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Rickie Lambert still breaks out into a wide-eyed grin at one particular memory from his brief, fairy-tale stint as an England footballer. “I think it was Switzerland,” he says, recalling what was a pressurised 2-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win in Basel shortly after the 2014 World Cup. “We were in a hotel, had a few drinks. We’d gone out. There was a river – I couldn’t believe how high the bridge was. We jumped off, one after the other. It was brilliant. Everyone was laughing their heads off. It was a really good bunch of lads.” Lambert’s anecdote serves as proof of two things. How not everything that happens behind closed doors with England immediately gets out. And that team spirit can be forged in many different ways. Rockery Rickie: Lambert poses for the photographers at Vale Do Lobo in 2014 Credit: PA It is why Lambert is convinced that England manager Gareth Southgate must pay no regard over the next six weeks to what outsiders might think and ensure a healthy balance is struck between work, rest and, yes, a little play. Lambert experienced the intensity of the England bubble at the 2014 World Cup and pinpoints boredom as a major challenge. “I absolutely loved it – the training, the whole build-up was excellent – and to be around the squad was amazing,” he says. “But it was a bit hard because quite a lot you were bored. You were stuck in the hotel and literally couldn’t go anywhere.” So, how did players fill what were long hours at their Rio de Janeiro base outside of the formal schedule? “Some might stay with the physios and masseurs to chat, others would be playing pool, table tennis or computer games. I thought I was decent at table tennis, but when I saw Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling, I thought, ‘maybe not’. You had different groups if you were bored or, if you wanted time alone, you could go to your bedroom. The boys in Rio: Rickie Lambert, Leighton Baines and Adam Lallana get some R and R. Credit: Splash News “It was a bit of a thing that you couldn’t go out. I was a bit gutted that I couldn’t see the lovely city. We went to America and Portugal before. That was brilliant. The attention wasn’t as fierce. We went to the beaches. We had our own days as well to do what we wanted. Those days really make the squad a lot closer and the more Gareth Southgate can do that the better. It is just going for a meal, maybe have a couple of drinks. Obviously, they can’t get p----- … but a couple of drinks. Just let your hair down now and again.” Lambert attributes his own rise to a transformation in off-field discipline and so would never advocate anything seriously detrimental to physical performance, but simply stresses that the World Cup environment is unique. “The amount of pressure the guys are under from the English media is fierce,” he says. “It’s nothing I had ever seen before so, to have your own time to relax, is definitely something the squad miss. It was very apparent from early on. It was unbelievable, incredible. I could see what it was doing to Roy [Hodgson]. It does seep through. England Formation Builder “The FA was very aware of what the papers were saying. I just thought, ‘Let it go, it doesn’t matter’. You just focus on the pitch. Eventually, a manager is going to have to say, ‘We are going to do what we want. I am going to get judged on what I do in the World Cup anyway. If a story gets out, it doesn’t matter’. If they do well in the World Cup, everyone will forget about it.” Lambert, though, still does not think the scrutiny impacted on performances and was not, ultimately, a reason for exiting the tournament after 2-1 defeats against Italy and Uruguay. “I thought we were going to do well; get past the group stages. I thought I could have been used more earlier. It was so disappointing the way it ended but, to play for England in the World Cup, was still the highlight of my career.” It was also the culmination of a truly inspirational story. From being released by Liverpool and Blackpool as a teenager to spending his summer working in a beetroot factory and playing at Macclesfield Town for only £50-a-week in travel expenses, Lambert found lift-off after joining Southampton in League One. He was 27 and had spent the previous seven seasons at Stockport County, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers. World Cup predictor “The old Rickie finished when Alan Pardew took hold of me,” he says. “It was about a month into the season. I was the leading goalscorer, but Pardew called me in.” Frank words were exchanged and, to the credit of both men, the impact was life-changing. “I was literally in the gym the next morning,” says Lambert. “Within two weeks, I could feel the difference. It became like a drug. I couldn’t get enough of the work. I started eating right, stopped the drinking and the fat just fell off. Before, after 70 minutes, I would start blowing. I would struggle to get to a ball in the channels and rarely make runs behind. I became more of an all-round player and could match people for fitness. I found my game so so easy after that.” Full and frank exchange of views: Alan Pardew in his Southampton role Credit: Getty Lambert believes that his background still worked to his advantage and, while stressing that the very elite would not benefit from grafting their way through the divisions, thinks that academy football can also stifle development. “I see kids in the Premier League [academies] playing the most fake football I have ever seen,” he says. “They are at that stage for two to three years. Their decline must be unbelievable. “I was under pressure to get three points from day one. I was in scary relegation fights, knowing if we got relegated from the Football League that half the club’s staff are sacked. Those moments helped. If I’d got to the top too early, I would not have been a success. I was physically and mentally ready.” Especially impressive was how Lambert’s development continued well into his 30s. Nigel Adkins and then Mauricio Pochettino built on Pardew’s work to oversee a progression that was sufficient for fans to recently vote him into the club’s all-time greatest team. Inspiration: then-Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino Credit: AP Pochettino’s public certainty through 2013 that Lambert could play for England was crucial both in boosting his confidence and also lending wider credibility to the idea. “Poch is the best manager I have come across,” says Lambert. “He pushed me to the limit and made me understand the game more. To see what he has done for Harry Kane does not surprise me. He’s got Kane at the right age. He would analyse everyone, pull you to one side, work on your weaknesses, teach you how to move differently. “The hardest shot in my eyes was the ball coming across onto my left foot. I used to open up and hit it with my right. He said, ‘Why don’t you hit it with your left?’ I replied, ‘I find it hard’. He then literally took me out and rolled the ball across. Shot after shot after shot. “When he first said that I could play for England, I was shocked but, as the goals kept going in, Poch kept talking and it got louder and louder. It is thanks to him that I got there.” Here's Rickie Lambert making it a dream debut! #engsco#Wembleypic.twitter.com/cSnUpBzXBe— Wembley Stadium (@wembleystadium) August 14, 2013 The call-up came on the day Lambert’s wife gave birth to their third child and, in keeping with this Roy of the Rovers rise, he then scored a Wembley winner with his first touch in international football. The World Cup and a return to boyhood club Liverpool followed with a year. “It was surreal,” he says. “I didn’t get much recognition and then, suddenly, everything clicked. It was like trying to ride the crest of a wave. #EFLAwards: Rickie Lambert to be honoured with the prestigious Sir Tom Finney Award this Sunday >> https://t.co/HBbnxIgqlppic.twitter.com/AwTV1nT2Qf— EFL (@EFL) April 14, 2018 “I only knew I was going to the World Cup an hour before it went public. I got a text with the travel arrangements. I replied saying, ‘Am I in the squad then?’ I knew Roy liked me but, for me, it was 50-50.” Lambert had gone from watching the 2010 World Cup in a New Forest beer garden to appearing himself on football’s greatest stage. Having retired last year and been presented in April with the Football League’s most prestigious individual honour – the Sir Tom Finney Lifetime Award – the circle will again turn this month. “I can’t wait,” says Lambert. “I’m a proud England fan and desperate to see them do well. I’ll be in a pub somewhere watching the games.” WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Rickie Lambert on life playing for England: 'we had a few drinks and jumped in a river' - exclusive interview
Rickie Lambert still breaks out into a wide-eyed grin at one particular memory from his brief, fairy-tale stint as an England footballer. “I think it was Switzerland,” he says, recalling what was a pressurised 2-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win in Basel shortly after the 2014 World Cup. “We were in a hotel, had a few drinks. We’d gone out. There was a river – I couldn’t believe how high the bridge was. We jumped off, one after the other. It was brilliant. Everyone was laughing their heads off. It was a really good bunch of lads.” Lambert’s anecdote serves as proof of two things. How not everything that happens behind closed doors with England immediately gets out. And that team spirit can be forged in many different ways. Rockery Rickie: Lambert poses for the photographers at Vale Do Lobo in 2014 Credit: PA It is why Lambert is convinced that England manager Gareth Southgate must pay no regard over the next six weeks to what outsiders might think and ensure a healthy balance is struck between work, rest and, yes, a little play. Lambert experienced the intensity of the England bubble at the 2014 World Cup and pinpoints boredom as a major challenge. “I absolutely loved it – the training, the whole build-up was excellent – and to be around the squad was amazing,” he says. “But it was a bit hard because quite a lot you were bored. You were stuck in the hotel and literally couldn’t go anywhere.” So, how did players fill what were long hours at their Rio de Janeiro base outside of the formal schedule? “Some might stay with the physios and masseurs to chat, others would be playing pool, table tennis or computer games. I thought I was decent at table tennis, but when I saw Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling, I thought, ‘maybe not’. You had different groups if you were bored or, if you wanted time alone, you could go to your bedroom. The boys in Rio: Rickie Lambert, Leighton Baines and Adam Lallana get some R and R. Credit: Splash News “It was a bit of a thing that you couldn’t go out. I was a bit gutted that I couldn’t see the lovely city. We went to America and Portugal before. That was brilliant. The attention wasn’t as fierce. We went to the beaches. We had our own days as well to do what we wanted. Those days really make the squad a lot closer and the more Gareth Southgate can do that the better. It is just going for a meal, maybe have a couple of drinks. Obviously, they can’t get p----- … but a couple of drinks. Just let your hair down now and again.” Lambert attributes his own rise to a transformation in off-field discipline and so would never advocate anything seriously detrimental to physical performance, but simply stresses that the World Cup environment is unique. “The amount of pressure the guys are under from the English media is fierce,” he says. “It’s nothing I had ever seen before so, to have your own time to relax, is definitely something the squad miss. It was very apparent from early on. It was unbelievable, incredible. I could see what it was doing to Roy [Hodgson]. It does seep through. England Formation Builder “The FA was very aware of what the papers were saying. I just thought, ‘Let it go, it doesn’t matter’. You just focus on the pitch. Eventually, a manager is going to have to say, ‘We are going to do what we want. I am going to get judged on what I do in the World Cup anyway. If a story gets out, it doesn’t matter’. If they do well in the World Cup, everyone will forget about it.” Lambert, though, still does not think the scrutiny impacted on performances and was not, ultimately, a reason for exiting the tournament after 2-1 defeats against Italy and Uruguay. “I thought we were going to do well; get past the group stages. I thought I could have been used more earlier. It was so disappointing the way it ended but, to play for England in the World Cup, was still the highlight of my career.” It was also the culmination of a truly inspirational story. From being released by Liverpool and Blackpool as a teenager to spending his summer working in a beetroot factory and playing at Macclesfield Town for only £50-a-week in travel expenses, Lambert found lift-off after joining Southampton in League One. He was 27 and had spent the previous seven seasons at Stockport County, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers. World Cup predictor “The old Rickie finished when Alan Pardew took hold of me,” he says. “It was about a month into the season. I was the leading goalscorer, but Pardew called me in.” Frank words were exchanged and, to the credit of both men, the impact was life-changing. “I was literally in the gym the next morning,” says Lambert. “Within two weeks, I could feel the difference. It became like a drug. I couldn’t get enough of the work. I started eating right, stopped the drinking and the fat just fell off. Before, after 70 minutes, I would start blowing. I would struggle to get to a ball in the channels and rarely make runs behind. I became more of an all-round player and could match people for fitness. I found my game so so easy after that.” Full and frank exchange of views: Alan Pardew in his Southampton role Credit: Getty Lambert believes that his background still worked to his advantage and, while stressing that the very elite would not benefit from grafting their way through the divisions, thinks that academy football can also stifle development. “I see kids in the Premier League [academies] playing the most fake football I have ever seen,” he says. “They are at that stage for two to three years. Their decline must be unbelievable. “I was under pressure to get three points from day one. I was in scary relegation fights, knowing if we got relegated from the Football League that half the club’s staff are sacked. Those moments helped. If I’d got to the top too early, I would not have been a success. I was physically and mentally ready.” Especially impressive was how Lambert’s development continued well into his 30s. Nigel Adkins and then Mauricio Pochettino built on Pardew’s work to oversee a progression that was sufficient for fans to recently vote him into the club’s all-time greatest team. Inspiration: then-Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino Credit: AP Pochettino’s public certainty through 2013 that Lambert could play for England was crucial both in boosting his confidence and also lending wider credibility to the idea. “Poch is the best manager I have come across,” says Lambert. “He pushed me to the limit and made me understand the game more. To see what he has done for Harry Kane does not surprise me. He’s got Kane at the right age. He would analyse everyone, pull you to one side, work on your weaknesses, teach you how to move differently. “The hardest shot in my eyes was the ball coming across onto my left foot. I used to open up and hit it with my right. He said, ‘Why don’t you hit it with your left?’ I replied, ‘I find it hard’. He then literally took me out and rolled the ball across. Shot after shot after shot. “When he first said that I could play for England, I was shocked but, as the goals kept going in, Poch kept talking and it got louder and louder. It is thanks to him that I got there.” Here's Rickie Lambert making it a dream debut! #engsco#Wembleypic.twitter.com/cSnUpBzXBe— Wembley Stadium (@wembleystadium) August 14, 2013 The call-up came on the day Lambert’s wife gave birth to their third child and, in keeping with this Roy of the Rovers rise, he then scored a Wembley winner with his first touch in international football. The World Cup and a return to boyhood club Liverpool followed with a year. “It was surreal,” he says. “I didn’t get much recognition and then, suddenly, everything clicked. It was like trying to ride the crest of a wave. #EFLAwards: Rickie Lambert to be honoured with the prestigious Sir Tom Finney Award this Sunday >> https://t.co/HBbnxIgqlppic.twitter.com/AwTV1nT2Qf— EFL (@EFL) April 14, 2018 “I only knew I was going to the World Cup an hour before it went public. I got a text with the travel arrangements. I replied saying, ‘Am I in the squad then?’ I knew Roy liked me but, for me, it was 50-50.” Lambert had gone from watching the 2010 World Cup in a New Forest beer garden to appearing himself on football’s greatest stage. Having retired last year and been presented in April with the Football League’s most prestigious individual honour – the Sir Tom Finney Lifetime Award – the circle will again turn this month. “I can’t wait,” says Lambert. “I’m a proud England fan and desperate to see them do well. I’ll be in a pub somewhere watching the games.” WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Rickie Lambert still breaks out into a wide-eyed grin at one particular memory from his brief, fairy-tale stint as an England footballer. “I think it was Switzerland,” he says, recalling what was a pressurised 2-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win in Basel shortly after the 2014 World Cup. “We were in a hotel, had a few drinks. We’d gone out. There was a river – I couldn’t believe how high the bridge was. We jumped off, one after the other. It was brilliant. Everyone was laughing their heads off. It was a really good bunch of lads.” Lambert’s anecdote serves as proof of two things. How not everything that happens behind closed doors with England immediately gets out. And that team spirit can be forged in many different ways. Rockery Rickie: Lambert poses for the photographers at Vale Do Lobo in 2014 Credit: PA It is why Lambert is convinced that England manager Gareth Southgate must pay no regard over the next six weeks to what outsiders might think and ensure a healthy balance is struck between work, rest and, yes, a little play. Lambert experienced the intensity of the England bubble at the 2014 World Cup and pinpoints boredom as a major challenge. “I absolutely loved it – the training, the whole build-up was excellent – and to be around the squad was amazing,” he says. “But it was a bit hard because quite a lot you were bored. You were stuck in the hotel and literally couldn’t go anywhere.” So, how did players fill what were long hours at their Rio de Janeiro base outside of the formal schedule? “Some might stay with the physios and masseurs to chat, others would be playing pool, table tennis or computer games. I thought I was decent at table tennis, but when I saw Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling, I thought, ‘maybe not’. You had different groups if you were bored or, if you wanted time alone, you could go to your bedroom. The boys in Rio: Rickie Lambert, Leighton Baines and Adam Lallana get some R and R. Credit: Splash News “It was a bit of a thing that you couldn’t go out. I was a bit gutted that I couldn’t see the lovely city. We went to America and Portugal before. That was brilliant. The attention wasn’t as fierce. We went to the beaches. We had our own days as well to do what we wanted. Those days really make the squad a lot closer and the more Gareth Southgate can do that the better. It is just going for a meal, maybe have a couple of drinks. Obviously, they can’t get p----- … but a couple of drinks. Just let your hair down now and again.” Lambert attributes his own rise to a transformation in off-field discipline and so would never advocate anything seriously detrimental to physical performance, but simply stresses that the World Cup environment is unique. “The amount of pressure the guys are under from the English media is fierce,” he says. “It’s nothing I had ever seen before so, to have your own time to relax, is definitely something the squad miss. It was very apparent from early on. It was unbelievable, incredible. I could see what it was doing to Roy [Hodgson]. It does seep through. England Formation Builder “The FA was very aware of what the papers were saying. I just thought, ‘Let it go, it doesn’t matter’. You just focus on the pitch. Eventually, a manager is going to have to say, ‘We are going to do what we want. I am going to get judged on what I do in the World Cup anyway. If a story gets out, it doesn’t matter’. If they do well in the World Cup, everyone will forget about it.” Lambert, though, still does not think the scrutiny impacted on performances and was not, ultimately, a reason for exiting the tournament after 2-1 defeats against Italy and Uruguay. “I thought we were going to do well; get past the group stages. I thought I could have been used more earlier. It was so disappointing the way it ended but, to play for England in the World Cup, was still the highlight of my career.” It was also the culmination of a truly inspirational story. From being released by Liverpool and Blackpool as a teenager to spending his summer working in a beetroot factory and playing at Macclesfield Town for only £50-a-week in travel expenses, Lambert found lift-off after joining Southampton in League One. He was 27 and had spent the previous seven seasons at Stockport County, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers. World Cup predictor “The old Rickie finished when Alan Pardew took hold of me,” he says. “It was about a month into the season. I was the leading goalscorer, but Pardew called me in.” Frank words were exchanged and, to the credit of both men, the impact was life-changing. “I was literally in the gym the next morning,” says Lambert. “Within two weeks, I could feel the difference. It became like a drug. I couldn’t get enough of the work. I started eating right, stopped the drinking and the fat just fell off. Before, after 70 minutes, I would start blowing. I would struggle to get to a ball in the channels and rarely make runs behind. I became more of an all-round player and could match people for fitness. I found my game so so easy after that.” Full and frank exchange of views: Alan Pardew in his Southampton role Credit: Getty Lambert believes that his background still worked to his advantage and, while stressing that the very elite would not benefit from grafting their way through the divisions, thinks that academy football can also stifle development. “I see kids in the Premier League [academies] playing the most fake football I have ever seen,” he says. “They are at that stage for two to three years. Their decline must be unbelievable. “I was under pressure to get three points from day one. I was in scary relegation fights, knowing if we got relegated from the Football League that half the club’s staff are sacked. Those moments helped. If I’d got to the top too early, I would not have been a success. I was physically and mentally ready.” Especially impressive was how Lambert’s development continued well into his 30s. Nigel Adkins and then Mauricio Pochettino built on Pardew’s work to oversee a progression that was sufficient for fans to recently vote him into the club’s all-time greatest team. Inspiration: then-Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino Credit: AP Pochettino’s public certainty through 2013 that Lambert could play for England was crucial both in boosting his confidence and also lending wider credibility to the idea. “Poch is the best manager I have come across,” says Lambert. “He pushed me to the limit and made me understand the game more. To see what he has done for Harry Kane does not surprise me. He’s got Kane at the right age. He would analyse everyone, pull you to one side, work on your weaknesses, teach you how to move differently. “The hardest shot in my eyes was the ball coming across onto my left foot. I used to open up and hit it with my right. He said, ‘Why don’t you hit it with your left?’ I replied, ‘I find it hard’. He then literally took me out and rolled the ball across. Shot after shot after shot. “When he first said that I could play for England, I was shocked but, as the goals kept going in, Poch kept talking and it got louder and louder. It is thanks to him that I got there.” Here's Rickie Lambert making it a dream debut! #engsco#Wembleypic.twitter.com/cSnUpBzXBe— Wembley Stadium (@wembleystadium) August 14, 2013 The call-up came on the day Lambert’s wife gave birth to their third child and, in keeping with this Roy of the Rovers rise, he then scored a Wembley winner with his first touch in international football. The World Cup and a return to boyhood club Liverpool followed with a year. “It was surreal,” he says. “I didn’t get much recognition and then, suddenly, everything clicked. It was like trying to ride the crest of a wave. #EFLAwards: Rickie Lambert to be honoured with the prestigious Sir Tom Finney Award this Sunday >> https://t.co/HBbnxIgqlppic.twitter.com/AwTV1nT2Qf— EFL (@EFL) April 14, 2018 “I only knew I was going to the World Cup an hour before it went public. I got a text with the travel arrangements. I replied saying, ‘Am I in the squad then?’ I knew Roy liked me but, for me, it was 50-50.” Lambert had gone from watching the 2010 World Cup in a New Forest beer garden to appearing himself on football’s greatest stage. Having retired last year and been presented in April with the Football League’s most prestigious individual honour – the Sir Tom Finney Lifetime Award – the circle will again turn this month. “I can’t wait,” says Lambert. “I’m a proud England fan and desperate to see them do well. I’ll be in a pub somewhere watching the games.” WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Rickie Lambert on life playing for England: 'we had a few drinks and jumped in a river' - exclusive interview
Rickie Lambert still breaks out into a wide-eyed grin at one particular memory from his brief, fairy-tale stint as an England footballer. “I think it was Switzerland,” he says, recalling what was a pressurised 2-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win in Basel shortly after the 2014 World Cup. “We were in a hotel, had a few drinks. We’d gone out. There was a river – I couldn’t believe how high the bridge was. We jumped off, one after the other. It was brilliant. Everyone was laughing their heads off. It was a really good bunch of lads.” Lambert’s anecdote serves as proof of two things. How not everything that happens behind closed doors with England immediately gets out. And that team spirit can be forged in many different ways. Rockery Rickie: Lambert poses for the photographers at Vale Do Lobo in 2014 Credit: PA It is why Lambert is convinced that England manager Gareth Southgate must pay no regard over the next six weeks to what outsiders might think and ensure a healthy balance is struck between work, rest and, yes, a little play. Lambert experienced the intensity of the England bubble at the 2014 World Cup and pinpoints boredom as a major challenge. “I absolutely loved it – the training, the whole build-up was excellent – and to be around the squad was amazing,” he says. “But it was a bit hard because quite a lot you were bored. You were stuck in the hotel and literally couldn’t go anywhere.” So, how did players fill what were long hours at their Rio de Janeiro base outside of the formal schedule? “Some might stay with the physios and masseurs to chat, others would be playing pool, table tennis or computer games. I thought I was decent at table tennis, but when I saw Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling, I thought, ‘maybe not’. You had different groups if you were bored or, if you wanted time alone, you could go to your bedroom. The boys in Rio: Rickie Lambert, Leighton Baines and Adam Lallana get some R and R. Credit: Splash News “It was a bit of a thing that you couldn’t go out. I was a bit gutted that I couldn’t see the lovely city. We went to America and Portugal before. That was brilliant. The attention wasn’t as fierce. We went to the beaches. We had our own days as well to do what we wanted. Those days really make the squad a lot closer and the more Gareth Southgate can do that the better. It is just going for a meal, maybe have a couple of drinks. Obviously, they can’t get p----- … but a couple of drinks. Just let your hair down now and again.” Lambert attributes his own rise to a transformation in off-field discipline and so would never advocate anything seriously detrimental to physical performance, but simply stresses that the World Cup environment is unique. “The amount of pressure the guys are under from the English media is fierce,” he says. “It’s nothing I had ever seen before so, to have your own time to relax, is definitely something the squad miss. It was very apparent from early on. It was unbelievable, incredible. I could see what it was doing to Roy [Hodgson]. It does seep through. England Formation Builder “The FA was very aware of what the papers were saying. I just thought, ‘Let it go, it doesn’t matter’. You just focus on the pitch. Eventually, a manager is going to have to say, ‘We are going to do what we want. I am going to get judged on what I do in the World Cup anyway. If a story gets out, it doesn’t matter’. If they do well in the World Cup, everyone will forget about it.” Lambert, though, still does not think the scrutiny impacted on performances and was not, ultimately, a reason for exiting the tournament after 2-1 defeats against Italy and Uruguay. “I thought we were going to do well; get past the group stages. I thought I could have been used more earlier. It was so disappointing the way it ended but, to play for England in the World Cup, was still the highlight of my career.” It was also the culmination of a truly inspirational story. From being released by Liverpool and Blackpool as a teenager to spending his summer working in a beetroot factory and playing at Macclesfield Town for only £50-a-week in travel expenses, Lambert found lift-off after joining Southampton in League One. He was 27 and had spent the previous seven seasons at Stockport County, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers. World Cup predictor “The old Rickie finished when Alan Pardew took hold of me,” he says. “It was about a month into the season. I was the leading goalscorer, but Pardew called me in.” Frank words were exchanged and, to the credit of both men, the impact was life-changing. “I was literally in the gym the next morning,” says Lambert. “Within two weeks, I could feel the difference. It became like a drug. I couldn’t get enough of the work. I started eating right, stopped the drinking and the fat just fell off. Before, after 70 minutes, I would start blowing. I would struggle to get to a ball in the channels and rarely make runs behind. I became more of an all-round player and could match people for fitness. I found my game so so easy after that.” Full and frank exchange of views: Alan Pardew in his Southampton role Credit: Getty Lambert believes that his background still worked to his advantage and, while stressing that the very elite would not benefit from grafting their way through the divisions, thinks that academy football can also stifle development. “I see kids in the Premier League [academies] playing the most fake football I have ever seen,” he says. “They are at that stage for two to three years. Their decline must be unbelievable. “I was under pressure to get three points from day one. I was in scary relegation fights, knowing if we got relegated from the Football League that half the club’s staff are sacked. Those moments helped. If I’d got to the top too early, I would not have been a success. I was physically and mentally ready.” Especially impressive was how Lambert’s development continued well into his 30s. Nigel Adkins and then Mauricio Pochettino built on Pardew’s work to oversee a progression that was sufficient for fans to recently vote him into the club’s all-time greatest team. Inspiration: then-Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino Credit: AP Pochettino’s public certainty through 2013 that Lambert could play for England was crucial both in boosting his confidence and also lending wider credibility to the idea. “Poch is the best manager I have come across,” says Lambert. “He pushed me to the limit and made me understand the game more. To see what he has done for Harry Kane does not surprise me. He’s got Kane at the right age. He would analyse everyone, pull you to one side, work on your weaknesses, teach you how to move differently. “The hardest shot in my eyes was the ball coming across onto my left foot. I used to open up and hit it with my right. He said, ‘Why don’t you hit it with your left?’ I replied, ‘I find it hard’. He then literally took me out and rolled the ball across. Shot after shot after shot. “When he first said that I could play for England, I was shocked but, as the goals kept going in, Poch kept talking and it got louder and louder. It is thanks to him that I got there.” Here's Rickie Lambert making it a dream debut! #engsco#Wembleypic.twitter.com/cSnUpBzXBe— Wembley Stadium (@wembleystadium) August 14, 2013 The call-up came on the day Lambert’s wife gave birth to their third child and, in keeping with this Roy of the Rovers rise, he then scored a Wembley winner with his first touch in international football. The World Cup and a return to boyhood club Liverpool followed with a year. “It was surreal,” he says. “I didn’t get much recognition and then, suddenly, everything clicked. It was like trying to ride the crest of a wave. #EFLAwards: Rickie Lambert to be honoured with the prestigious Sir Tom Finney Award this Sunday >> https://t.co/HBbnxIgqlppic.twitter.com/AwTV1nT2Qf— EFL (@EFL) April 14, 2018 “I only knew I was going to the World Cup an hour before it went public. I got a text with the travel arrangements. I replied saying, ‘Am I in the squad then?’ I knew Roy liked me but, for me, it was 50-50.” Lambert had gone from watching the 2010 World Cup in a New Forest beer garden to appearing himself on football’s greatest stage. Having retired last year and been presented in April with the Football League’s most prestigious individual honour – the Sir Tom Finney Lifetime Award – the circle will again turn this month. “I can’t wait,” says Lambert. “I’m a proud England fan and desperate to see them do well. I’ll be in a pub somewhere watching the games.” WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Rickie Lambert still breaks out into a wide-eyed grin at one particular memory from his brief, fairy-tale stint as an England footballer. “I think it was Switzerland,” he says, recalling what was a pressurised 2-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win in Basel shortly after the 2014 World Cup. “We were in a hotel, had a few drinks. We’d gone out. There was a river – I couldn’t believe how high the bridge was. We jumped off, one after the other. It was brilliant. Everyone was laughing their heads off. It was a really good bunch of lads.” Lambert’s anecdote serves as proof of two things. How not everything that happens behind closed doors with England immediately gets out. And that team spirit can be forged in many different ways. Rockery Rickie: Lambert poses for the photographers at Vale Do Lobo in 2014 Credit: PA It is why Lambert is convinced that England manager Gareth Southgate must pay no regard over the next six weeks to what outsiders might think and ensure a healthy balance is struck between work, rest and, yes, a little play. Lambert experienced the intensity of the England bubble at the 2014 World Cup and pinpoints boredom as a major challenge. “I absolutely loved it – the training, the whole build-up was excellent – and to be around the squad was amazing,” he says. “But it was a bit hard because quite a lot you were bored. You were stuck in the hotel and literally couldn’t go anywhere.” So, how did players fill what were long hours at their Rio de Janeiro base outside of the formal schedule? “Some might stay with the physios and masseurs to chat, others would be playing pool, table tennis or computer games. I thought I was decent at table tennis, but when I saw Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling, I thought, ‘maybe not’. You had different groups if you were bored or, if you wanted time alone, you could go to your bedroom. The boys in Rio: Rickie Lambert, Leighton Baines and Adam Lallana get some R and R. Credit: Splash News “It was a bit of a thing that you couldn’t go out. I was a bit gutted that I couldn’t see the lovely city. We went to America and Portugal before. That was brilliant. The attention wasn’t as fierce. We went to the beaches. We had our own days as well to do what we wanted. Those days really make the squad a lot closer and the more Gareth Southgate can do that the better. It is just going for a meal, maybe have a couple of drinks. Obviously, they can’t get p----- … but a couple of drinks. Just let your hair down now and again.” Lambert attributes his own rise to a transformation in off-field discipline and so would never advocate anything seriously detrimental to physical performance, but simply stresses that the World Cup environment is unique. “The amount of pressure the guys are under from the English media is fierce,” he says. “It’s nothing I had ever seen before so, to have your own time to relax, is definitely something the squad miss. It was very apparent from early on. It was unbelievable, incredible. I could see what it was doing to Roy [Hodgson]. It does seep through. England Formation Builder “The FA was very aware of what the papers were saying. I just thought, ‘Let it go, it doesn’t matter’. You just focus on the pitch. Eventually, a manager is going to have to say, ‘We are going to do what we want. I am going to get judged on what I do in the World Cup anyway. If a story gets out, it doesn’t matter’. If they do well in the World Cup, everyone will forget about it.” Lambert, though, still does not think the scrutiny impacted on performances and was not, ultimately, a reason for exiting the tournament after 2-1 defeats against Italy and Uruguay. “I thought we were going to do well; get past the group stages. I thought I could have been used more earlier. It was so disappointing the way it ended but, to play for England in the World Cup, was still the highlight of my career.” It was also the culmination of a truly inspirational story. From being released by Liverpool and Blackpool as a teenager to spending his summer working in a beetroot factory and playing at Macclesfield Town for only £50-a-week in travel expenses, Lambert found lift-off after joining Southampton in League One. He was 27 and had spent the previous seven seasons at Stockport County, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers. World Cup predictor “The old Rickie finished when Alan Pardew took hold of me,” he says. “It was about a month into the season. I was the leading goalscorer, but Pardew called me in.” Frank words were exchanged and, to the credit of both men, the impact was life-changing. “I was literally in the gym the next morning,” says Lambert. “Within two weeks, I could feel the difference. It became like a drug. I couldn’t get enough of the work. I started eating right, stopped the drinking and the fat just fell off. Before, after 70 minutes, I would start blowing. I would struggle to get to a ball in the channels and rarely make runs behind. I became more of an all-round player and could match people for fitness. I found my game so so easy after that.” Full and frank exchange of views: Alan Pardew in his Southampton role Credit: Getty Lambert believes that his background still worked to his advantage and, while stressing that the very elite would not benefit from grafting their way through the divisions, thinks that academy football can also stifle development. “I see kids in the Premier League [academies] playing the most fake football I have ever seen,” he says. “They are at that stage for two to three years. Their decline must be unbelievable. “I was under pressure to get three points from day one. I was in scary relegation fights, knowing if we got relegated from the Football League that half the club’s staff are sacked. Those moments helped. If I’d got to the top too early, I would not have been a success. I was physically and mentally ready.” Especially impressive was how Lambert’s development continued well into his 30s. Nigel Adkins and then Mauricio Pochettino built on Pardew’s work to oversee a progression that was sufficient for fans to recently vote him into the club’s all-time greatest team. Inspiration: then-Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino Credit: AP Pochettino’s public certainty through 2013 that Lambert could play for England was crucial both in boosting his confidence and also lending wider credibility to the idea. “Poch is the best manager I have come across,” says Lambert. “He pushed me to the limit and made me understand the game more. To see what he has done for Harry Kane does not surprise me. He’s got Kane at the right age. He would analyse everyone, pull you to one side, work on your weaknesses, teach you how to move differently. “The hardest shot in my eyes was the ball coming across onto my left foot. I used to open up and hit it with my right. He said, ‘Why don’t you hit it with your left?’ I replied, ‘I find it hard’. He then literally took me out and rolled the ball across. Shot after shot after shot. “When he first said that I could play for England, I was shocked but, as the goals kept going in, Poch kept talking and it got louder and louder. It is thanks to him that I got there.” Here's Rickie Lambert making it a dream debut! #engsco#Wembleypic.twitter.com/cSnUpBzXBe— Wembley Stadium (@wembleystadium) August 14, 2013 The call-up came on the day Lambert’s wife gave birth to their third child and, in keeping with this Roy of the Rovers rise, he then scored a Wembley winner with his first touch in international football. The World Cup and a return to boyhood club Liverpool followed with a year. “It was surreal,” he says. “I didn’t get much recognition and then, suddenly, everything clicked. It was like trying to ride the crest of a wave. #EFLAwards: Rickie Lambert to be honoured with the prestigious Sir Tom Finney Award this Sunday >> https://t.co/HBbnxIgqlppic.twitter.com/AwTV1nT2Qf— EFL (@EFL) April 14, 2018 “I only knew I was going to the World Cup an hour before it went public. I got a text with the travel arrangements. I replied saying, ‘Am I in the squad then?’ I knew Roy liked me but, for me, it was 50-50.” Lambert had gone from watching the 2010 World Cup in a New Forest beer garden to appearing himself on football’s greatest stage. Having retired last year and been presented in April with the Football League’s most prestigious individual honour – the Sir Tom Finney Lifetime Award – the circle will again turn this month. “I can’t wait,” says Lambert. “I’m a proud England fan and desperate to see them do well. I’ll be in a pub somewhere watching the games.” WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Rickie Lambert on life playing for England: 'we had a few drinks and jumped in a river' - exclusive interview
Rickie Lambert still breaks out into a wide-eyed grin at one particular memory from his brief, fairy-tale stint as an England footballer. “I think it was Switzerland,” he says, recalling what was a pressurised 2-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win in Basel shortly after the 2014 World Cup. “We were in a hotel, had a few drinks. We’d gone out. There was a river – I couldn’t believe how high the bridge was. We jumped off, one after the other. It was brilliant. Everyone was laughing their heads off. It was a really good bunch of lads.” Lambert’s anecdote serves as proof of two things. How not everything that happens behind closed doors with England immediately gets out. And that team spirit can be forged in many different ways. Rockery Rickie: Lambert poses for the photographers at Vale Do Lobo in 2014 Credit: PA It is why Lambert is convinced that England manager Gareth Southgate must pay no regard over the next six weeks to what outsiders might think and ensure a healthy balance is struck between work, rest and, yes, a little play. Lambert experienced the intensity of the England bubble at the 2014 World Cup and pinpoints boredom as a major challenge. “I absolutely loved it – the training, the whole build-up was excellent – and to be around the squad was amazing,” he says. “But it was a bit hard because quite a lot you were bored. You were stuck in the hotel and literally couldn’t go anywhere.” So, how did players fill what were long hours at their Rio de Janeiro base outside of the formal schedule? “Some might stay with the physios and masseurs to chat, others would be playing pool, table tennis or computer games. I thought I was decent at table tennis, but when I saw Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling, I thought, ‘maybe not’. You had different groups if you were bored or, if you wanted time alone, you could go to your bedroom. The boys in Rio: Rickie Lambert, Leighton Baines and Adam Lallana get some R and R. Credit: Splash News “It was a bit of a thing that you couldn’t go out. I was a bit gutted that I couldn’t see the lovely city. We went to America and Portugal before. That was brilliant. The attention wasn’t as fierce. We went to the beaches. We had our own days as well to do what we wanted. Those days really make the squad a lot closer and the more Gareth Southgate can do that the better. It is just going for a meal, maybe have a couple of drinks. Obviously, they can’t get p----- … but a couple of drinks. Just let your hair down now and again.” Lambert attributes his own rise to a transformation in off-field discipline and so would never advocate anything seriously detrimental to physical performance, but simply stresses that the World Cup environment is unique. “The amount of pressure the guys are under from the English media is fierce,” he says. “It’s nothing I had ever seen before so, to have your own time to relax, is definitely something the squad miss. It was very apparent from early on. It was unbelievable, incredible. I could see what it was doing to Roy [Hodgson]. It does seep through. England Formation Builder “The FA was very aware of what the papers were saying. I just thought, ‘Let it go, it doesn’t matter’. You just focus on the pitch. Eventually, a manager is going to have to say, ‘We are going to do what we want. I am going to get judged on what I do in the World Cup anyway. If a story gets out, it doesn’t matter’. If they do well in the World Cup, everyone will forget about it.” Lambert, though, still does not think the scrutiny impacted on performances and was not, ultimately, a reason for exiting the tournament after 2-1 defeats against Italy and Uruguay. “I thought we were going to do well; get past the group stages. I thought I could have been used more earlier. It was so disappointing the way it ended but, to play for England in the World Cup, was still the highlight of my career.” It was also the culmination of a truly inspirational story. From being released by Liverpool and Blackpool as a teenager to spending his summer working in a beetroot factory and playing at Macclesfield Town for only £50-a-week in travel expenses, Lambert found lift-off after joining Southampton in League One. He was 27 and had spent the previous seven seasons at Stockport County, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers. World Cup predictor “The old Rickie finished when Alan Pardew took hold of me,” he says. “It was about a month into the season. I was the leading goalscorer, but Pardew called me in.” Frank words were exchanged and, to the credit of both men, the impact was life-changing. “I was literally in the gym the next morning,” says Lambert. “Within two weeks, I could feel the difference. It became like a drug. I couldn’t get enough of the work. I started eating right, stopped the drinking and the fat just fell off. Before, after 70 minutes, I would start blowing. I would struggle to get to a ball in the channels and rarely make runs behind. I became more of an all-round player and could match people for fitness. I found my game so so easy after that.” Full and frank exchange of views: Alan Pardew in his Southampton role Credit: Getty Lambert believes that his background still worked to his advantage and, while stressing that the very elite would not benefit from grafting their way through the divisions, thinks that academy football can also stifle development. “I see kids in the Premier League [academies] playing the most fake football I have ever seen,” he says. “They are at that stage for two to three years. Their decline must be unbelievable. “I was under pressure to get three points from day one. I was in scary relegation fights, knowing if we got relegated from the Football League that half the club’s staff are sacked. Those moments helped. If I’d got to the top too early, I would not have been a success. I was physically and mentally ready.” Especially impressive was how Lambert’s development continued well into his 30s. Nigel Adkins and then Mauricio Pochettino built on Pardew’s work to oversee a progression that was sufficient for fans to recently vote him into the club’s all-time greatest team. Inspiration: then-Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino Credit: AP Pochettino’s public certainty through 2013 that Lambert could play for England was crucial both in boosting his confidence and also lending wider credibility to the idea. “Poch is the best manager I have come across,” says Lambert. “He pushed me to the limit and made me understand the game more. To see what he has done for Harry Kane does not surprise me. He’s got Kane at the right age. He would analyse everyone, pull you to one side, work on your weaknesses, teach you how to move differently. “The hardest shot in my eyes was the ball coming across onto my left foot. I used to open up and hit it with my right. He said, ‘Why don’t you hit it with your left?’ I replied, ‘I find it hard’. He then literally took me out and rolled the ball across. Shot after shot after shot. “When he first said that I could play for England, I was shocked but, as the goals kept going in, Poch kept talking and it got louder and louder. It is thanks to him that I got there.” Here's Rickie Lambert making it a dream debut! #engsco#Wembleypic.twitter.com/cSnUpBzXBe— Wembley Stadium (@wembleystadium) August 14, 2013 The call-up came on the day Lambert’s wife gave birth to their third child and, in keeping with this Roy of the Rovers rise, he then scored a Wembley winner with his first touch in international football. The World Cup and a return to boyhood club Liverpool followed with a year. “It was surreal,” he says. “I didn’t get much recognition and then, suddenly, everything clicked. It was like trying to ride the crest of a wave. #EFLAwards: Rickie Lambert to be honoured with the prestigious Sir Tom Finney Award this Sunday >> https://t.co/HBbnxIgqlppic.twitter.com/AwTV1nT2Qf— EFL (@EFL) April 14, 2018 “I only knew I was going to the World Cup an hour before it went public. I got a text with the travel arrangements. I replied saying, ‘Am I in the squad then?’ I knew Roy liked me but, for me, it was 50-50.” Lambert had gone from watching the 2010 World Cup in a New Forest beer garden to appearing himself on football’s greatest stage. Having retired last year and been presented in April with the Football League’s most prestigious individual honour – the Sir Tom Finney Lifetime Award – the circle will again turn this month. “I can’t wait,” says Lambert. “I’m a proud England fan and desperate to see them do well. I’ll be in a pub somewhere watching the games.” WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Rickie Lambert still breaks out into a wide-eyed grin at one particular memory from his brief, fairy-tale stint as an England footballer. “I think it was Switzerland,” he says, recalling what was a pressurised 2-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win in Basel shortly after the 2014 World Cup. “We were in a hotel, had a few drinks. We’d gone out. There was a river – I couldn’t believe how high the bridge was. We jumped off, one after the other. It was brilliant. Everyone was laughing their heads off. It was a really good bunch of lads.” Lambert’s anecdote serves as proof of two things. How not everything that happens behind closed doors with England immediately gets out. And that team spirit can be forged in many different ways. Rockery Rickie: Lambert poses for the photographers at Vale Do Lobo in 2014 Credit: PA It is why Lambert is convinced that England manager Gareth Southgate must pay no regard over the next six weeks to what outsiders might think and ensure a healthy balance is struck between work, rest and, yes, a little play. Lambert experienced the intensity of the England bubble at the 2014 World Cup and pinpoints boredom as a major challenge. “I absolutely loved it – the training, the whole build-up was excellent – and to be around the squad was amazing,” he says. “But it was a bit hard because quite a lot you were bored. You were stuck in the hotel and literally couldn’t go anywhere.” So, how did players fill what were long hours at their Rio de Janeiro base outside of the formal schedule? “Some might stay with the physios and masseurs to chat, others would be playing pool, table tennis or computer games. I thought I was decent at table tennis, but when I saw Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling, I thought, ‘maybe not’. You had different groups if you were bored or, if you wanted time alone, you could go to your bedroom. The boys in Rio: Rickie Lambert, Leighton Baines and Adam Lallana get some R and R. Credit: Splash News “It was a bit of a thing that you couldn’t go out. I was a bit gutted that I couldn’t see the lovely city. We went to America and Portugal before. That was brilliant. The attention wasn’t as fierce. We went to the beaches. We had our own days as well to do what we wanted. Those days really make the squad a lot closer and the more Gareth Southgate can do that the better. It is just going for a meal, maybe have a couple of drinks. Obviously, they can’t get p----- … but a couple of drinks. Just let your hair down now and again.” Lambert attributes his own rise to a transformation in off-field discipline and so would never advocate anything seriously detrimental to physical performance, but simply stresses that the World Cup environment is unique. “The amount of pressure the guys are under from the English media is fierce,” he says. “It’s nothing I had ever seen before so, to have your own time to relax, is definitely something the squad miss. It was very apparent from early on. It was unbelievable, incredible. I could see what it was doing to Roy [Hodgson]. It does seep through. England Formation Builder “The FA was very aware of what the papers were saying. I just thought, ‘Let it go, it doesn’t matter’. You just focus on the pitch. Eventually, a manager is going to have to say, ‘We are going to do what we want. I am going to get judged on what I do in the World Cup anyway. If a story gets out, it doesn’t matter’. If they do well in the World Cup, everyone will forget about it.” Lambert, though, still does not think the scrutiny impacted on performances and was not, ultimately, a reason for exiting the tournament after 2-1 defeats against Italy and Uruguay. “I thought we were going to do well; get past the group stages. I thought I could have been used more earlier. It was so disappointing the way it ended but, to play for England in the World Cup, was still the highlight of my career.” It was also the culmination of a truly inspirational story. From being released by Liverpool and Blackpool as a teenager to spending his summer working in a beetroot factory and playing at Macclesfield Town for only £50-a-week in travel expenses, Lambert found lift-off after joining Southampton in League One. He was 27 and had spent the previous seven seasons at Stockport County, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers. World Cup predictor “The old Rickie finished when Alan Pardew took hold of me,” he says. “It was about a month into the season. I was the leading goalscorer, but Pardew called me in.” Frank words were exchanged and, to the credit of both men, the impact was life-changing. “I was literally in the gym the next morning,” says Lambert. “Within two weeks, I could feel the difference. It became like a drug. I couldn’t get enough of the work. I started eating right, stopped the drinking and the fat just fell off. Before, after 70 minutes, I would start blowing. I would struggle to get to a ball in the channels and rarely make runs behind. I became more of an all-round player and could match people for fitness. I found my game so so easy after that.” Full and frank exchange of views: Alan Pardew in his Southampton role Credit: Getty Lambert believes that his background still worked to his advantage and, while stressing that the very elite would not benefit from grafting their way through the divisions, thinks that academy football can also stifle development. “I see kids in the Premier League [academies] playing the most fake football I have ever seen,” he says. “They are at that stage for two to three years. Their decline must be unbelievable. “I was under pressure to get three points from day one. I was in scary relegation fights, knowing if we got relegated from the Football League that half the club’s staff are sacked. Those moments helped. If I’d got to the top too early, I would not have been a success. I was physically and mentally ready.” Especially impressive was how Lambert’s development continued well into his 30s. Nigel Adkins and then Mauricio Pochettino built on Pardew’s work to oversee a progression that was sufficient for fans to recently vote him into the club’s all-time greatest team. Inspiration: then-Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino Credit: AP Pochettino’s public certainty through 2013 that Lambert could play for England was crucial both in boosting his confidence and also lending wider credibility to the idea. “Poch is the best manager I have come across,” says Lambert. “He pushed me to the limit and made me understand the game more. To see what he has done for Harry Kane does not surprise me. He’s got Kane at the right age. He would analyse everyone, pull you to one side, work on your weaknesses, teach you how to move differently. “The hardest shot in my eyes was the ball coming across onto my left foot. I used to open up and hit it with my right. He said, ‘Why don’t you hit it with your left?’ I replied, ‘I find it hard’. He then literally took me out and rolled the ball across. Shot after shot after shot. “When he first said that I could play for England, I was shocked but, as the goals kept going in, Poch kept talking and it got louder and louder. It is thanks to him that I got there.” Here's Rickie Lambert making it a dream debut! #engsco#Wembleypic.twitter.com/cSnUpBzXBe— Wembley Stadium (@wembleystadium) August 14, 2013 The call-up came on the day Lambert’s wife gave birth to their third child and, in keeping with this Roy of the Rovers rise, he then scored a Wembley winner with his first touch in international football. The World Cup and a return to boyhood club Liverpool followed with a year. “It was surreal,” he says. “I didn’t get much recognition and then, suddenly, everything clicked. It was like trying to ride the crest of a wave. #EFLAwards: Rickie Lambert to be honoured with the prestigious Sir Tom Finney Award this Sunday >> https://t.co/HBbnxIgqlppic.twitter.com/AwTV1nT2Qf— EFL (@EFL) April 14, 2018 “I only knew I was going to the World Cup an hour before it went public. I got a text with the travel arrangements. I replied saying, ‘Am I in the squad then?’ I knew Roy liked me but, for me, it was 50-50.” Lambert had gone from watching the 2010 World Cup in a New Forest beer garden to appearing himself on football’s greatest stage. Having retired last year and been presented in April with the Football League’s most prestigious individual honour – the Sir Tom Finney Lifetime Award – the circle will again turn this month. “I can’t wait,” says Lambert. “I’m a proud England fan and desperate to see them do well. I’ll be in a pub somewhere watching the games.” WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Rickie Lambert on life playing for England: 'we had a few drinks and jumped in a river' - exclusive interview
Rickie Lambert still breaks out into a wide-eyed grin at one particular memory from his brief, fairy-tale stint as an England footballer. “I think it was Switzerland,” he says, recalling what was a pressurised 2-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win in Basel shortly after the 2014 World Cup. “We were in a hotel, had a few drinks. We’d gone out. There was a river – I couldn’t believe how high the bridge was. We jumped off, one after the other. It was brilliant. Everyone was laughing their heads off. It was a really good bunch of lads.” Lambert’s anecdote serves as proof of two things. How not everything that happens behind closed doors with England immediately gets out. And that team spirit can be forged in many different ways. Rockery Rickie: Lambert poses for the photographers at Vale Do Lobo in 2014 Credit: PA It is why Lambert is convinced that England manager Gareth Southgate must pay no regard over the next six weeks to what outsiders might think and ensure a healthy balance is struck between work, rest and, yes, a little play. Lambert experienced the intensity of the England bubble at the 2014 World Cup and pinpoints boredom as a major challenge. “I absolutely loved it – the training, the whole build-up was excellent – and to be around the squad was amazing,” he says. “But it was a bit hard because quite a lot you were bored. You were stuck in the hotel and literally couldn’t go anywhere.” So, how did players fill what were long hours at their Rio de Janeiro base outside of the formal schedule? “Some might stay with the physios and masseurs to chat, others would be playing pool, table tennis or computer games. I thought I was decent at table tennis, but when I saw Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling, I thought, ‘maybe not’. You had different groups if you were bored or, if you wanted time alone, you could go to your bedroom. The boys in Rio: Rickie Lambert, Leighton Baines and Adam Lallana get some R and R. Credit: Splash News “It was a bit of a thing that you couldn’t go out. I was a bit gutted that I couldn’t see the lovely city. We went to America and Portugal before. That was brilliant. The attention wasn’t as fierce. We went to the beaches. We had our own days as well to do what we wanted. Those days really make the squad a lot closer and the more Gareth Southgate can do that the better. It is just going for a meal, maybe have a couple of drinks. Obviously, they can’t get p----- … but a couple of drinks. Just let your hair down now and again.” Lambert attributes his own rise to a transformation in off-field discipline and so would never advocate anything seriously detrimental to physical performance, but simply stresses that the World Cup environment is unique. “The amount of pressure the guys are under from the English media is fierce,” he says. “It’s nothing I had ever seen before so, to have your own time to relax, is definitely something the squad miss. It was very apparent from early on. It was unbelievable, incredible. I could see what it was doing to Roy [Hodgson]. It does seep through. England Formation Builder “The FA was very aware of what the papers were saying. I just thought, ‘Let it go, it doesn’t matter’. You just focus on the pitch. Eventually, a manager is going to have to say, ‘We are going to do what we want. I am going to get judged on what I do in the World Cup anyway. If a story gets out, it doesn’t matter’. If they do well in the World Cup, everyone will forget about it.” Lambert, though, still does not think the scrutiny impacted on performances and was not, ultimately, a reason for exiting the tournament after 2-1 defeats against Italy and Uruguay. “I thought we were going to do well; get past the group stages. I thought I could have been used more earlier. It was so disappointing the way it ended but, to play for England in the World Cup, was still the highlight of my career.” It was also the culmination of a truly inspirational story. From being released by Liverpool and Blackpool as a teenager to spending his summer working in a beetroot factory and playing at Macclesfield Town for only £50-a-week in travel expenses, Lambert found lift-off after joining Southampton in League One. He was 27 and had spent the previous seven seasons at Stockport County, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers. World Cup predictor “The old Rickie finished when Alan Pardew took hold of me,” he says. “It was about a month into the season. I was the leading goalscorer, but Pardew called me in.” Frank words were exchanged and, to the credit of both men, the impact was life-changing. “I was literally in the gym the next morning,” says Lambert. “Within two weeks, I could feel the difference. It became like a drug. I couldn’t get enough of the work. I started eating right, stopped the drinking and the fat just fell off. Before, after 70 minutes, I would start blowing. I would struggle to get to a ball in the channels and rarely make runs behind. I became more of an all-round player and could match people for fitness. I found my game so so easy after that.” Full and frank exchange of views: Alan Pardew in his Southampton role Credit: Getty Lambert believes that his background still worked to his advantage and, while stressing that the very elite would not benefit from grafting their way through the divisions, thinks that academy football can also stifle development. “I see kids in the Premier League [academies] playing the most fake football I have ever seen,” he says. “They are at that stage for two to three years. Their decline must be unbelievable. “I was under pressure to get three points from day one. I was in scary relegation fights, knowing if we got relegated from the Football League that half the club’s staff are sacked. Those moments helped. If I’d got to the top too early, I would not have been a success. I was physically and mentally ready.” Especially impressive was how Lambert’s development continued well into his 30s. Nigel Adkins and then Mauricio Pochettino built on Pardew’s work to oversee a progression that was sufficient for fans to recently vote him into the club’s all-time greatest team. Inspiration: then-Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino Credit: AP Pochettino’s public certainty through 2013 that Lambert could play for England was crucial both in boosting his confidence and also lending wider credibility to the idea. “Poch is the best manager I have come across,” says Lambert. “He pushed me to the limit and made me understand the game more. To see what he has done for Harry Kane does not surprise me. He’s got Kane at the right age. He would analyse everyone, pull you to one side, work on your weaknesses, teach you how to move differently. “The hardest shot in my eyes was the ball coming across onto my left foot. I used to open up and hit it with my right. He said, ‘Why don’t you hit it with your left?’ I replied, ‘I find it hard’. He then literally took me out and rolled the ball across. Shot after shot after shot. “When he first said that I could play for England, I was shocked but, as the goals kept going in, Poch kept talking and it got louder and louder. It is thanks to him that I got there.” Here's Rickie Lambert making it a dream debut! #engsco#Wembleypic.twitter.com/cSnUpBzXBe— Wembley Stadium (@wembleystadium) August 14, 2013 The call-up came on the day Lambert’s wife gave birth to their third child and, in keeping with this Roy of the Rovers rise, he then scored a Wembley winner with his first touch in international football. The World Cup and a return to boyhood club Liverpool followed with a year. “It was surreal,” he says. “I didn’t get much recognition and then, suddenly, everything clicked. It was like trying to ride the crest of a wave. #EFLAwards: Rickie Lambert to be honoured with the prestigious Sir Tom Finney Award this Sunday >> https://t.co/HBbnxIgqlppic.twitter.com/AwTV1nT2Qf— EFL (@EFL) April 14, 2018 “I only knew I was going to the World Cup an hour before it went public. I got a text with the travel arrangements. I replied saying, ‘Am I in the squad then?’ I knew Roy liked me but, for me, it was 50-50.” Lambert had gone from watching the 2010 World Cup in a New Forest beer garden to appearing himself on football’s greatest stage. Having retired last year and been presented in April with the Football League’s most prestigious individual honour – the Sir Tom Finney Lifetime Award – the circle will again turn this month. “I can’t wait,” says Lambert. “I’m a proud England fan and desperate to see them do well. I’ll be in a pub somewhere watching the games.” WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Rickie Lambert still breaks out into a wide-eyed grin at one particular memory from his brief, fairy-tale stint as an England footballer. “I think it was Switzerland,” he says, recalling what was a pressurised 2-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win in Basel shortly after the 2014 World Cup. “We were in a hotel, had a few drinks. We’d gone out. There was a river – I couldn’t believe how high the bridge was. We jumped off, one after the other. It was brilliant. Everyone was laughing their heads off. It was a really good bunch of lads.” Lambert’s anecdote serves as proof of two things. How not everything that happens behind closed doors with England immediately gets out. And that team spirit can be forged in many different ways. Rockery Rickie: Lambert poses for the photographers at Vale Do Lobo in 2014 Credit: PA It is why Lambert is convinced that England manager Gareth Southgate must pay no regard over the next six weeks to what outsiders might think and ensure a healthy balance is struck between work, rest and, yes, a little play. Lambert experienced the intensity of the England bubble at the 2014 World Cup and pinpoints boredom as a major challenge. “I absolutely loved it – the training, the whole build-up was excellent – and to be around the squad was amazing,” he says. “But it was a bit hard because quite a lot you were bored. You were stuck in the hotel and literally couldn’t go anywhere.” So, how did players fill what were long hours at their Rio de Janeiro base outside of the formal schedule? “Some might stay with the physios and masseurs to chat, others would be playing pool, table tennis or computer games. I thought I was decent at table tennis, but when I saw Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling, I thought, ‘maybe not’. You had different groups if you were bored or, if you wanted time alone, you could go to your bedroom. The boys in Rio: Rickie Lambert, Leighton Baines and Adam Lallana get some R and R. Credit: Splash News “It was a bit of a thing that you couldn’t go out. I was a bit gutted that I couldn’t see the lovely city. We went to America and Portugal before. That was brilliant. The attention wasn’t as fierce. We went to the beaches. We had our own days as well to do what we wanted. Those days really make the squad a lot closer and the more Gareth Southgate can do that the better. It is just going for a meal, maybe have a couple of drinks. Obviously, they can’t get p----- … but a couple of drinks. Just let your hair down now and again.” Lambert attributes his own rise to a transformation in off-field discipline and so would never advocate anything seriously detrimental to physical performance, but simply stresses that the World Cup environment is unique. “The amount of pressure the guys are under from the English media is fierce,” he says. “It’s nothing I had ever seen before so, to have your own time to relax, is definitely something the squad miss. It was very apparent from early on. It was unbelievable, incredible. I could see what it was doing to Roy [Hodgson]. It does seep through. England Formation Builder “The FA was very aware of what the papers were saying. I just thought, ‘Let it go, it doesn’t matter’. You just focus on the pitch. Eventually, a manager is going to have to say, ‘We are going to do what we want. I am going to get judged on what I do in the World Cup anyway. If a story gets out, it doesn’t matter’. If they do well in the World Cup, everyone will forget about it.” Lambert, though, still does not think the scrutiny impacted on performances and was not, ultimately, a reason for exiting the tournament after 2-1 defeats against Italy and Uruguay. “I thought we were going to do well; get past the group stages. I thought I could have been used more earlier. It was so disappointing the way it ended but, to play for England in the World Cup, was still the highlight of my career.” It was also the culmination of a truly inspirational story. From being released by Liverpool and Blackpool as a teenager to spending his summer working in a beetroot factory and playing at Macclesfield Town for only £50-a-week in travel expenses, Lambert found lift-off after joining Southampton in League One. He was 27 and had spent the previous seven seasons at Stockport County, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers. World Cup predictor “The old Rickie finished when Alan Pardew took hold of me,” he says. “It was about a month into the season. I was the leading goalscorer, but Pardew called me in.” Frank words were exchanged and, to the credit of both men, the impact was life-changing. “I was literally in the gym the next morning,” says Lambert. “Within two weeks, I could feel the difference. It became like a drug. I couldn’t get enough of the work. I started eating right, stopped the drinking and the fat just fell off. Before, after 70 minutes, I would start blowing. I would struggle to get to a ball in the channels and rarely make runs behind. I became more of an all-round player and could match people for fitness. I found my game so so easy after that.” Full and frank exchange of views: Alan Pardew in his Southampton role Credit: Getty Lambert believes that his background still worked to his advantage and, while stressing that the very elite would not benefit from grafting their way through the divisions, thinks that academy football can also stifle development. “I see kids in the Premier League [academies] playing the most fake football I have ever seen,” he says. “They are at that stage for two to three years. Their decline must be unbelievable. “I was under pressure to get three points from day one. I was in scary relegation fights, knowing if we got relegated from the Football League that half the club’s staff are sacked. Those moments helped. If I’d got to the top too early, I would not have been a success. I was physically and mentally ready.” Especially impressive was how Lambert’s development continued well into his 30s. Nigel Adkins and then Mauricio Pochettino built on Pardew’s work to oversee a progression that was sufficient for fans to recently vote him into the club’s all-time greatest team. Inspiration: then-Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino Credit: AP Pochettino’s public certainty through 2013 that Lambert could play for England was crucial both in boosting his confidence and also lending wider credibility to the idea. “Poch is the best manager I have come across,” says Lambert. “He pushed me to the limit and made me understand the game more. To see what he has done for Harry Kane does not surprise me. He’s got Kane at the right age. He would analyse everyone, pull you to one side, work on your weaknesses, teach you how to move differently. “The hardest shot in my eyes was the ball coming across onto my left foot. I used to open up and hit it with my right. He said, ‘Why don’t you hit it with your left?’ I replied, ‘I find it hard’. He then literally took me out and rolled the ball across. Shot after shot after shot. “When he first said that I could play for England, I was shocked but, as the goals kept going in, Poch kept talking and it got louder and louder. It is thanks to him that I got there.” Here's Rickie Lambert making it a dream debut! #engsco#Wembleypic.twitter.com/cSnUpBzXBe— Wembley Stadium (@wembleystadium) August 14, 2013 The call-up came on the day Lambert’s wife gave birth to their third child and, in keeping with this Roy of the Rovers rise, he then scored a Wembley winner with his first touch in international football. The World Cup and a return to boyhood club Liverpool followed with a year. “It was surreal,” he says. “I didn’t get much recognition and then, suddenly, everything clicked. It was like trying to ride the crest of a wave. #EFLAwards: Rickie Lambert to be honoured with the prestigious Sir Tom Finney Award this Sunday >> https://t.co/HBbnxIgqlppic.twitter.com/AwTV1nT2Qf— EFL (@EFL) April 14, 2018 “I only knew I was going to the World Cup an hour before it went public. I got a text with the travel arrangements. I replied saying, ‘Am I in the squad then?’ I knew Roy liked me but, for me, it was 50-50.” Lambert had gone from watching the 2010 World Cup in a New Forest beer garden to appearing himself on football’s greatest stage. Having retired last year and been presented in April with the Football League’s most prestigious individual honour – the Sir Tom Finney Lifetime Award – the circle will again turn this month. “I can’t wait,” says Lambert. “I’m a proud England fan and desperate to see them do well. I’ll be in a pub somewhere watching the games.” WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Rickie Lambert on life playing for England: 'we had a few drinks and jumped in a river' - exclusive interview
Rickie Lambert still breaks out into a wide-eyed grin at one particular memory from his brief, fairy-tale stint as an England footballer. “I think it was Switzerland,” he says, recalling what was a pressurised 2-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win in Basel shortly after the 2014 World Cup. “We were in a hotel, had a few drinks. We’d gone out. There was a river – I couldn’t believe how high the bridge was. We jumped off, one after the other. It was brilliant. Everyone was laughing their heads off. It was a really good bunch of lads.” Lambert’s anecdote serves as proof of two things. How not everything that happens behind closed doors with England immediately gets out. And that team spirit can be forged in many different ways. Rockery Rickie: Lambert poses for the photographers at Vale Do Lobo in 2014 Credit: PA It is why Lambert is convinced that England manager Gareth Southgate must pay no regard over the next six weeks to what outsiders might think and ensure a healthy balance is struck between work, rest and, yes, a little play. Lambert experienced the intensity of the England bubble at the 2014 World Cup and pinpoints boredom as a major challenge. “I absolutely loved it – the training, the whole build-up was excellent – and to be around the squad was amazing,” he says. “But it was a bit hard because quite a lot you were bored. You were stuck in the hotel and literally couldn’t go anywhere.” So, how did players fill what were long hours at their Rio de Janeiro base outside of the formal schedule? “Some might stay with the physios and masseurs to chat, others would be playing pool, table tennis or computer games. I thought I was decent at table tennis, but when I saw Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling, I thought, ‘maybe not’. You had different groups if you were bored or, if you wanted time alone, you could go to your bedroom. The boys in Rio: Rickie Lambert, Leighton Baines and Adam Lallana get some R and R. Credit: Splash News “It was a bit of a thing that you couldn’t go out. I was a bit gutted that I couldn’t see the lovely city. We went to America and Portugal before. That was brilliant. The attention wasn’t as fierce. We went to the beaches. We had our own days as well to do what we wanted. Those days really make the squad a lot closer and the more Gareth Southgate can do that the better. It is just going for a meal, maybe have a couple of drinks. Obviously, they can’t get p----- … but a couple of drinks. Just let your hair down now and again.” Lambert attributes his own rise to a transformation in off-field discipline and so would never advocate anything seriously detrimental to physical performance, but simply stresses that the World Cup environment is unique. “The amount of pressure the guys are under from the English media is fierce,” he says. “It’s nothing I had ever seen before so, to have your own time to relax, is definitely something the squad miss. It was very apparent from early on. It was unbelievable, incredible. I could see what it was doing to Roy [Hodgson]. It does seep through. England Formation Builder “The FA was very aware of what the papers were saying. I just thought, ‘Let it go, it doesn’t matter’. You just focus on the pitch. Eventually, a manager is going to have to say, ‘We are going to do what we want. I am going to get judged on what I do in the World Cup anyway. If a story gets out, it doesn’t matter’. If they do well in the World Cup, everyone will forget about it.” Lambert, though, still does not think the scrutiny impacted on performances and was not, ultimately, a reason for exiting the tournament after 2-1 defeats against Italy and Uruguay. “I thought we were going to do well; get past the group stages. I thought I could have been used more earlier. It was so disappointing the way it ended but, to play for England in the World Cup, was still the highlight of my career.” It was also the culmination of a truly inspirational story. From being released by Liverpool and Blackpool as a teenager to spending his summer working in a beetroot factory and playing at Macclesfield Town for only £50-a-week in travel expenses, Lambert found lift-off after joining Southampton in League One. He was 27 and had spent the previous seven seasons at Stockport County, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers. World Cup predictor “The old Rickie finished when Alan Pardew took hold of me,” he says. “It was about a month into the season. I was the leading goalscorer, but Pardew called me in.” Frank words were exchanged and, to the credit of both men, the impact was life-changing. “I was literally in the gym the next morning,” says Lambert. “Within two weeks, I could feel the difference. It became like a drug. I couldn’t get enough of the work. I started eating right, stopped the drinking and the fat just fell off. Before, after 70 minutes, I would start blowing. I would struggle to get to a ball in the channels and rarely make runs behind. I became more of an all-round player and could match people for fitness. I found my game so so easy after that.” Full and frank exchange of views: Alan Pardew in his Southampton role Credit: Getty Lambert believes that his background still worked to his advantage and, while stressing that the very elite would not benefit from grafting their way through the divisions, thinks that academy football can also stifle development. “I see kids in the Premier League [academies] playing the most fake football I have ever seen,” he says. “They are at that stage for two to three years. Their decline must be unbelievable. “I was under pressure to get three points from day one. I was in scary relegation fights, knowing if we got relegated from the Football League that half the club’s staff are sacked. Those moments helped. If I’d got to the top too early, I would not have been a success. I was physically and mentally ready.” Especially impressive was how Lambert’s development continued well into his 30s. Nigel Adkins and then Mauricio Pochettino built on Pardew’s work to oversee a progression that was sufficient for fans to recently vote him into the club’s all-time greatest team. Inspiration: then-Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino Credit: AP Pochettino’s public certainty through 2013 that Lambert could play for England was crucial both in boosting his confidence and also lending wider credibility to the idea. “Poch is the best manager I have come across,” says Lambert. “He pushed me to the limit and made me understand the game more. To see what he has done for Harry Kane does not surprise me. He’s got Kane at the right age. He would analyse everyone, pull you to one side, work on your weaknesses, teach you how to move differently. “The hardest shot in my eyes was the ball coming across onto my left foot. I used to open up and hit it with my right. He said, ‘Why don’t you hit it with your left?’ I replied, ‘I find it hard’. He then literally took me out and rolled the ball across. Shot after shot after shot. “When he first said that I could play for England, I was shocked but, as the goals kept going in, Poch kept talking and it got louder and louder. It is thanks to him that I got there.” Here's Rickie Lambert making it a dream debut! #engsco#Wembleypic.twitter.com/cSnUpBzXBe— Wembley Stadium (@wembleystadium) August 14, 2013 The call-up came on the day Lambert’s wife gave birth to their third child and, in keeping with this Roy of the Rovers rise, he then scored a Wembley winner with his first touch in international football. The World Cup and a return to boyhood club Liverpool followed with a year. “It was surreal,” he says. “I didn’t get much recognition and then, suddenly, everything clicked. It was like trying to ride the crest of a wave. #EFLAwards: Rickie Lambert to be honoured with the prestigious Sir Tom Finney Award this Sunday >> https://t.co/HBbnxIgqlppic.twitter.com/AwTV1nT2Qf— EFL (@EFL) April 14, 2018 “I only knew I was going to the World Cup an hour before it went public. I got a text with the travel arrangements. I replied saying, ‘Am I in the squad then?’ I knew Roy liked me but, for me, it was 50-50.” Lambert had gone from watching the 2010 World Cup in a New Forest beer garden to appearing himself on football’s greatest stage. Having retired last year and been presented in April with the Football League’s most prestigious individual honour – the Sir Tom Finney Lifetime Award – the circle will again turn this month. “I can’t wait,” says Lambert. “I’m a proud England fan and desperate to see them do well. I’ll be in a pub somewhere watching the games.” WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
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National League - Macclesfield Town v Dagenham & Redbridge
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Soccer Football - National League - Macclesfield Town v Dagenham & Redbridge - Moss Rose, Macclesfield, Britain - April 28, 2018 Macclesfield Town players celebrate winning the National League with the trophy Action Images/Peter Cziborra
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National League - Eastleigh v Macclesfield Town
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National League - Eastleigh v Macclesfield Town
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National League - Eastleigh v Macclesfield Town
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National League - Eastleigh v Macclesfield Town
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National League - Eastleigh v Macclesfield Town
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National League - Eastleigh v Macclesfield Town
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National League - Eastleigh v Macclesfield Town
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Macclesfield Town promoted back to the Football League
Macclesfield Town promoted back to the Football League
Macclesfield Town promoted back to the Football League
Macclesfield Town promoted back to the Football League
Macclesfield Town promoted back to the Football League
Macclesfield Town promoted back to the Football League
Macclesfield Town promoted back to the Football League
Macclesfield Town promoted back to the Football League
Macclesfield Town promoted back to the Football League
Macclesfield Town promoted back to the Football League
Macclesfield Town promoted back to the Football League
Macclesfield Town promoted back to the Football League
Macclesfield Town players celebrate after gaining promotion at Eastleigh.
Macclesfield Town promoted back to the Football League
Macclesfield Town players celebrate after gaining promotion at Eastleigh.
Mitch Hancox of Macclesfield Town celebrates scoring their second goal at Eastleigh.
Macclesfield Town promoted back to the Football League
Mitch Hancox of Macclesfield Town celebrates scoring their second goal at Eastleigh.
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National League - Eastleigh v Macclesfield Town
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National League - Eastleigh v Macclesfield Town
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National League - Eastleigh v Macclesfield Town
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National League - Eastleigh v Macclesfield Town
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National League - Eastleigh v Macclesfield Town
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National League - Eastleigh v Macclesfield Town
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National League - Eastleigh v Macclesfield Town
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National League - Eastleigh v Macclesfield Town
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National League - Eastleigh v Macclesfield Town
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National League - Eastleigh v Macclesfield Town
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National League - Eastleigh v Macclesfield Town
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National League - Eastleigh v Macclesfield Town
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 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
Mourinho is turning Manchester United into Macclesfield Town
Mourinho is turning Manchester United into Macclesfield Town
Mourinho is turning Manchester United into Macclesfield Town
Questions will again be asked as to whether the Portuguese truly understands how a club like Man Utd is expected to play after another dismal display
Mourinho is turning Manchester United into Macclesfield Town
Questions will again be asked as to whether the Portuguese truly understands how a club like Man Utd is expected to play after another dismal display
Mourinho is turning Manchester United into Macclesfield Town
Mourinho is turning Manchester United into Macclesfield Town
Mourinho is turning Manchester United into Macclesfield Town
Questions will again be asked as to whether the Portuguese truly understands how a club like Man Utd is expected to play after another dismal display
Mourinho is turning Manchester United into Macclesfield Town
Questions will again be asked as to whether the Portuguese truly understands how a club like Man Utd is expected to play after another dismal display
Bolton Wanderers' Croatian forward Ivan Klasnic (L) vies with Macclesfield Town's Guinean midfielder Arnaud Mendy during the English FA Cup third round reply football match between Bolton and Macclesfield at The Reebok stadium, Bolton, north-west England on January 17, 2012. (Photo by Andrew Yates. Restricted To Editorial Use. No Use With Unauthorized Audio, Video, Data, Fixture Lists, Club/league Logos Or “live” Services. Online In-match Use Limited To 45 Images, No Video Emulation. No Use In Betting, Games Or Single Club/league/player Publications./AFP/Getty Images)
Bolton Wanderers' Croatian Forward Ivan Klasnic (L) Vies AFP/Getty Images
Bolton Wanderers' Croatian forward Ivan Klasnic (L) vies with Macclesfield Town's Guinean midfielder Arnaud Mendy during the English FA Cup third round reply football match between Bolton and Macclesfield at The Reebok stadium, Bolton, north-west England on January 17, 2012. (Photo by Andrew Yates. Restricted To Editorial Use. No Use With Unauthorized Audio, Video, Data, Fixture Lists, Club/league Logos Or “live” Services. Online In-match Use Limited To 45 Images, No Video Emulation. No Use In Betting, Games Or Single Club/league/player Publications./AFP/Getty Images)
Bolton Wanderers' Croatian forward Ivan Klasnic (L) vies with Macclesfield Town's English defender Shaun Brisley during the English FA Cup third round reply football match between Bolton and Macclesfield at The Reebok stadium, Bolton, north-west England on January 17 2012. (Photo by Andrew Yates. Restricted To Editorial Use. No Use With Unauthorized Audio, Video, Data, Fixture Lists, Club/league Logos Or “live” Services. Online In-match Use Limited To 45 Images, No Video Emulation. No Use In Betting, Games Or Single Club/league/player Publications./AFP/Getty Images)
Bolton Wanderers' Croatian Forward Ivan Klasnic (L) Vies AFP/Getty Images
Bolton Wanderers' Croatian forward Ivan Klasnic (L) vies with Macclesfield Town's English defender Shaun Brisley during the English FA Cup third round reply football match between Bolton and Macclesfield at The Reebok stadium, Bolton, north-west England on January 17 2012. (Photo by Andrew Yates. Restricted To Editorial Use. No Use With Unauthorized Audio, Video, Data, Fixture Lists, Club/league Logos Or “live” Services. Online In-match Use Limited To 45 Images, No Video Emulation. No Use In Betting, Games Or Single Club/league/player Publications./AFP/Getty Images)
Bolton Wanderers' Scottish forward Michael O'Halloran (L) vies with Macclesfield Town's Welsh defender Elliott Hewitt during the English FA Cup third round reply football match between Bolton and Macclesfield at The Reebok stadium, Bolton, north-west England on January 17 2012. (Photo by Andrew Yates. Restricted To Editorial Use. No Use With Unauthorized Audio, Video, Data, Fixture Lists, Club/league Logos Or “live” Services. Online In-match Use Limited To 45 Images, No Video Emulation. No Use In Betting, Games Or Single Club/league/player Publications./AFP/Getty Images)
Bolton Wanderers' Scottish Forward Michael O'Halloran (L) Vies With Macclesfield Town's Welsh Defender Elliott Hewitt AFP/Getty Images
Bolton Wanderers' Scottish forward Michael O'Halloran (L) vies with Macclesfield Town's Welsh defender Elliott Hewitt during the English FA Cup third round reply football match between Bolton and Macclesfield at The Reebok stadium, Bolton, north-west England on January 17 2012. (Photo by Andrew Yates. Restricted To Editorial Use. No Use With Unauthorized Audio, Video, Data, Fixture Lists, Club/league Logos Or “live” Services. Online In-match Use Limited To 45 Images, No Video Emulation. No Use In Betting, Games Or Single Club/league/player Publications./AFP/Getty Images)
Bolton Wanderers' Croatian forward Ivan Klasnic (L) vies with Macclesfield Town's English defender Shaun Brisley during the English FA Cup third round reply football match between Bolton and Macclesfield at The Reebok stadium, Bolton, north-west England on January 17 2012. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)
Bolton Wanderers' Croatian forward Ivan Klasnic (L) vies with Macclesfield Town's English defender Shaun Brisley during the English FA Cup third round reply football match between Bolton and Macclesfield at The Reebok stadium, Bolton, north-west England on January 17 2012. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)
Bolton Wanderers' Croatian forward Ivan Klasnic (L) vies with Macclesfield Town's English defender Shaun Brisley during the English FA Cup third round reply football match between Bolton and Macclesfield at The Reebok stadium, Bolton, north-west England on January 17 2012. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)
Macclesfield Town's English defender Nat Brown (L) competes for the ball with Bolton Wanderers' Hungarian goalkeeper Adam Bogdan (2R) during the English FA Cup third round reply football match between Bolton and Macclesfield at The Reebok stadium, in Bolton, north-west England on January 17, 2012. (Photo by Andrew Yates. Restricted To Editorial Use. No Use With Unauthorized Audio, Video, Data, Fixture Lists, Club/league Logos Or “live” Services. Online In-match Use Limited To 45 Images, No Video Emulation. No Use In Betting, Games Or Single Club/league/player Publications./AFP/Getty Images)
Macclesfield Town's English Defender Nat Brown (L) Competes For The Ball With Bolton Wanderers' Hungarian Goalkeeper AFP/Getty Images
Macclesfield Town's English defender Nat Brown (L) competes for the ball with Bolton Wanderers' Hungarian goalkeeper Adam Bogdan (2R) during the English FA Cup third round reply football match between Bolton and Macclesfield at The Reebok stadium, in Bolton, north-west England on January 17, 2012. (Photo by Andrew Yates. Restricted To Editorial Use. No Use With Unauthorized Audio, Video, Data, Fixture Lists, Club/league Logos Or “live” Services. Online In-match Use Limited To 45 Images, No Video Emulation. No Use In Betting, Games Or Single Club/league/player Publications./AFP/Getty Images)
Bolton Wanderers' English midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker (L) vies with Macclesfield Town's English defender Jonathan Bateson during the English FA Cup third round reply football match between Bolton and Macclesfield at The Reebok stadium, Bolton, north-west England on January 17 2012. (Photo by Andrew Yates. Restricted To Editorial Use. No Use With Unauthorized Audio, Video, Data, Fixture Lists, Club/league Logos Or “live” Services. Online In-match Use Limited To 45 Images, No Video Emulation. No Use In Betting, Games Or Single Club/league/player Publications./AFP/Getty Images)
Bolton Wanderers' English Midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker (L) Vies With Macclesfield Town's English Defender Jonathan AFP/Getty Images
Bolton Wanderers' English midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker (L) vies with Macclesfield Town's English defender Jonathan Bateson during the English FA Cup third round reply football match between Bolton and Macclesfield at The Reebok stadium, Bolton, north-west England on January 17 2012. (Photo by Andrew Yates. Restricted To Editorial Use. No Use With Unauthorized Audio, Video, Data, Fixture Lists, Club/league Logos Or “live” Services. Online In-match Use Limited To 45 Images, No Video Emulation. No Use In Betting, Games Or Single Club/league/player Publications./AFP/Getty Images)
Macclesfield Town's Guinean midfielder Arnaud Mendy (R) vies with Bolton Wanderers' English forward Kevin Davies during the English FA Cup third round reply football match between Bolton and Macclesfield at The Reebok stadium, in Bolton, north-west England on January 17, 2012. (Photo by Andrew Yates. Restricted To Editorial Use. No Use With Unauthorized Audio, Video, Data, Fixture Lists, Club/league Logos Or “live” Services. Online In-match Use Limited To 45 Images, No Video Emulation. No Use In Betting, Games Or Single Club/league/player Publications./AFP/Getty Images)
Macclesfield Town's Guinean Midfielder Arnaud Mendy (R) Vies AFP/Getty Images
Macclesfield Town's Guinean midfielder Arnaud Mendy (R) vies with Bolton Wanderers' English forward Kevin Davies during the English FA Cup third round reply football match between Bolton and Macclesfield at The Reebok stadium, in Bolton, north-west England on January 17, 2012. (Photo by Andrew Yates. Restricted To Editorial Use. No Use With Unauthorized Audio, Video, Data, Fixture Lists, Club/league Logos Or “live” Services. Online In-match Use Limited To 45 Images, No Video Emulation. No Use In Betting, Games Or Single Club/league/player Publications./AFP/Getty Images)
Macclesfield Town's English midfielder Matt Hamshaw (L) vies with Bolton Wanderers' English defender David Wheater during the English FA Cup third round reply football match between Bolton and Macclesfield at The Reebok stadium, Bolton, north-west England on January 17, 2012. (Photo by Andrew Yates. Restricted To Editorial Use. No Use With Unauthorized Audio, Video, Data, Fixture Lists, Club/league Logos Or “live” Services. Online In-match Use Limited To 45 Images, No Video Emulation. No Use In Betting, Games Or Single Club/league/player Publications./AFP/Getty Images)
Macclesfield Town's English Midfielder Matt Hamshaw (L) Vies AFP/Getty Images
Macclesfield Town's English midfielder Matt Hamshaw (L) vies with Bolton Wanderers' English defender David Wheater during the English FA Cup third round reply football match between Bolton and Macclesfield at The Reebok stadium, Bolton, north-west England on January 17, 2012. (Photo by Andrew Yates. Restricted To Editorial Use. No Use With Unauthorized Audio, Video, Data, Fixture Lists, Club/league Logos Or “live” Services. Online In-match Use Limited To 45 Images, No Video Emulation. No Use In Betting, Games Or Single Club/league/player Publications./AFP/Getty Images)
Macclesfield Town's English midfielder Matt Hamshaw (L) vies with Bolton Wanderers' English midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker (C) during the English FA Cup third round reply football match between Bolton and Macclesfield at The Reebok stadium, Bolton, north-west England on January 17, 2012. (Photo by Andrew Yates. Restricted To Editorial Use. No Use With Unauthorized Audio, Video, Data, Fixture Lists, Club/league Logos Or “live” Services. Online In-match Use Limited To 45 Images, No Video Emulation. No Use In Betting, Games Or Single Club/league/player Publications./AFP/Getty Images)
Macclesfield Town's English Midfielder Matt Hamshaw (L) Vies With Bolton Wanderers' English Midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker ( AFP/Getty Images
Macclesfield Town's English midfielder Matt Hamshaw (L) vies with Bolton Wanderers' English midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker (C) during the English FA Cup third round reply football match between Bolton and Macclesfield at The Reebok stadium, Bolton, north-west England on January 17, 2012. (Photo by Andrew Yates. Restricted To Editorial Use. No Use With Unauthorized Audio, Video, Data, Fixture Lists, Club/league Logos Or “live” Services. Online In-match Use Limited To 45 Images, No Video Emulation. No Use In Betting, Games Or Single Club/league/player Publications./AFP/Getty Images)
Bolton v Macclesfield Town
Bolton v Macclesfield Town
Bolton v Macclesfield Town
Macclesfield Town 2-2 Bolton
Macclesfield Town 2-2 Bolton
Macclesfield Town 2-2 Bolton
Macclesfield Town's Guinean midfielder Arnaud Mendy (L) vies with Bolton Wanderers' English midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker during the FA Cup football match between Macclesfield Town and Bolton Wanderers at Moss Rose, in Macclesfield, north-west England, on January 7, 2012. (Photo by Andrew Yates. Restricted To Editorial Use. No Use With Unauthorized Audio, Video, Data, Fixture Lists, Club/league Logos Or “live” Services. Online In-match Use Limited To 45 Images, No Video Emulation. No Use In Betting, Games Or Single Club/league/player Publications. /AFP/Getty Images)
Macclesfield Town's Guinean Midfielder Arnaud Mendy (L) Vies With Bolton Wanderers' English Midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker AFP/Getty Images
Macclesfield Town's Guinean midfielder Arnaud Mendy (L) vies with Bolton Wanderers' English midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker during the FA Cup football match between Macclesfield Town and Bolton Wanderers at Moss Rose, in Macclesfield, north-west England, on January 7, 2012. (Photo by Andrew Yates. Restricted To Editorial Use. No Use With Unauthorized Audio, Video, Data, Fixture Lists, Club/league Logos Or “live” Services. Online In-match Use Limited To 45 Images, No Video Emulation. No Use In Betting, Games Or Single Club/league/player Publications. /AFP/Getty Images)
Macclesfield Town's English forward George Donnelly (R) vies with Bolton Wanderers' English defender Zat Knight during the FA Cup football match between Macclesfield Town and Bolton Wanderers at Moss Rose, in Macclesfield, north-west England, on January 7, 2012. (Photo by Andrew Yates. Restricted To Editorial Use. No Use With Unauthorized Audio, Video, Data, Fixture Lists, Club/league Logos Or “live” Services. Online In-match Use Limited To 45 Images, No Video Emulation. No Use In Betting, Games Or Single Club/league/player Publications. /AFP/Getty Images)
Macclesfield Town's English Forward George Donnelly (R) Vies AFP/Getty Images
Macclesfield Town's English forward George Donnelly (R) vies with Bolton Wanderers' English defender Zat Knight during the FA Cup football match between Macclesfield Town and Bolton Wanderers at Moss Rose, in Macclesfield, north-west England, on January 7, 2012. (Photo by Andrew Yates. Restricted To Editorial Use. No Use With Unauthorized Audio, Video, Data, Fixture Lists, Club/league Logos Or “live” Services. Online In-match Use Limited To 45 Images, No Video Emulation. No Use In Betting, Games Or Single Club/league/player Publications. /AFP/Getty Images)
Macclesfield Town's Guinean midfielder Arnaud Mendy (R) celebrates at the final whistle after his side drew 2-2 during the FA Cup football match between Macclesfield Town and Bolton Wanderers at Moss Rose, in Macclesfield, north-west England, on January 7 2012. (Photo by Andrew Yates. Restricted To Editorial Use. No Use With Unauthorized Audio, Video, Data, Fixture Lists, Club/league Logos Or “live” Services. Online In-match Use Limited To 45 Images, No Video Emulation. No Use In Betting, Games Or Single Club/league/player Publications. /AFP/Getty Images)
Macclesfield Town's Guinean Midfielder Arnaud Mendy (R) Celebrates AFP/Getty Images
Macclesfield Town's Guinean midfielder Arnaud Mendy (R) celebrates at the final whistle after his side drew 2-2 during the FA Cup football match between Macclesfield Town and Bolton Wanderers at Moss Rose, in Macclesfield, north-west England, on January 7 2012. (Photo by Andrew Yates. Restricted To Editorial Use. No Use With Unauthorized Audio, Video, Data, Fixture Lists, Club/league Logos Or “live” Services. Online In-match Use Limited To 45 Images, No Video Emulation. No Use In Betting, Games Or Single Club/league/player Publications. /AFP/Getty Images)
Bolton Wanderers' English defender David Wheater (L) clears from Macclesfield Town's English midfielder Colin Daniel during the FA Cup football match between Macclesfield Town and Bolton Wanderers at Moss Rose, in Macclesfield, north-west England, on January 7 2012. (Photo by Andrew Yates. Restricted To Editorial Use. No Use With Unauthorized Audio, Video, Data, Fixture Lists, Club/league Logos Or “live” Services. Online In-match Use Limited To 45 Images, No Video Emulation. No Use In Betting, Games Or Single Club/league/player Publications. /AFP/Getty Images)
Bolton Wanderers' English Defender David Wheater (L) Clears From Macclesfield Town's English Midfielder Colin Daniel AFP/Getty Images
Bolton Wanderers' English defender David Wheater (L) clears from Macclesfield Town's English midfielder Colin Daniel during the FA Cup football match between Macclesfield Town and Bolton Wanderers at Moss Rose, in Macclesfield, north-west England, on January 7 2012. (Photo by Andrew Yates. Restricted To Editorial Use. No Use With Unauthorized Audio, Video, Data, Fixture Lists, Club/league Logos Or “live” Services. Online In-match Use Limited To 45 Images, No Video Emulation. No Use In Betting, Games Or Single Club/league/player Publications. /AFP/Getty Images)
Macclesfield Town's Guinean midfielder Arnaud Mendy (2R) celebrates on January 7 2012 after scoring a goal during the FA Cup football match between Macclesfield Town and Bolton Wanderers at Moss Rose, Macclesfield, northwest England. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty Images)
Macclesfield Town's Guinean Midfielder Arnaud Mendy (2R) Celebrates On January 7 2012 RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No AFP/Getty Images
Macclesfield Town's Guinean midfielder Arnaud Mendy (2R) celebrates on January 7 2012 after scoring a goal during the FA Cup football match between Macclesfield Town and Bolton Wanderers at Moss Rose, Macclesfield, northwest England. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty Images)
Macclesfield Town's Guinean midfielder Arnaud Mendy (3rd R) celebrates after scoring on January 7 2012 during the FA Cup football match against Bolton Wanderers at Moss Rose,Macclesfield, northwest England. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty Images)
Macclesfield Town's Guinean Midfielder Arnaud Mendy (3rd R) Celebrates RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No Use With AFP/Getty Images
Macclesfield Town's Guinean midfielder Arnaud Mendy (3rd R) celebrates after scoring on January 7 2012 during the FA Cup football match against Bolton Wanderers at Moss Rose,Macclesfield, northwest England. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty Images)
Bolton Wanderers' English defender Joe Riley (R) vies with Macclesfield Town's English midfielder Matt Hamshaw during the FA Cup football match between Macclesfield Town and Bolton Wanderers at Moss Rose, in Macclesfield, north-west England, on January 7, 2012. (Photo by Andrew Yates. Restricted To Editorial Use. No Use With Unauthorized Audio, Video, Data, Fixture Lists, Club/league Logos Or “live” Services. Online In-match Use Limited To 45 Images, No Video Emulation. No Use In Betting, Games Or Single Club/league/player Publications. /AFP/Getty Images)
Bolton Wanderers' English Defender Joe Riley (R) Vies AFP/Getty Images
Bolton Wanderers' English defender Joe Riley (R) vies with Macclesfield Town's English midfielder Matt Hamshaw during the FA Cup football match between Macclesfield Town and Bolton Wanderers at Moss Rose, in Macclesfield, north-west England, on January 7, 2012. (Photo by Andrew Yates. Restricted To Editorial Use. No Use With Unauthorized Audio, Video, Data, Fixture Lists, Club/league Logos Or “live” Services. Online In-match Use Limited To 45 Images, No Video Emulation. No Use In Betting, Games Or Single Club/league/player Publications. /AFP/Getty Images)
A general view during the FA Cup football match between Macclesfield Town and Bolton Wanderers at Moss Rose,Macclesfield, north-west England, on January 7, 2012. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Andrew Yates. /AFP/Getty Images)
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A general view during the FA Cup football match between Macclesfield Town and Bolton Wanderers at Moss Rose,Macclesfield, north-west England, on January 7, 2012. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Andrew Yates. /AFP/Getty Images)
Bolton Wanderers' English defender David Wheater (L) clears the ball during the FA Cup football match between Macclesfield Town and Bolton Wanderers at Moss Rose,Macclesfield, north-west England, on January 7 2012. (Photo by Andrew Yates. Restricted To Editorial Use. No Use With Unauthorized Audio, Video, Data, Fixture Lists, Club/league Logos Or “live” Services. Online In-match Use Limited To 45 Images, No Video Emulation. No Use In Betting, Games Or Single Club/league/player Publications. /AFP/Getty Images)
Bolton Wanderers' English Defender David Wheater (L) Clears AFP/Getty Images
Bolton Wanderers' English defender David Wheater (L) clears the ball during the FA Cup football match between Macclesfield Town and Bolton Wanderers at Moss Rose,Macclesfield, north-west England, on January 7 2012. (Photo by Andrew Yates. Restricted To Editorial Use. No Use With Unauthorized Audio, Video, Data, Fixture Lists, Club/league Logos Or “live” Services. Online In-match Use Limited To 45 Images, No Video Emulation. No Use In Betting, Games Or Single Club/league/player Publications. /AFP/Getty Images)
Macclesfield Town's English midfielder Sam Wedgbury (L) vies with Bolton Wanderers' English forward Kevin Davies during the FA Cup football match between Macclesfield Town and Bolton Wanderers at Moss Rose,Macclesfield, north-west England, on January 7, 2012. (Photo by Andrew Yates. Restricted To Editorial Use. No Use With Unauthorized Audio, Video, Data, Fixture Lists, Club/league Logos Or “live” Services. Online In-match Use Limited To 45 Images, No Video Emulation. No Use In Betting, Games Or Single Club/league/player Publications. /AFP/Getty Images)
Macclesfield Town's English Midfielder Sam Wedgbury (L) Vies AFP/Getty Images
Macclesfield Town's English midfielder Sam Wedgbury (L) vies with Bolton Wanderers' English forward Kevin Davies during the FA Cup football match between Macclesfield Town and Bolton Wanderers at Moss Rose,Macclesfield, north-west England, on January 7, 2012. (Photo by Andrew Yates. Restricted To Editorial Use. No Use With Unauthorized Audio, Video, Data, Fixture Lists, Club/league Logos Or “live” Services. Online In-match Use Limited To 45 Images, No Video Emulation. No Use In Betting, Games Or Single Club/league/player Publications. /AFP/Getty Images)
Macclesfield Town's English midfielder Colin Daniel (2R) celebrates after scoring during the FA Cup football match between Macclesfield Town and Bolton Wanderers at Moss Rose,Macclesfield, north-west England, on January 7, 2012. (Photo by Andrew Yates. Restricted To Editorial Use. No Use With Unauthorized Audio, Video, Data, Fixture Lists, Club/league Logos Or “live” Services. Online In-match Use Limited To 45 Images, No Video Emulation. No Use In Betting, Games Or Single Club/league/player Publications. /AFP/Getty Images)
Macclesfield Town's English Midfielder Colin Daniel (2R) Celebrates AFP/Getty Images
Macclesfield Town's English midfielder Colin Daniel (2R) celebrates after scoring during the FA Cup football match between Macclesfield Town and Bolton Wanderers at Moss Rose,Macclesfield, north-west England, on January 7, 2012. (Photo by Andrew Yates. Restricted To Editorial Use. No Use With Unauthorized Audio, Video, Data, Fixture Lists, Club/league Logos Or “live” Services. Online In-match Use Limited To 45 Images, No Video Emulation. No Use In Betting, Games Or Single Club/league/player Publications. /AFP/Getty Images)
Macclesfield Town's English forward George Donnelly (L) vies with Bolton Wanderers' English defender David Wheater during the FA Cup football match between Macclesfield Town and Bolton Wanderers at Moss Rose, in Macclesfield, north-west England, on January 7, 2012. (Photo by Andrew Yates. Restricted To Editorial Use. No Use With Unauthorized Audio, Video, Data, Fixture Lists, Club/league Logos Or “live” Services. Online In-match Use Limited To 45 Images, No Video Emulation. No Use In Betting, Games Or Single Club/league/player Publications. /AFP/Getty Images)
Macclesfield Town's English Forward George Donnelly (L) Vies AFP/Getty Images
Macclesfield Town's English forward George Donnelly (L) vies with Bolton Wanderers' English defender David Wheater during the FA Cup football match between Macclesfield Town and Bolton Wanderers at Moss Rose, in Macclesfield, north-west England, on January 7, 2012. (Photo by Andrew Yates. Restricted To Editorial Use. No Use With Unauthorized Audio, Video, Data, Fixture Lists, Club/league Logos Or “live” Services. Online In-match Use Limited To 45 Images, No Video Emulation. No Use In Betting, Games Or Single Club/league/player Publications. /AFP/Getty Images)
Macclesfield Town's English midfielder Sam Wedgbury (L) vies with Bolton Wanderers' English forward Kevin Davies during the FA Cup football match between Macclesfield Town and Bolton Wanderers at Moss Rose,Macclesfield, north-west England, on January 7, 2012. AFP PHOTO/ ANDREW YATES. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)
Macclesfield Town's English midfielder Sam Wedgbury (L) vies with Bolton Wanderers' English forward Kevin Davies during the FA Cup football match between Macclesfield Town and Bolton Wanderers at Moss Rose,Macclesfield, north-west England, on January 7, 2012. AFP PHOTO/ ANDREW YATES. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)
Macclesfield Town's English midfielder Sam Wedgbury (L) vies with Bolton Wanderers' English forward Kevin Davies during the FA Cup football match between Macclesfield Town and Bolton Wanderers at Moss Rose,Macclesfield, north-west England, on January 7, 2012. AFP PHOTO/ ANDREW YATES. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)
Macclesfield Town's English midfielder Colin Daniel (L) scores during the FA Cup football match between Macclesfield Town and Bolton Wanderers at Moss Rose, in Macclesfield, north-west England, on January 7, 2012. (Photo by Andrew Yates. Restricted To Editorial Use. No Use With Unauthorized Audio, Video, Data, Fixture Lists, Club/league Logos Or “live” Services. Online In-match Use Limited To 45 Images, No Video Emulation. No Use In Betting, Games Or Single Club/league/player Publications. /AFP/Getty Images)
Macclesfield Town's English Midfielder Colin Daniel (L) Scores AFP/Getty Images
Macclesfield Town's English midfielder Colin Daniel (L) scores during the FA Cup football match between Macclesfield Town and Bolton Wanderers at Moss Rose, in Macclesfield, north-west England, on January 7, 2012. (Photo by Andrew Yates. Restricted To Editorial Use. No Use With Unauthorized Audio, Video, Data, Fixture Lists, Club/league Logos Or “live” Services. Online In-match Use Limited To 45 Images, No Video Emulation. No Use In Betting, Games Or Single Club/league/player Publications. /AFP/Getty Images)
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