Gary Warren says he was pleased to see brother Tom help Yate knock Newport out of FA Cup
10:05am Thursday 28th February 2013 in Sport
Tom Warren, brother of Gary Warren, was part of Yate Town side that beat Newport to reach FA Cup first round
GARY WARREN admits he felt mixed emotions when Yate Town were drawn against Newport County in the FA Cup earlier this season.
The 28-year-old from Olveston made a name for himself during his three seasons as captain of the Welsh side and if he decided to stay at the club beyond last summer he could have faced younger brother Tom, who was part of the Yate side that reached the first round.
However, Warren insists family loyalties meant he wanted Yate to go through and he was delighted when they caused a giant-killing act by winning the fourth qualifying round replay 3-1 at Rodney Parade to set up a meeting with League Two side Cheltenham Town after drawing the first game 3-3 at Lodge Road.
“The family would’ve loved watching us play against each other,” said Warren. “The cup run of Yate’s was remarkable and a testament to the side they’ve got down there.
“I speak to my brother a few times a week so I was pleased for him. “He’s worked hard and been there a few years when they haven’t had much success. “The cup run is something the club can look back on and playing against Cheltenham was a great success story for the area.
“I played for Newport for a few years and they helped me so I owe a lot to them but I knew how much Tom wanted it and how hard he worked.
“I spoke to him in the lead up and told him to enjoy it.”