Danny Cowley to lead his Concord Rangers team against Dutch star Edgar Davids' Barnet in FA Cup (From Echo)
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Danny Cowley to lead his Concord Rangers team against Dutch star Edgar Davids' Barnet in FA Cup
DANNY Cowley says he’s looking forward to comparing playing careers with Dutch legend Edgar Davids when they meet in the FA Cup next week.
Cowley’s Conference South newcomers Concord Rangers, who progressed with a 2-1 win over Histon on Saturday, were drawn away to Davids’ Conference Premier heavyweights Barnet in one of the stand-out ties of the fourth qualifying round.
Both men established themselves as combative midfielders, but Cowley, who came through the ranks at Romford and Hornchurch, was the first to admit the similarities then become stretched with a player who was part of great Ajax and Juventus sides, and also captained the Netherlands with distinction.
“It’ll be interesting to come up against Edgar Davids and I’ll enjoy comparing playing careers and earnings with him – in fact I’ll suggest we can even do a swap if he wants!” said PE teacher Cowley, who had hordes of FitzWimarc School pupils surrounding a radio and signing Concord Rangers songs as the draw was made live on TalkSport yesterday.
“I’m happy with the draw. You either want a winnable home tie or one of the big guns away. And they don’t come much bigger at this stage than Barnet.
“As an individual game it is certainly going to be the biggest game in our FA Cup history. They got more than 2,000 people there for the home game with Wrexham on Sunday so they attract big crowds and it will be a great experience for us.
“But we are away to Weston-Super-Mare in the league and at home to Waltham Abbey in the Essex Senior Cup before this match, so we need to focus on those games first.
“But the Barnet game will excite everyone and we’ll go there with nothing to lose and it will be a cup final for us.”
Davids has rarely been out of the headlines since taking over at as player-manager at Barnet 12 months ago.
His Bees were relegated from League Two and into the non league in April on goal difference, and there were reports last month he missed an away game with Gateshead because he was in Los Angeles visiting the Playboy Mansion.
On Sunday, the 40-year-old, nicknamed the Pitbull, was one of three men sent off for elbowing Wrexham’s Steven Wright in the face in a match screened live on TV.
Cowley said: “He’s quite a character and he’s always played the game with his heart on his sleeve. But for us it just catches the imagination that it’s Barnet and Edgar Davids we’re up against. He was one of the top five players of his generation, and that just makes it even more exciting.”
Elsewhere in the draw, Concord’s island rivals Canvey were handed a winnable looking tie at Calor Gas Southern Premier League side Biggleswade Town, who play at the same level as the Gulls.
The Waders have claimed the scalp of Dean Holdsworth’s Chelmsford City during their run in the competition this year, but Canvey boss Danny Heale says they’ll travel to Bedfordshire in confident mood.
He said: “It’s a massive opportunity for us to progress. Concord will go to Barnet not expecting to win, but we will fancy our chances at Biggleswade.
“Listening to the draw on TalksSport made the hairs on the back of your neck stand-up and we know that if we can get past Biggleswade we could face Wolves, Sheffield United or even Southend in the next round. Which would be great for the club.”
Both ties are scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 26.