DANNY Cowley paused his post-match press conference after Huddersfield Town beat Queens Park Rangers to follow former club Concord Rangers' exploits in the FA Trophy.

While Cowley - the former FitzWimarc School teacher - was going through his media briefing, the Beach Boys' third round tie with Leamington went to penalties.

Cowley, who enjoyed a productive spell at the Aspect Arena alongside brother Nicky and current Concord chief Danny Scopes, was full of joy when is was confirmed the National League South side had recorded a 4-3 penalty shoot-out win following a 2-2 draw after extra-time.

“I love that football club and I’m so pleased for everybody," said Cowley, who took charge of Championship outfit Huddersfield in September.

“It’s such a wonderful football club. It’s a family club. My dad went on Tuesday [for the Beach Boys' Essex Senior Cup win over Chelmsford City] to the game and they’re so good to him.

“I’ll be forever grateful for the start they gave us in football.

“We had eight wonderful years there and managed to take the club from the Essex Senior League - step five of non-league - to the National League South, which is step two.

“Nicky would have played in the first seven years but then we signed Alex Woodyard and he was better than Nicky.

“Nicky started coaching and we have actually done better since he retired, so we’re not sure whether he is a really good coach or a really bad player.

“It’s wonderful for that club to get to the last eight.

“In terms of size and support, it’s not even the biggest club on Canvey Island, so it’s unbelievable.

“They tweeted last night ‘Sleep well, be ready’.

“I always used to text that and even at Huddersfield now I send all the players a message the night before a game and I finish it with ‘Sleep well, be ready’.”

And Cowley also took to social media to congratulate Concord.

"Congratulations to everyone associated with Concord Rangers," tweeted Cowley.

"An amazing achievement from just the best football club!"