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Heyrettin Trophy memories

3 July 2012

Manager of two-time winners Grays lifted The FA Trophy with Wycombe.

Saturday's forthcoming  FA Carlsberg Trophy First Round Qualifying match with Whyteleafe has evoked fond memories for Grays Athletic manager Hakan Heyrettin.

The 41-year-old, who succeeded Julian Dicks as manager of the two-time winners in the summer, won the competition as a player with Wycombe Wanderers in 1993.

"I remember walking out and seeing over 30,000 people at Wembley - the majority of them Wycombe supporters. It was a great atmosphere, a great day and I'll never ever forget it," he said.

"I'll be telling my boys to go out and enjoy the occasion. Go out and enjoy it - you win this you may get a bigger scalp. You win that one and you may get an even bigger scalp.

"Are Grays Athletic going to win it? No, but at least they can have a fantastic run and see where it takes us, a bit of kudos for the club."

Heyrettin is fully aware of the club's previous in the competition - they won The FA Trophy in 2005 and 2006 - and he hopes to return the glory days to Rookery Hill.

He said: "They were fantastic times for Grays and they shouldn't really be where they are, they're only there by default. Great times and we have to try and make sure we get back up there.

"We've just re-signed Stuart Thurgood - we've got him back, that's good news, he's obviously won it as a player as well [in 2005 and 2006]."

The Gravelmen currently lead the Isthmian League Division One North after their first ten games of the season.

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