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Sutton and Lincoln crash out of FA Cup as Oxford City and Boreham Wood provide first-round upsets

Last season, it took Arsenal to end Sutton United’s participation in the FA Cup, and a controversy sparked by a hastily eaten meat pie, after a glorious run that saw them reach the fifth round. On Saturday they went out in tamer circumstances in the first, losing 1-0 at 10-man Cambridge United who reached the second round for the fifth consecutive season. There was nothing to compare with the drama of 12 months ago when their great adventure included victories over Cheltenham, AFC Wimbledon and Leeds before the embarrassment of Piegate, which led to a two-month ban from football for reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw. His former team-mates know they should probably have done better on Sunday after enjoying a numerical advantage for 50 minutes following the dismissal of George Maris for simulation. The visitors failed to make their advantage pay and conceded on the stroke of half-time when Jabo Ibehre turned home the rebound after Jevani Brown hit the bar. Elsewhere, Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant, who reached the finals in 2006 and 2010 with West Ham and Liverpool respectively, retain an interest in this year’s competition after Billericay Town drew 1-1 with Leatherhead, a draw that puts the Isthmian Premier League side in the second-round draw for the first time in their history. “It was a great game. I’m proud of my boys, they dug in and I’m pleased to be in the hat,” said Billericay owner-manager Glenn Tamplin. Former winners Charlton Athletic (1947) and Coventry City (1987) are definitely though after seeing off Truro City 3-1 and Maidenhead United 2-0 respectively.  Truro were making their debut in the first round as the first Cornish side there since 1969 but conceded to Ben Reeves after 10 minutes and seldom looked likely to pull off the shock their 996 fans had travelled so far to see. Charlton comfortably saw off Truro Credit: Naomi Baker/Getty Images Jordan Ponticelli scored both Coventry goals in a straightforward win while elsewhere Swindon Town brushed off National League South side Dartford 5-1 with Timi Elsnik scoring twice. Guiseley were more than happy with their afternoon’s work after holding League Two high-fliers Accrington Stanley to a goalless draw but the other non-league hopefuls Heybridge Swifts and Solihull Moors fell to Exeter City and Wycombe Wanderers respectively. The final first-round game on Monday sees League One side Fleetwood Town travel to Chorley, who are in the first round for the first time in 27 years. The teams last met competitively in 2006 in the Northern Premier League Division One and Fleetwood manager Uwe Rosler warned his players “to do the business on the day”. On Saturday, Oxford City from the National League South beat Colchester United, who are 56 places above them, 1-0 to reach the second round for only the second time. Boreham Wood provided the other big first-round shock against Blackpool Credit: Harry Murphy/Getty Images The day’s other shock came from Boreham Wood, 10th in the National League, who came back from a goal down to beat 1953 winners Blackpool 2-1 at home with the goals coming from substitutes Blair Turgott, on loan from Stevenage, and Dan Holman. Another non-league side Maidstone, of the National League South, won 4-2 at the League Two side Cheltenham. But Lincoln City, who lost at Arsenal in the quarter-finals last season, lost 1-0 to AFC Wimbledon.

Sutton and Lincoln crash out of FA Cup as Oxford City and Boreham Wood provide first-round upsets

Last season, it took Arsenal to end Sutton United’s participation in the FA Cup, and a controversy sparked by a hastily eaten meat pie, after a glorious run that saw them reach the fifth round. On Saturday they went out in tamer circumstances in the first, losing 1-0 at 10-man Cambridge United who reached the second round for the fifth consecutive season. There was nothing to compare with the drama of 12 months ago when their great adventure included victories over Cheltenham, AFC Wimbledon and Leeds before the embarrassment of Piegate, which led to a two-month ban from football for reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw. His former team-mates know they should probably have done better on Sunday after enjoying a numerical advantage for 50 minutes following the dismissal of George Maris for simulation. The visitors failed to make their advantage pay and conceded on the stroke of half-time when Jabo Ibehre turned home the rebound after Jevani Brown hit the bar. Elsewhere, Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant, who reached the finals in 2006 and 2010 with West Ham and Liverpool respectively, retain an interest in this year’s competition after Billericay Town drew 1-1 with Leatherhead, a draw that puts the Isthmian Premier League side in the second-round draw for the first time in their history. “It was a great game. I’m proud of my boys, they dug in and I’m pleased to be in the hat,” said Billericay owner-manager Glenn Tamplin. Former winners Charlton Athletic (1947) and Coventry City (1987) are definitely though after seeing off Truro City 3-1 and Maidenhead United 2-0 respectively.  Truro were making their debut in the first round as the first Cornish side there since 1969 but conceded to Ben Reeves after 10 minutes and seldom looked likely to pull off the shock their 996 fans had travelled so far to see. Charlton comfortably saw off Truro Credit: Naomi Baker/Getty Images Jordan Ponticelli scored both Coventry goals in a straightforward win while elsewhere Swindon Town brushed off National League South side Dartford 5-1 with Timi Elsnik scoring twice. Guiseley were more than happy with their afternoon’s work after holding League Two high-fliers Accrington Stanley to a goalless draw but the other non-league hopefuls Heybridge Swifts and Solihull Moors fell to Exeter City and Wycombe Wanderers respectively. The final first-round game on Monday sees League One side Fleetwood Town travel to Chorley, who are in the first round for the first time in 27 years. The teams last met competitively in 2006 in the Northern Premier League Division One and Fleetwood manager Uwe Rosler warned his players “to do the business on the day”. On Saturday, Oxford City from the National League South beat Colchester United, who are 56 places above them, 1-0 to reach the second round for only the second time. Boreham Wood provided the other big first-round shock against Blackpool Credit: Harry Murphy/Getty Images The day’s other shock came from Boreham Wood, 10th in the National League, who came back from a goal down to beat 1953 winners Blackpool 2-1 at home with the goals coming from substitutes Blair Turgott, on loan from Stevenage, and Dan Holman. Another non-league side Maidstone, of the National League South, won 4-2 at the League Two side Cheltenham. But Lincoln City, who lost at Arsenal in the quarter-finals last season, lost 1-0 to AFC Wimbledon.

Sutton and Lincoln crash out of FA Cup as Oxford City and Boreham Wood provide first-round upsets

Last season, it took Arsenal to end Sutton United’s participation in the FA Cup, and a controversy sparked by a hastily eaten meat pie, after a glorious run that saw them reach the fifth round. On Saturday they went out in tamer circumstances in the first, losing 1-0 at 10-man Cambridge United who reached the second round for the fifth consecutive season. There was nothing to compare with the drama of 12 months ago when their great adventure included victories over Cheltenham, AFC Wimbledon and Leeds before the embarrassment of Piegate, which led to a two-month ban from football for reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw. His former team-mates know they should probably have done better on Sunday after enjoying a numerical advantage for 50 minutes following the dismissal of George Maris for simulation. The visitors failed to make their advantage pay and conceded on the stroke of half-time when Jabo Ibehre turned home the rebound after Jevani Brown hit the bar. Elsewhere, Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant, who reached the finals in 2006 and 2010 with West Ham and Liverpool respectively, retain an interest in this year’s competition after Billericay Town drew 1-1 with Leatherhead, a draw that puts the Isthmian Premier League side in the second-round draw for the first time in their history. “It was a great game. I’m proud of my boys, they dug in and I’m pleased to be in the hat,” said Billericay owner-manager Glenn Tamplin. Former winners Charlton Athletic (1947) and Coventry City (1987) are definitely though after seeing off Truro City 3-1 and Maidenhead United 2-0 respectively.  Truro were making their debut in the first round as the first Cornish side there since 1969 but conceded to Ben Reeves after 10 minutes and seldom looked likely to pull off the shock their 996 fans had travelled so far to see. Charlton comfortably saw off Truro Credit: Naomi Baker/Getty Images Jordan Ponticelli scored both Coventry goals in a straightforward win while elsewhere Swindon Town brushed off National League South side Dartford 5-1 with Timi Elsnik scoring twice. Guiseley were more than happy with their afternoon’s work after holding League Two high-fliers Accrington Stanley to a goalless draw but the other non-league hopefuls Heybridge Swifts and Solihull Moors fell to Exeter City and Wycombe Wanderers respectively. The final first-round game on Monday sees League One side Fleetwood Town travel to Chorley, who are in the first round for the first time in 27 years. The teams last met competitively in 2006 in the Northern Premier League Division One and Fleetwood manager Uwe Rosler warned his players “to do the business on the day”. On Saturday, Oxford City from the National League South beat Colchester United, who are 56 places above them, 1-0 to reach the second round for only the second time. Boreham Wood provided the other big first-round shock against Blackpool Credit: Harry Murphy/Getty Images The day’s other shock came from Boreham Wood, 10th in the National League, who came back from a goal down to beat 1953 winners Blackpool 2-1 at home with the goals coming from substitutes Blair Turgott, on loan from Stevenage, and Dan Holman. Another non-league side Maidstone, of the National League South, won 4-2 at the League Two side Cheltenham. But Lincoln City, who lost at Arsenal in the quarter-finals last season, lost 1-0 to AFC Wimbledon.

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 First Round - Rotherham United vs Lincoln City

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Predictor Breakdown: Football Season Predictor

Here are your Telegraph Predictor tips for the 2017/18 Football Season Predictor, to play along in the Telegraph Predictor, click here >> Q1 -  Which team will win the Premier League? Choices: Manchester City Chelsea Manchester United Tottenham Hotspur Arsenal Liverpool Everton Any other teams Recommendation: Manchester City Trying to pick a winner of the Premier League this early in the season looks a challenging task with the quality of the multiple top teams and the amount of investment that has occurred in the transfer market. While it could go anyway as the Premier League is so evenly matched, Manchester City looks a force to be reckoned with this season. With investment in areas of their defence including the signings of goalkeeper Ederson and two fullbacks in Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker. City has also cleared through the ranks, releasing and selling ageing players to allow more room for fresh younger talent to be welcomed into the side. As Guardiola is acknowledging his squad's weak points and fixing them with the addition of quality players, hopefully, this will provide a balance to Manchester City they haven't had since their 2013/14 title victory. This Premier League season looks like it will be a close one with multiple sides vying for the trophy, however, if early betting markets are anything to go by, City are favourites to lift the trophy come the end of the season. Q2 - Which team will win the Championship? Choices: Aston Villa  Middlesbrough Fulham Norwich City  Sheffield Wednesday  Wolverhampton Wanderers  Derby County  Leeds United  Sunderland  Hull City  Reading  Any other team Recommendation: Wolverhampton Wanderers While most will be looking at Aston Villa and Middlesbrough to battle it out for this seasons EFL Championship, one side that is flying under the radar is Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Midlands club is looking to be the dark horse of the competition, as their new manager, Nuno looks to establish his contingent of players. Already Wolverhampton has announced some impressive signings with the club signing a variety of different Portuguese players he has worked with during his time in Spain and Portugal. With the likes of Helder Costa, Ivan Cavaleiro and Diogo Jota the stability and quality within the ranks of Nuno's side is astonishing. If they can pull all the pieces of the puzzle together, they should be able to comfortably put themselves in a position to win the title at the end of the season. Q3 - Who will win League One? Choices: Blackburn Rovers Wigan Athletic Portsmouth Bradford MK Dons Charlton Athletic Oxford United Scunthorpe United Peterborough United Any other team Recommendation: Blackburn Rovers Falling from grace is always a hard thing for a team to swallow, especially such a historic club like Blackburn Rovers.  However, one would assume that the side would back and return to the Championship after a strong showing in League One.  With Owen Coyle's sacking, Blackburn will start a new under Tony Mowbray as they enter League One. While they have lost a few members of their squad from last year, the club has invested in the market to bring in some new faces for the new season. The League One title will be hotly contested as there is an array of excellent teams vying for the opportunity to lift the title, however, if the market is anything to go by, Blackburn is the outright favourites to lift the title once the season is over. Q4 - Which team will win League Two? Choices: Mansfield Town Luton Town Coventry City Lincoln City Swindon Town Cambridge United Carlisle Chesterfield Exeter Notts County Any other team Recommendation: Luton Town A fourth place finish and a narrow defeat in the playoffs left Luton with a disappointing end to what was a terrific season. So many would expect Luton to pick up where they left off and dominate the competition. While they have had a few faces depart the club so far in the transfer market, they have added to the side and done so quite cleverly utilising many free agents and loan moves. Nathan Jones' team are looking in a good position to take the league title, although they could suffer competition from relegated League One sides. The market is reflecting that they are second favourites to claim the title with Mansfield leading the market as favourites.   Sign up & play >> Q5 - Which team will win the FA Cup? Choices: Chelsea Manchester City Manchester United Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur Liverpool Everton Southampton Leicester City Any other team Recommended: Everton If a team that has invested heavily in the transfer market doesn't win any silverware in the upcoming season, questions will be asked. So the pressure is on Ronald Koeman to perform with his new acquisitions, so the FA Cup looks like a tournament the Toffees should set their sights on. While they will want to finish as high in the league as possible, FA Cup silverware would be a fantastic achievement for a team that hasn't been amongst the trophy picture for a while. With their new look eleven and aspirations of putting themselves in the same conversation as their top flight rivals, Everton is expected to have a big season. Q6 - Which team will win the Champions League? Choices: Barcelona Bayern Munich Real Madrid Juventus Manchester City Chelsea Paris Saint-Germain Atletico Madrid Manchester United Recommended: Barcelona  While Barcelona did win the Copa Del Rey last season, they would have been left with a bitter end to the finishing seeing as their main rivals Real Madrid won not only La Liga but also the Champions League. Although some of their big names are rumoured to move away from the club, it's hard at this time to find any validity in these claims. While this is happening, however, Barcelona are investing in adding more talent to their side with moves for fullbacks and most covered Liverpool's Phillipe Coutinho. The quality of their frontmen Luis Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi is just too big to ignore, and with the right draw, we could easily see Barcelona lift Europe's biggest prize. Q7 - Which team will win the Europa League? Choices: Arsenal AC Milan Villarreal Everton Lazio Athletic Bilbao Lyon Real Sociedad Marseille Any other team Recommended: Any other team With the structure and rules of the Europa League allowing a team that doesn't qualify yet, finished third in their group drops down to compete in the Europa League means that the competition is wide open and many other teams could enter the competition at this stage. So with the outcome of the group stages in the Champions League having a huge effect on Europa League fixtures, it makes sense to chose the option of any other team. Q8 - Which team will win La Liga? Choices: Barcelona Real Madrid Atletico Madrid Sevilla Villarreal Athletic Bilbao Real Sociedad Valencia Celta Vigo Any other team Recommended: Real Madrid While La Liga is always a competition between Barcelona and Real Madrid with Sevilla and Atletico offering some issues, it's always a struggle to tell which way it could go. Again if the rumours are true that Messi and Neymar could be departing the Catalonian club, it could have a huge effect on the standings of La Liga. Noting this Real Madrid have been relatively calm in the transfer window so far, but Zidane is expecting to make some new big name additions to the squad before the window closes. After last seasons amazing run, Zidane will be demandant on his players to keep their success ongoing as they look to add to their tally of 33 league titles. Q9 - Which team will win the Serie A Choices Juventus Napoli AC Milan Roma Inter Milan Lazio Fiorentina Atalanta Torino Any other team Recommendation: AC Milan After a quelled spell in their history due to financial issues, AC Milan is back, and if their recent signings are anything to go by, they mean business. While they will have to battle out with Juventus, Napoli, Roma and Inter, AC Milan has done smart business in the market to give themselves the best chance at the Serie A title.  Vincenzo Montella was given the budget to make AC Milan great again, so he will need to ensure that his side is on form throughout the season while focusing on Europa League and Coppa Italia. Q10 - Which team will win the Bundesliga? Choices: Bayern Munich Borussia Dortmund RB Leipzig Bayer Leverkusen Schalke Hoffenheim Borussia Muchengladbach Werder Bremen FC Koln Any other team  Recommendation: Bayern Munich It's been six years since a side dethroned the 26th time German champions. With Dortmund being disappointing last season and RB Leipzig dropping points in the latter part of the season, Carlo Ancelotti's men reigned strong. While anything can happen in football, it would be truly shocking if someone knocked the German champions off their perch. Sign up & play >>

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FA Hope to Continue With Major Sponsor on the Back of Arsenal Cup Success

A pioneer in the football world, the FA Cup has existed as a trophy since 1871, the longest running and most prestigious of tournaments.  In recent years it has lost it's magic with the final being played on the same day as the Premier League, fixtures being prioritised by tv schedules and teams focusing on other trophies. The cup was re-ignited this year with the amazing runs of Lincoln City and Sutton, with Arsenal and Chelsea also taking part in a breath-taking final.  However, according to...

FA Hope to Continue With Major Sponsor on the Back of Arsenal Cup Success

A pioneer in the football world, the FA Cup has existed as a trophy since 1871, the longest running and most prestigious of tournaments.  In recent years it has lost it's magic with the final being played on the same day as the Premier League, fixtures being prioritised by tv schedules and teams focusing on other trophies. The cup was re-ignited this year with the amazing runs of Lincoln City and Sutton, with Arsenal and Chelsea also taking part in a breath-taking final.  However, according to...

FA Hope to Continue With Major Sponsor on the Back of Arsenal Cup Success

A pioneer in the football world, the FA Cup has existed as a trophy since 1871, the longest running and most prestigious of tournaments.  In recent years it has lost it's magic with the final being played on the same day as the Premier League, fixtures being prioritised by tv schedules and teams focusing on other trophies. The cup was re-ignited this year with the amazing runs of Lincoln City and Sutton, with Arsenal and Chelsea also taking part in a breath-taking final.  However, according to...

FA Cup heroes Lincoln City end dream season with promotion back into Football League

FA Cup heroes Lincoln City end dream season with promotion back into Football League

Lincoln City return to Football League with victory against Macclesfield

Lincoln City return to Football League with victory against Macclesfield

Lincoln City return to Football League with victory against Macclesfield

Lincoln City return to Football League with victory against Macclesfield

Lincoln City return to Football League with victory against Macclesfield

Lincoln City return to Football League with victory against Macclesfield

Lincoln City return to Football League with victory against Macclesfield

Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger looks on from the touchline during the English FA cup quarter final match between Arsenal and Lincoln City at The Emirates Stadium in London on March 11, 2017

Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger looks on from the touchline during the English FA cup quarter final match between Arsenal and Lincoln City at The Emirates Stadium in London on March 11, 2017

Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger looks on from the touchline during the English FA cup quarter final match between Arsenal and Lincoln City at The Emirates Stadium in London on March 11, 2017 (AFP Photo/Ian KINGTON)

PHOTO: Aaron Ramsey Bizarrely ‘Likes’ Instagram Post of Arsenal Fan Leaving Him Out of Starting XI

​It is fair to say that Aaron Ramsey hasn’t got going in 2017 and the Arsenal midfielder has faced another spell on the sidelines through a calf strain picked up in February. Despite the Welshmen making his comeback from the injury against Bayern Munich in the Champions League, Ramsey was substituted by Arsene Wenger in the second half. The number eight was unable to make an impact in the Bayern drubbing but did score one in the FA Cup 5-0 thrashing to non-league side Lincoln City last...

PHOTO: Aaron Ramsey Bizarrely ‘Likes’ Instagram Post of Arsenal Fan Leaving Him Out of Starting XI

​It is fair to say that Aaron Ramsey hasn’t got going in 2017 and the Arsenal midfielder has faced another spell on the sidelines through a calf strain picked up in February. Despite the Welshmen making his comeback from the injury against Bayern Munich in the Champions League, Ramsey was substituted by Arsene Wenger in the second half. The number eight was unable to make an impact in the Bayern drubbing but did score one in the FA Cup 5-0 thrashing to non-league side Lincoln City last...

PHOTO: Aaron Ramsey Bizarrely ‘Likes’ Instagram Post of Arsenal Fan Leaving Him Out of Starting XI

​It is fair to say that Aaron Ramsey hasn’t got going in 2017 and the Arsenal midfielder has faced another spell on the sidelines through a calf strain picked up in February. Despite the Welshmen making his comeback from the injury against Bayern Munich in the Champions League, Ramsey was substituted by Arsene Wenger in the second half. The number eight was unable to make an impact in the Bayern drubbing but did score one in the FA Cup 5-0 thrashing to non-league side Lincoln City last...

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Britain Football Soccer - Arsenal v Lincoln City - FA Cup Quarter Final - The Emirates Stadium - 11/3/17 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Reuters / Paul Hackett

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Britain Football Soccer - Arsenal v Lincoln City - FA Cup Quarter Final - The Emirates Stadium - 11/3/17 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Action Images via Reuters / John Sibley Livepic

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Britain Football Soccer - Arsenal v Lincoln City - FA Cup Quarter Final - The Emirates Stadium - 11/3/17 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Action Images via Reuters / John Sibley Livepic

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Britain Football Soccer - Arsenal v Lincoln City - FA Cup Quarter Final - The Emirates Stadium - 11/3/17 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Action Images via Reuters / John Sibley Livepic

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Britain Football Soccer - Arsenal v Lincoln City - FA Cup Quarter Final - The Emirates Stadium - 11/3/17 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Action Images via Reuters / John Sibley Livepic

Arsenal Midfielder Aaron Ramsey Delighted With 'Big Boost' of Win Over Non-League Lincoln City

Whilst many Arsenal fans lament their embarrassing elimination from the Champions League at the hands of Bayern Munich and expulsion from the top four of the Premier League with a humbling loss to Liverpool, Aaron Ramsey is in good spirits.  The Gunners lost 5-1 twice to Bayern either side of a 3-1 Liverpool loss, but remained in the hunt for the FA Cup with wins over non-league sides Sutton United and Lincoln City in amongst the string of losses. A miserable month for Arsenal fans was...

Arsenal Midfielder Aaron Ramsey Delighted With 'Big Boost' of Win Over Non-League Lincoln City

Whilst many Arsenal fans lament their embarrassing elimination from the Champions League at the hands of Bayern Munich and expulsion from the top four of the Premier League with a humbling loss to Liverpool, Aaron Ramsey is in good spirits.  The Gunners lost 5-1 twice to Bayern either side of a 3-1 Liverpool loss, but remained in the hunt for the FA Cup with wins over non-league sides Sutton United and Lincoln City in amongst the string of losses. A miserable month for Arsenal fans was...

Arsenal Midfielder Aaron Ramsey Delighted With 'Big Boost' of Win Over Non-League Lincoln City

Whilst many Arsenal fans lament their embarrassing elimination from the Champions League at the hands of Bayern Munich and expulsion from the top four of the Premier League with a humbling loss to Liverpool, Aaron Ramsey is in good spirits.  The Gunners lost 5-1 twice to Bayern either side of a 3-1 Liverpool loss, but remained in the hunt for the FA Cup with wins over non-league sides Sutton United and Lincoln City in amongst the string of losses. A miserable month for Arsenal fans was...

Arsenal Midfielder Aaron Ramsey Delighted With 'Big Boost' of Win Over Non-League Lincoln City

Whilst many Arsenal fans lament their embarrassing elimination from the Champions League at the hands of Bayern Munich and expulsion from the top four of the Premier League with a humbling loss to Liverpool, Aaron Ramsey is in good spirits.  The Gunners lost 5-1 twice to Bayern either side of a 3-1 Liverpool loss, but remained in the hunt for the FA Cup with wins over non-league sides Sutton United and Lincoln City in amongst the string of losses. A miserable month for Arsenal fans was...

Arsenal Midfielder Aaron Ramsey Delighted With 'Big Boost' of Win Over Non-League Lincoln City

Whilst many Arsenal fans lament their embarrassing elimination from the Champions League at the hands of Bayern Munich and expulsion from the top four of the Premier League with a humbling loss to Liverpool, Aaron Ramsey is in good spirits.  The Gunners lost 5-1 twice to Bayern either side of a 3-1 Liverpool loss, but remained in the hunt for the FA Cup with wins over non-league sides Sutton United and Lincoln City in amongst the string of losses. A miserable month for Arsenal fans was...

6 of the Best Moments From a Fascinating Weekend of Premier League & FA Cup Action

tion ​With that pesky FA Cup competition returning to disrupt a number of Premier League fixtures this weekend, there were only four league matches for fans to enjoy.  Liverpool tightened their grip on fourth with an 'ugly' win over Burnley, whilst there were big wins at the other end of the table for beleaguered Bournemouth and Hull City.  The FA Cup meanwhile was perhaps more routine, than spectacular, as Arsenal proved too much for non-league Lincoln City, Spurs battered Millwall (on the...

6 of the Best Moments From a Fascinating Weekend of Premier League & FA Cup Action

tion ​With that pesky FA Cup competition returning to disrupt a number of Premier League fixtures this weekend, there were only four league matches for fans to enjoy.  Liverpool tightened their grip on fourth with an 'ugly' win over Burnley, whilst there were big wins at the other end of the table for beleaguered Bournemouth and Hull City.  The FA Cup meanwhile was perhaps more routine, than spectacular, as Arsenal proved too much for non-league Lincoln City, Spurs battered Millwall (on the...

6 of the Best Moments From a Fascinating Weekend of Premier League & FA Cup Action

tion ​With that pesky FA Cup competition returning to disrupt a number of Premier League fixtures this weekend, there were only four league matches for fans to enjoy.  Liverpool tightened their grip on fourth with an 'ugly' win over Burnley, whilst there were big wins at the other end of the table for beleaguered Bournemouth and Hull City.  The FA Cup meanwhile was perhaps more routine, than spectacular, as Arsenal proved too much for non-league Lincoln City, Spurs battered Millwall (on the...

6 of the Best Moments From a Fascinating Weekend of Premier League & FA Cup Action

tion ​With that pesky FA Cup competition returning to disrupt a number of Premier League fixtures this weekend, there were only four league matches for fans to enjoy.  Liverpool tightened their grip on fourth with an 'ugly' win over Burnley, whilst there were big wins at the other end of the table for beleaguered Bournemouth and Hull City.  The FA Cup meanwhile was perhaps more routine, than spectacular, as Arsenal proved too much for non-league Lincoln City, Spurs battered Millwall (on the...

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