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Drax earns his place in Magpies hall of fame

Maidenhead United manager Johnson Hippolyte is fast becoming a legend at York Road.

Better known as Drax, Hippolyte (pictured) enjoyed managerial success with Yeading before joining the Magpies.

He guided Yeading to the third round of the FA Cup and an appearance against Newcastle, with striker DJ Campbell catching the eye and going on to play in the Premier League.

Drax has enjoyed further success as manager of Maidenhead United since and, after the Magpies' wins against Blue Square Bet South rivals Farnborough and Woking in this season's FA Cup competition, he has his sights set on some more FA Cup glory.

Third longest serving manager 

But that is not all they are celebrating at Maidenhead, as Drax has now been in charge at York Road for five years and is the club's third longest serving manager, with 260 games under his belt.

Peter Griffin believes he has already been vindicated in his first choice of manager since taking over as Magpies chairman.

"He is the third longest serving manager in the club's history behind Alan Devonshire (349) and Len Townsend (473)," said Griffin. "We have had some brilliant times with promotion via the play-offs, appearances in the FA Cup first round after a 35 year gap and County Cup success.

"Finishing sixth in the Conference South in 2008 is our highest league finish in the modern game."

Griffin added: "Drax is the only managerial appointment I have made and I like to think it shows I know my stuff!

"Here’s to many more years with Drax as Maidenhead United manager."


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