After Tuesday night’s epic Quarter Final victory we thought we would give Scopesy 24 hours rest before gathering his thoughts on the club reaching the semi-finals of the FA Trophy. So how is Scopesy feeling now?
“Look I’m extremely proud of all my player’s after Tuesday night, but I see how much they care and how well they wish to do week in, week out, that alone makes me proud of them. Their hard work deserves night’s like Tuesday’s. I can’t underestimate how proud I am of them. It’s just not the player’s though, my coaching staff…all of them are new to this level of football. They make me proud as I see them develop and work so hard for the benefit of the team. Each of them makes sure that the team is ready in every single aspect, for every single game.”
Has what happened on Tuesday night and the achievement made by the club sunk in yet?
“Tuesday night is one competition, and I immediately come to terms with it straight after the final whistle. The next cup-tie is in the bank, and my focus switched straight to Chelmsford on Saturday, and how we are going to compete for much needed points in the league. We deserve to be higher in the league, based on our performances this season, and we need to take some points in the forthcoming league games to show that. Our focus can’t be entirely on the FA Trophy.
I’ve never seen the stadium as packed as it was on Tuesday night. How much difference does that make to you and the players?
The atmosphere was excellent, and to see so many faces I know and some new faces, makes me proud of this little club and what it stands for. My boys know that not every game is going to have 900+ watching and they stay focussed on the game in hand. Any support in any game will help us, but I believe the noise of the home fans inspired us, and carried over the line for the win in a very tough match.”
Coming off the pitch at the end of the game, you could see the emotion in all the volunteer’s faces, what did that mean to you?
“I am totally in touch with the emotions and the work the volunteers do for this club, as I have been and still am really, one of those volunteers working for the best outcomes for Concord Rangers. The pressure to make them smile and give them all…be that, supporters, volunteers, more night’s like Tuesday night, is what drives me on. To give them these occasions is why I work as hard as I can for the club.”
We can’t finish this interview, without talking about the cup run as a whole though. It’s wrong to pick out a single player, but how proud are you of the team’s efforts in this FA Trophy run?
“Totally right, it is never about the individual for me, we don’t have heroes. We have hardworking people that come together to perform and fight for results in every game. We work as a collective, to be successful and the group is showing that as you can see…the team comes first and working hard together makes us stronger, and results like Tuesday night happen.”
Scopesy was chatting to Chris Clark.