IT will be an ‘honour’ for Lenell John-Lewis to lead York City out as club captain in the Friday night's game.

John-Lewis is an almost guaranteed starter for York with Dipo Akinyemi injured and Will Davies cup-tied, with the experienced striker set to captain York against former FA Cup winners Wigan Athletic at a packed-out LNER Community Stadium on Friday, December 1 (7.45pm) in the Emirates FA Cup second round.

The City captain enjoys the magic of the FA Cup with York looking to produce a giant-killing on Friday, as John-Lewis relishes the television cameras that are set to be shining the spotlight on the Minstermen.

“It’s always been an honour, and I continue to see it that way,” John-Lewis enthused.

“It’s always about the team, as personal as it is for me, it’s always about the team and trying to get the best out of the team.

“I’ve got a lot of experience and I know the level, the lads have got to be confident and I think they will be.

"We’ve taken confidence from our last few games, so for me we’ve just got to go out there and do it.

“We’re at home and we’re under the lights in front of our fantastic fans, and we believe.

“We’re confident, we have a good set up and a good plan going into the game.

“It’s the FA Cup, we’ve got to take it and take the game to them and see how we get on. 

“It’s very important, but as well as the belief you have got to have the mentality as well, the focus and the professionalism to know that it is another game. 

“To keep to our tactics, which obviously the manager and the staff have given us, and go from there.

“I know the manager hasn’t had as much training ground time with us as he would like, so we are still adjusting to the way he wants us to play and to implement that. 

“We go into every game with a plan that him and the staff have executed for us and we’ve just got to take it onto the pitch."

John-Lewis also reminisced on his FA Cup memories and hopes City can provide a shock in front of the TV cameras.

“Hopefully we can give it (a shock). It’s the FA Cup, anything can happen, we’ve got to continue to believe and go do it.

“It is indeed (exciting). It’s a big tie against once winners of the competition, we’re playing what you could say is a giant club in the competition, in that respect. It’s really exciting.

“I did watch that game (Wigan’s 2013 FA Cup win), I remember it quite vividly, some of the players in our squad might not do!

“It’s really exciting and I’m looking forward to it.

“It’s the FA Cup and that’s the magic of the FA Cup, you don’t know what to expect.

“I take one game at a time, I’ve had some memories over the years and it’s been a good few years, but my most positive memory is my last game. 

“It’s under the lights, it’s a night game, I know it’s going to be fantastic and I know that they’re going to get behind us, so hopefully we can deliver for them.”

John-Lewis also heaped praise onto recent signing Will Davies, with the club’s newest striker having an immediate impact on the pitch after completing a move from Braintree Town.

“He doesn’t look he’s not used to playing at this level of football

“For me, he’s come in and he’s confident, he’s bright, he’s been energetic and he’s given a lift to the boys, he’s given a lift to myself and Dips (Dipo Akinyemi) which what we needed. 

“I’m sure that’s why the gaffer and the staff brought him in, for me I can always help him where I can, but he’s come in and he’s done wonderful for us.

“We’ll wait and see what the gaffer says and how we go about it, but we always go into a game with a plan and it’s up to us to execute it.”