Tracey Hallam didn't quite get the chance to join her relatives in making a VIP ride to Old Trafford last night.
The Burton-on-Trent badminton player had to miss Burton Albion's biggest night in their history to prepare for her Yonex All England Open Championships campaign but today she will look to follow the headline-grabbing exploits of Brewers skipper Darren Stride and Co.
"A lot of my family went up to Manchester United in a stretched limo to watch the game," Hallam said.
"I know Darren because we used to go to the same school at John Taylor High School in Barton-under-Needwood. He is a year older than me.
"We both get mentions in the local papers so I know what he has been doing. But with the FA Cup run Burton have had every time I pick up a national paper I keep seeing his face!"
There will be no missing English No 1 Hallam, the eighth seed at the NIA, when she faces Cheng Shao-Chieh, of Chinese Taipei, in her women's singles second-round match today, either.
As part of a Cancer Research fund-raising tiein with sports suppliers Forza, Hallam will be wearing a bright pink top and using a pink racket.
"If I had a pound for every time someone has said 'pretty in pink' I'd be rich," she said.
"We've got a few people in the England squad who have friends and family affected by cancer and this is a great initiative to try to raise money."
She will certainly need a bright start to overcome Cheng, a former world junior champion and world senior bronze medallist. "I guess it's a 50-50 match," she said. "But if I'm on form hopefully it will go my way."