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Graham Westley out to right Newcastle 'injustice'

Graham Westley
Westley's first managerial position was with Kingstonian

Stevenage boss Graham Westley knows the full importance of Saturday's FA Cup tie with Newcastle to his club's fans.

Boro's controversial third round defeat to the Magpies 13 years ago still rankles with many Stevenage supporters.

And, after finally guiding Boro to the Football League in May, Westley has another old 'injustice' to put right.

"I got a text from a fan saying 'You've sorted out one of the wrongs, now go and sort out the other one'," he told BBC Three Counties Radio.

In 1996 Stevenage won the Conference, but were denied promotion to the Football League because their ground was not deemed to meet league requirements before a deadline earlier in the season.

Then, two years later Boro came off second best in an FA Cup fourth round tie with Premier League Newcastle.

Fans are part of the club and with all of that history that lies there you just know it's going to come to the fore

Stevenage boss Graham Westley/CPS:NAME>

The Magpies were held 1-1 at Broadhall Way after trying to get the tie switched to St James' Park.

And the Geordies were then 2-1 winners in the replay on Tyneside, with uncertainty surrounding Alan Shearer's opening goal, replays suggesting that the former England striker's header failed to cross the line.

"1996 was before my time," points out Westley. "But the fans said to me the job is to fulfil the club's destiny and get it into the Football League.

"Everyone felt there was a sense of injustice in '96 and I know there's a similar sense about '98.

"I guess I get an opportunity to put myself in folklore. I think with fans, irrespective of whether the chairman or players change, fans are part of the club and with all of that history that lies there you just know it's going to come to the fore."

While many supporters will be dwelling on what has occurred in the past, this year's clash could go some way to bolstering the finances of the Hertfordshire side.

But Westley, who led Farnborough in a 5-1 FA Cup defeat by Arsenal seven years ago, will not be putting pressure on the club's board for extra transfer funds.

"Once a year I go to the chairman and negotiate the budget, and if he feels the club is in a situation to improve the circumstances of the budget then obviously that's a decision that gets taken then," he said.

"There's very much a long term plan in the chairman's mind and he may choose to use money to support the building of a new stand, develop the training ground or invest in the academy structure.

"I don't know what the board is thinking on those things - I'm not someone who gets involved in those things."



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