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Lloyd Owusu remembers last Sunderland visit

Former striker looks back on 2006 FA Cup giantkilling as teams prepare to meet again

6 October 2017

In less than a month, Sunderland will return to Griffin Park for the first time since 2006. On that ocassion, the teams were two divisions apart and it was an FA Cup Fourth Round fixture. Brentford, from the third tier, took out Premier League Sunderland to book a place in the last 16.

Dudley Campbell was the star on the afternoon, scoring twice to ensure The Bees beat their lofty opponents. His strike partner that day was Lloyd Owusu. Lloyd, now a member of the Club's Hall of Fame, was in his second spell at Brentford having originally joined The Bees from Slough Town in 1998. When he left for the final time in 2007 he had scored 87 goals for the Club, only six men have scored more.

As Brentford prepare to welcome Sunderland back to Griffin Park, Lloyd, now based in Australia, answered a few questions on that day and his time as a Brentford player.

Were the preparations for the Sunderland game any different to the league matches?

The preparation was really the same as all the games we played that season. The gaffer [Martin Allen] always went into every game one at a time. The only difference was going to be our style of play. He saw they had a weakness in their back line and for the boys to hit me on the diagonal to get DJ [Campbell] in behind. 

When did you know you were playing?

We knew the starting XI on the Friday before the game, as we worked on some shape play for the game.  

When you stepped onto Griffin Park’s pitch, what was the atmosphere like?

It was electric to be fair. I remember it being a full house and our fans singing and chanting all game. 

What happened at half-time when you went back into the changing rooms?

It was 0-0 at HT. The gaffer said to keep to the game plan and keep doing what we were doing. 

Had you ever heard Griffin Park roar like it did when we opened the scoring that day?

The noise that day only really compares to two other times. In 2002 when we had the final game of season vs Reading and almost went us and also vs Peterborough the year before when everyone got in free and it was packed. 

When the referee blew the final whistle, what went through your mind?

I was ecstatic. It was a great feeling knowing we've just beaten a Premier League team.  

How long did it take you to come down from the clouds after such a big win?

Till the Monday morning at training because we had a big weekend of partying with the boys...lol. 

Are you still in touch with the other lads on the pitch that day?

Yes I am. I'm still very close with Stuart Nelson, we talk at least once a month. DJ and Gayley [Marcus Gayle] also from time to time. 

What’s Griffin Park mean to you?

It's my family. I love the place. Fans and staff alike are my second family. They showed me so much respect on and off the pitch.

The Bees and Sunderland meet again this season so let’s make it another day to remember by coming down to Griffin Park in number on Saturday 21 October. Tickets are available to previous ticket purchasers from £25 Adults and only £8 Juniors so book your place at Griffin Park online now.  


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