to that. They all deserve the result on Sunday because of that.

“I think we matched Port Vale throughout. They probably had a few more chances and a bit more possession, but we looked dangerous and never lost belief that we could do it.

“It was deserved.”

READ more in our Maidenhead United FA Cup special this Friday.