Urwin savoured Bradford City’s finest FA Cup upset – now he hopes to make

MATT Urwin won’t have to brush up on his Jose Mourinho impression for now.

Maybe he should instead start working on trying to mimic Nuno Espirito Santo in time for an FA Cup dream date with Wolves.

Non-league Chorley’s charge to the fourth round – accompanied by an Adele soundtrack – has been the story of this year’s fractured competition.

Even without crowds and in the grip of COVID, the National League North side have proved there is still some magic in the cup.

Chorley have picked off Wigan, Peterborough and Derby – albeit a team full of kids after the pandemic robbed the Championship opponents of their senior squad plus manager Wayne Rooney.

But the sixth-tier club have been rightly rewarded with the Premier League tie that Urwin craved.

His reappearance in the fourth round will bring memories flooding back of City’s incredible triumph against Chelsea.

Urwin was part of that Stamford Bridge fairy-tale in 2015, although he never kicked a ball competitively.

With Sunderland refusing to allow loanee Jordan Pickford to be cup-tied, City’s third-choice keeper at the time sat on the bench as back-up for Ben Williams.

He still recalls the special celebrations – and the dressing-room visit from the Special One to compliment the big “cojones” that the underdogs had displayed in their comeback win.

Urwin said: “It was absolutely brilliant. I’ve always loved Mourinho and still do now.

“He’s excellent for our country as a whole and the Premier League is much better for him being in it.

“He’s got that aura about him. I’ve tried to mimic his accent and got quite good at it.

“As the years have gone by, it’s slightly faded away but I used to be decent.

“It was just great to see how happy the lads were that day because everybody had fought so hard.

“It was a top dressing room to be involved with. Most times you have one or two you’re not sure about but I don’t remember anyone like that in that Bradford squad.

“I came to love the club when I was there and was really disappointed to leave after such a short space of time.”

Urwin left Valley Parade that summer without making a single appearance and dropped into non-league with Fylde. He spent three years on Fleetwood’s books with two season-long loan spells at Chorley where he has been a regular since 2017.

Urwin starred in their promotion to the National League, saving three Spennymoor penalties in the shoot-out in the play-off final, but they were relegated straight back last season.

The 27-year-old works as a goalkeeping coach with Blackpool’s academy – but he has not given up hopes of cracking it in the league.

“I always trained and worked at Bradford as if there was an opportunity at the club,” he told the T&A. “That’s the sort of personality I have.

“It was always going to be difficult with the goalkeepers being brought in. Ben was obviously very…

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