THEO IS STILL BIG FAN OF THE CUP

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Matt Bad­cock

FROM ad­min­is­tra­tion to Europe, Theo Paphi­tis’ time as Mill­wall chair­man was cer­tainly event­ful.

The former Den chief, best known for ap­pear­ing on TV show Drag­ons’ Den, also saw the Lon­don club reach the FA Cup fi­nal.

This weekend, the Lions host Pre­mier League Bournemouth in the third round of the fa­mous com­pe­ti­tion, and Paphi­tis – an am­bas­sador for Prostate Can­cer UK – be­lieves the magic still lives on.

“I don’t think it could be ever taken away,” he said. “I can re­mem­ber the FA Cup when I was a kid. I used to start the day in front of the TV. In the morn­ing, the teams would leave their ho­tels and they used to have a he­li­copter fol­low­ing the team bus.

“It was the build-up, and you never dreamt for one minute you’d ever be part of it, or play a part in it.”

Neil Har­ris was bang­ing in the goals when Paphi­tis was in the stands be­fore the club leg­end be­came man­ager in 2015.

“Neil’s bril­liant,” Paphi­tis said. “I speak to him reg­u­larly and he’s do­ing a great job. Ob­vi­ously he’s lim­ited in bud­get, but when he was in the team it was so much about pas­sion.”

DRAGON: Theo Paphi­tis

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