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FA Cup first round draw: Hyde United (eighth tier) host MK Dons

  7:28PM And that's the draw The excitement is over! No more balls will be drawn! Morecambe vs Hartlepool is pretty good, Doncaster will visit either East Thurrock or Ebsfleet. Hyde vs MK Dons is a brilliant tie for the minnows. I was really hoping for a Slough vs Swindon draw, purely for Office quotes.  7:25PM Eighth tier Hyde will play MK Dons! The crowd goes wild in the BBC studio as the draw is announced. That's the big club the players wanted. 7:24PM Lads, can we please have some music Or something. This draw is not one of the most exciting things I've ever seen on television. That Liverpool vs Man Utd game on Saturday was more entertaining. 7:21PM AFC Wimbledon vs Lincoln City AFC Wimbledon are one of the clubs to have benefited immensely from TV money brought by the FA Cup and they are drawn against Lincoln City.  7:19PM Some more fixtures for you Peterborough Utd v Tranmere Cambridge Utd v Sutton Utd Forest Green Rovers v Macclesfield Town AFC Fylde v Kidderminster Harriers Luton v Portsmouth Shrewsbury v Aldershot Hereford v AFC Telford Utd Guiseley v Accrington Stanley Blackburn Rovers v Barnet 7:16PM No huge match ups so far Bradford City v Chesterfield Port Vale v Oxford Utd Newport County v Walsall Morecambe v Hartlepool Utd 7:14PM And it's set of balls number eight And Lancelot is the FA Cup draw machine for tonight. What a hilarious National Lottery joke. And the first fixture is Stevenage vs Nantwich or Kettering. IT'S ALL KICKING OFF NOW, CLIVE. 7:12PM Your Davids, your Goliaths Hyde, Heybridge Swifts and Ossett Town are the lowest ranked teams in the competition, with all three occupying the eighth tier of English football.  7:10PM David Sharpe The Wigan chairman, grandson of Dave Whelan, fancies Wigan's chances this season. And now it's time for the draw!   7:05PM Who do the small teams want to get in the draw? According to a couple of Hyde football staff (manager and player), the management want to play against a team they can probably beat whereas the players want to draw Blackburn or Charlton - one of the 'big' clubs. Hyde actually own the record for biggest defeat in the FA Cup. A 26-0 hiding (see what I did) by Preston North End. 7:00PM The live coverage begins! Here we go. The draw is being held at Hyde United's ground. Look how cool their sun was earlier: Red sun today. FA Cup draw at Hyde United. Is that an omen. #EmiratesFACuppic.twitter.com/LoZ27mZjKW— Hyde United FC (@hydeunited) October 16, 2017   6:47PM The difference the FA Cup actually makes I wrote this in January about just how much an FA Cup run is worth to a small club. It turns out the answer is everything. The FA awards a prize of £1.8million to the winners of the competition, the kind of short-change a Champions League club might use as a sweetener for a promising youth prospect’s signing-on fee. For non-league side Curzon Ashton just qualifying for the second round of the competition will, and has, had an enormous impact.   Image     Landscape Portrait Square Original/Custom   Edit Selected Crop... Caption:   Description: curzon ashton Agency: GETTY IMAGES Artist:       Edit...   Delete     “It means so much to us a club,” says their CEO Natalie Atkinson. “The FA Cup is enabling us, through prize money, funds gained and TV money to work with the FA and football foundations to replace our 3G pitch next to the stadium.” Curzon Ashton, currently 15th in the National League North, lost 4-3 to AFC Wimbledon in December, conceding four goals in the final 10 minutes of the game. The prize for qualifying for the second round was £27,000, in addition to £18,000 earned from the first round. Those sucker-punch goals prevented a windfall of £67,500 for making it to third round. However, thanks to the wonder of television money, the club received more for their defeat to Wimbledon than they would have if they’d won a non-televised second round match. There's more on the article, if you fancy clicking on it. 6:30PM The magic of the cup This most holy of trophies always produces magical moments and even if a guilty few/most don't pay attention to the competition until their team is involved, those matches between minnows of the lower leagues and giants of... in this case, League One, are always thoroughly enjoyable.  Sutton are looking to make a lot more money from another (pie free) run at the cup this year, Accrington Stanley's involvement will be upping the YouTube view count on this milk advert, and today is the first time I have ever heard of Gainsborough Trinity. Perhaps they will become my new favourite non-league - maybe they'll be yours! It all depends who has to play who - and which of those games the people in charge at BBC decide to broadcast... 6:15PM Good evening! Hello there sports fans. Welcome to our live coverage of what is sure to be a riveting FA Cup first round draw. The action will kick-off at 7:10pm and we'll keep you up to date with the draw as it happens. For right now, that wait should give you time to look at all the nice photographs of that weird looking sun from earlier today. It was like being in Blade Runner. 6:09PM Preview What is it? It's the draw for the first round proper of the FA Cup: the oldest competition in world football.  The first round sees the 48 teams from League One and League Two joined by 32 non-league sides. When is it? Monday October 16. What time is it? The draw itself will begin at 7:10pm on Monday evening. The first round of the FA Cup will take place on Saturday November 4  Credit: AP  What TV channel is it on? The draw will be broadcast live on both BBC Two and BT Sport. Mark Chapman will present the BBC's coverage of the draw in half-hour long episode from 7pm, while BT Sport 3's show will also begin at 7pm.  When will the matches take place?  The first round will take place over the weekend of Friday November 3 to Monday 6 November 2017 Who's in the hat? Sutton United made it to the fifth round of the FA Cup last season  Credit: Getty Images  Three teams from the eighth tier of English football are among the non-league teams in the hat for the first round. Hyde United, who play in the Northern Premier League, beat Scarborough Athletic on Sunday afternoon to book their place in the competition.  Hampton and Richmond, who are coached by Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler, failed in their bid to reach the FA Cup proper after losing to  National League South rivals Truro City. Truro's 2-0 victory over their league rivals means they become the first Cornwal team to reach the FA Cup first round since 1969.  Billericay Town, whose current players include Jamie O'Hara, Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant, will also take their place in the draw.  FA Cup first round numbers 1 ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2 AFC WIMBLEDON 3 BARNET 4 BLACKBURN ROVERS 5 BLACKPOOL 6 BRADFORD CITY 7 BRISTOL ROVERS 8 BURY 9 CAMBRIDGE UNITED 10 CARLISLE UNITED 11 CHARLTON ATHLETIC 12 CHELTENHAM TOWN 13 CHESTERFIELD 14 COLCHESTER UNITED 15 COVENTRY CITY 16 CRAWLEY TOWN 17 CREWE ALEXANDRA 18 DONCASTER ROVERS 19 EXETER CITY 20 FLEETWOOD TOWN 21 FOREST GREEN ROVERS 22 GILLINGHAM 23 GRIMSBY TOWN 24 LINCOLN CITY 25 LUTON TOWN 26 MANSFIELD TOWN 27 MILTON KEYNES DONS 28 MORECAMBE 29 NEWPORT COUNTY 30 NORTHAMPTON TOWN 31 NOTTS COUNTY 32 OLDHAM ATHLETIC 33 OXFORD UNITED 34 PETERBOROUGH UNITED 35 PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 36 PORT VALE 37 PORTSMOUTH 38 ROCHDALE 39 ROTHERHAM UNITED 40 SCUNTHORPE UNITED 41 SHREWSBURY TOWN 42 SOUTHEND UNITED 43 STEVENAGE 44 SWINDON TOWN 45 WALSALL 46 WIGAN ATHLETIC 47 WYCOMBE WANDERERS 48 YEOVIL TOWN 49 TRANMERE ROVERS 50 SOLIHULL MOORS OR OSSETT TOWN 51 HARTLEPOOL UNITED 52 SHAW LANE ASSOCIATION 53 CHORLEY OR BOSTON UNITED 54 AFC TELFORD UNITED 55 GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 56 NANTWICH TOWN OR KETTERING TOWN 57 GATESHEAD 58 GUISELEY 59 AFC FYLDE 60 KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 61 HYDE UNITED 62 MACCLESFIELD TOWN 63 BRACKLEY TOWN OR BILLERICAY TOWN 64 DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE OR LEYTON ORIENT 65 HEREFORD 66 ALDERSHOT TOWN  67 BATH CITY OR CHELMSFORD CITY 68 OXFORD CITY 69 MAIDENHEAD UNITED 70 HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 71 WOKING OR CONCORD RANGERS 72 TRURO CITY 73 DOVER ATHLETIC OR BROMLEY 74 SLOUGH TOWN 75 DARTFORD 76 BOREHAM WOOD 77 MAIDSTONE UNITED OR ENFIELD TOWN 78 LEATHERHEAD 79 SUTTON UNITED 80 EAST THURROCK UNITED OR EBBSFLEET UNITED

FA Cup first round draw: Hyde United (eighth tier) host MK Dons

  7:28PM And that's the draw The excitement is over! No more balls will be drawn! Morecambe vs Hartlepool is pretty good, Doncaster will visit either East Thurrock or Ebsfleet. Hyde vs MK Dons is a brilliant tie for the minnows. I was really hoping for a Slough vs Swindon draw, purely for Office quotes.  7:25PM Eighth tier Hyde will play MK Dons! The crowd goes wild in the BBC studio as the draw is announced. That's the big club the players wanted. 7:24PM Lads, can we please have some music Or something. This draw is not one of the most exciting things I've ever seen on television. That Liverpool vs Man Utd game on Saturday was more entertaining. 7:21PM AFC Wimbledon vs Lincoln City AFC Wimbledon are one of the clubs to have benefited immensely from TV money brought by the FA Cup and they are drawn against Lincoln City.  7:19PM Some more fixtures for you Peterborough Utd v Tranmere Cambridge Utd v Sutton Utd Forest Green Rovers v Macclesfield Town AFC Fylde v Kidderminster Harriers Luton v Portsmouth Shrewsbury v Aldershot Hereford v AFC Telford Utd Guiseley v Accrington Stanley Blackburn Rovers v Barnet 7:16PM No huge match ups so far Bradford City v Chesterfield Port Vale v Oxford Utd Newport County v Walsall Morecambe v Hartlepool Utd 7:14PM And it's set of balls number eight And Lancelot is the FA Cup draw machine for tonight. What a hilarious National Lottery joke. And the first fixture is Stevenage vs Nantwich or Kettering. IT'S ALL KICKING OFF NOW, CLIVE. 7:12PM Your Davids, your Goliaths Hyde, Heybridge Swifts and Ossett Town are the lowest ranked teams in the competition, with all three occupying the eighth tier of English football.  7:10PM David Sharpe The Wigan chairman, grandson of Dave Whelan, fancies Wigan's chances this season. And now it's time for the draw!   7:05PM Who do the small teams want to get in the draw? According to a couple of Hyde football staff (manager and player), the management want to play against a team they can probably beat whereas the players want to draw Blackburn or Charlton - one of the 'big' clubs. Hyde actually own the record for biggest defeat in the FA Cup. A 26-0 hiding (see what I did) by Preston North End. 7:00PM The live coverage begins! Here we go. The draw is being held at Hyde United's ground. Look how cool their sun was earlier: Red sun today. FA Cup draw at Hyde United. Is that an omen. #EmiratesFACuppic.twitter.com/LoZ27mZjKW— Hyde United FC (@hydeunited) October 16, 2017   6:47PM The difference the FA Cup actually makes I wrote this in January about just how much an FA Cup run is worth to a small club. It turns out the answer is everything. The FA awards a prize of £1.8million to the winners of the competition, the kind of short-change a Champions League club might use as a sweetener for a promising youth prospect’s signing-on fee. For non-league side Curzon Ashton just qualifying for the second round of the competition will, and has, had an enormous impact.   Image     Landscape Portrait Square Original/Custom   Edit Selected Crop... Caption:   Description: curzon ashton Agency: GETTY IMAGES Artist:       Edit...   Delete     “It means so much to us a club,” says their CEO Natalie Atkinson. “The FA Cup is enabling us, through prize money, funds gained and TV money to work with the FA and football foundations to replace our 3G pitch next to the stadium.” Curzon Ashton, currently 15th in the National League North, lost 4-3 to AFC Wimbledon in December, conceding four goals in the final 10 minutes of the game. The prize for qualifying for the second round was £27,000, in addition to £18,000 earned from the first round. Those sucker-punch goals prevented a windfall of £67,500 for making it to third round. However, thanks to the wonder of television money, the club received more for their defeat to Wimbledon than they would have if they’d won a non-televised second round match. There's more on the article, if you fancy clicking on it. 6:30PM The magic of the cup This most holy of trophies always produces magical moments and even if a guilty few/most don't pay attention to the competition until their team is involved, those matches between minnows of the lower leagues and giants of... in this case, League One, are always thoroughly enjoyable.  Sutton are looking to make a lot more money from another (pie free) run at the cup this year, Accrington Stanley's involvement will be upping the YouTube view count on this milk advert, and today is the first time I have ever heard of Gainsborough Trinity. Perhaps they will become my new favourite non-league - maybe they'll be yours! It all depends who has to play who - and which of those games the people in charge at BBC decide to broadcast... 6:15PM Good evening! Hello there sports fans. Welcome to our live coverage of what is sure to be a riveting FA Cup first round draw. The action will kick-off at 7:10pm and we'll keep you up to date with the draw as it happens. For right now, that wait should give you time to look at all the nice photographs of that weird looking sun from earlier today. It was like being in Blade Runner. 6:09PM Preview What is it? It's the draw for the first round proper of the FA Cup: the oldest competition in world football.  The first round sees the 48 teams from League One and League Two joined by 32 non-league sides. When is it? Monday October 16. What time is it? The draw itself will begin at 7:10pm on Monday evening. The first round of the FA Cup will take place on Saturday November 4  Credit: AP  What TV channel is it on? The draw will be broadcast live on both BBC Two and BT Sport. Mark Chapman will present the BBC's coverage of the draw in half-hour long episode from 7pm, while BT Sport 3's show will also begin at 7pm.  When will the matches take place?  The first round will take place over the weekend of Friday November 3 to Monday 6 November 2017 Who's in the hat? Sutton United made it to the fifth round of the FA Cup last season  Credit: Getty Images  Three teams from the eighth tier of English football are among the non-league teams in the hat for the first round. Hyde United, who play in the Northern Premier League, beat Scarborough Athletic on Sunday afternoon to book their place in the competition.  Hampton and Richmond, who are coached by Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler, failed in their bid to reach the FA Cup proper after losing to  National League South rivals Truro City. Truro's 2-0 victory over their league rivals means they become the first Cornwal team to reach the FA Cup first round since 1969.  Billericay Town, whose current players include Jamie O'Hara, Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant, will also take their place in the draw.  FA Cup first round numbers 1 ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2 AFC WIMBLEDON 3 BARNET 4 BLACKBURN ROVERS 5 BLACKPOOL 6 BRADFORD CITY 7 BRISTOL ROVERS 8 BURY 9 CAMBRIDGE UNITED 10 CARLISLE UNITED 11 CHARLTON ATHLETIC 12 CHELTENHAM TOWN 13 CHESTERFIELD 14 COLCHESTER UNITED 15 COVENTRY CITY 16 CRAWLEY TOWN 17 CREWE ALEXANDRA 18 DONCASTER ROVERS 19 EXETER CITY 20 FLEETWOOD TOWN 21 FOREST GREEN ROVERS 22 GILLINGHAM 23 GRIMSBY TOWN 24 LINCOLN CITY 25 LUTON TOWN 26 MANSFIELD TOWN 27 MILTON KEYNES DONS 28 MORECAMBE 29 NEWPORT COUNTY 30 NORTHAMPTON TOWN 31 NOTTS COUNTY 32 OLDHAM ATHLETIC 33 OXFORD UNITED 34 PETERBOROUGH UNITED 35 PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 36 PORT VALE 37 PORTSMOUTH 38 ROCHDALE 39 ROTHERHAM UNITED 40 SCUNTHORPE UNITED 41 SHREWSBURY TOWN 42 SOUTHEND UNITED 43 STEVENAGE 44 SWINDON TOWN 45 WALSALL 46 WIGAN ATHLETIC 47 WYCOMBE WANDERERS 48 YEOVIL TOWN 49 TRANMERE ROVERS 50 SOLIHULL MOORS OR OSSETT TOWN 51 HARTLEPOOL UNITED 52 SHAW LANE ASSOCIATION 53 CHORLEY OR BOSTON UNITED 54 AFC TELFORD UNITED 55 GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 56 NANTWICH TOWN OR KETTERING TOWN 57 GATESHEAD 58 GUISELEY 59 AFC FYLDE 60 KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 61 HYDE UNITED 62 MACCLESFIELD TOWN 63 BRACKLEY TOWN OR BILLERICAY TOWN 64 DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE OR LEYTON ORIENT 65 HEREFORD 66 ALDERSHOT TOWN  67 BATH CITY OR CHELMSFORD CITY 68 OXFORD CITY 69 MAIDENHEAD UNITED 70 HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 71 WOKING OR CONCORD RANGERS 72 TRURO CITY 73 DOVER ATHLETIC OR BROMLEY 74 SLOUGH TOWN 75 DARTFORD 76 BOREHAM WOOD 77 MAIDSTONE UNITED OR ENFIELD TOWN 78 LEATHERHEAD 79 SUTTON UNITED 80 EAST THURROCK UNITED OR EBBSFLEET UNITED

FA Cup first round draw: Hyde United (eighth tier) host MK Dons

  7:28PM And that's the draw The excitement is over! No more balls will be drawn! Morecambe vs Hartlepool is pretty good, Doncaster will visit either East Thurrock or Ebsfleet. Hyde vs MK Dons is a brilliant tie for the minnows. I was really hoping for a Slough vs Swindon draw, purely for Office quotes.  7:25PM Eighth tier Hyde will play MK Dons! The crowd goes wild in the BBC studio as the draw is announced. That's the big club the players wanted. 7:24PM Lads, can we please have some music Or something. This draw is not one of the most exciting things I've ever seen on television. That Liverpool vs Man Utd game on Saturday was more entertaining. 7:21PM AFC Wimbledon vs Lincoln City AFC Wimbledon are one of the clubs to have benefited immensely from TV money brought by the FA Cup and they are drawn against Lincoln City.  7:19PM Some more fixtures for you Peterborough Utd v Tranmere Cambridge Utd v Sutton Utd Forest Green Rovers v Macclesfield Town AFC Fylde v Kidderminster Harriers Luton v Portsmouth Shrewsbury v Aldershot Hereford v AFC Telford Utd Guiseley v Accrington Stanley Blackburn Rovers v Barnet 7:16PM No huge match ups so far Bradford City v Chesterfield Port Vale v Oxford Utd Newport County v Walsall Morecambe v Hartlepool Utd 7:14PM And it's set of balls number eight And Lancelot is the FA Cup draw machine for tonight. What a hilarious National Lottery joke. And the first fixture is Stevenage vs Nantwich or Kettering. IT'S ALL KICKING OFF NOW, CLIVE. 7:12PM Your Davids, your Goliaths Hyde, Heybridge Swifts and Ossett Town are the lowest ranked teams in the competition, with all three occupying the eighth tier of English football.  7:10PM David Sharpe The Wigan chairman, grandson of Dave Whelan, fancies Wigan's chances this season. And now it's time for the draw!   7:05PM Who do the small teams want to get in the draw? According to a couple of Hyde football staff (manager and player), the management want to play against a team they can probably beat whereas the players want to draw Blackburn or Charlton - one of the 'big' clubs. Hyde actually own the record for biggest defeat in the FA Cup. A 26-0 hiding (see what I did) by Preston North End. 7:00PM The live coverage begins! Here we go. The draw is being held at Hyde United's ground. Look how cool their sun was earlier: Red sun today. FA Cup draw at Hyde United. Is that an omen. #EmiratesFACuppic.twitter.com/LoZ27mZjKW— Hyde United FC (@hydeunited) October 16, 2017   6:47PM The difference the FA Cup actually makes I wrote this in January about just how much an FA Cup run is worth to a small club. It turns out the answer is everything. The FA awards a prize of £1.8million to the winners of the competition, the kind of short-change a Champions League club might use as a sweetener for a promising youth prospect’s signing-on fee. For non-league side Curzon Ashton just qualifying for the second round of the competition will, and has, had an enormous impact.   Image     Landscape Portrait Square Original/Custom   Edit Selected Crop... Caption:   Description: curzon ashton Agency: GETTY IMAGES Artist:       Edit...   Delete     “It means so much to us a club,” says their CEO Natalie Atkinson. “The FA Cup is enabling us, through prize money, funds gained and TV money to work with the FA and football foundations to replace our 3G pitch next to the stadium.” Curzon Ashton, currently 15th in the National League North, lost 4-3 to AFC Wimbledon in December, conceding four goals in the final 10 minutes of the game. The prize for qualifying for the second round was £27,000, in addition to £18,000 earned from the first round. Those sucker-punch goals prevented a windfall of £67,500 for making it to third round. However, thanks to the wonder of television money, the club received more for their defeat to Wimbledon than they would have if they’d won a non-televised second round match. There's more on the article, if you fancy clicking on it. 6:30PM The magic of the cup This most holy of trophies always produces magical moments and even if a guilty few/most don't pay attention to the competition until their team is involved, those matches between minnows of the lower leagues and giants of... in this case, League One, are always thoroughly enjoyable.  Sutton are looking to make a lot more money from another (pie free) run at the cup this year, Accrington Stanley's involvement will be upping the YouTube view count on this milk advert, and today is the first time I have ever heard of Gainsborough Trinity. Perhaps they will become my new favourite non-league - maybe they'll be yours! It all depends who has to play who - and which of those games the people in charge at BBC decide to broadcast... 6:15PM Good evening! Hello there sports fans. Welcome to our live coverage of what is sure to be a riveting FA Cup first round draw. The action will kick-off at 7:10pm and we'll keep you up to date with the draw as it happens. For right now, that wait should give you time to look at all the nice photographs of that weird looking sun from earlier today. It was like being in Blade Runner. 6:09PM Preview What is it? It's the draw for the first round proper of the FA Cup: the oldest competition in world football.  The first round sees the 48 teams from League One and League Two joined by 32 non-league sides. When is it? Monday October 16. What time is it? The draw itself will begin at 7:10pm on Monday evening. The first round of the FA Cup will take place on Saturday November 4  Credit: AP  What TV channel is it on? The draw will be broadcast live on both BBC Two and BT Sport. Mark Chapman will present the BBC's coverage of the draw in half-hour long episode from 7pm, while BT Sport 3's show will also begin at 7pm.  When will the matches take place?  The first round will take place over the weekend of Friday November 3 to Monday 6 November 2017 Who's in the hat? Sutton United made it to the fifth round of the FA Cup last season  Credit: Getty Images  Three teams from the eighth tier of English football are among the non-league teams in the hat for the first round. Hyde United, who play in the Northern Premier League, beat Scarborough Athletic on Sunday afternoon to book their place in the competition.  Hampton and Richmond, who are coached by Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler, failed in their bid to reach the FA Cup proper after losing to  National League South rivals Truro City. Truro's 2-0 victory over their league rivals means they become the first Cornwal team to reach the FA Cup first round since 1969.  Billericay Town, whose current players include Jamie O'Hara, Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant, will also take their place in the draw.  FA Cup first round numbers 1 ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2 AFC WIMBLEDON 3 BARNET 4 BLACKBURN ROVERS 5 BLACKPOOL 6 BRADFORD CITY 7 BRISTOL ROVERS 8 BURY 9 CAMBRIDGE UNITED 10 CARLISLE UNITED 11 CHARLTON ATHLETIC 12 CHELTENHAM TOWN 13 CHESTERFIELD 14 COLCHESTER UNITED 15 COVENTRY CITY 16 CRAWLEY TOWN 17 CREWE ALEXANDRA 18 DONCASTER ROVERS 19 EXETER CITY 20 FLEETWOOD TOWN 21 FOREST GREEN ROVERS 22 GILLINGHAM 23 GRIMSBY TOWN 24 LINCOLN CITY 25 LUTON TOWN 26 MANSFIELD TOWN 27 MILTON KEYNES DONS 28 MORECAMBE 29 NEWPORT COUNTY 30 NORTHAMPTON TOWN 31 NOTTS COUNTY 32 OLDHAM ATHLETIC 33 OXFORD UNITED 34 PETERBOROUGH UNITED 35 PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 36 PORT VALE 37 PORTSMOUTH 38 ROCHDALE 39 ROTHERHAM UNITED 40 SCUNTHORPE UNITED 41 SHREWSBURY TOWN 42 SOUTHEND UNITED 43 STEVENAGE 44 SWINDON TOWN 45 WALSALL 46 WIGAN ATHLETIC 47 WYCOMBE WANDERERS 48 YEOVIL TOWN 49 TRANMERE ROVERS 50 SOLIHULL MOORS OR OSSETT TOWN 51 HARTLEPOOL UNITED 52 SHAW LANE ASSOCIATION 53 CHORLEY OR BOSTON UNITED 54 AFC TELFORD UNITED 55 GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 56 NANTWICH TOWN OR KETTERING TOWN 57 GATESHEAD 58 GUISELEY 59 AFC FYLDE 60 KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 61 HYDE UNITED 62 MACCLESFIELD TOWN 63 BRACKLEY TOWN OR BILLERICAY TOWN 64 DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE OR LEYTON ORIENT 65 HEREFORD 66 ALDERSHOT TOWN  67 BATH CITY OR CHELMSFORD CITY 68 OXFORD CITY 69 MAIDENHEAD UNITED 70 HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 71 WOKING OR CONCORD RANGERS 72 TRURO CITY 73 DOVER ATHLETIC OR BROMLEY 74 SLOUGH TOWN 75 DARTFORD 76 BOREHAM WOOD 77 MAIDSTONE UNITED OR ENFIELD TOWN 78 LEATHERHEAD 79 SUTTON UNITED 80 EAST THURROCK UNITED OR EBBSFLEET UNITED

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Kevin Nolan: 'I don't have a divine right to manage in the Premier League - Notts County is my apprenticeship'

There are microwaves that have lasted longer than managers at Meadow Lane of late. Kevin Nolan is the 19th to have passed through the gates here at venerable Notts County, the oldest club in the world still competing at a professional level, in the last 18 years. But he still hopes, as he positions his League Two manager of the month award on his office mantelpiece, to become part of the furniture. It helps, perhaps, that Alan Hardy, Nolan’s chairman and a figure with whom he enjoys a palpable rapport, made his fortune in the interiors trade. Once, it would have taken a brave soul to accept Notts County’s call. Former owner Ray Trew developed a reputation for being more trigger-happy than Errol Flynn on sheriff’s duty in Dodge City. Martin Allen lasted all of 10 months in the dug-out, Paul Ince six months, and Jamie Fullarton a mere 69 days. Throw in an earlier ill-starred spell by Sven-Goran Eriksson as director of football, a post he abdicated the moment Trew took over, and Sol Campbell’s bizarre one-game cameo, and the picture was a tempestuous one. Nolan’s quest, with Hardy’s fulsome backing, is to steer the club into calmer waters. Ever since his players rebounded from 10 consecutive defeats last season to avert relegation, the decline has turned around, with a recent sequence of seven victories propelling them to the top of the table. Emblematic of the change is Nolan, who at 35 already seems to this manor born. Where his predecessor, John Sheridan, was sacked in January for gross misconduct, after allegedly blaming a referee for his children not receiving Christmas presents, Nolan is trying to build an image as a paragon of virtue: loyal, conscientious, meticulous. “I love being in control of a club,” he says. “I’m trying to give this one the right attitude, built on trust and respect.” Nolan picked up September's League Two manager of the month award Credit: John Robertson A captain at Bolton Wanderer when he was just 23, Nolan has long been identified as a natural leader of men. Sam Allardyce, whom he followed from Bolton to Newcastle and later to West Ham, described him as a classic general, adept at “weeding out the troublemakers”. But the transition to management has hardly been seamless. At benighted Leyton Orient, he found himself at the mercy of petty meddling by former owner Francesco Becchetti, only to be fired after 15 games. “Sacked for winning almost half your matches? That’s more egg on the face for him than me,” Nolan says. “I didn’t want an owner instructing me on what team I had to pick. When someone’s telling me, ‘That player should be playing in this way’, I’ve got no time for it. The first thing Alan did here was to explain that he would always have an opinion, but that he would only ever look to help me. That was a breath of fresh air.” The move was also heavy with emotion. Three days after he took charge of his first game, Nolan’s grandfather, a crucial influence in his upbringing after attending almost all his games, passed away. When he next walked out at Meadow Lane, the sense of loss threatened to overwhelm him, but stoicism prevailed. “I’m not a religious person, but I felt that he was with me that day,” he says. “I hope that he keeps me striving to be better.” Nolan hardly wants for popularity in his latest post. Revived left-back Carl Dickinson has paid tribute to the vibrancy of his man-management and the clarity of his team talks, while a Bolton fan appeared in his latest press conference just to shake his hand. His stock has seldom been so high. After two red cards at West Ham, he endured some fearful abuse, not least from owner David Sullivan’s son, who foolishly wrote on Twitter: “How the f--- Nolan is playing about League Two amazes me. Gives us all hope.” Nolan, famed for his resilience, acknowledges that a few barbs cut deep. “Some of the abuse does hurt. I’m human, not a robot, but I always want to prove people wrong. At such moments, you turn to your family, to those you believe in you.” Nolan was long ago identified as a natural leader of men Credit: ap In just his second year, Nolan is ahead of most managerial curves, but youth is increasingly in vogue in this division. Harry Kewell at Crawley is 39, Stevenage’s Darren Sarll is 34, while Barnet’s Rossi Eames, a retired gymnast, is another whippersnapper at 32. In Nolan’s view, there could be no finer proving ground. “Sometimes you have to start at the bottom, to build yourself up again. Yes, I played in the Premier League for many years, but that doesn’t give me a divine right to manage there. I have to earn that right, and this is my apprenticeship.” That said, Nolan does have a gentleman’s agreement with Hardy that he will be allowed to leave if a more powerful club comes calling – which, given Notts County’s rate of resurgence, appears increasingly likely. “It’s a magnificent gesture on Alan’s behalf, but for me it means nothing,” he says, diplomatically. “With the passion he has shown, it would be ridiculous if I couldn’t show the same work ethic.” One senses the workaholic lifestyle agrees with Nolan, who abhors any state of limbo. “As a player, before I had children, I can remember going home some days at 2pm, putting DVDs on, falling asleep, having my tea, going back to sea, watching another film. Before I knew it, it was morning. “Now, I never switch off. Until recently, my assistant, Richard Thomas, was living in my apartment, and we would be talking about football until one every morning. We’re still on the same WhatsApp group, texting each other all night about tactics. But I love every minute – I wouldn’t change it for the world. I love the fact that I don’t stop thinking about football. I don’t want that Saturday afternoon buzz to be taken away again.”

Kevin Nolan: 'I don't have a divine right to manage in the Premier League - Notts County is my apprenticeship'

There are microwaves that have lasted longer than managers at Meadow Lane of late. Kevin Nolan is the 19th to have passed through the gates here at venerable Notts County, the oldest club in the world still competing at a professional level, in the last 18 years. But he still hopes, as he positions his League Two manager of the month award on his office mantelpiece, to become part of the furniture. It helps, perhaps, that Alan Hardy, Nolan’s chairman and a figure with whom he enjoys a palpable rapport, made his fortune in the interiors trade. Once, it would have taken a brave soul to accept Notts County’s call. Former owner Ray Trew developed a reputation for being more trigger-happy than Errol Flynn on sheriff’s duty in Dodge City. Martin Allen lasted all of 10 months in the dug-out, Paul Ince six months, and Jamie Fullarton a mere 69 days. Throw in an earlier ill-starred spell by Sven-Goran Eriksson as director of football, a post he abdicated the moment Trew took over, and Sol Campbell’s bizarre one-game cameo, and the picture was a tempestuous one. Nolan’s quest, with Hardy’s fulsome backing, is to steer the club into calmer waters. Ever since his players rebounded from 10 consecutive defeats last season to avert relegation, the decline has turned around, with a recent sequence of seven victories propelling them to the top of the table. Emblematic of the change is Nolan, who at 35 already seems to this manor born. Where his predecessor, John Sheridan, was sacked in January for gross misconduct, after allegedly blaming a referee for his children not receiving Christmas presents, Nolan is trying to build an image as a paragon of virtue: loyal, conscientious, meticulous. “I love being in control of a club,” he says. “I’m trying to give this one the right attitude, built on trust and respect.” Nolan picked up September's League Two manager of the month award Credit: John Robertson A captain at Bolton Wanderer when he was just 23, Nolan has long been identified as a natural leader of men. Sam Allardyce, whom he followed from Bolton to Newcastle and later to West Ham, described him as a classic general, adept at “weeding out the troublemakers”. But the transition to management has hardly been seamless. At benighted Leyton Orient, he found himself at the mercy of petty meddling by former owner Francesco Becchetti, only to be fired after 15 games. “Sacked for winning almost half your matches? That’s more egg on the face for him than me,” Nolan says. “I didn’t want an owner instructing me on what team I had to pick. When someone’s telling me, ‘That player should be playing in this way’, I’ve got no time for it. The first thing Alan did here was to explain that he would always have an opinion, but that he would only ever look to help me. That was a breath of fresh air.” The move was also heavy with emotion. Three days after he took charge of his first game, Nolan’s grandfather, a crucial influence in his upbringing after attending almost all his games, passed away. When he next walked out at Meadow Lane, the sense of loss threatened to overwhelm him, but stoicism prevailed. “I’m not a religious person, but I felt that he was with me that day,” he says. “I hope that he keeps me striving to be better.” Nolan hardly wants for popularity in his latest post. Revived left-back Carl Dickinson has paid tribute to the vibrancy of his man-management and the clarity of his team talks, while a Bolton fan appeared in his latest press conference just to shake his hand. His stock has seldom been so high. After two red cards at West Ham, he endured some fearful abuse, not least from owner David Sullivan’s son, who foolishly wrote on Twitter: “How the f--- Nolan is playing about League Two amazes me. Gives us all hope.” Nolan, famed for his resilience, acknowledges that a few barbs cut deep. “Some of the abuse does hurt. I’m human, not a robot, but I always want to prove people wrong. At such moments, you turn to your family, to those you believe in you.” Nolan was long ago identified as a natural leader of men Credit: ap In just his second year, Nolan is ahead of most managerial curves, but youth is increasingly in vogue in this division. Harry Kewell at Crawley is 39, Stevenage’s Darren Sarll is 34, while Barnet’s Rossi Eames, a retired gymnast, is another whippersnapper at 32. In Nolan’s view, there could be no finer proving ground. “Sometimes you have to start at the bottom, to build yourself up again. Yes, I played in the Premier League for many years, but that doesn’t give me a divine right to manage there. I have to earn that right, and this is my apprenticeship.” That said, Nolan does have a gentleman’s agreement with Hardy that he will be allowed to leave if a more powerful club comes calling – which, given Notts County’s rate of resurgence, appears increasingly likely. “It’s a magnificent gesture on Alan’s behalf, but for me it means nothing,” he says, diplomatically. “With the passion he has shown, it would be ridiculous if I couldn’t show the same work ethic.” One senses the workaholic lifestyle agrees with Nolan, who abhors any state of limbo. “As a player, before I had children, I can remember going home some days at 2pm, putting DVDs on, falling asleep, having my tea, going back to sea, watching another film. Before I knew it, it was morning. “Now, I never switch off. Until recently, my assistant, Richard Thomas, was living in my apartment, and we would be talking about football until one every morning. We’re still on the same WhatsApp group, texting each other all night about tactics. But I love every minute – I wouldn’t change it for the world. I love the fact that I don’t stop thinking about football. I don’t want that Saturday afternoon buzz to be taken away again.”

Kevin Nolan: 'I don't have a divine right to manage in the Premier League - Notts County is my apprenticeship'

There are microwaves that have lasted longer than managers at Meadow Lane of late. Kevin Nolan is the 19th to have passed through the gates here at venerable Notts County, the oldest club in the world still competing at a professional level, in the last 18 years. But he still hopes, as he positions his League Two manager of the month award on his office mantelpiece, to become part of the furniture. It helps, perhaps, that Alan Hardy, Nolan’s chairman and a figure with whom he enjoys a palpable rapport, made his fortune in the interiors trade. Once, it would have taken a brave soul to accept Notts County’s call. Former owner Ray Trew developed a reputation for being more trigger-happy than Errol Flynn on sheriff’s duty in Dodge City. Martin Allen lasted all of 10 months in the dug-out, Paul Ince six months, and Jamie Fullarton a mere 69 days. Throw in an earlier ill-starred spell by Sven-Goran Eriksson as director of football, a post he abdicated the moment Trew took over, and Sol Campbell’s bizarre one-game cameo, and the picture was a tempestuous one. Nolan’s quest, with Hardy’s fulsome backing, is to steer the club into calmer waters. Ever since his players rebounded from 10 consecutive defeats last season to avert relegation, the decline has turned around, with a recent sequence of seven victories propelling them to the top of the table. Emblematic of the change is Nolan, who at 35 already seems to this manor born. Where his predecessor, John Sheridan, was sacked in January for gross misconduct, after allegedly blaming a referee for his children not receiving Christmas presents, Nolan is trying to build an image as a paragon of virtue: loyal, conscientious, meticulous. “I love being in control of a club,” he says. “I’m trying to give this one the right attitude, built on trust and respect.” Nolan picked up September's League Two manager of the month award Credit: John Robertson A captain at Bolton Wanderer when he was just 23, Nolan has long been identified as a natural leader of men. Sam Allardyce, whom he followed from Bolton to Newcastle and later to West Ham, described him as a classic general, adept at “weeding out the troublemakers”. But the transition to management has hardly been seamless. At benighted Leyton Orient, he found himself at the mercy of petty meddling by former owner Francesco Becchetti, only to be fired after 15 games. “Sacked for winning almost half your matches? That’s more egg on the face for him than me,” Nolan says. “I didn’t want an owner instructing me on what team I had to pick. When someone’s telling me, ‘That player should be playing in this way’, I’ve got no time for it. The first thing Alan did here was to explain that he would always have an opinion, but that he would only ever look to help me. That was a breath of fresh air.” The move was also heavy with emotion. Three days after he took charge of his first game, Nolan’s grandfather, a crucial influence in his upbringing after attending almost all his games, passed away. When he next walked out at Meadow Lane, the sense of loss threatened to overwhelm him, but stoicism prevailed. “I’m not a religious person, but I felt that he was with me that day,” he says. “I hope that he keeps me striving to be better.” Nolan hardly wants for popularity in his latest post. Revived left-back Carl Dickinson has paid tribute to the vibrancy of his man-management and the clarity of his team talks, while a Bolton fan appeared in his latest press conference just to shake his hand. His stock has seldom been so high. After two red cards at West Ham, he endured some fearful abuse, not least from owner David Sullivan’s son, who foolishly wrote on Twitter: “How the f--- Nolan is playing about League Two amazes me. Gives us all hope.” Nolan, famed for his resilience, acknowledges that a few barbs cut deep. “Some of the abuse does hurt. I’m human, not a robot, but I always want to prove people wrong. At such moments, you turn to your family, to those you believe in you.” Nolan was long ago identified as a natural leader of men Credit: ap In just his second year, Nolan is ahead of most managerial curves, but youth is increasingly in vogue in this division. Harry Kewell at Crawley is 39, Stevenage’s Darren Sarll is 34, while Barnet’s Rossi Eames, a retired gymnast, is another whippersnapper at 32. In Nolan’s view, there could be no finer proving ground. “Sometimes you have to start at the bottom, to build yourself up again. Yes, I played in the Premier League for many years, but that doesn’t give me a divine right to manage there. I have to earn that right, and this is my apprenticeship.” That said, Nolan does have a gentleman’s agreement with Hardy that he will be allowed to leave if a more powerful club comes calling – which, given Notts County’s rate of resurgence, appears increasingly likely. “It’s a magnificent gesture on Alan’s behalf, but for me it means nothing,” he says, diplomatically. “With the passion he has shown, it would be ridiculous if I couldn’t show the same work ethic.” One senses the workaholic lifestyle agrees with Nolan, who abhors any state of limbo. “As a player, before I had children, I can remember going home some days at 2pm, putting DVDs on, falling asleep, having my tea, going back to sea, watching another film. Before I knew it, it was morning. “Now, I never switch off. Until recently, my assistant, Richard Thomas, was living in my apartment, and we would be talking about football until one every morning. We’re still on the same WhatsApp group, texting each other all night about tactics. But I love every minute – I wouldn’t change it for the world. I love the fact that I don’t stop thinking about football. I don’t want that Saturday afternoon buzz to be taken away again.”

Barnet vs Swansea City - Amistoso pretemporada

Imagen de archivo del futbolista Jefferson Montero. Action Images via Reuters/Adam Holt

Young gun Ross Eames plots Barnet's rise after different path to the dugout

No one can doubt that Ross Eames is a man with an eye for detail. When the Telegraph photographer asks the Barnet head coach to pose for pictures in front of the magnetic tactics board in his office, on which the starting line-up for his team’s League Two encounter with Swindon Town is carefully laid out in their positions, he springs up and rapidly re-arranges the formation.  Which suggests he is concerned that his rival manager might look at the picture in order to glean information about how Barnet intend to play the match. “Well, I know I would,” he smiles. “Every time.” Eames is an unusual presence on the touchline of a Football League club. For a start, at 32, he is younger than three members of the Barnet first-team squad. Moreover, unlike them, he has never played the game beyond turning out for his school team. An international gymnast in his youth (though due to dodgy knees he has not done a standing somersault for 10 years), he studied sports coaching at university before rapidly making his way up through football’s academy system. After a brief spell as caretaker manager in 2016, he found himself placed in permanent charge of Barnet in May. It is some progress. Not that he sees himself as representing an advance guard for the new way. It's been a tough start to the season for Eames and Barnet, they've not won in five league and cup games, including a 1-0 Carabao Cup defeat at Brighton Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA “I think this old school/new school thing is a myth,” he says. “There’s loads of different ways to skin a cat. The way I do things suits me; for someone else it might not work. Yeah, my background’s different. But at the end of the day it’s not about me. It’s about making this club a success. The direction you come from in achieving that is irrelevant. As long as you do.” A hint of the way Eames does things is evident in the list of fines pinned to the wall outside the manager’s office at the club’s smart new Hive stadium. There are dozens of edicts, ranging from “eating in the physio’s room: £5” to “not doing a sit and reach test: £10”, all of which imply he expects high standards of personal responsibility from his players. Not least in the way they perform on the pitch. “The biggest thing for me is every player has to work hard, battle to win first and second balls,” he says. “When they have possession, then I do like my teams to play. But how they play depends on the moment. If we can’t play round then we play through and if we can’t play through then we play over the top. My philosophy is very simple: don’t over-complicate.” Eames is a big admirer of former Argentina boss Marcelo Bielsa, currently coach at Lille Credit: Ricardo Mazalan/AP Like Mauricio Pochettino, working just down the road at Wembley, Eames admits to being an avid admirer of the Argentine coach, Marcelo Bielsa. “I really like the way his teams press, the approach he has to suffocate opponents in their own half,” he says. “And we’re on the right path here. We played Swansea in pre-season and really pushed them, didn’t give them an inch.” Although he has not yet followed his tactical mentor’s habit of four-hour press conferences (“I prefer to keep that side of things as brief as possible,” he smiles) he has put in place a Bielsa-style regime at Barnet, out on the training pitch every day, working relentlessly on team shape and tactical flexibility.  In truth, it is a methodology that has yet to translate to consistent success: including cup ties, Barnet have lost their past four fixtures.  “Really tight games, three 1-0 defeats, two of the losses against higher-league opposition,” he says. “But no doubt it’s been a tough couple of weeks. You have to learn from it. There’s always a way to make it better.” Aged 32, Eames is younger than three of his first-team squad Credit: Geoff Pugh One thing he has not done in the run of defeats is shout at his players. That, he says, would be wholly counter-productive. “I am a thinker, very obsessive about how I want things done, not someone to go in and rant and rave,” he says. “I can be authoritative, yeah. But for me the most important quality is clarity: get your message across quickly and clearly. While you need to make sure it’s honest, the tone of the feedback needs to be sensitive to the player. It doesn’t work if all you have is the hairdryer.” He appreciates, however, that he needs to return to winning ways quickly. As is demonstrated in the pictures of Neymar, Mesut Ozil and David Luiz photographed outside the main entrance that decorate the walls of the Starbucks franchise in the stadium, this is not a club these days lacking in ambition. “People think of Barnet as Underhill, Stan Flashman, Barry Fry, all that,” Eames says. “Sure, it’s a club full of history, but now we’re evolving. Look around you. Everything we have here is Championship standard. Brazil, Germany, Sweden have all trained here before playing at Wembley.  “The only way we can go is up, what the chairman has created here in terms of facilities and squad, there’s no excuses.” And the young, cerebral, career coach pauses for a moment before adding: “Doesn’t matter what my background is, if I don’t get the best out of this I’ll have failed, no doubt about that.” England players from the lower leagues . . .  

Young gun Ross Eames plots Barnet's rise after different path to the dugout

Young gun Ross Eames plots Barnet's rise after different path to the dugout

Young gun Ross Eames plots Barnet's rise after different path to the dugout

Young gun Ross Eames plots Barnet's rise after different path to the dugout

Young gun Ross Eames plots Barnet's rise after different path to the dugout

Young gun Ross Eames plots Barnet's rise after different path to the dugout

Young gun Ross Eames plots Barnet's rise after different path to the dugout

No one can doubt that Ross Eames is a man with an eye for detail. When the Telegraph photographer asks the Barnet head coach to pose for pictures in front of the magnetic tactics board in his office, on which the starting line-up for his team’s League Two encounter with Swindon Town is carefully laid out in their positions, he springs up and rapidly re-arranges the formation.  Which suggests he is concerned that his rival manager might look at the picture in order to glean information about how Barnet intend to play the match. “Well, I know I would,” he smiles. “Every time.” Eames is an unusual presence on the touchline of a Football League club. For a start, at 32, he is younger than three members of the Barnet first-team squad. Moreover, unlike them, he has never played the game beyond turning out for his school team. An international gymnast in his youth (though due to dodgy knees he has not done a standing somersault for 10 years), he studied sports coaching at university before rapidly making his way up through football’s academy system. After a brief spell as caretaker manager in 2016, he found himself placed in permanent charge of Barnet in May. It is some progress. Not that he sees himself as representing an advance guard for the new way. It's been a tough start to the season for Eames and Barnet, they've not won in five league and cup games, including a 1-0 Carabao Cup defeat at Brighton Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA “I think this old school/new school thing is a myth,” he says. “There’s loads of different ways to skin a cat. The way I do things suits me; for someone else it might not work. Yeah, my background’s different. But at the end of the day it’s not about me. It’s about making this club a success. The direction you come from in achieving that is irrelevant. As long as you do.” A hint of the way Eames does things is evident in the list of fines pinned to the wall outside the manager’s office at the club’s smart new Hive stadium. There are dozens of edicts, ranging from “eating in the physio’s room: £5” to “not doing a sit and reach test: £10”, all of which imply he expects high standards of personal responsibility from his players. Not least in the way they perform on the pitch. “The biggest thing for me is every player has to work hard, battle to win first and second balls,” he says. “When they have possession, then I do like my teams to play. But how they play depends on the moment. If we can’t play round then we play through and if we can’t play through then we play over the top. My philosophy is very simple: don’t over-complicate.” Eames is a big admirer of former Argentina boss Marcelo Bielsa, currently coach at Lille Credit: Ricardo Mazalan/AP Like Mauricio Pochettino, working just down the road at Wembley, Eames admits to being an avid admirer of the Argentine coach, Marcelo Bielsa. “I really like the way his teams press, the approach he has to suffocate opponents in their own half,” he says. “And we’re on the right path here. We played Swansea in pre-season and really pushed them, didn’t give them an inch.” Although he has not yet followed his tactical mentor’s habit of four-hour press conferences (“I prefer to keep that side of things as brief as possible,” he smiles) he has put in place a Bielsa-style regime at Barnet, out on the training pitch every day, working relentlessly on team shape and tactical flexibility.  In truth, it is a methodology that has yet to translate to consistent success: including cup ties, Barnet have lost their past four fixtures.  “Really tight games, three 1-0 defeats, two of the losses against higher-league opposition,” he says. “But no doubt it’s been a tough couple of weeks. You have to learn from it. There’s always a way to make it better.” Aged 32, Eames is younger than three of his first-team squad Credit: Geoff Pugh One thing he has not done in the run of defeats is shout at his players. That, he says, would be wholly counter-productive. “I am a thinker, very obsessive about how I want things done, not someone to go in and rant and rave,” he says. “I can be authoritative, yeah. But for me the most important quality is clarity: get your message across quickly and clearly. While you need to make sure it’s honest, the tone of the feedback needs to be sensitive to the player. It doesn’t work if all you have is the hairdryer.” He appreciates, however, that he needs to return to winning ways quickly. As is demonstrated in the pictures of Neymar, Mesut Ozil and David Luiz photographed outside the main entrance that decorate the walls of the Starbucks franchise in the stadium, this is not a club these days lacking in ambition. “People think of Barnet as Underhill, Stan Flashman, Barry Fry, all that,” Eames says. “Sure, it’s a club full of history, but now we’re evolving. Look around you. Everything we have here is Championship standard. Brazil, Germany, Sweden have all trained here before playing at Wembley.  “The only way we can go is up, what the chairman has created here in terms of facilities and squad, there’s no excuses.” And the young, cerebral, career coach pauses for a moment before adding: “Doesn’t matter what my background is, if I don’t get the best out of this I’ll have failed, no doubt about that.” England players from the lower leagues . . .  

Young gun Ross Eames plots Barnet's rise after different path to the dugout

No one can doubt that Ross Eames is a man with an eye for detail. When the Telegraph photographer asks the Barnet head coach to pose for pictures in front of the magnetic tactics board in his office, on which the starting line-up for his team’s League Two encounter with Swindon Town is carefully laid out in their positions, he springs up and rapidly re-arranges the formation.  Which suggests he is concerned that his rival manager might look at the picture in order to glean information about how Barnet intend to play the match. “Well, I know I would,” he smiles. “Every time.” Eames is an unusual presence on the touchline of a Football League club. For a start, at 32, he is younger than three members of the Barnet first-team squad. Moreover, unlike them, he has never played the game beyond turning out for his school team. An international gymnast in his youth (though due to dodgy knees he has not done a standing somersault for 10 years), he studied sports coaching at university before rapidly making his way up through football’s academy system. After a brief spell as caretaker manager in 2016, he found himself placed in permanent charge of Barnet in May. It is some progress. Not that he sees himself as representing an advance guard for the new way. It's been a tough start to the season for Eames and Barnet, they've not won in five league and cup games, including a 1-0 Carabao Cup defeat at Brighton Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA “I think this old school/new school thing is a myth,” he says. “There’s loads of different ways to skin a cat. The way I do things suits me; for someone else it might not work. Yeah, my background’s different. But at the end of the day it’s not about me. It’s about making this club a success. The direction you come from in achieving that is irrelevant. As long as you do.” A hint of the way Eames does things is evident in the list of fines pinned to the wall outside the manager’s office at the club’s smart new Hive stadium. There are dozens of edicts, ranging from “eating in the physio’s room: £5” to “not doing a sit and reach test: £10”, all of which imply he expects high standards of personal responsibility from his players. Not least in the way they perform on the pitch. “The biggest thing for me is every player has to work hard, battle to win first and second balls,” he says. “When they have possession, then I do like my teams to play. But how they play depends on the moment. If we can’t play round then we play through and if we can’t play through then we play over the top. My philosophy is very simple: don’t over-complicate.” Eames is a big admirer of former Argentina boss Marcelo Bielsa, currently coach at Lille Credit: Ricardo Mazalan/AP Like Mauricio Pochettino, working just down the road at Wembley, Eames admits to being an avid admirer of the Argentine coach, Marcelo Bielsa. “I really like the way his teams press, the approach he has to suffocate opponents in their own half,” he says. “And we’re on the right path here. We played Swansea in pre-season and really pushed them, didn’t give them an inch.” Although he has not yet followed his tactical mentor’s habit of four-hour press conferences (“I prefer to keep that side of things as brief as possible,” he smiles) he has put in place a Bielsa-style regime at Barnet, out on the training pitch every day, working relentlessly on team shape and tactical flexibility.  In truth, it is a methodology that has yet to translate to consistent success: including cup ties, Barnet have lost their past four fixtures.  “Really tight games, three 1-0 defeats, two of the losses against higher-league opposition,” he says. “But no doubt it’s been a tough couple of weeks. You have to learn from it. There’s always a way to make it better.” Aged 32, Eames is younger than three of his first-team squad Credit: Geoff Pugh One thing he has not done in the run of defeats is shout at his players. That, he says, would be wholly counter-productive. “I am a thinker, very obsessive about how I want things done, not someone to go in and rant and rave,” he says. “I can be authoritative, yeah. But for me the most important quality is clarity: get your message across quickly and clearly. While you need to make sure it’s honest, the tone of the feedback needs to be sensitive to the player. It doesn’t work if all you have is the hairdryer.” He appreciates, however, that he needs to return to winning ways quickly. As is demonstrated in the pictures of Neymar, Mesut Ozil and David Luiz photographed outside the main entrance that decorate the walls of the Starbucks franchise in the stadium, this is not a club these days lacking in ambition. “People think of Barnet as Underhill, Stan Flashman, Barry Fry, all that,” Eames says. “Sure, it’s a club full of history, but now we’re evolving. Look around you. Everything we have here is Championship standard. Brazil, Germany, Sweden have all trained here before playing at Wembley.  “The only way we can go is up, what the chairman has created here in terms of facilities and squad, there’s no excuses.” And the young, cerebral, career coach pauses for a moment before adding: “Doesn’t matter what my background is, if I don’t get the best out of this I’ll have failed, no doubt about that.” England players from the lower leagues . . .  

Young gun Ross Eames plots Barnet's rise after different path to the dugout

Young gun Ross Eames plots Barnet's rise after different path to the dugout

Young gun Ross Eames plots Barnet's rise after different path to the dugout

No one can doubt that Ross Eames is a man with an eye for detail. When the Telegraph photographer asks the Barnet head coach to pose for pictures in front of the magnetic tactics board in his office, on which the starting line-up for his team’s League Two encounter with Swindon Town is carefully laid out in their positions, he springs up and rapidly re-arranges the formation.  Which suggests he is concerned that his rival manager might look at the picture in order to glean information about how Barnet intend to play the match. “Well, I know I would,” he smiles. “Every time.” Eames is an unusual presence on the touchline of a Football League club. For a start, at 32, he is younger than three members of the Barnet first-team squad. Moreover, unlike them, he has never played the game beyond turning out for his school team. An international gymnast in his youth (though due to dodgy knees he has not done a standing somersault for 10 years), he studied sports coaching at university before rapidly making his way up through football’s academy system. After a brief spell as caretaker manager in 2016, he found himself placed in permanent charge of Barnet in May. It is some progress. Not that he sees himself as representing an advance guard for the new way. It's been a tough start to the season for Eames and Barnet, they've not won in five league and cup games, including a 1-0 Carabao Cup defeat at Brighton Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA “I think this old school/new school thing is a myth,” he says. “There’s loads of different ways to skin a cat. The way I do things suits me; for someone else it might not work. Yeah, my background’s different. But at the end of the day it’s not about me. It’s about making this club a success. The direction you come from in achieving that is irrelevant. As long as you do.” A hint of the way Eames does things is evident in the list of fines pinned to the wall outside the manager’s office at the club’s smart new Hive stadium. There are dozens of edicts, ranging from “eating in the physio’s room: £5” to “not doing a sit and reach test: £10”, all of which imply he expects high standards of personal responsibility from his players. Not least in the way they perform on the pitch. “The biggest thing for me is every player has to work hard, battle to win first and second balls,” he says. “When they have possession, then I do like my teams to play. But how they play depends on the moment. If we can’t play round then we play through and if we can’t play through then we play over the top. My philosophy is very simple: don’t over-complicate.” Eames is a big admirer of former Argentina boss Marcelo Bielsa, currently coach at Lille Credit: Ricardo Mazalan/AP Like Mauricio Pochettino, working just down the road at Wembley, Eames admits to being an avid admirer of the Argentine coach, Marcelo Bielsa. “I really like the way his teams press, the approach he has to suffocate opponents in their own half,” he says. “And we’re on the right path here. We played Swansea in pre-season and really pushed them, didn’t give them an inch.” Although he has not yet followed his tactical mentor’s habit of four-hour press conferences (“I prefer to keep that side of things as brief as possible,” he smiles) he has put in place a Bielsa-style regime at Barnet, out on the training pitch every day, working relentlessly on team shape and tactical flexibility.  In truth, it is a methodology that has yet to translate to consistent success: including cup ties, Barnet have lost their past four fixtures.  “Really tight games, three 1-0 defeats, two of the losses against higher-league opposition,” he says. “But no doubt it’s been a tough couple of weeks. You have to learn from it. There’s always a way to make it better.” Aged 32, Eames is younger than three of his first-team squad Credit: Geoff Pugh One thing he has not done in the run of defeats is shout at his players. That, he says, would be wholly counter-productive. “I am a thinker, very obsessive about how I want things done, not someone to go in and rant and rave,” he says. “I can be authoritative, yeah. But for me the most important quality is clarity: get your message across quickly and clearly. While you need to make sure it’s honest, the tone of the feedback needs to be sensitive to the player. It doesn’t work if all you have is the hairdryer.” He appreciates, however, that he needs to return to winning ways quickly. As is demonstrated in the pictures of Neymar, Mesut Ozil and David Luiz photographed outside the main entrance that decorate the walls of the Starbucks franchise in the stadium, this is not a club these days lacking in ambition. “People think of Barnet as Underhill, Stan Flashman, Barry Fry, all that,” Eames says. “Sure, it’s a club full of history, but now we’re evolving. Look around you. Everything we have here is Championship standard. Brazil, Germany, Sweden have all trained here before playing at Wembley.  “The only way we can go is up, what the chairman has created here in terms of facilities and squad, there’s no excuses.” And the young, cerebral, career coach pauses for a moment before adding: “Doesn’t matter what my background is, if I don’t get the best out of this I’ll have failed, no doubt about that.” England players from the lower leagues . . .  

Young gun Ross Eames plots Barnet's rise after different path to the dugout

Young gun Ross Eames plots Barnet's rise after different path to the dugout

Carabao Cup 2017 draw in full: Manchester United play Burton Albion, Arsenal host Doncaster

Manchester United begin the defence of the Carabao Cup by hosting Burton in the third round. United, who beat Southampton in last season's League Cup final, will welcome Nigel Clough's Championship side to Old Trafford after the 40-minute draw was made in Beijing this morning. Jose Mourinho's side have only ever played the Brewers twice before, when the then non-league club earned a famous FA Cup replay after drawing 0-0 at Old Trafford, before United won 5-0 at the second attempt. League One Doncaster have been rewarded for beating Championship Hull with a trip to the Emirates to face Arsenal, while the other third-tier club Bristol Rovers visit Wolves. Carabao Cup third round draw 2014 winners Manchester City have been drawn away at West Brom, eight-time winners Liverpool visit Leicester, Chelsea will play Nottingham Forest at home and Everton host Sunderland. Tottenham will play the winner of Barnsley versus Derby, Burnley's record signing Chris Wood will have a quick reunion with his former club Leeds as the Yorkshire side head to Turf Moor and Huddersfield make a repeat journey to Crystal Palace, the scene of their opening-day win in the Premier League. Elsewhere West Ham taken on Bolton, Reading host Swansea, Stoke head to Bristol City and Brighton make the trip along the south coast to Bournemouth. The draw was made in China at 11.30am local time, to try and boost the EFL's exposure in Asia, though it was not televised after mishaps in the last two draws. Jose Mourinho hopes to reclaim the League Cup trophy  The first-round draw, held in Thailand where the makers of energy drink Carabao are based, showed Charlton playing two teams in the on-screen graphic. Then former England winger John Salako, conducting the second-round draw, got confused about which teams were playing at home or away. Although starting late, there were no such embarrassments this time around, with each tie revealed on Twitter around two minutes apart on Twitter. Ties to be played week commencing September 18. Carabao Cup third round draw in full: West Brom v Manchester City Everton v Sunderland Leicester v Liverpool Manchester United v Burton Brentford v Norwich Wolves v Bristol Rovers Burnley v Leeds Arsenal v Doncaster Bristol City v Stoke Reading v Swansea Aston Villa v Middlesbrough Chelsea v Nottingham Forest West Ham v Bolton Crystal Palace v Huddersfield Tottenham v Barnsley or Derby Bournemouth v Brighton 5:16AM And that's it! Burton and Doncaster will be vying to pull off huge upsets when they face Man United and Arsenal away from home.  West Brom presents a tricky away tie for Man City, while on the south coast there is another Premier League clash as Bournemouth host Brighton. Congratulations on staying awake...  #BHAFC were the final team to be drawn out in the @Carabao_Cup third-round draw. Helpful at 5am... ����— BHAFC ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) August 24, 2017 5:09AM And... Bournemouth v Brighton.  5:07AM And... Tottenham Hotspur v Barnsley or Derby County 5:04AM And... Crystal Palace v Huddersfield Town.  5:01AM And... West Ham v Bolton. 4:58AM And... Chelsea v Nottingham Forest. 4:54AM And... Aston Villa v Middlesbrough.  4:52AM And... Reading v Swansea City. 4:49AM And... Bristol City v Stoke City.  4:48AM And... Arsenal v Doncaster Rovers. 4:47AM And... Burnley v Leeds United.  4:46AM And.... Wolves v Bristol Rovers.  4:43AM And... Brentford v Norwich City. 4:40AM And... Manchester United v Burton Albion.  4:39AM And... Leicester v Liverpool.  4:38AM And... Everton v Sunderland. 4:37AM And we're off! West Brom v Man City. 4:36AM Don't worry... I haven't fallen asleep. We are, indeed, still waiting... 4:32AM A little of both probably The anticipation is killing me, either that or sleep deprivation #CarabaoCup— Connor Baxter (@connorbaxter31) August 24, 2017 4:29AM Who's hosting? No, they've got @realDonaldTrump with Saint and Greavsie #CarabaoCuphttps://t.co/aLdrkER48H— Jaap The Bear (@JaapTheBear) August 24, 2017 4:27AM What a tease... The #CarabaoCup Round Three draw is approaching! Su Dong is giving a brief presentation before getting things under way. pic.twitter.com/asSiP8A4tt— Carabao Cup (@Carabao_Cup) August 24, 2017 4:25AM Not bad for everyone Lunchtime in Australia has never been so exciting #CarabaoCup— #kingkv (@JasonKVOfficial) August 24, 2017 4:23AM A technical hitch? Never had to wait like this when it was the Rumbelows Cup.  4:21AM General mood The voice of a nation. So when is this draw happening? I want to go to sleep. #CarabaoCup— Lily Urbina (@Lily90) August 24, 2017 4:19AM Oh the waiting... I'd add some tweets about the delay here, but most of them involve expletives...  4:15AM What's that sound? Why, I think it may be the rustle of balls about to be picked from a bag... Possibly. Who knows how they'll be drawing the teams, and we'll probably never know... 4:12AM The excitement! Well I'm awake at this point may as well stay up for the #CarabaoCup draw— Lunif (@LukeFrewin) August 24, 2017 Woke up at 4:07 cos I needed a piss so might as well follow the #CarabaoCup draw. A sentence I never expected to type.— Andy Brook (@andybrook1) August 24, 2017 4:09AM Teams wide awake for the draw Some teams, or at least their poor social media staff, are staying up to find out who they will face.  Brighton, who beat Barnet 1-0 in the previous round, gave a little plug for the competition's sponsors.... @CarabaoUK...aiding #BHAFC's media team with the @Carabao_Cup third-round draw at 4am in the morning! ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/bqaIljrLBe— BHAFC ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) August 24, 2017  And Norwich are also doing what they can to stay awake. Only half an hour or so to go until the @Carabao_Cup third round draw... #ncfcpic.twitter.com/80tEVW6aYp— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) August 24, 2017 4:04AM Teams' numbers What’s your number? �� The #CarabaoCup Round Three draw numbers have been released >> https://t.co/rrE1yp5Ox1pic.twitter.com/T1CHXQq363— Carabao Cup (@Carabao_Cup) August 23, 2017 4:03AM Troubled start to the competition The previous draws haven't gone off entirely smoothly.  When the first round draw took place in Bangkok, Charlton Athletic appeared to be drawn twice before the live Facebook broadcast ground to a halt. First round draw And then there was confusion during the second round draw when it was conducted in the Sky Sports studios by Alex McLeish and John Salako, alongside host Julian Warren. Seeded teams were picked out, followed by whether they would be at home or away and then finally, their opposition. But as Salako said Norwich would be away to Charlton, he appeared to realise the previous matches had been drawn the wrong way around. A number of clubs in the southern section, including Norwich, Charlton, Brentford and Watford, all tweeted about their confusion. Watford initially reported an away tie against Bristol City, as per the draw, only to amend it to a home one. This is probably why they're not televising it this time.... 3:56AM Not long to go... You've set the alarm clock and are awake, congratulations! Now make yourself a cuppa and get ready for the yugely-anticipated third round draw for the Rumbelows Carabao Cup.   It's taking place in China, of course, and excitement is building there. Shaun Harvey vindicated as crowds flock to big screen at Badaling for Caribou Cup draw. Packed 6 hrs before start. Tearful fans turned away. pic.twitter.com/K29a8BdQZZ— Nick Harris (@sportingintel) August 23, 2017 3:49AM Preview What is it? This is the draw for the third round of the Carabao Cup, formerly known as the League Cup and many other names. When is it? The draw will take place on Thursday August 24, 2017. What time does it happen? The big question. The draw will take place at 4.15am BST. Yes, that is correct - it will take place in the early hours of the morning. The second round of the Carabao Cup concludes on Wednesday night Credit: Carabao Cup  Why is it at that time? The reason for such strange timing is because the draw will take place in Beijing, China. You may remember that the first-round draw took place in Thailand - the home nation of the competition's sponsor Carabao - and this China experiment is part of a mission to continue expansion across the Far East. The draw will take place at 11.15am local time - a decision that has prompted ridicule in Britain, which is of course the country in which the competition takes place. An EFL spokesman defended the decision: We understand that not everyone will agree on the timing of this week’s round-three draw, but in staging in this way, it will give the competition both the maximum exposure in the UK, Chinese and Southeast Asian markets. This is not only an important factor for the EFL but also our new sponsors Carabao, who, like ourselves, plan to use the growing global appeal of the competition to reach new audiences. Once the logistics have been completed in Beijing, the UK will be waking up and the breakfast media will be able to report and get reaction on the 16 ties that will take place next month, which we feel is an interesting move away from the usual post-game evening draws. What TV channel is it on? Should you fancy setting an early alarm to find out who your team will be playing, you are in for some disappointing news: the draw will not be televised. That decision comes after chaos engulfed the draws for the opening two rounds, with the first seeing Charlton Athletic appear on screen twice, as well as being beset by audio problems. Carabao Cup draws so far: R1: In Thailand, has Charlton playing two teams R2: John Solako, home/away debacle. R3: China, 4:15am UK time. pic.twitter.com/epfm9n8c5f— Coral (@Coral) 21 August 2017 What are the teams involved? Thirty-two clubs will be involved in the third round draw, with the seven Premier League sides who qualified for Uefa competitions entering, including last season’s winners Manchester United. It is unseeded so anyone can play anyone. The full list will be available after the second round matches are completed on Thursday. When will the matches take place? The 16 ties will all be played in the week commencing September 18, 2017. 19 EFL players Premier League clubs could sign  

Carabao Cup 2017 draw in full: Manchester United play Burton Albion, Arsenal host Doncaster

Manchester United begin the defence of the Carabao Cup by hosting Burton in the third round. United, who beat Southampton in last season's League Cup final, will welcome Nigel Clough's Championship side to Old Trafford after the 40-minute draw was made in Beijing this morning. Jose Mourinho's side have only ever played the Brewers twice before, when the then non-league club earned a famous FA Cup replay after drawing 0-0 at Old Trafford, before United won 5-0 at the second attempt. League One Doncaster have been rewarded for beating Championship Hull with a trip to the Emirates to face Arsenal, while the other third-tier club Bristol Rovers visit Wolves. Carabao Cup third round draw 2014 winners Manchester City have been drawn away at West Brom, eight-time winners Liverpool visit Leicester, Chelsea will play Nottingham Forest at home and Everton host Sunderland. Tottenham will play the winner of Barnsley versus Derby, Burnley's record signing Chris Wood will have a quick reunion with his former club Leeds as the Yorkshire side head to Turf Moor and Huddersfield make a repeat journey to Crystal Palace, the scene of their opening-day win in the Premier League. Elsewhere West Ham taken on Bolton, Reading host Swansea, Stoke head to Bristol City and Brighton make the trip along the south coast to Bournemouth. The draw was made in China at 11.30am local time, to try and boost the EFL's exposure in Asia, though it was not televised after mishaps in the last two draws. Jose Mourinho hopes to reclaim the League Cup trophy  The first-round draw, held in Thailand where the makers of energy drink Carabao are based, showed Charlton playing two teams in the on-screen graphic. Then former England winger John Salako, conducting the second-round draw, got confused about which teams were playing at home or away. Although starting late, there were no such embarrassments this time around, with each tie revealed on Twitter around two minutes apart on Twitter. Ties to be played week commencing September 18. Carabao Cup third round draw in full: West Brom v Manchester City Everton v Sunderland Leicester v Liverpool Manchester United v Burton Brentford v Norwich Wolves v Bristol Rovers Burnley v Leeds Arsenal v Doncaster Bristol City v Stoke Reading v Swansea Aston Villa v Middlesbrough Chelsea v Nottingham Forest West Ham v Bolton Crystal Palace v Huddersfield Tottenham v Barnsley or Derby Bournemouth v Brighton 5:16AM And that's it! Burton and Doncaster will be vying to pull off huge upsets when they face Man United and Arsenal away from home.  West Brom presents a tricky away tie for Man City, while on the south coast there is another Premier League clash as Bournemouth host Brighton. Congratulations on staying awake...  #BHAFC were the final team to be drawn out in the @Carabao_Cup third-round draw. Helpful at 5am... ����— BHAFC ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) August 24, 2017 5:09AM And... Bournemouth v Brighton.  5:07AM And... Tottenham Hotspur v Barnsley or Derby County 5:04AM And... Crystal Palace v Huddersfield Town.  5:01AM And... West Ham v Bolton. 4:58AM And... Chelsea v Nottingham Forest. 4:54AM And... Aston Villa v Middlesbrough.  4:52AM And... Reading v Swansea City. 4:49AM And... Bristol City v Stoke City.  4:48AM And... Arsenal v Doncaster Rovers. 4:47AM And... Burnley v Leeds United.  4:46AM And.... Wolves v Bristol Rovers.  4:43AM And... Brentford v Norwich City. 4:40AM And... Manchester United v Burton Albion.  4:39AM And... Leicester v Liverpool.  4:38AM And... Everton v Sunderland. 4:37AM And we're off! West Brom v Man City. 4:36AM Don't worry... I haven't fallen asleep. We are, indeed, still waiting... 4:32AM A little of both probably The anticipation is killing me, either that or sleep deprivation #CarabaoCup— Connor Baxter (@connorbaxter31) August 24, 2017 4:29AM Who's hosting? No, they've got @realDonaldTrump with Saint and Greavsie #CarabaoCuphttps://t.co/aLdrkER48H— Jaap The Bear (@JaapTheBear) August 24, 2017 4:27AM What a tease... The #CarabaoCup Round Three draw is approaching! Su Dong is giving a brief presentation before getting things under way. pic.twitter.com/asSiP8A4tt— Carabao Cup (@Carabao_Cup) August 24, 2017 4:25AM Not bad for everyone Lunchtime in Australia has never been so exciting #CarabaoCup— #kingkv (@JasonKVOfficial) August 24, 2017 4:23AM A technical hitch? Never had to wait like this when it was the Rumbelows Cup.  4:21AM General mood The voice of a nation. So when is this draw happening? I want to go to sleep. #CarabaoCup— Lily Urbina (@Lily90) August 24, 2017 4:19AM Oh the waiting... I'd add some tweets about the delay here, but most of them involve expletives...  4:15AM What's that sound? Why, I think it may be the rustle of balls about to be picked from a bag... Possibly. Who knows how they'll be drawing the teams, and we'll probably never know... 4:12AM The excitement! Well I'm awake at this point may as well stay up for the #CarabaoCup draw— Lunif (@LukeFrewin) August 24, 2017 Woke up at 4:07 cos I needed a piss so might as well follow the #CarabaoCup draw. A sentence I never expected to type.— Andy Brook (@andybrook1) August 24, 2017 4:09AM Teams wide awake for the draw Some teams, or at least their poor social media staff, are staying up to find out who they will face.  Brighton, who beat Barnet 1-0 in the previous round, gave a little plug for the competition's sponsors.... @CarabaoUK...aiding #BHAFC's media team with the @Carabao_Cup third-round draw at 4am in the morning! ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/bqaIljrLBe— BHAFC ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) August 24, 2017  And Norwich are also doing what they can to stay awake. Only half an hour or so to go until the @Carabao_Cup third round draw... #ncfcpic.twitter.com/80tEVW6aYp— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) August 24, 2017 4:04AM Teams' numbers What’s your number? �� The #CarabaoCup Round Three draw numbers have been released >> https://t.co/rrE1yp5Ox1pic.twitter.com/T1CHXQq363— Carabao Cup (@Carabao_Cup) August 23, 2017 4:03AM Troubled start to the competition The previous draws haven't gone off entirely smoothly.  When the first round draw took place in Bangkok, Charlton Athletic appeared to be drawn twice before the live Facebook broadcast ground to a halt. First round draw And then there was confusion during the second round draw when it was conducted in the Sky Sports studios by Alex McLeish and John Salako, alongside host Julian Warren. Seeded teams were picked out, followed by whether they would be at home or away and then finally, their opposition. But as Salako said Norwich would be away to Charlton, he appeared to realise the previous matches had been drawn the wrong way around. A number of clubs in the southern section, including Norwich, Charlton, Brentford and Watford, all tweeted about their confusion. Watford initially reported an away tie against Bristol City, as per the draw, only to amend it to a home one. This is probably why they're not televising it this time.... 3:56AM Not long to go... You've set the alarm clock and are awake, congratulations! Now make yourself a cuppa and get ready for the yugely-anticipated third round draw for the Rumbelows Carabao Cup.   It's taking place in China, of course, and excitement is building there. Shaun Harvey vindicated as crowds flock to big screen at Badaling for Caribou Cup draw. Packed 6 hrs before start. Tearful fans turned away. pic.twitter.com/K29a8BdQZZ— Nick Harris (@sportingintel) August 23, 2017 3:49AM Preview What is it? This is the draw for the third round of the Carabao Cup, formerly known as the League Cup and many other names. When is it? The draw will take place on Thursday August 24, 2017. What time does it happen? The big question. The draw will take place at 4.15am BST. Yes, that is correct - it will take place in the early hours of the morning. The second round of the Carabao Cup concludes on Wednesday night Credit: Carabao Cup  Why is it at that time? The reason for such strange timing is because the draw will take place in Beijing, China. You may remember that the first-round draw took place in Thailand - the home nation of the competition's sponsor Carabao - and this China experiment is part of a mission to continue expansion across the Far East. The draw will take place at 11.15am local time - a decision that has prompted ridicule in Britain, which is of course the country in which the competition takes place. An EFL spokesman defended the decision: We understand that not everyone will agree on the timing of this week’s round-three draw, but in staging in this way, it will give the competition both the maximum exposure in the UK, Chinese and Southeast Asian markets. This is not only an important factor for the EFL but also our new sponsors Carabao, who, like ourselves, plan to use the growing global appeal of the competition to reach new audiences. Once the logistics have been completed in Beijing, the UK will be waking up and the breakfast media will be able to report and get reaction on the 16 ties that will take place next month, which we feel is an interesting move away from the usual post-game evening draws. What TV channel is it on? Should you fancy setting an early alarm to find out who your team will be playing, you are in for some disappointing news: the draw will not be televised. That decision comes after chaos engulfed the draws for the opening two rounds, with the first seeing Charlton Athletic appear on screen twice, as well as being beset by audio problems. Carabao Cup draws so far: R1: In Thailand, has Charlton playing two teams R2: John Solako, home/away debacle. R3: China, 4:15am UK time. pic.twitter.com/epfm9n8c5f— Coral (@Coral) 21 August 2017 What are the teams involved? Thirty-two clubs will be involved in the third round draw, with the seven Premier League sides who qualified for Uefa competitions entering, including last season’s winners Manchester United. It is unseeded so anyone can play anyone. The full list will be available after the second round matches are completed on Thursday. When will the matches take place? The 16 ties will all be played in the week commencing September 18, 2017. 19 EFL players Premier League clubs could sign  

Carabao Cup 2017 draw in full: Manchester United play Burton Albion, Arsenal host Doncaster

Manchester United begin the defence of the Carabao Cup by hosting Burton in the third round. United, who beat Southampton in last season's League Cup final, will welcome Nigel Clough's Championship side to Old Trafford after the 40-minute draw was made in Beijing this morning. Jose Mourinho's side have only ever played the Brewers twice before, when the then non-league club earned a famous FA Cup replay after drawing 0-0 at Old Trafford, before United won 5-0 at the second attempt. League One Doncaster have been rewarded for beating Championship Hull with a trip to the Emirates to face Arsenal, while the other third-tier club Bristol Rovers visit Wolves. Carabao Cup third round draw 2014 winners Manchester City have been drawn away at West Brom, eight-time winners Liverpool visit Leicester, Chelsea will play Nottingham Forest at home and Everton host Sunderland. Tottenham will play the winner of Barnsley versus Derby, Burnley's record signing Chris Wood will have a quick reunion with his former club Leeds as the Yorkshire side head to Turf Moor and Huddersfield make a repeat journey to Crystal Palace, the scene of their opening-day win in the Premier League. Elsewhere West Ham taken on Bolton, Reading host Swansea, Stoke head to Bristol City and Brighton make the trip along the south coast to Bournemouth. The draw was made in China at 11.30am local time, to try and boost the EFL's exposure in Asia, though it was not televised after mishaps in the last two draws. Jose Mourinho hopes to reclaim the League Cup trophy  The first-round draw, held in Thailand where the makers of energy drink Carabao are based, showed Charlton playing two teams in the on-screen graphic. Then former England winger John Salako, conducting the second-round draw, got confused about which teams were playing at home or away. Although starting late, there were no such embarrassments this time around, with each tie revealed on Twitter around two minutes apart on Twitter. Ties to be played week commencing September 18. Carabao Cup third round draw in full: West Brom v Manchester City Everton v Sunderland Leicester v Liverpool Manchester United v Burton Brentford v Norwich Wolves v Bristol Rovers Burnley v Leeds Arsenal v Doncaster Bristol City v Stoke Reading v Swansea Aston Villa v Middlesbrough Chelsea v Nottingham Forest West Ham v Bolton Crystal Palace v Huddersfield Tottenham v Barnsley or Derby Bournemouth v Brighton 5:16AM And that's it! Burton and Doncaster will be vying to pull off huge upsets when they face Man United and Arsenal away from home.  West Brom presents a tricky away tie for Man City, while on the south coast there is another Premier League clash as Bournemouth host Brighton. Congratulations on staying awake...  #BHAFC were the final team to be drawn out in the @Carabao_Cup third-round draw. Helpful at 5am... ����— BHAFC ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) August 24, 2017 5:09AM And... Bournemouth v Brighton.  5:07AM And... Tottenham Hotspur v Barnsley or Derby County 5:04AM And... Crystal Palace v Huddersfield Town.  5:01AM And... West Ham v Bolton. 4:58AM And... Chelsea v Nottingham Forest. 4:54AM And... Aston Villa v Middlesbrough.  4:52AM And... Reading v Swansea City. 4:49AM And... Bristol City v Stoke City.  4:48AM And... Arsenal v Doncaster Rovers. 4:47AM And... Burnley v Leeds United.  4:46AM And.... Wolves v Bristol Rovers.  4:43AM And... Brentford v Norwich City. 4:40AM And... Manchester United v Burton Albion.  4:39AM And... Leicester v Liverpool.  4:38AM And... Everton v Sunderland. 4:37AM And we're off! West Brom v Man City. 4:36AM Don't worry... I haven't fallen asleep. We are, indeed, still waiting... 4:32AM A little of both probably The anticipation is killing me, either that or sleep deprivation #CarabaoCup— Connor Baxter (@connorbaxter31) August 24, 2017 4:29AM Who's hosting? No, they've got @realDonaldTrump with Saint and Greavsie #CarabaoCuphttps://t.co/aLdrkER48H— Jaap The Bear (@JaapTheBear) August 24, 2017 4:27AM What a tease... The #CarabaoCup Round Three draw is approaching! Su Dong is giving a brief presentation before getting things under way. pic.twitter.com/asSiP8A4tt— Carabao Cup (@Carabao_Cup) August 24, 2017 4:25AM Not bad for everyone Lunchtime in Australia has never been so exciting #CarabaoCup— #kingkv (@JasonKVOfficial) August 24, 2017 4:23AM A technical hitch? Never had to wait like this when it was the Rumbelows Cup.  4:21AM General mood The voice of a nation. So when is this draw happening? I want to go to sleep. #CarabaoCup— Lily Urbina (@Lily90) August 24, 2017 4:19AM Oh the waiting... I'd add some tweets about the delay here, but most of them involve expletives...  4:15AM What's that sound? Why, I think it may be the rustle of balls about to be picked from a bag... Possibly. Who knows how they'll be drawing the teams, and we'll probably never know... 4:12AM The excitement! Well I'm awake at this point may as well stay up for the #CarabaoCup draw— Lunif (@LukeFrewin) August 24, 2017 Woke up at 4:07 cos I needed a piss so might as well follow the #CarabaoCup draw. A sentence I never expected to type.— Andy Brook (@andybrook1) August 24, 2017 4:09AM Teams wide awake for the draw Some teams, or at least their poor social media staff, are staying up to find out who they will face.  Brighton, who beat Barnet 1-0 in the previous round, gave a little plug for the competition's sponsors.... @CarabaoUK...aiding #BHAFC's media team with the @Carabao_Cup third-round draw at 4am in the morning! ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/bqaIljrLBe— BHAFC ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) August 24, 2017  And Norwich are also doing what they can to stay awake. Only half an hour or so to go until the @Carabao_Cup third round draw... #ncfcpic.twitter.com/80tEVW6aYp— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) August 24, 2017 4:04AM Teams' numbers What’s your number? �� The #CarabaoCup Round Three draw numbers have been released >> https://t.co/rrE1yp5Ox1pic.twitter.com/T1CHXQq363— Carabao Cup (@Carabao_Cup) August 23, 2017 4:03AM Troubled start to the competition The previous draws haven't gone off entirely smoothly.  When the first round draw took place in Bangkok, Charlton Athletic appeared to be drawn twice before the live Facebook broadcast ground to a halt. First round draw And then there was confusion during the second round draw when it was conducted in the Sky Sports studios by Alex McLeish and John Salako, alongside host Julian Warren. Seeded teams were picked out, followed by whether they would be at home or away and then finally, their opposition. But as Salako said Norwich would be away to Charlton, he appeared to realise the previous matches had been drawn the wrong way around. A number of clubs in the southern section, including Norwich, Charlton, Brentford and Watford, all tweeted about their confusion. Watford initially reported an away tie against Bristol City, as per the draw, only to amend it to a home one. This is probably why they're not televising it this time.... 3:56AM Not long to go... You've set the alarm clock and are awake, congratulations! Now make yourself a cuppa and get ready for the yugely-anticipated third round draw for the Rumbelows Carabao Cup.   It's taking place in China, of course, and excitement is building there. Shaun Harvey vindicated as crowds flock to big screen at Badaling for Caribou Cup draw. Packed 6 hrs before start. Tearful fans turned away. pic.twitter.com/K29a8BdQZZ— Nick Harris (@sportingintel) August 23, 2017 3:49AM Preview What is it? This is the draw for the third round of the Carabao Cup, formerly known as the League Cup and many other names. When is it? The draw will take place on Thursday August 24, 2017. What time does it happen? The big question. The draw will take place at 4.15am BST. Yes, that is correct - it will take place in the early hours of the morning. The second round of the Carabao Cup concludes on Wednesday night Credit: Carabao Cup  Why is it at that time? The reason for such strange timing is because the draw will take place in Beijing, China. You may remember that the first-round draw took place in Thailand - the home nation of the competition's sponsor Carabao - and this China experiment is part of a mission to continue expansion across the Far East. The draw will take place at 11.15am local time - a decision that has prompted ridicule in Britain, which is of course the country in which the competition takes place. An EFL spokesman defended the decision: We understand that not everyone will agree on the timing of this week’s round-three draw, but in staging in this way, it will give the competition both the maximum exposure in the UK, Chinese and Southeast Asian markets. This is not only an important factor for the EFL but also our new sponsors Carabao, who, like ourselves, plan to use the growing global appeal of the competition to reach new audiences. Once the logistics have been completed in Beijing, the UK will be waking up and the breakfast media will be able to report and get reaction on the 16 ties that will take place next month, which we feel is an interesting move away from the usual post-game evening draws. What TV channel is it on? Should you fancy setting an early alarm to find out who your team will be playing, you are in for some disappointing news: the draw will not be televised. That decision comes after chaos engulfed the draws for the opening two rounds, with the first seeing Charlton Athletic appear on screen twice, as well as being beset by audio problems. Carabao Cup draws so far: R1: In Thailand, has Charlton playing two teams R2: John Solako, home/away debacle. R3: China, 4:15am UK time. pic.twitter.com/epfm9n8c5f— Coral (@Coral) 21 August 2017 What are the teams involved? Thirty-two clubs will be involved in the third round draw, with the seven Premier League sides who qualified for Uefa competitions entering, including last season’s winners Manchester United. It is unseeded so anyone can play anyone. The full list will be available after the second round matches are completed on Thursday. When will the matches take place? The 16 ties will all be played in the week commencing September 18, 2017. 19 EFL players Premier League clubs could sign  

Carabao Cup 2017 draw in full: Manchester United play Burton Albion, Arsenal host Doncaster

Manchester United begin the defence of the Carabao Cup by hosting Burton in the third round. United, who beat Southampton in last season's League Cup final, will welcome Nigel Clough's Championship side to Old Trafford after the 40-minute draw was made in Beijing this morning. Jose Mourinho's side have only ever played the Brewers twice before, when the then non-league club earned a famous FA Cup replay after drawing 0-0 at Old Trafford, before United won 5-0 at the second attempt. League One Doncaster have been rewarded for beating Championship Hull with a trip to the Emirates to face Arsenal, while the other third-tier club Bristol Rovers visit Wolves. Carabao Cup third round draw 2014 winners Manchester City have been drawn away at West Brom, eight-time winners Liverpool visit Leicester, Chelsea will play Nottingham Forest at home and Everton host Sunderland. Tottenham will play the winner of Barnsley versus Derby, Burnley's record signing Chris Wood will have a quick reunion with his former club Leeds as the Yorkshire side head to Turf Moor and Huddersfield make a repeat journey to Crystal Palace, the scene of their opening-day win in the Premier League. Elsewhere West Ham taken on Bolton, Reading host Swansea, Stoke head to Bristol City and Brighton make the trip along the south coast to Bournemouth. The draw was made in China at 11.30am local time, to try and boost the EFL's exposure in Asia, though it was not televised after mishaps in the last two draws. Jose Mourinho hopes to reclaim the League Cup trophy  The first-round draw, held in Thailand where the makers of energy drink Carabao are based, showed Charlton playing two teams in the on-screen graphic. Then former England winger John Salako, conducting the second-round draw, got confused about which teams were playing at home or away. Although starting late, there were no such embarrassments this time around, with each tie revealed on Twitter around two minutes apart on Twitter. Ties to be played week commencing September 18. Carabao Cup third round draw in full: West Brom v Manchester City Everton v Sunderland Leicester v Liverpool Manchester United v Burton Brentford v Norwich Wolves v Bristol Rovers Burnley v Leeds Arsenal v Doncaster Bristol City v Stoke Reading v Swansea Aston Villa v Middlesbrough Chelsea v Nottingham Forest West Ham v Bolton Crystal Palace v Huddersfield Tottenham v Barnsley or Derby Bournemouth v Brighton 5:16AM And that's it! Burton and Doncaster will be vying to pull off huge upsets when they face Man United and Arsenal away from home.  West Brom presents a tricky away tie for Man City, while on the south coast there is another Premier League clash as Bournemouth host Brighton. Congratulations on staying awake...  #BHAFC were the final team to be drawn out in the @Carabao_Cup third-round draw. Helpful at 5am... ����— BHAFC ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) August 24, 2017 5:09AM And... Bournemouth v Brighton.  5:07AM And... Tottenham Hotspur v Barnsley or Derby County 5:04AM And... Crystal Palace v Huddersfield Town.  5:01AM And... West Ham v Bolton. 4:58AM And... Chelsea v Nottingham Forest. 4:54AM And... Aston Villa v Middlesbrough.  4:52AM And... Reading v Swansea City. 4:49AM And... Bristol City v Stoke City.  4:48AM And... Arsenal v Doncaster Rovers. 4:47AM And... Burnley v Leeds United.  4:46AM And.... Wolves v Bristol Rovers.  4:43AM And... Brentford v Norwich City. 4:40AM And... Manchester United v Burton Albion.  4:39AM And... Leicester v Liverpool.  4:38AM And... Everton v Sunderland. 4:37AM And we're off! West Brom v Man City. 4:36AM Don't worry... I haven't fallen asleep. We are, indeed, still waiting... 4:32AM A little of both probably The anticipation is killing me, either that or sleep deprivation #CarabaoCup— Connor Baxter (@connorbaxter31) August 24, 2017 4:29AM Who's hosting? No, they've got @realDonaldTrump with Saint and Greavsie #CarabaoCuphttps://t.co/aLdrkER48H— Jaap The Bear (@JaapTheBear) August 24, 2017 4:27AM What a tease... The #CarabaoCup Round Three draw is approaching! Su Dong is giving a brief presentation before getting things under way. pic.twitter.com/asSiP8A4tt— Carabao Cup (@Carabao_Cup) August 24, 2017 4:25AM Not bad for everyone Lunchtime in Australia has never been so exciting #CarabaoCup— #kingkv (@JasonKVOfficial) August 24, 2017 4:23AM A technical hitch? Never had to wait like this when it was the Rumbelows Cup.  4:21AM General mood The voice of a nation. So when is this draw happening? I want to go to sleep. #CarabaoCup— Lily Urbina (@Lily90) August 24, 2017 4:19AM Oh the waiting... I'd add some tweets about the delay here, but most of them involve expletives...  4:15AM What's that sound? Why, I think it may be the rustle of balls about to be picked from a bag... Possibly. Who knows how they'll be drawing the teams, and we'll probably never know... 4:12AM The excitement! Well I'm awake at this point may as well stay up for the #CarabaoCup draw— Lunif (@LukeFrewin) August 24, 2017 Woke up at 4:07 cos I needed a piss so might as well follow the #CarabaoCup draw. A sentence I never expected to type.— Andy Brook (@andybrook1) August 24, 2017 4:09AM Teams wide awake for the draw Some teams, or at least their poor social media staff, are staying up to find out who they will face.  Brighton, who beat Barnet 1-0 in the previous round, gave a little plug for the competition's sponsors.... @CarabaoUK...aiding #BHAFC's media team with the @Carabao_Cup third-round draw at 4am in the morning! ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/bqaIljrLBe— BHAFC ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) August 24, 2017  And Norwich are also doing what they can to stay awake. Only half an hour or so to go until the @Carabao_Cup third round draw... #ncfcpic.twitter.com/80tEVW6aYp— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) August 24, 2017 4:04AM Teams' numbers What’s your number? �� The #CarabaoCup Round Three draw numbers have been released >> https://t.co/rrE1yp5Ox1pic.twitter.com/T1CHXQq363— Carabao Cup (@Carabao_Cup) August 23, 2017 4:03AM Troubled start to the competition The previous draws haven't gone off entirely smoothly.  When the first round draw took place in Bangkok, Charlton Athletic appeared to be drawn twice before the live Facebook broadcast ground to a halt. First round draw And then there was confusion during the second round draw when it was conducted in the Sky Sports studios by Alex McLeish and John Salako, alongside host Julian Warren. Seeded teams were picked out, followed by whether they would be at home or away and then finally, their opposition. But as Salako said Norwich would be away to Charlton, he appeared to realise the previous matches had been drawn the wrong way around. A number of clubs in the southern section, including Norwich, Charlton, Brentford and Watford, all tweeted about their confusion. Watford initially reported an away tie against Bristol City, as per the draw, only to amend it to a home one. This is probably why they're not televising it this time.... 3:56AM Not long to go... You've set the alarm clock and are awake, congratulations! Now make yourself a cuppa and get ready for the yugely-anticipated third round draw for the Rumbelows Carabao Cup.   It's taking place in China, of course, and excitement is building there. Shaun Harvey vindicated as crowds flock to big screen at Badaling for Caribou Cup draw. Packed 6 hrs before start. Tearful fans turned away. pic.twitter.com/K29a8BdQZZ— Nick Harris (@sportingintel) August 23, 2017 3:49AM Preview What is it? This is the draw for the third round of the Carabao Cup, formerly known as the League Cup and many other names. When is it? The draw will take place on Thursday August 24, 2017. What time does it happen? The big question. The draw will take place at 4.15am BST. Yes, that is correct - it will take place in the early hours of the morning. The second round of the Carabao Cup concludes on Wednesday night Credit: Carabao Cup  Why is it at that time? The reason for such strange timing is because the draw will take place in Beijing, China. You may remember that the first-round draw took place in Thailand - the home nation of the competition's sponsor Carabao - and this China experiment is part of a mission to continue expansion across the Far East. The draw will take place at 11.15am local time - a decision that has prompted ridicule in Britain, which is of course the country in which the competition takes place. An EFL spokesman defended the decision: We understand that not everyone will agree on the timing of this week’s round-three draw, but in staging in this way, it will give the competition both the maximum exposure in the UK, Chinese and Southeast Asian markets. This is not only an important factor for the EFL but also our new sponsors Carabao, who, like ourselves, plan to use the growing global appeal of the competition to reach new audiences. Once the logistics have been completed in Beijing, the UK will be waking up and the breakfast media will be able to report and get reaction on the 16 ties that will take place next month, which we feel is an interesting move away from the usual post-game evening draws. What TV channel is it on? Should you fancy setting an early alarm to find out who your team will be playing, you are in for some disappointing news: the draw will not be televised. That decision comes after chaos engulfed the draws for the opening two rounds, with the first seeing Charlton Athletic appear on screen twice, as well as being beset by audio problems. Carabao Cup draws so far: R1: In Thailand, has Charlton playing two teams R2: John Solako, home/away debacle. R3: China, 4:15am UK time. pic.twitter.com/epfm9n8c5f— Coral (@Coral) 21 August 2017 What are the teams involved? Thirty-two clubs will be involved in the third round draw, with the seven Premier League sides who qualified for Uefa competitions entering, including last season’s winners Manchester United. It is unseeded so anyone can play anyone. The full list will be available after the second round matches are completed on Thursday. When will the matches take place? The 16 ties will all be played in the week commencing September 18, 2017. 19 EFL players Premier League clubs could sign  

Carabao Cup 2017 third round draw in full: Manchester United play Burton Albion as Arsenal host Doncaster

The teams are being drawn in Beijing Carabao Cup draw is indicative of the total disrespect shown to football fans West Brom v Man City​ Manchester United v Burton Albion​ Arsenal v Doncaster Rovers​ Chelsea v Nottingham Forest ​ Manchester United begin the defence of the Carabao Cup by hosting Burton in the third round. United, who beat Southampton in last season's Wembley final, will welcome Nigel Clough's Championship side to Old Trafford after the 40-minute draw was made in Beijing this morning. Jose Mourinho's side have only ever played the Brewers twice before, when the then non-league club earned a famous FA Cup replay after drawing 0-0 at Old Trafford, before United won 5-0 at the second attempt. League One Doncaster have been rewarded for beating Championship Hull with a trip to the Emirates to face Arsenal, while the other third-tier club Bristol Rovers visit Wolves. Carabao Cup third round draw 2014 winners Manchester City have been drawn away at West Brom, eight-time winners Liverpool visit Leicester, Chelsea will play Nottingham Forest at home and Everton host Sunderland. Tottenham will play the winner of Barnsley versus Derby, Burnley's record signing Chris Wood will have a quick reunion with his former club Leeds as the Yorkshire side head to Turf Moor and Huddersfield make a repeat journey to Crystal Palace, the scene of their opening-day win in the Premier League. Elsewhere West Ham taken on Bolton, Reading host Swansea, Stoke head to Bristol City and Brighton make the trip along the south coast to Bournemouth. The draw was made in China at 11.30am local time, to try and boost the EFL's exposure in Asia, though it was not televised after mishaps in the last two draws. The first-round draw, held in Thailand where the makers of energy drink Carabao are based, showed Charlton playing two teams in the on-screen graphic. Then former England winger John Salako, conducting the second-round draw, got confused about which teams were playing at home or away. Although starting late, there were no such embarrassments this time around, with each tie revealed on Twitter around two minutes apart on Twitter. Ties to be played week commencing September 18. 5:16AM And that's it! Burton and Doncaster will be vying to pull off huge upsets when they face Man United and Arsenal away from home.  West Brom presents a tricky away tie for Man City, while on the south coast there is another Premier League clash as Bournemouth host Brighton. Congratulations on staying awake...  #BHAFC were the final team to be drawn out in the @Carabao_Cup third-round draw. Helpful at 5am... ����— BHAFC ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) August 24, 2017 5:09AM And... Bournemouth v Brighton.  5:07AM And... Tottenham Hotspur v Barnsley or Derby County 5:04AM And... Crystal Palace v Huddersfield Town.  5:01AM And... West Ham v Bolton. 4:58AM And... Chelsea v Nottingham Forest. 4:54AM And... Aston Villa v Middlesbrough.  4:52AM And... Reading v Swansea City. 4:49AM And... Bristol City v Stoke City.  4:48AM And... Arsenal v Doncaster Rovers. 4:47AM And... Burnley v Leeds United.  4:46AM And.... Wolves v Bristol Rovers.  4:43AM And... Brentford v Norwich City. 4:40AM And... Manchester United v Burton Albion.  4:39AM And... Leicester v Liverpool.  4:38AM And... Everton v Sunderland. 4:37AM And we're off! West Brom v Man City. 4:36AM Don't worry... I haven't fallen asleep. We are, indeed, still waiting... 4:32AM A little of both probably The anticipation is killing me, either that or sleep deprivation #CarabaoCup— Connor Baxter (@connorbaxter31) August 24, 2017 4:29AM Who's hosting? No, they've got @realDonaldTrump with Saint and Greavsie #CarabaoCuphttps://t.co/aLdrkER48H— Jaap The Bear (@JaapTheBear) August 24, 2017 4:27AM What a tease... The #CarabaoCup Round Three draw is approaching! Su Dong is giving a brief presentation before getting things under way. pic.twitter.com/asSiP8A4tt— Carabao Cup (@Carabao_Cup) August 24, 2017 4:25AM Not bad for everyone Lunchtime in Australia has never been so exciting #CarabaoCup— #kingkv (@JasonKVOfficial) August 24, 2017 4:23AM A technical hitch? Never had to wait like this when it was the Rumbelows Cup.  4:21AM General mood The voice of a nation. So when is this draw happening? I want to go to sleep. #CarabaoCup— Lily Urbina (@Lily90) August 24, 2017 4:19AM Oh the waiting... I'd add some tweets about the delay here, but most of them involve expletives...  4:15AM What's that sound? Why, I think it may be the rustle of balls about to be picked from a bag... Possibly. Who knows how they'll be drawing the teams, and we'll probably never know... 4:12AM The excitement! Well I'm awake at this point may as well stay up for the #CarabaoCup draw— Lunif (@LukeFrewin) August 24, 2017 Woke up at 4:07 cos I needed a piss so might as well follow the #CarabaoCup draw. A sentence I never expected to type.— Andy Brook (@andybrook1) August 24, 2017 4:09AM Teams wide awake for the draw Some teams, or at least their poor social media staff, are staying up to find out who they will face.  Brighton, who beat Barnet 1-0 in the previous round, gave a little plug for the competition's sponsors.... @CarabaoUK...aiding #BHAFC's media team with the @Carabao_Cup third-round draw at 4am in the morning! ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/bqaIljrLBe— BHAFC ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) August 24, 2017  And Norwich are also doing what they can to stay awake. Only half an hour or so to go until the @Carabao_Cup third round draw... #ncfcpic.twitter.com/80tEVW6aYp— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) August 24, 2017 4:04AM Teams' numbers What’s your number? �� The #CarabaoCup Round Three draw numbers have been released >> https://t.co/rrE1yp5Ox1pic.twitter.com/T1CHXQq363— Carabao Cup (@Carabao_Cup) August 23, 2017 4:03AM Troubled start to the competition The previous draws haven't gone off entirely smoothly.  When the first round draw took place in Bangkok, Charlton Athletic appeared to be drawn twice before the live Facebook broadcast ground to a halt. First round draw And then there was confusion during the second round draw when it was conducted in the Sky Sports studios by Alex McLeish and John Salako, alongside host Julian Warren. Seeded teams were picked out, followed by whether they would be at home or away and then finally, their opposition. But as Salako said Norwich would be away to Charlton, he appeared to realise the previous matches had been drawn the wrong way around. A number of clubs in the southern section, including Norwich, Charlton, Brentford and Watford, all tweeted about their confusion. Watford initially reported an away tie against Bristol City, as per the draw, only to amend it to a home one. This is probably why they're not televising it this time.... 3:56AM Not long to go... You've set the alarm clock and are awake, congratulations! Now make yourself a cuppa and get ready for the yugely-anticipated third round draw for the Rumbelows Carabao Cup.   It's taking place in China, of course, and excitement is building there. Shaun Harvey vindicated as crowds flock to big screen at Badaling for Caribou Cup draw. Packed 6 hrs before start. Tearful fans turned away. pic.twitter.com/K29a8BdQZZ— Nick Harris (@sportingintel) August 23, 2017 3:49AM Preview What is it? This is the draw for the third round of the Carabao Cup, formerly known as the League Cup and many other names. When is it? The draw will take place on Thursday August 24, 2017. What time does it happen? The big question. The draw will take place at 4.15am BST. Yes, that is correct - it will take place in the early hours of the morning. The second round of the Carabao Cup concludes on Wednesday night Credit: Carabao Cup  Why is it at that time? The reason for such strange timing is because the draw will take place in Beijing, China. You may remember that the first-round draw took place in Thailand - the home nation of the competition's sponsor Carabao - and this China experiment is part of a mission to continue expansion across the Far East. The draw will take place at 11.15am local time - a decision that has prompted ridicule in Britain, which is of course the country in which the competition takes place. An EFL spokesman defended the decision: We understand that not everyone will agree on the timing of this week’s round-three draw, but in staging in this way, it will give the competition both the maximum exposure in the UK, Chinese and Southeast Asian markets. This is not only an important factor for the EFL but also our new sponsors Carabao, who, like ourselves, plan to use the growing global appeal of the competition to reach new audiences. Once the logistics have been completed in Beijing, the UK will be waking up and the breakfast media will be able to report and get reaction on the 16 ties that will take place next month, which we feel is an interesting move away from the usual post-game evening draws. What TV channel is it on? Should you fancy setting an early alarm to find out who your team will be playing, you are in for some disappointing news: the draw will not be televised. That decision comes after chaos engulfed the draws for the opening two rounds, with the first seeing Charlton Athletic appear on screen twice, as well as being beset by audio problems. Carabao Cup draws so far: R1: In Thailand, has Charlton playing two teams R2: John Solako, home/away debacle. R3: China, 4:15am UK time. pic.twitter.com/epfm9n8c5f— Coral (@Coral) 21 August 2017 What are the teams involved? Thirty-two clubs will be involved in the third round draw, with the seven Premier League sides who qualified for Uefa competitions entering, including last season’s winners Manchester United. It is unseeded so anyone can play anyone. The full list will be available after the second round matches are completed on Thursday. When will the matches take place? The 16 ties will all be played in the week commencing September 18, 2017. 19 EFL players Premier League clubs could sign  

Carabao Cup Second Round - Brighton & Hove Albion vs Barnet

Soccer Football - Carabao Cup Second Round - Brighton & Hove Albion vs Barnet - Brighton, Britain - August 22, 2017 Barnet's Mauro Vilhete in action with Brighton’s Connor Goldson Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Carabao Cup Second Round - Brighton & Hove Albion vs Barnet

Soccer Football - Carabao Cup Second Round - Brighton & Hove Albion vs Barnet - Brighton, Britain - August 22, 2017 Barnet's Ricardo Santos misses a chance to score Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Carabao Cup Second Round - Brighton & Hove Albion vs Barnet

Soccer Football - Carabao Cup Second Round - Brighton & Hove Albion vs Barnet - Brighton, Britain - August 22, 2017 Brighton's James Tilley scores their first goal Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Carabao Cup Second Round - Brighton & Hove Albion vs Barnet

Soccer Football - Carabao Cup Second Round - Brighton & Hove Albion vs Barnet - Brighton, Britain - August 22, 2017 Brighton's Connor Goldson in action with Barnet's Jean Louis Akpa Akpro Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Carabao Cup Second Round - Brighton & Hove Albion vs Barnet

Soccer Football - Carabao Cup Second Round - Brighton & Hove Albion vs Barnet - Brighton, Britain - August 22, 2017 Brighton manager Chris Hughton Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Carabao Cup Second Round - Brighton & Hove Albion vs Barnet

Soccer Football - Carabao Cup Second Round - Brighton & Hove Albion vs Barnet - Brighton, Britain - August 22, 2017 Barnet manager Rossi Eames Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

Barnet vs Swansea City - Pre Season Friendly

Football Soccer - Barnet vs Swansea City - Pre Season Friendly - London, Britain - July 12, 2017 Swansea's Gylfi Sigurdsson Action Images via Reuters/Adam Holt

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