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Six County FAs fail to respond to questions on football sex abuse 

The failure by some to cooperate with the independent review into the game’s child sexual abuse scandal was laid bare again on Monday night after it emerged six County Football Associations had not responded to requests for information five months after being asked to do so. Following the revelation in May that eight professional clubs had missed two deadlines over four months to tell investigators what they knew, it transpired that six of the 46 County FAs had also ignored more than one attempt to contact them, putting them at risk of disciplinary action. The inquiry team, led by Clive Sheldon QC, was forced last week to contact the Football Association itself to ask it to act over what one source branded “inertia” on the part of several counties, something that as of last night had the desired effect on only two out of the six in question. They had originally been written to on May 11 and given a deadline of June 1 to respond, with those which failed to meet that contacted again on June 21. The six outstanding counties were also sent reminders more recently to provide information which could be vital to an inquiry which is investigating what FA chairman Greg Clarke has admitted is the biggest crisis he could recall the game facing. The probe will examine how it dealt with the alleged abuse of schoolboy players between 1970 and 2005, whether there was any cover-up, and even whether a paedophile ring operated in the game. It also transpired that the final report by Sheldon had been delayed until at least Easter after the process of examining up to five million documents in an FA archive proved more arduous than anticipated. Sheldon and his team, who had originally planned to report early next year, had also managed to interview only 15 survivors of abuse - there are 741 potential victims according to the most recent police figures - and 35 other persons of interest. Alleged victims spoken to include former internationals, although sources refused to confirm whether Matt Le Tissier, David White and Paul Stewart - all of whom had gone public - had been among them. Survivors’ stories were said to have been “harrowing”, with Sheldon and his team - as well as victims - requiring counselling as a result. Meetings were planned yesterday with a further 20-30 survivors, as well as with other persons of interest, with the inquiry restricted in who it could talk to due to ongoing criminal investigations and the upcoming trials of former Crewe Alexandra coach Barry Bennell and ex-Southampton youth coach Bob Higgins. Sources close to the investigation confirmed suspended Crewe director of football Dario Gradi - who denies covering up abuse claims - had been on a list of intended interviewees but refused to reveal whether he had been spoken to yet. Former Aston Villa assistant manager Dave Richardson is also a person of interest after the inquiry was told by one victim, Tony Brien, that former England boss Graham Taylor was involved in a cover-up while at the club. No one approached so far has openly refused to co-operate with the inquiry. The Bennell and Higgins trials early next year could also limit either what Sheldon says about allegations against each of them in his report or what the FA is able to publish of his findings. His report is likely to focus on case studies of 10-12 clubs to paint a picture of the game’s handling of claims of child abuse during the years covered by the inquiry, amid the impossibility of speaking to every potential victim and witness.

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

Neil Lennon subject to death threats after his celebration of Hibernian scoring against Rangers prompts police inquiries 

Neil Lennon is back on the familiar territory of death threats, controversy and outrage - faux though much of the latter might be. During his time as a combative midfielder for Celtic and then, when manager of the club, he was subject to two assaults in the streets of Glasgow, another on the side of the pitch at Tynecastle and was the subject of threatening packages and bullets sent through the mail.  The latest episode follows Saturday’s volatile clash between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox, which the Easter Road side won 3-2. During his celebrations of Hibs’ goals, Lennon made a pumped arm gesture towards the fans behind his technical area, who were responsible for what is understood to have been sustained invective directed towards him earlier in the proceedings. Lennon’s response – commonly known in Glasgow as the ‘gerrit up ye’ gesture – prompted complaints to Police Scotland, whose spokesperson confirmed receipt of the fans’ grievances and said: “Enquiries are being conducted.” Club 1872 – the Rangers supporter and shareholding group – also issued a statement condemning Lennon for his behaviour which, after the fashion of Jane Austen, they described as “not becoming of any football manager.” The statement also said of Lennon that he was “one who likes to play the victim when things do not go his way” before adding - without evident irony - that his actions occurred “against the backdrop of possibly the worst refereeing performance ever seen at Ibrox”. The Club 1872 statement also reminded “our supporters of their duty to act as ambassadors for our club”, an admonition which did evidently did not penetrate as far down the diplomatic corps as Lennon was subject to death threats on Facebook. Hibs players celebrate during the 3-2 win against Rangers on Saturday Police Scotland said: “We are aware of offensive and threatening comments on social media directed at a named individual.” The Scottish Football Association, meanwhile, will review footage of the game, during which the Rangers midfielder, Ryan Jack, was sent off while five of his colleagues and three Hibs players were cautioned. Lennon’s actions are likely to feature in the scrutiny, although he is not currently expected to prompt any fast track procedure by the SFA compliance officer, Tony McGlennan. During the game, Rangers’ assistant manager, Helder Baptista, complained to a police officer, seemingly about Lennon, who said afterwards: “He should have got back in his box. Funnily enough he didn’t have something to say to me. I don’t know what he said. I assume he was unhappy with something. “There were a few things that went on in their dugout I was unhappy about but I didn’t go running off to the police and tell them about it.” Those whose interest extends to the sociological aspects of the controversy might observe that context is crucial to the perception of gestures. When the Commonwealth Games were held in Glasgow in 2014, Alex ‘Tattie’ Marshall – a member of the Scotland lawn bowls team and a favourite with the home crowd – marked his winning shots in the men’s pairs semi-final against England with an action similar to that of Lennon at Ibrox, in response to a group of spectators who had been heckling him.  Marshall, though, attracted no condemnation for his action. Likewise, it might be assumed that Glasgow brings out the provocative side of Lennon’s character – or it might be the other way around – when one considers that his stints with Manchester City, Crewe Alexandra and Nottingham Forest did not generate death threats or cautionary visits from the constabulary. On the other hand, it can also be said that Lennon – and his detractors – have done Pedro Caixinha a favour by diverting attention from the Rangers manager’s failure to plug the gap left by Jack’s dismissal against a Hibs side which had an extra man in midfield prior to the player’s enforced departure. It is, as they say, an ill wind… Pick your free Telegraph Fantasy Football team now and start scoring from the next kick-off >>

Neil Lennon subject to death threats after his celebration of Hibernian scoring against Rangers prompts police inquiries 

Neil Lennon is back on the familiar territory of death threats, controversy and outrage - faux though much of the latter might be. During his time as a combative midfielder for Celtic and then, when manager of the club, he was subject to two assaults in the streets of Glasgow, another on the side of the pitch at Tynecastle and was the subject of threatening packages and bullets sent through the mail.  The latest episode follows Saturday’s volatile clash between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox, which the Easter Road side won 3-2. During his celebrations of Hibs’ goals, Lennon made a pumped arm gesture towards the fans behind his technical area, who were responsible for what is understood to have been sustained invective directed towards him earlier in the proceedings. Lennon’s response – commonly known in Glasgow as the ‘gerrit up ye’ gesture – prompted complaints to Police Scotland, whose spokesperson confirmed receipt of the fans’ grievances and said: “Enquiries are being conducted.” Club 1872 – the Rangers supporter and shareholding group – also issued a statement condemning Lennon for his behaviour which, after the fashion of Jane Austen, they described as “not becoming of any football manager.” The statement also said of Lennon that he was “one who likes to play the victim when things do not go his way” before adding - without evident irony - that his actions occurred “against the backdrop of possibly the worst refereeing performance ever seen at Ibrox”. The Club 1872 statement also reminded “our supporters of their duty to act as ambassadors for our club”, an admonition which did evidently did not penetrate as far down the diplomatic corps as Lennon was subject to death threats on Facebook. Hibs players celebrate during the 3-2 win against Rangers on Saturday Police Scotland said: “We are aware of offensive and threatening comments on social media directed at a named individual.” The Scottish Football Association, meanwhile, will review footage of the game, during which the Rangers midfielder, Ryan Jack, was sent off while five of his colleagues and three Hibs players were cautioned. Lennon’s actions are likely to feature in the scrutiny, although he is not currently expected to prompt any fast track procedure by the SFA compliance officer, Tony McGlennan. During the game, Rangers’ assistant manager, Helder Baptista, complained to a police officer, seemingly about Lennon, who said afterwards: “He should have got back in his box. Funnily enough he didn’t have something to say to me. I don’t know what he said. I assume he was unhappy with something. “There were a few things that went on in their dugout I was unhappy about but I didn’t go running off to the police and tell them about it.” Those whose interest extends to the sociological aspects of the controversy might observe that context is crucial to the perception of gestures. When the Commonwealth Games were held in Glasgow in 2014, Alex ‘Tattie’ Marshall – a member of the Scotland lawn bowls team and a favourite with the home crowd – marked his winning shots in the men’s pairs semi-final against England with an action similar to that of Lennon at Ibrox, in response to a group of spectators who had been heckling him.  Marshall, though, attracted no condemnation for his action. Likewise, it might be assumed that Glasgow brings out the provocative side of Lennon’s character – or it might be the other way around – when one considers that his stints with Manchester City, Crewe Alexandra and Nottingham Forest did not generate death threats or cautionary visits from the constabulary. On the other hand, it can also be said that Lennon – and his detractors – have done Pedro Caixinha a favour by diverting attention from the Rangers manager’s failure to plug the gap left by Jack’s dismissal against a Hibs side which had an extra man in midfield prior to the player’s enforced departure. It is, as they say, an ill wind… Pick your free Telegraph Fantasy Football team now and start scoring from the next kick-off >>

General view as a minutes silence is observed in respect for the victims of the London attack before the game

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Burnley Officially Complete Signing of Aston Villa Midfielder Ashley Westwood

​Burnley have officially completed the signing of Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Westwood as the player trades one set of claret and blue for another in a deal believed to be worth £5m - around £800,000 is set to go to his former club Crewe Alexandra. Westwood has signed a three-and-a-half year contract that will keep him at Turf Moor to 2020, while he has been handed the club's number 18 shirt. Welcome Ashley... pic.twitter.com/zDVmoPhw7q — Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) January 31, 2017 It...

Burnley Officially Complete Signing of Aston Villa Midfielder Ashley Westwood

​Burnley have officially completed the signing of Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Westwood as the player trades one set of claret and blue for another in a deal believed to be worth £5m - around £800,000 is set to go to his former club Crewe Alexandra. Westwood has signed a three-and-a-half year contract that will keep him at Turf Moor to 2020, while he has been handed the club's number 18 shirt. Welcome Ashley... pic.twitter.com/zDVmoPhw7q — Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) January 31, 2017 It...

Burnley Officially Complete Signing of Aston Villa Midfielder Ashley Westwood

​Burnley have officially completed the signing of Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Westwood as the player trades one set of claret and blue for another in a deal believed to be worth £5m - around £800,000 is set to go to his former club Crewe Alexandra. Westwood has signed a three-and-a-half year contract that will keep him at Turf Moor to 2020, while he has been handed the club's number 18 shirt. Welcome Ashley... pic.twitter.com/zDVmoPhw7q — Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) January 31, 2017 It...

Tony Brien Recalls Sexual Abuse by Scout Ted Langford Being Ignored by Aston Villa

Tony Brien has made yet more shocking revelations about sexual abuse in football in a revealing interview with the ​Daily Mail. The former defender, who has waived a right to anonymity, has revealed that as a youth player at Leicester City, he was sexually abused by the club's head scout, Ted Langford. Now, 30-years on and inspired by Andy Woodward, the former Crewe Alexandra player who bravely stepped up to admit to suffering abuse, Brien has revealed shocking details about his own horrifying...

Tony Brien Recalls Sexual Abuse by Scout Ted Langford Being Ignored by Aston Villa

Tony Brien has made yet more shocking revelations about sexual abuse in football in a revealing interview with the ​Daily Mail. The former defender, who has waived a right to anonymity, has revealed that as a youth player at Leicester City, he was sexually abused by the club's head scout, Ted Langford. Now, 30-years on and inspired by Andy Woodward, the former Crewe Alexandra player who bravely stepped up to admit to suffering abuse, Brien has revealed shocking details about his own horrifying...

Tony Brien Recalls Sexual Abuse by Scout Ted Langford Being Ignored by Aston Villa

Tony Brien has made yet more shocking revelations about sexual abuse in football in a revealing interview with the ​Daily Mail. The former defender, who has waived a right to anonymity, has revealed that as a youth player at Leicester City, he was sexually abused by the club's head scout, Ted Langford. Now, 30-years on and inspired by Andy Woodward, the former Crewe Alexandra player who bravely stepped up to admit to suffering abuse, Brien has revealed shocking details about his own horrifying...

Tony Brien Recalls Sexual Abuse by Scout Ted Langford Being Ignored by Aston Villa

Tony Brien has made yet more shocking revelations about sexual abuse in football in a revealing interview with the ​Daily Mail. The former defender, who has waived a right to anonymity, has revealed that as a youth player at Leicester City, he was sexually abused by the club's head scout, Ted Langford. Now, 30-years on and inspired by Andy Woodward, the former Crewe Alexandra player who bravely stepped up to admit to suffering abuse, Brien has revealed shocking details about his own horrifying...

Former Crewe Alexandra coach Barry Bennell is held in custody on child sex charges

Former Crewe Alexandra coach Barry Bennell is held in custody on child sex charges

Former Crewe Alexandra coach Barry Bennell is held in custody on child sex charges (AFP Photo/Paul Ellis)

Crewe confirm Gradi suspension

Crewe Alexandra's director of football has been suspended pending a child sex abuse investigation.

Crewe confirm Gradi suspension

Crewe Alexandra's director of football has been suspended pending a child sex abuse investigation.

Crewe confirm Gradi suspension

Crewe Alexandra's director of football has been suspended pending a child sex abuse investigation.

Crewe Alexandra Suspend Director Dario Gradi as FA Inquest into Sex Abuse Scandal Continues

Crewe Alexandra have suspended their director, and former manager of 24 years, after allegations that he 'smoothed over' claims of a sexual assault suffered at the hands of former Chelsea scout, Eddie Heath, in the 1970's.​  The League Two side made the announcement via their ​official website earlier this morning. Heath has been accused of several incidents of historical sexual abuse during his time at Chelsea, where Gradi was assistant manager, but the former chief scout is unable to answer...

Crewe Alexandra Suspend Director Dario Gradi as FA Inquest into Sex Abuse Scandal Continues

Crewe Alexandra have suspended their director, and former manager of 24 years, after allegations that he 'smoothed over' claims of a sexual assault suffered at the hands of former Chelsea scout, Eddie Heath, in the 1970's.​  The League Two side made the announcement via their ​official website earlier this morning. Heath has been accused of several incidents of historical sexual abuse during his time at Chelsea, where Gradi was assistant manager, but the former chief scout is unable to answer...

Crewe Alexandra Suspend Director Dario Gradi as FA Inquest into Sex Abuse Scandal Continues

Crewe Alexandra have suspended their director, and former manager of 24 years, after allegations that he 'smoothed over' claims of a sexual assault suffered at the hands of former Chelsea scout, Eddie Heath, in the 1970's.​  The League Two side made the announcement via their ​official website earlier this morning. Heath has been accused of several incidents of historical sexual abuse during his time at Chelsea, where Gradi was assistant manager, but the former chief scout is unable to answer...

Crewe Alexandra Suspend Director Dario Gradi as FA Inquest into Sex Abuse Scandal Continues

Crewe Alexandra have suspended their director, and former manager of 24 years, after allegations that he 'smoothed over' claims of a sexual assault suffered at the hands of former Chelsea scout, Eddie Heath, in the 1970's.​  The League Two side made the announcement via their ​official website earlier this morning. Heath has been accused of several incidents of historical sexual abuse during his time at Chelsea, where Gradi was assistant manager, but the former chief scout is unable to answer...

Hereford United v Crewe Alexandra npower Football League Two

Football - Hereford United v Crewe Alexandra npower Football League Two - Edgar Street - 10/11 , 27/3/11 Dario Gradi - Crewe Alexandra Manager Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Peter Cziborra

Football - Crewe confirm Gradi suspension pending FA investigation

Dario Gradi, Crewe Alexandra

Crewe director Gradi suspended by FA

Dario Gradi - a Crewe Alexandra director - has received an interim suspension from the Football Association.

Signs are seen at the Crewe Alexandra Football Club ground in Crewe

Signs are seen at the Crewe Alexandra Football Club ground in Crewe, Britain November 27, 2016. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Signs are seen at the Crewe Alexandra Football Club ground in Crewe

Signs are seen at the Crewe Alexandra Football Club ground in Crewe, Britain November 27, 2016. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Signs are seen at the Crewe Alexandra Football Club ground in Crewe

Signs are seen at the Crewe Alexandra Football Club ground in Crewe, Britain November 27, 2016. REUTERS/Phil Noble

The roof of a stand towers over terraced houses at the Crewe Alexandra Football Club ground in Crewe

The roof of a stand towers over terraced houses at the Crewe Alexandra Football Club ground in Crewe, Britain November 27, 2016. REUTERS/Phil Noble

The Crewe Alexandra Football Club ground is seen through a hole in a locked gate in Crewe

The Crewe Alexandra Football Club ground is seen through a hole in a locked gate in Crewe, Britain November 27, 2016. REUTERS/Phil Noble

The roof of a stand towers over terraced houses at the Crewe Alexandra Football Club ground in Crewe

The roof of a stand towers over terraced houses at the Crewe Alexandra Football Club ground in Crewe, Britain November 27, 2016. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Signs are seen at the Crewe Alexandra Football Club ground in Crewe

Signs are seen at the Crewe Alexandra Football Club ground in Crewe, Britain November 27, 2016. REUTERS/Phil Noble

A sign for Crewe Alexandra Football Club is seen in Crewe

A sign for Crewe Alexandra Football Club is seen in Crewe, Britain November 27, 2016. REUTERS/Phil Noble

The Crewe Alexandra Football Club ground is seen through a hole in a locked gate in Crewe

The Crewe Alexandra Football Club ground is seen through a hole in a locked gate in Crewe, Britain November 27, 2016. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Signs are seen at the Crewe Alexandra Football Club ground in Crewe

Signs are seen at the Crewe Alexandra Football Club ground in Crewe, Britain November 27, 2016. REUTERS/Phil Noble

The roof of a stand towers over terraced houses at the Crewe Alexandra Football Club ground in Crewe

The roof of a stand towers over terraced houses at the Crewe Alexandra Football Club ground in Crewe, Britain November 27, 2016. REUTERS/Phil Noble

A crest is seen at the Crewe Alexandra Football Club ground in Crewe

A crest is seen at the Crewe Alexandra Football Club ground in Crewe, Britain November 27, 2016. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Signs are seen at the Crewe Alexandra Football Club ground in Crewe

Signs are seen at the Crewe Alexandra Football Club ground in Crewe, Britain November 27, 2016. REUTERS/Phil Noble

A crest is seen at the Crewe Alexandra Football Club ground in Crewe

A crest is seen at the Crewe Alexandra Football Club ground in Crewe, Britain November 27, 2016. REUTERS/Phil Noble

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