Hilton Park, Leigh
In 2004 the Lilywhites played Leigh RMI in the first round of the F.A. Cup. Founded in 1896 as Horwich Railway Mechanics Institute Football Club, they had played their home games at Grundy Hill in Howich until 1994. It was not until after they moved to Hilton Park in Leigh, changed that they became Leigh RMI. Their original ground had been famous for his slop from corner to corner and has now been demolished for housing.
Grundy Hill Stadium, Howich
13.11.2004 Cambridge 2 - 1 Leigh RMI First Round Cambridge City team: Duncan Roberts, Craig Pope, Lee Chaffey, Glen Fuff, Matt Langston Richard Scott, Alex Fiddes, Carl Williams, Robbie Simpson, Dave Sadler and Dale Binns. Subs used were Rob Miller for Fiddes,Jon Stevenson for Dale Binns and Lee Summerscales for Chaffey. In front of a crowd of 930, the Lilywhites booked themselves a place in the second round of the F.A. Cup for the first in the clubs history thanks to a goal in the dying moments of the match by substitute Jon Stevenson. One nil down at half time, despite having most of the play, the Lilywhites had pulled level on 58th minute when Dave Sadler sprung the Leigh offside trap before smashing the ball past the Leigh goalkeeper. With only seconds to go, it looked likely to be heading for a replay, before a shot from outside of the box by Stevenson was deflected past a helpless Leigh goalkeeper. This resulted in huge celebrations and a tie in the 2nd round with MK Dons.
The victory over Leigh RMI saw the Lilywhites reach the first round of the F.A. Cup for the very first time in the Club's history.