Hammers cup tie sees Gary meet up with old pals

Home boy: Owls boss Gary Megson is happy with FA Cup draw
Home boy: Owls boss Gary Megson is happy with FA Cup draw
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GARY Megson has told The Star he is looking forward to seeing some familiar faces when Sheffield Wednesday entertain West Ham in the third round of the FA Cup next month.

The Hammers squad includes Rob Green, who was a young player at Norwich when Megson was manager there, and Kevin Nolan, Joey O’Brien and Matt Taylor, who all played under the Owls boss at Bolton.

It promises to be a stern test of Wednesday’s credentials as West Ham boast the best away record in the Championship, having chalked up seven wins from 10 outings on the road, including the last four at Middlesbrough, Coventry, Hull and Brighton.

Megson said: “It will be nice to see a few players I know. It’s a good draw for us because we’re at home against an attractive side. Possibly it could be more difficult because of their away record.”

The tie at Hillsborough is set to be played between January 7-8.

It is no secret the league is the priority for Megson and he is targeting a fifth straight victory in all competitions at Oldham this weekend. Indeed, the Owls have crept into the top two in League One after suffering just one loss in their last 11 matches.

“We just want to keep winning all the time, regardless of what competition we’re in,” insisted Megson.

Wednesday’s impressive form has resulted in Megson being nominated for the League One Manager of the Month award for November. He led them to back-to-back victories over Tranmere and Leyton Orient and a goalless draw at home to Brentford.

Charlton chief Chris Powell, MK Dons’ Karl Robinson and Bury’s Richie Barker are also in contention for the prize. Powell is in pole position to scoop the award after watching his Addicks squad stretch their league at the top to seven points.

Author Andy Cooper will be signing copies and giving a talk about his biography of Eric Taylor this Saturday, from 12.30pm to 2pm, at Blackwell’s book shop at the university campus in Howard Street, Sheffield city centre. The book was published recently as a tribute to the man who served the Owls for 45 years, as secretary, manager and general manager, and was known as Mr Sheffield Wednesday.