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Soccer Football - League One - Gillingham vs Milton Keynes Dons - MEMS Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham, Britain - March 29, 2018 MK Dons' George Williams celebrates scoring their second goal Action Images/Peter Cziborra EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Gillingham vs Milton Keynes Dons
Soccer Football - League One - Gillingham vs Milton Keynes Dons - MEMS Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham, Britain - March 29, 2018 MK Dons' George Williams celebrates scoring their second goal Action Images/Peter Cziborra EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Gillingham vs Milton Keynes Dons - MEMS Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham, Britain - March 29, 2018 MK Dons' George Williams scores their second goal Action Images/Peter Cziborra EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Gillingham vs Milton Keynes Dons
Soccer Football - League One - Gillingham vs Milton Keynes Dons - MEMS Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham, Britain - March 29, 2018 MK Dons' George Williams scores their second goal Action Images/Peter Cziborra EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
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League One - Gillingham vs Milton Keynes Dons
Soccer Football - League One - Gillingham vs Milton Keynes Dons - MEMS Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham, Britain - March 29, 2018 Gillingham's Max Ehmern action with MK Dons' Chuks Aneke Action Images/Peter Cziborra EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Gillingham vs Milton Keynes Dons - MEMS Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham, Britain - March 29, 2018 MK Dons' George Williams celebrates scoring their second goal Action Images/Peter Cziborra EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Gillingham vs Milton Keynes Dons
Soccer Football - League One - Gillingham vs Milton Keynes Dons - MEMS Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham, Britain - March 29, 2018 MK Dons' George Williams celebrates scoring their second goal Action Images/Peter Cziborra EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Gillingham vs Milton Keynes Dons - MEMS Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham, Britain - March 29, 2018 MK Dons' George Williams celebrates scoring their second goal Action Images/Peter Cziborra EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Gillingham vs Milton Keynes Dons
Soccer Football - League One - Gillingham vs Milton Keynes Dons - MEMS Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham, Britain - March 29, 2018 MK Dons' George Williams celebrates scoring their second goal Action Images/Peter Cziborra EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Gillingham vs Milton Keynes Dons - MEMS Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham, Britain - March 29, 2018 Gillingham's Scott Wagstaff in action with MK Dons' Ousseynou Cisse Action Images/Peter Cziborra EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Gillingham vs Milton Keynes Dons
Soccer Football - League One - Gillingham vs Milton Keynes Dons - MEMS Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham, Britain - March 29, 2018 Gillingham's Scott Wagstaff in action with MK Dons' Ousseynou Cisse Action Images/Peter Cziborra EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Gillingham vs Milton Keynes Dons - MEMS Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham, Britain - March 29, 2018 Gillingham's Scott Wagstaff in action with MK Dons' Chuks Aneke Action Images/Peter Cziborra EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Gillingham vs Milton Keynes Dons
Soccer Football - League One - Gillingham vs Milton Keynes Dons - MEMS Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham, Britain - March 29, 2018 Gillingham's Scott Wagstaff in action with MK Dons' Chuks Aneke Action Images/Peter Cziborra EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
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League One - Gillingham vs Milton Keynes Dons
Soccer Football - League One - Gillingham vs Milton Keynes Dons - MEMS Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham, Britain - March 29, 2018 General View during the game Action Images/Peter Cziborra EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Gillingham vs Milton Keynes Dons - MEMS Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham, Britain - March 29, 2018 Gillingham's Jake Hessenthaler shoots at goal Action Images/Peter Cziborra EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Gillingham vs Milton Keynes Dons
Soccer Football - League One - Gillingham vs Milton Keynes Dons - MEMS Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham, Britain - March 29, 2018 Gillingham's Jake Hessenthaler shoots at goal Action Images/Peter Cziborra EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Gillingham vs Milton Keynes Dons - MEMS Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham, Britain - March 29, 2018 MK Dons' Lee Nicholls celebrates their first goal Action Images/Peter Cziborra EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Gillingham vs Milton Keynes Dons
Soccer Football - League One - Gillingham vs Milton Keynes Dons - MEMS Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham, Britain - March 29, 2018 MK Dons' Lee Nicholls celebrates their first goal Action Images/Peter Cziborra EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Gillingham vs Milton Keynes Dons - MEMS Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham, Britain - March 29, 2018 Gillingham's Navid Nasseri celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images/Peter Cziborra EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Gillingham vs Milton Keynes Dons
Soccer Football - League One - Gillingham vs Milton Keynes Dons - MEMS Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham, Britain - March 29, 2018 Gillingham's Navid Nasseri celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images/Peter Cziborra EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
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League One - Gillingham vs Milton Keynes Dons
Soccer Football - League One - Gillingham vs Milton Keynes Dons - MEMS Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham, Britain - March 29, 2018 A minutes applause is held before kick off for bbc sports reporter Neil Bell Action Images/Peter Cziborra EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Gillingham vs Milton Keynes Dons - MEMS Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham, Britain - March 29, 2018 Gillingham manager Steve Lovell Action Images/Peter Cziborra EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Gillingham vs Milton Keynes Dons
Soccer Football - League One - Gillingham vs Milton Keynes Dons - MEMS Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham, Britain - March 29, 2018 Gillingham manager Steve Lovell Action Images/Peter Cziborra EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Gillingham vs Milton Keynes Dons - MEMS Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham, Britain - March 29, 2018 MK Dons' manager Dan Micciche Action Images/Peter Cziborra EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Gillingham vs Milton Keynes Dons
Soccer Football - League One - Gillingham vs Milton Keynes Dons - MEMS Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham, Britain - March 29, 2018 MK Dons' manager Dan Micciche Action Images/Peter Cziborra EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Gillingham vs Milton Keynes Dons - MEMS Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham, Britain - March 29, 2018 Gillingham's Conor Wilkinson in action with MK Dons' Scott Wooton Action Images/Peter Cziborra EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Gillingham vs Milton Keynes Dons
Soccer Football - League One - Gillingham vs Milton Keynes Dons - MEMS Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham, Britain - March 29, 2018 Gillingham's Conor Wilkinson in action with MK Dons' Scott Wooton Action Images/Peter Cziborra EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
It is just minutes before Dele Alli is due to arrive for his first extended newspaper interview as a Tottenham Hotspur player, when Mauricio Pochettino walks up the stairs at the club’s Enfield training base. “You’re here for Dele?” asks the Tottenham manager. “You know, I just said he’s the best 21-year-old footballer in the world.” And with that, Pochettino, who made the claim in his weekly press conference, disappears through the double doors that Dele, as he wishes to be called, soon breezes through with a wide grin. Dele is polite, relaxed and articulate, and quickly offers up an insight into the humble beginnings from which he developed into one of the best young footballers on the planet. Growing up in the Bradwell area of Milton Keynes meant Dele could take little for granted – particularly money – and, describing how he got into football, the England international said: “From under-nine to under-11, I played in a Sunday league. Before that, there was this scheme where you had to pay £1 to train and I used to do that. But I wasn’t able to pay it and in the end they let me do it for free.” When it was put to Dele that money must have been incredibly tight, he added: “It was. When you come from where I came from, there were a lot more important things to spend a pound on than football training. Obviously, for me at the time, I thought it was all that mattered. “But for families who are struggling, it’s not the case. They need a lot of support. But when you are nine or 10, maybe the vision of your parents isn’t the same as what it is for you. “There is a lot of pressure on the parents with a kid who wants to become a professional footballer. There is a lot of responsibility, having to drive them around everywhere.” Dele could not afford to pay £1 to train as a youngster Credit: News Syndication Asked which football boots he wore during his formative years, Dele said: “I thought they were nice! I was lucky. When I was young, I had quite big feet, so the older lads in the area used to give me their hand-me-down boots. They looked after me.” His upbringing perhaps explains why Dele feels a keen responsibility to give something back. The evening before this interview, he had missed watching Chelsea’s Champions League defeat by Barcelona to launch a new Tottenham Hotspur Foundation programme that aims to help reduce levels of crime and anti-social behaviour in Haringey. The Tottenham Hotspur Community Football League, run in partnership with the Metropolitan Police and Haringey Council, allows under-14 teams to compete every Friday evening at the Duke’s Academy in the shadow of the new Spurs stadium. Dele was mobbed by teenagers at the event while he posed for photographs, signed autographs and talked to the organisers and those who will benefit from the project. “Playing for Tottenham in the Premier League, you get a lot of opportunities to help out other people and, for such a good cause, it was definitely worth going to,” said Dele. On the subject of how he has acclimatised to being a hero to so many youngsters, he added: “You grow into it. At the start, it was a bit crazy, but now I am used to it and it’s all about giving something back. “Like I said, we as players have such a great opportunity to help people and make a big impact. I think it is important you don’t hide from it and do as much as you can. “This new league the club is running is a brilliant way of getting young people from the area to play sport and meet friends in a safe environment.” Dele helped launch a new Tottenham Hotspur Foundation programme this week Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley Despite his willingness to help others, Dele acknowledges he is not always an angel on the pitch and laughs at the suggestion he has become a pantomime villain among opposition supporters. His determination to stand up for himself almost cost him his big break at Milton Keynes Dons, but a lower-league grounding against older opponents gave him the perfect platform to grow up fast. “I was playing in an under-10s team and one of the managers worked at MK as well, so they asked me to go down and train,” said Dele. “I remember my first session, they said they were playing Chelsea. I’d only ever seen Chelsea on Match of the Day. But MK’s academy were going to play Chelsea’s academy at Stamford Bridge and they would not let me go as I had only trained once. “So, because of that I left and went back to playing for my Sunday league team. “Then, a year later, MK asked me to come back and trial for their under-11s. But, in the end, they said I could sign without having to trial. “Obviously, everyone takes different routes, there’s no right or wrong pathway to becoming a professional. But being at MK gave me the opportunity to play first-team football against men. “I preferred that, it’s something I had done since I was younger. Even when I was a kid playing on the streets or on the estate, I was always playing against older people. I always wanted to test myself as much as I could. MK was the perfect place to do that.” There was an early sign of the devilment in Dele’s play, when, in one of his first Tottenham appearances in a pre-season tournament, he nutmegged former Spurs midfielder Luka Modric while playing against Real Madrid. If Harry Kane misses out... Since then, his development and rise has been meteoric. Before turning 21 last April, Dele had chalked up more goals and assists than Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Paul Scholes and Cristiano Ronaldo at the same age. Dele scored his 10th goal of this season against Bournemouth last weekend and is now only eight short of chalking up his half century in all competitions for Spurs. “I feel like I’ve been playing for a long time now, but I think a lot happened to me really quickly,” said Dele. “There’s moments where you step back and think ‘how can this have happened to me?’ “I’ve been working for it since I was a kid and there’s been a lot of decisions I’ve had to make, and it’s all been to do this and put myself in this position. “I wouldn’t say I was surprised, I’m confident in my ability, maybe I was surprised by how quickly it happened, but it’s always been my aim and I’ll keep working hard to achieve even more.” With the highs have understandably come some lows. Red cards in key games against West Bromwich Albion and Gent, England’s European Championship failure, the middle-finger salute that earned him an international ban and, most lately, accusations of being a diver. “Nobody wants to be labelled as a cheat,” said Dele. “It’s an opinion and everyone has a different opinion. I get into the box a lot and round the box, and I’m an attacking player and I get fouled a lot. Dele denies his reputation as a diver Credit: getty images “There are some that look bad. It’s different when you are in the action. “The one at Crystal Palace, that’s the one I saw a lot of reaction to. I was running through and, at the time, all was going through my head was that I didn’t want to step on the keeper. But when you watch it back and people start saying things, it can look a lot different. “That’s why I think it’s important that players, not just about diving, about other stuff too, that you don’t get too involved in it and just focus on what you are doing and listen to the opinions of the people you trust. “I think we live in a world now where everyone has a chance to have an opinion and with social media, everyone’s opinion can be seen and it’s important that I don’t get drawn into that, don’t look at it, don’t read it or start to believe what people say about me. “I am 21 and you do some dumb things sometimes, and it’s all part of learning and improving, and turning into a good person and that’s what I want to achieve.” What will make Dele even happier is to win his first piece of silverware with Tottenham, who face Swansea City in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup tomorrow. Having gone close in the Cup and in the Premier League, he now wants to go all the way. “We all want to win trophies and to achieve something as a team,” said Dele. “There is no point coming so close like we have the last two years, you know second place almost feels as bad as finishing bottom. You want to win, so I think we need to.” Dele Alli was speaking at the launch of the Tottenham Hotspur Community Football League – a new initiative delivered by the Club’s Foundation, alongside Haringey Council and the Met Police – to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the Borough.
How Dele Alli went from borrowed boots to the best 21 year-old in the world
It is just minutes before Dele Alli is due to arrive for his first extended newspaper interview as a Tottenham Hotspur player, when Mauricio Pochettino walks up the stairs at the club’s Enfield training base. “You’re here for Dele?” asks the Tottenham manager. “You know, I just said he’s the best 21-year-old footballer in the world.” And with that, Pochettino, who made the claim in his weekly press conference, disappears through the double doors that Dele, as he wishes to be called, soon breezes through with a wide grin. Dele is polite, relaxed and articulate, and quickly offers up an insight into the humble beginnings from which he developed into one of the best young footballers on the planet. Growing up in the Bradwell area of Milton Keynes meant Dele could take little for granted – particularly money – and, describing how he got into football, the England international said: “From under-nine to under-11, I played in a Sunday league. Before that, there was this scheme where you had to pay £1 to train and I used to do that. But I wasn’t able to pay it and in the end they let me do it for free.” When it was put to Dele that money must have been incredibly tight, he added: “It was. When you come from where I came from, there were a lot more important things to spend a pound on than football training. Obviously, for me at the time, I thought it was all that mattered. “But for families who are struggling, it’s not the case. They need a lot of support. But when you are nine or 10, maybe the vision of your parents isn’t the same as what it is for you. “There is a lot of pressure on the parents with a kid who wants to become a professional footballer. There is a lot of responsibility, having to drive them around everywhere.” Dele could not afford to pay £1 to train as a youngster Credit: News Syndication Asked which football boots he wore during his formative years, Dele said: “I thought they were nice! I was lucky. When I was young, I had quite big feet, so the older lads in the area used to give me their hand-me-down boots. They looked after me.” His upbringing perhaps explains why Dele feels a keen responsibility to give something back. The evening before this interview, he had missed watching Chelsea’s Champions League defeat by Barcelona to launch a new Tottenham Hotspur Foundation programme that aims to help reduce levels of crime and anti-social behaviour in Haringey. The Tottenham Hotspur Community Football League, run in partnership with the Metropolitan Police and Haringey Council, allows under-14 teams to compete every Friday evening at the Duke’s Academy in the shadow of the new Spurs stadium. Dele was mobbed by teenagers at the event while he posed for photographs, signed autographs and talked to the organisers and those who will benefit from the project. “Playing for Tottenham in the Premier League, you get a lot of opportunities to help out other people and, for such a good cause, it was definitely worth going to,” said Dele. On the subject of how he has acclimatised to being a hero to so many youngsters, he added: “You grow into it. At the start, it was a bit crazy, but now I am used to it and it’s all about giving something back. “Like I said, we as players have such a great opportunity to help people and make a big impact. I think it is important you don’t hide from it and do as much as you can. “This new league the club is running is a brilliant way of getting young people from the area to play sport and meet friends in a safe environment.” Dele helped launch a new Tottenham Hotspur Foundation programme this week Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley Despite his willingness to help others, Dele acknowledges he is not always an angel on the pitch and laughs at the suggestion he has become a pantomime villain among opposition supporters. His determination to stand up for himself almost cost him his big break at Milton Keynes Dons, but a lower-league grounding against older opponents gave him the perfect platform to grow up fast. “I was playing in an under-10s team and one of the managers worked at MK as well, so they asked me to go down and train,” said Dele. “I remember my first session, they said they were playing Chelsea. I’d only ever seen Chelsea on Match of the Day. But MK’s academy were going to play Chelsea’s academy at Stamford Bridge and they would not let me go as I had only trained once. “So, because of that I left and went back to playing for my Sunday league team. “Then, a year later, MK asked me to come back and trial for their under-11s. But, in the end, they said I could sign without having to trial. “Obviously, everyone takes different routes, there’s no right or wrong pathway to becoming a professional. But being at MK gave me the opportunity to play first-team football against men. “I preferred that, it’s something I had done since I was younger. Even when I was a kid playing on the streets or on the estate, I was always playing against older people. I always wanted to test myself as much as I could. MK was the perfect place to do that.” There was an early sign of the devilment in Dele’s play, when, in one of his first Tottenham appearances in a pre-season tournament, he nutmegged former Spurs midfielder Luka Modric while playing against Real Madrid. If Harry Kane misses out... Since then, his development and rise has been meteoric. Before turning 21 last April, Dele had chalked up more goals and assists than Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Paul Scholes and Cristiano Ronaldo at the same age. Dele scored his 10th goal of this season against Bournemouth last weekend and is now only eight short of chalking up his half century in all competitions for Spurs. “I feel like I’ve been playing for a long time now, but I think a lot happened to me really quickly,” said Dele. “There’s moments where you step back and think ‘how can this have happened to me?’ “I’ve been working for it since I was a kid and there’s been a lot of decisions I’ve had to make, and it’s all been to do this and put myself in this position. “I wouldn’t say I was surprised, I’m confident in my ability, maybe I was surprised by how quickly it happened, but it’s always been my aim and I’ll keep working hard to achieve even more.” With the highs have understandably come some lows. Red cards in key games against West Bromwich Albion and Gent, England’s European Championship failure, the middle-finger salute that earned him an international ban and, most lately, accusations of being a diver. “Nobody wants to be labelled as a cheat,” said Dele. “It’s an opinion and everyone has a different opinion. I get into the box a lot and round the box, and I’m an attacking player and I get fouled a lot. Dele denies his reputation as a diver Credit: getty images “There are some that look bad. It’s different when you are in the action. “The one at Crystal Palace, that’s the one I saw a lot of reaction to. I was running through and, at the time, all was going through my head was that I didn’t want to step on the keeper. But when you watch it back and people start saying things, it can look a lot different. “That’s why I think it’s important that players, not just about diving, about other stuff too, that you don’t get too involved in it and just focus on what you are doing and listen to the opinions of the people you trust. “I think we live in a world now where everyone has a chance to have an opinion and with social media, everyone’s opinion can be seen and it’s important that I don’t get drawn into that, don’t look at it, don’t read it or start to believe what people say about me. “I am 21 and you do some dumb things sometimes, and it’s all part of learning and improving, and turning into a good person and that’s what I want to achieve.” What will make Dele even happier is to win his first piece of silverware with Tottenham, who face Swansea City in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup tomorrow. Having gone close in the Cup and in the Premier League, he now wants to go all the way. “We all want to win trophies and to achieve something as a team,” said Dele. “There is no point coming so close like we have the last two years, you know second place almost feels as bad as finishing bottom. You want to win, so I think we need to.” Dele Alli was speaking at the launch of the Tottenham Hotspur Community Football League – a new initiative delivered by the Club’s Foundation, alongside Haringey Council and the Met Police – to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the Borough.
It is just minutes before Dele Alli is due to arrive for his first extended newspaper interview as a Tottenham Hotspur player, when Mauricio Pochettino walks up the stairs at the club’s Enfield training base. “You’re here for Dele?” asks the Tottenham manager. “You know, I just said he’s the best 21-year-old footballer in the world.” And with that, Pochettino, who made the claim in his weekly press conference, disappears through the double doors that Dele, as he wishes to be called, soon breezes through with a wide grin. Dele is polite, relaxed and articulate, and quickly offers up an insight into the humble beginnings from which he developed into one of the best young footballers on the planet. Growing up in the Bradwell area of Milton Keynes meant Dele could take little for granted – particularly money – and, describing how he got into football, the England international said: “From under-nine to under-11, I played in a Sunday league. Before that, there was this scheme where you had to pay £1 to train and I used to do that. But I wasn’t able to pay it and in the end they let me do it for free.” When it was put to Dele that money must have been incredibly tight, he added: “It was. When you come from where I came from, there were a lot more important things to spend a pound on than football training. Obviously, for me at the time, I thought it was all that mattered. “But for families who are struggling, it’s not the case. They need a lot of support. But when you are nine or 10, maybe the vision of your parents isn’t the same as what it is for you. “There is a lot of pressure on the parents with a kid who wants to become a professional footballer. There is a lot of responsibility, having to drive them around everywhere.” Dele could not afford to pay £1 to train as a youngster Credit: News Syndication Asked which football boots he wore during his formative years, Dele said: “I thought they were nice! I was lucky. When I was young, I had quite big feet, so the older lads in the area used to give me their hand-me-down boots. They looked after me.” His upbringing perhaps explains why Dele feels a keen responsibility to give something back. The evening before this interview, he had missed watching Chelsea’s Champions League defeat by Barcelona to launch a new Tottenham Hotspur Foundation programme that aims to help reduce levels of crime and anti-social behaviour in Haringey. The Tottenham Hotspur Community Football League, run in partnership with the Metropolitan Police and Haringey Council, allows under-14 teams to compete every Friday evening at the Duke’s Academy in the shadow of the new Spurs stadium. Dele was mobbed by teenagers at the event while he posed for photographs, signed autographs and talked to the organisers and those who will benefit from the project. “Playing for Tottenham in the Premier League, you get a lot of opportunities to help out other people and, for such a good cause, it was definitely worth going to,” said Dele. On the subject of how he has acclimatised to being a hero to so many youngsters, he added: “You grow into it. At the start, it was a bit crazy, but now I am used to it and it’s all about giving something back. “Like I said, we as players have such a great opportunity to help people and make a big impact. I think it is important you don’t hide from it and do as much as you can. “This new league the club is running is a brilliant way of getting young people from the area to play sport and meet friends in a safe environment.” Dele helped launch a new Tottenham Hotspur Foundation programme this week Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley Despite his willingness to help others, Dele acknowledges he is not always an angel on the pitch and laughs at the suggestion he has become a pantomime villain among opposition supporters. His determination to stand up for himself almost cost him his big break at Milton Keynes Dons, but a lower-league grounding against older opponents gave him the perfect platform to grow up fast. “I was playing in an under-10s team and one of the managers worked at MK as well, so they asked me to go down and train,” said Dele. “I remember my first session, they said they were playing Chelsea. I’d only ever seen Chelsea on Match of the Day. But MK’s academy were going to play Chelsea’s academy at Stamford Bridge and they would not let me go as I had only trained once. “So, because of that I left and went back to playing for my Sunday league team. “Then, a year later, MK asked me to come back and trial for their under-11s. But, in the end, they said I could sign without having to trial. “Obviously, everyone takes different routes, there’s no right or wrong pathway to becoming a professional. But being at MK gave me the opportunity to play first-team football against men. “I preferred that, it’s something I had done since I was younger. Even when I was a kid playing on the streets or on the estate, I was always playing against older people. I always wanted to test myself as much as I could. MK was the perfect place to do that.” There was an early sign of the devilment in Dele’s play, when, in one of his first Tottenham appearances in a pre-season tournament, he nutmegged former Spurs midfielder Luka Modric while playing against Real Madrid. If Harry Kane misses out... Since then, his development and rise has been meteoric. Before turning 21 last April, Dele had chalked up more goals and assists than Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Paul Scholes and Cristiano Ronaldo at the same age. Dele scored his 10th goal of this season against Bournemouth last weekend and is now only eight short of chalking up his half century in all competitions for Spurs. “I feel like I’ve been playing for a long time now, but I think a lot happened to me really quickly,” said Dele. “There’s moments where you step back and think ‘how can this have happened to me?’ “I’ve been working for it since I was a kid and there’s been a lot of decisions I’ve had to make, and it’s all been to do this and put myself in this position. “I wouldn’t say I was surprised, I’m confident in my ability, maybe I was surprised by how quickly it happened, but it’s always been my aim and I’ll keep working hard to achieve even more.” With the highs have understandably come some lows. Red cards in key games against West Bromwich Albion and Gent, England’s European Championship failure, the middle-finger salute that earned him an international ban and, most lately, accusations of being a diver. “Nobody wants to be labelled as a cheat,” said Dele. “It’s an opinion and everyone has a different opinion. I get into the box a lot and round the box, and I’m an attacking player and I get fouled a lot. Dele denies his reputation as a diver Credit: getty images “There are some that look bad. It’s different when you are in the action. “The one at Crystal Palace, that’s the one I saw a lot of reaction to. I was running through and, at the time, all was going through my head was that I didn’t want to step on the keeper. But when you watch it back and people start saying things, it can look a lot different. “That’s why I think it’s important that players, not just about diving, about other stuff too, that you don’t get too involved in it and just focus on what you are doing and listen to the opinions of the people you trust. “I think we live in a world now where everyone has a chance to have an opinion and with social media, everyone’s opinion can be seen and it’s important that I don’t get drawn into that, don’t look at it, don’t read it or start to believe what people say about me. “I am 21 and you do some dumb things sometimes, and it’s all part of learning and improving, and turning into a good person and that’s what I want to achieve.” What will make Dele even happier is to win his first piece of silverware with Tottenham, who face Swansea City in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup tomorrow. Having gone close in the Cup and in the Premier League, he now wants to go all the way. “We all want to win trophies and to achieve something as a team,” said Dele. “There is no point coming so close like we have the last two years, you know second place almost feels as bad as finishing bottom. You want to win, so I think we need to.” Dele Alli was speaking at the launch of the Tottenham Hotspur Community Football League – a new initiative delivered by the Club’s Foundation, alongside Haringey Council and the Met Police – to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the Borough.
How Dele Alli went from borrowed boots to the best 21 year-old in the world
It is just minutes before Dele Alli is due to arrive for his first extended newspaper interview as a Tottenham Hotspur player, when Mauricio Pochettino walks up the stairs at the club’s Enfield training base. “You’re here for Dele?” asks the Tottenham manager. “You know, I just said he’s the best 21-year-old footballer in the world.” And with that, Pochettino, who made the claim in his weekly press conference, disappears through the double doors that Dele, as he wishes to be called, soon breezes through with a wide grin. Dele is polite, relaxed and articulate, and quickly offers up an insight into the humble beginnings from which he developed into one of the best young footballers on the planet. Growing up in the Bradwell area of Milton Keynes meant Dele could take little for granted – particularly money – and, describing how he got into football, the England international said: “From under-nine to under-11, I played in a Sunday league. Before that, there was this scheme where you had to pay £1 to train and I used to do that. But I wasn’t able to pay it and in the end they let me do it for free.” When it was put to Dele that money must have been incredibly tight, he added: “It was. When you come from where I came from, there were a lot more important things to spend a pound on than football training. Obviously, for me at the time, I thought it was all that mattered. “But for families who are struggling, it’s not the case. They need a lot of support. But when you are nine or 10, maybe the vision of your parents isn’t the same as what it is for you. “There is a lot of pressure on the parents with a kid who wants to become a professional footballer. There is a lot of responsibility, having to drive them around everywhere.” Dele could not afford to pay £1 to train as a youngster Credit: News Syndication Asked which football boots he wore during his formative years, Dele said: “I thought they were nice! I was lucky. When I was young, I had quite big feet, so the older lads in the area used to give me their hand-me-down boots. They looked after me.” His upbringing perhaps explains why Dele feels a keen responsibility to give something back. The evening before this interview, he had missed watching Chelsea’s Champions League defeat by Barcelona to launch a new Tottenham Hotspur Foundation programme that aims to help reduce levels of crime and anti-social behaviour in Haringey. The Tottenham Hotspur Community Football League, run in partnership with the Metropolitan Police and Haringey Council, allows under-14 teams to compete every Friday evening at the Duke’s Academy in the shadow of the new Spurs stadium. Dele was mobbed by teenagers at the event while he posed for photographs, signed autographs and talked to the organisers and those who will benefit from the project. “Playing for Tottenham in the Premier League, you get a lot of opportunities to help out other people and, for such a good cause, it was definitely worth going to,” said Dele. On the subject of how he has acclimatised to being a hero to so many youngsters, he added: “You grow into it. At the start, it was a bit crazy, but now I am used to it and it’s all about giving something back. “Like I said, we as players have such a great opportunity to help people and make a big impact. I think it is important you don’t hide from it and do as much as you can. “This new league the club is running is a brilliant way of getting young people from the area to play sport and meet friends in a safe environment.” Dele helped launch a new Tottenham Hotspur Foundation programme this week Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley Despite his willingness to help others, Dele acknowledges he is not always an angel on the pitch and laughs at the suggestion he has become a pantomime villain among opposition supporters. His determination to stand up for himself almost cost him his big break at Milton Keynes Dons, but a lower-league grounding against older opponents gave him the perfect platform to grow up fast. “I was playing in an under-10s team and one of the managers worked at MK as well, so they asked me to go down and train,” said Dele. “I remember my first session, they said they were playing Chelsea. I’d only ever seen Chelsea on Match of the Day. But MK’s academy were going to play Chelsea’s academy at Stamford Bridge and they would not let me go as I had only trained once. “So, because of that I left and went back to playing for my Sunday league team. “Then, a year later, MK asked me to come back and trial for their under-11s. But, in the end, they said I could sign without having to trial. “Obviously, everyone takes different routes, there’s no right or wrong pathway to becoming a professional. But being at MK gave me the opportunity to play first-team football against men. “I preferred that, it’s something I had done since I was younger. Even when I was a kid playing on the streets or on the estate, I was always playing against older people. I always wanted to test myself as much as I could. MK was the perfect place to do that.” There was an early sign of the devilment in Dele’s play, when, in one of his first Tottenham appearances in a pre-season tournament, he nutmegged former Spurs midfielder Luka Modric while playing against Real Madrid. If Harry Kane misses out... Since then, his development and rise has been meteoric. Before turning 21 last April, Dele had chalked up more goals and assists than Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Paul Scholes and Cristiano Ronaldo at the same age. Dele scored his 10th goal of this season against Bournemouth last weekend and is now only eight short of chalking up his half century in all competitions for Spurs. “I feel like I’ve been playing for a long time now, but I think a lot happened to me really quickly,” said Dele. “There’s moments where you step back and think ‘how can this have happened to me?’ “I’ve been working for it since I was a kid and there’s been a lot of decisions I’ve had to make, and it’s all been to do this and put myself in this position. “I wouldn’t say I was surprised, I’m confident in my ability, maybe I was surprised by how quickly it happened, but it’s always been my aim and I’ll keep working hard to achieve even more.” With the highs have understandably come some lows. Red cards in key games against West Bromwich Albion and Gent, England’s European Championship failure, the middle-finger salute that earned him an international ban and, most lately, accusations of being a diver. “Nobody wants to be labelled as a cheat,” said Dele. “It’s an opinion and everyone has a different opinion. I get into the box a lot and round the box, and I’m an attacking player and I get fouled a lot. Dele denies his reputation as a diver Credit: getty images “There are some that look bad. It’s different when you are in the action. “The one at Crystal Palace, that’s the one I saw a lot of reaction to. I was running through and, at the time, all was going through my head was that I didn’t want to step on the keeper. But when you watch it back and people start saying things, it can look a lot different. “That’s why I think it’s important that players, not just about diving, about other stuff too, that you don’t get too involved in it and just focus on what you are doing and listen to the opinions of the people you trust. “I think we live in a world now where everyone has a chance to have an opinion and with social media, everyone’s opinion can be seen and it’s important that I don’t get drawn into that, don’t look at it, don’t read it or start to believe what people say about me. “I am 21 and you do some dumb things sometimes, and it’s all part of learning and improving, and turning into a good person and that’s what I want to achieve.” What will make Dele even happier is to win his first piece of silverware with Tottenham, who face Swansea City in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup tomorrow. Having gone close in the Cup and in the Premier League, he now wants to go all the way. “We all want to win trophies and to achieve something as a team,” said Dele. “There is no point coming so close like we have the last two years, you know second place almost feels as bad as finishing bottom. You want to win, so I think we need to.” Dele Alli was speaking at the launch of the Tottenham Hotspur Community Football League – a new initiative delivered by the Club’s Foundation, alongside Haringey Council and the Met Police – to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the Borough.
It is just minutes before Dele Alli is due to arrive for his first extended newspaper interview as a Tottenham Hotspur player, when Mauricio Pochettino walks up the stairs at the club’s Enfield training base. “You’re here for Dele?” asks the Tottenham manager. “You know, I just said he’s the best 21-year-old footballer in the world.” And with that, Pochettino, who made the claim in his weekly press conference, disappears through the double doors that Dele, as he wishes to be called, soon breezes through with a wide grin. Dele is polite, relaxed and articulate, and quickly offers up an insight into the humble beginnings from which he developed into one of the best young footballers on the planet. Growing up in the Bradwell area of Milton Keynes meant Dele could take little for granted – particularly money – and, describing how he got into football, the England international said: “From under-nine to under-11, I played in a Sunday league. Before that, there was this scheme where you had to pay £1 to train and I used to do that. But I wasn’t able to pay it and in the end they let me do it for free.” When it was put to Dele that money must have been incredibly tight, he added: “It was. When you come from where I came from, there were a lot more important things to spend a pound on than football training. Obviously, for me at the time, I thought it was all that mattered. “But for families who are struggling, it’s not the case. They need a lot of support. But when you are nine or 10, maybe the vision of your parents isn’t the same as what it is for you. “There is a lot of pressure on the parents with a kid who wants to become a professional footballer. There is a lot of responsibility, having to drive them around everywhere.” Dele could not afford to pay £1 to train as a youngster Credit: News Syndication Asked which football boots he wore during his formative years, Dele said: “I thought they were nice! I was lucky. When I was young, I had quite big feet, so the older lads in the area used to give me their hand-me-down boots. They looked after me.” His upbringing perhaps explains why Dele feels a keen responsibility to give something back. The evening before this interview, he had missed watching Chelsea’s Champions League defeat by Barcelona to launch a new Tottenham Hotspur Foundation programme that aims to help reduce levels of crime and anti-social behaviour in Haringey. The Tottenham Hotspur Community Football League, run in partnership with the Metropolitan Police and Haringey Council, allows under-14 teams to compete every Friday evening at the Duke’s Academy in the shadow of the new Spurs stadium. Dele was mobbed by teenagers at the event while he posed for photographs, signed autographs and talked to the organisers and those who will benefit from the project. “Playing for Tottenham in the Premier League, you get a lot of opportunities to help out other people and, for such a good cause, it was definitely worth going to,” said Dele. On the subject of how he has acclimatised to being a hero to so many youngsters, he added: “You grow into it. At the start, it was a bit crazy, but now I am used to it and it’s all about giving something back. “Like I said, we as players have such a great opportunity to help people and make a big impact. I think it is important you don’t hide from it and do as much as you can. “This new league the club is running is a brilliant way of getting young people from the area to play sport and meet friends in a safe environment.” Dele helped launch a new Tottenham Hotspur Foundation programme this week Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley Despite his willingness to help others, Dele acknowledges he is not always an angel on the pitch and laughs at the suggestion he has become a pantomime villain among opposition supporters. His determination to stand up for himself almost cost him his big break at Milton Keynes Dons, but a lower-league grounding against older opponents gave him the perfect platform to grow up fast. “I was playing in an under-10s team and one of the managers worked at MK as well, so they asked me to go down and train,” said Dele. “I remember my first session, they said they were playing Chelsea. I’d only ever seen Chelsea on Match of the Day. But MK’s academy were going to play Chelsea’s academy at Stamford Bridge and they would not let me go as I had only trained once. “So, because of that I left and went back to playing for my Sunday league team. “Then, a year later, MK asked me to come back and trial for their under-11s. But, in the end, they said I could sign without having to trial. “Obviously, everyone takes different routes, there’s no right or wrong pathway to becoming a professional. But being at MK gave me the opportunity to play first-team football against men. “I preferred that, it’s something I had done since I was younger. Even when I was a kid playing on the streets or on the estate, I was always playing against older people. I always wanted to test myself as much as I could. MK was the perfect place to do that.” There was an early sign of the devilment in Dele’s play, when, in one of his first Tottenham appearances in a pre-season tournament, he nutmegged former Spurs midfielder Luka Modric while playing against Real Madrid. If Harry Kane misses out... Since then, his development and rise has been meteoric. Before turning 21 last April, Dele had chalked up more goals and assists than Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Paul Scholes and Cristiano Ronaldo at the same age. Dele scored his 10th goal of this season against Bournemouth last weekend and is now only eight short of chalking up his half century in all competitions for Spurs. “I feel like I’ve been playing for a long time now, but I think a lot happened to me really quickly,” said Dele. “There’s moments where you step back and think ‘how can this have happened to me?’ “I’ve been working for it since I was a kid and there’s been a lot of decisions I’ve had to make, and it’s all been to do this and put myself in this position. “I wouldn’t say I was surprised, I’m confident in my ability, maybe I was surprised by how quickly it happened, but it’s always been my aim and I’ll keep working hard to achieve even more.” With the highs have understandably come some lows. Red cards in key games against West Bromwich Albion and Gent, England’s European Championship failure, the middle-finger salute that earned him an international ban and, most lately, accusations of being a diver. “Nobody wants to be labelled as a cheat,” said Dele. “It’s an opinion and everyone has a different opinion. I get into the box a lot and round the box, and I’m an attacking player and I get fouled a lot. Dele denies his reputation as a diver Credit: getty images “There are some that look bad. It’s different when you are in the action. “The one at Crystal Palace, that’s the one I saw a lot of reaction to. I was running through and, at the time, all was going through my head was that I didn’t want to step on the keeper. But when you watch it back and people start saying things, it can look a lot different. “That’s why I think it’s important that players, not just about diving, about other stuff too, that you don’t get too involved in it and just focus on what you are doing and listen to the opinions of the people you trust. “I think we live in a world now where everyone has a chance to have an opinion and with social media, everyone’s opinion can be seen and it’s important that I don’t get drawn into that, don’t look at it, don’t read it or start to believe what people say about me. “I am 21 and you do some dumb things sometimes, and it’s all part of learning and improving, and turning into a good person and that’s what I want to achieve.” What will make Dele even happier is to win his first piece of silverware with Tottenham, who face Swansea City in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup tomorrow. Having gone close in the Cup and in the Premier League, he now wants to go all the way. “We all want to win trophies and to achieve something as a team,” said Dele. “There is no point coming so close like we have the last two years, you know second place almost feels as bad as finishing bottom. You want to win, so I think we need to.” Dele Alli was speaking at the launch of the Tottenham Hotspur Community Football League – a new initiative delivered by the Club’s Foundation, alongside Haringey Council and the Met Police – to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the Borough.
How Dele Alli went from borrowed boots to the best 21 year-old in the world
It is just minutes before Dele Alli is due to arrive for his first extended newspaper interview as a Tottenham Hotspur player, when Mauricio Pochettino walks up the stairs at the club’s Enfield training base. “You’re here for Dele?” asks the Tottenham manager. “You know, I just said he’s the best 21-year-old footballer in the world.” And with that, Pochettino, who made the claim in his weekly press conference, disappears through the double doors that Dele, as he wishes to be called, soon breezes through with a wide grin. Dele is polite, relaxed and articulate, and quickly offers up an insight into the humble beginnings from which he developed into one of the best young footballers on the planet. Growing up in the Bradwell area of Milton Keynes meant Dele could take little for granted – particularly money – and, describing how he got into football, the England international said: “From under-nine to under-11, I played in a Sunday league. Before that, there was this scheme where you had to pay £1 to train and I used to do that. But I wasn’t able to pay it and in the end they let me do it for free.” When it was put to Dele that money must have been incredibly tight, he added: “It was. When you come from where I came from, there were a lot more important things to spend a pound on than football training. Obviously, for me at the time, I thought it was all that mattered. “But for families who are struggling, it’s not the case. They need a lot of support. But when you are nine or 10, maybe the vision of your parents isn’t the same as what it is for you. “There is a lot of pressure on the parents with a kid who wants to become a professional footballer. There is a lot of responsibility, having to drive them around everywhere.” Dele could not afford to pay £1 to train as a youngster Credit: News Syndication Asked which football boots he wore during his formative years, Dele said: “I thought they were nice! I was lucky. When I was young, I had quite big feet, so the older lads in the area used to give me their hand-me-down boots. They looked after me.” His upbringing perhaps explains why Dele feels a keen responsibility to give something back. The evening before this interview, he had missed watching Chelsea’s Champions League defeat by Barcelona to launch a new Tottenham Hotspur Foundation programme that aims to help reduce levels of crime and anti-social behaviour in Haringey. The Tottenham Hotspur Community Football League, run in partnership with the Metropolitan Police and Haringey Council, allows under-14 teams to compete every Friday evening at the Duke’s Academy in the shadow of the new Spurs stadium. Dele was mobbed by teenagers at the event while he posed for photographs, signed autographs and talked to the organisers and those who will benefit from the project. “Playing for Tottenham in the Premier League, you get a lot of opportunities to help out other people and, for such a good cause, it was definitely worth going to,” said Dele. On the subject of how he has acclimatised to being a hero to so many youngsters, he added: “You grow into it. At the start, it was a bit crazy, but now I am used to it and it’s all about giving something back. “Like I said, we as players have such a great opportunity to help people and make a big impact. I think it is important you don’t hide from it and do as much as you can. “This new league the club is running is a brilliant way of getting young people from the area to play sport and meet friends in a safe environment.” Dele helped launch a new Tottenham Hotspur Foundation programme this week Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley Despite his willingness to help others, Dele acknowledges he is not always an angel on the pitch and laughs at the suggestion he has become a pantomime villain among opposition supporters. His determination to stand up for himself almost cost him his big break at Milton Keynes Dons, but a lower-league grounding against older opponents gave him the perfect platform to grow up fast. “I was playing in an under-10s team and one of the managers worked at MK as well, so they asked me to go down and train,” said Dele. “I remember my first session, they said they were playing Chelsea. I’d only ever seen Chelsea on Match of the Day. But MK’s academy were going to play Chelsea’s academy at Stamford Bridge and they would not let me go as I had only trained once. “So, because of that I left and went back to playing for my Sunday league team. “Then, a year later, MK asked me to come back and trial for their under-11s. But, in the end, they said I could sign without having to trial. “Obviously, everyone takes different routes, there’s no right or wrong pathway to becoming a professional. But being at MK gave me the opportunity to play first-team football against men. “I preferred that, it’s something I had done since I was younger. Even when I was a kid playing on the streets or on the estate, I was always playing against older people. I always wanted to test myself as much as I could. MK was the perfect place to do that.” There was an early sign of the devilment in Dele’s play, when, in one of his first Tottenham appearances in a pre-season tournament, he nutmegged former Spurs midfielder Luka Modric while playing against Real Madrid. If Harry Kane misses out... Since then, his development and rise has been meteoric. Before turning 21 last April, Dele had chalked up more goals and assists than Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Paul Scholes and Cristiano Ronaldo at the same age. Dele scored his 10th goal of this season against Bournemouth last weekend and is now only eight short of chalking up his half century in all competitions for Spurs. “I feel like I’ve been playing for a long time now, but I think a lot happened to me really quickly,” said Dele. “There’s moments where you step back and think ‘how can this have happened to me?’ “I’ve been working for it since I was a kid and there’s been a lot of decisions I’ve had to make, and it’s all been to do this and put myself in this position. “I wouldn’t say I was surprised, I’m confident in my ability, maybe I was surprised by how quickly it happened, but it’s always been my aim and I’ll keep working hard to achieve even more.” With the highs have understandably come some lows. Red cards in key games against West Bromwich Albion and Gent, England’s European Championship failure, the middle-finger salute that earned him an international ban and, most lately, accusations of being a diver. “Nobody wants to be labelled as a cheat,” said Dele. “It’s an opinion and everyone has a different opinion. I get into the box a lot and round the box, and I’m an attacking player and I get fouled a lot. Dele denies his reputation as a diver Credit: getty images “There are some that look bad. It’s different when you are in the action. “The one at Crystal Palace, that’s the one I saw a lot of reaction to. I was running through and, at the time, all was going through my head was that I didn’t want to step on the keeper. But when you watch it back and people start saying things, it can look a lot different. “That’s why I think it’s important that players, not just about diving, about other stuff too, that you don’t get too involved in it and just focus on what you are doing and listen to the opinions of the people you trust. “I think we live in a world now where everyone has a chance to have an opinion and with social media, everyone’s opinion can be seen and it’s important that I don’t get drawn into that, don’t look at it, don’t read it or start to believe what people say about me. “I am 21 and you do some dumb things sometimes, and it’s all part of learning and improving, and turning into a good person and that’s what I want to achieve.” What will make Dele even happier is to win his first piece of silverware with Tottenham, who face Swansea City in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup tomorrow. Having gone close in the Cup and in the Premier League, he now wants to go all the way. “We all want to win trophies and to achieve something as a team,” said Dele. “There is no point coming so close like we have the last two years, you know second place almost feels as bad as finishing bottom. You want to win, so I think we need to.” Dele Alli was speaking at the launch of the Tottenham Hotspur Community Football League – a new initiative delivered by the Club’s Foundation, alongside Haringey Council and the Met Police – to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the Borough.
It is just minutes before Dele Alli is due to arrive for his first extended newspaper interview as a Tottenham Hotspur player, when Mauricio Pochettino walks up the stairs at the club’s Enfield training base. “You’re here for Dele?” asks the Tottenham manager. “You know, I just said he’s the best 21-year-old footballer in the world.” And with that, Pochettino, who made the claim in his weekly press conference, disappears through the double doors that Dele, as he wishes to be called, soon breezes through with a wide grin. Dele is polite, relaxed and articulate, and quickly offers up an insight into the humble beginnings from which he developed into one of the best young footballers on the planet. Growing up in the Bradwell area of Milton Keynes meant Dele could take little for granted – particularly money – and, describing how he got into football, the England international said: “From under-nine to under-11, I played in a Sunday league. Before that, there was this scheme where you had to pay £1 to train and I used to do that. But I wasn’t able to pay it and in the end they let me do it for free.” When it was put to Dele that money must have been incredibly tight, he added: “It was. When you come from where I came from, there were a lot more important things to spend a pound on than football training. Obviously, for me at the time, I thought it was all that mattered. “But for families who are struggling, it’s not the case. They need a lot of support. But when you are nine or 10, maybe the vision of your parents isn’t the same as what it is for you. “There is a lot of pressure on the parents with a kid who wants to become a professional footballer. There is a lot of responsibility, having to drive them around everywhere.” Dele could not afford to pay £1 to train as a youngster Credit: News Syndication Asked which football boots he wore during his formative years, Dele said: “I thought they were nice! I was lucky. When I was young, I had quite big feet, so the older lads in the area used to give me their hand-me-down boots. They looked after me.” His upbringing perhaps explains why Dele feels a keen responsibility to give something back. The evening before this interview, he had missed watching Chelsea’s Champions League defeat by Barcelona to launch a new Tottenham Hotspur Foundation programme that aims to help reduce levels of crime and anti-social behaviour in Haringey. The Tottenham Hotspur Community Football League, run in partnership with the Metropolitan Police and Haringey Council, allows under-14 teams to compete every Friday evening at the Duke’s Academy in the shadow of the new Spurs stadium. Dele was mobbed by teenagers at the event while he posed for photographs, signed autographs and talked to the organisers and those who will benefit from the project. “Playing for Tottenham in the Premier League, you get a lot of opportunities to help out other people and, for such a good cause, it was definitely worth going to,” said Dele. On the subject of how he has acclimatised to being a hero to so many youngsters, he added: “You grow into it. At the start, it was a bit crazy, but now I am used to it and it’s all about giving something back. “Like I said, we as players have such a great opportunity to help people and make a big impact. I think it is important you don’t hide from it and do as much as you can. “This new league the club is running is a brilliant way of getting young people from the area to play sport and meet friends in a safe environment.” Dele helped launch a new Tottenham Hotspur Foundation programme this week Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley Despite his willingness to help others, Dele acknowledges he is not always an angel on the pitch and laughs at the suggestion he has become a pantomime villain among opposition supporters. His determination to stand up for himself almost cost him his big break at Milton Keynes Dons, but a lower-league grounding against older opponents gave him the perfect platform to grow up fast. “I was playing in an under-10s team and one of the managers worked at MK as well, so they asked me to go down and train,” said Dele. “I remember my first session, they said they were playing Chelsea. I’d only ever seen Chelsea on Match of the Day. But MK’s academy were going to play Chelsea’s academy at Stamford Bridge and they would not let me go as I had only trained once. “So, because of that I left and went back to playing for my Sunday league team. “Then, a year later, MK asked me to come back and trial for their under-11s. But, in the end, they said I could sign without having to trial. “Obviously, everyone takes different routes, there’s no right or wrong pathway to becoming a professional. But being at MK gave me the opportunity to play first-team football against men. “I preferred that, it’s something I had done since I was younger. Even when I was a kid playing on the streets or on the estate, I was always playing against older people. I always wanted to test myself as much as I could. MK was the perfect place to do that.” There was an early sign of the devilment in Dele’s play, when, in one of his first Tottenham appearances in a pre-season tournament, he nutmegged former Spurs midfielder Luka Modric while playing against Real Madrid. If Harry Kane misses out... Since then, his development and rise has been meteoric. Before turning 21 last April, Dele had chalked up more goals and assists than Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Paul Scholes and Cristiano Ronaldo at the same age. Dele scored his 10th goal of this season against Bournemouth last weekend and is now only eight short of chalking up his half century in all competitions for Spurs. “I feel like I’ve been playing for a long time now, but I think a lot happened to me really quickly,” said Dele. “There’s moments where you step back and think ‘how can this have happened to me?’ “I’ve been working for it since I was a kid and there’s been a lot of decisions I’ve had to make, and it’s all been to do this and put myself in this position. “I wouldn’t say I was surprised, I’m confident in my ability, maybe I was surprised by how quickly it happened, but it’s always been my aim and I’ll keep working hard to achieve even more.” With the highs have understandably come some lows. Red cards in key games against West Bromwich Albion and Gent, England’s European Championship failure, the middle-finger salute that earned him an international ban and, most lately, accusations of being a diver. “Nobody wants to be labelled as a cheat,” said Dele. “It’s an opinion and everyone has a different opinion. I get into the box a lot and round the box, and I’m an attacking player and I get fouled a lot. Dele denies his reputation as a diver Credit: getty images “There are some that look bad. It’s different when you are in the action. “The one at Crystal Palace, that’s the one I saw a lot of reaction to. I was running through and, at the time, all was going through my head was that I didn’t want to step on the keeper. But when you watch it back and people start saying things, it can look a lot different. “That’s why I think it’s important that players, not just about diving, about other stuff too, that you don’t get too involved in it and just focus on what you are doing and listen to the opinions of the people you trust. “I think we live in a world now where everyone has a chance to have an opinion and with social media, everyone’s opinion can be seen and it’s important that I don’t get drawn into that, don’t look at it, don’t read it or start to believe what people say about me. “I am 21 and you do some dumb things sometimes, and it’s all part of learning and improving, and turning into a good person and that’s what I want to achieve.” What will make Dele even happier is to win his first piece of silverware with Tottenham, who face Swansea City in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup tomorrow. Having gone close in the Cup and in the Premier League, he now wants to go all the way. “We all want to win trophies and to achieve something as a team,” said Dele. “There is no point coming so close like we have the last two years, you know second place almost feels as bad as finishing bottom. You want to win, so I think we need to.” Dele Alli was speaking at the launch of the Tottenham Hotspur Community Football League – a new initiative delivered by the Club’s Foundation, alongside Haringey Council and the Met Police – to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the Borough.
How Dele Alli went from borrowed boots to the best 21 year-old in the world
It is just minutes before Dele Alli is due to arrive for his first extended newspaper interview as a Tottenham Hotspur player, when Mauricio Pochettino walks up the stairs at the club’s Enfield training base. “You’re here for Dele?” asks the Tottenham manager. “You know, I just said he’s the best 21-year-old footballer in the world.” And with that, Pochettino, who made the claim in his weekly press conference, disappears through the double doors that Dele, as he wishes to be called, soon breezes through with a wide grin. Dele is polite, relaxed and articulate, and quickly offers up an insight into the humble beginnings from which he developed into one of the best young footballers on the planet. Growing up in the Bradwell area of Milton Keynes meant Dele could take little for granted – particularly money – and, describing how he got into football, the England international said: “From under-nine to under-11, I played in a Sunday league. Before that, there was this scheme where you had to pay £1 to train and I used to do that. But I wasn’t able to pay it and in the end they let me do it for free.” When it was put to Dele that money must have been incredibly tight, he added: “It was. When you come from where I came from, there were a lot more important things to spend a pound on than football training. Obviously, for me at the time, I thought it was all that mattered. “But for families who are struggling, it’s not the case. They need a lot of support. But when you are nine or 10, maybe the vision of your parents isn’t the same as what it is for you. “There is a lot of pressure on the parents with a kid who wants to become a professional footballer. There is a lot of responsibility, having to drive them around everywhere.” Dele could not afford to pay £1 to train as a youngster Credit: News Syndication Asked which football boots he wore during his formative years, Dele said: “I thought they were nice! I was lucky. When I was young, I had quite big feet, so the older lads in the area used to give me their hand-me-down boots. They looked after me.” His upbringing perhaps explains why Dele feels a keen responsibility to give something back. The evening before this interview, he had missed watching Chelsea’s Champions League defeat by Barcelona to launch a new Tottenham Hotspur Foundation programme that aims to help reduce levels of crime and anti-social behaviour in Haringey. The Tottenham Hotspur Community Football League, run in partnership with the Metropolitan Police and Haringey Council, allows under-14 teams to compete every Friday evening at the Duke’s Academy in the shadow of the new Spurs stadium. Dele was mobbed by teenagers at the event while he posed for photographs, signed autographs and talked to the organisers and those who will benefit from the project. “Playing for Tottenham in the Premier League, you get a lot of opportunities to help out other people and, for such a good cause, it was definitely worth going to,” said Dele. On the subject of how he has acclimatised to being a hero to so many youngsters, he added: “You grow into it. At the start, it was a bit crazy, but now I am used to it and it’s all about giving something back. “Like I said, we as players have such a great opportunity to help people and make a big impact. I think it is important you don’t hide from it and do as much as you can. “This new league the club is running is a brilliant way of getting young people from the area to play sport and meet friends in a safe environment.” Dele helped launch a new Tottenham Hotspur Foundation programme this week Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley Despite his willingness to help others, Dele acknowledges he is not always an angel on the pitch and laughs at the suggestion he has become a pantomime villain among opposition supporters. His determination to stand up for himself almost cost him his big break at Milton Keynes Dons, but a lower-league grounding against older opponents gave him the perfect platform to grow up fast. “I was playing in an under-10s team and one of the managers worked at MK as well, so they asked me to go down and train,” said Dele. “I remember my first session, they said they were playing Chelsea. I’d only ever seen Chelsea on Match of the Day. But MK’s academy were going to play Chelsea’s academy at Stamford Bridge and they would not let me go as I had only trained once. “So, because of that I left and went back to playing for my Sunday league team. “Then, a year later, MK asked me to come back and trial for their under-11s. But, in the end, they said I could sign without having to trial. “Obviously, everyone takes different routes, there’s no right or wrong pathway to becoming a professional. But being at MK gave me the opportunity to play first-team football against men. “I preferred that, it’s something I had done since I was younger. Even when I was a kid playing on the streets or on the estate, I was always playing against older people. I always wanted to test myself as much as I could. MK was the perfect place to do that.” There was an early sign of the devilment in Dele’s play, when, in one of his first Tottenham appearances in a pre-season tournament, he nutmegged former Spurs midfielder Luka Modric while playing against Real Madrid. If Harry Kane misses out... Since then, his development and rise has been meteoric. Before turning 21 last April, Dele had chalked up more goals and assists than Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Paul Scholes and Cristiano Ronaldo at the same age. Dele scored his 10th goal of this season against Bournemouth last weekend and is now only eight short of chalking up his half century in all competitions for Spurs. “I feel like I’ve been playing for a long time now, but I think a lot happened to me really quickly,” said Dele. “There’s moments where you step back and think ‘how can this have happened to me?’ “I’ve been working for it since I was a kid and there’s been a lot of decisions I’ve had to make, and it’s all been to do this and put myself in this position. “I wouldn’t say I was surprised, I’m confident in my ability, maybe I was surprised by how quickly it happened, but it’s always been my aim and I’ll keep working hard to achieve even more.” With the highs have understandably come some lows. Red cards in key games against West Bromwich Albion and Gent, England’s European Championship failure, the middle-finger salute that earned him an international ban and, most lately, accusations of being a diver. “Nobody wants to be labelled as a cheat,” said Dele. “It’s an opinion and everyone has a different opinion. I get into the box a lot and round the box, and I’m an attacking player and I get fouled a lot. Dele denies his reputation as a diver Credit: getty images “There are some that look bad. It’s different when you are in the action. “The one at Crystal Palace, that’s the one I saw a lot of reaction to. I was running through and, at the time, all was going through my head was that I didn’t want to step on the keeper. But when you watch it back and people start saying things, it can look a lot different. “That’s why I think it’s important that players, not just about diving, about other stuff too, that you don’t get too involved in it and just focus on what you are doing and listen to the opinions of the people you trust. “I think we live in a world now where everyone has a chance to have an opinion and with social media, everyone’s opinion can be seen and it’s important that I don’t get drawn into that, don’t look at it, don’t read it or start to believe what people say about me. “I am 21 and you do some dumb things sometimes, and it’s all part of learning and improving, and turning into a good person and that’s what I want to achieve.” What will make Dele even happier is to win his first piece of silverware with Tottenham, who face Swansea City in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup tomorrow. Having gone close in the Cup and in the Premier League, he now wants to go all the way. “We all want to win trophies and to achieve something as a team,” said Dele. “There is no point coming so close like we have the last two years, you know second place almost feels as bad as finishing bottom. You want to win, so I think we need to.” Dele Alli was speaking at the launch of the Tottenham Hotspur Community Football League – a new initiative delivered by the Club’s Foundation, alongside Haringey Council and the Met Police – to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the Borough.
Many of the Brighton fans packed into the Amex Stadium on Saturday will still remember the immortal words ‘And Smith must score’ and those who do not may soon be getting a history lesson if the club’s Cup run continues. The last time Brighton were a top-flight club, they reached the final of the FA Cup in 1983 and lost in a replay to Manchester United. Gordon Smith has the dubious honour of being the man, referred to in the famous radio commentary, who should have won the first game for Brighton. There was even a fanzine named after him. Brighton may still be a couple of games away from the final, but a first quarter-final place for 32 years, in the season they are back in the top flight, has got the club’s supporters dreaming of another Wembley appearance and a chance to finally avenge Smith’s miss. Unlike at other grounds in this season’s FA Cup, there were no large sections of empty seats at the Amex, despite the fact Brighton were entertaining League Two opposition. Manager Chris Hughton made nine changes for the visit of Coventry City, but there was never much prospect of an upset. Jurgen Locadia celebrates scoring his first goal for the club Credit: Getty Images Record signing Jurgen Locadia scored on his Brighton debut, while Leonardo Ulloa netted for the first time since returning to the club on loan from Leicester City. Locadia should really have finished with a hat-trick, as the £15million buy from PSV Eindhoven made a lively start to his Seagulls career. He hit the post in just the fifth minute with a hooked shot from a corner that Coventry failed to clear, but found the net 10 minutes later. Anthony Knockaert, who Coventry’s defenders could not cope with, sent in a low cross from the right and the ball was deflected into the path of Locadia, who made no mistake from eight yards. Just two minutes before Locadia’s opener, Coventry had gone within inches of breaking the deadlock. Jordan Shipley’s corner was met by Johnson Clarke-Harris, but his header rattled the crossbar. Goldson's goal was his first in two years Credit: Getty Images Locadia was presented with a great chance to double his and Brighton’s tally in the 23rd minute, but he completely missed the ball with the goal gaping. And shortly afterwards, he somehow diverted the ball wide after sliding to meet a low cross into the area from Markus Suttner. “To get off mark early was good for Jurgen,” said Hughton. “He is here to score goals. He has a flexibility about him, but we are still learning about him. You saw that in his game as he was drifting out. He came to us in January and had had a good first half of the season in Holland.” Coventry were punished further with 11 minutes of the first half remaining. Another Suttner delivery found the head of Connor Goldson, who made no mistake. The goal was Goldson’s first for almost two years, during which time he underwent heart surgery. Hughton swapped his goalkeeper at the break, sending on Niki Maenpaa to replace the injured Tim Krul, but it was Coventry’s Lee Burge who was soon picking the ball out of his net again. Just after the hour mark, Bruno’s high cross found Ulloa and the Argentine directed his header past Burge to chalk up his first goal of the season. Johnson Clarke-Harris (L) celebrates getting a consolation goal for Coventry with Jordan Ponticelli Credit: PA For Coventry, this season’s FA Cup has provided some relief and distraction from years of turmoil at the hands of controversial owners Sisu. The 1987 winners beat Stoke City and Milton Keynes Dons to reach the fifth round and they at least sent their travelling army home with something to cheer from their day out in Brighton. Burge pumped forwards a long clearance that made its way into the Brighton penalty area. Goldson tried to head clear, but the ball fell to Clarke-Harris, who rifled a shot into the net to send the Coventry fans wild. “I thought we were good,” said Coventry manager Mark Robins. “It has been a positive experience for us and, hopefully, it can help us have a strong finish in League Two.”
Brighton 3 Coventry 1: Jurgen Locadia debut goal helps hosts into quarter-final
Many of the Brighton fans packed into the Amex Stadium on Saturday will still remember the immortal words ‘And Smith must score’ and those who do not may soon be getting a history lesson if the club’s Cup run continues. The last time Brighton were a top-flight club, they reached the final of the FA Cup in 1983 and lost in a replay to Manchester United. Gordon Smith has the dubious honour of being the man, referred to in the famous radio commentary, who should have won the first game for Brighton. There was even a fanzine named after him. Brighton may still be a couple of games away from the final, but a first quarter-final place for 32 years, in the season they are back in the top flight, has got the club’s supporters dreaming of another Wembley appearance and a chance to finally avenge Smith’s miss. Unlike at other grounds in this season’s FA Cup, there were no large sections of empty seats at the Amex, despite the fact Brighton were entertaining League Two opposition. Manager Chris Hughton made nine changes for the visit of Coventry City, but there was never much prospect of an upset. Jurgen Locadia celebrates scoring his first goal for the club Credit: Getty Images Record signing Jurgen Locadia scored on his Brighton debut, while Leonardo Ulloa netted for the first time since returning to the club on loan from Leicester City. Locadia should really have finished with a hat-trick, as the £15million buy from PSV Eindhoven made a lively start to his Seagulls career. He hit the post in just the fifth minute with a hooked shot from a corner that Coventry failed to clear, but found the net 10 minutes later. Anthony Knockaert, who Coventry’s defenders could not cope with, sent in a low cross from the right and the ball was deflected into the path of Locadia, who made no mistake from eight yards. Just two minutes before Locadia’s opener, Coventry had gone within inches of breaking the deadlock. Jordan Shipley’s corner was met by Johnson Clarke-Harris, but his header rattled the crossbar. Goldson's goal was his first in two years Credit: Getty Images Locadia was presented with a great chance to double his and Brighton’s tally in the 23rd minute, but he completely missed the ball with the goal gaping. And shortly afterwards, he somehow diverted the ball wide after sliding to meet a low cross into the area from Markus Suttner. “To get off mark early was good for Jurgen,” said Hughton. “He is here to score goals. He has a flexibility about him, but we are still learning about him. You saw that in his game as he was drifting out. He came to us in January and had had a good first half of the season in Holland.” Coventry were punished further with 11 minutes of the first half remaining. Another Suttner delivery found the head of Connor Goldson, who made no mistake. The goal was Goldson’s first for almost two years, during which time he underwent heart surgery. Hughton swapped his goalkeeper at the break, sending on Niki Maenpaa to replace the injured Tim Krul, but it was Coventry’s Lee Burge who was soon picking the ball out of his net again. Just after the hour mark, Bruno’s high cross found Ulloa and the Argentine directed his header past Burge to chalk up his first goal of the season. Johnson Clarke-Harris (L) celebrates getting a consolation goal for Coventry with Jordan Ponticelli Credit: PA For Coventry, this season’s FA Cup has provided some relief and distraction from years of turmoil at the hands of controversial owners Sisu. The 1987 winners beat Stoke City and Milton Keynes Dons to reach the fifth round and they at least sent their travelling army home with something to cheer from their day out in Brighton. Burge pumped forwards a long clearance that made its way into the Brighton penalty area. Goldson tried to head clear, but the ball fell to Clarke-Harris, who rifled a shot into the net to send the Coventry fans wild. “I thought we were good,” said Coventry manager Mark Robins. “It has been a positive experience for us and, hopefully, it can help us have a strong finish in League Two.”
Many of the Brighton fans packed into the Amex Stadium on Saturday will still remember the immortal words ‘And Smith must score’ and those who do not may soon be getting a history lesson if the club’s Cup run continues. The last time Brighton were a top-flight club, they reached the final of the FA Cup in 1983 and lost in a replay to Manchester United. Gordon Smith has the dubious honour of being the man, referred to in the famous radio commentary, who should have won the first game for Brighton. There was even a fanzine named after him. Brighton may still be a couple of games away from the final, but a first quarter-final place for 32 years, in the season they are back in the top flight, has got the club’s supporters dreaming of another Wembley appearance and a chance to finally avenge Smith’s miss. Unlike at other grounds in this season’s FA Cup, there were no large sections of empty seats at the Amex, despite the fact Brighton were entertaining League Two opposition. Manager Chris Hughton made nine changes for the visit of Coventry City, but there was never much prospect of an upset. Jurgen Locadia celebrates scoring his first goal for the club Credit: Getty Images Record signing Jurgen Locadia scored on his Brighton debut, while Leonardo Ulloa netted for the first time since returning to the club on loan from Leicester City. Locadia should really have finished with a hat-trick, as the £15million buy from PSV Eindhoven made a lively start to his Seagulls career. He hit the post in just the fifth minute with a hooked shot from a corner that Coventry failed to clear, but found the net 10 minutes later. Anthony Knockaert, who Coventry’s defenders could not cope with, sent in a low cross from the right and the ball was deflected into the path of Locadia, who made no mistake from eight yards. Just two minutes before Locadia’s opener, Coventry had gone within inches of breaking the deadlock. Jordan Shipley’s corner was met by Johnson Clarke-Harris, but his header rattled the crossbar. Goldson's goal was his first in two years Credit: Getty Images Locadia was presented with a great chance to double his and Brighton’s tally in the 23rd minute, but he completely missed the ball with the goal gaping. And shortly afterwards, he somehow diverted the ball wide after sliding to meet a low cross into the area from Markus Suttner. “To get off mark early was good for Jurgen,” said Hughton. “He is here to score goals. He has a flexibility about him, but we are still learning about him. You saw that in his game as he was drifting out. He came to us in January and had had a good first half of the season in Holland.” Coventry were punished further with 11 minutes of the first half remaining. Another Suttner delivery found the head of Connor Goldson, who made no mistake. The goal was Goldson’s first for almost two years, during which time he underwent heart surgery. Hughton swapped his goalkeeper at the break, sending on Niki Maenpaa to replace the injured Tim Krul, but it was Coventry’s Lee Burge who was soon picking the ball out of his net again. Just after the hour mark, Bruno’s high cross found Ulloa and the Argentine directed his header past Burge to chalk up his first goal of the season. Johnson Clarke-Harris (L) celebrates getting a consolation goal for Coventry with Jordan Ponticelli Credit: PA For Coventry, this season’s FA Cup has provided some relief and distraction from years of turmoil at the hands of controversial owners Sisu. The 1987 winners beat Stoke City and Milton Keynes Dons to reach the fifth round and they at least sent their travelling army home with something to cheer from their day out in Brighton. Burge pumped forwards a long clearance that made its way into the Brighton penalty area. Goldson tried to head clear, but the ball fell to Clarke-Harris, who rifled a shot into the net to send the Coventry fans wild. “I thought we were good,” said Coventry manager Mark Robins. “It has been a positive experience for us and, hopefully, it can help us have a strong finish in League Two.”
Brighton 3 Coventry 1: Jurgen Locadia debut goal helps hosts into quarter-final
Many of the Brighton fans packed into the Amex Stadium on Saturday will still remember the immortal words ‘And Smith must score’ and those who do not may soon be getting a history lesson if the club’s Cup run continues. The last time Brighton were a top-flight club, they reached the final of the FA Cup in 1983 and lost in a replay to Manchester United. Gordon Smith has the dubious honour of being the man, referred to in the famous radio commentary, who should have won the first game for Brighton. There was even a fanzine named after him. Brighton may still be a couple of games away from the final, but a first quarter-final place for 32 years, in the season they are back in the top flight, has got the club’s supporters dreaming of another Wembley appearance and a chance to finally avenge Smith’s miss. Unlike at other grounds in this season’s FA Cup, there were no large sections of empty seats at the Amex, despite the fact Brighton were entertaining League Two opposition. Manager Chris Hughton made nine changes for the visit of Coventry City, but there was never much prospect of an upset. Jurgen Locadia celebrates scoring his first goal for the club Credit: Getty Images Record signing Jurgen Locadia scored on his Brighton debut, while Leonardo Ulloa netted for the first time since returning to the club on loan from Leicester City. Locadia should really have finished with a hat-trick, as the £15million buy from PSV Eindhoven made a lively start to his Seagulls career. He hit the post in just the fifth minute with a hooked shot from a corner that Coventry failed to clear, but found the net 10 minutes later. Anthony Knockaert, who Coventry’s defenders could not cope with, sent in a low cross from the right and the ball was deflected into the path of Locadia, who made no mistake from eight yards. Just two minutes before Locadia’s opener, Coventry had gone within inches of breaking the deadlock. Jordan Shipley’s corner was met by Johnson Clarke-Harris, but his header rattled the crossbar. Goldson's goal was his first in two years Credit: Getty Images Locadia was presented with a great chance to double his and Brighton’s tally in the 23rd minute, but he completely missed the ball with the goal gaping. And shortly afterwards, he somehow diverted the ball wide after sliding to meet a low cross into the area from Markus Suttner. “To get off mark early was good for Jurgen,” said Hughton. “He is here to score goals. He has a flexibility about him, but we are still learning about him. You saw that in his game as he was drifting out. He came to us in January and had had a good first half of the season in Holland.” Coventry were punished further with 11 minutes of the first half remaining. Another Suttner delivery found the head of Connor Goldson, who made no mistake. The goal was Goldson’s first for almost two years, during which time he underwent heart surgery. Hughton swapped his goalkeeper at the break, sending on Niki Maenpaa to replace the injured Tim Krul, but it was Coventry’s Lee Burge who was soon picking the ball out of his net again. Just after the hour mark, Bruno’s high cross found Ulloa and the Argentine directed his header past Burge to chalk up his first goal of the season. Johnson Clarke-Harris (L) celebrates getting a consolation goal for Coventry with Jordan Ponticelli Credit: PA For Coventry, this season’s FA Cup has provided some relief and distraction from years of turmoil at the hands of controversial owners Sisu. The 1987 winners beat Stoke City and Milton Keynes Dons to reach the fifth round and they at least sent their travelling army home with something to cheer from their day out in Brighton. Burge pumped forwards a long clearance that made its way into the Brighton penalty area. Goldson tried to head clear, but the ball fell to Clarke-Harris, who rifled a shot into the net to send the Coventry fans wild. “I thought we were good,” said Coventry manager Mark Robins. “It has been a positive experience for us and, hopefully, it can help us have a strong finish in League Two.”
Many of the Brighton fans packed into the Amex Stadium on Saturday will still remember the immortal words ‘And Smith must score’ and those who do not may soon be getting a history lesson if the club’s Cup run continues. The last time Brighton were a top-flight club, they reached the final of the FA Cup in 1983 and lost in a replay to Manchester United. Gordon Smith has the dubious honour of being the man, referred to in the famous radio commentary, who should have won the first game for Brighton. There was even a fanzine named after him. Brighton may still be a couple of games away from the final, but a first quarter-final place for 32 years, in the season they are back in the top flight, has got the club’s supporters dreaming of another Wembley appearance and a chance to finally avenge Smith’s miss. Unlike at other grounds in this season’s FA Cup, there were no large sections of empty seats at the Amex, despite the fact Brighton were entertaining League Two opposition. Manager Chris Hughton made nine changes for the visit of Coventry City, but there was never much prospect of an upset. Jurgen Locadia celebrates scoring his first goal for the club Credit: Getty Images Record signing Jurgen Locadia scored on his Brighton debut, while Leonardo Ulloa netted for the first time since returning to the club on loan from Leicester City. Locadia should really have finished with a hat-trick, as the £15million buy from PSV Eindhoven made a lively start to his Seagulls career. He hit the post in just the fifth minute with a hooked shot from a corner that Coventry failed to clear, but found the net 10 minutes later. Anthony Knockaert, who Coventry’s defenders could not cope with, sent in a low cross from the right and the ball was deflected into the path of Locadia, who made no mistake from eight yards. Just two minutes before Locadia’s opener, Coventry had gone within inches of breaking the deadlock. Jordan Shipley’s corner was met by Johnson Clarke-Harris, but his header rattled the crossbar. Goldson's goal was his first in two years Credit: Getty Images Locadia was presented with a great chance to double his and Brighton’s tally in the 23rd minute, but he completely missed the ball with the goal gaping. And shortly afterwards, he somehow diverted the ball wide after sliding to meet a low cross into the area from Markus Suttner. “To get off mark early was good for Jurgen,” said Hughton. “He is here to score goals. He has a flexibility about him, but we are still learning about him. You saw that in his game as he was drifting out. He came to us in January and had had a good first half of the season in Holland.” Coventry were punished further with 11 minutes of the first half remaining. Another Suttner delivery found the head of Connor Goldson, who made no mistake. The goal was Goldson’s first for almost two years, during which time he underwent heart surgery. Hughton swapped his goalkeeper at the break, sending on Niki Maenpaa to replace the injured Tim Krul, but it was Coventry’s Lee Burge who was soon picking the ball out of his net again. Just after the hour mark, Bruno’s high cross found Ulloa and the Argentine directed his header past Burge to chalk up his first goal of the season. Johnson Clarke-Harris (L) celebrates getting a consolation goal for Coventry with Jordan Ponticelli Credit: PA For Coventry, this season’s FA Cup has provided some relief and distraction from years of turmoil at the hands of controversial owners Sisu. The 1987 winners beat Stoke City and Milton Keynes Dons to reach the fifth round and they at least sent their travelling army home with something to cheer from their day out in Brighton. Burge pumped forwards a long clearance that made its way into the Brighton penalty area. Goldson tried to head clear, but the ball fell to Clarke-Harris, who rifled a shot into the net to send the Coventry fans wild. “I thought we were good,” said Coventry manager Mark Robins. “It has been a positive experience for us and, hopefully, it can help us have a strong finish in League Two.”
Brighton 3 Coventry 1: Jurgen Locadia debut goal helps hosts into quarter-final
Many of the Brighton fans packed into the Amex Stadium on Saturday will still remember the immortal words ‘And Smith must score’ and those who do not may soon be getting a history lesson if the club’s Cup run continues. The last time Brighton were a top-flight club, they reached the final of the FA Cup in 1983 and lost in a replay to Manchester United. Gordon Smith has the dubious honour of being the man, referred to in the famous radio commentary, who should have won the first game for Brighton. There was even a fanzine named after him. Brighton may still be a couple of games away from the final, but a first quarter-final place for 32 years, in the season they are back in the top flight, has got the club’s supporters dreaming of another Wembley appearance and a chance to finally avenge Smith’s miss. Unlike at other grounds in this season’s FA Cup, there were no large sections of empty seats at the Amex, despite the fact Brighton were entertaining League Two opposition. Manager Chris Hughton made nine changes for the visit of Coventry City, but there was never much prospect of an upset. Jurgen Locadia celebrates scoring his first goal for the club Credit: Getty Images Record signing Jurgen Locadia scored on his Brighton debut, while Leonardo Ulloa netted for the first time since returning to the club on loan from Leicester City. Locadia should really have finished with a hat-trick, as the £15million buy from PSV Eindhoven made a lively start to his Seagulls career. He hit the post in just the fifth minute with a hooked shot from a corner that Coventry failed to clear, but found the net 10 minutes later. Anthony Knockaert, who Coventry’s defenders could not cope with, sent in a low cross from the right and the ball was deflected into the path of Locadia, who made no mistake from eight yards. Just two minutes before Locadia’s opener, Coventry had gone within inches of breaking the deadlock. Jordan Shipley’s corner was met by Johnson Clarke-Harris, but his header rattled the crossbar. Goldson's goal was his first in two years Credit: Getty Images Locadia was presented with a great chance to double his and Brighton’s tally in the 23rd minute, but he completely missed the ball with the goal gaping. And shortly afterwards, he somehow diverted the ball wide after sliding to meet a low cross into the area from Markus Suttner. “To get off mark early was good for Jurgen,” said Hughton. “He is here to score goals. He has a flexibility about him, but we are still learning about him. You saw that in his game as he was drifting out. He came to us in January and had had a good first half of the season in Holland.” Coventry were punished further with 11 minutes of the first half remaining. Another Suttner delivery found the head of Connor Goldson, who made no mistake. The goal was Goldson’s first for almost two years, during which time he underwent heart surgery. Hughton swapped his goalkeeper at the break, sending on Niki Maenpaa to replace the injured Tim Krul, but it was Coventry’s Lee Burge who was soon picking the ball out of his net again. Just after the hour mark, Bruno’s high cross found Ulloa and the Argentine directed his header past Burge to chalk up his first goal of the season. Johnson Clarke-Harris (L) celebrates getting a consolation goal for Coventry with Jordan Ponticelli Credit: PA For Coventry, this season’s FA Cup has provided some relief and distraction from years of turmoil at the hands of controversial owners Sisu. The 1987 winners beat Stoke City and Milton Keynes Dons to reach the fifth round and they at least sent their travelling army home with something to cheer from their day out in Brighton. Burge pumped forwards a long clearance that made its way into the Brighton penalty area. Goldson tried to head clear, but the ball fell to Clarke-Harris, who rifled a shot into the net to send the Coventry fans wild. “I thought we were good,” said Coventry manager Mark Robins. “It has been a positive experience for us and, hopefully, it can help us have a strong finish in League Two.”
Many of the Brighton fans packed into the Amex Stadium on Saturday will still remember the immortal words ‘And Smith must score’ and those who do not may soon be getting a history lesson if the club’s Cup run continues. The last time Brighton were a top-flight club, they reached the final of the FA Cup in 1983 and lost in a replay to Manchester United. Gordon Smith has the dubious honour of being the man, referred to in the famous radio commentary, who should have won the first game for Brighton. There was even a fanzine named after him. Brighton may still be a couple of games away from the final, but a first quarter-final place for 32 years, in the season they are back in the top flight, has got the club’s supporters dreaming of another Wembley appearance and a chance to finally avenge Smith’s miss. Unlike at other grounds in this season’s FA Cup, there were no large sections of empty seats at the Amex, despite the fact Brighton were entertaining League Two opposition. Manager Chris Hughton made nine changes for the visit of Coventry City, but there was never much prospect of an upset. Jurgen Locadia celebrates scoring his first goal for the club Credit: Getty Images Record signing Jurgen Locadia scored on his Brighton debut, while Leonardo Ulloa netted for the first time since returning to the club on loan from Leicester City. Locadia should really have finished with a hat-trick, as the £15million buy from PSV Eindhoven made a lively start to his Seagulls career. He hit the post in just the fifth minute with a hooked shot from a corner that Coventry failed to clear, but found the net 10 minutes later. Anthony Knockaert, who Coventry’s defenders could not cope with, sent in a low cross from the right and the ball was deflected into the path of Locadia, who made no mistake from eight yards. Just two minutes before Locadia’s opener, Coventry had gone within inches of breaking the deadlock. Jordan Shipley’s corner was met by Johnson Clarke-Harris, but his header rattled the crossbar. Goldson's goal was his first in two years Credit: Getty Images Locadia was presented with a great chance to double his and Brighton’s tally in the 23rd minute, but he completely missed the ball with the goal gaping. And shortly afterwards, he somehow diverted the ball wide after sliding to meet a low cross into the area from Markus Suttner. “To get off mark early was good for Jurgen,” said Hughton. “He is here to score goals. He has a flexibility about him, but we are still learning about him. You saw that in his game as he was drifting out. He came to us in January and had had a good first half of the season in Holland.” Coventry were punished further with 11 minutes of the first half remaining. Another Suttner delivery found the head of Connor Goldson, who made no mistake. The goal was Goldson’s first for almost two years, during which time he underwent heart surgery. Hughton swapped his goalkeeper at the break, sending on Niki Maenpaa to replace the injured Tim Krul, but it was Coventry’s Lee Burge who was soon picking the ball out of his net again. Just after the hour mark, Bruno’s high cross found Ulloa and the Argentine directed his header past Burge to chalk up his first goal of the season. Johnson Clarke-Harris (L) celebrates getting a consolation goal for Coventry with Jordan Ponticelli Credit: PA For Coventry, this season’s FA Cup has provided some relief and distraction from years of turmoil at the hands of controversial owners Sisu. The 1987 winners beat Stoke City and Milton Keynes Dons to reach the fifth round and they at least sent their travelling army home with something to cheer from their day out in Brighton. Burge pumped forwards a long clearance that made its way into the Brighton penalty area. Goldson tried to head clear, but the ball fell to Clarke-Harris, who rifled a shot into the net to send the Coventry fans wild. “I thought we were good,” said Coventry manager Mark Robins. “It has been a positive experience for us and, hopefully, it can help us have a strong finish in League Two.”
Brighton 3 Coventry 1: Jurgen Locadia debut goal helps hosts into quarter-final
Many of the Brighton fans packed into the Amex Stadium on Saturday will still remember the immortal words ‘And Smith must score’ and those who do not may soon be getting a history lesson if the club’s Cup run continues. The last time Brighton were a top-flight club, they reached the final of the FA Cup in 1983 and lost in a replay to Manchester United. Gordon Smith has the dubious honour of being the man, referred to in the famous radio commentary, who should have won the first game for Brighton. There was even a fanzine named after him. Brighton may still be a couple of games away from the final, but a first quarter-final place for 32 years, in the season they are back in the top flight, has got the club’s supporters dreaming of another Wembley appearance and a chance to finally avenge Smith’s miss. Unlike at other grounds in this season’s FA Cup, there were no large sections of empty seats at the Amex, despite the fact Brighton were entertaining League Two opposition. Manager Chris Hughton made nine changes for the visit of Coventry City, but there was never much prospect of an upset. Jurgen Locadia celebrates scoring his first goal for the club Credit: Getty Images Record signing Jurgen Locadia scored on his Brighton debut, while Leonardo Ulloa netted for the first time since returning to the club on loan from Leicester City. Locadia should really have finished with a hat-trick, as the £15million buy from PSV Eindhoven made a lively start to his Seagulls career. He hit the post in just the fifth minute with a hooked shot from a corner that Coventry failed to clear, but found the net 10 minutes later. Anthony Knockaert, who Coventry’s defenders could not cope with, sent in a low cross from the right and the ball was deflected into the path of Locadia, who made no mistake from eight yards. Just two minutes before Locadia’s opener, Coventry had gone within inches of breaking the deadlock. Jordan Shipley’s corner was met by Johnson Clarke-Harris, but his header rattled the crossbar. Goldson's goal was his first in two years Credit: Getty Images Locadia was presented with a great chance to double his and Brighton’s tally in the 23rd minute, but he completely missed the ball with the goal gaping. And shortly afterwards, he somehow diverted the ball wide after sliding to meet a low cross into the area from Markus Suttner. “To get off mark early was good for Jurgen,” said Hughton. “He is here to score goals. He has a flexibility about him, but we are still learning about him. You saw that in his game as he was drifting out. He came to us in January and had had a good first half of the season in Holland.” Coventry were punished further with 11 minutes of the first half remaining. Another Suttner delivery found the head of Connor Goldson, who made no mistake. The goal was Goldson’s first for almost two years, during which time he underwent heart surgery. Hughton swapped his goalkeeper at the break, sending on Niki Maenpaa to replace the injured Tim Krul, but it was Coventry’s Lee Burge who was soon picking the ball out of his net again. Just after the hour mark, Bruno’s high cross found Ulloa and the Argentine directed his header past Burge to chalk up his first goal of the season. Johnson Clarke-Harris (L) celebrates getting a consolation goal for Coventry with Jordan Ponticelli Credit: PA For Coventry, this season’s FA Cup has provided some relief and distraction from years of turmoil at the hands of controversial owners Sisu. The 1987 winners beat Stoke City and Milton Keynes Dons to reach the fifth round and they at least sent their travelling army home with something to cheer from their day out in Brighton. Burge pumped forwards a long clearance that made its way into the Brighton penalty area. Goldson tried to head clear, but the ball fell to Clarke-Harris, who rifled a shot into the net to send the Coventry fans wild. “I thought we were good,” said Coventry manager Mark Robins. “It has been a positive experience for us and, hopefully, it can help us have a strong finish in League Two.”
Mark Robins is not the only man at Coventry City desperate to land a trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in the fifth round of the FA Cup. Maxime Biamou secured League Two Coventry’s path into the last 16 for the first time in nine years with the only goal against Milton Keynes Dons and is now dreaming of writing another chapter into his personal FA Cup story. The French striker was part of the Sutton United side that reached the fifth round before losing to Arsenal last season and now Biamou wants to go up against the brother of one of his best friends – United forward Anthony Martial. “I would like to play against Manchester United because I know Anthony Martial,” said Biamou, who was born in Creteil, a south-eastern suburb of Paris. “I saw him a couple of weeks ago when Stoke played at Old Trafford. I said to him ‘maybe in the next round I will play against you’. He was happy for that and I hope to play against him. “His brother is my best friend. So sometimes I go to Old Trafford to watch some games with him. He comes from about 20 minutes from me.” Coventry’s travelling support of nearly 8,000 outnumbered the home fans inside Stadium MK on Saturday and they finally have something to enjoy, following 10 years of misery at the hands of controversial owners Sisu. And there is plenty of FA Cup history at Coventry. Robins saved Alex Ferguson’s job by helping United to lift the trophy in 1990, while goalkeeper coach Steve Ogrizovic played in the Sky Blues’ 1987 success against Tottenham Hotspur. “Sometimes I talk with Oggy (Ogrizovic) about that because he won the FA Cup,” said Biamou. “I know it was a very great moment for the club. He said to me that it is one moment in your life and you have to enjoy the moment. If you can get far in this competition, then we can take it. But for me it is a bonus for us and I hope to get promoted to League One.” Biamou will be hoping that his friends in France take an interest in his latest Cup exploits for the football, rather than any publicity stunts. Goalkeeper Wayne Shaw stole the headlines of Sutton’s Cup run by eating a pie while sitting on the bench during the fifth-round defeat to Arsenal and subsequently left the club before being banned for breaching FA betting rules. Biamou said: “In France all my friends talked about that, but I was like ‘yeah yeah yeah but I played against Arsenal!’ I enjoyed the moment though. Wayne Shaw is a good guy, but I don’t know what happened with him. Personally, he was a good guy. Wayne Shaw stole the headlines of Sutton's FA Cup run Credit: ACTION IMAGES “I was not very good against Arsenal, so it isn’t a good memory, so probably the game against Leeds United is best for me. I made a penalty in that game, so I was very happy with that. Roarie Deacon was fantastic in this game. It was a great moment for the club, Sutton United. “The shirts I wore against Arsenal and Leeds I gave to my father. Sometimes it is difficult. I don’t see my family all the time, so when I go back to France if I can get some presents for my family then I give some shirts. They are very happy for me.” Asked if he believes he could take a chance at Old Trafford in front of 75,000 people, 27-year-old Biamou answered: “Yes of course. For me I just want to win the game. I am not a selfish player so if I score or not I don’t care, if we win the game then I am happy. Apparently, the FA Cup likes me.”
Coventry striker Maxime Biamou desperate to face Man Utd in FA Cup
Mark Robins is not the only man at Coventry City desperate to land a trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in the fifth round of the FA Cup. Maxime Biamou secured League Two Coventry’s path into the last 16 for the first time in nine years with the only goal against Milton Keynes Dons and is now dreaming of writing another chapter into his personal FA Cup story. The French striker was part of the Sutton United side that reached the fifth round before losing to Arsenal last season and now Biamou wants to go up against the brother of one of his best friends – United forward Anthony Martial. “I would like to play against Manchester United because I know Anthony Martial,” said Biamou, who was born in Creteil, a south-eastern suburb of Paris. “I saw him a couple of weeks ago when Stoke played at Old Trafford. I said to him ‘maybe in the next round I will play against you’. He was happy for that and I hope to play against him. “His brother is my best friend. So sometimes I go to Old Trafford to watch some games with him. He comes from about 20 minutes from me.” Coventry’s travelling support of nearly 8,000 outnumbered the home fans inside Stadium MK on Saturday and they finally have something to enjoy, following 10 years of misery at the hands of controversial owners Sisu. And there is plenty of FA Cup history at Coventry. Robins saved Alex Ferguson’s job by helping United to lift the trophy in 1990, while goalkeeper coach Steve Ogrizovic played in the Sky Blues’ 1987 success against Tottenham Hotspur. “Sometimes I talk with Oggy (Ogrizovic) about that because he won the FA Cup,” said Biamou. “I know it was a very great moment for the club. He said to me that it is one moment in your life and you have to enjoy the moment. If you can get far in this competition, then we can take it. But for me it is a bonus for us and I hope to get promoted to League One.” Biamou will be hoping that his friends in France take an interest in his latest Cup exploits for the football, rather than any publicity stunts. Goalkeeper Wayne Shaw stole the headlines of Sutton’s Cup run by eating a pie while sitting on the bench during the fifth-round defeat to Arsenal and subsequently left the club before being banned for breaching FA betting rules. Biamou said: “In France all my friends talked about that, but I was like ‘yeah yeah yeah but I played against Arsenal!’ I enjoyed the moment though. Wayne Shaw is a good guy, but I don’t know what happened with him. Personally, he was a good guy. Wayne Shaw stole the headlines of Sutton's FA Cup run Credit: ACTION IMAGES “I was not very good against Arsenal, so it isn’t a good memory, so probably the game against Leeds United is best for me. I made a penalty in that game, so I was very happy with that. Roarie Deacon was fantastic in this game. It was a great moment for the club, Sutton United. “The shirts I wore against Arsenal and Leeds I gave to my father. Sometimes it is difficult. I don’t see my family all the time, so when I go back to France if I can get some presents for my family then I give some shirts. They are very happy for me.” Asked if he believes he could take a chance at Old Trafford in front of 75,000 people, 27-year-old Biamou answered: “Yes of course. For me I just want to win the game. I am not a selfish player so if I score or not I don’t care, if we win the game then I am happy. Apparently, the FA Cup likes me.”
Mark Robins is not the only man at Coventry City desperate to land a trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in the fifth round of the FA Cup. Maxime Biamou secured League Two Coventry’s path into the last 16 for the first time in nine years with the only goal against Milton Keynes Dons and is now dreaming of writing another chapter into his personal FA Cup story. The French striker was part of the Sutton United side that reached the fifth round before losing to Arsenal last season and now Biamou wants to go up against the brother of one of his best friends – United forward Anthony Martial. “I would like to play against Manchester United because I know Anthony Martial,” said Biamou, who was born in Creteil, a south-eastern suburb of Paris. “I saw him a couple of weeks ago when Stoke played at Old Trafford. I said to him ‘maybe in the next round I will play against you’. He was happy for that and I hope to play against him. “His brother is my best friend. So sometimes I go to Old Trafford to watch some games with him. He comes from about 20 minutes from me.” Coventry’s travelling support of nearly 8,000 outnumbered the home fans inside Stadium MK on Saturday and they finally have something to enjoy, following 10 years of misery at the hands of controversial owners Sisu. And there is plenty of FA Cup history at Coventry. Robins saved Alex Ferguson’s job by helping United to lift the trophy in 1990, while goalkeeper coach Steve Ogrizovic played in the Sky Blues’ 1987 success against Tottenham Hotspur. “Sometimes I talk with Oggy (Ogrizovic) about that because he won the FA Cup,” said Biamou. “I know it was a very great moment for the club. He said to me that it is one moment in your life and you have to enjoy the moment. If you can get far in this competition, then we can take it. But for me it is a bonus for us and I hope to get promoted to League One.” Biamou will be hoping that his friends in France take an interest in his latest Cup exploits for the football, rather than any publicity stunts. Goalkeeper Wayne Shaw stole the headlines of Sutton’s Cup run by eating a pie while sitting on the bench during the fifth-round defeat to Arsenal and subsequently left the club before being banned for breaching FA betting rules. Biamou said: “In France all my friends talked about that, but I was like ‘yeah yeah yeah but I played against Arsenal!’ I enjoyed the moment though. Wayne Shaw is a good guy, but I don’t know what happened with him. Personally, he was a good guy. Wayne Shaw stole the headlines of Sutton's FA Cup run Credit: ACTION IMAGES “I was not very good against Arsenal, so it isn’t a good memory, so probably the game against Leeds United is best for me. I made a penalty in that game, so I was very happy with that. Roarie Deacon was fantastic in this game. It was a great moment for the club, Sutton United. “The shirts I wore against Arsenal and Leeds I gave to my father. Sometimes it is difficult. I don’t see my family all the time, so when I go back to France if I can get some presents for my family then I give some shirts. They are very happy for me.” Asked if he believes he could take a chance at Old Trafford in front of 75,000 people, 27-year-old Biamou answered: “Yes of course. For me I just want to win the game. I am not a selfish player so if I score or not I don’t care, if we win the game then I am happy. Apparently, the FA Cup likes me.”
Coventry striker Maxime Biamou desperate to face Man Utd in FA Cup
Mark Robins is not the only man at Coventry City desperate to land a trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in the fifth round of the FA Cup. Maxime Biamou secured League Two Coventry’s path into the last 16 for the first time in nine years with the only goal against Milton Keynes Dons and is now dreaming of writing another chapter into his personal FA Cup story. The French striker was part of the Sutton United side that reached the fifth round before losing to Arsenal last season and now Biamou wants to go up against the brother of one of his best friends – United forward Anthony Martial. “I would like to play against Manchester United because I know Anthony Martial,” said Biamou, who was born in Creteil, a south-eastern suburb of Paris. “I saw him a couple of weeks ago when Stoke played at Old Trafford. I said to him ‘maybe in the next round I will play against you’. He was happy for that and I hope to play against him. “His brother is my best friend. So sometimes I go to Old Trafford to watch some games with him. He comes from about 20 minutes from me.” Coventry’s travelling support of nearly 8,000 outnumbered the home fans inside Stadium MK on Saturday and they finally have something to enjoy, following 10 years of misery at the hands of controversial owners Sisu. And there is plenty of FA Cup history at Coventry. Robins saved Alex Ferguson’s job by helping United to lift the trophy in 1990, while goalkeeper coach Steve Ogrizovic played in the Sky Blues’ 1987 success against Tottenham Hotspur. “Sometimes I talk with Oggy (Ogrizovic) about that because he won the FA Cup,” said Biamou. “I know it was a very great moment for the club. He said to me that it is one moment in your life and you have to enjoy the moment. If you can get far in this competition, then we can take it. But for me it is a bonus for us and I hope to get promoted to League One.” Biamou will be hoping that his friends in France take an interest in his latest Cup exploits for the football, rather than any publicity stunts. Goalkeeper Wayne Shaw stole the headlines of Sutton’s Cup run by eating a pie while sitting on the bench during the fifth-round defeat to Arsenal and subsequently left the club before being banned for breaching FA betting rules. Biamou said: “In France all my friends talked about that, but I was like ‘yeah yeah yeah but I played against Arsenal!’ I enjoyed the moment though. Wayne Shaw is a good guy, but I don’t know what happened with him. Personally, he was a good guy. Wayne Shaw stole the headlines of Sutton's FA Cup run Credit: ACTION IMAGES “I was not very good against Arsenal, so it isn’t a good memory, so probably the game against Leeds United is best for me. I made a penalty in that game, so I was very happy with that. Roarie Deacon was fantastic in this game. It was a great moment for the club, Sutton United. “The shirts I wore against Arsenal and Leeds I gave to my father. Sometimes it is difficult. I don’t see my family all the time, so when I go back to France if I can get some presents for my family then I give some shirts. They are very happy for me.” Asked if he believes he could take a chance at Old Trafford in front of 75,000 people, 27-year-old Biamou answered: “Yes of course. For me I just want to win the game. I am not a selfish player so if I score or not I don’t care, if we win the game then I am happy. Apparently, the FA Cup likes me.”
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 Coventry fans celebrate at the end of the match Action Images/Andrew Boyers
FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 Coventry fans celebrate at the end of the match Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 Coventry fans celebrate at the end of the match Action Images/Andrew Boyers
FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 Coventry fans celebrate at the end of the match Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 Coventry fans celebrate at the end of the match Action Images/Andrew Boyers
FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 Coventry fans celebrate at the end of the match Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 Coventry fans react Action Images/Andrew Boyers
FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 Coventry fans react Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 Coventry fans celebrate at the end of the match Action Images/Andrew Boyers
FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 Coventry fans celebrate at the end of the match Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 Coventry's Maxime Biamou celebrates at the end of the match Action Images/Andrew Boyers
FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 Coventry's Maxime Biamou celebrates at the end of the match Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 Coventry fan reacts Action Images/Andrew Boyers
FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 Coventry fan reacts Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 Coventry's Jordan Shipley celebrates with the fans at the end of the match Action Images/Andrew Boyers
FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 Coventry's Jordan Shipley celebrates with the fans at the end of the match Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 Coventry's Maxime Biamou celebrates with the fans at the end of the match Action Images/Andrew Boyers
FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 Coventry's Maxime Biamou celebrates with the fans at the end of the match Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 Coventry's Maxime Biamou celebrates at the end of the match Action Images/Andrew Boyers
FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 Coventry's Maxime Biamou celebrates at the end of the match Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 MK Dons's Dean Lewington is substituted off Action Images/Andrew Boyers
FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 MK Dons's Dean Lewington is substituted off Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 MK Dons's Lee Nicholls removes a smoke bomb after Coventry's first goal Action Images/Andrew Boyers
FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 MK Dons's Lee Nicholls removes a smoke bomb after Coventry's first goal Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 Coventry's Maxime Biamou scores their first goal Action Images/Andrew Boyers
FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 Coventry's Maxime Biamou scores their first goal Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 Coventry's Maxime Biamou scores their first goal Action Images/Andrew Boyers
FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 Coventry's Maxime Biamou scores their first goal Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 Coventry's Maxime Biamou scores their first goal Action Images/Andrew Boyers
FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 Coventry's Maxime Biamou scores their first goal Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 MK Dons' Ousseynou Cisse in action with Coventry's Maxime Biamou Action Images/Andrew Boyers
FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 MK Dons' Ousseynou Cisse in action with Coventry's Maxime Biamou Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 MK Dons' Alex Gilbey in action with Coventry's Maxime Biamou Action Images/Andrew Boyers
FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 MK Dons' Alex Gilbey in action with Coventry's Maxime Biamou Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 Coventry's Jordan Maguire Drew looks dejected Action Images/Andrew Boyers
FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 Coventry's Jordan Maguire Drew looks dejected Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 General view inside the stadium Action Images/Andrew Boyers
FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 General view inside the stadium Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 Coventry's Tom Bayliss in action with MK Dons' Marcus Tavernier Action Images/Andrew Boyers
FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 Coventry's Tom Bayliss in action with MK Dons' Marcus Tavernier Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 Coventry fans with face paint Action Images/Andrew Boyers
FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 Coventry fans with face paint Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 MK Dons manager Dan Micciche Action Images/Andrew Boyers
FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 MK Dons manager Dan Micciche Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 Coventry's Marc McNulty in action with MK Dons' Dean Lewington Action Images/Andrew Boyers
FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 Coventry's Marc McNulty in action with MK Dons' Dean Lewington Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 MK Dons' Ike Ugbo in action with Coventry's Michael Doyle Action Images/Andrew Boyers
FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City
Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - January 27, 2018 MK Dons' Ike Ugbo in action with Coventry's Michael Doyle Action Images/Andrew Boyers
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FILE PHOTO: Ex player Cyrille Regis at a tribute to former Orient player and team mate Laurie Cunningham
FILE PHOTO: Football - Leyton Orient v Milton Keynes Dons - Sky Bet Football League One - The Matchroom Stadium, Brisbane Road - 12/10/13 Ex player Cyrille Regis at a tribute to former Orient player and team mate Laurie Cunningham. Action Images via Reuters/Steven Paston/File Photo
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FILE PHOTO: Ex player Cyrille Regis at a tribute to former Orient player and team mate Laurie Cunningham
FILE PHOTO: Football - Leyton Orient v Milton Keynes Dons - Sky Bet Football League One - The Matchroom Stadium, Brisbane Road - 12/10/13 Ex player Cyrille Regis at a tribute to former Orient player and team mate Laurie Cunningham Action Images via Reuters/Steven Paston/File Photo
Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Maidstone United - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - December 2, 2017 MK Dons' Kieran Agard celebrates scoring their second goal Action Images/Adam Holt
FA Cup Second Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Maidstone United
Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Maidstone United - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - December 2, 2017 MK Dons' Kieran Agard celebrates scoring their second goal Action Images/Adam Holt
Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Maidstone United - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - December 2, 2017 Maidstone United's Alex Wynter in action with MK Dons' Chuks Aneke Action Images/Adam Holt
FA Cup Second Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Maidstone United
Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Maidstone United - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - December 2, 2017 Maidstone United's Alex Wynter in action with MK Dons' Chuks Aneke Action Images/Adam Holt
Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Maidstone United - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - December 2, 2017 Maidstone United's Jai Reason in action with MK Dons' Ed Upson Action Images/Adam Holt
FA Cup Second Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Maidstone United
Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Maidstone United - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - December 2, 2017 Maidstone United's Jai Reason in action with MK Dons' Ed Upson Action Images/Adam Holt
Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Maidstone United - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - December 2, 2017 Maidstone United's Stuart Lewis in action Action Images/Adam Holt
FA Cup Second Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Maidstone United
Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Maidstone United - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - December 2, 2017 Maidstone United's Stuart Lewis in action Action Images/Adam Holt
Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Maidstone United - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - December 2, 2017 General view of empty seats in the stadium during the match Action Images/Adam Holt
FA Cup Second Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Maidstone United
Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Maidstone United - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - December 2, 2017 General view of empty seats in the stadium during the match Action Images/Adam Holt
Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Maidstone United - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - December 2, 2017 General view of empty seats in the stadium during the match Action Images/Adam Holt
FA Cup Second Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Maidstone United
Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Maidstone United - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - December 2, 2017 General view of empty seats in the stadium during the match Action Images/Adam Holt
Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Maidstone United - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - December 2, 2017 MK Dons' Ethan Ebanks-Landell in action with Maidstone United's Joe Pigott Action Images/Adam Holt
FA Cup Second Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Maidstone United
Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Maidstone United - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - December 2, 2017 MK Dons' Ethan Ebanks-Landell in action with Maidstone United's Joe Pigott Action Images/Adam Holt
Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Maidstone United - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - December 2, 2017 MK Dons' Gboly Ariyibi in action with Maidstone United's Zavon Hines Action Images/Adam Holt
FA Cup Second Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Maidstone United
Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Maidstone United - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - December 2, 2017 MK Dons' Gboly Ariyibi in action with Maidstone United's Zavon Hines Action Images/Adam Holt
Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Maidstone United - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - December 2, 2017 Maidstone United manager Jay Saunders Action Images/Adam Holt
FA Cup Second Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Maidstone United
Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Maidstone United - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - December 2, 2017 Maidstone United manager Jay Saunders Action Images/Adam Holt
Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Maidstone United - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - December 2, 2017 Maidstone United manager Jay Saunders Action Images/Adam Holt
FA Cup Second Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Maidstone United
Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Maidstone United - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - December 2, 2017 Maidstone United manager Jay Saunders Action Images/Adam Holt
Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Maidstone United - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - December 2, 2017 Maidstone United manager Jay Saunders Action Images/Adam Holt
FA Cup Second Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Maidstone United
Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Maidstone United - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - December 2, 2017 Maidstone United manager Jay Saunders Action Images/Adam Holt
Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Maidstone United - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - December 2, 2017 Maidstone United fans Action Images/Adam Holt
FA Cup Second Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Maidstone United
Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Maidstone United - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - December 2, 2017 Maidstone United fans Action Images/Adam Holt
Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Maidstone United - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - December 2, 2017 Maidstone United fans Action Images/Adam Holt
FA Cup Second Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Maidstone United
Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Milton Keynes Dons vs Maidstone United - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - December 2, 2017 Maidstone United fans Action Images/Adam Holt
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Milton Keynes Dons v Port Vale - Sky Bet League One
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FA Cup second round draw National League side AFC Fylde will host 2013 FA Cup winners Wigan in the second round of the competition. Fylde, through to this stage of the competition for the first time in their history following a victory over Kidderminster, were paired with the League One side when the second round draw was made on Monday. Fylde's fellow non-League side Boreham Wood will also face former winners of the competition in the shape of Coventry, who lifted the cup in 1987. Coventry will be at home for the tie. There were a total of 12 non-League sides in the draw. National League South Oxford City were drawn away to Notts County. Seventh-tier Hereford, the lowest-ranked side through to the second round, will face either Chorley or Fleetwood after their tie on Monday night. Leatherhead, who are ranked lower than Hereford, would go away to Wycombe if they win their replay against Billericay Town. Woking or Bury vs Tranmere or Peterborough MK Dons v Maidstone United Newport Co v Cambridge Utd Wycombe v Leatherhead or Billericay Port Vale v Yeovil Town Shrewsbury v Morecambe Doncaster Rovers v Northampton or Scunthorpe Slough Town v Rochdale AFC Wimbledon v Charlton Athletic Stevenage v Swindon Town Mansfield Town v Guiseley or Accrington Stanley Gateshead v Luton Town Bradford City v Plymouth Argyle Blackburn Rovers v Crewe Alexandra AFC Fylde v Wigan Athletic Gillingham v Carlisle Utd Notts Co v Oxford City Forest Green v Exeter City Chorley or Fleetwood v Hereford Coventry City v Boreham Wood Town 7:28PM There you go Everyone present with 'Mark' Chapman professes themselves pleased with the draw. There's not much more I can add to the raw draw. Enjoy! Thanks for your company. 7:24PM TV picks I would guess would be Slough v Rochdale and Fylde v Wigan. Gateshead v Luton would be worth watching. 7:23PM The second round draw in full Woking or Bury vs Tranmere or Peterborough MK Dons v Maidstone United Newport Co v Cambridge Utd Wycombe v Leatherhead or Billericay Port Vale v Yeovil Town Shrewsbury v Morecambe Doncaster Rovers v Northampton or Scunthorpe Slough Town v Rochdale AFC Wimbledon v Charlton Athletic Stevenage v Swindon Town Mansfield Town v Guiseley or Accrington Stanley Gateshead v Luton Town Bradford City v Plymouth Argyle Blackburn Rovers v Crewe Alexandra AFC Fylde v Wigan Athletic Gillingham v Carlisle Utd Notts Co v Oxford City Forest Green v Exeter City Chorley or Fleetwood v Hereford Coventry City v Boreham Wood 7:19PM Tie 20 Coventry City v Boreham Wood 7:19PM Tie 19 Chorley or Fleetwood v Hereford 7:18PM Tie 18 Forest Green v Exeter City 7:18PM Tie 17 Notts Co v Oxford City 7:18PM Tie 16 Gillingham v Carlisle Utd 7:17PM Tie 15 AFC Fylde v Wigan Athletic 7:17PM Tie 14 Blackburn Rovers v Crewe Alexandra 7:17PM Tie 13 Bradford City v Plymouth Argyle 7:16PM Tie 12 Gateshead v Luton Town 7:16PM Tie 11 Mansfield Town v Guiseley or Accrington Stanley 7:16PM Tie 10 Stevenage v Swindon Town 7:16PM Tie nine AFC Wimbledon v Charlton Athletic 7:15PM Tie eight Slough Town v Rochdale 7:15PM Tie seven Donny Rovers v Northampton or Scunthorpe 7:15PM Tie six Shrewsbury v Morecambe 7:14PM Tie five Port Vale v Yeovil Town 7:14PM Tie four Wycombe v Leatherhead or Billericay 7:14PM Tie three Newport Co v Cambridge Utd 7:13PM Tie two MK Dons v Maidstone United 7:13PM First out Woking or Bury vs Tranmere or Peterborough 7:10PM Andy Cole and Kevin Davies Will draw the balls. 7:10PM Here we go The BBC hands over to BT Sport 7:09PM The draw will take place in 10 minutes Mark Chapman interviews Saturday's Slough Town heroes who thrashed Gainsborough Trinity 6-0. Everyone displays his/her poppy pinned to a tracksuit top. Chapman has his in his buttonhole. I'm perplexed that Chapman, a Manc, allows himself to be called 'Chappers'. That's a bit rah, isn't it? 'Chappy', 'Chap', 'grizzly' or 'face farm' would be far more Manc 7:03PM Former winners Bradford, Charlton, Blackburn, Wimbledon (oh, yes), Coventry and Wigan are all in the 'hat'. I use the quotation marks advisedly, unless you favour adorning your swede with a jaunty, plastic transparent bowl. And let's face it, who doesn't. 6:51PM Good evening All first-round winners have bagged their £18,000 prize money and set off in pursuit of the £27,000 on offer for a victory in the second round this evening. What, it's not about the money, it's about the glory? Could have fooled me after years of Premier League and Championship numpties fielding scratch sides to concentrate on the consolidation of 12th place. For years the FA has allowed its Challenge Cup to be abused by myopic, soulless blowhards and yet it still thrives. We shall celebrate it here today as we find out who stands in the way of teams on the next leg of the road to Wembley (for the semi-finals! Gah! See what they've done there? Audrey, the screens!) 6:40PM A second-round FA Cup draw primer What is it? It's the draw for the second round of the 2017 FA Cup. When is it? It's on Monday November 6. - ie today. What time does it start? It will begin after 19.00 GMT - before the Chorley vs Fleetwood match on Monday night. What TV channel is it on? The match and draw will be on BT Sport 1 and BBC 2. Alternatively, you can follow the draw here. What's left of this weekend's action? First-round review Exeter assistant manager Matt Oakley was delighted to progress to round two of the FA Cup after seeing his side see off gallant Heybridge Swifts 3-1 at St James' Park. Two Jayden Stockley goals shortly past the hour mark gave the Grecians a commanding lead, but Samuel Bentick turned in a cross to reduce the arrears and give the Swifts hope. But any hopes of a comeback were ended by Liam McAlinden, whose shot squeezed through the legs of goalkeeper Danny Sambridge, much to the relief of Oakley, who was standing in for the absent Paul Tisdale. "I'm very pleased. It was a banana skin waiting to happen for us, when you see the draw come out," Oakley said. Relief for Exeter as they see off Heybridge Swifts Credit: PA "I am very pleased with the result, very pleased with the second half performance and pleased to come in at half-time with a clean sheet. "We had a very difficult time at Warrington a few years ago when we conceded after a few minutes and we couldn't break them down after that. It was one of the messages we talked about before the game, so I was very pleased. "They put us under a lot of pressure and probably came out after the first half with a bit more confidence than we did. I thought we started the game really well, I was really pleased with the start, but then we started losing the ball and a few misplaced touches and they grew in confidence and came into it. "They didn't threaten our goal too much, so I wasn't too worried about it. We just needed to tighten up in certain areas and improve our attacking play in wide areas and we did that well in the second half." What are the draw numbers? STEVENAGE BRADFORD CITY PORT VALE NEWPORT COUNTY MORECAMBE YEOVIL TOWN PETERBOROUGH UNITED OR TRANMERE ROVERS CAMBRIDGE UNITED FOREST GREEN ROVERS AFC FYLDE LUTON TOWN SHREWSBURY TOWN HEREFORD GUISELEY OR ACCRINGTON STANLEY BLACKBURN ROVERS DONCASTER ROVERS LEATHERHEAD OR BILLERICAY TOWN BOREHAM WOOD MANSFIELD TOWN OXFORD CITY PLYMOUTH ARGYLE AFC WIMBLEDON ROCHDALE COVENTRY CITY CHORLEY OR FLEETWOOD TOWN CARLISLE UNITED NOTTS COUNTY SWINDON TOWN MAIDSTONE UNITED WOKING OR BURY CREWE ALEXANDRA GILLINGHAM MILTON KEYNES DONS SLOUGH TOWN WYCOMBE WANDERERS NORTHAMPTON TOWN OR SCUNTHORPE UNITED CHARLTON ATHELTIC WIGAN ATHLETIC GATESHEAD EXETER CITY When will the second round fixtures take place? Weekend of December 2 and 3. What are the latest FA Cup odds? Chelsea - 5/1 Man City - 5/1 Man Utd - 6/1 Tottenham - 8/1 Arsenal - 8/1 Liverpool - 9/1
FA Cup second-round draw: Fylde host 2013 winners Wigan, Boreham Wood sent to Coventry
FA Cup second round draw National League side AFC Fylde will host 2013 FA Cup winners Wigan in the second round of the competition. Fylde, through to this stage of the competition for the first time in their history following a victory over Kidderminster, were paired with the League One side when the second round draw was made on Monday. Fylde's fellow non-League side Boreham Wood will also face former winners of the competition in the shape of Coventry, who lifted the cup in 1987. Coventry will be at home for the tie. There were a total of 12 non-League sides in the draw. National League South Oxford City were drawn away to Notts County. Seventh-tier Hereford, the lowest-ranked side through to the second round, will face either Chorley or Fleetwood after their tie on Monday night. Leatherhead, who are ranked lower than Hereford, would go away to Wycombe if they win their replay against Billericay Town. Woking or Bury vs Tranmere or Peterborough MK Dons v Maidstone United Newport Co v Cambridge Utd Wycombe v Leatherhead or Billericay Port Vale v Yeovil Town Shrewsbury v Morecambe Doncaster Rovers v Northampton or Scunthorpe Slough Town v Rochdale AFC Wimbledon v Charlton Athletic Stevenage v Swindon Town Mansfield Town v Guiseley or Accrington Stanley Gateshead v Luton Town Bradford City v Plymouth Argyle Blackburn Rovers v Crewe Alexandra AFC Fylde v Wigan Athletic Gillingham v Carlisle Utd Notts Co v Oxford City Forest Green v Exeter City Chorley or Fleetwood v Hereford Coventry City v Boreham Wood Town 7:28PM There you go Everyone present with 'Mark' Chapman professes themselves pleased with the draw. There's not much more I can add to the raw draw. Enjoy! Thanks for your company. 7:24PM TV picks I would guess would be Slough v Rochdale and Fylde v Wigan. Gateshead v Luton would be worth watching. 7:23PM The second round draw in full Woking or Bury vs Tranmere or Peterborough MK Dons v Maidstone United Newport Co v Cambridge Utd Wycombe v Leatherhead or Billericay Port Vale v Yeovil Town Shrewsbury v Morecambe Doncaster Rovers v Northampton or Scunthorpe Slough Town v Rochdale AFC Wimbledon v Charlton Athletic Stevenage v Swindon Town Mansfield Town v Guiseley or Accrington Stanley Gateshead v Luton Town Bradford City v Plymouth Argyle Blackburn Rovers v Crewe Alexandra AFC Fylde v Wigan Athletic Gillingham v Carlisle Utd Notts Co v Oxford City Forest Green v Exeter City Chorley or Fleetwood v Hereford Coventry City v Boreham Wood 7:19PM Tie 20 Coventry City v Boreham Wood 7:19PM Tie 19 Chorley or Fleetwood v Hereford 7:18PM Tie 18 Forest Green v Exeter City 7:18PM Tie 17 Notts Co v Oxford City 7:18PM Tie 16 Gillingham v Carlisle Utd 7:17PM Tie 15 AFC Fylde v Wigan Athletic 7:17PM Tie 14 Blackburn Rovers v Crewe Alexandra 7:17PM Tie 13 Bradford City v Plymouth Argyle 7:16PM Tie 12 Gateshead v Luton Town 7:16PM Tie 11 Mansfield Town v Guiseley or Accrington Stanley 7:16PM Tie 10 Stevenage v Swindon Town 7:16PM Tie nine AFC Wimbledon v Charlton Athletic 7:15PM Tie eight Slough Town v Rochdale 7:15PM Tie seven Donny Rovers v Northampton or Scunthorpe 7:15PM Tie six Shrewsbury v Morecambe 7:14PM Tie five Port Vale v Yeovil Town 7:14PM Tie four Wycombe v Leatherhead or Billericay 7:14PM Tie three Newport Co v Cambridge Utd 7:13PM Tie two MK Dons v Maidstone United 7:13PM First out Woking or Bury vs Tranmere or Peterborough 7:10PM Andy Cole and Kevin Davies Will draw the balls. 7:10PM Here we go The BBC hands over to BT Sport 7:09PM The draw will take place in 10 minutes Mark Chapman interviews Saturday's Slough Town heroes who thrashed Gainsborough Trinity 6-0. Everyone displays his/her poppy pinned to a tracksuit top. Chapman has his in his buttonhole. I'm perplexed that Chapman, a Manc, allows himself to be called 'Chappers'. That's a bit rah, isn't it? 'Chappy', 'Chap', 'grizzly' or 'face farm' would be far more Manc 7:03PM Former winners Bradford, Charlton, Blackburn, Wimbledon (oh, yes), Coventry and Wigan are all in the 'hat'. I use the quotation marks advisedly, unless you favour adorning your swede with a jaunty, plastic transparent bowl. And let's face it, who doesn't. 6:51PM Good evening All first-round winners have bagged their £18,000 prize money and set off in pursuit of the £27,000 on offer for a victory in the second round this evening. What, it's not about the money, it's about the glory? Could have fooled me after years of Premier League and Championship numpties fielding scratch sides to concentrate on the consolidation of 12th place. For years the FA has allowed its Challenge Cup to be abused by myopic, soulless blowhards and yet it still thrives. We shall celebrate it here today as we find out who stands in the way of teams on the next leg of the road to Wembley (for the semi-finals! Gah! See what they've done there? Audrey, the screens!) 6:40PM A second-round FA Cup draw primer What is it? It's the draw for the second round of the 2017 FA Cup. When is it? It's on Monday November 6. - ie today. What time does it start? It will begin after 19.00 GMT - before the Chorley vs Fleetwood match on Monday night. What TV channel is it on? The match and draw will be on BT Sport 1 and BBC 2. Alternatively, you can follow the draw here. What's left of this weekend's action? First-round review Exeter assistant manager Matt Oakley was delighted to progress to round two of the FA Cup after seeing his side see off gallant Heybridge Swifts 3-1 at St James' Park. Two Jayden Stockley goals shortly past the hour mark gave the Grecians a commanding lead, but Samuel Bentick turned in a cross to reduce the arrears and give the Swifts hope. But any hopes of a comeback were ended by Liam McAlinden, whose shot squeezed through the legs of goalkeeper Danny Sambridge, much to the relief of Oakley, who was standing in for the absent Paul Tisdale. "I'm very pleased. It was a banana skin waiting to happen for us, when you see the draw come out," Oakley said. Relief for Exeter as they see off Heybridge Swifts Credit: PA "I am very pleased with the result, very pleased with the second half performance and pleased to come in at half-time with a clean sheet. "We had a very difficult time at Warrington a few years ago when we conceded after a few minutes and we couldn't break them down after that. It was one of the messages we talked about before the game, so I was very pleased. "They put us under a lot of pressure and probably came out after the first half with a bit more confidence than we did. I thought we started the game really well, I was really pleased with the start, but then we started losing the ball and a few misplaced touches and they grew in confidence and came into it. "They didn't threaten our goal too much, so I wasn't too worried about it. We just needed to tighten up in certain areas and improve our attacking play in wide areas and we did that well in the second half." What are the draw numbers? STEVENAGE BRADFORD CITY PORT VALE NEWPORT COUNTY MORECAMBE YEOVIL TOWN PETERBOROUGH UNITED OR TRANMERE ROVERS CAMBRIDGE UNITED FOREST GREEN ROVERS AFC FYLDE LUTON TOWN SHREWSBURY TOWN HEREFORD GUISELEY OR ACCRINGTON STANLEY BLACKBURN ROVERS DONCASTER ROVERS LEATHERHEAD OR BILLERICAY TOWN BOREHAM WOOD MANSFIELD TOWN OXFORD CITY PLYMOUTH ARGYLE AFC WIMBLEDON ROCHDALE COVENTRY CITY CHORLEY OR FLEETWOOD TOWN CARLISLE UNITED NOTTS COUNTY SWINDON TOWN MAIDSTONE UNITED WOKING OR BURY CREWE ALEXANDRA GILLINGHAM MILTON KEYNES DONS SLOUGH TOWN WYCOMBE WANDERERS NORTHAMPTON TOWN OR SCUNTHORPE UNITED CHARLTON ATHELTIC WIGAN ATHLETIC GATESHEAD EXETER CITY When will the second round fixtures take place? Weekend of December 2 and 3. What are the latest FA Cup odds? Chelsea - 5/1 Man City - 5/1 Man Utd - 6/1 Tottenham - 8/1 Arsenal - 8/1 Liverpool - 9/1
FA Cup second round draw National League side AFC Fylde will host 2013 FA Cup winners Wigan in the second round of the competition. Fylde, through to this stage of the competition for the first time in their history following a victory over Kidderminster, were paired with the League One side when the second round draw was made on Monday. Fylde's fellow non-League side Boreham Wood will also face former winners of the competition in the shape of Coventry, who lifted the cup in 1987. Coventry will be at home for the tie. There were a total of 12 non-League sides in the draw. National League South Oxford City were drawn away to Notts County. Seventh-tier Hereford, the lowest-ranked side through to the second round, will face either Chorley or Fleetwood after their tie on Monday night. Leatherhead, who are ranked lower than Hereford, would go away to Wycombe if they win their replay against Billericay Town. Woking or Bury vs Tranmere or Peterborough MK Dons v Maidstone United Newport Co v Cambridge Utd Wycombe v Leatherhead or Billericay Port Vale v Yeovil Town Shrewsbury v Morecambe Doncaster Rovers v Northampton or Scunthorpe Slough Town v Rochdale AFC Wimbledon v Charlton Athletic Stevenage v Swindon Town Mansfield Town v Guiseley or Accrington Stanley Gateshead v Luton Town Bradford City v Plymouth Argyle Blackburn Rovers v Crewe Alexandra AFC Fylde v Wigan Athletic Gillingham v Carlisle Utd Notts Co v Oxford City Forest Green v Exeter City Chorley or Fleetwood v Hereford Coventry City v Boreham Wood Town 7:28PM There you go Everyone present with 'Mark' Chapman professes themselves pleased with the draw. There's not much more I can add to the raw draw. Enjoy! Thanks for your company. 7:24PM TV picks I would guess would be Slough v Rochdale and Fylde v Wigan. Gateshead v Luton would be worth watching. 7:23PM The second round draw in full Woking or Bury vs Tranmere or Peterborough MK Dons v Maidstone United Newport Co v Cambridge Utd Wycombe v Leatherhead or Billericay Port Vale v Yeovil Town Shrewsbury v Morecambe Doncaster Rovers v Northampton or Scunthorpe Slough Town v Rochdale AFC Wimbledon v Charlton Athletic Stevenage v Swindon Town Mansfield Town v Guiseley or Accrington Stanley Gateshead v Luton Town Bradford City v Plymouth Argyle Blackburn Rovers v Crewe Alexandra AFC Fylde v Wigan Athletic Gillingham v Carlisle Utd Notts Co v Oxford City Forest Green v Exeter City Chorley or Fleetwood v Hereford Coventry City v Boreham Wood 7:19PM Tie 20 Coventry City v Boreham Wood 7:19PM Tie 19 Chorley or Fleetwood v Hereford 7:18PM Tie 18 Forest Green v Exeter City 7:18PM Tie 17 Notts Co v Oxford City 7:18PM Tie 16 Gillingham v Carlisle Utd 7:17PM Tie 15 AFC Fylde v Wigan Athletic 7:17PM Tie 14 Blackburn Rovers v Crewe Alexandra 7:17PM Tie 13 Bradford City v Plymouth Argyle 7:16PM Tie 12 Gateshead v Luton Town 7:16PM Tie 11 Mansfield Town v Guiseley or Accrington Stanley 7:16PM Tie 10 Stevenage v Swindon Town 7:16PM Tie nine AFC Wimbledon v Charlton Athletic 7:15PM Tie eight Slough Town v Rochdale 7:15PM Tie seven Donny Rovers v Northampton or Scunthorpe 7:15PM Tie six Shrewsbury v Morecambe 7:14PM Tie five Port Vale v Yeovil Town 7:14PM Tie four Wycombe v Leatherhead or Billericay 7:14PM Tie three Newport Co v Cambridge Utd 7:13PM Tie two MK Dons v Maidstone United 7:13PM First out Woking or Bury vs Tranmere or Peterborough 7:10PM Andy Cole and Kevin Davies Will draw the balls. 7:10PM Here we go The BBC hands over to BT Sport 7:09PM The draw will take place in 10 minutes Mark Chapman interviews Saturday's Slough Town heroes who thrashed Gainsborough Trinity 6-0. Everyone displays his/her poppy pinned to a tracksuit top. Chapman has his in his buttonhole. I'm perplexed that Chapman, a Manc, allows himself to be called 'Chappers'. That's a bit rah, isn't it? 'Chappy', 'Chap', 'grizzly' or 'face farm' would be far more Manc 7:03PM Former winners Bradford, Charlton, Blackburn, Wimbledon (oh, yes), Coventry and Wigan are all in the 'hat'. I use the quotation marks advisedly, unless you favour adorning your swede with a jaunty, plastic transparent bowl. And let's face it, who doesn't. 6:51PM Good evening All first-round winners have bagged their £18,000 prize money and set off in pursuit of the £27,000 on offer for a victory in the second round this evening. What, it's not about the money, it's about the glory? Could have fooled me after years of Premier League and Championship numpties fielding scratch sides to concentrate on the consolidation of 12th place. For years the FA has allowed its Challenge Cup to be abused by myopic, soulless blowhards and yet it still thrives. We shall celebrate it here today as we find out who stands in the way of teams on the next leg of the road to Wembley (for the semi-finals! Gah! See what they've done there? Audrey, the screens!) 6:40PM A second-round FA Cup draw primer What is it? It's the draw for the second round of the 2017 FA Cup. When is it? It's on Monday November 6. - ie today. What time does it start? It will begin after 19.00 GMT - before the Chorley vs Fleetwood match on Monday night. What TV channel is it on? The match and draw will be on BT Sport 1 and BBC 2. Alternatively, you can follow the draw here. What's left of this weekend's action? First-round review Exeter assistant manager Matt Oakley was delighted to progress to round two of the FA Cup after seeing his side see off gallant Heybridge Swifts 3-1 at St James' Park. Two Jayden Stockley goals shortly past the hour mark gave the Grecians a commanding lead, but Samuel Bentick turned in a cross to reduce the arrears and give the Swifts hope. But any hopes of a comeback were ended by Liam McAlinden, whose shot squeezed through the legs of goalkeeper Danny Sambridge, much to the relief of Oakley, who was standing in for the absent Paul Tisdale. "I'm very pleased. It was a banana skin waiting to happen for us, when you see the draw come out," Oakley said. Relief for Exeter as they see off Heybridge Swifts Credit: PA "I am very pleased with the result, very pleased with the second half performance and pleased to come in at half-time with a clean sheet. "We had a very difficult time at Warrington a few years ago when we conceded after a few minutes and we couldn't break them down after that. It was one of the messages we talked about before the game, so I was very pleased. "They put us under a lot of pressure and probably came out after the first half with a bit more confidence than we did. I thought we started the game really well, I was really pleased with the start, but then we started losing the ball and a few misplaced touches and they grew in confidence and came into it. "They didn't threaten our goal too much, so I wasn't too worried about it. We just needed to tighten up in certain areas and improve our attacking play in wide areas and we did that well in the second half." What are the draw numbers? STEVENAGE BRADFORD CITY PORT VALE NEWPORT COUNTY MORECAMBE YEOVIL TOWN PETERBOROUGH UNITED OR TRANMERE ROVERS CAMBRIDGE UNITED FOREST GREEN ROVERS AFC FYLDE LUTON TOWN SHREWSBURY TOWN HEREFORD GUISELEY OR ACCRINGTON STANLEY BLACKBURN ROVERS DONCASTER ROVERS LEATHERHEAD OR BILLERICAY TOWN BOREHAM WOOD MANSFIELD TOWN OXFORD CITY PLYMOUTH ARGYLE AFC WIMBLEDON ROCHDALE COVENTRY CITY CHORLEY OR FLEETWOOD TOWN CARLISLE UNITED NOTTS COUNTY SWINDON TOWN MAIDSTONE UNITED WOKING OR BURY CREWE ALEXANDRA GILLINGHAM MILTON KEYNES DONS SLOUGH TOWN WYCOMBE WANDERERS NORTHAMPTON TOWN OR SCUNTHORPE UNITED CHARLTON ATHELTIC WIGAN ATHLETIC GATESHEAD EXETER CITY When will the second round fixtures take place? Weekend of December 2 and 3. What are the latest FA Cup odds? Chelsea - 5/1 Man City - 5/1 Man Utd - 6/1 Tottenham - 8/1 Arsenal - 8/1 Liverpool - 9/1
FA Cup second-round draw: Fylde host 2013 winners Wigan, Boreham Wood sent to Coventry
FA Cup second round draw National League side AFC Fylde will host 2013 FA Cup winners Wigan in the second round of the competition. Fylde, through to this stage of the competition for the first time in their history following a victory over Kidderminster, were paired with the League One side when the second round draw was made on Monday. Fylde's fellow non-League side Boreham Wood will also face former winners of the competition in the shape of Coventry, who lifted the cup in 1987. Coventry will be at home for the tie. There were a total of 12 non-League sides in the draw. National League South Oxford City were drawn away to Notts County. Seventh-tier Hereford, the lowest-ranked side through to the second round, will face either Chorley or Fleetwood after their tie on Monday night. Leatherhead, who are ranked lower than Hereford, would go away to Wycombe if they win their replay against Billericay Town. Woking or Bury vs Tranmere or Peterborough MK Dons v Maidstone United Newport Co v Cambridge Utd Wycombe v Leatherhead or Billericay Port Vale v Yeovil Town Shrewsbury v Morecambe Doncaster Rovers v Northampton or Scunthorpe Slough Town v Rochdale AFC Wimbledon v Charlton Athletic Stevenage v Swindon Town Mansfield Town v Guiseley or Accrington Stanley Gateshead v Luton Town Bradford City v Plymouth Argyle Blackburn Rovers v Crewe Alexandra AFC Fylde v Wigan Athletic Gillingham v Carlisle Utd Notts Co v Oxford City Forest Green v Exeter City Chorley or Fleetwood v Hereford Coventry City v Boreham Wood Town 7:28PM There you go Everyone present with 'Mark' Chapman professes themselves pleased with the draw. There's not much more I can add to the raw draw. Enjoy! Thanks for your company. 7:24PM TV picks I would guess would be Slough v Rochdale and Fylde v Wigan. Gateshead v Luton would be worth watching. 7:23PM The second round draw in full Woking or Bury vs Tranmere or Peterborough MK Dons v Maidstone United Newport Co v Cambridge Utd Wycombe v Leatherhead or Billericay Port Vale v Yeovil Town Shrewsbury v Morecambe Doncaster Rovers v Northampton or Scunthorpe Slough Town v Rochdale AFC Wimbledon v Charlton Athletic Stevenage v Swindon Town Mansfield Town v Guiseley or Accrington Stanley Gateshead v Luton Town Bradford City v Plymouth Argyle Blackburn Rovers v Crewe Alexandra AFC Fylde v Wigan Athletic Gillingham v Carlisle Utd Notts Co v Oxford City Forest Green v Exeter City Chorley or Fleetwood v Hereford Coventry City v Boreham Wood 7:19PM Tie 20 Coventry City v Boreham Wood 7:19PM Tie 19 Chorley or Fleetwood v Hereford 7:18PM Tie 18 Forest Green v Exeter City 7:18PM Tie 17 Notts Co v Oxford City 7:18PM Tie 16 Gillingham v Carlisle Utd 7:17PM Tie 15 AFC Fylde v Wigan Athletic 7:17PM Tie 14 Blackburn Rovers v Crewe Alexandra 7:17PM Tie 13 Bradford City v Plymouth Argyle 7:16PM Tie 12 Gateshead v Luton Town 7:16PM Tie 11 Mansfield Town v Guiseley or Accrington Stanley 7:16PM Tie 10 Stevenage v Swindon Town 7:16PM Tie nine AFC Wimbledon v Charlton Athletic 7:15PM Tie eight Slough Town v Rochdale 7:15PM Tie seven Donny Rovers v Northampton or Scunthorpe 7:15PM Tie six Shrewsbury v Morecambe 7:14PM Tie five Port Vale v Yeovil Town 7:14PM Tie four Wycombe v Leatherhead or Billericay 7:14PM Tie three Newport Co v Cambridge Utd 7:13PM Tie two MK Dons v Maidstone United 7:13PM First out Woking or Bury vs Tranmere or Peterborough 7:10PM Andy Cole and Kevin Davies Will draw the balls. 7:10PM Here we go The BBC hands over to BT Sport 7:09PM The draw will take place in 10 minutes Mark Chapman interviews Saturday's Slough Town heroes who thrashed Gainsborough Trinity 6-0. Everyone displays his/her poppy pinned to a tracksuit top. Chapman has his in his buttonhole. I'm perplexed that Chapman, a Manc, allows himself to be called 'Chappers'. That's a bit rah, isn't it? 'Chappy', 'Chap', 'grizzly' or 'face farm' would be far more Manc 7:03PM Former winners Bradford, Charlton, Blackburn, Wimbledon (oh, yes), Coventry and Wigan are all in the 'hat'. I use the quotation marks advisedly, unless you favour adorning your swede with a jaunty, plastic transparent bowl. And let's face it, who doesn't. 6:51PM Good evening All first-round winners have bagged their £18,000 prize money and set off in pursuit of the £27,000 on offer for a victory in the second round this evening. What, it's not about the money, it's about the glory? Could have fooled me after years of Premier League and Championship numpties fielding scratch sides to concentrate on the consolidation of 12th place. For years the FA has allowed its Challenge Cup to be abused by myopic, soulless blowhards and yet it still thrives. We shall celebrate it here today as we find out who stands in the way of teams on the next leg of the road to Wembley (for the semi-finals! Gah! See what they've done there? Audrey, the screens!) 6:40PM A second-round FA Cup draw primer What is it? It's the draw for the second round of the 2017 FA Cup. When is it? It's on Monday November 6. - ie today. What time does it start? It will begin after 19.00 GMT - before the Chorley vs Fleetwood match on Monday night. What TV channel is it on? The match and draw will be on BT Sport 1 and BBC 2. Alternatively, you can follow the draw here. What's left of this weekend's action? First-round review Exeter assistant manager Matt Oakley was delighted to progress to round two of the FA Cup after seeing his side see off gallant Heybridge Swifts 3-1 at St James' Park. Two Jayden Stockley goals shortly past the hour mark gave the Grecians a commanding lead, but Samuel Bentick turned in a cross to reduce the arrears and give the Swifts hope. But any hopes of a comeback were ended by Liam McAlinden, whose shot squeezed through the legs of goalkeeper Danny Sambridge, much to the relief of Oakley, who was standing in for the absent Paul Tisdale. "I'm very pleased. It was a banana skin waiting to happen for us, when you see the draw come out," Oakley said. Relief for Exeter as they see off Heybridge Swifts Credit: PA "I am very pleased with the result, very pleased with the second half performance and pleased to come in at half-time with a clean sheet. "We had a very difficult time at Warrington a few years ago when we conceded after a few minutes and we couldn't break them down after that. It was one of the messages we talked about before the game, so I was very pleased. "They put us under a lot of pressure and probably came out after the first half with a bit more confidence than we did. I thought we started the game really well, I was really pleased with the start, but then we started losing the ball and a few misplaced touches and they grew in confidence and came into it. "They didn't threaten our goal too much, so I wasn't too worried about it. We just needed to tighten up in certain areas and improve our attacking play in wide areas and we did that well in the second half." What are the draw numbers? STEVENAGE BRADFORD CITY PORT VALE NEWPORT COUNTY MORECAMBE YEOVIL TOWN PETERBOROUGH UNITED OR TRANMERE ROVERS CAMBRIDGE UNITED FOREST GREEN ROVERS AFC FYLDE LUTON TOWN SHREWSBURY TOWN HEREFORD GUISELEY OR ACCRINGTON STANLEY BLACKBURN ROVERS DONCASTER ROVERS LEATHERHEAD OR BILLERICAY TOWN BOREHAM WOOD MANSFIELD TOWN OXFORD CITY PLYMOUTH ARGYLE AFC WIMBLEDON ROCHDALE COVENTRY CITY CHORLEY OR FLEETWOOD TOWN CARLISLE UNITED NOTTS COUNTY SWINDON TOWN MAIDSTONE UNITED WOKING OR BURY CREWE ALEXANDRA GILLINGHAM MILTON KEYNES DONS SLOUGH TOWN WYCOMBE WANDERERS NORTHAMPTON TOWN OR SCUNTHORPE UNITED CHARLTON ATHELTIC WIGAN ATHLETIC GATESHEAD EXETER CITY When will the second round fixtures take place? Weekend of December 2 and 3. What are the latest FA Cup odds? Chelsea - 5/1 Man City - 5/1 Man Utd - 6/1 Tottenham - 8/1 Arsenal - 8/1 Liverpool - 9/1
 7:28PM And that's the draw The excitement is over! No more balls will be drawn! Morecambe vs Hartlepool is pretty good, Doncaster will visit either East Thurrock or Ebsfleet. Hyde vs MK Dons is a brilliant tie for the minnows. I was really hoping for a Slough vs Swindon draw, purely for Office quotes. 7:25PM Eighth tier Hyde will play MK Dons! The crowd goes wild in the BBC studio as the draw is announced. That's the big club the players wanted. 7:24PM Lads, can we please have some music Or something. This draw is not one of the most exciting things I've ever seen on television. That Liverpool vs Man Utd game on Saturday was more entertaining. 7:21PM AFC Wimbledon vs Lincoln City AFC Wimbledon are one of the clubs to have benefited immensely from TV money brought by the FA Cup and they are drawn against Lincoln City. 7:19PM Some more fixtures for you Peterborough Utd v Tranmere Cambridge Utd v Sutton Utd Forest Green Rovers v Macclesfield Town AFC Fylde v Kidderminster Harriers Luton v Portsmouth Shrewsbury v Aldershot Hereford v AFC Telford Utd Guiseley v Accrington Stanley Blackburn Rovers v Barnet 7:16PM No huge match ups so far Bradford City v Chesterfield Port Vale v Oxford Utd Newport County v Walsall Morecambe v Hartlepool Utd 7:14PM And it's set of balls number eight And Lancelot is the FA Cup draw machine for tonight. What a hilarious National Lottery joke. And the first fixture is Stevenage vs Nantwich or Kettering. IT'S ALL KICKING OFF NOW, CLIVE. 7:12PM Your Davids, your Goliaths Hyde, Heybridge Swifts and Ossett Town are the lowest ranked teams in the competition, with all three occupying the eighth tier of English football. 7:10PM David Sharpe The Wigan chairman, grandson of Dave Whelan, fancies Wigan's chances this season. And now it's time for the draw! 7:05PM Who do the small teams want to get in the draw? According to a couple of Hyde football staff (manager and player), the management want to play against a team they can probably beat whereas the players want to draw Blackburn or Charlton - one of the 'big' clubs. Hyde actually own the record for biggest defeat in the FA Cup. A 26-0 hiding (see what I did) by Preston North End. 7:00PM The live coverage begins! Here we go. The draw is being held at Hyde United's ground. Look how cool their sun was earlier: Red sun today. FA Cup draw at Hyde United. Is that an omen. #EmiratesFACuppic.twitter.com/LoZ27mZjKW— Hyde United FC (@hydeunited) October 16, 2017 6:47PM The difference the FA Cup actually makes I wrote this in January about just how much an FA Cup run is worth to a small club. It turns out the answer is everything. The FA awards a prize of £1.8million to the winners of the competition, the kind of short-change a Champions League club might use as a sweetener for a promising youth prospect’s signing-on fee. For non-league side Curzon Ashton just qualifying for the second round of the competition will, and has, had an enormous impact. Image Landscape Portrait Square Original/Custom Edit Selected Crop... Caption: Description: curzon ashton Agency: GETTY IMAGES Artist: Edit... Delete “It means so much to us a club,” says their CEO Natalie Atkinson. “The FA Cup is enabling us, through prize money, funds gained and TV money to work with the FA and football foundations to replace our 3G pitch next to the stadium.” Curzon Ashton, currently 15th in the National League North, lost 4-3 to AFC Wimbledon in December, conceding four goals in the final 10 minutes of the game. The prize for qualifying for the second round was £27,000, in addition to £18,000 earned from the first round. Those sucker-punch goals prevented a windfall of £67,500 for making it to third round. However, thanks to the wonder of television money, the club received more for their defeat to Wimbledon than they would have if they’d won a non-televised second round match. There's more on the article, if you fancy clicking on it. 6:30PM The magic of the cup This most holy of trophies always produces magical moments and even if a guilty few/most don't pay attention to the competition until their team is involved, those matches between minnows of the lower leagues and giants of... in this case, League One, are always thoroughly enjoyable. Sutton are looking to make a lot more money from another (pie free) run at the cup this year, Accrington Stanley's involvement will be upping the YouTube view count on this milk advert, and today is the first time I have ever heard of Gainsborough Trinity. Perhaps they will become my new favourite non-league - maybe they'll be yours! It all depends who has to play who - and which of those games the people in charge at BBC decide to broadcast... 6:15PM Good evening! Hello there sports fans. Welcome to our live coverage of what is sure to be a riveting FA Cup first round draw. The action will kick-off at 7:10pm and we'll keep you up to date with the draw as it happens. For right now, that wait should give you time to look at all the nice photographs of that weird looking sun from earlier today. It was like being in Blade Runner. 6:09PM Preview What is it? It's the draw for the first round proper of the FA Cup: the oldest competition in world football. The first round sees the 48 teams from League One and League Two joined by 32 non-league sides. When is it? Monday October 16. What time is it? The draw itself will begin at 7:10pm on Monday evening. The first round of the FA Cup will take place on Saturday November 4 Credit: AP What TV channel is it on? The draw will be broadcast live on both BBC Two and BT Sport. Mark Chapman will present the BBC's coverage of the draw in half-hour long episode from 7pm, while BT Sport 3's show will also begin at 7pm. When will the matches take place? The first round will take place over the weekend of Friday November 3 to Monday 6 November 2017 Who's in the hat? Sutton United made it to the fifth round of the FA Cup last season Credit: Getty Images Three teams from the eighth tier of English football are among the non-league teams in the hat for the first round. Hyde United, who play in the Northern Premier League, beat Scarborough Athletic on Sunday afternoon to book their place in the competition. Hampton and Richmond, who are coached by Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler, failed in their bid to reach the FA Cup proper after losing to National League South rivals Truro City. Truro's 2-0 victory over their league rivals means they become the first Cornwal team to reach the FA Cup first round since 1969. Billericay Town, whose current players include Jamie O'Hara, Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant, will also take their place in the draw. FA Cup first round numbers 1 ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2 AFC WIMBLEDON 3 BARNET 4 BLACKBURN ROVERS 5 BLACKPOOL 6 BRADFORD CITY 7 BRISTOL ROVERS 8 BURY 9 CAMBRIDGE UNITED 10 CARLISLE UNITED 11 CHARLTON ATHLETIC 12 CHELTENHAM TOWN 13 CHESTERFIELD 14 COLCHESTER UNITED 15 COVENTRY CITY 16 CRAWLEY TOWN 17 CREWE ALEXANDRA 18 DONCASTER ROVERS 19 EXETER CITY 20 FLEETWOOD TOWN 21 FOREST GREEN ROVERS 22 GILLINGHAM 23 GRIMSBY TOWN 24 LINCOLN CITY 25 LUTON TOWN 26 MANSFIELD TOWN 27 MILTON KEYNES DONS 28 MORECAMBE 29 NEWPORT COUNTY 30 NORTHAMPTON TOWN 31 NOTTS COUNTY 32 OLDHAM ATHLETIC 33 OXFORD UNITED 34 PETERBOROUGH UNITED 35 PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 36 PORT VALE 37 PORTSMOUTH 38 ROCHDALE 39 ROTHERHAM UNITED 40 SCUNTHORPE UNITED 41 SHREWSBURY TOWN 42 SOUTHEND UNITED 43 STEVENAGE 44 SWINDON TOWN 45 WALSALL 46 WIGAN ATHLETIC 47 WYCOMBE WANDERERS 48 YEOVIL TOWN 49 TRANMERE ROVERS 50 SOLIHULL MOORS OR OSSETT TOWN 51 HARTLEPOOL UNITED 52 SHAW LANE ASSOCIATION 53 CHORLEY OR BOSTON UNITED 54 AFC TELFORD UNITED 55 GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 56 NANTWICH TOWN OR KETTERING TOWN 57 GATESHEAD 58 GUISELEY 59 AFC FYLDE 60 KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 61 HYDE UNITED 62 MACCLESFIELD TOWN 63 BRACKLEY TOWN OR BILLERICAY TOWN 64 DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE OR LEYTON ORIENT 65 HEREFORD 66 ALDERSHOT TOWN 67 BATH CITY OR CHELMSFORD CITY 68 OXFORD CITY 69 MAIDENHEAD UNITED 70 HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 71 WOKING OR CONCORD RANGERS 72 TRURO CITY 73 DOVER ATHLETIC OR BROMLEY 74 SLOUGH TOWN 75 DARTFORD 76 BOREHAM WOOD 77 MAIDSTONE UNITED OR ENFIELD TOWN 78 LEATHERHEAD 79 SUTTON UNITED 80 EAST THURROCK UNITED OR EBBSFLEET UNITED
FA Cup first round draw: Hyde United (eighth tier) host MK Dons
7:28PM And that's the draw The excitement is over! No more balls will be drawn! Morecambe vs Hartlepool is pretty good, Doncaster will visit either East Thurrock or Ebsfleet. Hyde vs MK Dons is a brilliant tie for the minnows. I was really hoping for a Slough vs Swindon draw, purely for Office quotes. 7:25PM Eighth tier Hyde will play MK Dons! The crowd goes wild in the BBC studio as the draw is announced. That's the big club the players wanted. 7:24PM Lads, can we please have some music Or something. This draw is not one of the most exciting things I've ever seen on television. That Liverpool vs Man Utd game on Saturday was more entertaining. 7:21PM AFC Wimbledon vs Lincoln City AFC Wimbledon are one of the clubs to have benefited immensely from TV money brought by the FA Cup and they are drawn against Lincoln City. 7:19PM Some more fixtures for you Peterborough Utd v Tranmere Cambridge Utd v Sutton Utd Forest Green Rovers v Macclesfield Town AFC Fylde v Kidderminster Harriers Luton v Portsmouth Shrewsbury v Aldershot Hereford v AFC Telford Utd Guiseley v Accrington Stanley Blackburn Rovers v Barnet 7:16PM No huge match ups so far Bradford City v Chesterfield Port Vale v Oxford Utd Newport County v Walsall Morecambe v Hartlepool Utd 7:14PM And it's set of balls number eight And Lancelot is the FA Cup draw machine for tonight. What a hilarious National Lottery joke. And the first fixture is Stevenage vs Nantwich or Kettering. IT'S ALL KICKING OFF NOW, CLIVE. 7:12PM Your Davids, your Goliaths Hyde, Heybridge Swifts and Ossett Town are the lowest ranked teams in the competition, with all three occupying the eighth tier of English football. 7:10PM David Sharpe The Wigan chairman, grandson of Dave Whelan, fancies Wigan's chances this season. And now it's time for the draw! 7:05PM Who do the small teams want to get in the draw? According to a couple of Hyde football staff (manager and player), the management want to play against a team they can probably beat whereas the players want to draw Blackburn or Charlton - one of the 'big' clubs. Hyde actually own the record for biggest defeat in the FA Cup. A 26-0 hiding (see what I did) by Preston North End. 7:00PM The live coverage begins! Here we go. The draw is being held at Hyde United's ground. Look how cool their sun was earlier: Red sun today. FA Cup draw at Hyde United. Is that an omen. #EmiratesFACuppic.twitter.com/LoZ27mZjKW— Hyde United FC (@hydeunited) October 16, 2017 6:47PM The difference the FA Cup actually makes I wrote this in January about just how much an FA Cup run is worth to a small club. It turns out the answer is everything. The FA awards a prize of £1.8million to the winners of the competition, the kind of short-change a Champions League club might use as a sweetener for a promising youth prospect’s signing-on fee. For non-league side Curzon Ashton just qualifying for the second round of the competition will, and has, had an enormous impact. Image Landscape Portrait Square Original/Custom Edit Selected Crop... Caption: Description: curzon ashton Agency: GETTY IMAGES Artist: Edit... Delete “It means so much to us a club,” says their CEO Natalie Atkinson. “The FA Cup is enabling us, through prize money, funds gained and TV money to work with the FA and football foundations to replace our 3G pitch next to the stadium.” Curzon Ashton, currently 15th in the National League North, lost 4-3 to AFC Wimbledon in December, conceding four goals in the final 10 minutes of the game. The prize for qualifying for the second round was £27,000, in addition to £18,000 earned from the first round. Those sucker-punch goals prevented a windfall of £67,500 for making it to third round. However, thanks to the wonder of television money, the club received more for their defeat to Wimbledon than they would have if they’d won a non-televised second round match. There's more on the article, if you fancy clicking on it. 6:30PM The magic of the cup This most holy of trophies always produces magical moments and even if a guilty few/most don't pay attention to the competition until their team is involved, those matches between minnows of the lower leagues and giants of... in this case, League One, are always thoroughly enjoyable. Sutton are looking to make a lot more money from another (pie free) run at the cup this year, Accrington Stanley's involvement will be upping the YouTube view count on this milk advert, and today is the first time I have ever heard of Gainsborough Trinity. Perhaps they will become my new favourite non-league - maybe they'll be yours! It all depends who has to play who - and which of those games the people in charge at BBC decide to broadcast... 6:15PM Good evening! Hello there sports fans. Welcome to our live coverage of what is sure to be a riveting FA Cup first round draw. The action will kick-off at 7:10pm and we'll keep you up to date with the draw as it happens. For right now, that wait should give you time to look at all the nice photographs of that weird looking sun from earlier today. It was like being in Blade Runner. 6:09PM Preview What is it? It's the draw for the first round proper of the FA Cup: the oldest competition in world football. The first round sees the 48 teams from League One and League Two joined by 32 non-league sides. When is it? Monday October 16. What time is it? The draw itself will begin at 7:10pm on Monday evening. The first round of the FA Cup will take place on Saturday November 4 Credit: AP What TV channel is it on? The draw will be broadcast live on both BBC Two and BT Sport. Mark Chapman will present the BBC's coverage of the draw in half-hour long episode from 7pm, while BT Sport 3's show will also begin at 7pm. When will the matches take place? The first round will take place over the weekend of Friday November 3 to Monday 6 November 2017 Who's in the hat? Sutton United made it to the fifth round of the FA Cup last season Credit: Getty Images Three teams from the eighth tier of English football are among the non-league teams in the hat for the first round. Hyde United, who play in the Northern Premier League, beat Scarborough Athletic on Sunday afternoon to book their place in the competition. Hampton and Richmond, who are coached by Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler, failed in their bid to reach the FA Cup proper after losing to National League South rivals Truro City. Truro's 2-0 victory over their league rivals means they become the first Cornwal team to reach the FA Cup first round since 1969. Billericay Town, whose current players include Jamie O'Hara, Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant, will also take their place in the draw. FA Cup first round numbers 1 ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2 AFC WIMBLEDON 3 BARNET 4 BLACKBURN ROVERS 5 BLACKPOOL 6 BRADFORD CITY 7 BRISTOL ROVERS 8 BURY 9 CAMBRIDGE UNITED 10 CARLISLE UNITED 11 CHARLTON ATHLETIC 12 CHELTENHAM TOWN 13 CHESTERFIELD 14 COLCHESTER UNITED 15 COVENTRY CITY 16 CRAWLEY TOWN 17 CREWE ALEXANDRA 18 DONCASTER ROVERS 19 EXETER CITY 20 FLEETWOOD TOWN 21 FOREST GREEN ROVERS 22 GILLINGHAM 23 GRIMSBY TOWN 24 LINCOLN CITY 25 LUTON TOWN 26 MANSFIELD TOWN 27 MILTON KEYNES DONS 28 MORECAMBE 29 NEWPORT COUNTY 30 NORTHAMPTON TOWN 31 NOTTS COUNTY 32 OLDHAM ATHLETIC 33 OXFORD UNITED 34 PETERBOROUGH UNITED 35 PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 36 PORT VALE 37 PORTSMOUTH 38 ROCHDALE 39 ROTHERHAM UNITED 40 SCUNTHORPE UNITED 41 SHREWSBURY TOWN 42 SOUTHEND UNITED 43 STEVENAGE 44 SWINDON TOWN 45 WALSALL 46 WIGAN ATHLETIC 47 WYCOMBE WANDERERS 48 YEOVIL TOWN 49 TRANMERE ROVERS 50 SOLIHULL MOORS OR OSSETT TOWN 51 HARTLEPOOL UNITED 52 SHAW LANE ASSOCIATION 53 CHORLEY OR BOSTON UNITED 54 AFC TELFORD UNITED 55 GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 56 NANTWICH TOWN OR KETTERING TOWN 57 GATESHEAD 58 GUISELEY 59 AFC FYLDE 60 KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 61 HYDE UNITED 62 MACCLESFIELD TOWN 63 BRACKLEY TOWN OR BILLERICAY TOWN 64 DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE OR LEYTON ORIENT 65 HEREFORD 66 ALDERSHOT TOWN 67 BATH CITY OR CHELMSFORD CITY 68 OXFORD CITY 69 MAIDENHEAD UNITED 70 HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 71 WOKING OR CONCORD RANGERS 72 TRURO CITY 73 DOVER ATHLETIC OR BROMLEY 74 SLOUGH TOWN 75 DARTFORD 76 BOREHAM WOOD 77 MAIDSTONE UNITED OR ENFIELD TOWN 78 LEATHERHEAD 79 SUTTON UNITED 80 EAST THURROCK UNITED OR EBBSFLEET UNITED
 7:28PM And that's the draw The excitement is over! No more balls will be drawn! Morecambe vs Hartlepool is pretty good, Doncaster will visit either East Thurrock or Ebsfleet. Hyde vs MK Dons is a brilliant tie for the minnows. I was really hoping for a Slough vs Swindon draw, purely for Office quotes. 7:25PM Eighth tier Hyde will play MK Dons! The crowd goes wild in the BBC studio as the draw is announced. That's the big club the players wanted. 7:24PM Lads, can we please have some music Or something. This draw is not one of the most exciting things I've ever seen on television. That Liverpool vs Man Utd game on Saturday was more entertaining. 7:21PM AFC Wimbledon vs Lincoln City AFC Wimbledon are one of the clubs to have benefited immensely from TV money brought by the FA Cup and they are drawn against Lincoln City. 7:19PM Some more fixtures for you Peterborough Utd v Tranmere Cambridge Utd v Sutton Utd Forest Green Rovers v Macclesfield Town AFC Fylde v Kidderminster Harriers Luton v Portsmouth Shrewsbury v Aldershot Hereford v AFC Telford Utd Guiseley v Accrington Stanley Blackburn Rovers v Barnet 7:16PM No huge match ups so far Bradford City v Chesterfield Port Vale v Oxford Utd Newport County v Walsall Morecambe v Hartlepool Utd 7:14PM And it's set of balls number eight And Lancelot is the FA Cup draw machine for tonight. What a hilarious National Lottery joke. And the first fixture is Stevenage vs Nantwich or Kettering. IT'S ALL KICKING OFF NOW, CLIVE. 7:12PM Your Davids, your Goliaths Hyde, Heybridge Swifts and Ossett Town are the lowest ranked teams in the competition, with all three occupying the eighth tier of English football. 7:10PM David Sharpe The Wigan chairman, grandson of Dave Whelan, fancies Wigan's chances this season. And now it's time for the draw! 7:05PM Who do the small teams want to get in the draw? According to a couple of Hyde football staff (manager and player), the management want to play against a team they can probably beat whereas the players want to draw Blackburn or Charlton - one of the 'big' clubs. Hyde actually own the record for biggest defeat in the FA Cup. A 26-0 hiding (see what I did) by Preston North End. 7:00PM The live coverage begins! Here we go. The draw is being held at Hyde United's ground. Look how cool their sun was earlier: Red sun today. FA Cup draw at Hyde United. Is that an omen. #EmiratesFACuppic.twitter.com/LoZ27mZjKW— Hyde United FC (@hydeunited) October 16, 2017 6:47PM The difference the FA Cup actually makes I wrote this in January about just how much an FA Cup run is worth to a small club. It turns out the answer is everything. The FA awards a prize of £1.8million to the winners of the competition, the kind of short-change a Champions League club might use as a sweetener for a promising youth prospect’s signing-on fee. For non-league side Curzon Ashton just qualifying for the second round of the competition will, and has, had an enormous impact. Image Landscape Portrait Square Original/Custom Edit Selected Crop... Caption: Description: curzon ashton Agency: GETTY IMAGES Artist: Edit... Delete “It means so much to us a club,” says their CEO Natalie Atkinson. “The FA Cup is enabling us, through prize money, funds gained and TV money to work with the FA and football foundations to replace our 3G pitch next to the stadium.” Curzon Ashton, currently 15th in the National League North, lost 4-3 to AFC Wimbledon in December, conceding four goals in the final 10 minutes of the game. The prize for qualifying for the second round was £27,000, in addition to £18,000 earned from the first round. Those sucker-punch goals prevented a windfall of £67,500 for making it to third round. However, thanks to the wonder of television money, the club received more for their defeat to Wimbledon than they would have if they’d won a non-televised second round match. There's more on the article, if you fancy clicking on it. 6:30PM The magic of the cup This most holy of trophies always produces magical moments and even if a guilty few/most don't pay attention to the competition until their team is involved, those matches between minnows of the lower leagues and giants of... in this case, League One, are always thoroughly enjoyable. Sutton are looking to make a lot more money from another (pie free) run at the cup this year, Accrington Stanley's involvement will be upping the YouTube view count on this milk advert, and today is the first time I have ever heard of Gainsborough Trinity. Perhaps they will become my new favourite non-league - maybe they'll be yours! It all depends who has to play who - and which of those games the people in charge at BBC decide to broadcast... 6:15PM Good evening! Hello there sports fans. Welcome to our live coverage of what is sure to be a riveting FA Cup first round draw. The action will kick-off at 7:10pm and we'll keep you up to date with the draw as it happens. For right now, that wait should give you time to look at all the nice photographs of that weird looking sun from earlier today. It was like being in Blade Runner. 6:09PM Preview What is it? It's the draw for the first round proper of the FA Cup: the oldest competition in world football. The first round sees the 48 teams from League One and League Two joined by 32 non-league sides. When is it? Monday October 16. What time is it? The draw itself will begin at 7:10pm on Monday evening. The first round of the FA Cup will take place on Saturday November 4 Credit: AP What TV channel is it on? The draw will be broadcast live on both BBC Two and BT Sport. Mark Chapman will present the BBC's coverage of the draw in half-hour long episode from 7pm, while BT Sport 3's show will also begin at 7pm. When will the matches take place? The first round will take place over the weekend of Friday November 3 to Monday 6 November 2017 Who's in the hat? Sutton United made it to the fifth round of the FA Cup last season Credit: Getty Images Three teams from the eighth tier of English football are among the non-league teams in the hat for the first round. Hyde United, who play in the Northern Premier League, beat Scarborough Athletic on Sunday afternoon to book their place in the competition. Hampton and Richmond, who are coached by Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler, failed in their bid to reach the FA Cup proper after losing to National League South rivals Truro City. Truro's 2-0 victory over their league rivals means they become the first Cornwal team to reach the FA Cup first round since 1969. Billericay Town, whose current players include Jamie O'Hara, Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant, will also take their place in the draw. FA Cup first round numbers 1 ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2 AFC WIMBLEDON 3 BARNET 4 BLACKBURN ROVERS 5 BLACKPOOL 6 BRADFORD CITY 7 BRISTOL ROVERS 8 BURY 9 CAMBRIDGE UNITED 10 CARLISLE UNITED 11 CHARLTON ATHLETIC 12 CHELTENHAM TOWN 13 CHESTERFIELD 14 COLCHESTER UNITED 15 COVENTRY CITY 16 CRAWLEY TOWN 17 CREWE ALEXANDRA 18 DONCASTER ROVERS 19 EXETER CITY 20 FLEETWOOD TOWN 21 FOREST GREEN ROVERS 22 GILLINGHAM 23 GRIMSBY TOWN 24 LINCOLN CITY 25 LUTON TOWN 26 MANSFIELD TOWN 27 MILTON KEYNES DONS 28 MORECAMBE 29 NEWPORT COUNTY 30 NORTHAMPTON TOWN 31 NOTTS COUNTY 32 OLDHAM ATHLETIC 33 OXFORD UNITED 34 PETERBOROUGH UNITED 35 PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 36 PORT VALE 37 PORTSMOUTH 38 ROCHDALE 39 ROTHERHAM UNITED 40 SCUNTHORPE UNITED 41 SHREWSBURY TOWN 42 SOUTHEND UNITED 43 STEVENAGE 44 SWINDON TOWN 45 WALSALL 46 WIGAN ATHLETIC 47 WYCOMBE WANDERERS 48 YEOVIL TOWN 49 TRANMERE ROVERS 50 SOLIHULL MOORS OR OSSETT TOWN 51 HARTLEPOOL UNITED 52 SHAW LANE ASSOCIATION 53 CHORLEY OR BOSTON UNITED 54 AFC TELFORD UNITED 55 GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 56 NANTWICH TOWN OR KETTERING TOWN 57 GATESHEAD 58 GUISELEY 59 AFC FYLDE 60 KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 61 HYDE UNITED 62 MACCLESFIELD TOWN 63 BRACKLEY TOWN OR BILLERICAY TOWN 64 DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE OR LEYTON ORIENT 65 HEREFORD 66 ALDERSHOT TOWN 67 BATH CITY OR CHELMSFORD CITY 68 OXFORD CITY 69 MAIDENHEAD UNITED 70 HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 71 WOKING OR CONCORD RANGERS 72 TRURO CITY 73 DOVER ATHLETIC OR BROMLEY 74 SLOUGH TOWN 75 DARTFORD 76 BOREHAM WOOD 77 MAIDSTONE UNITED OR ENFIELD TOWN 78 LEATHERHEAD 79 SUTTON UNITED 80 EAST THURROCK UNITED OR EBBSFLEET UNITED
FA Cup first round draw: Hyde United (eighth tier) host MK Dons
7:28PM And that's the draw The excitement is over! No more balls will be drawn! Morecambe vs Hartlepool is pretty good, Doncaster will visit either East Thurrock or Ebsfleet. Hyde vs MK Dons is a brilliant tie for the minnows. I was really hoping for a Slough vs Swindon draw, purely for Office quotes. 7:25PM Eighth tier Hyde will play MK Dons! The crowd goes wild in the BBC studio as the draw is announced. That's the big club the players wanted. 7:24PM Lads, can we please have some music Or something. This draw is not one of the most exciting things I've ever seen on television. That Liverpool vs Man Utd game on Saturday was more entertaining. 7:21PM AFC Wimbledon vs Lincoln City AFC Wimbledon are one of the clubs to have benefited immensely from TV money brought by the FA Cup and they are drawn against Lincoln City. 7:19PM Some more fixtures for you Peterborough Utd v Tranmere Cambridge Utd v Sutton Utd Forest Green Rovers v Macclesfield Town AFC Fylde v Kidderminster Harriers Luton v Portsmouth Shrewsbury v Aldershot Hereford v AFC Telford Utd Guiseley v Accrington Stanley Blackburn Rovers v Barnet 7:16PM No huge match ups so far Bradford City v Chesterfield Port Vale v Oxford Utd Newport County v Walsall Morecambe v Hartlepool Utd 7:14PM And it's set of balls number eight And Lancelot is the FA Cup draw machine for tonight. What a hilarious National Lottery joke. And the first fixture is Stevenage vs Nantwich or Kettering. IT'S ALL KICKING OFF NOW, CLIVE. 7:12PM Your Davids, your Goliaths Hyde, Heybridge Swifts and Ossett Town are the lowest ranked teams in the competition, with all three occupying the eighth tier of English football. 7:10PM David Sharpe The Wigan chairman, grandson of Dave Whelan, fancies Wigan's chances this season. And now it's time for the draw! 7:05PM Who do the small teams want to get in the draw? According to a couple of Hyde football staff (manager and player), the management want to play against a team they can probably beat whereas the players want to draw Blackburn or Charlton - one of the 'big' clubs. Hyde actually own the record for biggest defeat in the FA Cup. A 26-0 hiding (see what I did) by Preston North End. 7:00PM The live coverage begins! Here we go. The draw is being held at Hyde United's ground. Look how cool their sun was earlier: Red sun today. FA Cup draw at Hyde United. Is that an omen. #EmiratesFACuppic.twitter.com/LoZ27mZjKW— Hyde United FC (@hydeunited) October 16, 2017 6:47PM The difference the FA Cup actually makes I wrote this in January about just how much an FA Cup run is worth to a small club. It turns out the answer is everything. The FA awards a prize of £1.8million to the winners of the competition, the kind of short-change a Champions League club might use as a sweetener for a promising youth prospect’s signing-on fee. For non-league side Curzon Ashton just qualifying for the second round of the competition will, and has, had an enormous impact. Image Landscape Portrait Square Original/Custom Edit Selected Crop... Caption: Description: curzon ashton Agency: GETTY IMAGES Artist: Edit... Delete “It means so much to us a club,” says their CEO Natalie Atkinson. “The FA Cup is enabling us, through prize money, funds gained and TV money to work with the FA and football foundations to replace our 3G pitch next to the stadium.” Curzon Ashton, currently 15th in the National League North, lost 4-3 to AFC Wimbledon in December, conceding four goals in the final 10 minutes of the game. The prize for qualifying for the second round was £27,000, in addition to £18,000 earned from the first round. Those sucker-punch goals prevented a windfall of £67,500 for making it to third round. However, thanks to the wonder of television money, the club received more for their defeat to Wimbledon than they would have if they’d won a non-televised second round match. There's more on the article, if you fancy clicking on it. 6:30PM The magic of the cup This most holy of trophies always produces magical moments and even if a guilty few/most don't pay attention to the competition until their team is involved, those matches between minnows of the lower leagues and giants of... in this case, League One, are always thoroughly enjoyable. Sutton are looking to make a lot more money from another (pie free) run at the cup this year, Accrington Stanley's involvement will be upping the YouTube view count on this milk advert, and today is the first time I have ever heard of Gainsborough Trinity. Perhaps they will become my new favourite non-league - maybe they'll be yours! It all depends who has to play who - and which of those games the people in charge at BBC decide to broadcast... 6:15PM Good evening! Hello there sports fans. Welcome to our live coverage of what is sure to be a riveting FA Cup first round draw. The action will kick-off at 7:10pm and we'll keep you up to date with the draw as it happens. For right now, that wait should give you time to look at all the nice photographs of that weird looking sun from earlier today. It was like being in Blade Runner. 6:09PM Preview What is it? It's the draw for the first round proper of the FA Cup: the oldest competition in world football. The first round sees the 48 teams from League One and League Two joined by 32 non-league sides. When is it? Monday October 16. What time is it? The draw itself will begin at 7:10pm on Monday evening. The first round of the FA Cup will take place on Saturday November 4 Credit: AP What TV channel is it on? The draw will be broadcast live on both BBC Two and BT Sport. Mark Chapman will present the BBC's coverage of the draw in half-hour long episode from 7pm, while BT Sport 3's show will also begin at 7pm. When will the matches take place? The first round will take place over the weekend of Friday November 3 to Monday 6 November 2017 Who's in the hat? Sutton United made it to the fifth round of the FA Cup last season Credit: Getty Images Three teams from the eighth tier of English football are among the non-league teams in the hat for the first round. Hyde United, who play in the Northern Premier League, beat Scarborough Athletic on Sunday afternoon to book their place in the competition. Hampton and Richmond, who are coached by Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler, failed in their bid to reach the FA Cup proper after losing to National League South rivals Truro City. Truro's 2-0 victory over their league rivals means they become the first Cornwal team to reach the FA Cup first round since 1969. Billericay Town, whose current players include Jamie O'Hara, Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant, will also take their place in the draw. FA Cup first round numbers 1 ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2 AFC WIMBLEDON 3 BARNET 4 BLACKBURN ROVERS 5 BLACKPOOL 6 BRADFORD CITY 7 BRISTOL ROVERS 8 BURY 9 CAMBRIDGE UNITED 10 CARLISLE UNITED 11 CHARLTON ATHLETIC 12 CHELTENHAM TOWN 13 CHESTERFIELD 14 COLCHESTER UNITED 15 COVENTRY CITY 16 CRAWLEY TOWN 17 CREWE ALEXANDRA 18 DONCASTER ROVERS 19 EXETER CITY 20 FLEETWOOD TOWN 21 FOREST GREEN ROVERS 22 GILLINGHAM 23 GRIMSBY TOWN 24 LINCOLN CITY 25 LUTON TOWN 26 MANSFIELD TOWN 27 MILTON KEYNES DONS 28 MORECAMBE 29 NEWPORT COUNTY 30 NORTHAMPTON TOWN 31 NOTTS COUNTY 32 OLDHAM ATHLETIC 33 OXFORD UNITED 34 PETERBOROUGH UNITED 35 PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 36 PORT VALE 37 PORTSMOUTH 38 ROCHDALE 39 ROTHERHAM UNITED 40 SCUNTHORPE UNITED 41 SHREWSBURY TOWN 42 SOUTHEND UNITED 43 STEVENAGE 44 SWINDON TOWN 45 WALSALL 46 WIGAN ATHLETIC 47 WYCOMBE WANDERERS 48 YEOVIL TOWN 49 TRANMERE ROVERS 50 SOLIHULL MOORS OR OSSETT TOWN 51 HARTLEPOOL UNITED 52 SHAW LANE ASSOCIATION 53 CHORLEY OR BOSTON UNITED 54 AFC TELFORD UNITED 55 GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 56 NANTWICH TOWN OR KETTERING TOWN 57 GATESHEAD 58 GUISELEY 59 AFC FYLDE 60 KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 61 HYDE UNITED 62 MACCLESFIELD TOWN 63 BRACKLEY TOWN OR BILLERICAY TOWN 64 DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE OR LEYTON ORIENT 65 HEREFORD 66 ALDERSHOT TOWN 67 BATH CITY OR CHELMSFORD CITY 68 OXFORD CITY 69 MAIDENHEAD UNITED 70 HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 71 WOKING OR CONCORD RANGERS 72 TRURO CITY 73 DOVER ATHLETIC OR BROMLEY 74 SLOUGH TOWN 75 DARTFORD 76 BOREHAM WOOD 77 MAIDSTONE UNITED OR ENFIELD TOWN 78 LEATHERHEAD 79 SUTTON UNITED 80 EAST THURROCK UNITED OR EBBSFLEET UNITED
 7:28PM And that's the draw The excitement is over! No more balls will be drawn! Morecambe vs Hartlepool is pretty good, Doncaster will visit either East Thurrock or Ebsfleet. Hyde vs MK Dons is a brilliant tie for the minnows. I was really hoping for a Slough vs Swindon draw, purely for Office quotes. 7:25PM Eighth tier Hyde will play MK Dons! The crowd goes wild in the BBC studio as the draw is announced. That's the big club the players wanted. 7:24PM Lads, can we please have some music Or something. This draw is not one of the most exciting things I've ever seen on television. That Liverpool vs Man Utd game on Saturday was more entertaining. 7:21PM AFC Wimbledon vs Lincoln City AFC Wimbledon are one of the clubs to have benefited immensely from TV money brought by the FA Cup and they are drawn against Lincoln City. 7:19PM Some more fixtures for you Peterborough Utd v Tranmere Cambridge Utd v Sutton Utd Forest Green Rovers v Macclesfield Town AFC Fylde v Kidderminster Harriers Luton v Portsmouth Shrewsbury v Aldershot Hereford v AFC Telford Utd Guiseley v Accrington Stanley Blackburn Rovers v Barnet 7:16PM No huge match ups so far Bradford City v Chesterfield Port Vale v Oxford Utd Newport County v Walsall Morecambe v Hartlepool Utd 7:14PM And it's set of balls number eight And Lancelot is the FA Cup draw machine for tonight. What a hilarious National Lottery joke. And the first fixture is Stevenage vs Nantwich or Kettering. IT'S ALL KICKING OFF NOW, CLIVE. 7:12PM Your Davids, your Goliaths Hyde, Heybridge Swifts and Ossett Town are the lowest ranked teams in the competition, with all three occupying the eighth tier of English football. 7:10PM David Sharpe The Wigan chairman, grandson of Dave Whelan, fancies Wigan's chances this season. And now it's time for the draw! 7:05PM Who do the small teams want to get in the draw? According to a couple of Hyde football staff (manager and player), the management want to play against a team they can probably beat whereas the players want to draw Blackburn or Charlton - one of the 'big' clubs. Hyde actually own the record for biggest defeat in the FA Cup. A 26-0 hiding (see what I did) by Preston North End. 7:00PM The live coverage begins! Here we go. The draw is being held at Hyde United's ground. Look how cool their sun was earlier: Red sun today. FA Cup draw at Hyde United. Is that an omen. #EmiratesFACuppic.twitter.com/LoZ27mZjKW— Hyde United FC (@hydeunited) October 16, 2017 6:47PM The difference the FA Cup actually makes I wrote this in January about just how much an FA Cup run is worth to a small club. It turns out the answer is everything. The FA awards a prize of £1.8million to the winners of the competition, the kind of short-change a Champions League club might use as a sweetener for a promising youth prospect’s signing-on fee. For non-league side Curzon Ashton just qualifying for the second round of the competition will, and has, had an enormous impact. Image Landscape Portrait Square Original/Custom Edit Selected Crop... Caption: Description: curzon ashton Agency: GETTY IMAGES Artist: Edit... Delete “It means so much to us a club,” says their CEO Natalie Atkinson. “The FA Cup is enabling us, through prize money, funds gained and TV money to work with the FA and football foundations to replace our 3G pitch next to the stadium.” Curzon Ashton, currently 15th in the National League North, lost 4-3 to AFC Wimbledon in December, conceding four goals in the final 10 minutes of the game. The prize for qualifying for the second round was £27,000, in addition to £18,000 earned from the first round. Those sucker-punch goals prevented a windfall of £67,500 for making it to third round. However, thanks to the wonder of television money, the club received more for their defeat to Wimbledon than they would have if they’d won a non-televised second round match. There's more on the article, if you fancy clicking on it. 6:30PM The magic of the cup This most holy of trophies always produces magical moments and even if a guilty few/most don't pay attention to the competition until their team is involved, those matches between minnows of the lower leagues and giants of... in this case, League One, are always thoroughly enjoyable. Sutton are looking to make a lot more money from another (pie free) run at the cup this year, Accrington Stanley's involvement will be upping the YouTube view count on this milk advert, and today is the first time I have ever heard of Gainsborough Trinity. Perhaps they will become my new favourite non-league - maybe they'll be yours! It all depends who has to play who - and which of those games the people in charge at BBC decide to broadcast... 6:15PM Good evening! Hello there sports fans. Welcome to our live coverage of what is sure to be a riveting FA Cup first round draw. The action will kick-off at 7:10pm and we'll keep you up to date with the draw as it happens. For right now, that wait should give you time to look at all the nice photographs of that weird looking sun from earlier today. It was like being in Blade Runner. 6:09PM Preview What is it? It's the draw for the first round proper of the FA Cup: the oldest competition in world football. The first round sees the 48 teams from League One and League Two joined by 32 non-league sides. When is it? Monday October 16. What time is it? The draw itself will begin at 7:10pm on Monday evening. The first round of the FA Cup will take place on Saturday November 4 Credit: AP What TV channel is it on? The draw will be broadcast live on both BBC Two and BT Sport. Mark Chapman will present the BBC's coverage of the draw in half-hour long episode from 7pm, while BT Sport 3's show will also begin at 7pm. When will the matches take place? The first round will take place over the weekend of Friday November 3 to Monday 6 November 2017 Who's in the hat? Sutton United made it to the fifth round of the FA Cup last season Credit: Getty Images Three teams from the eighth tier of English football are among the non-league teams in the hat for the first round. Hyde United, who play in the Northern Premier League, beat Scarborough Athletic on Sunday afternoon to book their place in the competition. Hampton and Richmond, who are coached by Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler, failed in their bid to reach the FA Cup proper after losing to National League South rivals Truro City. Truro's 2-0 victory over their league rivals means they become the first Cornwal team to reach the FA Cup first round since 1969. Billericay Town, whose current players include Jamie O'Hara, Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant, will also take their place in the draw. FA Cup first round numbers 1 ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2 AFC WIMBLEDON 3 BARNET 4 BLACKBURN ROVERS 5 BLACKPOOL 6 BRADFORD CITY 7 BRISTOL ROVERS 8 BURY 9 CAMBRIDGE UNITED 10 CARLISLE UNITED 11 CHARLTON ATHLETIC 12 CHELTENHAM TOWN 13 CHESTERFIELD 14 COLCHESTER UNITED 15 COVENTRY CITY 16 CRAWLEY TOWN 17 CREWE ALEXANDRA 18 DONCASTER ROVERS 19 EXETER CITY 20 FLEETWOOD TOWN 21 FOREST GREEN ROVERS 22 GILLINGHAM 23 GRIMSBY TOWN 24 LINCOLN CITY 25 LUTON TOWN 26 MANSFIELD TOWN 27 MILTON KEYNES DONS 28 MORECAMBE 29 NEWPORT COUNTY 30 NORTHAMPTON TOWN 31 NOTTS COUNTY 32 OLDHAM ATHLETIC 33 OXFORD UNITED 34 PETERBOROUGH UNITED 35 PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 36 PORT VALE 37 PORTSMOUTH 38 ROCHDALE 39 ROTHERHAM UNITED 40 SCUNTHORPE UNITED 41 SHREWSBURY TOWN 42 SOUTHEND UNITED 43 STEVENAGE 44 SWINDON TOWN 45 WALSALL 46 WIGAN ATHLETIC 47 WYCOMBE WANDERERS 48 YEOVIL TOWN 49 TRANMERE ROVERS 50 SOLIHULL MOORS OR OSSETT TOWN 51 HARTLEPOOL UNITED 52 SHAW LANE ASSOCIATION 53 CHORLEY OR BOSTON UNITED 54 AFC TELFORD UNITED 55 GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 56 NANTWICH TOWN OR KETTERING TOWN 57 GATESHEAD 58 GUISELEY 59 AFC FYLDE 60 KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 61 HYDE UNITED 62 MACCLESFIELD TOWN 63 BRACKLEY TOWN OR BILLERICAY TOWN 64 DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE OR LEYTON ORIENT 65 HEREFORD 66 ALDERSHOT TOWN 67 BATH CITY OR CHELMSFORD CITY 68 OXFORD CITY 69 MAIDENHEAD UNITED 70 HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 71 WOKING OR CONCORD RANGERS 72 TRURO CITY 73 DOVER ATHLETIC OR BROMLEY 74 SLOUGH TOWN 75 DARTFORD 76 BOREHAM WOOD 77 MAIDSTONE UNITED OR ENFIELD TOWN 78 LEATHERHEAD 79 SUTTON UNITED 80 EAST THURROCK UNITED OR EBBSFLEET UNITED
FA Cup first round draw: Hyde United (eighth tier) host MK Dons
7:28PM And that's the draw The excitement is over! No more balls will be drawn! Morecambe vs Hartlepool is pretty good, Doncaster will visit either East Thurrock or Ebsfleet. Hyde vs MK Dons is a brilliant tie for the minnows. I was really hoping for a Slough vs Swindon draw, purely for Office quotes. 7:25PM Eighth tier Hyde will play MK Dons! The crowd goes wild in the BBC studio as the draw is announced. That's the big club the players wanted. 7:24PM Lads, can we please have some music Or something. This draw is not one of the most exciting things I've ever seen on television. That Liverpool vs Man Utd game on Saturday was more entertaining. 7:21PM AFC Wimbledon vs Lincoln City AFC Wimbledon are one of the clubs to have benefited immensely from TV money brought by the FA Cup and they are drawn against Lincoln City. 7:19PM Some more fixtures for you Peterborough Utd v Tranmere Cambridge Utd v Sutton Utd Forest Green Rovers v Macclesfield Town AFC Fylde v Kidderminster Harriers Luton v Portsmouth Shrewsbury v Aldershot Hereford v AFC Telford Utd Guiseley v Accrington Stanley Blackburn Rovers v Barnet 7:16PM No huge match ups so far Bradford City v Chesterfield Port Vale v Oxford Utd Newport County v Walsall Morecambe v Hartlepool Utd 7:14PM And it's set of balls number eight And Lancelot is the FA Cup draw machine for tonight. What a hilarious National Lottery joke. And the first fixture is Stevenage vs Nantwich or Kettering. IT'S ALL KICKING OFF NOW, CLIVE. 7:12PM Your Davids, your Goliaths Hyde, Heybridge Swifts and Ossett Town are the lowest ranked teams in the competition, with all three occupying the eighth tier of English football. 7:10PM David Sharpe The Wigan chairman, grandson of Dave Whelan, fancies Wigan's chances this season. And now it's time for the draw! 7:05PM Who do the small teams want to get in the draw? According to a couple of Hyde football staff (manager and player), the management want to play against a team they can probably beat whereas the players want to draw Blackburn or Charlton - one of the 'big' clubs. Hyde actually own the record for biggest defeat in the FA Cup. A 26-0 hiding (see what I did) by Preston North End. 7:00PM The live coverage begins! Here we go. The draw is being held at Hyde United's ground. Look how cool their sun was earlier: Red sun today. FA Cup draw at Hyde United. Is that an omen. #EmiratesFACuppic.twitter.com/LoZ27mZjKW— Hyde United FC (@hydeunited) October 16, 2017 6:47PM The difference the FA Cup actually makes I wrote this in January about just how much an FA Cup run is worth to a small club. It turns out the answer is everything. The FA awards a prize of £1.8million to the winners of the competition, the kind of short-change a Champions League club might use as a sweetener for a promising youth prospect’s signing-on fee. For non-league side Curzon Ashton just qualifying for the second round of the competition will, and has, had an enormous impact. Image Landscape Portrait Square Original/Custom Edit Selected Crop... Caption: Description: curzon ashton Agency: GETTY IMAGES Artist: Edit... Delete “It means so much to us a club,” says their CEO Natalie Atkinson. “The FA Cup is enabling us, through prize money, funds gained and TV money to work with the FA and football foundations to replace our 3G pitch next to the stadium.” Curzon Ashton, currently 15th in the National League North, lost 4-3 to AFC Wimbledon in December, conceding four goals in the final 10 minutes of the game. The prize for qualifying for the second round was £27,000, in addition to £18,000 earned from the first round. Those sucker-punch goals prevented a windfall of £67,500 for making it to third round. However, thanks to the wonder of television money, the club received more for their defeat to Wimbledon than they would have if they’d won a non-televised second round match. There's more on the article, if you fancy clicking on it. 6:30PM The magic of the cup This most holy of trophies always produces magical moments and even if a guilty few/most don't pay attention to the competition until their team is involved, those matches between minnows of the lower leagues and giants of... in this case, League One, are always thoroughly enjoyable. Sutton are looking to make a lot more money from another (pie free) run at the cup this year, Accrington Stanley's involvement will be upping the YouTube view count on this milk advert, and today is the first time I have ever heard of Gainsborough Trinity. Perhaps they will become my new favourite non-league - maybe they'll be yours! It all depends who has to play who - and which of those games the people in charge at BBC decide to broadcast... 6:15PM Good evening! Hello there sports fans. Welcome to our live coverage of what is sure to be a riveting FA Cup first round draw. The action will kick-off at 7:10pm and we'll keep you up to date with the draw as it happens. For right now, that wait should give you time to look at all the nice photographs of that weird looking sun from earlier today. It was like being in Blade Runner. 6:09PM Preview What is it? It's the draw for the first round proper of the FA Cup: the oldest competition in world football. The first round sees the 48 teams from League One and League Two joined by 32 non-league sides. When is it? Monday October 16. What time is it? The draw itself will begin at 7:10pm on Monday evening. The first round of the FA Cup will take place on Saturday November 4 Credit: AP What TV channel is it on? The draw will be broadcast live on both BBC Two and BT Sport. Mark Chapman will present the BBC's coverage of the draw in half-hour long episode from 7pm, while BT Sport 3's show will also begin at 7pm. When will the matches take place? The first round will take place over the weekend of Friday November 3 to Monday 6 November 2017 Who's in the hat? Sutton United made it to the fifth round of the FA Cup last season Credit: Getty Images Three teams from the eighth tier of English football are among the non-league teams in the hat for the first round. Hyde United, who play in the Northern Premier League, beat Scarborough Athletic on Sunday afternoon to book their place in the competition. Hampton and Richmond, who are coached by Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler, failed in their bid to reach the FA Cup proper after losing to National League South rivals Truro City. Truro's 2-0 victory over their league rivals means they become the first Cornwal team to reach the FA Cup first round since 1969. Billericay Town, whose current players include Jamie O'Hara, Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant, will also take their place in the draw. FA Cup first round numbers 1 ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2 AFC WIMBLEDON 3 BARNET 4 BLACKBURN ROVERS 5 BLACKPOOL 6 BRADFORD CITY 7 BRISTOL ROVERS 8 BURY 9 CAMBRIDGE UNITED 10 CARLISLE UNITED 11 CHARLTON ATHLETIC 12 CHELTENHAM TOWN 13 CHESTERFIELD 14 COLCHESTER UNITED 15 COVENTRY CITY 16 CRAWLEY TOWN 17 CREWE ALEXANDRA 18 DONCASTER ROVERS 19 EXETER CITY 20 FLEETWOOD TOWN 21 FOREST GREEN ROVERS 22 GILLINGHAM 23 GRIMSBY TOWN 24 LINCOLN CITY 25 LUTON TOWN 26 MANSFIELD TOWN 27 MILTON KEYNES DONS 28 MORECAMBE 29 NEWPORT COUNTY 30 NORTHAMPTON TOWN 31 NOTTS COUNTY 32 OLDHAM ATHLETIC 33 OXFORD UNITED 34 PETERBOROUGH UNITED 35 PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 36 PORT VALE 37 PORTSMOUTH 38 ROCHDALE 39 ROTHERHAM UNITED 40 SCUNTHORPE UNITED 41 SHREWSBURY TOWN 42 SOUTHEND UNITED 43 STEVENAGE 44 SWINDON TOWN 45 WALSALL 46 WIGAN ATHLETIC 47 WYCOMBE WANDERERS 48 YEOVIL TOWN 49 TRANMERE ROVERS 50 SOLIHULL MOORS OR OSSETT TOWN 51 HARTLEPOOL UNITED 52 SHAW LANE ASSOCIATION 53 CHORLEY OR BOSTON UNITED 54 AFC TELFORD UNITED 55 GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 56 NANTWICH TOWN OR KETTERING TOWN 57 GATESHEAD 58 GUISELEY 59 AFC FYLDE 60 KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 61 HYDE UNITED 62 MACCLESFIELD TOWN 63 BRACKLEY TOWN OR BILLERICAY TOWN 64 DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE OR LEYTON ORIENT 65 HEREFORD 66 ALDERSHOT TOWN 67 BATH CITY OR CHELMSFORD CITY 68 OXFORD CITY 69 MAIDENHEAD UNITED 70 HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 71 WOKING OR CONCORD RANGERS 72 TRURO CITY 73 DOVER ATHLETIC OR BROMLEY 74 SLOUGH TOWN 75 DARTFORD 76 BOREHAM WOOD 77 MAIDSTONE UNITED OR ENFIELD TOWN 78 LEATHERHEAD 79 SUTTON UNITED 80 EAST THURROCK UNITED OR EBBSFLEET UNITED
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League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City
Soccer Football - League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - October 7, 2017 MK Dons manager Robbie Neilson Action Images/Alan Walter EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - October 7, 2017 Bradford's Romain Vincelot celebrates with team mates after scoring their first goal Action Images/Alan Walter EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City
Soccer Football - League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - October 7, 2017 Bradford's Romain Vincelot celebrates with team mates after scoring their first goal Action Images/Alan Walter EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - October 7, 2017 Bradford's Charlie Wyke celebrates with Matthew Kilgallon after scoring their second goal Action Images/Alan Walter EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City
Soccer Football - League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - October 7, 2017 Bradford's Charlie Wyke celebrates with Matthew Kilgallon after scoring their second goal Action Images/Alan Walter EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - October 7, 2017 MK Dons' Ethan Ebanks-Landell celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images/Alan Walter EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City
Soccer Football - League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - October 7, 2017 MK Dons' Ethan Ebanks-Landell celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images/Alan Walter EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - October 7, 2017 Bradford City manager Stuart McCall Action Images/Alan Walter EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City
Soccer Football - League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - October 7, 2017 Bradford City manager Stuart McCall Action Images/Alan Walter EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - October 7, 2017 MK Dons' Aaron Tshibola protests after being sent off Action Images/Alan Walter EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City
Soccer Football - League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - October 7, 2017 MK Dons' Aaron Tshibola protests after being sent off Action Images/Alan Walter EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - October 7, 2017 Bradford's Romain Vincelot scores their first goal Action Images/Alan Walter EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City
Soccer Football - League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - October 7, 2017 Bradford's Romain Vincelot scores their first goal Action Images/Alan Walter EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - October 7, 2017 Bradford's Romain Vincelot celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images/Alan Walter EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City
Soccer Football - League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - October 7, 2017 Bradford's Romain Vincelot celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images/Alan Walter EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - October 7, 2017 Bradford's Romain Vincelot celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images/Alan Walter EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City
Soccer Football - League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - October 7, 2017 Bradford's Romain Vincelot celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images/Alan Walter EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - October 7, 2017 Bradford City manager Stuart McCall Action Images/Alan Walter EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City
Soccer Football - League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - October 7, 2017 Bradford City manager Stuart McCall Action Images/Alan Walter EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - October 7, 2017 Bradford's Romain Vincelot in action with MK Dons' Aaron Tshibola Action Images/Alan Walter EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City
Soccer Football - League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - October 7, 2017 Bradford's Romain Vincelot in action with MK Dons' Aaron Tshibola Action Images/Alan Walter EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - October 7, 2017 Bradford's Romain Vincelot in action with MK Dons' Aaron Tshibola Action Images/Alan Walter EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City
Soccer Football - League One - Milton Keynes Dons vs Bradford City - Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain - October 7, 2017 Bradford's Romain Vincelot in action with MK Dons' Aaron Tshibola Action Images/Alan Walter EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - AFC Wimbledon vs Milton Keynes Dons - Kingsmeadow, London, Britain - September 22, 2017 AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley looks dejected after the match Action Images/Tony O'Brien EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - AFC Wimbledon vs Milton Keynes Dons
Soccer Football - League One - AFC Wimbledon vs Milton Keynes Dons - Kingsmeadow, London, Britain - September 22, 2017 AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley looks dejected after the match Action Images/Tony O'Brien EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - AFC Wimbledon vs Milton Keynes Dons - Kingsmeadow, London, Britain - September 22, 2017 AFC Wimbledon's Cody Mcdonald in action with MK Dons' Lee Nicholls Action Images/Tony O'Brien EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - AFC Wimbledon vs Milton Keynes Dons
Soccer Football - League One - AFC Wimbledon vs Milton Keynes Dons - Kingsmeadow, London, Britain - September 22, 2017 AFC Wimbledon's Cody Mcdonald in action with MK Dons' Lee Nicholls Action Images/Tony O'Brien EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - AFC Wimbledon vs Milton Keynes Dons - Kingsmeadow, London, Britain - September 22, 2017 AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley looks dejected after the match Action Images/Tony O'Brien EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - AFC Wimbledon vs Milton Keynes Dons
Soccer Football - League One - AFC Wimbledon vs Milton Keynes Dons - Kingsmeadow, London, Britain - September 22, 2017 AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley looks dejected after the match Action Images/Tony O'Brien EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - AFC Wimbledon vs Milton Keynes Dons - Kingsmeadow, London, Britain - September 22, 2017 AFC Wimbledon's Cody Mcdonald in action with MK Dons' Scott Wootton Action Images/Tony O'Brien EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - AFC Wimbledon vs Milton Keynes Dons
Soccer Football - League One - AFC Wimbledon vs Milton Keynes Dons - Kingsmeadow, London, Britain - September 22, 2017 AFC Wimbledon's Cody Mcdonald in action with MK Dons' Scott Wootton Action Images/Tony O'Brien EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - AFC Wimbledon vs Milton Keynes Dons - Kingsmeadow, London, Britain - September 22, 2017 AFC Wimbledon's Lyle Taylor looks dejected after missing a penalty Action Images/Tony O'Brien EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - AFC Wimbledon vs Milton Keynes Dons
Soccer Football - League One - AFC Wimbledon vs Milton Keynes Dons - Kingsmeadow, London, Britain - September 22, 2017 AFC Wimbledon's Lyle Taylor looks dejected after missing a penalty Action Images/Tony O'Brien EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - AFC Wimbledon vs Milton Keynes Dons - Kingsmeadow, London, Britain - September 22, 2017 AFC Wimbledon's Lyle Taylor looks dejected after missing a penalty Action Images/Tony O'Brien EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - AFC Wimbledon vs Milton Keynes Dons
Soccer Football - League One - AFC Wimbledon vs Milton Keynes Dons - Kingsmeadow, London, Britain - September 22, 2017 AFC Wimbledon's Lyle Taylor looks dejected after missing a penalty Action Images/Tony O'Brien EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - AFC Wimbledon vs Milton Keynes Dons - Kingsmeadow, London, Britain - September 22, 2017 AFC Wimbledon's Lyle Taylor looks dejected after missing a penalty Action Images/Tony O'Brien EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - AFC Wimbledon vs Milton Keynes Dons
Soccer Football - League One - AFC Wimbledon vs Milton Keynes Dons - Kingsmeadow, London, Britain - September 22, 2017 AFC Wimbledon's Lyle Taylor looks dejected after missing a penalty Action Images/Tony O'Brien EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - AFC Wimbledon vs Milton Keynes Dons - Kingsmeadow, London, Britain - September 22, 2017 AFC Wimbledon's Lyle Taylor misses a penalty Action Images/Tony O'Brien EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - AFC Wimbledon vs Milton Keynes Dons
Soccer Football - League One - AFC Wimbledon vs Milton Keynes Dons - Kingsmeadow, London, Britain - September 22, 2017 AFC Wimbledon's Lyle Taylor misses a penalty Action Images/Tony O'Brien EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

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