FA Cup: Gateshead can enjoy West Brom tie - Gary Mills

Gary Mills wants his Gateshead players to "show what they are about" when they face Premier League side West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup next month.

It is the first time they have reached that stage since the 1954-55 season.

"We want to enjoy it but we have to go down there with the goal that if we don't win, we bring them back to our stadium," said manager Mills.

He told BBC Newcastle: "We've got to go and show what we're all about. It's something different for us."

The arrival of ex-York boss Mills at Gateshead last season culminated in a run to the Conference play-off final at Wembley in May, which ended in defeat by Cambridge.

Gary Mills
Gary Mills once scored for Nottingham Forest at West Bromwich Albion during his playing career

That success has continued this term, with the club among the promotion hopefuls and now also involved in a profitable FA Cup run.

"I want us to get into the Football League and play at Football League grounds. This is a big, big game and I wanted to keep bringing big games to everyone," Mills added.

"We'll take a good following and it's another opportunity to show what we're all about."

While for some of his players the trip to Albion will be a new experience, for Mills it will bring back happy memories of his own playing career.

"I scored at The Hawthorns for Nottingham Forest, so I'll have to get a clip of that for the lads," he said.

"I nearly signed for them before I signed for Leicester when Brian Talbot was there. That move didn't happen in the end but I do have some background and history with West Brom."