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Shrewsbury Town plan to introduce safe standing before the end of the season after reaching funding target

Shrewsbury Town plan to introduce safe standing before the end of the season after reaching funding target

Shrewsbury Town plan to introduce safe standing before the end of the season after reaching funding target

FA Cup first round draw: Hyde United (eighth tier) host MK Dons

  7:28PM And that's the draw The excitement is over! No more balls will be drawn! Morecambe vs Hartlepool is pretty good, Doncaster will visit either East Thurrock or Ebsfleet. Hyde vs MK Dons is a brilliant tie for the minnows. I was really hoping for a Slough vs Swindon draw, purely for Office quotes.  7:25PM Eighth tier Hyde will play MK Dons! The crowd goes wild in the BBC studio as the draw is announced. That's the big club the players wanted. 7:24PM Lads, can we please have some music Or something. This draw is not one of the most exciting things I've ever seen on television. That Liverpool vs Man Utd game on Saturday was more entertaining. 7:21PM AFC Wimbledon vs Lincoln City AFC Wimbledon are one of the clubs to have benefited immensely from TV money brought by the FA Cup and they are drawn against Lincoln City.  7:19PM Some more fixtures for you Peterborough Utd v Tranmere Cambridge Utd v Sutton Utd Forest Green Rovers v Macclesfield Town AFC Fylde v Kidderminster Harriers Luton v Portsmouth Shrewsbury v Aldershot Hereford v AFC Telford Utd Guiseley v Accrington Stanley Blackburn Rovers v Barnet 7:16PM No huge match ups so far Bradford City v Chesterfield Port Vale v Oxford Utd Newport County v Walsall Morecambe v Hartlepool Utd 7:14PM And it's set of balls number eight And Lancelot is the FA Cup draw machine for tonight. What a hilarious National Lottery joke. And the first fixture is Stevenage vs Nantwich or Kettering. IT'S ALL KICKING OFF NOW, CLIVE. 7:12PM Your Davids, your Goliaths Hyde, Heybridge Swifts and Ossett Town are the lowest ranked teams in the competition, with all three occupying the eighth tier of English football.  7:10PM David Sharpe The Wigan chairman, grandson of Dave Whelan, fancies Wigan's chances this season. And now it's time for the draw!   7:05PM Who do the small teams want to get in the draw? According to a couple of Hyde football staff (manager and player), the management want to play against a team they can probably beat whereas the players want to draw Blackburn or Charlton - one of the 'big' clubs. Hyde actually own the record for biggest defeat in the FA Cup. A 26-0 hiding (see what I did) by Preston North End. 7:00PM The live coverage begins! Here we go. The draw is being held at Hyde United's ground. Look how cool their sun was earlier: Red sun today. FA Cup draw at Hyde United. Is that an omen. #EmiratesFACuppic.twitter.com/LoZ27mZjKW— Hyde United FC (@hydeunited) October 16, 2017   6:47PM The difference the FA Cup actually makes I wrote this in January about just how much an FA Cup run is worth to a small club. It turns out the answer is everything. The FA awards a prize of £1.8million to the winners of the competition, the kind of short-change a Champions League club might use as a sweetener for a promising youth prospect’s signing-on fee. For non-league side Curzon Ashton just qualifying for the second round of the competition will, and has, had an enormous impact.   Image     Landscape Portrait Square Original/Custom   Edit Selected Crop... Caption:   Description: curzon ashton Agency: GETTY IMAGES Artist:       Edit...   Delete     “It means so much to us a club,” says their CEO Natalie Atkinson. “The FA Cup is enabling us, through prize money, funds gained and TV money to work with the FA and football foundations to replace our 3G pitch next to the stadium.” Curzon Ashton, currently 15th in the National League North, lost 4-3 to AFC Wimbledon in December, conceding four goals in the final 10 minutes of the game. The prize for qualifying for the second round was £27,000, in addition to £18,000 earned from the first round. Those sucker-punch goals prevented a windfall of £67,500 for making it to third round. However, thanks to the wonder of television money, the club received more for their defeat to Wimbledon than they would have if they’d won a non-televised second round match. There's more on the article, if you fancy clicking on it. 6:30PM The magic of the cup This most holy of trophies always produces magical moments and even if a guilty few/most don't pay attention to the competition until their team is involved, those matches between minnows of the lower leagues and giants of... in this case, League One, are always thoroughly enjoyable.  Sutton are looking to make a lot more money from another (pie free) run at the cup this year, Accrington Stanley's involvement will be upping the YouTube view count on this milk advert, and today is the first time I have ever heard of Gainsborough Trinity. Perhaps they will become my new favourite non-league - maybe they'll be yours! It all depends who has to play who - and which of those games the people in charge at BBC decide to broadcast... 6:15PM Good evening! Hello there sports fans. Welcome to our live coverage of what is sure to be a riveting FA Cup first round draw. The action will kick-off at 7:10pm and we'll keep you up to date with the draw as it happens. For right now, that wait should give you time to look at all the nice photographs of that weird looking sun from earlier today. It was like being in Blade Runner. 6:09PM Preview What is it? It's the draw for the first round proper of the FA Cup: the oldest competition in world football.  The first round sees the 48 teams from League One and League Two joined by 32 non-league sides. When is it? Monday October 16. What time is it? The draw itself will begin at 7:10pm on Monday evening. The first round of the FA Cup will take place on Saturday November 4  Credit: AP  What TV channel is it on? The draw will be broadcast live on both BBC Two and BT Sport. Mark Chapman will present the BBC's coverage of the draw in half-hour long episode from 7pm, while BT Sport 3's show will also begin at 7pm.  When will the matches take place?  The first round will take place over the weekend of Friday November 3 to Monday 6 November 2017 Who's in the hat? Sutton United made it to the fifth round of the FA Cup last season  Credit: Getty Images  Three teams from the eighth tier of English football are among the non-league teams in the hat for the first round. Hyde United, who play in the Northern Premier League, beat Scarborough Athletic on Sunday afternoon to book their place in the competition.  Hampton and Richmond, who are coached by Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler, failed in their bid to reach the FA Cup proper after losing to  National League South rivals Truro City. Truro's 2-0 victory over their league rivals means they become the first Cornwal team to reach the FA Cup first round since 1969.  Billericay Town, whose current players include Jamie O'Hara, Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant, will also take their place in the draw.  FA Cup first round numbers 1 ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2 AFC WIMBLEDON 3 BARNET 4 BLACKBURN ROVERS 5 BLACKPOOL 6 BRADFORD CITY 7 BRISTOL ROVERS 8 BURY 9 CAMBRIDGE UNITED 10 CARLISLE UNITED 11 CHARLTON ATHLETIC 12 CHELTENHAM TOWN 13 CHESTERFIELD 14 COLCHESTER UNITED 15 COVENTRY CITY 16 CRAWLEY TOWN 17 CREWE ALEXANDRA 18 DONCASTER ROVERS 19 EXETER CITY 20 FLEETWOOD TOWN 21 FOREST GREEN ROVERS 22 GILLINGHAM 23 GRIMSBY TOWN 24 LINCOLN CITY 25 LUTON TOWN 26 MANSFIELD TOWN 27 MILTON KEYNES DONS 28 MORECAMBE 29 NEWPORT COUNTY 30 NORTHAMPTON TOWN 31 NOTTS COUNTY 32 OLDHAM ATHLETIC 33 OXFORD UNITED 34 PETERBOROUGH UNITED 35 PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 36 PORT VALE 37 PORTSMOUTH 38 ROCHDALE 39 ROTHERHAM UNITED 40 SCUNTHORPE UNITED 41 SHREWSBURY TOWN 42 SOUTHEND UNITED 43 STEVENAGE 44 SWINDON TOWN 45 WALSALL 46 WIGAN ATHLETIC 47 WYCOMBE WANDERERS 48 YEOVIL TOWN 49 TRANMERE ROVERS 50 SOLIHULL MOORS OR OSSETT TOWN 51 HARTLEPOOL UNITED 52 SHAW LANE ASSOCIATION 53 CHORLEY OR BOSTON UNITED 54 AFC TELFORD UNITED 55 GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 56 NANTWICH TOWN OR KETTERING TOWN 57 GATESHEAD 58 GUISELEY 59 AFC FYLDE 60 KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 61 HYDE UNITED 62 MACCLESFIELD TOWN 63 BRACKLEY TOWN OR BILLERICAY TOWN 64 DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE OR LEYTON ORIENT 65 HEREFORD 66 ALDERSHOT TOWN  67 BATH CITY OR CHELMSFORD CITY 68 OXFORD CITY 69 MAIDENHEAD UNITED 70 HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 71 WOKING OR CONCORD RANGERS 72 TRURO CITY 73 DOVER ATHLETIC OR BROMLEY 74 SLOUGH TOWN 75 DARTFORD 76 BOREHAM WOOD 77 MAIDSTONE UNITED OR ENFIELD TOWN 78 LEATHERHEAD 79 SUTTON UNITED 80 EAST THURROCK UNITED OR EBBSFLEET UNITED

FA Cup first round draw: Hyde United (eighth tier) host MK Dons

  7:28PM And that's the draw The excitement is over! No more balls will be drawn! Morecambe vs Hartlepool is pretty good, Doncaster will visit either East Thurrock or Ebsfleet. Hyde vs MK Dons is a brilliant tie for the minnows. I was really hoping for a Slough vs Swindon draw, purely for Office quotes.  7:25PM Eighth tier Hyde will play MK Dons! The crowd goes wild in the BBC studio as the draw is announced. That's the big club the players wanted. 7:24PM Lads, can we please have some music Or something. This draw is not one of the most exciting things I've ever seen on television. That Liverpool vs Man Utd game on Saturday was more entertaining. 7:21PM AFC Wimbledon vs Lincoln City AFC Wimbledon are one of the clubs to have benefited immensely from TV money brought by the FA Cup and they are drawn against Lincoln City.  7:19PM Some more fixtures for you Peterborough Utd v Tranmere Cambridge Utd v Sutton Utd Forest Green Rovers v Macclesfield Town AFC Fylde v Kidderminster Harriers Luton v Portsmouth Shrewsbury v Aldershot Hereford v AFC Telford Utd Guiseley v Accrington Stanley Blackburn Rovers v Barnet 7:16PM No huge match ups so far Bradford City v Chesterfield Port Vale v Oxford Utd Newport County v Walsall Morecambe v Hartlepool Utd 7:14PM And it's set of balls number eight And Lancelot is the FA Cup draw machine for tonight. What a hilarious National Lottery joke. And the first fixture is Stevenage vs Nantwich or Kettering. IT'S ALL KICKING OFF NOW, CLIVE. 7:12PM Your Davids, your Goliaths Hyde, Heybridge Swifts and Ossett Town are the lowest ranked teams in the competition, with all three occupying the eighth tier of English football.  7:10PM David Sharpe The Wigan chairman, grandson of Dave Whelan, fancies Wigan's chances this season. And now it's time for the draw!   7:05PM Who do the small teams want to get in the draw? According to a couple of Hyde football staff (manager and player), the management want to play against a team they can probably beat whereas the players want to draw Blackburn or Charlton - one of the 'big' clubs. Hyde actually own the record for biggest defeat in the FA Cup. A 26-0 hiding (see what I did) by Preston North End. 7:00PM The live coverage begins! Here we go. The draw is being held at Hyde United's ground. Look how cool their sun was earlier: Red sun today. FA Cup draw at Hyde United. Is that an omen. #EmiratesFACuppic.twitter.com/LoZ27mZjKW— Hyde United FC (@hydeunited) October 16, 2017   6:47PM The difference the FA Cup actually makes I wrote this in January about just how much an FA Cup run is worth to a small club. It turns out the answer is everything. The FA awards a prize of £1.8million to the winners of the competition, the kind of short-change a Champions League club might use as a sweetener for a promising youth prospect’s signing-on fee. For non-league side Curzon Ashton just qualifying for the second round of the competition will, and has, had an enormous impact.   Image     Landscape Portrait Square Original/Custom   Edit Selected Crop... Caption:   Description: curzon ashton Agency: GETTY IMAGES Artist:       Edit...   Delete     “It means so much to us a club,” says their CEO Natalie Atkinson. “The FA Cup is enabling us, through prize money, funds gained and TV money to work with the FA and football foundations to replace our 3G pitch next to the stadium.” Curzon Ashton, currently 15th in the National League North, lost 4-3 to AFC Wimbledon in December, conceding four goals in the final 10 minutes of the game. The prize for qualifying for the second round was £27,000, in addition to £18,000 earned from the first round. Those sucker-punch goals prevented a windfall of £67,500 for making it to third round. However, thanks to the wonder of television money, the club received more for their defeat to Wimbledon than they would have if they’d won a non-televised second round match. There's more on the article, if you fancy clicking on it. 6:30PM The magic of the cup This most holy of trophies always produces magical moments and even if a guilty few/most don't pay attention to the competition until their team is involved, those matches between minnows of the lower leagues and giants of... in this case, League One, are always thoroughly enjoyable.  Sutton are looking to make a lot more money from another (pie free) run at the cup this year, Accrington Stanley's involvement will be upping the YouTube view count on this milk advert, and today is the first time I have ever heard of Gainsborough Trinity. Perhaps they will become my new favourite non-league - maybe they'll be yours! It all depends who has to play who - and which of those games the people in charge at BBC decide to broadcast... 6:15PM Good evening! Hello there sports fans. Welcome to our live coverage of what is sure to be a riveting FA Cup first round draw. The action will kick-off at 7:10pm and we'll keep you up to date with the draw as it happens. For right now, that wait should give you time to look at all the nice photographs of that weird looking sun from earlier today. It was like being in Blade Runner. 6:09PM Preview What is it? It's the draw for the first round proper of the FA Cup: the oldest competition in world football.  The first round sees the 48 teams from League One and League Two joined by 32 non-league sides. When is it? Monday October 16. What time is it? The draw itself will begin at 7:10pm on Monday evening. The first round of the FA Cup will take place on Saturday November 4  Credit: AP  What TV channel is it on? The draw will be broadcast live on both BBC Two and BT Sport. Mark Chapman will present the BBC's coverage of the draw in half-hour long episode from 7pm, while BT Sport 3's show will also begin at 7pm.  When will the matches take place?  The first round will take place over the weekend of Friday November 3 to Monday 6 November 2017 Who's in the hat? Sutton United made it to the fifth round of the FA Cup last season  Credit: Getty Images  Three teams from the eighth tier of English football are among the non-league teams in the hat for the first round. Hyde United, who play in the Northern Premier League, beat Scarborough Athletic on Sunday afternoon to book their place in the competition.  Hampton and Richmond, who are coached by Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler, failed in their bid to reach the FA Cup proper after losing to  National League South rivals Truro City. Truro's 2-0 victory over their league rivals means they become the first Cornwal team to reach the FA Cup first round since 1969.  Billericay Town, whose current players include Jamie O'Hara, Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant, will also take their place in the draw.  FA Cup first round numbers 1 ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2 AFC WIMBLEDON 3 BARNET 4 BLACKBURN ROVERS 5 BLACKPOOL 6 BRADFORD CITY 7 BRISTOL ROVERS 8 BURY 9 CAMBRIDGE UNITED 10 CARLISLE UNITED 11 CHARLTON ATHLETIC 12 CHELTENHAM TOWN 13 CHESTERFIELD 14 COLCHESTER UNITED 15 COVENTRY CITY 16 CRAWLEY TOWN 17 CREWE ALEXANDRA 18 DONCASTER ROVERS 19 EXETER CITY 20 FLEETWOOD TOWN 21 FOREST GREEN ROVERS 22 GILLINGHAM 23 GRIMSBY TOWN 24 LINCOLN CITY 25 LUTON TOWN 26 MANSFIELD TOWN 27 MILTON KEYNES DONS 28 MORECAMBE 29 NEWPORT COUNTY 30 NORTHAMPTON TOWN 31 NOTTS COUNTY 32 OLDHAM ATHLETIC 33 OXFORD UNITED 34 PETERBOROUGH UNITED 35 PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 36 PORT VALE 37 PORTSMOUTH 38 ROCHDALE 39 ROTHERHAM UNITED 40 SCUNTHORPE UNITED 41 SHREWSBURY TOWN 42 SOUTHEND UNITED 43 STEVENAGE 44 SWINDON TOWN 45 WALSALL 46 WIGAN ATHLETIC 47 WYCOMBE WANDERERS 48 YEOVIL TOWN 49 TRANMERE ROVERS 50 SOLIHULL MOORS OR OSSETT TOWN 51 HARTLEPOOL UNITED 52 SHAW LANE ASSOCIATION 53 CHORLEY OR BOSTON UNITED 54 AFC TELFORD UNITED 55 GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 56 NANTWICH TOWN OR KETTERING TOWN 57 GATESHEAD 58 GUISELEY 59 AFC FYLDE 60 KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 61 HYDE UNITED 62 MACCLESFIELD TOWN 63 BRACKLEY TOWN OR BILLERICAY TOWN 64 DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE OR LEYTON ORIENT 65 HEREFORD 66 ALDERSHOT TOWN  67 BATH CITY OR CHELMSFORD CITY 68 OXFORD CITY 69 MAIDENHEAD UNITED 70 HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 71 WOKING OR CONCORD RANGERS 72 TRURO CITY 73 DOVER ATHLETIC OR BROMLEY 74 SLOUGH TOWN 75 DARTFORD 76 BOREHAM WOOD 77 MAIDSTONE UNITED OR ENFIELD TOWN 78 LEATHERHEAD 79 SUTTON UNITED 80 EAST THURROCK UNITED OR EBBSFLEET UNITED

FA Cup first round draw: Hyde United (eighth tier) host MK Dons

  7:28PM And that's the draw The excitement is over! No more balls will be drawn! Morecambe vs Hartlepool is pretty good, Doncaster will visit either East Thurrock or Ebsfleet. Hyde vs MK Dons is a brilliant tie for the minnows. I was really hoping for a Slough vs Swindon draw, purely for Office quotes.  7:25PM Eighth tier Hyde will play MK Dons! The crowd goes wild in the BBC studio as the draw is announced. That's the big club the players wanted. 7:24PM Lads, can we please have some music Or something. This draw is not one of the most exciting things I've ever seen on television. That Liverpool vs Man Utd game on Saturday was more entertaining. 7:21PM AFC Wimbledon vs Lincoln City AFC Wimbledon are one of the clubs to have benefited immensely from TV money brought by the FA Cup and they are drawn against Lincoln City.  7:19PM Some more fixtures for you Peterborough Utd v Tranmere Cambridge Utd v Sutton Utd Forest Green Rovers v Macclesfield Town AFC Fylde v Kidderminster Harriers Luton v Portsmouth Shrewsbury v Aldershot Hereford v AFC Telford Utd Guiseley v Accrington Stanley Blackburn Rovers v Barnet 7:16PM No huge match ups so far Bradford City v Chesterfield Port Vale v Oxford Utd Newport County v Walsall Morecambe v Hartlepool Utd 7:14PM And it's set of balls number eight And Lancelot is the FA Cup draw machine for tonight. What a hilarious National Lottery joke. And the first fixture is Stevenage vs Nantwich or Kettering. IT'S ALL KICKING OFF NOW, CLIVE. 7:12PM Your Davids, your Goliaths Hyde, Heybridge Swifts and Ossett Town are the lowest ranked teams in the competition, with all three occupying the eighth tier of English football.  7:10PM David Sharpe The Wigan chairman, grandson of Dave Whelan, fancies Wigan's chances this season. And now it's time for the draw!   7:05PM Who do the small teams want to get in the draw? According to a couple of Hyde football staff (manager and player), the management want to play against a team they can probably beat whereas the players want to draw Blackburn or Charlton - one of the 'big' clubs. Hyde actually own the record for biggest defeat in the FA Cup. A 26-0 hiding (see what I did) by Preston North End. 7:00PM The live coverage begins! Here we go. The draw is being held at Hyde United's ground. Look how cool their sun was earlier: Red sun today. FA Cup draw at Hyde United. Is that an omen. #EmiratesFACuppic.twitter.com/LoZ27mZjKW— Hyde United FC (@hydeunited) October 16, 2017   6:47PM The difference the FA Cup actually makes I wrote this in January about just how much an FA Cup run is worth to a small club. It turns out the answer is everything. The FA awards a prize of £1.8million to the winners of the competition, the kind of short-change a Champions League club might use as a sweetener for a promising youth prospect’s signing-on fee. For non-league side Curzon Ashton just qualifying for the second round of the competition will, and has, had an enormous impact.   Image     Landscape Portrait Square Original/Custom   Edit Selected Crop... Caption:   Description: curzon ashton Agency: GETTY IMAGES Artist:       Edit...   Delete     “It means so much to us a club,” says their CEO Natalie Atkinson. “The FA Cup is enabling us, through prize money, funds gained and TV money to work with the FA and football foundations to replace our 3G pitch next to the stadium.” Curzon Ashton, currently 15th in the National League North, lost 4-3 to AFC Wimbledon in December, conceding four goals in the final 10 minutes of the game. The prize for qualifying for the second round was £27,000, in addition to £18,000 earned from the first round. Those sucker-punch goals prevented a windfall of £67,500 for making it to third round. However, thanks to the wonder of television money, the club received more for their defeat to Wimbledon than they would have if they’d won a non-televised second round match. There's more on the article, if you fancy clicking on it. 6:30PM The magic of the cup This most holy of trophies always produces magical moments and even if a guilty few/most don't pay attention to the competition until their team is involved, those matches between minnows of the lower leagues and giants of... in this case, League One, are always thoroughly enjoyable.  Sutton are looking to make a lot more money from another (pie free) run at the cup this year, Accrington Stanley's involvement will be upping the YouTube view count on this milk advert, and today is the first time I have ever heard of Gainsborough Trinity. Perhaps they will become my new favourite non-league - maybe they'll be yours! It all depends who has to play who - and which of those games the people in charge at BBC decide to broadcast... 6:15PM Good evening! Hello there sports fans. Welcome to our live coverage of what is sure to be a riveting FA Cup first round draw. The action will kick-off at 7:10pm and we'll keep you up to date with the draw as it happens. For right now, that wait should give you time to look at all the nice photographs of that weird looking sun from earlier today. It was like being in Blade Runner. 6:09PM Preview What is it? It's the draw for the first round proper of the FA Cup: the oldest competition in world football.  The first round sees the 48 teams from League One and League Two joined by 32 non-league sides. When is it? Monday October 16. What time is it? The draw itself will begin at 7:10pm on Monday evening. The first round of the FA Cup will take place on Saturday November 4  Credit: AP  What TV channel is it on? The draw will be broadcast live on both BBC Two and BT Sport. Mark Chapman will present the BBC's coverage of the draw in half-hour long episode from 7pm, while BT Sport 3's show will also begin at 7pm.  When will the matches take place?  The first round will take place over the weekend of Friday November 3 to Monday 6 November 2017 Who's in the hat? Sutton United made it to the fifth round of the FA Cup last season  Credit: Getty Images  Three teams from the eighth tier of English football are among the non-league teams in the hat for the first round. Hyde United, who play in the Northern Premier League, beat Scarborough Athletic on Sunday afternoon to book their place in the competition.  Hampton and Richmond, who are coached by Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler, failed in their bid to reach the FA Cup proper after losing to  National League South rivals Truro City. Truro's 2-0 victory over their league rivals means they become the first Cornwal team to reach the FA Cup first round since 1969.  Billericay Town, whose current players include Jamie O'Hara, Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant, will also take their place in the draw.  FA Cup first round numbers 1 ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2 AFC WIMBLEDON 3 BARNET 4 BLACKBURN ROVERS 5 BLACKPOOL 6 BRADFORD CITY 7 BRISTOL ROVERS 8 BURY 9 CAMBRIDGE UNITED 10 CARLISLE UNITED 11 CHARLTON ATHLETIC 12 CHELTENHAM TOWN 13 CHESTERFIELD 14 COLCHESTER UNITED 15 COVENTRY CITY 16 CRAWLEY TOWN 17 CREWE ALEXANDRA 18 DONCASTER ROVERS 19 EXETER CITY 20 FLEETWOOD TOWN 21 FOREST GREEN ROVERS 22 GILLINGHAM 23 GRIMSBY TOWN 24 LINCOLN CITY 25 LUTON TOWN 26 MANSFIELD TOWN 27 MILTON KEYNES DONS 28 MORECAMBE 29 NEWPORT COUNTY 30 NORTHAMPTON TOWN 31 NOTTS COUNTY 32 OLDHAM ATHLETIC 33 OXFORD UNITED 34 PETERBOROUGH UNITED 35 PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 36 PORT VALE 37 PORTSMOUTH 38 ROCHDALE 39 ROTHERHAM UNITED 40 SCUNTHORPE UNITED 41 SHREWSBURY TOWN 42 SOUTHEND UNITED 43 STEVENAGE 44 SWINDON TOWN 45 WALSALL 46 WIGAN ATHLETIC 47 WYCOMBE WANDERERS 48 YEOVIL TOWN 49 TRANMERE ROVERS 50 SOLIHULL MOORS OR OSSETT TOWN 51 HARTLEPOOL UNITED 52 SHAW LANE ASSOCIATION 53 CHORLEY OR BOSTON UNITED 54 AFC TELFORD UNITED 55 GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 56 NANTWICH TOWN OR KETTERING TOWN 57 GATESHEAD 58 GUISELEY 59 AFC FYLDE 60 KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 61 HYDE UNITED 62 MACCLESFIELD TOWN 63 BRACKLEY TOWN OR BILLERICAY TOWN 64 DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE OR LEYTON ORIENT 65 HEREFORD 66 ALDERSHOT TOWN  67 BATH CITY OR CHELMSFORD CITY 68 OXFORD CITY 69 MAIDENHEAD UNITED 70 HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 71 WOKING OR CONCORD RANGERS 72 TRURO CITY 73 DOVER ATHLETIC OR BROMLEY 74 SLOUGH TOWN 75 DARTFORD 76 BOREHAM WOOD 77 MAIDSTONE UNITED OR ENFIELD TOWN 78 LEATHERHEAD 79 SUTTON UNITED 80 EAST THURROCK UNITED OR EBBSFLEET UNITED

League One - Walsall vs Shrewsbury Town

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League One - Walsall vs Shrewsbury Town

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League One - Walsall vs Shrewsbury Town

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League One - Walsall vs Shrewsbury Town

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League One - Walsall vs Shrewsbury Town

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League One - Walsall vs Shrewsbury Town

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League One - Walsall vs Shrewsbury Town

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League One - Walsall vs Shrewsbury Town

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Andreas Christensen shows how Chelsea's loan system can pay off

According to Sten Christensen, Antonio Conte told Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo that his son Andreas was even better in the flesh than on television after the central defender’s first training session under the Italian this summer. Like most Chelsea fans, head coach Conte had only been able to keep up with Christensen’s progress via video highlights while the highly-rated Dane completed his two-year loan at Borussia Monchengladbach. Conte, who knows a good defender when he sees one, was encouraged by what he saw and Christensen has already made an even bigger impression since returning to Chelsea. But the acid test could arrive on Saturday. If, as Conte has suggested, he deputises for the suspended David Luiz against free-scoring Manchester City, Christensen will be only the fifth Chelsea academy graduate in nearly 15 years to start three or more Premier League games. City have netted five or more goals in each of their last three Premier League games, although Sergio Aguero will miss out after being injured in a car crash. Andreas Chistensen feels at home at Chelsea Credit: GETTY IMAGES Christensen is well versed on the dangers City pose, having played against them four times while at Monchengladbach. The Germans were drawn against the Manchester club in the Champions League in each of his two seasons out on loan. In those four games, Monchengladbach conceded 11 goals to City. But rather than fearing the prospect of facing their attacking might again on Saturday at Stamford Bridge, the experiences just whetted Christensen’s appetite to keep testing himself against the best. The 21-year-old can also take encouragement from the fact that in his last appearance against City, Monchengladbach managed a 1-1 draw. “It was great experience to play against City, they were big games,” said Christensen. “I haven’t got the best results against them yet, but, hopefully, that will now come. It was in the Champions League, I was a young player on loan. It was what I wanted and it was good for me, big games against the best players. “I was facing top strikers in the Bundesliga and that was a new thing for me then as well. It helped me to know what will hopefully come more often in the future and that’s something I’m looking forward to. I want to play against the top, top strikers.” Andreas Christensen playing for Moenchengladbach Credit: BONGARTS Chelsea’s army of loanees have understandably attracted scrutiny for many years now and further questions were raised this summer about the decisions to let Tammy Abraham and Ruben Loftus-Cheek go and play elsewhere for the season. But Christensen is perhaps the perfect example of how young Chelsea players can benefit from going out on loan. Before joining Monchengladbach, he had made just three senior appearances for Chelsea since signing from Brondby in 2012 – in the League Cup against Shrewsbury Town, the FA Cup against Bradford City and as a substitute in the Premier League against Sunderland. But after two years away, Christensen returned to Chelsea with two full seasons of Bundesliga football with Monchengladbach under his belt and 11 Champions League appearances. Chelsea v Man City: Premier League match preview 01:56 Having played twice in the Champions League for Chelsea this season, Christensen has made two more appearances in the tournament than 23-year-old City defender John Stones, who Chelsea tried to sign two years ago. “Facing the strikers in the Bundesliga and two years in the Champions League as well, got me so much experience,” said Christensen. “And Chelsea kept looking after me, getting the videos and texting every week and every day about how I was doing. Eddie Newton and Paulo Ferreira did a great job with me. Chelsea loanees “But you have to take responsibility for yourself as well and do what is best for you. You can’t expect everything to be given to you and you have to perform when you get the chance. The club (Chelsea) could not have done any more than they did in terms of helping me on the right path.” It is not just football experience he gained, as Christensen added: “I was in digs at Chelsea until I went to Germany. That was my first experience of staying alone and I got my girlfriend over, so I grew up a bit. I was on my own, I had to wash my own clothes and look after myself. It was life experience.” Christensen and his father had made it clear that he only wanted to return to Chelsea if he was going to play football and the club made space for him by sending Kurt Zouma on loan to Stoke City. Any fears that the signing of Antonio Rudiger and interest in Virgil van Dijk were going to stifle his attempts to break into the Chelsea team were quickly eradicated by Conte. Andreas Christensen challenges for the ball with Peter Crouch Credit: PA Christensen said: “It was probably only before I went on holiday this summer, I thought about what would happen at Chelsea and if I’d get a chance, but the manager showed me he trusts me and he has a great passion for me to deliver.” Conte has been good to his word. Christensen has made eight appearances so far this season, four of which have been starts. “I’ve been involved pretty much from the start, so right now I’m happy,” said Christensen. “I’m getting a lot of playing time and I have to keep going and show I am entitled to more time. Right now, life is pretty good and I’m enjoying it.” Life will be even better if Christensen can notch a first victory over City in his fifth attempt.

Andreas Christensen shows how Chelsea's loan system can pay off

According to Sten Christensen, Antonio Conte told Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo that his son Andreas was even better in the flesh than on television after the central defender’s first training session under the Italian this summer. Like most Chelsea fans, head coach Conte had only been able to keep up with Christensen’s progress via video highlights while the highly-rated Dane completed his two-year loan at Borussia Monchengladbach. Conte, who knows a good defender when he sees one, was encouraged by what he saw and Christensen has already made an even bigger impression since returning to Chelsea. But the acid test could arrive on Saturday. If, as Conte has suggested, he deputises for the suspended David Luiz against free-scoring Manchester City, Christensen will be only the fifth Chelsea academy graduate in nearly 15 years to start three or more Premier League games. City have netted five or more goals in each of their last three Premier League games, although Sergio Aguero will miss out after being injured in a car crash. Andreas Chistensen feels at home at Chelsea Credit: GETTY IMAGES Christensen is well versed on the dangers City pose, having played against them four times while at Monchengladbach. The Germans were drawn against the Manchester club in the Champions League in each of his two seasons out on loan. In those four games, Monchengladbach conceded 11 goals to City. But rather than fearing the prospect of facing their attacking might again on Saturday at Stamford Bridge, the experiences just whetted Christensen’s appetite to keep testing himself against the best. The 21-year-old can also take encouragement from the fact that in his last appearance against City, Monchengladbach managed a 1-1 draw. “It was great experience to play against City, they were big games,” said Christensen. “I haven’t got the best results against them yet, but, hopefully, that will now come. It was in the Champions League, I was a young player on loan. It was what I wanted and it was good for me, big games against the best players. “I was facing top strikers in the Bundesliga and that was a new thing for me then as well. It helped me to know what will hopefully come more often in the future and that’s something I’m looking forward to. I want to play against the top, top strikers.” Andreas Christensen playing for Moenchengladbach Credit: BONGARTS Chelsea’s army of loanees have understandably attracted scrutiny for many years now and further questions were raised this summer about the decisions to let Tammy Abraham and Ruben Loftus-Cheek go and play elsewhere for the season. But Christensen is perhaps the perfect example of how young Chelsea players can benefit from going out on loan. Before joining Monchengladbach, he had made just three senior appearances for Chelsea since signing from Brondby in 2012 – in the League Cup against Shrewsbury Town, the FA Cup against Bradford City and as a substitute in the Premier League against Sunderland. But after two years away, Christensen returned to Chelsea with two full seasons of Bundesliga football with Monchengladbach under his belt and 11 Champions League appearances. Chelsea v Man City: Premier League match preview 01:56 Having played twice in the Champions League for Chelsea this season, Christensen has made two more appearances in the tournament than 23-year-old City defender John Stones, who Chelsea tried to sign two years ago. “Facing the strikers in the Bundesliga and two years in the Champions League as well, got me so much experience,” said Christensen. “And Chelsea kept looking after me, getting the videos and texting every week and every day about how I was doing. Eddie Newton and Paulo Ferreira did a great job with me. Chelsea loanees “But you have to take responsibility for yourself as well and do what is best for you. You can’t expect everything to be given to you and you have to perform when you get the chance. The club (Chelsea) could not have done any more than they did in terms of helping me on the right path.” It is not just football experience he gained, as Christensen added: “I was in digs at Chelsea until I went to Germany. That was my first experience of staying alone and I got my girlfriend over, so I grew up a bit. I was on my own, I had to wash my own clothes and look after myself. It was life experience.” Christensen and his father had made it clear that he only wanted to return to Chelsea if he was going to play football and the club made space for him by sending Kurt Zouma on loan to Stoke City. Any fears that the signing of Antonio Rudiger and interest in Virgil van Dijk were going to stifle his attempts to break into the Chelsea team were quickly eradicated by Conte. Andreas Christensen challenges for the ball with Peter Crouch Credit: PA Christensen said: “It was probably only before I went on holiday this summer, I thought about what would happen at Chelsea and if I’d get a chance, but the manager showed me he trusts me and he has a great passion for me to deliver.” Conte has been good to his word. Christensen has made eight appearances so far this season, four of which have been starts. “I’ve been involved pretty much from the start, so right now I’m happy,” said Christensen. “I’m getting a lot of playing time and I have to keep going and show I am entitled to more time. Right now, life is pretty good and I’m enjoying it.” Life will be even better if Christensen can notch a first victory over City in his fifth attempt.

Andreas Christensen shows how Chelsea's loan system can pay off

According to Sten Christensen, Antonio Conte told Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo that his son Andreas was even better in the flesh than on television after the central defender’s first training session under the Italian this summer. Like most Chelsea fans, head coach Conte had only been able to keep up with Christensen’s progress via video highlights while the highly-rated Dane completed his two-year loan at Borussia Monchengladbach. Conte, who knows a good defender when he sees one, was encouraged by what he saw and Christensen has already made an even bigger impression since returning to Chelsea. But the acid test could arrive on Saturday. If, as Conte has suggested, he deputises for the suspended David Luiz against free-scoring Manchester City, Christensen will be only the fifth Chelsea academy graduate in nearly 15 years to start three or more Premier League games. City have netted five or more goals in each of their last three Premier League games, although Sergio Aguero will miss out after being injured in a car crash. Andreas Chistensen feels at home at Chelsea Credit: GETTY IMAGES Christensen is well versed on the dangers City pose, having played against them four times while at Monchengladbach. The Germans were drawn against the Manchester club in the Champions League in each of his two seasons out on loan. In those four games, Monchengladbach conceded 11 goals to City. But rather than fearing the prospect of facing their attacking might again on Saturday at Stamford Bridge, the experiences just whetted Christensen’s appetite to keep testing himself against the best. The 21-year-old can also take encouragement from the fact that in his last appearance against City, Monchengladbach managed a 1-1 draw. “It was great experience to play against City, they were big games,” said Christensen. “I haven’t got the best results against them yet, but, hopefully, that will now come. It was in the Champions League, I was a young player on loan. It was what I wanted and it was good for me, big games against the best players. “I was facing top strikers in the Bundesliga and that was a new thing for me then as well. It helped me to know what will hopefully come more often in the future and that’s something I’m looking forward to. I want to play against the top, top strikers.” Andreas Christensen playing for Moenchengladbach Credit: BONGARTS Chelsea’s army of loanees have understandably attracted scrutiny for many years now and further questions were raised this summer about the decisions to let Tammy Abraham and Ruben Loftus-Cheek go and play elsewhere for the season. But Christensen is perhaps the perfect example of how young Chelsea players can benefit from going out on loan. Before joining Monchengladbach, he had made just three senior appearances for Chelsea since signing from Brondby in 2012 – in the League Cup against Shrewsbury Town, the FA Cup against Bradford City and as a substitute in the Premier League against Sunderland. But after two years away, Christensen returned to Chelsea with two full seasons of Bundesliga football with Monchengladbach under his belt and 11 Champions League appearances. Chelsea v Man City: Premier League match preview 01:56 Having played twice in the Champions League for Chelsea this season, Christensen has made two more appearances in the tournament than 23-year-old City defender John Stones, who Chelsea tried to sign two years ago. “Facing the strikers in the Bundesliga and two years in the Champions League as well, got me so much experience,” said Christensen. “And Chelsea kept looking after me, getting the videos and texting every week and every day about how I was doing. Eddie Newton and Paulo Ferreira did a great job with me. Chelsea loanees “But you have to take responsibility for yourself as well and do what is best for you. You can’t expect everything to be given to you and you have to perform when you get the chance. The club (Chelsea) could not have done any more than they did in terms of helping me on the right path.” It is not just football experience he gained, as Christensen added: “I was in digs at Chelsea until I went to Germany. That was my first experience of staying alone and I got my girlfriend over, so I grew up a bit. I was on my own, I had to wash my own clothes and look after myself. It was life experience.” Christensen and his father had made it clear that he only wanted to return to Chelsea if he was going to play football and the club made space for him by sending Kurt Zouma on loan to Stoke City. Any fears that the signing of Antonio Rudiger and interest in Virgil van Dijk were going to stifle his attempts to break into the Chelsea team were quickly eradicated by Conte. Andreas Christensen challenges for the ball with Peter Crouch Credit: PA Christensen said: “It was probably only before I went on holiday this summer, I thought about what would happen at Chelsea and if I’d get a chance, but the manager showed me he trusts me and he has a great passion for me to deliver.” Conte has been good to his word. Christensen has made eight appearances so far this season, four of which have been starts. “I’ve been involved pretty much from the start, so right now I’m happy,” said Christensen. “I’m getting a lot of playing time and I have to keep going and show I am entitled to more time. Right now, life is pretty good and I’m enjoying it.” Life will be even better if Christensen can notch a first victory over City in his fifth attempt.

Andreas Christensen shows how Chelsea's loan system can pay off

According to Sten Christensen, Antonio Conte told Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo that his son Andreas was even better in the flesh than on television after the central defender’s first training session under the Italian this summer. Like most Chelsea fans, head coach Conte had only been able to keep up with Christensen’s progress via video highlights while the highly-rated Dane completed his two-year loan at Borussia Monchengladbach. Conte, who knows a good defender when he sees one, was encouraged by what he saw and Christensen has already made an even bigger impression since returning to Chelsea. But the acid test could arrive on Saturday. If, as Conte has suggested, he deputises for the suspended David Luiz against free-scoring Manchester City, Christensen will be only the fifth Chelsea academy graduate in nearly 15 years to start three or more Premier League games. City have netted five or more goals in each of their last three Premier League games, although Sergio Aguero will miss out after being injured in a car crash. Andreas Chistensen feels at home at Chelsea Credit: GETTY IMAGES Christensen is well versed on the dangers City pose, having played against them four times while at Monchengladbach. The Germans were drawn against the Manchester club in the Champions League in each of his two seasons out on loan. In those four games, Monchengladbach conceded 11 goals to City. But rather than fearing the prospect of facing their attacking might again on Saturday at Stamford Bridge, the experiences just whetted Christensen’s appetite to keep testing himself against the best. The 21-year-old can also take encouragement from the fact that in his last appearance against City, Monchengladbach managed a 1-1 draw. “It was great experience to play against City, they were big games,” said Christensen. “I haven’t got the best results against them yet, but, hopefully, that will now come. It was in the Champions League, I was a young player on loan. It was what I wanted and it was good for me, big games against the best players. “I was facing top strikers in the Bundesliga and that was a new thing for me then as well. It helped me to know what will hopefully come more often in the future and that’s something I’m looking forward to. I want to play against the top, top strikers.” Andreas Christensen playing for Moenchengladbach Credit: BONGARTS Chelsea’s army of loanees have understandably attracted scrutiny for many years now and further questions were raised this summer about the decisions to let Tammy Abraham and Ruben Loftus-Cheek go and play elsewhere for the season. But Christensen is perhaps the perfect example of how young Chelsea players can benefit from going out on loan. Before joining Monchengladbach, he had made just three senior appearances for Chelsea since signing from Brondby in 2012 – in the League Cup against Shrewsbury Town, the FA Cup against Bradford City and as a substitute in the Premier League against Sunderland. But after two years away, Christensen returned to Chelsea with two full seasons of Bundesliga football with Monchengladbach under his belt and 11 Champions League appearances. Chelsea v Man City: Premier League match preview 01:56 Having played twice in the Champions League for Chelsea this season, Christensen has made two more appearances in the tournament than 23-year-old City defender John Stones, who Chelsea tried to sign two years ago. “Facing the strikers in the Bundesliga and two years in the Champions League as well, got me so much experience,” said Christensen. “And Chelsea kept looking after me, getting the videos and texting every week and every day about how I was doing. Eddie Newton and Paulo Ferreira did a great job with me. Chelsea loanees “But you have to take responsibility for yourself as well and do what is best for you. You can’t expect everything to be given to you and you have to perform when you get the chance. The club (Chelsea) could not have done any more than they did in terms of helping me on the right path.” It is not just football experience he gained, as Christensen added: “I was in digs at Chelsea until I went to Germany. That was my first experience of staying alone and I got my girlfriend over, so I grew up a bit. I was on my own, I had to wash my own clothes and look after myself. It was life experience.” Christensen and his father had made it clear that he only wanted to return to Chelsea if he was going to play football and the club made space for him by sending Kurt Zouma on loan to Stoke City. Any fears that the signing of Antonio Rudiger and interest in Virgil van Dijk were going to stifle his attempts to break into the Chelsea team were quickly eradicated by Conte. Andreas Christensen challenges for the ball with Peter Crouch Credit: PA Christensen said: “It was probably only before I went on holiday this summer, I thought about what would happen at Chelsea and if I’d get a chance, but the manager showed me he trusts me and he has a great passion for me to deliver.” Conte has been good to his word. Christensen has made eight appearances so far this season, four of which have been starts. “I’ve been involved pretty much from the start, so right now I’m happy,” said Christensen. “I’m getting a lot of playing time and I have to keep going and show I am entitled to more time. Right now, life is pretty good and I’m enjoying it.” Life will be even better if Christensen can notch a first victory over City in his fifth attempt.

Joe Hart: West Ham is ideal place to make my point to Gareth Southgate

Joe Hart was sporting an impressive black eye as he sat down to speak about his return to England with West Ham United. “My induction was to have a fight with Andy [Carroll],” said goalkeeper Hart. “No, I spread for the ball on Tuesday. I get hit in the face quite a lot, but this is the first time it has actually marked me. Andy hasn’t come off worse than me, no.” Joking aside, it has been a bruising 12 months for Hart, who was immediately discarded by Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City manager, and spent last season on loan in Italy at Torino. With few Premier League clubs changing goalkeepers, Hart had to revise his preference to find a new permanent home this summer and accept another season-long loan move – this time at West Ham. “The permanent was going to be difficult,” said Hart, who will make his West Ham debut against Manchester United today. “I don’t think there were too many options for me to go on a permanent, if any. That was my ideal situation. Hart had a mixed spell in Italy last season “When you’ve asked me questions I’ve always answered honestly and, ideally, I wanted to be signing a permanent deal somewhere, so I could set my life up and have a direction. “But that wasn’t meant to be and West Ham have been absolutely fantastic towards me, I can’t be any more grateful for the opportunity they have given me. Slaven [Bilic] has come and [owners] Mr [David] Gold and Mr [David] Sullivan have come in and made their intentions clear that they want me to be here, and I’m over the moon to be a part of this club. “There wasn’t an awful lot of movement goalkeeper-wise this summer, so I’m very grateful to get this opportunity.” West Ham has been a good rehabilitation centre for English goalkeepers with a point to prove over the past few years. David James and Robert Green both resurrected their careers in London’s East End, and Hart is looking to do the same. Hart is keen to impress England manager Gareth Southgate “I know Rob and Jamo well,” he said. “Jamo actually said I’d love it here when I spoke to him. I want to add to that and be an England goalkeeper playing for West Ham, I really do, and that’s my intention. “But first and foremost I want to perform well for the club and see where that takes me. “I reach out to a few people when I have decisions to make, I’m really lucky to have some sound advice from inside football and outside football, a lot of people I respect, and Jamo is certainly one of them. Everyone just said, ‘It seems like a great opportunity and you need to grasp it’.” Every Claudio Bravo mistake at Manchester City last season met with claims that Guardiola should never have dumped Hart and the 30-year-old is sure to be compared with City’s latest new goalkeeper, Ederson Moraes, this term. But Hart insists there are only two managers he is out to impress and Guardiola is not one of them. City signed Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson Moraes this summer “I’m trying to make a point to Slaven Bilic, he’s my coach,” said Hart. “I’m trying to make my point to Gareth Southgate, they’re my coaches, they’re the people whose opinions I care about.” Asked about the difficulties City have experienced trying to replace him, Hart added: “That’s their problem. I need to look after myself, I need to be selfish in this situation. “My feelings for Manchester City will never change, I’m eternally grateful to them as a football club. They took me as a 19-year-old boy from Shrewsbury Town, took something of a punt on me and I’ve had some fantastic times there and built some really great relationships. The fans have been so supportive of me, even in the last year, and that’s something that will never die with me. “I will eternally have a link with them, but as far as the business side of it goes and new managers and new opinions, that’s football, I just have to take it on the chin. There’s no point me taking it too personally because it’s not all about me. “The game moves quickly, there are plenty of people who have been in my situation and you have two choices. You can either moan about it and you can make smart comments and try to work out why it was done, or you can just get on with it. I’ve taken the latter.” New kits 17/18 Hart revealed that his move to West Ham has received the backing of Southgate, the England manager, and that he is ready for a tough battle to keep his place in the national team ahead of next summer’s World Cup. “I’ve always said the standard of keepers in England is very high,” said Hart. “It’s a privileged position to play for the country. Every single time I’ve put on that No 1 jersey I have been very proud and very excited for what comes with it. “You’ve got Jack Butland and Jordan Pickford now at Everon. Big Fraser Forster has signed a new deal at Southampton and Tom Heaton has been nothing short of a miracle for Burnley with his performances. “There are plenty of other English keepers in the Championship. It is tough to get into a Premier League team – I found that out myself this summer.” Hart faces a baptism of fire for West Ham at Old Trafford, where the Manchester United fans will still regard him as the enemy for his association to City. “I’m probably going to get a similar reception to the one I usually get there, but it’s business,” said Hart. “I want to go there and I want to win, that’s all I want to do, whichever side of Manchester it is and whichever side of England it is. I’m going there to win. £250,000 up for grabs: pick your Telegraph Fantasy Football team today >> 

Joe Hart: West Ham is ideal place to make my point to Gareth Southgate

Joe Hart was sporting an impressive black eye as he sat down to speak about his return to England with West Ham United. “My induction was to have a fight with Andy [Carroll],” said goalkeeper Hart. “No, I spread for the ball on Tuesday. I get hit in the face quite a lot, but this is the first time it has actually marked me. Andy hasn’t come off worse than me, no.” Joking aside, it has been a bruising 12 months for Hart, who was immediately discarded by Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City manager, and spent last season on loan in Italy at Torino. With few Premier League clubs changing goalkeepers, Hart had to revise his preference to find a new permanent home this summer and accept another season-long loan move – this time at West Ham. “The permanent was going to be difficult,” said Hart, who will make his West Ham debut against Manchester United today. “I don’t think there were too many options for me to go on a permanent, if any. That was my ideal situation. Hart had a mixed spell in Italy last season “When you’ve asked me questions I’ve always answered honestly and, ideally, I wanted to be signing a permanent deal somewhere, so I could set my life up and have a direction. “But that wasn’t meant to be and West Ham have been absolutely fantastic towards me, I can’t be any more grateful for the opportunity they have given me. Slaven [Bilic] has come and [owners] Mr [David] Gold and Mr [David] Sullivan have come in and made their intentions clear that they want me to be here, and I’m over the moon to be a part of this club. “There wasn’t an awful lot of movement goalkeeper-wise this summer, so I’m very grateful to get this opportunity.” West Ham has been a good rehabilitation centre for English goalkeepers with a point to prove over the past few years. David James and Robert Green both resurrected their careers in London’s East End, and Hart is looking to do the same. Hart is keen to impress England manager Gareth Southgate “I know Rob and Jamo well,” he said. “Jamo actually said I’d love it here when I spoke to him. I want to add to that and be an England goalkeeper playing for West Ham, I really do, and that’s my intention. “But first and foremost I want to perform well for the club and see where that takes me. “I reach out to a few people when I have decisions to make, I’m really lucky to have some sound advice from inside football and outside football, a lot of people I respect, and Jamo is certainly one of them. Everyone just said, ‘It seems like a great opportunity and you need to grasp it’.” Every Claudio Bravo mistake at Manchester City last season met with claims that Guardiola should never have dumped Hart and the 30-year-old is sure to be compared with City’s latest new goalkeeper, Ederson Moraes, this term. But Hart insists there are only two managers he is out to impress and Guardiola is not one of them. City signed Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson Moraes this summer “I’m trying to make a point to Slaven Bilic, he’s my coach,” said Hart. “I’m trying to make my point to Gareth Southgate, they’re my coaches, they’re the people whose opinions I care about.” Asked about the difficulties City have experienced trying to replace him, Hart added: “That’s their problem. I need to look after myself, I need to be selfish in this situation. “My feelings for Manchester City will never change, I’m eternally grateful to them as a football club. They took me as a 19-year-old boy from Shrewsbury Town, took something of a punt on me and I’ve had some fantastic times there and built some really great relationships. The fans have been so supportive of me, even in the last year, and that’s something that will never die with me. “I will eternally have a link with them, but as far as the business side of it goes and new managers and new opinions, that’s football, I just have to take it on the chin. There’s no point me taking it too personally because it’s not all about me. “The game moves quickly, there are plenty of people who have been in my situation and you have two choices. You can either moan about it and you can make smart comments and try to work out why it was done, or you can just get on with it. I’ve taken the latter.” New kits 17/18 Hart revealed that his move to West Ham has received the backing of Southgate, the England manager, and that he is ready for a tough battle to keep his place in the national team ahead of next summer’s World Cup. “I’ve always said the standard of keepers in England is very high,” said Hart. “It’s a privileged position to play for the country. Every single time I’ve put on that No 1 jersey I have been very proud and very excited for what comes with it. “You’ve got Jack Butland and Jordan Pickford now at Everon. Big Fraser Forster has signed a new deal at Southampton and Tom Heaton has been nothing short of a miracle for Burnley with his performances. “There are plenty of other English keepers in the Championship. It is tough to get into a Premier League team – I found that out myself this summer.” Hart faces a baptism of fire for West Ham at Old Trafford, where the Manchester United fans will still regard him as the enemy for his association to City. “I’m probably going to get a similar reception to the one I usually get there, but it’s business,” said Hart. “I want to go there and I want to win, that’s all I want to do, whichever side of Manchester it is and whichever side of England it is. I’m going there to win. £250,000 up for grabs: pick your Telegraph Fantasy Football team today >> 

Joe Hart: West Ham is ideal place to make my point to Gareth Southgate

Joe Hart was sporting an impressive black eye as he sat down to speak about his return to England with West Ham United. “My induction was to have a fight with Andy [Carroll],” said goalkeeper Hart. “No, I spread for the ball on Tuesday. I get hit in the face quite a lot, but this is the first time it has actually marked me. Andy hasn’t come off worse than me, no.” Joking aside, it has been a bruising 12 months for Hart, who was immediately discarded by Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City manager, and spent last season on loan in Italy at Torino. With few Premier League clubs changing goalkeepers, Hart had to revise his preference to find a new permanent home this summer and accept another season-long loan move – this time at West Ham. “The permanent was going to be difficult,” said Hart, who will make his West Ham debut against Manchester United today. “I don’t think there were too many options for me to go on a permanent, if any. That was my ideal situation. Hart had a mixed spell in Italy last season “When you’ve asked me questions I’ve always answered honestly and, ideally, I wanted to be signing a permanent deal somewhere, so I could set my life up and have a direction. “But that wasn’t meant to be and West Ham have been absolutely fantastic towards me, I can’t be any more grateful for the opportunity they have given me. Slaven [Bilic] has come and [owners] Mr [David] Gold and Mr [David] Sullivan have come in and made their intentions clear that they want me to be here, and I’m over the moon to be a part of this club. “There wasn’t an awful lot of movement goalkeeper-wise this summer, so I’m very grateful to get this opportunity.” West Ham has been a good rehabilitation centre for English goalkeepers with a point to prove over the past few years. David James and Robert Green both resurrected their careers in London’s East End, and Hart is looking to do the same. Hart is keen to impress England manager Gareth Southgate “I know Rob and Jamo well,” he said. “Jamo actually said I’d love it here when I spoke to him. I want to add to that and be an England goalkeeper playing for West Ham, I really do, and that’s my intention. “But first and foremost I want to perform well for the club and see where that takes me. “I reach out to a few people when I have decisions to make, I’m really lucky to have some sound advice from inside football and outside football, a lot of people I respect, and Jamo is certainly one of them. Everyone just said, ‘It seems like a great opportunity and you need to grasp it’.” Every Claudio Bravo mistake at Manchester City last season met with claims that Guardiola should never have dumped Hart and the 30-year-old is sure to be compared with City’s latest new goalkeeper, Ederson Moraes, this term. But Hart insists there are only two managers he is out to impress and Guardiola is not one of them. City signed Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson Moraes this summer “I’m trying to make a point to Slaven Bilic, he’s my coach,” said Hart. “I’m trying to make my point to Gareth Southgate, they’re my coaches, they’re the people whose opinions I care about.” Asked about the difficulties City have experienced trying to replace him, Hart added: “That’s their problem. I need to look after myself, I need to be selfish in this situation. “My feelings for Manchester City will never change, I’m eternally grateful to them as a football club. They took me as a 19-year-old boy from Shrewsbury Town, took something of a punt on me and I’ve had some fantastic times there and built some really great relationships. The fans have been so supportive of me, even in the last year, and that’s something that will never die with me. “I will eternally have a link with them, but as far as the business side of it goes and new managers and new opinions, that’s football, I just have to take it on the chin. There’s no point me taking it too personally because it’s not all about me. “The game moves quickly, there are plenty of people who have been in my situation and you have two choices. You can either moan about it and you can make smart comments and try to work out why it was done, or you can just get on with it. I’ve taken the latter.” New kits 17/18 Hart revealed that his move to West Ham has received the backing of Southgate, the England manager, and that he is ready for a tough battle to keep his place in the national team ahead of next summer’s World Cup. “I’ve always said the standard of keepers in England is very high,” said Hart. “It’s a privileged position to play for the country. Every single time I’ve put on that No 1 jersey I have been very proud and very excited for what comes with it. “You’ve got Jack Butland and Jordan Pickford now at Everon. Big Fraser Forster has signed a new deal at Southampton and Tom Heaton has been nothing short of a miracle for Burnley with his performances. “There are plenty of other English keepers in the Championship. It is tough to get into a Premier League team – I found that out myself this summer.” Hart faces a baptism of fire for West Ham at Old Trafford, where the Manchester United fans will still regard him as the enemy for his association to City. “I’m probably going to get a similar reception to the one I usually get there, but it’s business,” said Hart. “I want to go there and I want to win, that’s all I want to do, whichever side of Manchester it is and whichever side of England it is. I’m going there to win. £250,000 up for grabs: pick your Telegraph Fantasy Football team today >> 

Joe Hart: West Ham is ideal place to make my point to Gareth Southgate

Joe Hart was sporting an impressive black eye as he sat down to speak about his return to England with West Ham United. “My induction was to have a fight with Andy [Carroll],” said goalkeeper Hart. “No, I spread for the ball on Tuesday. I get hit in the face quite a lot, but this is the first time it has actually marked me. Andy hasn’t come off worse than me, no.” Joking aside, it has been a bruising 12 months for Hart, who was immediately discarded by Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City manager, and spent last season on loan in Italy at Torino. With few Premier League clubs changing goalkeepers, Hart had to revise his preference to find a new permanent home this summer and accept another season-long loan move – this time at West Ham. “The permanent was going to be difficult,” said Hart, who will make his West Ham debut against Manchester United today. “I don’t think there were too many options for me to go on a permanent, if any. That was my ideal situation. Hart had a mixed spell in Italy last season “When you’ve asked me questions I’ve always answered honestly and, ideally, I wanted to be signing a permanent deal somewhere, so I could set my life up and have a direction. “But that wasn’t meant to be and West Ham have been absolutely fantastic towards me, I can’t be any more grateful for the opportunity they have given me. Slaven [Bilic] has come and [owners] Mr [David] Gold and Mr [David] Sullivan have come in and made their intentions clear that they want me to be here, and I’m over the moon to be a part of this club. “There wasn’t an awful lot of movement goalkeeper-wise this summer, so I’m very grateful to get this opportunity.” West Ham has been a good rehabilitation centre for English goalkeepers with a point to prove over the past few years. David James and Robert Green both resurrected their careers in London’s East End, and Hart is looking to do the same. Hart is keen to impress England manager Gareth Southgate “I know Rob and Jamo well,” he said. “Jamo actually said I’d love it here when I spoke to him. I want to add to that and be an England goalkeeper playing for West Ham, I really do, and that’s my intention. “But first and foremost I want to perform well for the club and see where that takes me. “I reach out to a few people when I have decisions to make, I’m really lucky to have some sound advice from inside football and outside football, a lot of people I respect, and Jamo is certainly one of them. Everyone just said, ‘It seems like a great opportunity and you need to grasp it’.” Every Claudio Bravo mistake at Manchester City last season met with claims that Guardiola should never have dumped Hart and the 30-year-old is sure to be compared with City’s latest new goalkeeper, Ederson Moraes, this term. But Hart insists there are only two managers he is out to impress and Guardiola is not one of them. City signed Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson Moraes this summer “I’m trying to make a point to Slaven Bilic, he’s my coach,” said Hart. “I’m trying to make my point to Gareth Southgate, they’re my coaches, they’re the people whose opinions I care about.” Asked about the difficulties City have experienced trying to replace him, Hart added: “That’s their problem. I need to look after myself, I need to be selfish in this situation. “My feelings for Manchester City will never change, I’m eternally grateful to them as a football club. They took me as a 19-year-old boy from Shrewsbury Town, took something of a punt on me and I’ve had some fantastic times there and built some really great relationships. The fans have been so supportive of me, even in the last year, and that’s something that will never die with me. “I will eternally have a link with them, but as far as the business side of it goes and new managers and new opinions, that’s football, I just have to take it on the chin. There’s no point me taking it too personally because it’s not all about me. “The game moves quickly, there are plenty of people who have been in my situation and you have two choices. You can either moan about it and you can make smart comments and try to work out why it was done, or you can just get on with it. I’ve taken the latter.” New kits 17/18 Hart revealed that his move to West Ham has received the backing of Southgate, the England manager, and that he is ready for a tough battle to keep his place in the national team ahead of next summer’s World Cup. “I’ve always said the standard of keepers in England is very high,” said Hart. “It’s a privileged position to play for the country. Every single time I’ve put on that No 1 jersey I have been very proud and very excited for what comes with it. “You’ve got Jack Butland and Jordan Pickford now at Everon. Big Fraser Forster has signed a new deal at Southampton and Tom Heaton has been nothing short of a miracle for Burnley with his performances. “There are plenty of other English keepers in the Championship. It is tough to get into a Premier League team – I found that out myself this summer.” Hart faces a baptism of fire for West Ham at Old Trafford, where the Manchester United fans will still regard him as the enemy for his association to City. “I’m probably going to get a similar reception to the one I usually get there, but it’s business,” said Hart. “I want to go there and I want to win, that’s all I want to do, whichever side of Manchester it is and whichever side of England it is. I’m going there to win. £250,000 up for grabs: pick your Telegraph Fantasy Football team today >> 

Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson completes loan move to Shrewsbury Town

Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson completes loan move to Shrewsbury Town

League One Side Shrewsbury Town Set to Be the First English Club to Implement Safe Standing

Shrewsbury Town FC are about to take an unprecedented move as they are ​set to become the first club in English football to implement 'safe standing' at their stadium, Greenhous Meadow, according to a report in the ​BBC. They will look to introduce the safe standing area into the stadium before the close of the 2017/18 season as long as the initiative is approved by the authorities. The club, however, are confident that the project will be given the green light. Exclusive: Shrewsbury Town FC...

League One Side Shrewsbury Town Set to Be the First English Club to Implement Safe Standing

Shrewsbury Town FC are about to take an unprecedented move as they are ​set to become the first club in English football to implement 'safe standing' at their stadium, Greenhous Meadow, according to a report in the ​BBC. They will look to introduce the safe standing area into the stadium before the close of the 2017/18 season as long as the initiative is approved by the authorities. The club, however, are confident that the project will be given the green light. Exclusive: Shrewsbury Town FC...

Shrewsbury Town set to become first English club to introduce safe standing

Shrewsbury Town set to become first English club to introduce safe standing

Shrewsbury Town set to become first English club to introduce safe standing

Shrewsbury Town set to become first English club to introduce safe standing

The club hopes around 500 rail seats will be fitted at the Greenhous Meadow Stadium before the end of the 2017-18 season.

Safe standing in English football edges closer after Shrewsbury Town apply to install rail seating

Safe-standing in English football edges closer as Shrewsbury Town announce plans to install rail seating 

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