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Drax cements his place in Magpies' folklore

One man with a bit of FA Cup experience is Maidenhead United manager Johnson Hippolyte - better known as Drax.

Hippolyte (pictured) rose to prominence by guiding Yeading to an FA Cup third round appearance against Newcastle, with striker DJ Campbell catching the eye and going on to play in the Premier League.

Drax has enjoyed more success as manager of Maidenhead United since and, after the Magpies' win against Farnborough in the second qualifying round, his side are preparing for Saturday's visit to York Road of Woking in a third qualifying round clash.

Win, lose or draw on Saturday, Peter Griffin believes he has already been vindicated in his first choice of manager since taking over as Magpies chairman.

This weekend's game also brings back fond memories for United's assistant boss Dereck Brown, a member of the Woking team that pulled off a memorable FA Cup win against West Bromwich Albion. 

Better luck

"With so many lower league teams left in the competition I’m sure both clubs would have hoped for a bit better luck in the third qualifying round draw," said Griffin. "But the team that goes through will soon forget all about that!

"Saturday's match throws up some magical cup memories for our assistant manager Dereck. He is a true Woking legend and one of his many highlights was away to West Brom in the third round of 1991.

"He produced a superb performance and was instrumental in Woking pulling off a 4-2 win, which must surely rank as one of the shocks of all time. The manner of the win and being away from home added to the result itself."

Saturday's FA Cup clash with Woking also sees Hippolyte reach a milestone as United manager.

"This weekend also marks a very special occasion for Drax (with Dereck and David Gumbs) as we reach their milestone of five years in charge," added Griffin.

Third longest serving manager

"Drax’s first match in charge was versus Dover Athletic on October 21 in 2006 in the FA Trophy, although he took charge several days prior to this game. The result was a 3-1 victory.

"With 259 matches he is the third longest serving manager in the club's history behind Alan Devonshire (349) and Len Townsend (473)."

Hippolyte's status as one of Maidenhead's longest-serving managers has been well earned.

"Under Drax's management we have won 102, drawn 52 and lost 105," Griffin said. "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. 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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