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The Peterborough United manager Grant McCann is one name in contention as Barnsley search for a successor to Paul Heckingbottom with a track record for developing young players. McCann, 37, played one year at Barnsley, helping them see off relegation from the Championship in 2007, and he fits the bill as a young coach who can improve players in a league where the leading teams boast big recruitment budgets. The former Northern Ireland international has two and a half years on his current deal at Peterborough. Barnsley have been left shocked by the departure of Heckingbottom to Leeds United this week just days after they announced a new deal for the hometown player and manager who had kept the club in the Championship on one of the division’s smallest budgets. Heckingbottom was a key part of the club’s new ownership strategy under the Chinese-American consortium of Chien Lee and Paul Conway. McCann took over Peterborough in 2016, and has kept them in contention for the play-offs as well as beating Championship Aston Villa in the FA Cup third round. He was among the youngest coaches to obtain the Uefa Pro License, first working as a coach at Peterborough before being appointed to the first team for the start of last season. Peterborough have seen the development of Jack Marriott, the current League One top goalscorer, whom McCann signed from Luton Town where the striker was out the team at the end of last season. Marcus Maddison, bought from Conference Premier Gateshead before McCann’s appointment as manager, has also attracted interest with his performances. Barnsley are shocked by Paul Heckingbottom's departure for Elland Road Credit: Harry Murphy/Getty Images Barnsley’s owners also have a controlling stake in the French Ligue 1 club Nice and stressed last month that they would seek to advance the club gradually, while balancing budgets and maintaining its identity. Other contenders include the well-travelled Simon Grayson and Danny Cowley, the Lincoln City manager whose inexperience in the Football League could count against him. Barnsley have appointed the club’s Under-23s manager Paul Harsley on a temporary basis while they hunt for a successor.
Barnsley identify Peterborough's Grant McCann as candidate to succeed Paul Heckingbottom
The Peterborough United manager Grant McCann is one name in contention as Barnsley search for a successor to Paul Heckingbottom with a track record for developing young players. McCann, 37, played one year at Barnsley, helping them see off relegation from the Championship in 2007, and he fits the bill as a young coach who can improve players in a league where the leading teams boast big recruitment budgets. The former Northern Ireland international has two and a half years on his current deal at Peterborough. Barnsley have been left shocked by the departure of Heckingbottom to Leeds United this week just days after they announced a new deal for the hometown player and manager who had kept the club in the Championship on one of the division’s smallest budgets. Heckingbottom was a key part of the club’s new ownership strategy under the Chinese-American consortium of Chien Lee and Paul Conway. McCann took over Peterborough in 2016, and has kept them in contention for the play-offs as well as beating Championship Aston Villa in the FA Cup third round. He was among the youngest coaches to obtain the Uefa Pro License, first working as a coach at Peterborough before being appointed to the first team for the start of last season. Peterborough have seen the development of Jack Marriott, the current League One top goalscorer, whom McCann signed from Luton Town where the striker was out the team at the end of last season. Marcus Maddison, bought from Conference Premier Gateshead before McCann’s appointment as manager, has also attracted interest with his performances. Barnsley are shocked by Paul Heckingbottom's departure for Elland Road Credit: Harry Murphy/Getty Images Barnsley’s owners also have a controlling stake in the French Ligue 1 club Nice and stressed last month that they would seek to advance the club gradually, while balancing budgets and maintaining its identity. Other contenders include the well-travelled Simon Grayson and Danny Cowley, the Lincoln City manager whose inexperience in the Football League could count against him. Barnsley have appointed the club’s Under-23s manager Paul Harsley on a temporary basis while they hunt for a successor.
The Peterborough United manager Grant McCann is one name in contention as Barnsley search for a successor to Paul Heckingbottom with a track record for developing young players. McCann, 37, played one year at Barnsley, helping them see off relegation from the Championship in 2007, and he fits the bill as a young coach who can improve players in a league where the leading teams boast big recruitment budgets. The former Northern Ireland international has two and a half years on his current deal at Peterborough. Barnsley have been left shocked by the departure of Heckingbottom to Leeds United this week just days after they announced a new deal for the hometown player and manager who had kept the club in the Championship on one of the division’s smallest budgets. Heckingbottom was a key part of the club’s new ownership strategy under the Chinese-American consortium of Chien Lee and Paul Conway. McCann took over Peterborough in 2016, and has kept them in contention for the play-offs as well as beating Championship Aston Villa in the FA Cup third round. He was among the youngest coaches to obtain the Uefa Pro License, first working as a coach at Peterborough before being appointed to the first team for the start of last season. Peterborough have seen the development of Jack Marriott, the current League One top goalscorer, whom McCann signed from Luton Town where the striker was out the team at the end of last season. Marcus Maddison, bought from Conference Premier Gateshead before McCann’s appointment as manager, has also attracted interest with his performances. Barnsley are shocked by Paul Heckingbottom's departure for Elland Road Credit: Harry Murphy/Getty Images Barnsley’s owners also have a controlling stake in the French Ligue 1 club Nice and stressed last month that they would seek to advance the club gradually, while balancing budgets and maintaining its identity. Other contenders include the well-travelled Simon Grayson and Danny Cowley, the Lincoln City manager whose inexperience in the Football League could count against him. Barnsley have appointed the club’s Under-23s manager Paul Harsley on a temporary basis while they hunt for a successor.
Barnsley identify Peterborough's Grant McCann as candidate to succeed Paul Heckingbottom
The Peterborough United manager Grant McCann is one name in contention as Barnsley search for a successor to Paul Heckingbottom with a track record for developing young players. McCann, 37, played one year at Barnsley, helping them see off relegation from the Championship in 2007, and he fits the bill as a young coach who can improve players in a league where the leading teams boast big recruitment budgets. The former Northern Ireland international has two and a half years on his current deal at Peterborough. Barnsley have been left shocked by the departure of Heckingbottom to Leeds United this week just days after they announced a new deal for the hometown player and manager who had kept the club in the Championship on one of the division’s smallest budgets. Heckingbottom was a key part of the club’s new ownership strategy under the Chinese-American consortium of Chien Lee and Paul Conway. McCann took over Peterborough in 2016, and has kept them in contention for the play-offs as well as beating Championship Aston Villa in the FA Cup third round. He was among the youngest coaches to obtain the Uefa Pro License, first working as a coach at Peterborough before being appointed to the first team for the start of last season. Peterborough have seen the development of Jack Marriott, the current League One top goalscorer, whom McCann signed from Luton Town where the striker was out the team at the end of last season. Marcus Maddison, bought from Conference Premier Gateshead before McCann’s appointment as manager, has also attracted interest with his performances. Barnsley are shocked by Paul Heckingbottom's departure for Elland Road Credit: Harry Murphy/Getty Images Barnsley’s owners also have a controlling stake in the French Ligue 1 club Nice and stressed last month that they would seek to advance the club gradually, while balancing budgets and maintaining its identity. Other contenders include the well-travelled Simon Grayson and Danny Cowley, the Lincoln City manager whose inexperience in the Football League could count against him. Barnsley have appointed the club’s Under-23s manager Paul Harsley on a temporary basis while they hunt for a successor.
Lincoln City booked the club's first trip to Wembley by knocking out Chelsea's development squad in the EFL Trophy.
Lincoln add to Chelsea misery with EFL Trophy shootout win
Lincoln City booked the club's first trip to Wembley by knocking out Chelsea's development squad in the EFL Trophy.
If the size of the gulf between Newport County and Tottenham Hotspur had not been made clear enough in the past fortnight, then Michael Flynn provided further evidence on Tuesday of the more practical differences between life at the top and bottom of the professional footballing scale. For while Mauricio Pochettino, the Spurs manager, was last week defeating Manchester United and preparing his side for a trip to face Liverpool at Anfield, his counterpart was trying — and, indeed, failing — to prevent one of his players, Sean Rigg, from quitting the club to become a tattoo artist. “I wanted him to stay,” said Flynn, the Newport manager. “He made his decision a while back that he wanted to go part-time and pursue a career in being a tattoo artist. I tried to change his mind, spoke to his father, spoke to his agent. “He’s a clever lad, but he just fell out of love with the game. He was thinking of the future and this was the ideal time for him to go and chase his dream, which is to be a tattoo artist.” As if the point needed emphasising, Flynn added: “I’m sure Mauricio won’t have any tattooists.” And so the Newport misfits march on, straight down the M4 and towards the shining lights of Wembley, where on Wednesday night they reap the rewards of their 1-1 draw with Spurs at Rodney Parade last month. Newport nearly pulled off one of the great FA Cup shocks against Spurs Credit: AFP The League Two side, ex-convicts and former shelf-stackers et al, were just eight minutes from a famous victory that night, thwarted only by a late Harry Kane effort. That result, and this subsequent trip to the national stadium, will provide funds that could revolutionise the club, but it also appears to have taken its toll on the players. Newport have lost twice, against Lincoln City and Colchester United, in two games since they bogged down the mighty Spurs in the Welsh mud. Still, the mood in south Wales was one of optimism as Flynn and Padraig Amond, the goalscoring hero from the first meeting with Spurs, looked ahead to what Flynn said could be “the biggest result in the club’s history”. Flynn made clear that any players who “dangled a leg” at a Spurs forward in the penalty box will be “sat next to me” on the sidelines and joked that he will immediately retire if they win, while Amond quipped that he has watched his goal back at least “a couple of hundred times now”. The two managers have been in contact since the previous meeting, primarily because Flynn had texted Pochettino to apologise after a scouting report that highlighted the weaknesses of the Spurs side had found its way into a tabloid newspaper. Among the criciticisms were that Dele Alli can be “selfish”, Eric Dier is “very one paced” and goalkeeper Michel Vorm “won’t come for crosses”. Coincidentally, Amond’s goal came from a right-wing cross, with Vorm remaining motionless on his line. “I have dealt with the so-called ‘secret dossier’ manager to manager,” Flynn said. “Things have a habit of coming out and it happens in football. It’s the way it is, nothing is private these days, but there was no malice in it. I apologised on our behalf to Mauricio for it getting out. Liverpool vs Tottenham, player ratings “We have exchanged a couple of messages back and forth since then. There is no issue here and he has bigger things to worry about.” Indeed he does. Having already played United and Liverpool in the last week, Spurs have meetings with Arsenal and then Juventus as their next two fixtures after this FA Cup replay. In the space of two weeks, therefore, Pochettino’s side will have taken on four of Europe’s most powerful sides. And Newport. “Do I think he will play a full-strength team? No,” said Flynn, who stopped watching the Spurs victory over United as soon as Christian Eriksen scored after just 11 seconds. “I am hoping he makes a few changes, but they should still have enough to turn us over.” Wednesday's trip to north London is Newport’s third match at Wembley in six years. Flynn played in their last visit, a 2-0 victory over Wrexham in the 2013 Conderence play-off final that sent them back into the Football League, and is eager to maintain his 100 per cent Wembley record. “If it doesn’t work out it’s because I wasn’t playing,” he laughed. “The extra money is brilliant. This game is on TV and so would be the next one if we cause one of the biggest shocks in the FA Cup, so we get three hits from one game.” Flynn knows there is nothing to lose from having another go at one of Europe’s finest, while there is potentially plenty to gain. “We are dreaming now,” he said. “But dreams do come true occasionally.”
'While Spurs were beating Man Utd, I lost a Newport player who quit to become a tattoo artist', says Michael Flynn
If the size of the gulf between Newport County and Tottenham Hotspur had not been made clear enough in the past fortnight, then Michael Flynn provided further evidence on Tuesday of the more practical differences between life at the top and bottom of the professional footballing scale. For while Mauricio Pochettino, the Spurs manager, was last week defeating Manchester United and preparing his side for a trip to face Liverpool at Anfield, his counterpart was trying — and, indeed, failing — to prevent one of his players, Sean Rigg, from quitting the club to become a tattoo artist. “I wanted him to stay,” said Flynn, the Newport manager. “He made his decision a while back that he wanted to go part-time and pursue a career in being a tattoo artist. I tried to change his mind, spoke to his father, spoke to his agent. “He’s a clever lad, but he just fell out of love with the game. He was thinking of the future and this was the ideal time for him to go and chase his dream, which is to be a tattoo artist.” As if the point needed emphasising, Flynn added: “I’m sure Mauricio won’t have any tattooists.” And so the Newport misfits march on, straight down the M4 and towards the shining lights of Wembley, where on Wednesday night they reap the rewards of their 1-1 draw with Spurs at Rodney Parade last month. Newport nearly pulled off one of the great FA Cup shocks against Spurs Credit: AFP The League Two side, ex-convicts and former shelf-stackers et al, were just eight minutes from a famous victory that night, thwarted only by a late Harry Kane effort. That result, and this subsequent trip to the national stadium, will provide funds that could revolutionise the club, but it also appears to have taken its toll on the players. Newport have lost twice, against Lincoln City and Colchester United, in two games since they bogged down the mighty Spurs in the Welsh mud. Still, the mood in south Wales was one of optimism as Flynn and Padraig Amond, the goalscoring hero from the first meeting with Spurs, looked ahead to what Flynn said could be “the biggest result in the club’s history”. Flynn made clear that any players who “dangled a leg” at a Spurs forward in the penalty box will be “sat next to me” on the sidelines and joked that he will immediately retire if they win, while Amond quipped that he has watched his goal back at least “a couple of hundred times now”. The two managers have been in contact since the previous meeting, primarily because Flynn had texted Pochettino to apologise after a scouting report that highlighted the weaknesses of the Spurs side had found its way into a tabloid newspaper. Among the criciticisms were that Dele Alli can be “selfish”, Eric Dier is “very one paced” and goalkeeper Michel Vorm “won’t come for crosses”. Coincidentally, Amond’s goal came from a right-wing cross, with Vorm remaining motionless on his line. “I have dealt with the so-called ‘secret dossier’ manager to manager,” Flynn said. “Things have a habit of coming out and it happens in football. It’s the way it is, nothing is private these days, but there was no malice in it. I apologised on our behalf to Mauricio for it getting out. Liverpool vs Tottenham, player ratings “We have exchanged a couple of messages back and forth since then. There is no issue here and he has bigger things to worry about.” Indeed he does. Having already played United and Liverpool in the last week, Spurs have meetings with Arsenal and then Juventus as their next two fixtures after this FA Cup replay. In the space of two weeks, therefore, Pochettino’s side will have taken on four of Europe’s most powerful sides. And Newport. “Do I think he will play a full-strength team? No,” said Flynn, who stopped watching the Spurs victory over United as soon as Christian Eriksen scored after just 11 seconds. “I am hoping he makes a few changes, but they should still have enough to turn us over.” Wednesday's trip to north London is Newport’s third match at Wembley in six years. Flynn played in their last visit, a 2-0 victory over Wrexham in the 2013 Conderence play-off final that sent them back into the Football League, and is eager to maintain his 100 per cent Wembley record. “If it doesn’t work out it’s because I wasn’t playing,” he laughed. “The extra money is brilliant. This game is on TV and so would be the next one if we cause one of the biggest shocks in the FA Cup, so we get three hits from one game.” Flynn knows there is nothing to lose from having another go at one of Europe’s finest, while there is potentially plenty to gain. “We are dreaming now,” he said. “But dreams do come true occasionally.”
Lincoln City fans acknowledge their players as their famous FA Cup run in 2017 comes to an end against Arsenal.
The FA Cup is where teams are afforded the chance to dream
Lincoln City fans acknowledge their players as their famous FA Cup run in 2017 comes to an end against Arsenal.
Lincoln City’s Matt Rhead is congratulated after scoring his side’s second goal in the win over Forest Green.
Danny Cowley has Lincoln aiming even higher after year to remember | Jeremy Alexander
Lincoln City’s Matt Rhead is congratulated after scoring his side’s second goal in the win over Forest Green.
Lincoln City's Paul Farman plays in the FA Cup
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Lincoln City's Paul Farman plays in the FA Cup
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.
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.
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.
 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
 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
 7:28PM And that's the draw The excitement is over! No more balls will be drawn! Morecambe vs Hartlepool is pretty good, Doncaster will visit either East Thurrock or Ebsfleet. Hyde vs MK Dons is a brilliant tie for the minnows. I was really hoping for a Slough vs Swindon draw, purely for Office quotes. 7:25PM Eighth tier Hyde will play MK Dons! The crowd goes wild in the BBC studio as the draw is announced. That's the big club the players wanted. 7:24PM Lads, can we please have some music Or something. This draw is not one of the most exciting things I've ever seen on television. That Liverpool vs Man Utd game on Saturday was more entertaining. 7:21PM AFC Wimbledon vs Lincoln City AFC Wimbledon are one of the clubs to have benefited immensely from TV money brought by the FA Cup and they are drawn against Lincoln City. 7:19PM Some more fixtures for you Peterborough Utd v Tranmere Cambridge Utd v Sutton Utd Forest Green Rovers v Macclesfield Town AFC Fylde v Kidderminster Harriers Luton v Portsmouth Shrewsbury v Aldershot Hereford v AFC Telford Utd Guiseley v Accrington Stanley Blackburn Rovers v Barnet 7:16PM No huge match ups so far Bradford City v Chesterfield Port Vale v Oxford Utd Newport County v Walsall Morecambe v Hartlepool Utd 7:14PM And it's set of balls number eight And Lancelot is the FA Cup draw machine for tonight. What a hilarious National Lottery joke. And the first fixture is Stevenage vs Nantwich or Kettering. IT'S ALL KICKING OFF NOW, CLIVE. 7:12PM Your Davids, your Goliaths Hyde, Heybridge Swifts and Ossett Town are the lowest ranked teams in the competition, with all three occupying the eighth tier of English football. 7:10PM David Sharpe The Wigan chairman, grandson of Dave Whelan, fancies Wigan's chances this season. And now it's time for the draw! 7:05PM Who do the small teams want to get in the draw? According to a couple of Hyde football staff (manager and player), the management want to play against a team they can probably beat whereas the players want to draw Blackburn or Charlton - one of the 'big' clubs. Hyde actually own the record for biggest defeat in the FA Cup. A 26-0 hiding (see what I did) by Preston North End. 7:00PM The live coverage begins! Here we go. The draw is being held at Hyde United's ground. Look how cool their sun was earlier: Red sun today. FA Cup draw at Hyde United. Is that an omen. #EmiratesFACuppic.twitter.com/LoZ27mZjKW— Hyde United FC (@hydeunited) October 16, 2017 6:47PM The difference the FA Cup actually makes I wrote this in January about just how much an FA Cup run is worth to a small club. It turns out the answer is everything. The FA awards a prize of £1.8million to the winners of the competition, the kind of short-change a Champions League club might use as a sweetener for a promising youth prospect’s signing-on fee. For non-league side Curzon Ashton just qualifying for the second round of the competition will, and has, had an enormous impact. Image Landscape Portrait Square Original/Custom Edit Selected Crop... Caption: Description: curzon ashton Agency: GETTY IMAGES Artist: Edit... Delete “It means so much to us a club,” says their CEO Natalie Atkinson. “The FA Cup is enabling us, through prize money, funds gained and TV money to work with the FA and football foundations to replace our 3G pitch next to the stadium.” Curzon Ashton, currently 15th in the National League North, lost 4-3 to AFC Wimbledon in December, conceding four goals in the final 10 minutes of the game. The prize for qualifying for the second round was £27,000, in addition to £18,000 earned from the first round. Those sucker-punch goals prevented a windfall of £67,500 for making it to third round. However, thanks to the wonder of television money, the club received more for their defeat to Wimbledon than they would have if they’d won a non-televised second round match. There's more on the article, if you fancy clicking on it. 6:30PM The magic of the cup This most holy of trophies always produces magical moments and even if a guilty few/most don't pay attention to the competition until their team is involved, those matches between minnows of the lower leagues and giants of... in this case, League One, are always thoroughly enjoyable. Sutton are looking to make a lot more money from another (pie free) run at the cup this year, Accrington Stanley's involvement will be upping the YouTube view count on this milk advert, and today is the first time I have ever heard of Gainsborough Trinity. Perhaps they will become my new favourite non-league - maybe they'll be yours! It all depends who has to play who - and which of those games the people in charge at BBC decide to broadcast... 6:15PM Good evening! Hello there sports fans. Welcome to our live coverage of what is sure to be a riveting FA Cup first round draw. The action will kick-off at 7:10pm and we'll keep you up to date with the draw as it happens. For right now, that wait should give you time to look at all the nice photographs of that weird looking sun from earlier today. It was like being in Blade Runner. 6:09PM Preview What is it? It's the draw for the first round proper of the FA Cup: the oldest competition in world football. The first round sees the 48 teams from League One and League Two joined by 32 non-league sides. When is it? Monday October 16. What time is it? The draw itself will begin at 7:10pm on Monday evening. The first round of the FA Cup will take place on Saturday November 4 Credit: AP What TV channel is it on? The draw will be broadcast live on both BBC Two and BT Sport. Mark Chapman will present the BBC's coverage of the draw in half-hour long episode from 7pm, while BT Sport 3's show will also begin at 7pm. When will the matches take place? The first round will take place over the weekend of Friday November 3 to Monday 6 November 2017 Who's in the hat? Sutton United made it to the fifth round of the FA Cup last season Credit: Getty Images Three teams from the eighth tier of English football are among the non-league teams in the hat for the first round. Hyde United, who play in the Northern Premier League, beat Scarborough Athletic on Sunday afternoon to book their place in the competition. Hampton and Richmond, who are coached by Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler, failed in their bid to reach the FA Cup proper after losing to National League South rivals Truro City. Truro's 2-0 victory over their league rivals means they become the first Cornwal team to reach the FA Cup first round since 1969. Billericay Town, whose current players include Jamie O'Hara, Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant, will also take their place in the draw. FA Cup first round numbers 1 ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2 AFC WIMBLEDON 3 BARNET 4 BLACKBURN ROVERS 5 BLACKPOOL 6 BRADFORD CITY 7 BRISTOL ROVERS 8 BURY 9 CAMBRIDGE UNITED 10 CARLISLE UNITED 11 CHARLTON ATHLETIC 12 CHELTENHAM TOWN 13 CHESTERFIELD 14 COLCHESTER UNITED 15 COVENTRY CITY 16 CRAWLEY TOWN 17 CREWE ALEXANDRA 18 DONCASTER ROVERS 19 EXETER CITY 20 FLEETWOOD TOWN 21 FOREST GREEN ROVERS 22 GILLINGHAM 23 GRIMSBY TOWN 24 LINCOLN CITY 25 LUTON TOWN 26 MANSFIELD TOWN 27 MILTON KEYNES DONS 28 MORECAMBE 29 NEWPORT COUNTY 30 NORTHAMPTON TOWN 31 NOTTS COUNTY 32 OLDHAM ATHLETIC 33 OXFORD UNITED 34 PETERBOROUGH UNITED 35 PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 36 PORT VALE 37 PORTSMOUTH 38 ROCHDALE 39 ROTHERHAM UNITED 40 SCUNTHORPE UNITED 41 SHREWSBURY TOWN 42 SOUTHEND UNITED 43 STEVENAGE 44 SWINDON TOWN 45 WALSALL 46 WIGAN ATHLETIC 47 WYCOMBE WANDERERS 48 YEOVIL TOWN 49 TRANMERE ROVERS 50 SOLIHULL MOORS OR OSSETT TOWN 51 HARTLEPOOL UNITED 52 SHAW LANE ASSOCIATION 53 CHORLEY OR BOSTON UNITED 54 AFC TELFORD UNITED 55 GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 56 NANTWICH TOWN OR KETTERING TOWN 57 GATESHEAD 58 GUISELEY 59 AFC FYLDE 60 KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 61 HYDE UNITED 62 MACCLESFIELD TOWN 63 BRACKLEY TOWN OR BILLERICAY TOWN 64 DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE OR LEYTON ORIENT 65 HEREFORD 66 ALDERSHOT TOWN 67 BATH CITY OR CHELMSFORD CITY 68 OXFORD CITY 69 MAIDENHEAD UNITED 70 HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 71 WOKING OR CONCORD RANGERS 72 TRURO CITY 73 DOVER ATHLETIC OR BROMLEY 74 SLOUGH TOWN 75 DARTFORD 76 BOREHAM WOOD 77 MAIDSTONE UNITED OR ENFIELD TOWN 78 LEATHERHEAD 79 SUTTON UNITED 80 EAST THURROCK UNITED OR EBBSFLEET UNITED
FA Cup first round draw: Hyde United (eighth tier) host MK Dons
7:28PM And that's the draw The excitement is over! No more balls will be drawn! Morecambe vs Hartlepool is pretty good, Doncaster will visit either East Thurrock or Ebsfleet. Hyde vs MK Dons is a brilliant tie for the minnows. I was really hoping for a Slough vs Swindon draw, purely for Office quotes. 7:25PM Eighth tier Hyde will play MK Dons! The crowd goes wild in the BBC studio as the draw is announced. That's the big club the players wanted. 7:24PM Lads, can we please have some music Or something. This draw is not one of the most exciting things I've ever seen on television. That Liverpool vs Man Utd game on Saturday was more entertaining. 7:21PM AFC Wimbledon vs Lincoln City AFC Wimbledon are one of the clubs to have benefited immensely from TV money brought by the FA Cup and they are drawn against Lincoln City. 7:19PM Some more fixtures for you Peterborough Utd v Tranmere Cambridge Utd v Sutton Utd Forest Green Rovers v Macclesfield Town AFC Fylde v Kidderminster Harriers Luton v Portsmouth Shrewsbury v Aldershot Hereford v AFC Telford Utd Guiseley v Accrington Stanley Blackburn Rovers v Barnet 7:16PM No huge match ups so far Bradford City v Chesterfield Port Vale v Oxford Utd Newport County v Walsall Morecambe v Hartlepool Utd 7:14PM And it's set of balls number eight And Lancelot is the FA Cup draw machine for tonight. What a hilarious National Lottery joke. And the first fixture is Stevenage vs Nantwich or Kettering. IT'S ALL KICKING OFF NOW, CLIVE. 7:12PM Your Davids, your Goliaths Hyde, Heybridge Swifts and Ossett Town are the lowest ranked teams in the competition, with all three occupying the eighth tier of English football. 7:10PM David Sharpe The Wigan chairman, grandson of Dave Whelan, fancies Wigan's chances this season. And now it's time for the draw! 7:05PM Who do the small teams want to get in the draw? According to a couple of Hyde football staff (manager and player), the management want to play against a team they can probably beat whereas the players want to draw Blackburn or Charlton - one of the 'big' clubs. Hyde actually own the record for biggest defeat in the FA Cup. A 26-0 hiding (see what I did) by Preston North End. 7:00PM The live coverage begins! Here we go. The draw is being held at Hyde United's ground. Look how cool their sun was earlier: Red sun today. FA Cup draw at Hyde United. Is that an omen. #EmiratesFACuppic.twitter.com/LoZ27mZjKW— Hyde United FC (@hydeunited) October 16, 2017 6:47PM The difference the FA Cup actually makes I wrote this in January about just how much an FA Cup run is worth to a small club. It turns out the answer is everything. The FA awards a prize of £1.8million to the winners of the competition, the kind of short-change a Champions League club might use as a sweetener for a promising youth prospect’s signing-on fee. For non-league side Curzon Ashton just qualifying for the second round of the competition will, and has, had an enormous impact. Image Landscape Portrait Square Original/Custom Edit Selected Crop... Caption: Description: curzon ashton Agency: GETTY IMAGES Artist: Edit... Delete “It means so much to us a club,” says their CEO Natalie Atkinson. “The FA Cup is enabling us, through prize money, funds gained and TV money to work with the FA and football foundations to replace our 3G pitch next to the stadium.” Curzon Ashton, currently 15th in the National League North, lost 4-3 to AFC Wimbledon in December, conceding four goals in the final 10 minutes of the game. The prize for qualifying for the second round was £27,000, in addition to £18,000 earned from the first round. Those sucker-punch goals prevented a windfall of £67,500 for making it to third round. However, thanks to the wonder of television money, the club received more for their defeat to Wimbledon than they would have if they’d won a non-televised second round match. There's more on the article, if you fancy clicking on it. 6:30PM The magic of the cup This most holy of trophies always produces magical moments and even if a guilty few/most don't pay attention to the competition until their team is involved, those matches between minnows of the lower leagues and giants of... in this case, League One, are always thoroughly enjoyable. Sutton are looking to make a lot more money from another (pie free) run at the cup this year, Accrington Stanley's involvement will be upping the YouTube view count on this milk advert, and today is the first time I have ever heard of Gainsborough Trinity. Perhaps they will become my new favourite non-league - maybe they'll be yours! It all depends who has to play who - and which of those games the people in charge at BBC decide to broadcast... 6:15PM Good evening! Hello there sports fans. Welcome to our live coverage of what is sure to be a riveting FA Cup first round draw. The action will kick-off at 7:10pm and we'll keep you up to date with the draw as it happens. For right now, that wait should give you time to look at all the nice photographs of that weird looking sun from earlier today. It was like being in Blade Runner. 6:09PM Preview What is it? It's the draw for the first round proper of the FA Cup: the oldest competition in world football. The first round sees the 48 teams from League One and League Two joined by 32 non-league sides. When is it? Monday October 16. What time is it? The draw itself will begin at 7:10pm on Monday evening. The first round of the FA Cup will take place on Saturday November 4 Credit: AP What TV channel is it on? The draw will be broadcast live on both BBC Two and BT Sport. Mark Chapman will present the BBC's coverage of the draw in half-hour long episode from 7pm, while BT Sport 3's show will also begin at 7pm. When will the matches take place? The first round will take place over the weekend of Friday November 3 to Monday 6 November 2017 Who's in the hat? Sutton United made it to the fifth round of the FA Cup last season Credit: Getty Images Three teams from the eighth tier of English football are among the non-league teams in the hat for the first round. Hyde United, who play in the Northern Premier League, beat Scarborough Athletic on Sunday afternoon to book their place in the competition. Hampton and Richmond, who are coached by Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler, failed in their bid to reach the FA Cup proper after losing to National League South rivals Truro City. Truro's 2-0 victory over their league rivals means they become the first Cornwal team to reach the FA Cup first round since 1969. Billericay Town, whose current players include Jamie O'Hara, Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant, will also take their place in the draw. FA Cup first round numbers 1 ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2 AFC WIMBLEDON 3 BARNET 4 BLACKBURN ROVERS 5 BLACKPOOL 6 BRADFORD CITY 7 BRISTOL ROVERS 8 BURY 9 CAMBRIDGE UNITED 10 CARLISLE UNITED 11 CHARLTON ATHLETIC 12 CHELTENHAM TOWN 13 CHESTERFIELD 14 COLCHESTER UNITED 15 COVENTRY CITY 16 CRAWLEY TOWN 17 CREWE ALEXANDRA 18 DONCASTER ROVERS 19 EXETER CITY 20 FLEETWOOD TOWN 21 FOREST GREEN ROVERS 22 GILLINGHAM 23 GRIMSBY TOWN 24 LINCOLN CITY 25 LUTON TOWN 26 MANSFIELD TOWN 27 MILTON KEYNES DONS 28 MORECAMBE 29 NEWPORT COUNTY 30 NORTHAMPTON TOWN 31 NOTTS COUNTY 32 OLDHAM ATHLETIC 33 OXFORD UNITED 34 PETERBOROUGH UNITED 35 PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 36 PORT VALE 37 PORTSMOUTH 38 ROCHDALE 39 ROTHERHAM UNITED 40 SCUNTHORPE UNITED 41 SHREWSBURY TOWN 42 SOUTHEND UNITED 43 STEVENAGE 44 SWINDON TOWN 45 WALSALL 46 WIGAN ATHLETIC 47 WYCOMBE WANDERERS 48 YEOVIL TOWN 49 TRANMERE ROVERS 50 SOLIHULL MOORS OR OSSETT TOWN 51 HARTLEPOOL UNITED 52 SHAW LANE ASSOCIATION 53 CHORLEY OR BOSTON UNITED 54 AFC TELFORD UNITED 55 GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 56 NANTWICH TOWN OR KETTERING TOWN 57 GATESHEAD 58 GUISELEY 59 AFC FYLDE 60 KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 61 HYDE UNITED 62 MACCLESFIELD TOWN 63 BRACKLEY TOWN OR BILLERICAY TOWN 64 DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE OR LEYTON ORIENT 65 HEREFORD 66 ALDERSHOT TOWN 67 BATH CITY OR CHELMSFORD CITY 68 OXFORD CITY 69 MAIDENHEAD UNITED 70 HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 71 WOKING OR CONCORD RANGERS 72 TRURO CITY 73 DOVER ATHLETIC OR BROMLEY 74 SLOUGH TOWN 75 DARTFORD 76 BOREHAM WOOD 77 MAIDSTONE UNITED OR ENFIELD TOWN 78 LEATHERHEAD 79 SUTTON UNITED 80 EAST THURROCK UNITED OR EBBSFLEET UNITED
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Carabao Cup First Round - Rotherham United vs Lincoln City
Soccer Football - Carabao Cup First Round - Rotherham United vs Lincoln City - Rotherham, Britain - August 8, 2017 Lincoln City's Alex Woodyard in action with Rotherham United's Lee Frecklington Action Images/Craig Brough TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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 >>
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 >>
Lincoln City weren’t fond of a 0-0 back in the day.
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Lincoln City weren’t fond of a 0-0 back in the day.
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...
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...
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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)
​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...
​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...
​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...
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 Reuters / Paul Hackett
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
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
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
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
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...
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...

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