Twice in 10 years, Brentford were rewarded for an FA Cup giant-killing with a trip to The Valley in the next round – and both times, the carrot being dangled was a visit to Anfield for the winners.
In February 1996, David Webb's Bees side, having knocked Norwich City out in the third round, put up an almighty fight against Charlton in the fourth, but dreams of Liverpool were shattered when they crashed out 3-2, despite goals from Barry Ashby and Paul Smith.
Almost exactly a decade later – or 10 years and 11 days to be exact – Martin Allen's Brentford side, having knocked out Sunderland in the fourth round, once again made the journey across London for the fifth round.
Once again, Liverpool away awaited the victors, but once more Charlton broke Brentford's hearts, with Isaiah Rankin's late goal barely a consolation after goals from future England players Darren Bent and Jay Bothroyd, as well as a Bryan Hughes strike, put the hosts 3-0 up.
Two other future England internationals in the Charlton side were Luke Young and Chris Perry, while ex-Bee Herman Hreidarsson lined up against former team-mates like Kevin O'Connor and Lloyd Owusu.
The Bees lined up with Stuart Nelson in goal, behind a back five of O'Connor, Sam Tillen, Andy Frampton, Sam Sodje and former Charlton man Michael Turner. Ricky Newman, Jay Tabb and Darren Pratley formed a midfield trio, with Marcus Gayle partnering Owusu up front. Rankin came on as a sub, along with Paul Brooker and Ryan Peters, while John Mousinho and Ade Bankole stayed on the bench.
Brentford had clocked up the miles in the cup that season, winning at Rochdale and Stockport and drawing at Oldham before beating them in a Griffin Park replay.
It was a second cup run in as many seasons for the Bees under Allen, with the previous season's ending in a heroic fifth round replay exit to Southampton. Sadly, also like the previous season, 2005-06 ended in League One play-off heartache for Allen's troops.
Brentford and Charlton last met three seasons ago, the Addicks doing the double over the Bees, winning 1-0 at Griffin Park and 2-0 at The Valley on their way to winning the League One title, but Brentford won 3-0 at The Valley in the JPT earlier in the season, thanks to goals from O'Connor, Blair Adams and Toumani Diagouraga.
Overall, Charlton have the upper hand over Brentford. The two sides have met 46 times in league and cup competition, with the Addicks winning 23 and Brentford 15, and eight clashes ending all square.
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