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ERIC CANTONA could be lured out of retirement to play for tiny Bath City - if the Somerset part-timers reach the FA Cup third round for the first time in 15 years.
That is the dream of award-winning film director and Bath fan Ken Loach.
Loach was the brains behind the recent cinema smash hit Looking for Eric, in which Manchester United legend Cantona played himself.
Cantona, 43, who retired from playing to become an actor hours after leading United to the 1997 Premier League title, sent the Blue Square South minnows a 'good luck' message before their shock first-round win over Grimsby.
Loach, 73, director of the 1960s TV series Z Cars and BAFTA-winning 1969 film Kes, cannot wait for City's second-round clash at Twerton Park today with Blue Square Premier rivals Forest Green Rovers.
And he said: "If I were writing Bath's Cup run for a film, the story would be us getting to the third round and then drawing Manchester United away.
"I would get Eric out of retirement and he would score the winning goal in front of the Stretford End, wearing our black and white shirt.
"When filming with Eric, I spoke to him a lot about Bath.
"I asked if he would come and do a Q and A evening to raise some money for the club and he obliged.
"He came down, posed with a Bath shirt on and spent a couple of hours chatting to supporters.
"I think a few people were surprised at how charming he was, far removed from the pictures they had seen of him snarling away and kicking that Crystal Palace supporter in the chest.
"I think Eric found the whole experience very liberating and took away some great memories.
"I spoke to him before the Grimsby game and he wished us luck, which was a nice boost for the players."
Loach has been a Bath supporter since the 1970s and is flying back from Madrid, where he has been promoting the Cantona film, for this afternoon's match.
He added: "It is going to be even tougher than the Grimsby game. We caught them at a good time and, though they are non-league, Forest Green are full-time so will be favourites. This is a big chance to get into the third-round draw. That would be a fantastic boost for the club, on and off the pitch.
"Grimsby was a great day but in many ways winning this one would be better."
The bad news for hosts Bath is that boss Adie Britton reckons his men will walk it - just like they did at Grimsby.
Britton said: "The joke around here is that I love a walk.
"Wherever we play, I'll take the lads for a stroll.
"There's something about a walk in the fresh air that concentrates the mind.
"Before the game at Grimsby I stopped the team coach at Cleethorpes and ordered all the lads to join me for a walk on the beach.
"We had a nice stroll along the sand but were nearly late for the match. We couldn't get some of the younger players out of the amusement arcades.
"We won't change our routine against Forest Green, even though we are at home. We're going to stay in a local hotel and then we'll have a walk in the morning. I'm not saying where, it'll be a nice surprise for the lads!"
Bath's clash with Forest Green and Barrow's trip to Oxford means at least two non-league clubs in the third round.
Britton, who has clearly not had a chat with Loach, insisted: "I won't talk about the third round yet, nor will my players.
"I've banned everybody at the club from talking about it. All I'll say is we've a great opportunity to give the club a life-changing experience.
"We've already secured the club's future for the rest of the season by making it this far in the FA Cup. If we manage to get further, it could change the direction of the club for ever."
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And yeah, Ronaldo missed a penalty for Real, but later on he scored and got 2 yellow cards in 3 mins.
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