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Joe Bryan's dad saved my father’s life, reveals grateful Bristol City manager Lee Johnson after famous win against Manchester United  

Lee Johnson, the Bristol City manager, was full of praise for man-of-the-match Joe Bryan after the talented 24-year-old had scored a glorious opening goal in the ­stunning victory over holders ­Manchester United in the Carabao Cup quarter-final. Then Johnson revealed an amazing fact about the youngster, who had help earn the Championship side a shock semi-final showdown with Premier League leaders Manchester City next month. “He’s a top player,” said Johnson of Bryan. “But don’t forget that he’s a great person and his dad’s a great person. His dad saved my dad’s life, so we’re quite close families now.” Bryan’s father, Alan, did save the life of Johnson’s father, the former Bristol City and now Cheltenham Town manager, Gary. It happened this year, when Gary was admitted into Bristol Royal Infirmary for emergency heart surgery. The consultant in charge of the operation was Alan Bryan. And the triple-heart bypass he completed was so successful, Johnson, 62, was able to resume his job with Cheltenham at the start of this season. “Some of the lads said, ‘The gaffer’s got to give you a 35-year contract now,’” Bryan junior joked of the unique bond he now shares with Johnson. Though he added that the significance of his father’s intervention did not mean his profession had been fully recognised in the City dressing room. “No matter how many times I tell them he’s a heart surgeon, they always say ‘brain surgeon’.” Joe Bryan scores the opening goal against Manchester United at Ashton Gate on Wednesday  Credit: Action Images Though, if his performance against United is ­indicative, this is a player who requires nothing in the way of special pleading. Quick, strong, dynamic, the 5ft 7in wingback may have been dwarfed by the visiting players but did not look for a moment out of place. It was not hard to see why, when Birmingham offered £4 million for him and his defensive colleague Aden Flint in August, Johnson reacted with disdain. Along with the equally diminutive striker Bobby Reid, Bryan is a product of the City academy. From a sporting family (his sister Lucy is an international pole vaulter who only just missed qualification for the Rio Olympics), he first signed up as an eight-year-old, remaining with the club throughout his time at the exclusive Queen Elizabeth Hospital School in Bristol. Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero watches as the ball hits the back of his net Credit: Action Images At 16, despite his parents’ anxiety that he continue his education and despite his hatful of A* GCSEs, he signed on as an apprentice professional. No one in the academy was surprised when the then City manager Derek McInnes gave him his first-team debut in March 2012, when he was just 19. Subsequently, he has made 179 appearances. Bryan remained in the first team when Johnson arrived as manager from Barnsley in February 2016, taking up a post his father had ­occupied for five years in the Noughties. Johnson’s early months at City were turbulent, as the club flirted with relegation from the Championship. There was a growing alarm among the hard-core fans that Johnson was not up to it.  “There’s a stable environment here which you cannot credit enough,” Johnson said of those difficult times. “We went through that together as a fan base, playing staff, coaching staff, the board and we came through it. It made the players stronger.”

Joe Bryan's dad saved my father’s life, reveals grateful Bristol City manager Lee Johnson after famous win against Manchester United  

Lee Johnson, the Bristol City manager, was full of praise for man-of-the-match Joe Bryan after the talented 24-year-old had scored a glorious opening goal in the ­stunning victory over holders ­Manchester United in the Carabao Cup quarter-final. Then Johnson revealed an amazing fact about the youngster, who had help earn the Championship side a shock semi-final showdown with Premier League leaders Manchester City next month. “He’s a top player,” said Johnson of Bryan. “But don’t forget that he’s a great person and his dad’s a great person. His dad saved my dad’s life, so we’re quite close families now.” Bryan’s father, Alan, did save the life of Johnson’s father, the former Bristol City and now Cheltenham Town manager, Gary. It happened this year, when Gary was admitted into Bristol Royal Infirmary for emergency heart surgery. The consultant in charge of the operation was Alan Bryan. And the triple-heart bypass he completed was so successful, Johnson, 62, was able to resume his job with Cheltenham at the start of this season. “Some of the lads said, ‘The gaffer’s got to give you a 35-year contract now,’” Bryan junior joked of the unique bond he now shares with Johnson. Though he added that the significance of his father’s intervention did not mean his profession had been fully recognised in the City dressing room. “No matter how many times I tell them he’s a heart surgeon, they always say ‘brain surgeon’.” Joe Bryan scores the opening goal against Manchester United at Ashton Gate on Wednesday  Credit: Action Images Though, if his performance against United is ­indicative, this is a player who requires nothing in the way of special pleading. Quick, strong, dynamic, the 5ft 7in wingback may have been dwarfed by the visiting players but did not look for a moment out of place. It was not hard to see why, when Birmingham offered £4 million for him and his defensive colleague Aden Flint in August, Johnson reacted with disdain. Along with the equally diminutive striker Bobby Reid, Bryan is a product of the City academy. From a sporting family (his sister Lucy is an international pole vaulter who only just missed qualification for the Rio Olympics), he first signed up as an eight-year-old, remaining with the club throughout his time at the exclusive Queen Elizabeth Hospital School in Bristol. Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero watches as the ball hits the back of his net Credit: Action Images At 16, despite his parents’ anxiety that he continue his education and despite his hatful of A* GCSEs, he signed on as an apprentice professional. No one in the academy was surprised when the then City manager Derek McInnes gave him his first-team debut in March 2012, when he was just 19. Subsequently, he has made 179 appearances. Bryan remained in the first team when Johnson arrived as manager from Barnsley in February 2016, taking up a post his father had ­occupied for five years in the Noughties. Johnson’s early months at City were turbulent, as the club flirted with relegation from the Championship. There was a growing alarm among the hard-core fans that Johnson was not up to it.  “There’s a stable environment here which you cannot credit enough,” Johnson said of those difficult times. “We went through that together as a fan base, playing staff, coaching staff, the board and we came through it. It made the players stronger.”

Joe Bryan's dad saved my father’s life, reveals grateful Bristol City manager Lee Johnson after famous win against Manchester United  

Lee Johnson, the Bristol City manager, was full of praise for man-of-the-match Joe Bryan after the talented 24-year-old had scored a glorious opening goal in the ­stunning victory over holders ­Manchester United in the Carabao Cup quarter-final. Then Johnson revealed an amazing fact about the youngster, who had help earn the Championship side a shock semi-final showdown with Premier League leaders Manchester City next month. “He’s a top player,” said Johnson of Bryan. “But don’t forget that he’s a great person and his dad’s a great person. His dad saved my dad’s life, so we’re quite close families now.” Bryan’s father, Alan, did save the life of Johnson’s father, the former Bristol City and now Cheltenham Town manager, Gary. It happened this year, when Gary was admitted into Bristol Royal Infirmary for emergency heart surgery. The consultant in charge of the operation was Alan Bryan. And the triple-heart bypass he completed was so successful, Johnson, 62, was able to resume his job with Cheltenham at the start of this season. “Some of the lads said, ‘The gaffer’s got to give you a 35-year contract now,’” Bryan junior joked of the unique bond he now shares with Johnson. Though he added that the significance of his father’s intervention did not mean his profession had been fully recognised in the City dressing room. “No matter how many times I tell them he’s a heart surgeon, they always say ‘brain surgeon’.” Joe Bryan scores the opening goal against Manchester United at Ashton Gate on Wednesday  Credit: Action Images Though, if his performance against United is ­indicative, this is a player who requires nothing in the way of special pleading. Quick, strong, dynamic, the 5ft 7in wingback may have been dwarfed by the visiting players but did not look for a moment out of place. It was not hard to see why, when Birmingham offered £4 million for him and his defensive colleague Aden Flint in August, Johnson reacted with disdain. Along with the equally diminutive striker Bobby Reid, Bryan is a product of the City academy. From a sporting family (his sister Lucy is an international pole vaulter who only just missed qualification for the Rio Olympics), he first signed up as an eight-year-old, remaining with the club throughout his time at the exclusive Queen Elizabeth Hospital School in Bristol. Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero watches as the ball hits the back of his net Credit: Action Images At 16, despite his parents’ anxiety that he continue his education and despite his hatful of A* GCSEs, he signed on as an apprentice professional. No one in the academy was surprised when the then City manager Derek McInnes gave him his first-team debut in March 2012, when he was just 19. Subsequently, he has made 179 appearances. Bryan remained in the first team when Johnson arrived as manager from Barnsley in February 2016, taking up a post his father had ­occupied for five years in the Noughties. Johnson’s early months at City were turbulent, as the club flirted with relegation from the Championship. There was a growing alarm among the hard-core fans that Johnson was not up to it.  “There’s a stable environment here which you cannot credit enough,” Johnson said of those difficult times. “We went through that together as a fan base, playing staff, coaching staff, the board and we came through it. It made the players stronger.”

Workaholic Lee Johnson on going to 'war' with Jose Mourinho and using new technology to make Bristol City the best club they can be

Lee Johnson laughs at the domestic scene. “I’ve got one of those screens in my house where I can move the players like they do on (Sky Sports') ‘Monday Night Football’,” he explains. “My missus is sat there watching ‘I’m a Celeb’ and I’m next to her moving the players about. I can do it with software called ‘Coach Paint’. I move the opposition in certain areas, put the lines on the screen, tag them, clip them. It’s crazy, really. I guess it’s an example of the obsession.” The “obsession” is being a football manager; the manager of Bristol City, a “Premier League club in training” as Johnson constantly calls them who host one of the very biggest clubs, Manchester United, in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup at Ashton Gate. And they already have three Premier League scalps – Watford, Stoke City and Crystal Palace – on this cup run. “Do you find it harder to be the challenger or the champion?” Johnson asks. “I just see when we play these Premier League teams we are difficult to play against and if there’s a chink in their armour we will find it because of our relentless nature.” The 36-year-old is, himself, relentless. Johnson is a workaholic, who struggles, he admits to get the work-life balance, and a mix of “old-school” and very modern, a devotee of technology and how it can be used. For example, he points over my shoulder as we chat to one of the huge video screens that adorn the impressive, 27,000 all-seater stadium which the club’s owner Steve Lansdown has transformed at a cost of £45 million. “I want one of those big screens at the training ground,” Johnson says. “So we can do live analysis. We can film it and put it up on the screen, which we can move around.” Johnson is a workaholic and a mix of old school values and a devotee of new technology Credit: Getty Images Then there is the “app” which Johnson, regarded as one of English football's brightest young managers, built for the players to have on their smartphones. “They wake up and have to fill it in,” he explains. “We video train with the ‘drones’, we have play-books. It’s just about that information, attention and making sure they are stimulated in everything they do. At first it was a cultural shift. We built the ‘app’ and some lads would look at it, some wouldn’t. And now they are all on it every day.” It is, Johnson says, about the “buy-in”. “I would say I am quite old-school in my values with the demand on the players,” he explains. “I was probably the last of the old-school era that was built around fitness, running and beating the opponent mentally, physically. Going to depths. “What they used to do, a little like the army, was to break you down to re-build you. The difference is that back in the day when I was doing it I was told to do it. Now you have to get that ‘buy-in’. I delivered a presentation at the start of the season and said ‘listen lads, my role is to be there for you and to make you the best you can be. Part of that is I’m going to have to push you which means you will be the fittest you have ever been and then play the best football you’ve ever played’. It’s about getting the buy-in and a lot of that is based on technology. They can see it; they want to see it.” Sport tweets of 2017 And there is more. Johnson spent 12 hours at the A+E department at a local hospital – to see how decisions are made under real life-and-death pressure – and has spoken to the SAS about how they operate. He is learning French, has a “thirst for learning”, he eventually wants to manage abroad and he recognises the multi-lingual nature of football. “If I shouted the French translation of ‘press’ to (Senegalese striker) Famara Diedhiou he would look at me very strangely because that would translate as an ironing board press!” Johnson says. I ask him whether it is also true that he measures the length of the grass before every away game. “I want to be open and honest with the media but I don’t want to sound gimmicky,” Johnson says. “Somebody spotted me doing that.” So is it true? “Yeah, and it’s not false but…” he says. So why does he do it? “We like our grass at 23mm,” Johnson explains. “But if it’s at 27mm and it’s a ‘Desso’ (a mix of grass and artificial fibres) pitch, it’s a different roll of the ball. Like at Norwich where we put the ball in behind them early and it stuck. Johnson says his Bristol City players won't be outworked by rival opponents Credit: Getty Images “And I go back to the era when my dad was assistant manager to John Beck (at Cambridge United) and that was the extreme when they used to put sand in the corners. It’s just about understanding and giving the players the best chance.” It is the first mention of Johnson’s father, Gary, the manager of League Two Cheltenham Town, who underwent a triple heart-bypass in March, and Johnson is also the one to raise the word “nepotism” – given the former midfielder played for his dad at Yeovil Town and Bristol City. “I always had to fight the nepotism,” Johnson says. “I was lucky to have a successful career, I think, for my genetics – I blame my parents for that one – given the fact that I am 5ft 6in and not blessed with unbelievable speed! But it goes back to getting the most out of what I have. I don’t know… I just think that I always had to prove something.” It leads to him working so hard. “We won’t be outworked,” he says of Bristol City, flying third in the Championship with four straight wins after flirting with relegation last season when Johnson felt compelled to move home because of some of the abuse he received. “I remember as a player there was an era where people used to call it ‘busy’ – ‘don’t be busy’, they said. And I used to think ‘I can’t believe that culture is allowed in football’. Because there I am doing my extra, trying to get everything out of myself and I am getting called ‘busy’. So that is something that is banned here.” Facing United – and Jose Mourinho – is a bonus and Johnson will pick the brains of the United manager just as he has done the likes of Brendan Rodgers and Kenny Dalglish throughout his career. Modern heroes: Who has done most for your club in the last 20 years? The prize is the Premier League with the added motivation that Johnson got so close when he played for Bristol City, losing out in the play-off final to Hull City in 2008, when his father was manager. Johnson spent the final two months of the season, though, struggling with a damaged ankle. “I suppose the ignition and the fire that’s burning still comes from when you were a small child and you wanted to lift the World Cup as captain of England and when that becomes unrealistic you naturally go to the next thing and that then becomes lifting the World Cup as manager of England. It doesn’t mean I expect to get there but it means that I will fight to earn the right to be in the mix,” Johnson says. “I think it’s an important part, given my history as a player, and that game in particular was tough because that was a chance to realise the dream. The bit that disappointed me about that season was my (ankle) injury. I was out for quite a few games and I was never really right after that injury and just before it was probably the peak of my career. After that the ankle gave me ‘gyp’ for the rest of my career. I lost a little bit.” There is no chance Johnson will be overawed by Mourinho. “Trust me. it’s war, it’s a war in that technical area,” he says. “You have to make sure that everyone knows you are there and to be taken seriously. I think that’s probably the side of me that people who don’t know me don’t realise that I am nasty as well to get a win. I don’t know if that’s a strength or weakness but as a player I would do anything to get an extra yard or the extra mental edge, whether that be in the tunnel or outside the tunnel, and I am no different now. We are certainly up for it.”

Workaholic Lee Johnson on going to 'war' with Jose Mourinho and using new technology to make Bristol City the best club they can be

Lee Johnson laughs at the domestic scene. “I’ve got one of those screens in my house where I can move the players like they do on (Sky Sports') ‘Monday Night Football’,” he explains. “My missus is sat there watching ‘I’m a Celeb’ and I’m next to her moving the players about. I can do it with software called ‘Coach Paint’. I move the opposition in certain areas, put the lines on the screen, tag them, clip them. It’s crazy, really. I guess it’s an example of the obsession.” The “obsession” is being a football manager; the manager of Bristol City, a “Premier League club in training” as Johnson constantly calls them who host one of the very biggest clubs, Manchester United, in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup at Ashton Gate. And they already have three Premier League scalps – Watford, Stoke City and Crystal Palace – on this cup run. “Do you find it harder to be the challenger or the champion?” Johnson asks. “I just see when we play these Premier League teams we are difficult to play against and if there’s a chink in their armour we will find it because of our relentless nature.” The 36-year-old is, himself, relentless. Johnson is a workaholic, who struggles, he admits to get the work-life balance, and a mix of “old-school” and very modern, a devotee of technology and how it can be used. For example, he points over my shoulder as we chat to one of the huge video screens that adorn the impressive, 27,000 all-seater stadium which the club’s owner Steve Lansdown has transformed at a cost of £45 million. “I want one of those big screens at the training ground,” Johnson says. “So we can do live analysis. We can film it and put it up on the screen, which we can move around.” Johnson is a workaholic and a mix of old school values and a devotee of new technology Credit: Getty Images Then there is the “app” which Johnson, regarded as one of English football's brightest young managers, built for the players to have on their smartphones. “They wake up and have to fill it in,” he explains. “We video train with the ‘drones’, we have play-books. It’s just about that information, attention and making sure they are stimulated in everything they do. At first it was a cultural shift. We built the ‘app’ and some lads would look at it, some wouldn’t. And now they are all on it every day.” It is, Johnson says, about the “buy-in”. “I would say I am quite old-school in my values with the demand on the players,” he explains. “I was probably the last of the old-school era that was built around fitness, running and beating the opponent mentally, physically. Going to depths. “What they used to do, a little like the army, was to break you down to re-build you. The difference is that back in the day when I was doing it I was told to do it. Now you have to get that ‘buy-in’. I delivered a presentation at the start of the season and said ‘listen lads, my role is to be there for you and to make you the best you can be. Part of that is I’m going to have to push you which means you will be the fittest you have ever been and then play the best football you’ve ever played’. It’s about getting the buy-in and a lot of that is based on technology. They can see it; they want to see it.” Sport tweets of 2017 And there is more. Johnson spent 12 hours at the A+E department at a local hospital – to see how decisions are made under real life-and-death pressure – and has spoken to the SAS about how they operate. He is learning French, has a “thirst for learning”, he eventually wants to manage abroad and he recognises the multi-lingual nature of football. “If I shouted the French translation of ‘press’ to (Senegalese striker) Famara Diedhiou he would look at me very strangely because that would translate as an ironing board press!” Johnson says. I ask him whether it is also true that he measures the length of the grass before every away game. “I want to be open and honest with the media but I don’t want to sound gimmicky,” Johnson says. “Somebody spotted me doing that.” So is it true? “Yeah, and it’s not false but…” he says. So why does he do it? “We like our grass at 23mm,” Johnson explains. “But if it’s at 27mm and it’s a ‘Desso’ (a mix of grass and artificial fibres) pitch, it’s a different roll of the ball. Like at Norwich where we put the ball in behind them early and it stuck. Johnson says his Bristol City players won't be outworked by rival opponents Credit: Getty Images “And I go back to the era when my dad was assistant manager to John Beck (at Cambridge United) and that was the extreme when they used to put sand in the corners. It’s just about understanding and giving the players the best chance.” It is the first mention of Johnson’s father, Gary, the manager of League Two Cheltenham Town, who underwent a triple heart-bypass in March, and Johnson is also the one to raise the word “nepotism” – given the former midfielder played for his dad at Yeovil Town and Bristol City. “I always had to fight the nepotism,” Johnson says. “I was lucky to have a successful career, I think, for my genetics – I blame my parents for that one – given the fact that I am 5ft 6in and not blessed with unbelievable speed! But it goes back to getting the most out of what I have. I don’t know… I just think that I always had to prove something.” It leads to him working so hard. “We won’t be outworked,” he says of Bristol City, flying third in the Championship with four straight wins after flirting with relegation last season when Johnson felt compelled to move home because of some of the abuse he received. “I remember as a player there was an era where people used to call it ‘busy’ – ‘don’t be busy’, they said. And I used to think ‘I can’t believe that culture is allowed in football’. Because there I am doing my extra, trying to get everything out of myself and I am getting called ‘busy’. So that is something that is banned here.” Facing United – and Jose Mourinho – is a bonus and Johnson will pick the brains of the United manager just as he has done the likes of Brendan Rodgers and Kenny Dalglish throughout his career. Modern heroes: Who has done most for your club in the last 20 years? The prize is the Premier League with the added motivation that Johnson got so close when he played for Bristol City, losing out in the play-off final to Hull City in 2008, when his father was manager. Johnson spent the final two months of the season, though, struggling with a damaged ankle. “I suppose the ignition and the fire that’s burning still comes from when you were a small child and you wanted to lift the World Cup as captain of England and when that becomes unrealistic you naturally go to the next thing and that then becomes lifting the World Cup as manager of England. It doesn’t mean I expect to get there but it means that I will fight to earn the right to be in the mix,” Johnson says. “I think it’s an important part, given my history as a player, and that game in particular was tough because that was a chance to realise the dream. The bit that disappointed me about that season was my (ankle) injury. I was out for quite a few games and I was never really right after that injury and just before it was probably the peak of my career. After that the ankle gave me ‘gyp’ for the rest of my career. I lost a little bit.” There is no chance Johnson will be overawed by Mourinho. “Trust me. it’s war, it’s a war in that technical area,” he says. “You have to make sure that everyone knows you are there and to be taken seriously. I think that’s probably the side of me that people who don’t know me don’t realise that I am nasty as well to get a win. I don’t know if that’s a strength or weakness but as a player I would do anything to get an extra yard or the extra mental edge, whether that be in the tunnel or outside the tunnel, and I am no different now. We are certainly up for it.”

League Two - Cheltenham Town vs Luton Town

Soccer Football - League Two - Cheltenham Town vs Luton Town - LCI Rail Stadium, Cheltenham, Britain - November 11, 2017 Cheltenham celebrate their second goal scored by William Boyle Action Images/Alan Walter

League Two - Cheltenham Town vs Luton Town

Soccer Football - League Two - Cheltenham Town vs Luton Town - LCI Rail Stadium, Cheltenham, Britain - November 11, 2017 Cheltenham celebrate their second goal scored by William Boyle Action Images/Alan Walter

League Two - Cheltenham Town vs Luton Town

Soccer Football - League Two - Cheltenham Town vs Luton Town - LCI Rail Stadium, Cheltenham, Britain - November 11, 2017 Luton's Elliot Lee in action with Cheltenham's Kyle Storer Action Images/Alan Walter

League Two - Cheltenham Town vs Luton Town

Soccer Football - League Two - Cheltenham Town vs Luton Town - LCI Rail Stadium, Cheltenham, Britain - November 11, 2017 Cheltenham manager Gary Johnson Action Images/Alan Walter

League Two - Cheltenham Town vs Luton Town

Soccer Football - League Two - Cheltenham Town vs Luton Town - LCI Rail Stadium, Cheltenham, Britain - November 11, 2017 Luton's Elliot Lee celebrates scoring their second goal Action Images/Alan Walter

League Two - Cheltenham Town vs Luton Town

Soccer Football - League Two - Cheltenham Town vs Luton Town - LCI Rail Stadium, Cheltenham, Britain - November 11, 2017 Luton's Elliot Lee celebrates scoring their second goal with Glen Rea Action Images/Alan Walter

League Two - Cheltenham Town vs Luton Town

Soccer Football - League Two - Cheltenham Town vs Luton Town - LCI Rail Stadium, Cheltenham, Britain - November 11, 2017 Luton's Jack Stacey in action with Cheltenham's Jerell Sellars Action Images/Alan Walter

League Two - Cheltenham Town vs Luton Town

Soccer Football - League Two - Cheltenham Town vs Luton Town - LCI Rail Stadium, Cheltenham, Britain - November 11, 2017 Luton's Elliot Lee celebrates scoring their second goal Action Images/Alan Walter

League Two - Cheltenham Town vs Luton Town

Soccer Football - League Two - Cheltenham Town vs Luton Town - LCI Rail Stadium, Cheltenham, Britain - November 11, 2017 Luton's Danny Hylton in action with Cheltenham's William Boyle Action Images/Alan Walter

League Two - Cheltenham Town vs Luton Town

Soccer Football - League Two - Cheltenham Town vs Luton Town - LCI Rail Stadium, Cheltenham, Britain - November 11, 2017 Luton's Danny Hylton in action with Cheltenham's William Boyle Action Images/Alan Walter

League Two - Cheltenham Town vs Luton Town

Soccer Football - League Two - Cheltenham Town vs Luton Town - LCI Rail Stadium, Cheltenham, Britain - November 11, 2017 Cheltenham's Taylor Moore in action with Luton's Dan Potts Action Images/Alan Walter

League Two - Cheltenham Town vs Luton Town

Soccer Football - League Two - Cheltenham Town vs Luton Town - LCI Rail Stadium, Cheltenham, Britain - November 11, 2017 Cheltenham's Jamie Grimes celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images/Alan Walter

League Two - Cheltenham Town vs Luton Town

Soccer Football - League Two - Cheltenham Town vs Luton Town - LCI Rail Stadium, Cheltenham, Britain - November 11, 2017 General view during a minutes silence as part of remembrance commemorations before the match Action Images/Alan Walter

League Two - Cheltenham Town vs Luton Town

Soccer Football - League Two - Cheltenham Town vs Luton Town - LCI Rail Stadium, Cheltenham, Britain - November 11, 2017 Luton manager Nathan Jones Action Images/Alan Walter

League Two - Cheltenham Town vs Luton Town

Soccer Football - League Two - Cheltenham Town vs Luton Town - LCI Rail Stadium, Cheltenham, Britain - November 11, 2017 Luton's Dan Potts celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images/Alan Walter

League Two - Cheltenham Town vs Luton Town

Soccer Football - League Two - Cheltenham Town vs Luton Town - LCI Rail Stadium, Cheltenham, Britain - November 11, 2017 Luton's Dan Potts scores their first goal Action Images/Alan Walter

League Two - Cheltenham Town vs Luton Town

Soccer Football - League Two - Cheltenham Town vs Luton Town - LCI Rail Stadium, Cheltenham, Britain - November 11, 2017 Luton's Dan Potts celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images/Alan Walter

League Two - Cheltenham Town vs Luton Town

Soccer Football - League Two - Cheltenham Town vs Luton Town - LCI Rail Stadium, Cheltenham, Britain - November 11, 2017 Luton's Dan Potts scores their first goal Action Images/Alan Walter

League Two - Cheltenham Town vs Luton Town

Soccer Football - League Two - Cheltenham Town vs Luton Town - LCI Rail Stadium, Cheltenham, Britain - November 11, 2017 Luton manager Nathan Jones Action Images/Alan Walter

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

Carabao Cup - Second Round - Cheltenham Town vs West Ham United

West Ham United's Diafra Sakho in action with Cheltenham Town's Jordon Forster. Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs

Carabao Cup - Second Round - Cheltenham Town vs West Ham United

Football Soccer - Carabao Cup - Second Round - Cheltenham Town vs West Ham United - Cheltenham, Britain - August 23, 2017 West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs

Carabao Cup - Second Round - Cheltenham Town vs West Ham United

Football Soccer - Carabao Cup - Second Round - Cheltenham Town vs West Ham United - Cheltenham, Britain - August 23, 2017 West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs

Cheltenham 0 West Ham 2: Slaven Bilic breathes sigh of relief as Londoners progress into League Cup third round

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic knew nothing but a win would do to quell questions over his future in their Carabao Cup visit to Cheltenham Town. Goals from Diafra Sakho and Andre Ayew successfully kickstarted their season at Waddington Road to send them into the third round draw. And Bilic believes his men will have received a huge lift as they prepare to break their Premier League duck at Newcastle United, who are still winless this season after defeat at home to Championship side Nottingham Forest. “If you lose, it affects your confidence, the atmosphere on the training ground, the atmosphere in the dressing room and the atmosphere in the press room,” said Bilic. “The questions are different when you lose so it’s always nice to win, we were dying for this kind of competition and this kind of victory. “It’s very important we got the first win of the season and also the way we played. We played the majority of the game by passing the ball well and playing good football.” The Hammers put their opening defeats to Manchester United and Southampton to the back of their minds when Sakho latched onto Mark Noble’s pass to score on his first appearance in 10 months. Sakho turned provider moments later to find Ayew in space, and he held his nerve to beat Flatt down to his right again.  Dan Holman had a golden chance to get Cheltenham back in the game, but he failed to connect with Harry Pell’s driven cross with the goal gaping in-front of him and it finished 2-0. Match details Cheltenham Town (4-4-2): Flatt; Grimes, Atanga, Boyle; Cranston; Forster, Pell, Storer (c), Winchester (Dawson 45); Wright (Graham 64), Eisa (Holman 71). West Ham United (4-3-3): Adrian; Byram, Collins, Ogbonna, Masuaku; Rice, Noble (c) (Kouyate 72), Obiang; Fernandes (Quina 88), Ayew, Sahko (Hernandez 64). Attendance: 6,529.

Carabao Cup - Second Round - Cheltenham Town vs West Ham United

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Carabao Cup - Second Round - Cheltenham Town vs West Ham United

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Carabao Cup - Second Round - Cheltenham Town vs West Ham United

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Carabao Cup - Second Round - Cheltenham Town vs West Ham United

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Carabao Cup - Second Round - Cheltenham Town vs West Ham United

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Carabao Cup - Second Round - Cheltenham Town vs West Ham United

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