They were still in their locker room, just out of the shower, after eliminating Chartres (N2, 2-1), a division above them. Their coach Stéphane Malloyer had installed a screen and, when they saw Frédéric Déhu on TV show the little piece of « Olympique de Marseille », the players of US Chauvigny exploded with joy, in a euphoria even greater than that of qualification, a few moments earlier. « It’s really Santa Claus before the hour, exults the 51-year-old coach. It’s a huge thing for the club, even if we do not yet know in which stadium we will receive them. There is still a gap (4 divisions apart) but it is fabulous. We were already hoping for a big one before pulling Chartres. But we had taken Chartres, and therefore we had to pass. There, it is a result. «
Malloyer is the only one at the club to have experienced this level one day: he had experienced the greatest emotion of his playing career with the neighboring club of SO Châtellerault when, alongside Stéphane Moulin in particular, he had dropped, on February 12 1994, in the round of 16 of the Coupe de France already, FC Metz of Robert Pires and Jacques Songo’o (3-1 ap), by scoring the second goal in overtime. Nobody has the slightest experience at this level in their group, and this is the first time in their history that the US Chauvigny has reached this stage of the competition.
The feat of the Poitevins dates from the 8th round: they had eliminated Le Havre, a Ligue 2 club, on penalties. Fourth in its group of National 3 – where the Girondins de Bordeaux reserve is located – US Chauvigny therefore got rid of Chartres on Sunday, whose coach is Jean-Pierre Papin. The 1991 Ballon d’Or may have brought luck to amateurs, who will begin the year 2022 by welcoming one of the biggest French clubs, OM, that of the splendor of “JPP”.