Memory lane for Hughton
English Barclays Premiership
Chris Hughton will take fond memories back to Griffin Park on Tuesday.
Current reserve team manager and a legend at the Lane, Hughton finished his playing career at Brentford in April 1993. We now travel back to Griffin Park for the second time in as many seasons for a Worthington Cup tie.
He joined the Bees from West Ham in February 1992 and played his part as they were promoted to the First Division as champions. His next season brought a special bonus - a League Cup tie with Spurs - before injury finally ended a 14-year professional career.
Hughton recalled: "I was very fortunate. I moved to Brentford when they were at the right end of the table and if you look at my career the one thing that had eluded me was a championship medal. It was great to put that right.
"Brentford knew I wanted to move into coaching and the management team of Phil Holder and Wilf Rostron were great with me and allowed me to take a couple of sessions.
"It was a valuable experience for me. I had played most of my football in what you would term the top flight but this gave me the opportunity to see how things work at that level. It was a very, very good time for me and it's always nice to go back there."
We don't need reminding of the tough task ahead in this second round, first leg encounter. We played Brentford at the same stage of the competition in September 1998 and found ourselves behind in both legs before winning both 3-2. Of course, we went on to win the trophy at Wembley.
"It will be a very difficult game," added Hughton. "If you look at Brentford's league position at the moment it's not the best of starts but this is another derby and they will raise their game for it, particularly as this first leg is at their place.
"The players will be made aware of what can happen in these games and told to apply themselves as if it was a Premiership fixture."