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FA Cup third-round draw in full: Liverpool v Everton and Brighton v Crystal Palace the stand-out ties

The draw for the third round of the FA Cup has produced a series of major derbies, including a first match at this stage of the competition since 1932 between Liverpool and Everton. Jurgen Klopp and Sam Allardyce’s teams were paired together during Monday night’s draw, as were Premier League rivals Crystal Palace and Brighton and Hove Albion. North-East neighbours Sunderland and Middlesbrough, who have both been relegated in recent years to the Championship, were also drawn together. Arsenal, who are attempting to win the trophy for a fourth time in five years, will begin their defence at Nottingham Forest. Other especially eye-catching fixtures include AFC Wimbledon’s return to Wembley in the FA Cup some 30 years on from their memorable triumph in 1988 to face Tottenham Hotspur.  Luton Town, now of League Two and the FA Cup finalists in 1959, also have glamorous away Premier League opponents in Newcastle United. Premier League leaders Manchester City have a tricky home tie against Sean Dyche’s Burnley, while Manchester United host Derby County and Chelsea are away at Norwich City. Who will be lifting the FA Cup come what May? Credit: Getty Images  Hereford, who are in the seventh tier of the football pyramid, will face 2016 Premier League champions Leicester City if they manage to overcome Fleetwood in their second-round replay. Four non-league sides were involved in the draw, which was conducted by Glenn Hoddle and Jermain Jenas ahead of the second-round match between Slough Town and Rochdale, but none are currently guaranteed a place in the third round. National League club AFC Fylde will have the opportunity to face Premier League opposition in Bournemouth if they beat Wigan Athletic in their replay. Woking, who also play in the fifth tier of the pyramid, have the chance to play at Villa Park against Aston Villa if they beat Peterborough in their replay. The ties will take place on Jan 5-7, with timings dependent on which matches are selected for live screening by BBC and BT Sport. There was criticism last year that broadcasters often opted to show big Premier League clubs rather than the more romantic ties, such as the third-round fixture between non-league Sutton United and AFC Wimbledon. Sutton did eventually make it to a televised tie against Arsenal in the fifth round. Arsenal subsequently beat Manchester City and Chelsea in the semi-final and final to win what was a record 13th FA Cup. The draw in full: Ipswich v Sheffield United Watford v Bristol City Birmingham v Burton Liverpool v Everton Brighton v Crystal Palace Aston Villa v Woking or Peterborough Bournemouth v AFC Fylde or Wigan Coventry v Stoke Arsene Wenger's Arsenal travel to Nottingham Forest Newport v Leeds Bolton v Huddersfield Port Vale or Yeovil v Bradford Nottingham Forest v Arsenal Brentford v Notts County QPR v MK Dons Manchester United v Derby Forest Green or Exeter v West Brom Doncaster v Slough Town or Rochdale Tottenham v AFC Wimbledon Middlesbrough v Sunderland Fleetwood or Hereford v Leicester Blackburn or Crewe v Hull Cardiff v Mansfield Manchester City v Burnley Shrewsbury v West Ham Wolves v Swansea Stevenage v Reading Newcastle v Luton Millwall v Barnsley Fulham v Southampton Wycombe v Preston Norwich v Chelsea Gillingham or Carlisle v Sheffield Wednesday Ties to be played January 5-7 7:27PM One for the ages?  Another exciting looking tie is 2016 Premier League champions away at Hereford United (if Hereford can win their replay against Fleetwood Town.  7:23PM That concludes the draw No doubts about the tie of the round there...Liverpool will host Everton! There's also Brighton vs Crystal Palace and Bournemouth at home against non-league Fylde or Wigan.  7:22PM Last up Gillingham or Carlisle vs Sheffield Wednesday 7:21PM Tough draw Norwich Norwich City vs Chelsea 7:21PM Next Wycombe Wanderers vs Preston North End 7:21PM Next up Fulham vs Southampton 7:21PM All-Championship tie Millwall vs Barnsley 7:20PM Home banker?  Newcastle vs Luton Town 7:20PM Next up Stevenage vs Reading 7:20PM The home side could be the favourites here Wolves vs Swansea 7:20PM Another giant-killing for Shrewsbury?  Shrewsbury Town vs West Ham 7:20PM All Premier League tie Manchester City vs Burnley 7:19PM Next up Cardiff City vs Mansfield Town 7:19PM Upset alert Blackburn or Crewe vs Hull City 7:19PM Great draw Fleetwood Town or Hereford vs Leicester City 7:19PM Tees-Wear derby Middlesbrough vs Sunderland 7:18PM London derby Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon 7:18PM The Slough fans seem a bit upset... Doncaster Rovers vs Slough Town or Rochdale 7:18PM Banana skin?  Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City vs West Brom 7:17PM United are up against... Manchester United vs Derby County 7:17PM Next up QPR vs MK Dons 7:17PM Next up Brentford vs Notts County 7:16PM The holders will play... Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal 7:16PM Next Port Vale or Yeovil Town v Bradford City 7:16PM Local derby Bolton Wanderers vs Huddersfield Town 7:16PM Next up Newport County vs Leeds United 7:16PM A tale of two cities Coventry City vs Stoke City 7:15PM Potentially a huge trip for non-league Fylde Bournemouth vs AFC Fylde or Wigan 7:15PM Less exciting Aston Villa vs Woking or Peterborough United 7:15PM And another big rivalry! Brighton vs Crystal Palace 7:14PM Would you believe it?!  Liverpool vs Everton 7:14PM Next Birmingham City vs Burton Albion 7:14PM Next Watford vs Bristol City 7:14PM First up Ipswich Town vs Sheffield United 7:12PM Here we go Jake Humphrey is the host, and the venue is Slough Town's home ground Holloways Park ahead of Slough's FA Cup second round match tonight against Rochdale.  Glenn Hoddle and Jermaine Jenas will make the draw.  7:01PM Nearly there The draw will be getting under way in around about 10 minutes. Hereford v Newcastle? Wrexham v Arsenal? Sutton v Coventry? Yep, the BBC's montage has them all.  6:28PM An English institution Evening all, Welcome to our coverage of one of the great days in the English sporting calendar. Yes we are just minutes away from seeing which lower-league teams will get a chance to lose 3-0 against the second string of one of the Premier League's leading lights. For these part-time plumbers and postmen, the opportunity to test themselves against Mohamed Elneny and Matteo Darmian is just a draw of a ball away. There is also the opportunity to be patronised the hell out of by BBC commentators and possibly go down in football folklore for ever more. Think Ronny Radford scoring for Hereford against Newcastle, Mickey Thomas for Wrexham against Arsenal, er Nigel Jemson for Shrewsbury against Everton.  The third round stage is of course when all the Premier League and Championship teams join the competition, and alongside them will be four non-league teams in the pot - AFC Fylde, Hereford, Slough and Woking. Arsenal are the current FA Cup holders Credit: AP Woking you may recall have some pedigree in this competition. In January 1991 the Surrey-based side pulled off one of the great FA Cup shocks when as a Conference team they knocked out second-tier outfit West Brom 4-2 at the Hawthorns. They were then beaten 1-0 by top-flight side Everton in the fourth round.     More recently, Woking reached the third round in 1997 and took Premier League side Coventry to a replay which they narrowly lost 2-1. But enough about Woking. Tonight's draw gets under way at around 7pm, and precedes the second round match between seventh-tier Slough Town and League One side Rochdale.  Here are the ball numbers in full: Bournemouth Arsenal Aston Villa Barnsley Birmingham City Bolton Brentford Brighton Bristol City Burnley Burton Albion Cardiff City Chelsea Crystal Palace Derby County Everton Fulham  Huddersfield Hull City Ipswich Town Leeds United Leicester Liverpool Manchester City Manchester United Middlesbrough Millwall Newcastle Norwich City Nottingham Forest Preston North End QPR Reading Sheffield United Sheffield Wednesday Southampton Stoke  Sunderland Swansea Tottenham Watford West Brom West Ham Wolves Woking or Peterborough MK Dons Newport County Wycombe Wanderers Port Vale/Yeovil Shrewsbury Town Doncaster Rovers Slough Town or Rochdale AFC Wimbledon Stevenage Mansfield Town Luton Town Bradford City Blackburn/Crewe AFC Fylde or Wigan Gillingham or Carlisle Notts County Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City Fleetwood Town or Hereford Coventry City

FA Cup third-round draw in full: Liverpool v Everton and Brighton v Crystal Palace the stand-out ties

The draw for the third round of the FA Cup has produced a series of major derbies, including a first match at this stage of the competition since 1932 between Liverpool and Everton. Jurgen Klopp and Sam Allardyce’s teams were paired together during Monday night’s draw, as were Premier League rivals Crystal Palace and Brighton and Hove Albion. North-East neighbours Sunderland and Middlesbrough, who have both been relegated in recent years to the Championship, were also drawn together. Arsenal, who are attempting to win the trophy for a fourth time in five years, will begin their defence at Nottingham Forest. Other especially eye-catching fixtures include AFC Wimbledon’s return to Wembley in the FA Cup some 30 years on from their memorable triumph in 1988 to face Tottenham Hotspur.  Luton Town, now of League Two and the FA Cup finalists in 1959, also have glamorous away Premier League opponents in Newcastle United. Premier League leaders Manchester City have a tricky home tie against Sean Dyche’s Burnley, while Manchester United host Derby County and Chelsea are away at Norwich City. Who will be lifting the FA Cup come what May? Credit: Getty Images  Hereford, who are in the seventh tier of the football pyramid, will face 2016 Premier League champions Leicester City if they manage to overcome Fleetwood in their second-round replay. Four non-league sides were involved in the draw, which was conducted by Glenn Hoddle and Jermain Jenas ahead of the second-round match between Slough Town and Rochdale, but none are currently guaranteed a place in the third round. National League club AFC Fylde will have the opportunity to face Premier League opposition in Bournemouth if they beat Wigan Athletic in their replay. Woking, who also play in the fifth tier of the pyramid, have the chance to play at Villa Park against Aston Villa if they beat Peterborough in their replay. The ties will take place on Jan 5-7, with timings dependent on which matches are selected for live screening by BBC and BT Sport. There was criticism last year that broadcasters often opted to show big Premier League clubs rather than the more romantic ties, such as the third-round fixture between non-league Sutton United and AFC Wimbledon. Sutton did eventually make it to a televised tie against Arsenal in the fifth round. Arsenal subsequently beat Manchester City and Chelsea in the semi-final and final to win what was a record 13th FA Cup. The draw in full: Ipswich v Sheffield United Watford v Bristol City Birmingham v Burton Liverpool v Everton Brighton v Crystal Palace Aston Villa v Woking or Peterborough Bournemouth v AFC Fylde or Wigan Coventry v Stoke Arsene Wenger's Arsenal travel to Nottingham Forest Newport v Leeds Bolton v Huddersfield Port Vale or Yeovil v Bradford Nottingham Forest v Arsenal Brentford v Notts County QPR v MK Dons Manchester United v Derby Forest Green or Exeter v West Brom Doncaster v Slough Town or Rochdale Tottenham v AFC Wimbledon Middlesbrough v Sunderland Fleetwood or Hereford v Leicester Blackburn or Crewe v Hull Cardiff v Mansfield Manchester City v Burnley Shrewsbury v West Ham Wolves v Swansea Stevenage v Reading Newcastle v Luton Millwall v Barnsley Fulham v Southampton Wycombe v Preston Norwich v Chelsea Gillingham or Carlisle v Sheffield Wednesday Ties to be played January 5-7 7:27PM One for the ages?  Another exciting looking tie is 2016 Premier League champions away at Hereford United (if Hereford can win their replay against Fleetwood Town.  7:23PM That concludes the draw No doubts about the tie of the round there...Liverpool will host Everton! There's also Brighton vs Crystal Palace and Bournemouth at home against non-league Fylde or Wigan.  7:22PM Last up Gillingham or Carlisle vs Sheffield Wednesday 7:21PM Tough draw Norwich Norwich City vs Chelsea 7:21PM Next Wycombe Wanderers vs Preston North End 7:21PM Next up Fulham vs Southampton 7:21PM All-Championship tie Millwall vs Barnsley 7:20PM Home banker?  Newcastle vs Luton Town 7:20PM Next up Stevenage vs Reading 7:20PM The home side could be the favourites here Wolves vs Swansea 7:20PM Another giant-killing for Shrewsbury?  Shrewsbury Town vs West Ham 7:20PM All Premier League tie Manchester City vs Burnley 7:19PM Next up Cardiff City vs Mansfield Town 7:19PM Upset alert Blackburn or Crewe vs Hull City 7:19PM Great draw Fleetwood Town or Hereford vs Leicester City 7:19PM Tees-Wear derby Middlesbrough vs Sunderland 7:18PM London derby Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon 7:18PM The Slough fans seem a bit upset... Doncaster Rovers vs Slough Town or Rochdale 7:18PM Banana skin?  Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City vs West Brom 7:17PM United are up against... Manchester United vs Derby County 7:17PM Next up QPR vs MK Dons 7:17PM Next up Brentford vs Notts County 7:16PM The holders will play... Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal 7:16PM Next Port Vale or Yeovil Town v Bradford City 7:16PM Local derby Bolton Wanderers vs Huddersfield Town 7:16PM Next up Newport County vs Leeds United 7:16PM A tale of two cities Coventry City vs Stoke City 7:15PM Potentially a huge trip for non-league Fylde Bournemouth vs AFC Fylde or Wigan 7:15PM Less exciting Aston Villa vs Woking or Peterborough United 7:15PM And another big rivalry! Brighton vs Crystal Palace 7:14PM Would you believe it?!  Liverpool vs Everton 7:14PM Next Birmingham City vs Burton Albion 7:14PM Next Watford vs Bristol City 7:14PM First up Ipswich Town vs Sheffield United 7:12PM Here we go Jake Humphrey is the host, and the venue is Slough Town's home ground Holloways Park ahead of Slough's FA Cup second round match tonight against Rochdale.  Glenn Hoddle and Jermaine Jenas will make the draw.  7:01PM Nearly there The draw will be getting under way in around about 10 minutes. Hereford v Newcastle? Wrexham v Arsenal? Sutton v Coventry? Yep, the BBC's montage has them all.  6:28PM An English institution Evening all, Welcome to our coverage of one of the great days in the English sporting calendar. Yes we are just minutes away from seeing which lower-league teams will get a chance to lose 3-0 against the second string of one of the Premier League's leading lights. For these part-time plumbers and postmen, the opportunity to test themselves against Mohamed Elneny and Matteo Darmian is just a draw of a ball away. There is also the opportunity to be patronised the hell out of by BBC commentators and possibly go down in football folklore for ever more. Think Ronny Radford scoring for Hereford against Newcastle, Mickey Thomas for Wrexham against Arsenal, er Nigel Jemson for Shrewsbury against Everton.  The third round stage is of course when all the Premier League and Championship teams join the competition, and alongside them will be four non-league teams in the pot - AFC Fylde, Hereford, Slough and Woking. Arsenal are the current FA Cup holders Credit: AP Woking you may recall have some pedigree in this competition. In January 1991 the Surrey-based side pulled off one of the great FA Cup shocks when as a Conference team they knocked out second-tier outfit West Brom 4-2 at the Hawthorns. They were then beaten 1-0 by top-flight side Everton in the fourth round.     More recently, Woking reached the third round in 1997 and took Premier League side Coventry to a replay which they narrowly lost 2-1. But enough about Woking. Tonight's draw gets under way at around 7pm, and precedes the second round match between seventh-tier Slough Town and League One side Rochdale.  Here are the ball numbers in full: Bournemouth Arsenal Aston Villa Barnsley Birmingham City Bolton Brentford Brighton Bristol City Burnley Burton Albion Cardiff City Chelsea Crystal Palace Derby County Everton Fulham  Huddersfield Hull City Ipswich Town Leeds United Leicester Liverpool Manchester City Manchester United Middlesbrough Millwall Newcastle Norwich City Nottingham Forest Preston North End QPR Reading Sheffield United Sheffield Wednesday Southampton Stoke  Sunderland Swansea Tottenham Watford West Brom West Ham Wolves Woking or Peterborough MK Dons Newport County Wycombe Wanderers Port Vale/Yeovil Shrewsbury Town Doncaster Rovers Slough Town or Rochdale AFC Wimbledon Stevenage Mansfield Town Luton Town Bradford City Blackburn/Crewe AFC Fylde or Wigan Gillingham or Carlisle Notts County Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City Fleetwood Town or Hereford Coventry City

FA Cup third-round draw in full: Liverpool v Everton and Brighton v Crystal Palace the stand-out ties

The draw for the third round of the FA Cup has produced a series of major derbies, including a first match at this stage of the competition since 1932 between Liverpool and Everton. Jurgen Klopp and Sam Allardyce’s teams were paired together during Monday night’s draw, as were Premier League rivals Crystal Palace and Brighton and Hove Albion. North-East neighbours Sunderland and Middlesbrough, who have both been relegated in recent years to the Championship, were also drawn together. Arsenal, who are attempting to win the trophy for a fourth time in five years, will begin their defence at Nottingham Forest. Other especially eye-catching fixtures include AFC Wimbledon’s return to Wembley in the FA Cup some 30 years on from their memorable triumph in 1988 to face Tottenham Hotspur.  Luton Town, now of League Two and the FA Cup finalists in 1959, also have glamorous away Premier League opponents in Newcastle United. Premier League leaders Manchester City have a tricky home tie against Sean Dyche’s Burnley, while Manchester United host Derby County and Chelsea are away at Norwich City. Who will be lifting the FA Cup come what May? Credit: Getty Images  Hereford, who are in the seventh tier of the football pyramid, will face 2016 Premier League champions Leicester City if they manage to overcome Fleetwood in their second-round replay. Four non-league sides were involved in the draw, which was conducted by Glenn Hoddle and Jermain Jenas ahead of the second-round match between Slough Town and Rochdale, but none are currently guaranteed a place in the third round. National League club AFC Fylde will have the opportunity to face Premier League opposition in Bournemouth if they beat Wigan Athletic in their replay. Woking, who also play in the fifth tier of the pyramid, have the chance to play at Villa Park against Aston Villa if they beat Peterborough in their replay. The ties will take place on Jan 5-7, with timings dependent on which matches are selected for live screening by BBC and BT Sport. There was criticism last year that broadcasters often opted to show big Premier League clubs rather than the more romantic ties, such as the third-round fixture between non-league Sutton United and AFC Wimbledon. Sutton did eventually make it to a televised tie against Arsenal in the fifth round. Arsenal subsequently beat Manchester City and Chelsea in the semi-final and final to win what was a record 13th FA Cup. The draw in full: Ipswich v Sheffield United Watford v Bristol City Birmingham v Burton Liverpool v Everton Brighton v Crystal Palace Aston Villa v Woking or Peterborough Bournemouth v AFC Fylde or Wigan Coventry v Stoke Arsene Wenger's Arsenal travel to Nottingham Forest Newport v Leeds Bolton v Huddersfield Port Vale or Yeovil v Bradford Nottingham Forest v Arsenal Brentford v Notts County QPR v MK Dons Manchester United v Derby Forest Green or Exeter v West Brom Doncaster v Slough Town or Rochdale Tottenham v AFC Wimbledon Middlesbrough v Sunderland Fleetwood or Hereford v Leicester Blackburn or Crewe v Hull Cardiff v Mansfield Manchester City v Burnley Shrewsbury v West Ham Wolves v Swansea Stevenage v Reading Newcastle v Luton Millwall v Barnsley Fulham v Southampton Wycombe v Preston Norwich v Chelsea Gillingham or Carlisle v Sheffield Wednesday Ties to be played January 5-7 7:27PM One for the ages?  Another exciting looking tie is 2016 Premier League champions away at Hereford United (if Hereford can win their replay against Fleetwood Town.  7:23PM That concludes the draw No doubts about the tie of the round there...Liverpool will host Everton! There's also Brighton vs Crystal Palace and Bournemouth at home against non-league Fylde or Wigan.  7:22PM Last up Gillingham or Carlisle vs Sheffield Wednesday 7:21PM Tough draw Norwich Norwich City vs Chelsea 7:21PM Next Wycombe Wanderers vs Preston North End 7:21PM Next up Fulham vs Southampton 7:21PM All-Championship tie Millwall vs Barnsley 7:20PM Home banker?  Newcastle vs Luton Town 7:20PM Next up Stevenage vs Reading 7:20PM The home side could be the favourites here Wolves vs Swansea 7:20PM Another giant-killing for Shrewsbury?  Shrewsbury Town vs West Ham 7:20PM All Premier League tie Manchester City vs Burnley 7:19PM Next up Cardiff City vs Mansfield Town 7:19PM Upset alert Blackburn or Crewe vs Hull City 7:19PM Great draw Fleetwood Town or Hereford vs Leicester City 7:19PM Tees-Wear derby Middlesbrough vs Sunderland 7:18PM London derby Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon 7:18PM The Slough fans seem a bit upset... Doncaster Rovers vs Slough Town or Rochdale 7:18PM Banana skin?  Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City vs West Brom 7:17PM United are up against... Manchester United vs Derby County 7:17PM Next up QPR vs MK Dons 7:17PM Next up Brentford vs Notts County 7:16PM The holders will play... Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal 7:16PM Next Port Vale or Yeovil Town v Bradford City 7:16PM Local derby Bolton Wanderers vs Huddersfield Town 7:16PM Next up Newport County vs Leeds United 7:16PM A tale of two cities Coventry City vs Stoke City 7:15PM Potentially a huge trip for non-league Fylde Bournemouth vs AFC Fylde or Wigan 7:15PM Less exciting Aston Villa vs Woking or Peterborough United 7:15PM And another big rivalry! Brighton vs Crystal Palace 7:14PM Would you believe it?!  Liverpool vs Everton 7:14PM Next Birmingham City vs Burton Albion 7:14PM Next Watford vs Bristol City 7:14PM First up Ipswich Town vs Sheffield United 7:12PM Here we go Jake Humphrey is the host, and the venue is Slough Town's home ground Holloways Park ahead of Slough's FA Cup second round match tonight against Rochdale.  Glenn Hoddle and Jermaine Jenas will make the draw.  7:01PM Nearly there The draw will be getting under way in around about 10 minutes. Hereford v Newcastle? Wrexham v Arsenal? Sutton v Coventry? Yep, the BBC's montage has them all.  6:28PM An English institution Evening all, Welcome to our coverage of one of the great days in the English sporting calendar. Yes we are just minutes away from seeing which lower-league teams will get a chance to lose 3-0 against the second string of one of the Premier League's leading lights. For these part-time plumbers and postmen, the opportunity to test themselves against Mohamed Elneny and Matteo Darmian is just a draw of a ball away. There is also the opportunity to be patronised the hell out of by BBC commentators and possibly go down in football folklore for ever more. Think Ronny Radford scoring for Hereford against Newcastle, Mickey Thomas for Wrexham against Arsenal, er Nigel Jemson for Shrewsbury against Everton.  The third round stage is of course when all the Premier League and Championship teams join the competition, and alongside them will be four non-league teams in the pot - AFC Fylde, Hereford, Slough and Woking. Arsenal are the current FA Cup holders Credit: AP Woking you may recall have some pedigree in this competition. In January 1991 the Surrey-based side pulled off one of the great FA Cup shocks when as a Conference team they knocked out second-tier outfit West Brom 4-2 at the Hawthorns. They were then beaten 1-0 by top-flight side Everton in the fourth round.     More recently, Woking reached the third round in 1997 and took Premier League side Coventry to a replay which they narrowly lost 2-1. But enough about Woking. Tonight's draw gets under way at around 7pm, and precedes the second round match between seventh-tier Slough Town and League One side Rochdale.  Here are the ball numbers in full: Bournemouth Arsenal Aston Villa Barnsley Birmingham City Bolton Brentford Brighton Bristol City Burnley Burton Albion Cardiff City Chelsea Crystal Palace Derby County Everton Fulham  Huddersfield Hull City Ipswich Town Leeds United Leicester Liverpool Manchester City Manchester United Middlesbrough Millwall Newcastle Norwich City Nottingham Forest Preston North End QPR Reading Sheffield United Sheffield Wednesday Southampton Stoke  Sunderland Swansea Tottenham Watford West Brom West Ham Wolves Woking or Peterborough MK Dons Newport County Wycombe Wanderers Port Vale/Yeovil Shrewsbury Town Doncaster Rovers Slough Town or Rochdale AFC Wimbledon Stevenage Mansfield Town Luton Town Bradford City Blackburn/Crewe AFC Fylde or Wigan Gillingham or Carlisle Notts County Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City Fleetwood Town or Hereford Coventry City

FA Cup third-round draw in full: Liverpool v Everton and Brighton v Crystal Palace the stand-out ties

The draw for the third round of the FA Cup has produced a series of major derbies, including a first match at this stage of the competition since 1932 between Liverpool and Everton. Jurgen Klopp and Sam Allardyce’s teams were paired together during Monday night’s draw, as were Premier League rivals Crystal Palace and Brighton and Hove Albion. North-East neighbours Sunderland and Middlesbrough, who have both been relegated in recent years to the Championship, were also drawn together. Arsenal, who are attempting to win the trophy for a fourth time in five years, will begin their defence at Nottingham Forest. Other especially eye-catching fixtures include AFC Wimbledon’s return to Wembley in the FA Cup some 30 years on from their memorable triumph in 1988 to face Tottenham Hotspur.  Luton Town, now of League Two and the FA Cup finalists in 1959, also have glamorous away Premier League opponents in Newcastle United. Premier League leaders Manchester City have a tricky home tie against Sean Dyche’s Burnley, while Manchester United host Derby County and Chelsea are away at Norwich City. Who will be lifting the FA Cup come what May? Credit: Getty Images  Hereford, who are in the seventh tier of the football pyramid, will face 2016 Premier League champions Leicester City if they manage to overcome Fleetwood in their second-round replay. Four non-league sides were involved in the draw, which was conducted by Glenn Hoddle and Jermain Jenas ahead of the second-round match between Slough Town and Rochdale, but none are currently guaranteed a place in the third round. National League club AFC Fylde will have the opportunity to face Premier League opposition in Bournemouth if they beat Wigan Athletic in their replay. Woking, who also play in the fifth tier of the pyramid, have the chance to play at Villa Park against Aston Villa if they beat Peterborough in their replay. The ties will take place on Jan 5-7, with timings dependent on which matches are selected for live screening by BBC and BT Sport. There was criticism last year that broadcasters often opted to show big Premier League clubs rather than the more romantic ties, such as the third-round fixture between non-league Sutton United and AFC Wimbledon. Sutton did eventually make it to a televised tie against Arsenal in the fifth round. Arsenal subsequently beat Manchester City and Chelsea in the semi-final and final to win what was a record 13th FA Cup. The draw in full: Ipswich v Sheffield United Watford v Bristol City Birmingham v Burton Liverpool v Everton Brighton v Crystal Palace Aston Villa v Woking or Peterborough Bournemouth v AFC Fylde or Wigan Coventry v Stoke Arsene Wenger's Arsenal travel to Nottingham Forest Newport v Leeds Bolton v Huddersfield Port Vale or Yeovil v Bradford Nottingham Forest v Arsenal Brentford v Notts County QPR v MK Dons Manchester United v Derby Forest Green or Exeter v West Brom Doncaster v Slough Town or Rochdale Tottenham v AFC Wimbledon Middlesbrough v Sunderland Fleetwood or Hereford v Leicester Blackburn or Crewe v Hull Cardiff v Mansfield Manchester City v Burnley Shrewsbury v West Ham Wolves v Swansea Stevenage v Reading Newcastle v Luton Millwall v Barnsley Fulham v Southampton Wycombe v Preston Norwich v Chelsea Gillingham or Carlisle v Sheffield Wednesday Ties to be played January 5-7 7:27PM One for the ages?  Another exciting looking tie is 2016 Premier League champions away at Hereford United (if Hereford can win their replay against Fleetwood Town.  7:23PM That concludes the draw No doubts about the tie of the round there...Liverpool will host Everton! There's also Brighton vs Crystal Palace and Bournemouth at home against non-league Fylde or Wigan.  7:22PM Last up Gillingham or Carlisle vs Sheffield Wednesday 7:21PM Tough draw Norwich Norwich City vs Chelsea 7:21PM Next Wycombe Wanderers vs Preston North End 7:21PM Next up Fulham vs Southampton 7:21PM All-Championship tie Millwall vs Barnsley 7:20PM Home banker?  Newcastle vs Luton Town 7:20PM Next up Stevenage vs Reading 7:20PM The home side could be the favourites here Wolves vs Swansea 7:20PM Another giant-killing for Shrewsbury?  Shrewsbury Town vs West Ham 7:20PM All Premier League tie Manchester City vs Burnley 7:19PM Next up Cardiff City vs Mansfield Town 7:19PM Upset alert Blackburn or Crewe vs Hull City 7:19PM Great draw Fleetwood Town or Hereford vs Leicester City 7:19PM Tees-Wear derby Middlesbrough vs Sunderland 7:18PM London derby Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon 7:18PM The Slough fans seem a bit upset... Doncaster Rovers vs Slough Town or Rochdale 7:18PM Banana skin?  Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City vs West Brom 7:17PM United are up against... Manchester United vs Derby County 7:17PM Next up QPR vs MK Dons 7:17PM Next up Brentford vs Notts County 7:16PM The holders will play... Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal 7:16PM Next Port Vale or Yeovil Town v Bradford City 7:16PM Local derby Bolton Wanderers vs Huddersfield Town 7:16PM Next up Newport County vs Leeds United 7:16PM A tale of two cities Coventry City vs Stoke City 7:15PM Potentially a huge trip for non-league Fylde Bournemouth vs AFC Fylde or Wigan 7:15PM Less exciting Aston Villa vs Woking or Peterborough United 7:15PM And another big rivalry! Brighton vs Crystal Palace 7:14PM Would you believe it?!  Liverpool vs Everton 7:14PM Next Birmingham City vs Burton Albion 7:14PM Next Watford vs Bristol City 7:14PM First up Ipswich Town vs Sheffield United 7:12PM Here we go Jake Humphrey is the host, and the venue is Slough Town's home ground Holloways Park ahead of Slough's FA Cup second round match tonight against Rochdale.  Glenn Hoddle and Jermaine Jenas will make the draw.  7:01PM Nearly there The draw will be getting under way in around about 10 minutes. Hereford v Newcastle? Wrexham v Arsenal? Sutton v Coventry? Yep, the BBC's montage has them all.  6:28PM An English institution Evening all, Welcome to our coverage of one of the great days in the English sporting calendar. Yes we are just minutes away from seeing which lower-league teams will get a chance to lose 3-0 against the second string of one of the Premier League's leading lights. For these part-time plumbers and postmen, the opportunity to test themselves against Mohamed Elneny and Matteo Darmian is just a draw of a ball away. There is also the opportunity to be patronised the hell out of by BBC commentators and possibly go down in football folklore for ever more. Think Ronny Radford scoring for Hereford against Newcastle, Mickey Thomas for Wrexham against Arsenal, er Nigel Jemson for Shrewsbury against Everton.  The third round stage is of course when all the Premier League and Championship teams join the competition, and alongside them will be four non-league teams in the pot - AFC Fylde, Hereford, Slough and Woking. Arsenal are the current FA Cup holders Credit: AP Woking you may recall have some pedigree in this competition. In January 1991 the Surrey-based side pulled off one of the great FA Cup shocks when as a Conference team they knocked out second-tier outfit West Brom 4-2 at the Hawthorns. They were then beaten 1-0 by top-flight side Everton in the fourth round.     More recently, Woking reached the third round in 1997 and took Premier League side Coventry to a replay which they narrowly lost 2-1. But enough about Woking. Tonight's draw gets under way at around 7pm, and precedes the second round match between seventh-tier Slough Town and League One side Rochdale.  Here are the ball numbers in full: Bournemouth Arsenal Aston Villa Barnsley Birmingham City Bolton Brentford Brighton Bristol City Burnley Burton Albion Cardiff City Chelsea Crystal Palace Derby County Everton Fulham  Huddersfield Hull City Ipswich Town Leeds United Leicester Liverpool Manchester City Manchester United Middlesbrough Millwall Newcastle Norwich City Nottingham Forest Preston North End QPR Reading Sheffield United Sheffield Wednesday Southampton Stoke  Sunderland Swansea Tottenham Watford West Brom West Ham Wolves Woking or Peterborough MK Dons Newport County Wycombe Wanderers Port Vale/Yeovil Shrewsbury Town Doncaster Rovers Slough Town or Rochdale AFC Wimbledon Stevenage Mansfield Town Luton Town Bradford City Blackburn/Crewe AFC Fylde or Wigan Gillingham or Carlisle Notts County Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City Fleetwood Town or Hereford Coventry City

FA Cup third-round draw in full: Liverpool v Everton and Brighton v Crystal Palace the stand-out ties

7:27PM FA Cup third-round draw in full Ipswich v Sheffield United Watford v Bristol City Birmingham v Burton Liverpool v Everton Brighton v Crystal Palace Aston Villa v Woking or Peterborough Bournemouth v AFC Fylde or Wigan Coventry v Stoke Newport v Leeds Bolton v Huddersfield Port Vale or Yeovil v Bradford Nottingham Forest v Arsenal Arsene Wenger's Arsenal travel to Nottingham Forest Brentford v Notts County QPR v MK Dons Manchester United v Derby Forest Green or Exeter v West Brom Doncaster v Slough Town or Rochdale Tottenham v AFC Wimbledon Middlesbrough v Sunderland Fleetwood or Hereford v Leicester Blackburn or Crewe v Hull Cardiff v Mansfield Manchester City v Burnley Shrewsbury v West Ham Wolves v Swansea Stevenage v Reading Newcastle v Luton Millwall v Barnsley Fulham v Southampton Wycombe v Preston Norwich v Chelsea Gillingham or Carlisle v Sheffield Wednesday 7:27PM One for the ages?  Another exciting looking tie is 2016 Premier League champions away at Hereford United (if Hereford can win their replay against Fleetwood Town.  7:23PM That concludes the draw No doubts about the tie of the round there...Liverpool will host Everton! There's also Brighton vs Crystal Palace and Bournemouth at home against non-league Fylde or Wigan.  7:22PM Last up Gillingham or Carlisle vs Sheffield Wednesday 7:21PM Tough draw Norwich Norwich City vs Chelsea 7:21PM Next Wycombe Wanderers vs Preston North End 7:21PM Next up Fulham vs Southampton 7:21PM All-Championship tie Millwall vs Barnsley 7:20PM Home banker?  Newcastle vs Luton Town 7:20PM Next up Stevenage vs Reading 7:20PM The home side could be the favourites here Wolves vs Swansea 7:20PM Another giant-killing for Shrewsbury?  Shrewsbury Town vs West Ham 7:20PM All Premier League tie Manchester City vs Burnley 7:19PM Next up Cardiff City vs Mansfield Town 7:19PM Upset alert Blackburn or Crewe vs Hull City 7:19PM Great draw Fleetwood Town or Hereford vs Leicester City 7:19PM Tees-Wear derby Middlesbrough vs Sunderland 7:18PM London derby Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon 7:18PM The Slough fans seem a bit upset... Doncaster Rovers vs Slough Town or Rochdale 7:18PM Banana skin?  Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City vs West Brom 7:17PM United are up against... Manchester United vs Derby County 7:17PM Next up QPR vs MK Dons 7:17PM Next up Brentford vs Notts County 7:16PM The holders will play... Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal 7:16PM Next Port Vale or Yeovil Town v Bradford City 7:16PM Local derby Bolton Wanderers vs Huddersfield Town 7:16PM Next up Newport County vs Leeds United 7:16PM A tale of two cities Coventry City vs Stoke City 7:15PM Potentially a huge trip for non-league Fylde Bournemouth vs AFC Fylde or Wigan 7:15PM Less exciting Aston Villa vs Woking or Peterborough United 7:15PM And another big rivalry! Brighton vs Crystal Palace 7:14PM Would you believe it?!  Liverpool vs Everton 7:14PM Next Birmingham City vs Burton Albion 7:14PM Next Watford vs Bristol City 7:14PM First up Ipswich Town vs Sheffield United 7:12PM Here we go Jake Humphrey is the host, and the venue is Slough Town's home ground Holloways Park ahead of Slough's FA Cup second round match tonight against Rochdale.  Glenn Hoddle and Jermaine Jenas will make the draw.  7:01PM Nearly there The draw will be getting under way in around about 10 minutes. Hereford v Newcastle? Wrexham v Arsenal? Sutton v Coventry? Yep, the BBC's montage has them all.  6:28PM An English institution Evening all, Welcome to our coverage of one of the great days in the English sporting calendar. Yes we are just minutes away from seeing which lower-league teams will get a chance to lose 3-0 against the second string of one of the Premier League's leading lights. For these part-time plumbers and postmen, the opportunity to test themselves against Mohamed Elneny and Matteo Darmian is just a draw of a ball away. There is also the opportunity to be patronised the hell out of by BBC commentators and possibly go down in football folklore for ever more. Think Ronny Radford scoring for Hereford against Newcastle, Mickey Thomas for Wrexham against Arsenal, er Nigel Jemson for Shrewsbury against Everton.  The third round stage is of course when all the Premier League and Championship teams join the competition, and alongside them will be four non-league teams in the pot - AFC Fylde, Hereford, Slough and Woking. Arsenal are the current FA Cup holders Credit: AP Woking you may recall have some pedigree in this competition. In January 1991 the Surrey-based side pulled off one of the great FA Cup shocks when as a Conference team they knocked out second-tier outfit West Brom 4-2 at the Hawthorns. They were then beaten 1-0 by top-flight side Everton in the fourth round.     More recently, Woking reached the third round in 1997 and took Premier League side Coventry to a replay which they narrowly lost 2-1. But enough about Woking. Tonight's draw gets under way at around 7pm, and precedes the second round match between seventh-tier Slough Town and League One side Rochdale.  Here are the ball numbers in full: Bournemouth Arsenal Aston Villa Barnsley Birmingham City Bolton Brentford Brighton Bristol City Burnley Burton Albion Cardiff City Chelsea Crystal Palace Derby County Everton Fulham  Huddersfield Hull City Ipswich Town Leeds United Leicester Liverpool Manchester City Manchester United Middlesbrough Millwall Newcastle Norwich City Nottingham Forest Preston North End QPR Reading Sheffield United Sheffield Wednesday Southampton Stoke  Sunderland Swansea Tottenham Watford West Brom West Ham Wolves Woking or Peterborough MK Dons Newport County Wycombe Wanderers Port Vale/Yeovil Shrewsbury Town Doncaster Rovers Slough Town or Rochdale AFC Wimbledon Stevenage Mansfield Town Luton Town Bradford City Blackburn/Crewe AFC Fylde or Wigan Gillingham or Carlisle Notts County Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City Fleetwood Town or Hereford Coventry City

FA Cup third-round draw in full: Liverpool v Everton and Brighton v Crystal Palace the stand-out ties

7:27PM FA Cup third-round draw in full Ipswich v Sheffield United Watford v Bristol City Birmingham v Burton Liverpool v Everton Brighton v Crystal Palace Aston Villa v Woking or Peterborough Bournemouth v AFC Fylde or Wigan Coventry v Stoke Newport v Leeds Bolton v Huddersfield Port Vale or Yeovil v Bradford Nottingham Forest v Arsenal Arsene Wenger's Arsenal travel to Nottingham Forest Brentford v Notts County QPR v MK Dons Manchester United v Derby Forest Green or Exeter v West Brom Doncaster v Slough Town or Rochdale Tottenham v AFC Wimbledon Middlesbrough v Sunderland Fleetwood or Hereford v Leicester Blackburn or Crewe v Hull Cardiff v Mansfield Manchester City v Burnley Shrewsbury v West Ham Wolves v Swansea Stevenage v Reading Newcastle v Luton Millwall v Barnsley Fulham v Southampton Wycombe v Preston Norwich v Chelsea Gillingham or Carlisle v Sheffield Wednesday 7:27PM One for the ages?  Another exciting looking tie is 2016 Premier League champions away at Hereford United (if Hereford can win their replay against Fleetwood Town.  7:23PM That concludes the draw No doubts about the tie of the round there...Liverpool will host Everton! There's also Brighton vs Crystal Palace and Bournemouth at home against non-league Fylde or Wigan.  7:22PM Last up Gillingham or Carlisle vs Sheffield Wednesday 7:21PM Tough draw Norwich Norwich City vs Chelsea 7:21PM Next Wycombe Wanderers vs Preston North End 7:21PM Next up Fulham vs Southampton 7:21PM All-Championship tie Millwall vs Barnsley 7:20PM Home banker?  Newcastle vs Luton Town 7:20PM Next up Stevenage vs Reading 7:20PM The home side could be the favourites here Wolves vs Swansea 7:20PM Another giant-killing for Shrewsbury?  Shrewsbury Town vs West Ham 7:20PM All Premier League tie Manchester City vs Burnley 7:19PM Next up Cardiff City vs Mansfield Town 7:19PM Upset alert Blackburn or Crewe vs Hull City 7:19PM Great draw Fleetwood Town or Hereford vs Leicester City 7:19PM Tees-Wear derby Middlesbrough vs Sunderland 7:18PM London derby Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon 7:18PM The Slough fans seem a bit upset... Doncaster Rovers vs Slough Town or Rochdale 7:18PM Banana skin?  Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City vs West Brom 7:17PM United are up against... Manchester United vs Derby County 7:17PM Next up QPR vs MK Dons 7:17PM Next up Brentford vs Notts County 7:16PM The holders will play... Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal 7:16PM Next Port Vale or Yeovil Town v Bradford City 7:16PM Local derby Bolton Wanderers vs Huddersfield Town 7:16PM Next up Newport County vs Leeds United 7:16PM A tale of two cities Coventry City vs Stoke City 7:15PM Potentially a huge trip for non-league Fylde Bournemouth vs AFC Fylde or Wigan 7:15PM Less exciting Aston Villa vs Woking or Peterborough United 7:15PM And another big rivalry! Brighton vs Crystal Palace 7:14PM Would you believe it?!  Liverpool vs Everton 7:14PM Next Birmingham City vs Burton Albion 7:14PM Next Watford vs Bristol City 7:14PM First up Ipswich Town vs Sheffield United 7:12PM Here we go Jake Humphrey is the host, and the venue is Slough Town's home ground Holloways Park ahead of Slough's FA Cup second round match tonight against Rochdale.  Glenn Hoddle and Jermaine Jenas will make the draw.  7:01PM Nearly there The draw will be getting under way in around about 10 minutes. Hereford v Newcastle? Wrexham v Arsenal? Sutton v Coventry? Yep, the BBC's montage has them all.  6:28PM An English institution Evening all, Welcome to our coverage of one of the great days in the English sporting calendar. Yes we are just minutes away from seeing which lower-league teams will get a chance to lose 3-0 against the second string of one of the Premier League's leading lights. For these part-time plumbers and postmen, the opportunity to test themselves against Mohamed Elneny and Matteo Darmian is just a draw of a ball away. There is also the opportunity to be patronised the hell out of by BBC commentators and possibly go down in football folklore for ever more. Think Ronny Radford scoring for Hereford against Newcastle, Mickey Thomas for Wrexham against Arsenal, er Nigel Jemson for Shrewsbury against Everton.  The third round stage is of course when all the Premier League and Championship teams join the competition, and alongside them will be four non-league teams in the pot - AFC Fylde, Hereford, Slough and Woking. Arsenal are the current FA Cup holders Credit: AP Woking you may recall have some pedigree in this competition. In January 1991 the Surrey-based side pulled off one of the great FA Cup shocks when as a Conference team they knocked out second-tier outfit West Brom 4-2 at the Hawthorns. They were then beaten 1-0 by top-flight side Everton in the fourth round.     More recently, Woking reached the third round in 1997 and took Premier League side Coventry to a replay which they narrowly lost 2-1. But enough about Woking. Tonight's draw gets under way at around 7pm, and precedes the second round match between seventh-tier Slough Town and League One side Rochdale.  Here are the ball numbers in full: Bournemouth Arsenal Aston Villa Barnsley Birmingham City Bolton Brentford Brighton Bristol City Burnley Burton Albion Cardiff City Chelsea Crystal Palace Derby County Everton Fulham  Huddersfield Hull City Ipswich Town Leeds United Leicester Liverpool Manchester City Manchester United Middlesbrough Millwall Newcastle Norwich City Nottingham Forest Preston North End QPR Reading Sheffield United Sheffield Wednesday Southampton Stoke  Sunderland Swansea Tottenham Watford West Brom West Ham Wolves Woking or Peterborough MK Dons Newport County Wycombe Wanderers Port Vale/Yeovil Shrewsbury Town Doncaster Rovers Slough Town or Rochdale AFC Wimbledon Stevenage Mansfield Town Luton Town Bradford City Blackburn/Crewe AFC Fylde or Wigan Gillingham or Carlisle Notts County Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City Fleetwood Town or Hereford Coventry City

FA Cup third-round draw: What time is it, how can you watch it and what ball number is your team?

What is it? The draw for the FA Cup third round, which is the stage at which the Premier League's sides join the competition. When is it? Monday 4 December at around 7pm - before Slough vs Rochdale kicks off (which is on BT Sport 1, by the way). How can I watch the draw? BT Sport 1 and BBC Two will be showing the draw live, but if you're unable to watch it on telly you can follow it with us on the Telegraph Sport website.  How does the draw work? 64 balls will be drawn at random to make up 32 ties. Anyone can play anyone so we could see Manchester United vs Arsenal and Manchester City vs Mansfield Town. What are the ball numbers? Bournemouth Arsenal Aston Villa Barnsley Birmingham City Bolton Brentford Brighton Bristol City Burnley Burton Albion Cardiff City Chelsea Crystal Palace Derby County Everton Fulham  Huddersfield Hull City Ipswich Town Leeds United Leicester Liverpool Manchester City Manchester United Middlesbrough Millwall Newcastle Norwich City Nottingham Forest Preston North End QPR Reading Sheffield United Sheffield Wednesday Southampton Stoke  Sunderland Swansea Tottenham Watford West Brom West Ham Wolves Woking or Peterborough MK Dons Newport County Wycombe Wanderers Port Vale/Yeovil Shrewsbury Town Doncaster Rovers Slough Town or Rochdale AFC Wimbledon Stevenage Mansfield Town Luton Town Bradford City Blackburn/Crewe AFC Fylde or Wigan Gillingham or Carlisle Notts County Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City Fleetwood Town or Hereford Coventry City Arsenal are chasing another FA Cup triumph Credit: AP When will the matches be played? The third round ties will be played over the weekend of 6 January 2018. This isn't confirmed, but we'd assume matches will be played Friday-Monday. What are the odds and who are favourites to win it? Man City - 4/1 Chelsea - 5/1 Man Utd - 6/1 Arsenal - 8/1 Tottenham - 8/1 Liverpool - 9/1 Everton - 18/1 Southampton - 25/1 Leicester - 33/1 West Ham - 33/1

FA Cup third-round draw: What time is it, how can you watch it and what ball number is your team?

What is it? The draw for the FA Cup third round, which is the stage at which the Premier League's sides join the competition. When is it? Monday 4 December at around 7pm - before Slough vs Rochdale kicks off (which is on BT Sport 1, by the way). How can I watch the draw? BT Sport 1 and BBC Two will be showing the draw live, but if you're unable to watch it on telly you can follow it with us on the Telegraph Sport website.  How does the draw work? 64 balls will be drawn at random to make up 32 ties. Anyone can play anyone so we could see Manchester United vs Arsenal and Manchester City vs Mansfield Town. What are the ball numbers? Bournemouth Arsenal Aston Villa Barnsley Birmingham City Bolton Brentford Brighton Bristol City Burnley Burton Albion Cardiff City Chelsea Crystal Palace Derby County Everton Fulham  Huddersfield Hull City Ipswich Town Leeds United Leicester Liverpool Manchester City Manchester United Middlesbrough Millwall Newcastle Norwich City Nottingham Forest Preston North End QPR Reading Sheffield United Sheffield Wednesday Southampton Stoke  Sunderland Swansea Tottenham Watford West Brom West Ham Wolves Woking or Peterborough MK Dons Newport County Wycombe Wanderers Port Vale/Yeovil Shrewsbury Town Doncaster Rovers Slough Town or Rochdale AFC Wimbledon Stevenage Mansfield Town Luton Town Bradford City Blackburn/Crewe AFC Fylde or Wigan Gillingham or Carlisle Notts County Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City Fleetwood Town or Hereford Coventry City Arsenal are chasing another FA Cup triumph Credit: AP When will the matches be played? The third round ties will be played over the weekend of 6 January 2018. This isn't confirmed, but we'd assume matches will be played Friday-Monday. What are the odds and who are favourites to win it? Man City - 4/1 Chelsea - 5/1 Man Utd - 6/1 Arsenal - 8/1 Tottenham - 8/1 Liverpool - 9/1 Everton - 18/1 Southampton - 25/1 Leicester - 33/1 West Ham - 33/1

FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City

Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - December 2, 2017 Oxford CityÕs Godfrey Poku with Notts CountyÕs Ryan Yates at the end of the game Action Images/John Clifton

FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City

Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - December 2, 2017 Notts CountyÕs Jorge Grant celebrates with team mates after scoring their third goal Action Images/John Clifton

FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City

Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - December 2, 2017 Oxford City’s Godfrey Poku reacts at the end of the game Action Images/John Clifton

FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City

Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - December 2, 2017 Oxford CityÕs Godfrey Poku with Notts CountyÕs Ryan Yates after the match Action Images/John Clifton

FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City

Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - December 2, 2017 Oxford City’s Godfrey Poku reacts at the end of the game Action Images/John Clifton

FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City

Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - December 2, 2017 Notts CountyÕs Jorge Grant celebrates with team mates after scoring their third goal Action Images/John Clifton

FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City

Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - December 2, 2017 Notts CountyÕs Jorge Grant celebrates with team mates after scoring their third goal Action Images/John Clifton

FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City

Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - December 2, 2017 Notts County’s Jorge Grant celebrates with team mates after scoring their third goal Action Images/John Clifton

FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City

Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - December 2, 2017 Oxford City’s Matt Paterson celebrates with team mates after scoring their second goal Action Images/John Clifton

FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City

Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - December 2, 2017 Oxford City’s Matt Paterson scores their second goal Action Images/John Clifton

FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City

Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - December 2, 2017 Oxford CityÕs Matt Paterson scores their second goal Action Images/John Clifton

FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City

Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - December 2, 2017 Oxford CityÕs Matt Paterson celebrates scoring their second goal Action Images/John Clifton

FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City

Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - December 2, 2017 Notts County’s Jonathan Stead celebrates scoring their second goal Action Images/John Clifton

FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City

Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - December 2, 2017 Oxford City’s Robert Sinclair celebrates with team mates after scoring their first goal Action Images/John Clifton

FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City

Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - December 2, 2017 Oxford City’s Robert Sinclair celebrates with team mates after scoring their first goal Action Images/John Clifton

FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City

Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - December 2, 2017 Oxford City’s Robert Sinclair scores their first goal Action Images/John Clifton

FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City

Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - December 2, 2017 Notts County’s Jonathan Stead in action with Oxford City’s Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain Action Images/John Clifton

FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City

Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - December 2, 2017 Notts CountyÕs Richard Duffy celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images/John Clifton

FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City

Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - December 2, 2017 Oxford City’s Matt Paterson in action with Notts County’s Ryan Yates Action Images/John Clifton

FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City

Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - December 2, 2017 Notts County manager Kevin Nolan Action Images/John Clifton

FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City

Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - December 2, 2017 Notts County manager Kevin Nolan shakes hands with Oxford City manager Mark Jones before the match Action Images/John Clifton

FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City

Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - December 2, 2017 Oxford City’s manager Mark Jones before the match Action Images/John Clifton

FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City

Soccer Football - FA Cup Second Round - Notts County vs Oxford City - Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Britain - December 2, 2017 General view of signage before the match Action Images/John Clifton

Oxford City's tragic tale of fraud and suicide on road to Notts County Cup tie

Oxford City's tragic tale of fraud and suicide on road to Notts County Cup tie

Oxford City's tragic tale of fraud and suicide on road to Notts County Cup tie

The moment it was announced that Oxford City’s FA Cup second-round tie would be shown live on television, Paul Lyon’s phone started ringing.  Given this was the first time in their 135-year history that they had made it so far in the competition, it might be expected that the club’s finance director would be popular. But it was not people looking for tickets to Saturday’s game at Notts County that clogged his phone. It was creditors. “As soon as it became clear we would be making some money from this tie, they came out of the woodwork,” he says. “I’ve had two threats of foreclosure since Monday.” Looking around where Lyon is speaking, at the neat stands of City’s Marsh Lane ground, at the refurbished clubhouse, at the state-of-the-art 4G pitch, it is hard to believe this is a place teetering on the brink of extinction. But do what Lyon did at the beginning of last season and start to examine City’s books and things look very different. “This week, I’ve been called by creditors I didn’t even know we had,” says Lyon. “When I told one solicitor that we were a charitable community club, he told me he’d shut down hundreds of charities and didn’t give a monkey’s about closing down another.” Even by the standards of non-league, where byzantine financial arrangements are commonplace, City’s recent history is both remarkable and tragic, encompassing fraud, lengthy prison sentences and, sadly, suicide. Oxford City were inundated with calls from creditors as soon as they were drawn with Notts County Credit: JULIAN SIMMONDS In 2013, with Football Foundation backing, the club had just installed floodlit all-weather pitches alongside their ground. Together with new changing rooms, the idea was, rented out for community use, they would provide a steady stream of income to support the first team. So rosy did things look that it came as no surprise when they were contacted by an American investor. The Florida-based entrepreneur Thomas Guerriero had ambitious plans. His idea was to establish a world-renowned sports education business on the City site, offering degree courses exploiting the Oxford name. He instituted plans for indoor training facilities, for classrooms, for student accommodation. He bought 50 per cent of the club (the rest remained in a charitable foundation) and announced they were going places. “To be fair, some of his ideas were very good,” recalls Justin Merritt, then the team manager, now the club’s director of football. “He set up a house in town, filled it with a bunch of really good Spanish players, and with them at the heart of the team we were going places in the Conference North.” With unpaid bills piling up, at one point mortgaging his own home in an attempt to keep things afloat, managing director Colin Taylor sank into despair. In July 2016 his body was found in the main stand Unbeknown to anyone at City, however, Guerriero’s ambition far outstretched reality. Like a scene from the movie The Wolf of Wall Street, he had assembled a team of salesmen in Florida to cold-call elderly savers and sell them shares in a business that was not yet up and running. More than $5 million (£3.7 million) was raised from the hapless would-be investors, most of which went to fund Guerriero’s lifestyle. “To be honest, it wasn’t hard to spot the sort of guy he was,” recalls Colin Kirby, a lifelong City fan. “I remember the first time I met him counting my fingers after shaking his hand to check he hadn’t nicked any.” The American authorities were soon on his case. And in May 2016 he was jailed for 12 years for telemarketing and stock fraud. Back in Oxford, with their backer inside, nobody was sure how to proceed. A withering inertia seized as bills went unpaid. The club found themselves liable for the costs of constructing Guerriero’s indoor training centre. Colin Taylor, the club’s long-serving managing director, was faced with a financial fire fight that was threatening to run out of control. “There’s no doubt Thomas had put money into the club,” insists Merritt. “The trouble was, once he was no longer involved, the liabilities he had brought on us were way too big to be sustained.” With unpaid bills piling up, at one point mortgaging his own home in an attempt to keep things afloat, Taylor sank into despair. In July 2016 his body was found in the main stand. He had taken his own life. When Lyon, a local businessman, was asked to join the board and take a look at the books, he found a gaping hole where money should be. “The trouble was, Colin had his own way of doing things,” he says. “We didn’t even know who we owed money to.” Oxford City fans still remember the day when their side reached the FA Vase final back in 1995 Credit: JULIAN SIMMONDS Merritt recalls constantly emailing Guerriero in his cell in Florida seeking information. Eventually, they worked out the club owed something north of £1.5 million, mainly to those involved in building the indoor training centre, a facility they could no longer afford to maintain. For an operation now without a benefactor, this was a huge deficit. But Lyon worked out a way of paying it down. Within a year he had reduced the debt to £900,000. But then came the FA Cup run. And with it assumptions of windfall. “Every time anyone mentions us it is to do with the £72,000 we’ll get for being on live TV,” says Lyon. “Which is great, but it doesn’t suddenly mean we’re rich. All I can say is, if people are patient, we have every intention of paying everyone off.” Given the ever-present threat of impending winding-up, it seems remarkable that on the pitch the club are thriving like never before. “We try not to involve the players in that sort of thing,” says the manager, Mark Jones, of the financial meltdown. “They’ve got enough to worry about with Notts County.” Besides, he adds, if they need motivation ahead of the biggest game any of them have played in, it is clear what it should be: win it for Colin Taylor, the man who gave his life for Oxford City.

Oxford City's tragic tale of fraud and suicide on road to Notts County Cup tie

Oxford City's tragic tale of fraud and suicide on road to Notts County Cup tie

Oxford City's tragic tale of fraud and suicide on road to Notts County Cup tie

Oxford City's tragic tale of fraud and suicide on road to Notts County Cup tie

Oxford City's tragic tale of fraud and suicide on road to Notts County Cup tie

The moment it was announced that Oxford City’s FA Cup second-round tie would be shown live on television, Paul Lyon’s phone started ringing.  Given this was the first time in their 135-year history that they had made it so far in the competition, it might be expected that the club’s finance director would be popular. But it was not people looking for tickets to Saturday’s game at Notts County that clogged his phone. It was creditors. “As soon as it became clear we would be making some money from this tie, they came out of the woodwork,” he says. “I’ve had two threats of foreclosure since Monday.” Looking around where Lyon is speaking, at the neat stands of City’s Marsh Lane ground, at the refurbished clubhouse, at the state-of-the-art 4G pitch, it is hard to believe this is a place teetering on the brink of extinction. But do what Lyon did at the beginning of last season and start to examine City’s books and things look very different. “This week, I’ve been called by creditors I didn’t even know we had,” says Lyon. “When I told one solicitor that we were a charitable community club, he told me he’d shut down hundreds of charities and didn’t give a monkey’s about closing down another.” Even by the standards of non-league, where byzantine financial arrangements are commonplace, City’s recent history is both remarkable and tragic, encompassing fraud, lengthy prison sentences and, sadly, suicide. Oxford City were inundated with calls from creditors as soon as they were drawn with Notts County Credit: JULIAN SIMMONDS In 2013, with Football Foundation backing, the club had just installed floodlit all-weather pitches alongside their ground. Together with new changing rooms, the idea was, rented out for community use, they would provide a steady stream of income to support the first team. So rosy did things look that it came as no surprise when they were contacted by an American investor. The Florida-based entrepreneur Thomas Guerriero had ambitious plans. His idea was to establish a world-renowned sports education business on the City site, offering degree courses exploiting the Oxford name. He instituted plans for indoor training facilities, for classrooms, for student accommodation. He bought 50 per cent of the club (the rest remained in a charitable foundation) and announced they were going places. “To be fair, some of his ideas were very good,” recalls Justin Merritt, then the team manager, now the club’s director of football. “He set up a house in town, filled it with a bunch of really good Spanish players, and with them at the heart of the team we were going places in the Conference North.” With unpaid bills piling up, at one point mortgaging his own home in an attempt to keep things afloat, managing director Colin Taylor sank into despair. In July 2016 his body was found in the main stand Unbeknown to anyone at City, however, Guerriero’s ambition far outstretched reality. Like a scene from the movie The Wolf of Wall Street, he had assembled a team of salesmen in Florida to cold-call elderly savers and sell them shares in a business that was not yet up and running. More than $5 million (£3.7 million) was raised from the hapless would-be investors, most of which went to fund Guerriero’s lifestyle. “To be honest, it wasn’t hard to spot the sort of guy he was,” recalls Colin Kirby, a lifelong City fan. “I remember the first time I met him counting my fingers after shaking his hand to check he hadn’t nicked any.” The American authorities were soon on his case. And in May 2016 he was jailed for 12 years for telemarketing and stock fraud. Back in Oxford, with their backer inside, nobody was sure how to proceed. A withering inertia seized as bills went unpaid. The club found themselves liable for the costs of constructing Guerriero’s indoor training centre. Colin Taylor, the club’s long-serving managing director, was faced with a financial fire fight that was threatening to run out of control. “There’s no doubt Thomas had put money into the club,” insists Merritt. “The trouble was, once he was no longer involved, the liabilities he had brought on us were way too big to be sustained.” With unpaid bills piling up, at one point mortgaging his own home in an attempt to keep things afloat, Taylor sank into despair. In July 2016 his body was found in the main stand. He had taken his own life. When Lyon, a local businessman, was asked to join the board and take a look at the books, he found a gaping hole where money should be. “The trouble was, Colin had his own way of doing things,” he says. “We didn’t even know who we owed money to.” Oxford City fans still remember the day when their side reached the FA Vase final back in 1995 Credit: JULIAN SIMMONDS Merritt recalls constantly emailing Guerriero in his cell in Florida seeking information. Eventually, they worked out the club owed something north of £1.5 million, mainly to those involved in building the indoor training centre, a facility they could no longer afford to maintain. For an operation now without a benefactor, this was a huge deficit. But Lyon worked out a way of paying it down. Within a year he had reduced the debt to £900,000. But then came the FA Cup run. And with it assumptions of windfall. “Every time anyone mentions us it is to do with the £72,000 we’ll get for being on live TV,” says Lyon. “Which is great, but it doesn’t suddenly mean we’re rich. All I can say is, if people are patient, we have every intention of paying everyone off.” Given the ever-present threat of impending winding-up, it seems remarkable that on the pitch the club are thriving like never before. “We try not to involve the players in that sort of thing,” says the manager, Mark Jones, of the financial meltdown. “They’ve got enough to worry about with Notts County.” Besides, he adds, if they need motivation ahead of the biggest game any of them have played in, it is clear what it should be: win it for Colin Taylor, the man who gave his life for Oxford City.

Oxford City's tragic tale of fraud and suicide on road to Notts County Cup tie

The moment it was announced that Oxford City’s FA Cup second-round tie would be shown live on television, Paul Lyon’s phone started ringing.  Given this was the first time in their 135-year history that they had made it so far in the competition, it might be expected that the club’s finance director would be popular. But it was not people looking for tickets to Saturday’s game at Notts County that clogged his phone. It was creditors. “As soon as it became clear we would be making some money from this tie, they came out of the woodwork,” he says. “I’ve had two threats of foreclosure since Monday.” Looking around where Lyon is speaking, at the neat stands of City’s Marsh Lane ground, at the refurbished clubhouse, at the state-of-the-art 4G pitch, it is hard to believe this is a place teetering on the brink of extinction. But do what Lyon did at the beginning of last season and start to examine City’s books and things look very different. “This week, I’ve been called by creditors I didn’t even know we had,” says Lyon. “When I told one solicitor that we were a charitable community club, he told me he’d shut down hundreds of charities and didn’t give a monkey’s about closing down another.” Even by the standards of non-league, where byzantine financial arrangements are commonplace, City’s recent history is both remarkable and tragic, encompassing fraud, lengthy prison sentences and, sadly, suicide. Oxford City were inundated with calls from creditors as soon as they were drawn with Notts County Credit: JULIAN SIMMONDS In 2013, with Football Foundation backing, the club had just installed floodlit all-weather pitches alongside their ground. Together with new changing rooms, the idea was, rented out for community use, they would provide a steady stream of income to support the first team. So rosy did things look that it came as no surprise when they were contacted by an American investor. The Florida-based entrepreneur Thomas Guerriero had ambitious plans. His idea was to establish a world-renowned sports education business on the City site, offering degree courses exploiting the Oxford name. He instituted plans for indoor training facilities, for classrooms, for student accommodation. He bought 50 per cent of the club (the rest remained in a charitable foundation) and announced they were going places. “To be fair, some of his ideas were very good,” recalls Justin Merritt, then the team manager, now the club’s director of football. “He set up a house in town, filled it with a bunch of really good Spanish players, and with them at the heart of the team we were going places in the Conference North.” With unpaid bills piling up, at one point mortgaging his own home in an attempt to keep things afloat, managing director Colin Taylor sank into despair. In July 2016 his body was found in the main stand Unbeknown to anyone at City, however, Guerriero’s ambition far outstretched reality. Like a scene from the movie The Wolf of Wall Street, he had assembled a team of salesmen in Florida to cold-call elderly savers and sell them shares in a business that was not yet up and running. More than $5 million (£3.7 million) was raised from the hapless would-be investors, most of which went to fund Guerriero’s lifestyle. “To be honest, it wasn’t hard to spot the sort of guy he was,” recalls Colin Kirby, a lifelong City fan. “I remember the first time I met him counting my fingers after shaking his hand to check he hadn’t nicked any.” The American authorities were soon on his case. And in May 2016 he was jailed for 12 years for telemarketing and stock fraud. Back in Oxford, with their backer inside, nobody was sure how to proceed. A withering inertia seized as bills went unpaid. The club found themselves liable for the costs of constructing Guerriero’s indoor training centre. Colin Taylor, the club’s long-serving managing director, was faced with a financial fire fight that was threatening to run out of control. “There’s no doubt Thomas had put money into the club,” insists Merritt. “The trouble was, once he was no longer involved, the liabilities he had brought on us were way too big to be sustained.” With unpaid bills piling up, at one point mortgaging his own home in an attempt to keep things afloat, Taylor sank into despair. In July 2016 his body was found in the main stand. He had taken his own life. When Lyon, a local businessman, was asked to join the board and take a look at the books, he found a gaping hole where money should be. “The trouble was, Colin had his own way of doing things,” he says. “We didn’t even know who we owed money to.” Oxford City fans still remember the day when their side reached the FA Vase final back in 1995 Credit: JULIAN SIMMONDS Merritt recalls constantly emailing Guerriero in his cell in Florida seeking information. Eventually, they worked out the club owed something north of £1.5 million, mainly to those involved in building the indoor training centre, a facility they could no longer afford to maintain. For an operation now without a benefactor, this was a huge deficit. But Lyon worked out a way of paying it down. Within a year he had reduced the debt to £900,000. But then came the FA Cup run. And with it assumptions of windfall. “Every time anyone mentions us it is to do with the £72,000 we’ll get for being on live TV,” says Lyon. “Which is great, but it doesn’t suddenly mean we’re rich. All I can say is, if people are patient, we have every intention of paying everyone off.” Given the ever-present threat of impending winding-up, it seems remarkable that on the pitch the club are thriving like never before. “We try not to involve the players in that sort of thing,” says the manager, Mark Jones, of the financial meltdown. “They’ve got enough to worry about with Notts County.” Besides, he adds, if they need motivation ahead of the biggest game any of them have played in, it is clear what it should be: win it for Colin Taylor, the man who gave his life for Oxford City.

When Bobby Moore went to manage Oxford City for £14,000

For Oxford City, the visit to Notts County in the second round of the FA Cup next weekend represents a significant first. Never before has the club, who ply their modest trade in the National League South, progressed so far in the competition. But if the temptation is to suggest the players, fans and management heading to Meadow Lane are in danger of succumbing to nosebleeds caused by their sudden elevation into national attention, those with longer memories will recall that this is not the first time Oxford’s second club have enjoyed a moment in the sun.  Back in 1980, City were at the very epicentre of football interest. That was when the then Isthmian League minnows approached a World Cup winning captain to become team manager. And, extraordinarily, Bobby Moore agreed. “I’d just taken over and thought, ‘Who could we get in who would put the club on the map?’” recalls Tony Rosser, who was chairman for five years in the early Eighties. “I found out Moore was working as a coach at Crystal Palace, was looking for his first management job and was financially on his uppers. So I thought, ‘Why not?’”  Over five tortuous meetings, Moore agreed to remuneration of £14,000 a season, plus a £5,000 signing-on fee and a club Daimler. It was a huge salary by non-League standards, but Rosser met the sum from his free-newspaper business’s coffers, surmising the investment would recoup itself in publicity terms. A poster for an event with Bobby Moore at Oxford City in 1980  Credit: SWNS.com  “I remember at every meeting, Mike Summerbee always seemed to be hanging around,” recalls Rosser. “I later find out he wasn’t involved in any of Bob’s business. He was waiting to go out for a session with him.”  Just before Christmas 1980, with a posse of pressmen in tow, Moore, wearing a magnificent kipper tie, arrived at City’s tumbledown Whitehouse Ground, a place long since modernised into an executive cul-de-sac. As he stood in front of the tiny main stand, the look of unease was all too evident in his eyes. This was a man who, 14 years earlier, had been at the very heart of English football’s finest hour. Now he had stepped a long way out of his comfort zone. Nonetheless, in a television interview that is still available on YouTube, he showed he had no sense of entitlement.  “When I packed up playing I didn’t have a divine right to be given the first job that became available just because of what I’d achieved in a playing capacity,” he said. And his humility was there in everything he did. He was happy to have his office in a Portakabin at the ground, was unfailingly polite to everyone and was even in the habit of collecting up the dirty kit after matches, folding it neatly into the laundry skip. “We’d go to away games and the opposition chairman and directors would be there in the car park waiting to greet him,” recalls Colin Kirby, then a teenaged Oxford City fan.   “They wanted pictures with him. Autographs. Everywhere it was an absolute circus. And what I remember most was he was just so unfazed, so polite, not at all stand-offish. Through it all he was just so cool.”  His coolness, however, did not translate into results. Despite the attendant media brouhaha, despite the injection of funds provided by Rosser, the team never gelled under his stewardship. On the training pitch, Moore proved not to be the most demanding of coaches. On the touchline he watched in cool detachment, rarely chivvying, leaving the players to organise themselves.  Hoping to improve his squad, he called in favours. Phil Beal, the ex-Spurs defender, arrived as did John Fraser, who had played in the 1975 FA Cup final alongside Moore. But the newcomers found the going tough. “It was a big step down,” says Kirby. “He’d bring new players in almost every week, there was never any rhythm. And every team we played were fired up to beat the World Cup winner.”  Part of the deal for getting Moore was that Rosser could engage him as a figurehead for his business. They set up a company together called Score with Moore. And the manager spent much of his time pressing the flesh on his chairman’s behalf.  “He was terrific to deal with, so brilliant with people,” remembers Rosser. “He was less brilliant with the players. I quickly realised he wasn’t cut out to be a manager. After about 10 games, only a couple of which we won, I took him to one side and said, ‘Do you know someone who could help?’ He suggested an old West Ham team-mate who was then coaching in America. It was Harry Redknapp.”  Queen Elizabeth presents England captain Bobby Moore with the Jules Rimet Cup after England's 1966 World Cup victory  Credit: Getty Images  Redknapp was paid £6,000 to organise the football side, while Moore continued with company promotions. A much more hands-on touchline presence, Redknapp soon brought in another raft of new players. Not all were a success. “There was a bizarre move signing a goalie from Jersey called Martin LeBlanc,” says Kirby. “He wasn’t that good and the fans nicknamed him Kerplunk. Yet they were flying him over for every match. It was all getting a little strange.”  At the end of Moore’s first season, City were relegated. But Rosser stood by his man. “I couldn’t fire him. He’d won the World Cup.” That summer of 1981, Moore had an unusual request. Would the chairman mind if he missed the entire close season in order to go to Hungary to shoot a movie? Rosser agreed, and Moore went off to film Escape to Victory, Summerbee in tow. When he came back, Moore continued to work on promoting Rosser’s companies. Results, though, were not forthcoming. And Redknapp found life in the seventh tier frustrating. “I’d sit there on a cold, rainy night playing in front of a few hundred fans and think, ‘How did I get into this?’” he recalls. Rosser (R) alongside Moore (centre) and the head waiter of Noah's Ark in 1980 Credit: SWNS.com  “Then I’d look at Bobby next to me and think, ‘Never mind me, how did he end up here?’ ” Moore, though, was resolute. Redknapp remembers the Portakabin phone ringing one day. It was John Bond, who was leaving Norwich to take up the manager’s job at Manchester City. He recommended Moore as his replacement. Moore, however, told Redknapp he was committed to seeing out the job at Oxford. But even though Redknapp’s presence at training stabilised the league position, at the end of the pair’s second season, Rosser ended the experiment. “Harry had all sorts of ideas for signings, and I had to keep saying to him, ‘Harry we’re Oxford City not Real Madrid’,” he says. “In the end I realised I just couldn’t keep justifying the money. So I let Harry go and Bob became football consultant, still working on company promotions.”  A local manager called John Delaney was brought in on a £2,000 salary and the big-name players drifted away. Moore’s job as consultant was short-lived. He headed off to take over at Southend. Thus ended Oxford City’s brief flirtation with the big time.  “The truth is it was never going to work,” says Kirby. “To be honest, it was a bit like putting someone who’s run a five-star restaurant in charge of chip van in a lay-by on the ring road.” 

When Bobby Moore went to manage Oxford City for £14,000

For Oxford City, the visit to Notts County in the second round of the FA Cup next weekend represents a significant first. Never before has the club, who ply their modest trade in the National League South, progressed so far in the competition. But if the temptation is to suggest the players, fans and management heading to Meadow Lane are in danger of succumbing to nosebleeds caused by their sudden elevation into national attention, those with longer memories will recall that this is not the first time Oxford’s second club have enjoyed a moment in the sun.  Back in 1980, City were at the very epicentre of football interest. That was when the then Isthmian League minnows approached a World Cup winning captain to become team manager. And, extraordinarily, Bobby Moore agreed. “I’d just taken over and thought, ‘Who could we get in who would put the club on the map?’” recalls Tony Rosser, who was chairman for five years in the early Eighties. “I found out Moore was working as a coach at Crystal Palace, was looking for his first management job and was financially on his uppers. So I thought, ‘Why not?’”  Over five tortuous meetings, Moore agreed to remuneration of £14,000 a season, plus a £5,000 signing-on fee and a club Daimler. It was a huge salary by non-League standards, but Rosser met the sum from his free-newspaper business’s coffers, surmising the investment would recoup itself in publicity terms. A poster for an event with Bobby Moore at Oxford City in 1980  Credit: SWNS.com  “I remember at every meeting, Mike Summerbee always seemed to be hanging around,” recalls Rosser. “I later find out he wasn’t involved in any of Bob’s business. He was waiting to go out for a session with him.”  Just before Christmas 1980, with a posse of pressmen in tow, Moore, wearing a magnificent kipper tie, arrived at City’s tumbledown Whitehouse Ground, a place long since modernised into an executive cul-de-sac. As he stood in front of the tiny main stand, the look of unease was all too evident in his eyes. This was a man who, 14 years earlier, had been at the very heart of English football’s finest hour. Now he had stepped a long way out of his comfort zone. Nonetheless, in a television interview that is still available on YouTube, he showed he had no sense of entitlement.  “When I packed up playing I didn’t have a divine right to be given the first job that became available just because of what I’d achieved in a playing capacity,” he said. And his humility was there in everything he did. He was happy to have his office in a Portakabin at the ground, was unfailingly polite to everyone and was even in the habit of collecting up the dirty kit after matches, folding it neatly into the laundry skip. “We’d go to away games and the opposition chairman and directors would be there in the car park waiting to greet him,” recalls Colin Kirby, then a teenaged Oxford City fan.   “They wanted pictures with him. Autographs. Everywhere it was an absolute circus. And what I remember most was he was just so unfazed, so polite, not at all stand-offish. Through it all he was just so cool.”  His coolness, however, did not translate into results. Despite the attendant media brouhaha, despite the injection of funds provided by Rosser, the team never gelled under his stewardship. On the training pitch, Moore proved not to be the most demanding of coaches. On the touchline he watched in cool detachment, rarely chivvying, leaving the players to organise themselves.  Hoping to improve his squad, he called in favours. Phil Beal, the ex-Spurs defender, arrived as did John Fraser, who had played in the 1975 FA Cup final alongside Moore. But the newcomers found the going tough. “It was a big step down,” says Kirby. “He’d bring new players in almost every week, there was never any rhythm. And every team we played were fired up to beat the World Cup winner.”  Part of the deal for getting Moore was that Rosser could engage him as a figurehead for his business. They set up a company together called Score with Moore. And the manager spent much of his time pressing the flesh on his chairman’s behalf.  “He was terrific to deal with, so brilliant with people,” remembers Rosser. “He was less brilliant with the players. I quickly realised he wasn’t cut out to be a manager. After about 10 games, only a couple of which we won, I took him to one side and said, ‘Do you know someone who could help?’ He suggested an old West Ham team-mate who was then coaching in America. It was Harry Redknapp.”  Queen Elizabeth presents England captain Bobby Moore with the Jules Rimet Cup after England's 1966 World Cup victory  Credit: Getty Images  Redknapp was paid £6,000 to organise the football side, while Moore continued with company promotions. A much more hands-on touchline presence, Redknapp soon brought in another raft of new players. Not all were a success. “There was a bizarre move signing a goalie from Jersey called Martin LeBlanc,” says Kirby. “He wasn’t that good and the fans nicknamed him Kerplunk. Yet they were flying him over for every match. It was all getting a little strange.”  At the end of Moore’s first season, City were relegated. But Rosser stood by his man. “I couldn’t fire him. He’d won the World Cup.” That summer of 1981, Moore had an unusual request. Would the chairman mind if he missed the entire close season in order to go to Hungary to shoot a movie? Rosser agreed, and Moore went off to film Escape to Victory, Summerbee in tow. When he came back, Moore continued to work on promoting Rosser’s companies. Results, though, were not forthcoming. And Redknapp found life in the seventh tier frustrating. “I’d sit there on a cold, rainy night playing in front of a few hundred fans and think, ‘How did I get into this?’” he recalls. Rosser (R) alongside Moore (centre) and the head waiter of Noah's Ark in 1980 Credit: SWNS.com  “Then I’d look at Bobby next to me and think, ‘Never mind me, how did he end up here?’ ” Moore, though, was resolute. Redknapp remembers the Portakabin phone ringing one day. It was John Bond, who was leaving Norwich to take up the manager’s job at Manchester City. He recommended Moore as his replacement. Moore, however, told Redknapp he was committed to seeing out the job at Oxford. But even though Redknapp’s presence at training stabilised the league position, at the end of the pair’s second season, Rosser ended the experiment. “Harry had all sorts of ideas for signings, and I had to keep saying to him, ‘Harry we’re Oxford City not Real Madrid’,” he says. “In the end I realised I just couldn’t keep justifying the money. So I let Harry go and Bob became football consultant, still working on company promotions.”  A local manager called John Delaney was brought in on a £2,000 salary and the big-name players drifted away. Moore’s job as consultant was short-lived. He headed off to take over at Southend. Thus ended Oxford City’s brief flirtation with the big time.  “The truth is it was never going to work,” says Kirby. “To be honest, it was a bit like putting someone who’s run a five-star restaurant in charge of chip van in a lay-by on the ring road.” 

When Bobby Moore went to manage Oxford City for £14,000

For Oxford City, the visit to Notts County in the second round of the FA Cup next weekend represents a significant first. Never before has the club, who ply their modest trade in the National League South, progressed so far in the competition. But if the temptation is to suggest the players, fans and management heading to Meadow Lane are in danger of succumbing to nosebleeds caused by their sudden elevation into national attention, those with longer memories will recall that this is not the first time Oxford’s second club have enjoyed a moment in the sun.  Back in 1980, City were at the very epicentre of football interest. That was when the then Isthmian League minnows approached a World Cup winning captain to become team manager. And, extraordinarily, Bobby Moore agreed. “I’d just taken over and thought, ‘Who could we get in who would put the club on the map?’” recalls Tony Rosser, who was chairman for five years in the early Eighties. “I found out Moore was working as a coach at Crystal Palace, was looking for his first management job and was financially on his uppers. So I thought, ‘Why not?’”  Over five tortuous meetings, Moore agreed to remuneration of £14,000 a season, plus a £5,000 signing-on fee and a club Daimler. It was a huge salary by non-League standards, but Rosser met the sum from his free-newspaper business’s coffers, surmising the investment would recoup itself in publicity terms. A poster for an event with Bobby Moore at Oxford City in 1980  Credit: SWNS.com  “I remember at every meeting, Mike Summerbee always seemed to be hanging around,” recalls Rosser. “I later find out he wasn’t involved in any of Bob’s business. He was waiting to go out for a session with him.”  Just before Christmas 1980, with a posse of pressmen in tow, Moore, wearing a magnificent kipper tie, arrived at City’s tumbledown Whitehouse Ground, a place long since modernised into an executive cul-de-sac. As he stood in front of the tiny main stand, the look of unease was all too evident in his eyes. This was a man who, 14 years earlier, had been at the very heart of English football’s finest hour. Now he had stepped a long way out of his comfort zone. Nonetheless, in a television interview that is still available on YouTube, he showed he had no sense of entitlement.  “When I packed up playing I didn’t have a divine right to be given the first job that became available just because of what I’d achieved in a playing capacity,” he said. And his humility was there in everything he did. He was happy to have his office in a Portakabin at the ground, was unfailingly polite to everyone and was even in the habit of collecting up the dirty kit after matches, folding it neatly into the laundry skip. “We’d go to away games and the opposition chairman and directors would be there in the car park waiting to greet him,” recalls Colin Kirby, then a teenaged Oxford City fan.   “They wanted pictures with him. Autographs. Everywhere it was an absolute circus. And what I remember most was he was just so unfazed, so polite, not at all stand-offish. Through it all he was just so cool.”  His coolness, however, did not translate into results. Despite the attendant media brouhaha, despite the injection of funds provided by Rosser, the team never gelled under his stewardship. On the training pitch, Moore proved not to be the most demanding of coaches. On the touchline he watched in cool detachment, rarely chivvying, leaving the players to organise themselves.  Hoping to improve his squad, he called in favours. Phil Beal, the ex-Spurs defender, arrived as did John Fraser, who had played in the 1975 FA Cup final alongside Moore. But the newcomers found the going tough. “It was a big step down,” says Kirby. “He’d bring new players in almost every week, there was never any rhythm. And every team we played were fired up to beat the World Cup winner.”  Part of the deal for getting Moore was that Rosser could engage him as a figurehead for his business. They set up a company together called Score with Moore. And the manager spent much of his time pressing the flesh on his chairman’s behalf.  “He was terrific to deal with, so brilliant with people,” remembers Rosser. “He was less brilliant with the players. I quickly realised he wasn’t cut out to be a manager. After about 10 games, only a couple of which we won, I took him to one side and said, ‘Do you know someone who could help?’ He suggested an old West Ham team-mate who was then coaching in America. It was Harry Redknapp.”  Queen Elizabeth presents England captain Bobby Moore with the Jules Rimet Cup after England's 1966 World Cup victory  Credit: Getty Images  Redknapp was paid £6,000 to organise the football side, while Moore continued with company promotions. A much more hands-on touchline presence, Redknapp soon brought in another raft of new players. Not all were a success. “There was a bizarre move signing a goalie from Jersey called Martin LeBlanc,” says Kirby. “He wasn’t that good and the fans nicknamed him Kerplunk. Yet they were flying him over for every match. It was all getting a little strange.”  At the end of Moore’s first season, City were relegated. But Rosser stood by his man. “I couldn’t fire him. He’d won the World Cup.” That summer of 1981, Moore had an unusual request. Would the chairman mind if he missed the entire close season in order to go to Hungary to shoot a movie? Rosser agreed, and Moore went off to film Escape to Victory, Summerbee in tow. When he came back, Moore continued to work on promoting Rosser’s companies. Results, though, were not forthcoming. And Redknapp found life in the seventh tier frustrating. “I’d sit there on a cold, rainy night playing in front of a few hundred fans and think, ‘How did I get into this?’” he recalls. Rosser (R) alongside Moore (centre) and the head waiter of Noah's Ark in 1980 Credit: SWNS.com  “Then I’d look at Bobby next to me and think, ‘Never mind me, how did he end up here?’ ” Moore, though, was resolute. Redknapp remembers the Portakabin phone ringing one day. It was John Bond, who was leaving Norwich to take up the manager’s job at Manchester City. He recommended Moore as his replacement. Moore, however, told Redknapp he was committed to seeing out the job at Oxford. But even though Redknapp’s presence at training stabilised the league position, at the end of the pair’s second season, Rosser ended the experiment. “Harry had all sorts of ideas for signings, and I had to keep saying to him, ‘Harry we’re Oxford City not Real Madrid’,” he says. “In the end I realised I just couldn’t keep justifying the money. So I let Harry go and Bob became football consultant, still working on company promotions.”  A local manager called John Delaney was brought in on a £2,000 salary and the big-name players drifted away. Moore’s job as consultant was short-lived. He headed off to take over at Southend. Thus ended Oxford City’s brief flirtation with the big time.  “The truth is it was never going to work,” says Kirby. “To be honest, it was a bit like putting someone who’s run a five-star restaurant in charge of chip van in a lay-by on the ring road.” 

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