Cheltenham Town v Yate in the FA Cup: Iddles hoping for an upset in clash of former clubs
DANNY Iddles is a genuine Yate Town legend, who also spent two seasons with Cheltenham Town.
The Wotton-under-Edge based striker was part of the Yate squad that won promotion from the Hellenic League to the Southern League for the first time in 1989.
He then spent a year at Forest Green before a season with Trowbridge Town, joining the Robins in 1992.
He later returned to Yate, spending a total of nine years at Lodge Road and making more than 300 appearance for the Bluebells.
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Iddles also spent three seasons as assistant manager to Martin Durnell at Yate.
Having spent such a large chunk of his career at Lodge Road, Iddles admits he will be hoping for an FA Cup upset at Whaddon Road tomorrow, but he looks back fondly on his spell with the Robins.
"I loved my time at Cheltenham and we were seen as a big fish in a small pond in what was then known as the Beazer Homes League Premier Division," Iddles said.
"I played against Bournemouth in the FA Cup second round replay at Dean Court.
"We had some great players like Archie Howells, who stood out for me, Bob Bloomer and Jimmy Smith, who scored goals for fun.
"If the tie tomorrow was at Yate I'd give them more of a chance, but the way Cheltenham are playing and the fact it's at Whaddon Road means they should win comfortably."
Having joined Cheltenham as a centre forward, Iddles filled in as an emergency defender following an injury to goalkeeper Alan Nicholls.
"Bob Bloomer took over in goal and I went to centre-half.
"I played there in a 5-1 win at Gloucester City and ended up playing there for most of my second season and from then I was classed as a utility man."
It was Iddles that persuaded his neighbour Steve Jones to join Cheltenham for a trial in the summer of 1993 and he was soon impressing enough to earn a move into the professional ranks with Swansea City.
"He ended up taking my place in the side after I was responsible for bringing him along to Cheltenham!" Iddles said.
"He only lives about 200 yards from me now in Wotton and he went on to have a good career in the pro game."
Iddles was diagnosed with diabetes 17 years ago and was told he should give up football, but he continued to play for several years before hanging up his boots.
Now 47, he has been a season ticket holder at Championship club Wolves since 2003.
He works as a service engineer for Dyson and is married with three children two of whom play for Wotton Rovers' youth teams.