THE FA Cup will always be special for Ryan Toulson - he made his first ever start for Halifax Town in the competition.
That was back in November 2004 when the Shaymen, then a Conference side, entertained and beat League Two Cambridge United 3-1 in a first round clash.
It was Toulson’s only start that season - he appeared as a sub in a couple of matches as well - but it gave him the taste.
And now he gets the chance to be part of the biggest game in Town’s recent history when they entertain the Addicks.
“It was great to make my full debut in the biggest cup competition,” he said. “Now it has come round again and to play in the first round of the cup again will be a great feeling.”
Toulson is under no illusions as to the size of the task facing the Shaymen on Sunday.
Charlton are five points clear at the top of League One and no matter how many changes manager Chris Powell makes to his team they will be expected to win
“Charlton are massive favourites,” he said. “They are beating teams in league One and scoring goals for fun.
“The Gaffer will have a game plan. He will give the lads a job to do and they have to stick to it for as long as we can, see where we are and take it from there.”
Toulson returned to the Shay in the summer from Gainsborough Trinity having played under Town boss Neil Aspin at Harrogate.
He had to bide his time for a chance to start and when he did it was in the humiliating 5-1 home defeat to Vauxhall Motors.
That game has proved something of a watershed for the Shaymen who have lost just once in 10 games in all competitions since that reverse.
And they are on a run of four successive wins in league and cup as they prepare to face the Addicks.
“Obviously we did well against Solihull where we ground out a result and to get another at Gloucester was excellent,” said Toulson.
“We were unlucky at Droylsden and it was a great result against Hyde.”
The win at Gloucester was particularly important as it set the Town players up for a good week’s training ahead of the cup tie.
Now all the Shaymen have to do is wait for kick off, then go out and enjoy themselves.
“The lads are buzzing,” said Toulson. “And the win on Saturday will give us more confidence.
“Obviously we have all been talking about it but we needed to go out against Gloucester and give a performance because the main thing is that we do well in the league.
“We will enjoy this week and see what happens on Sunday.”