The champagne was being sprayed about by the Barnsley players as they celebrated FA Cup giantkilling of Chelsea when there was a knock on the dressing room door.
Standing there was John Terry and the home changing room at Oakwell fell silent when he stepped inside to congratulate Barnsley on their 1-0 victory.
Simon Davey, who was Tykes manager for that famous success in 2008, has not forgotten Terry’s classy act.
“The celebrations were going on in the dressing room, the champagne’s going off, next thing there’s a knock on the door and John Terry’s there,” he said.
“He came in and said ‘well done boys, that was a fantastic game, you deserved to win, good luck in the semi-finals’.
“It was a surreal moment. That was the first time I’d known that happen for an opposition player to say that, and it carried more weight because he was the Chelsea and England captain.
“That’s testament to him as a man and it meant a huge deal to my players. They were elated to get the result, but then to get that knock on the door was the icing on the cake.”
Kayode Odejayi scored the only goal and Davey insists Barnsley’s win, which came after their victory at Liverpool in the previous round, was deserved.
“The previous week I’d gone to watch them play a European tie at Stamford Bridge and I was frightened to death when I saw what they were capable of,” he said.
“Sometimes you can steal a result and get the swag bag out, but it wasn’t like that. We worked on a gameplan and it worked to a tee. We had a fair bit of possession, created chances and defended fantastically to a man.”
Davey, 50, has been in the US since 2012 and is executive director of the Southern Soccer Academy in Marietta, Georgia, and general manager of their senior side, the SSA Kings.
Ironically their academy has a development partnership with Chelsea and Davey says tonight’s tie has brought back a few memories.
“Our win comes up every now and again,” he smiled. “It’s great that I’m in charge of this out here and that I have a history back in England, and was involved in games like that.
“I’ve got nearly every one of the players on Facebook. I keep an eye on all their careers and some have retired from football and others are still involved.
“I’ll be watching and Barnsley definitely have a chance. They had a poor start, but they seem to have found a manager they can support.”
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