Beags wanted Nuneaton clash

Last updated : 04 January 2006 By Daniel Elwes
The 40-year-old faced one of his old clubs - Bradford City - last week and takes on another in the Blues in the FA Cup third round.

He enjoyed a successful spell as a player at Maine Road in the mid-90s and cannot wait to play at their brand new City Of Manchester Stadium for the first time.

“The cup draw has thrown up a couple of interesting lines as I go back to City while the two managers are Brian Laws and Stuart Pearce, former team-mates at Nottingham Forest," he told the Oldham Chronicle.

“While a lot of people were looking for Scunthorpe to get a glamour tie for the financial rewards, I was hoping we landed the winners of the Nuneaton/Histon replay.

“I would have loved to have drawn them to get the chance to progress further and then, possibly, land a plum tie.

“But in the event of us not picking out Nuneaton/Histon I was hoping for a big Premiership side - and for me either City or Everton would have been the dream pairing.

“We will not fear City but we will give them respect. We know we could lose heavily, but upsets happen in the FA Cup.

“Our tie against City provides romance as well as providing a financial lifeline to a small club like ourselves.”

Beagrie sat out Monday's game with Bournemouth as manager Brian Laws switched to a 4-3-3 formation, but he is likely to return to face his former club at Eastlands on Saturday afternoon.