CELEBRITY Maidenhead United fan Timmy Mallett believes that the match against Port Vale last Thursday was a brilliant advert for the FA Cup.

The former Wacaday presenter was among over 2,000 Maidenhead supporters that sold out York Road for the first round replay, which was televised live by BT Sport.

The non-league side were eventually knocked out of the competition after a 3-1 defeat, but Mallet insists he and the town are proud of their football club.

“It was a well competed game and a great atmosphere,” he told the Observer. “A really good advert for the greatest competition in the world, bar none.

“It was just magnificent and I thought Maidenhead competed really well. The thing is I don’t think Port Vale looked like there were 60-odd places between the two sides.

“I tell you what, it was a brilliant evening and I thought Maidenhead deserved more. Port Vale possibly deserved to win though I dispute that because we held our own and were fantastic.

“It was sensational, just a great atmosphere and a brilliant advert for the FA Cup. I can’t wait for next season’s.

“I loved our never-ending singing. I mean Maidenhead fans are jubilant and always in good voice, and they showed why it’s such a thrill to come down to York Road support them.

“I’m really proud of the team and of Maidenhead for turning out in such great voice and numbers to support their side.

“When the team does well the town does well and you could see that over the last few weeks, it’s really great.”

Mallett, 60, continued: “It’s a shame we let in a couple of soft goals but goal of the night came from Alan Massey. That strike was ferocious, it was absolutely sensational.

“I saw his face as he kicked the ball and it was going in regardless. That would’ve carried on past the net and out the other end, up the M4 and into Reading.

“It was perfectly even at half-time and I think those two rather soft goals in the second-half were a great shame.

“You look at the scoreline and think League One opposition deserved it, but then you watch the game and say no.

“I thought there were a few dodgy decisions from the referee, but then we always say that when we lose, don’t we. The referee should’ve done that and that, but he didn’t and we go out.”