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Wembley dream drives Johnnie on

Gaffer previews first group game

30 August 2022

Match Previews

Wembley dream drives Johnnie on

Gaffer previews first group game

30 August 2022

Looking ahead to our first Papa John’s Trophy fixture of the season, Johnnie Jackson admitted that he has a burning desire to experience the home of football once again.

With a clash against Aston Villa Under-21s on the horizon our manager has been taking a trip down memory lane as he discussed the ultimate prize that lies at the end of the knockout competition.

“I never played at Wembley as a player and it’s probably one of the biggest regrets of my career,” he reflected. “I was involved as an assistant manager at Wembley when Charlton Athletic got promotion and it’s up there as one of the highlights. It’s a fond memory. I’m keen to manage there one day.”

Watch the full interview on our Official YouTube Channel. 

When it comes to achieving promotions, Johnnie is a man well versed in knowing what it takes to lift the ultimate prizes – having lifted both the League One and Two titles during his playing stints with the Addicks and Notts County.

Given the choice between a play-off final win and automatic promotion, our manager is under no illusions as to which he’d prefer as a coach.

“It’s a good question! I think going up via the play-offs is probably the best way to do it,” he said. “But you’d also love to get an automatic promotion and be done with it. Unfortunately the play-offs is no guarantee, so give me automatic!”

As for Tuesday’s group game, the gaffer is relishing the opportunity to get more wins on the board as he continues to develop a mentality of achievement within our first-team squad.

“As always it’s an opportunity for the football club to win matches, so whatever team I put out, it’ll be one that I expect to win and compete. The further you go, you do start to have one eye on other things. We’re looking forward to the game as it comes at a good time for us.

“You have to utilise your squad, there’s no getting away from it. The games offer opportunities to players that haven’t played as much so far but it’s still important for them to get those minutes in and show what they can do. Everyone needs to be ready.”

Get your ticket for tonight's game

You can watch our opening Group J match in the competition on Tuesday (7 pm kick-off) by snapping up your ticket for £14 (Concessions - £12, 17 years and under - £5).

Buy now from our online ticket shop or in person from our club reception.

The stadium will open for supporters at 6.00 pm tonight with fans who have booked hospitality permitted to enter from 5.30 pm. 

PICS: Stephen Flynn and Ian Stephen (Pro Sports Images)

 


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