ARLESEY Town manager Rufus Brevett is looking forward to catching up with Sean Joyce when his side take on Bideford in the Southern League tomorrow.
Brevett made his Doncaster Rovers debut as a 19-year-old in 1988 – Joyce’s last year in the Yorkshire club’s midfield.
The left back went on to make 109 appearances for Doncaster and play almost 200 games for both QPR and Fulham while Joyce became a mainstay in Torquay United’s midfield.
“We go back quite a long way,” said Brevett. “He was a tenacious midfield player and a bit of a joker around the changing room.
“It was great catching up with him last season (when Arlesey won 1-0 at the Sports Ground in March) and I’m really looking forward to seeing him.
“I hadn’t seen him for 20-odd years but it was like I had only seen him yesterday.
“He just said welcome to non-League – with a big grin.”
Brevett took charge at Arlesey in November last year and led them to a 15th-place finish in the Premier Division. They are currently 19th with four points from six games – one point more than Bideford.
The Bedfordshire side are repeating the preparations that brought them their win at the Sports Ground in the last meeting.
Brevett told BBC London's Phil Parry: "It’s a long trip and we’re trying to do it right – we’re going up tonight. We did that last year and got a decent result.
“We’ll be looking to kick-start our season and hopefully this can be the start of a bit of a run for us.”