Exactly, it should be like FA Cup Final day used to be, you wake up and the joyous realisation of it being THAT day floods into your mind, your thoughts unavoidably shifting back to it every fifteen or so minutes throughout the day, nerves as kick off draws nearer yadda yadda. What is wrong with people?
Even though both clubs have recruited from all 4 corners of the globe, the people that work at each club, such as admin staff, cleaners, etc. will be locals and more than likely fans.
It will be these people who will be getting into the players and letting them know how important this game is. I remember when Holloway was manager up the road, he seemed to get irked that club staff and fans were going on at him about how much the game means. He definitely seemed frustrated when in his pre-match press conference he ranted on about the rivalry.
But in short, yes, I think both playing staffs are well aware what is at stake.
Definitely excited. More so because, 2 minutes into a video interview for a job i really wanted, the guy interviewing me lifted his mug to take a swig, and it had the Eagle emblazoned across it. I immediately referenced it. And Mondays game. In hindsight, not sure my "strongly expressed" views have helped my cause much.