“I enjoyed the FA Cup during my playing days and it’s no less significant as a Head Coach; this is a competition with great history and one which we won’t be taking lightly.”
From the Dugout: Head Coach on meeting The Magpies
“Reaching the latter stages of a cup competition can raise Brentford’s profile, providing a national platform to showcase the positive activities in which the club is involved.”
From the Boardroom: Chief Executive, Mark Devlin, looks ahead to the start of another FA Cup campaign
“It’s been a stunning transformation over the last year or so and, whatever happens, they have brought some pride back to Meadow Lane after a couple of tough seasons.”
Hot off the Press: With Leigh Curtis of the Nottingham Post
“It’s great for the B Team boys to look across and see that the Head Coach is willing to put his trust in younger players.”
Solid Foundations: Chris Mepham has gone from strength to strength since making his First-Team debut in last season’s FA Cup, signing a new five-year contract in the summer and turning in a series of impressive displays for both Club and country. BEES sat down with Chris to discuss the pathway between The Bees’ two squads.
“Not only was I worried about playing again, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to walk again. I was out for about 11 months, four of which were spent on my back.”
First, Best, Worst: From breaking a leg at Bournemouth to a baptism of fire at Griffin Park, we chat to former right-back Brian Statham about his first, best and worst experiences in professional football.
“Griffin Park was a quagmire and The Bees were in pinstripes. Even a pitch invasion by one devastated City fan wielding an inflatable banana couldn’t dampen the mood.”
Park Life: Nick Bruzon on clichés, upsets and televised ties
“Our big box television would be decorated with draping a woollen football scarf with the colours of our chosen team. On the top would be a miniature replica of the FA Cup, straight out of the Subbuteo box.”
Cup Fever: David Ohl discusses his love for the FA Cup
“The assembled squad wasn’t good enough for League One and my first game was a heavy home defeat to Huddersfield Town. Things deteriorated from that point onwards - it’s fair to say I wasn’t exactly a fans’ favourite!”
Last Word: Ben Burgess reflects on his time with The Magpies
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