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Nuno Espirito Santo said this was not going to be a party. After an outstanding first season in English football, the Wolves head coach has finally got something wrong. Wolves are back in the Premier League for the first time since 2012, and this was an afternoon of joyous celebration, a city unified by its return to football’s national conscience. The Pack Is Back, and this victory over Birmingham has all but secured the Championship title with three games to spare, four years after the club were held to a 0-0 draw by Stevenage. With super-agent Jorge Mendes watching from the stand, and implored to “give us a wave” by the South Bank, Wolves have been far too good for the Championship, leading the table since mid-November. With 29 victories from 43 games, playing some of the best football ever seen in this ruthless division, Nuno’s revolution has been remarkable. The fans enjoyed themselves at Molineux on Sunday Credit: Reuters “It’s a special feeling and to get promoted from the hardest division in the world makes me ecstatic,” said the Portuguese. “I never allow beer in the dressing room but I have allowed it for the first time so I must be really happy. Everybody that loves Wolverhampton Wanderers deserves credit because it is important to have people that believe in you and support you. “This a big moment and it is why we work for the fans. We have achieved it together and I enjoy it, as every player has. It was a very hard season and we’ve had some fantastic times. “Now, I want more. We can get to 104 points so let’s see if we can do that. No relaxing, everyone is focused on the next game.” It feels like this is just the beginning, too. Wolves will not be in the Premier League to consider finishing 17th as some badge of honour; significant sums will be spent over the summer and the connection with Mendes, which has been such a source of irritation for their rivals, will be utilised to the full. Mendes has already delivered Nuno and £15.8m signing Ruben Neves and many other artisans including Diogo Jota, the attacker signed on loan from Atletico Madrid, who will complete a permanent move to the Black Country in July. What a turnaround it has been. Five years ago Wolves were relegated from the Championship, their players targeted by the travelling supporters during a chastening afternoon at Brighton. The club's spirit was broken. It represented the dreaded ‘double-dip’ of successive relegations and was the first time Wolves had operated in the third tier since 1989. Under Kenny Jackett, promotion was non-negotiable but he delivered to set the wheels in motion for Wolves’s route to recovery. When owners Fosun completed their £30m takeover in July 2016, there were the usual promises and bold statements of intent. Nuno Espirito Santo has overseen huge improvement at Wolves Credit: reuters Jeff Shi, the chairman, said at the time: “Our goal is crystal clear: we will do our very best to help take Wolves back to the Premier League as soon as possible and to stay there. We believe the club and the fans belong at the top of English football and getting there is our first and top priority.” Fosun have emphatically delivered, with the minimum of tinkering, yet while the mantra all season has been one of unity, it is impossible to understate the impact of Nuno. On Friday he evoked memories of Claudio Ranieri from Leicester's title-winning season, shaking the hands of the six journalists and the one cameraman present, before producing a trademark press conference in which he gave nothing away. And this was apparently one of his better ones. He, and his team, have done their talking on the field. Nuno has admittedly been given access to a quality of player none of his predecessors had but the 44-year-old has still moulded them into a winning team, with a brand new style of play, a fluid 3-4-3, introduced on the first day of pre-season. He has vastly improved seasoned British professionals such as captain Conor Coady, Ryan Bennett and Matt Doherty, one of the real arts of management. Ruebn Neves and Diogo Jota have been key to Wolves' promotion Credit: PA His passaholics were ahead here after a typically brilliant counter-attack in the 22nd minute. Matt Doherty was sent clear into the penalty area by Romain Saiss and his cross was inch perfect for Jota to slide the ball home, Birmingham’s five-man defence cut to ribbons. Wolves were too quick, too shrewd, and Birmingham’s mission suffered further collateral damage when Harlee Dean was dismissed for a late challenge on Helder Costa early in the second half. Birmingham, deep in trouble, will appeal against the straight red card as they fight for their Championship lives under Garry Monk. This defeat leaves them still only two points above the bottom three. Wolves could have added more goals and Benik Afobe, a substitute, claimed the second with a chip over David Stockdale three minutes from the end. Job done, champions assured. Champagne was uncorked after the final whistle, Nuno held aloft by his players, amid jubilant scenes of triumphalism. Hi Ho Silver Lining, the Wolves anthem, was played at least twice. #ThePackIsBack, indeed.
Wolves celebrate Premier League return with Molineux party and win against Birmingham
Nuno Espirito Santo said this was not going to be a party. After an outstanding first season in English football, the Wolves head coach has finally got something wrong. Wolves are back in the Premier League for the first time since 2012, and this was an afternoon of joyous celebration, a city unified by its return to football’s national conscience. The Pack Is Back, and this victory over Birmingham has all but secured the Championship title with three games to spare, four years after the club were held to a 0-0 draw by Stevenage. With super-agent Jorge Mendes watching from the stand, and implored to “give us a wave” by the South Bank, Wolves have been far too good for the Championship, leading the table since mid-November. With 29 victories from 43 games, playing some of the best football ever seen in this ruthless division, Nuno’s revolution has been remarkable. The fans enjoyed themselves at Molineux on Sunday Credit: Reuters “It’s a special feeling and to get promoted from the hardest division in the world makes me ecstatic,” said the Portuguese. “I never allow beer in the dressing room but I have allowed it for the first time so I must be really happy. Everybody that loves Wolverhampton Wanderers deserves credit because it is important to have people that believe in you and support you. “This a big moment and it is why we work for the fans. We have achieved it together and I enjoy it, as every player has. It was a very hard season and we’ve had some fantastic times. “Now, I want more. We can get to 104 points so let’s see if we can do that. No relaxing, everyone is focused on the next game.” It feels like this is just the beginning, too. Wolves will not be in the Premier League to consider finishing 17th as some badge of honour; significant sums will be spent over the summer and the connection with Mendes, which has been such a source of irritation for their rivals, will be utilised to the full. Mendes has already delivered Nuno and £15.8m signing Ruben Neves and many other artisans including Diogo Jota, the attacker signed on loan from Atletico Madrid, who will complete a permanent move to the Black Country in July. What a turnaround it has been. Five years ago Wolves were relegated from the Championship, their players targeted by the travelling supporters during a chastening afternoon at Brighton. The club's spirit was broken. It represented the dreaded ‘double-dip’ of successive relegations and was the first time Wolves had operated in the third tier since 1989. Under Kenny Jackett, promotion was non-negotiable but he delivered to set the wheels in motion for Wolves’s route to recovery. When owners Fosun completed their £30m takeover in July 2016, there were the usual promises and bold statements of intent. Nuno Espirito Santo has overseen huge improvement at Wolves Credit: reuters Jeff Shi, the chairman, said at the time: “Our goal is crystal clear: we will do our very best to help take Wolves back to the Premier League as soon as possible and to stay there. We believe the club and the fans belong at the top of English football and getting there is our first and top priority.” Fosun have emphatically delivered, with the minimum of tinkering, yet while the mantra all season has been one of unity, it is impossible to understate the impact of Nuno. On Friday he evoked memories of Claudio Ranieri from Leicester's title-winning season, shaking the hands of the six journalists and the one cameraman present, before producing a trademark press conference in which he gave nothing away. And this was apparently one of his better ones. He, and his team, have done their talking on the field. Nuno has admittedly been given access to a quality of player none of his predecessors had but the 44-year-old has still moulded them into a winning team, with a brand new style of play, a fluid 3-4-3, introduced on the first day of pre-season. He has vastly improved seasoned British professionals such as captain Conor Coady, Ryan Bennett and Matt Doherty, one of the real arts of management. Ruebn Neves and Diogo Jota have been key to Wolves' promotion Credit: PA His passaholics were ahead here after a typically brilliant counter-attack in the 22nd minute. Matt Doherty was sent clear into the penalty area by Romain Saiss and his cross was inch perfect for Jota to slide the ball home, Birmingham’s five-man defence cut to ribbons. Wolves were too quick, too shrewd, and Birmingham’s mission suffered further collateral damage when Harlee Dean was dismissed for a late challenge on Helder Costa early in the second half. Birmingham, deep in trouble, will appeal against the straight red card as they fight for their Championship lives under Garry Monk. This defeat leaves them still only two points above the bottom three. Wolves could have added more goals and Benik Afobe, a substitute, claimed the second with a chip over David Stockdale three minutes from the end. Job done, champions assured. Champagne was uncorked after the final whistle, Nuno held aloft by his players, amid jubilant scenes of triumphalism. Hi Ho Silver Lining, the Wolves anthem, was played at least twice. #ThePackIsBack, indeed.
Nuno Espirito Santo said this was not going to be a party. After an outstanding first season in English football, the Wolves head coach has finally got something wrong. Wolves are back in the Premier League for the first time since 2012, and this was an afternoon of joyous celebration, a city unified by its return to football’s national conscience. The Pack Is Back, and this victory over Birmingham has all but secured the Championship title with three games to spare, four years after the club were held to a 0-0 draw by Stevenage. With super-agent Jorge Mendes watching from the stand, and implored to “give us a wave” by the South Bank, Wolves have been far too good for the Championship, leading the table since mid-November. With 29 victories from 43 games, playing some of the best football ever seen in this ruthless division, Nuno’s revolution has been remarkable. The fans enjoyed themselves at Molineux on Sunday Credit: Reuters “It’s a special feeling and to get promoted from the hardest division in the world makes me ecstatic,” said the Portuguese. “I never allow beer in the dressing room but I have allowed it for the first time so I must be really happy. Everybody that loves Wolverhampton Wanderers deserves credit because it is important to have people that believe in you and support you. “This a big moment and it is why we work for the fans. We have achieved it together and I enjoy it, as every player has. It was a very hard season and we’ve had some fantastic times. “Now, I want more. We can get to 104 points so let’s see if we can do that. No relaxing, everyone is focused on the next game.” It feels like this is just the beginning, too. Wolves will not be in the Premier League to consider finishing 17th as some badge of honour; significant sums will be spent over the summer and the connection with Mendes, which has been such a source of irritation for their rivals, will be utilised to the full. Mendes has already delivered Nuno and £15.8m signing Ruben Neves and many other artisans including Diogo Jota, the attacker signed on loan from Atletico Madrid, who will complete a permanent move to the Black Country in July. What a turnaround it has been. Five years ago Wolves were relegated from the Championship, their players targeted by the travelling supporters during a chastening afternoon at Brighton. The club's spirit was broken. It represented the dreaded ‘double-dip’ of successive relegations and was the first time Wolves had operated in the third tier since 1989. Under Kenny Jackett, promotion was non-negotiable but he delivered to set the wheels in motion for Wolves’s route to recovery. When owners Fosun completed their £30m takeover in July 2016, there were the usual promises and bold statements of intent. Nuno Espirito Santo has overseen huge improvement at Wolves Credit: reuters Jeff Shi, the chairman, said at the time: “Our goal is crystal clear: we will do our very best to help take Wolves back to the Premier League as soon as possible and to stay there. We believe the club and the fans belong at the top of English football and getting there is our first and top priority.” Fosun have emphatically delivered, with the minimum of tinkering, yet while the mantra all season has been one of unity, it is impossible to understate the impact of Nuno. On Friday he evoked memories of Claudio Ranieri from Leicester's title-winning season, shaking the hands of the six journalists and the one cameraman present, before producing a trademark press conference in which he gave nothing away. And this was apparently one of his better ones. He, and his team, have done their talking on the field. Nuno has admittedly been given access to a quality of player none of his predecessors had but the 44-year-old has still moulded them into a winning team, with a brand new style of play, a fluid 3-4-3, introduced on the first day of pre-season. He has vastly improved seasoned British professionals such as captain Conor Coady, Ryan Bennett and Matt Doherty, one of the real arts of management. Ruebn Neves and Diogo Jota have been key to Wolves' promotion Credit: PA His passaholics were ahead here after a typically brilliant counter-attack in the 22nd minute. Matt Doherty was sent clear into the penalty area by Romain Saiss and his cross was inch perfect for Jota to slide the ball home, Birmingham’s five-man defence cut to ribbons. Wolves were too quick, too shrewd, and Birmingham’s mission suffered further collateral damage when Harlee Dean was dismissed for a late challenge on Helder Costa early in the second half. Birmingham, deep in trouble, will appeal against the straight red card as they fight for their Championship lives under Garry Monk. This defeat leaves them still only two points above the bottom three. Wolves could have added more goals and Benik Afobe, a substitute, claimed the second with a chip over David Stockdale three minutes from the end. Job done, champions assured. Champagne was uncorked after the final whistle, Nuno held aloft by his players, amid jubilant scenes of triumphalism. Hi Ho Silver Lining, the Wolves anthem, was played at least twice. #ThePackIsBack, indeed.
Wolves celebrate Premier League return with Molineux party and win against Birmingham
Nuno Espirito Santo said this was not going to be a party. After an outstanding first season in English football, the Wolves head coach has finally got something wrong. Wolves are back in the Premier League for the first time since 2012, and this was an afternoon of joyous celebration, a city unified by its return to football’s national conscience. The Pack Is Back, and this victory over Birmingham has all but secured the Championship title with three games to spare, four years after the club were held to a 0-0 draw by Stevenage. With super-agent Jorge Mendes watching from the stand, and implored to “give us a wave” by the South Bank, Wolves have been far too good for the Championship, leading the table since mid-November. With 29 victories from 43 games, playing some of the best football ever seen in this ruthless division, Nuno’s revolution has been remarkable. The fans enjoyed themselves at Molineux on Sunday Credit: Reuters “It’s a special feeling and to get promoted from the hardest division in the world makes me ecstatic,” said the Portuguese. “I never allow beer in the dressing room but I have allowed it for the first time so I must be really happy. Everybody that loves Wolverhampton Wanderers deserves credit because it is important to have people that believe in you and support you. “This a big moment and it is why we work for the fans. We have achieved it together and I enjoy it, as every player has. It was a very hard season and we’ve had some fantastic times. “Now, I want more. We can get to 104 points so let’s see if we can do that. No relaxing, everyone is focused on the next game.” It feels like this is just the beginning, too. Wolves will not be in the Premier League to consider finishing 17th as some badge of honour; significant sums will be spent over the summer and the connection with Mendes, which has been such a source of irritation for their rivals, will be utilised to the full. Mendes has already delivered Nuno and £15.8m signing Ruben Neves and many other artisans including Diogo Jota, the attacker signed on loan from Atletico Madrid, who will complete a permanent move to the Black Country in July. What a turnaround it has been. Five years ago Wolves were relegated from the Championship, their players targeted by the travelling supporters during a chastening afternoon at Brighton. The club's spirit was broken. It represented the dreaded ‘double-dip’ of successive relegations and was the first time Wolves had operated in the third tier since 1989. Under Kenny Jackett, promotion was non-negotiable but he delivered to set the wheels in motion for Wolves’s route to recovery. When owners Fosun completed their £30m takeover in July 2016, there were the usual promises and bold statements of intent. Nuno Espirito Santo has overseen huge improvement at Wolves Credit: reuters Jeff Shi, the chairman, said at the time: “Our goal is crystal clear: we will do our very best to help take Wolves back to the Premier League as soon as possible and to stay there. We believe the club and the fans belong at the top of English football and getting there is our first and top priority.” Fosun have emphatically delivered, with the minimum of tinkering, yet while the mantra all season has been one of unity, it is impossible to understate the impact of Nuno. On Friday he evoked memories of Claudio Ranieri from Leicester's title-winning season, shaking the hands of the six journalists and the one cameraman present, before producing a trademark press conference in which he gave nothing away. And this was apparently one of his better ones. He, and his team, have done their talking on the field. Nuno has admittedly been given access to a quality of player none of his predecessors had but the 44-year-old has still moulded them into a winning team, with a brand new style of play, a fluid 3-4-3, introduced on the first day of pre-season. He has vastly improved seasoned British professionals such as captain Conor Coady, Ryan Bennett and Matt Doherty, one of the real arts of management. Ruebn Neves and Diogo Jota have been key to Wolves' promotion Credit: PA His passaholics were ahead here after a typically brilliant counter-attack in the 22nd minute. Matt Doherty was sent clear into the penalty area by Romain Saiss and his cross was inch perfect for Jota to slide the ball home, Birmingham’s five-man defence cut to ribbons. Wolves were too quick, too shrewd, and Birmingham’s mission suffered further collateral damage when Harlee Dean was dismissed for a late challenge on Helder Costa early in the second half. Birmingham, deep in trouble, will appeal against the straight red card as they fight for their Championship lives under Garry Monk. This defeat leaves them still only two points above the bottom three. Wolves could have added more goals and Benik Afobe, a substitute, claimed the second with a chip over David Stockdale three minutes from the end. Job done, champions assured. Champagne was uncorked after the final whistle, Nuno held aloft by his players, amid jubilant scenes of triumphalism. Hi Ho Silver Lining, the Wolves anthem, was played at least twice. #ThePackIsBack, indeed.
Nuno Espirito Santo said this was not going to be a party. After an outstanding first season in English football, the Wolves head coach has finally got something wrong. Wolves are back in the Premier League for the first time since 2012, and this was an afternoon of joyous celebration, a city unified by its return to football’s national conscience. The Pack Is Back, and this victory over Birmingham has all but secured the Championship title with three games to spare, four years after the club were held to a 0-0 draw by Stevenage. With super-agent Jorge Mendes watching from the stand, and implored to “give us a wave” by the South Bank, Wolves have been far too good for the Championship, leading the table since mid-November. With 29 victories from 43 games, playing some of the best football ever seen in this ruthless division, Nuno’s revolution has been remarkable. The fans enjoyed themselves at Molineux on Sunday Credit: Reuters “It’s a special feeling and to get promoted from the hardest division in the world makes me ecstatic,” said the Portuguese. “I never allow beer in the dressing room but I have allowed it for the first time so I must be really happy. Everybody that loves Wolverhampton Wanderers deserves credit because it is important to have people that believe in you and support you. “This a big moment and it is why we work for the fans. We have achieved it together and I enjoy it, as every player has. It was a very hard season and we’ve had some fantastic times. “Now, I want more. We can get to 104 points so let’s see if we can do that. No relaxing, everyone is focused on the next game.” It feels like this is just the beginning, too. Wolves will not be in the Premier League to consider finishing 17th as some badge of honour; significant sums will be spent over the summer and the connection with Mendes, which has been such a source of irritation for their rivals, will be utilised to the full. Mendes has already delivered Nuno and £15.8m signing Ruben Neves and many other artisans including Diogo Jota, the attacker signed on loan from Atletico Madrid, who will complete a permanent move to the Black Country in July. What a turnaround it has been. Five years ago Wolves were relegated from the Championship, their players targeted by the travelling supporters during a chastening afternoon at Brighton. The club's spirit was broken. It represented the dreaded ‘double-dip’ of successive relegations and was the first time Wolves had operated in the third tier since 1989. Under Kenny Jackett, promotion was non-negotiable but he delivered to set the wheels in motion for Wolves’s route to recovery. When owners Fosun completed their £30m takeover in July 2016, there were the usual promises and bold statements of intent. Nuno Espirito Santo has overseen huge improvement at Wolves Credit: reuters Jeff Shi, the chairman, said at the time: “Our goal is crystal clear: we will do our very best to help take Wolves back to the Premier League as soon as possible and to stay there. We believe the club and the fans belong at the top of English football and getting there is our first and top priority.” Fosun have emphatically delivered, with the minimum of tinkering, yet while the mantra all season has been one of unity, it is impossible to understate the impact of Nuno. On Friday he evoked memories of Claudio Ranieri from Leicester's title-winning season, shaking the hands of the six journalists and the one cameraman present, before producing a trademark press conference in which he gave nothing away. And this was apparently one of his better ones. He, and his team, have done their talking on the field. Nuno has admittedly been given access to a quality of player none of his predecessors had but the 44-year-old has still moulded them into a winning team, with a brand new style of play, a fluid 3-4-3, introduced on the first day of pre-season. He has vastly improved seasoned British professionals such as captain Conor Coady, Ryan Bennett and Matt Doherty, one of the real arts of management. Ruebn Neves and Diogo Jota have been key to Wolves' promotion Credit: PA His passaholics were ahead here after a typically brilliant counter-attack in the 22nd minute. Matt Doherty was sent clear into the penalty area by Romain Saiss and his cross was inch perfect for Jota to slide the ball home, Birmingham’s five-man defence cut to ribbons. Wolves were too quick, too shrewd, and Birmingham’s mission suffered further collateral damage when Harlee Dean was dismissed for a late challenge on Helder Costa early in the second half. Birmingham, deep in trouble, will appeal against the straight red card as they fight for their Championship lives under Garry Monk. This defeat leaves them still only two points above the bottom three. Wolves could have added more goals and Benik Afobe, a substitute, claimed the second with a chip over David Stockdale three minutes from the end. Job done, champions assured. Champagne was uncorked after the final whistle, Nuno held aloft by his players, amid jubilant scenes of triumphalism. Hi Ho Silver Lining, the Wolves anthem, was played at least twice. #ThePackIsBack, indeed.
Wolves celebrate Premier League return with Molineux party and win against Birmingham
Nuno Espirito Santo said this was not going to be a party. After an outstanding first season in English football, the Wolves head coach has finally got something wrong. Wolves are back in the Premier League for the first time since 2012, and this was an afternoon of joyous celebration, a city unified by its return to football’s national conscience. The Pack Is Back, and this victory over Birmingham has all but secured the Championship title with three games to spare, four years after the club were held to a 0-0 draw by Stevenage. With super-agent Jorge Mendes watching from the stand, and implored to “give us a wave” by the South Bank, Wolves have been far too good for the Championship, leading the table since mid-November. With 29 victories from 43 games, playing some of the best football ever seen in this ruthless division, Nuno’s revolution has been remarkable. The fans enjoyed themselves at Molineux on Sunday Credit: Reuters “It’s a special feeling and to get promoted from the hardest division in the world makes me ecstatic,” said the Portuguese. “I never allow beer in the dressing room but I have allowed it for the first time so I must be really happy. Everybody that loves Wolverhampton Wanderers deserves credit because it is important to have people that believe in you and support you. “This a big moment and it is why we work for the fans. We have achieved it together and I enjoy it, as every player has. It was a very hard season and we’ve had some fantastic times. “Now, I want more. We can get to 104 points so let’s see if we can do that. No relaxing, everyone is focused on the next game.” It feels like this is just the beginning, too. Wolves will not be in the Premier League to consider finishing 17th as some badge of honour; significant sums will be spent over the summer and the connection with Mendes, which has been such a source of irritation for their rivals, will be utilised to the full. Mendes has already delivered Nuno and £15.8m signing Ruben Neves and many other artisans including Diogo Jota, the attacker signed on loan from Atletico Madrid, who will complete a permanent move to the Black Country in July. What a turnaround it has been. Five years ago Wolves were relegated from the Championship, their players targeted by the travelling supporters during a chastening afternoon at Brighton. The club's spirit was broken. It represented the dreaded ‘double-dip’ of successive relegations and was the first time Wolves had operated in the third tier since 1989. Under Kenny Jackett, promotion was non-negotiable but he delivered to set the wheels in motion for Wolves’s route to recovery. When owners Fosun completed their £30m takeover in July 2016, there were the usual promises and bold statements of intent. Nuno Espirito Santo has overseen huge improvement at Wolves Credit: reuters Jeff Shi, the chairman, said at the time: “Our goal is crystal clear: we will do our very best to help take Wolves back to the Premier League as soon as possible and to stay there. We believe the club and the fans belong at the top of English football and getting there is our first and top priority.” Fosun have emphatically delivered, with the minimum of tinkering, yet while the mantra all season has been one of unity, it is impossible to understate the impact of Nuno. On Friday he evoked memories of Claudio Ranieri from Leicester's title-winning season, shaking the hands of the six journalists and the one cameraman present, before producing a trademark press conference in which he gave nothing away. And this was apparently one of his better ones. He, and his team, have done their talking on the field. Nuno has admittedly been given access to a quality of player none of his predecessors had but the 44-year-old has still moulded them into a winning team, with a brand new style of play, a fluid 3-4-3, introduced on the first day of pre-season. He has vastly improved seasoned British professionals such as captain Conor Coady, Ryan Bennett and Matt Doherty, one of the real arts of management. Ruebn Neves and Diogo Jota have been key to Wolves' promotion Credit: PA His passaholics were ahead here after a typically brilliant counter-attack in the 22nd minute. Matt Doherty was sent clear into the penalty area by Romain Saiss and his cross was inch perfect for Jota to slide the ball home, Birmingham’s five-man defence cut to ribbons. Wolves were too quick, too shrewd, and Birmingham’s mission suffered further collateral damage when Harlee Dean was dismissed for a late challenge on Helder Costa early in the second half. Birmingham, deep in trouble, will appeal against the straight red card as they fight for their Championship lives under Garry Monk. This defeat leaves them still only two points above the bottom three. Wolves could have added more goals and Benik Afobe, a substitute, claimed the second with a chip over David Stockdale three minutes from the end. Job done, champions assured. Champagne was uncorked after the final whistle, Nuno held aloft by his players, amid jubilant scenes of triumphalism. Hi Ho Silver Lining, the Wolves anthem, was played at least twice. #ThePackIsBack, indeed.
Nuno Espirito Santo said this was not going to be a party. After an outstanding first season in English football, the Wolves head coach has finally got something wrong. Wolves are back in the Premier League for the first time since 2012, and this was an afternoon of joyous celebration, a city unified by its return to football’s national conscience. The Pack Is Back, and this victory over Birmingham has all but secured the Championship title with three games to spare, four years after the club were held to a 0-0 draw by Stevenage. With super-agent Jorge Mendes watching from the stand, and implored to “give us a wave” by the South Bank, Wolves have been far too good for the Championship, leading the table since mid-November. With 29 victories from 43 games, playing some of the best football ever seen in this ruthless division, Nuno’s revolution has been remarkable. The fans enjoyed themselves at Molineux on Sunday Credit: Reuters “It’s a special feeling and to get promoted from the hardest division in the world makes me ecstatic,” said the Portuguese. “I never allow beer in the dressing room but I have allowed it for the first time so I must be really happy. Everybody that loves Wolverhampton Wanderers deserves credit because it is important to have people that believe in you and support you. “This a big moment and it is why we work for the fans. We have achieved it together and I enjoy it, as every player has. It was a very hard season and we’ve had some fantastic times. “Now, I want more. We can get to 104 points so let’s see if we can do that. No relaxing, everyone is focused on the next game.” It feels like this is just the beginning, too. Wolves will not be in the Premier League to consider finishing 17th as some badge of honour; significant sums will be spent over the summer and the connection with Mendes, which has been such a source of irritation for their rivals, will be utilised to the full. Mendes has already delivered Nuno and £15.8m signing Ruben Neves and many other artisans including Diogo Jota, the attacker signed on loan from Atletico Madrid, who will complete a permanent move to the Black Country in July. What a turnaround it has been. Five years ago Wolves were relegated from the Championship, their players targeted by the travelling supporters during a chastening afternoon at Brighton. The club's spirit was broken. It represented the dreaded ‘double-dip’ of successive relegations and was the first time Wolves had operated in the third tier since 1989. Under Kenny Jackett, promotion was non-negotiable but he delivered to set the wheels in motion for Wolves’s route to recovery. When owners Fosun completed their £30m takeover in July 2016, there were the usual promises and bold statements of intent. Nuno Espirito Santo has overseen huge improvement at Wolves Credit: reuters Jeff Shi, the chairman, said at the time: “Our goal is crystal clear: we will do our very best to help take Wolves back to the Premier League as soon as possible and to stay there. We believe the club and the fans belong at the top of English football and getting there is our first and top priority.” Fosun have emphatically delivered, with the minimum of tinkering, yet while the mantra all season has been one of unity, it is impossible to understate the impact of Nuno. On Friday he evoked memories of Claudio Ranieri from Leicester's title-winning season, shaking the hands of the six journalists and the one cameraman present, before producing a trademark press conference in which he gave nothing away. And this was apparently one of his better ones. He, and his team, have done their talking on the field. Nuno has admittedly been given access to a quality of player none of his predecessors had but the 44-year-old has still moulded them into a winning team, with a brand new style of play, a fluid 3-4-3, introduced on the first day of pre-season. He has vastly improved seasoned British professionals such as captain Conor Coady, Ryan Bennett and Matt Doherty, one of the real arts of management. Ruebn Neves and Diogo Jota have been key to Wolves' promotion Credit: PA His passaholics were ahead here after a typically brilliant counter-attack in the 22nd minute. Matt Doherty was sent clear into the penalty area by Romain Saiss and his cross was inch perfect for Jota to slide the ball home, Birmingham’s five-man defence cut to ribbons. Wolves were too quick, too shrewd, and Birmingham’s mission suffered further collateral damage when Harlee Dean was dismissed for a late challenge on Helder Costa early in the second half. Birmingham, deep in trouble, will appeal against the straight red card as they fight for their Championship lives under Garry Monk. This defeat leaves them still only two points above the bottom three. Wolves could have added more goals and Benik Afobe, a substitute, claimed the second with a chip over David Stockdale three minutes from the end. Job done, champions assured. Champagne was uncorked after the final whistle, Nuno held aloft by his players, amid jubilant scenes of triumphalism. Hi Ho Silver Lining, the Wolves anthem, was played at least twice. #ThePackIsBack, indeed.
Wolves celebrate Premier League return with Molineux party and win against Birmingham
Nuno Espirito Santo said this was not going to be a party. After an outstanding first season in English football, the Wolves head coach has finally got something wrong. Wolves are back in the Premier League for the first time since 2012, and this was an afternoon of joyous celebration, a city unified by its return to football’s national conscience. The Pack Is Back, and this victory over Birmingham has all but secured the Championship title with three games to spare, four years after the club were held to a 0-0 draw by Stevenage. With super-agent Jorge Mendes watching from the stand, and implored to “give us a wave” by the South Bank, Wolves have been far too good for the Championship, leading the table since mid-November. With 29 victories from 43 games, playing some of the best football ever seen in this ruthless division, Nuno’s revolution has been remarkable. The fans enjoyed themselves at Molineux on Sunday Credit: Reuters “It’s a special feeling and to get promoted from the hardest division in the world makes me ecstatic,” said the Portuguese. “I never allow beer in the dressing room but I have allowed it for the first time so I must be really happy. Everybody that loves Wolverhampton Wanderers deserves credit because it is important to have people that believe in you and support you. “This a big moment and it is why we work for the fans. We have achieved it together and I enjoy it, as every player has. It was a very hard season and we’ve had some fantastic times. “Now, I want more. We can get to 104 points so let’s see if we can do that. No relaxing, everyone is focused on the next game.” It feels like this is just the beginning, too. Wolves will not be in the Premier League to consider finishing 17th as some badge of honour; significant sums will be spent over the summer and the connection with Mendes, which has been such a source of irritation for their rivals, will be utilised to the full. Mendes has already delivered Nuno and £15.8m signing Ruben Neves and many other artisans including Diogo Jota, the attacker signed on loan from Atletico Madrid, who will complete a permanent move to the Black Country in July. What a turnaround it has been. Five years ago Wolves were relegated from the Championship, their players targeted by the travelling supporters during a chastening afternoon at Brighton. The club's spirit was broken. It represented the dreaded ‘double-dip’ of successive relegations and was the first time Wolves had operated in the third tier since 1989. Under Kenny Jackett, promotion was non-negotiable but he delivered to set the wheels in motion for Wolves’s route to recovery. When owners Fosun completed their £30m takeover in July 2016, there were the usual promises and bold statements of intent. Nuno Espirito Santo has overseen huge improvement at Wolves Credit: reuters Jeff Shi, the chairman, said at the time: “Our goal is crystal clear: we will do our very best to help take Wolves back to the Premier League as soon as possible and to stay there. We believe the club and the fans belong at the top of English football and getting there is our first and top priority.” Fosun have emphatically delivered, with the minimum of tinkering, yet while the mantra all season has been one of unity, it is impossible to understate the impact of Nuno. On Friday he evoked memories of Claudio Ranieri from Leicester's title-winning season, shaking the hands of the six journalists and the one cameraman present, before producing a trademark press conference in which he gave nothing away. And this was apparently one of his better ones. He, and his team, have done their talking on the field. Nuno has admittedly been given access to a quality of player none of his predecessors had but the 44-year-old has still moulded them into a winning team, with a brand new style of play, a fluid 3-4-3, introduced on the first day of pre-season. He has vastly improved seasoned British professionals such as captain Conor Coady, Ryan Bennett and Matt Doherty, one of the real arts of management. Ruebn Neves and Diogo Jota have been key to Wolves' promotion Credit: PA His passaholics were ahead here after a typically brilliant counter-attack in the 22nd minute. Matt Doherty was sent clear into the penalty area by Romain Saiss and his cross was inch perfect for Jota to slide the ball home, Birmingham’s five-man defence cut to ribbons. Wolves were too quick, too shrewd, and Birmingham’s mission suffered further collateral damage when Harlee Dean was dismissed for a late challenge on Helder Costa early in the second half. Birmingham, deep in trouble, will appeal against the straight red card as they fight for their Championship lives under Garry Monk. This defeat leaves them still only two points above the bottom three. Wolves could have added more goals and Benik Afobe, a substitute, claimed the second with a chip over David Stockdale three minutes from the end. Job done, champions assured. Champagne was uncorked after the final whistle, Nuno held aloft by his players, amid jubilant scenes of triumphalism. Hi Ho Silver Lining, the Wolves anthem, was played at least twice. #ThePackIsBack, indeed.
​Watford have paved the way for a north London battle for Stevenage starlet Ben Wilmot after ending their interest in signing him. The Hornets had been chasing the defender alongside Premier League rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, but ​Sky Sports has now confirmed that they are no longer interested in bringing Wilmot to Vicarage Road. That leaves the Gunners and Spurs in a capital fight to land Wilmot's signature, who is thought to be valued at around £1m by his club according to the Sun,...
Watford Drop Out of Three-Horse Premier League Race to Sign Stevenage Starlet
​Watford have paved the way for a north London battle for Stevenage starlet Ben Wilmot after ending their interest in signing him. The Hornets had been chasing the defender alongside Premier League rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, but ​Sky Sports has now confirmed that they are no longer interested in bringing Wilmot to Vicarage Road. That leaves the Gunners and Spurs in a capital fight to land Wilmot's signature, who is thought to be valued at around £1m by his club according to the Sun,...
​Watford have paved the way for a north London battle for Stevenage starlet Ben Wilmot after ending their interest in signing him. The Hornets had been chasing the defender alongside Premier League rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, but ​Sky Sports has now confirmed that they are no longer interested in bringing Wilmot to Vicarage Road. That leaves the Gunners and Spurs in a capital fight to land Wilmot's signature, who is thought to be valued at around £1m by his club according to the Sun,...
Watford Drop Out of Three-Horse Premier League Race to Sign Stevenage Starlet
​Watford have paved the way for a north London battle for Stevenage starlet Ben Wilmot after ending their interest in signing him. The Hornets had been chasing the defender alongside Premier League rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, but ​Sky Sports has now confirmed that they are no longer interested in bringing Wilmot to Vicarage Road. That leaves the Gunners and Spurs in a capital fight to land Wilmot's signature, who is thought to be valued at around £1m by his club according to the Sun,...
Watford unlikely to renew transfer interest in Stevenage defender Ben Wilmot
Watford unlikely to renew transfer interest in Stevenage defender Ben Wilmot
Watford unlikely to renew transfer interest in Stevenage defender Ben Wilmot
Watford unlikely to renew transfer interest in Stevenage defender Ben Wilmot
Watford unlikely to renew transfer interest in Stevenage defender Ben Wilmot
Watford unlikely to renew transfer interest in Stevenage defender Ben Wilmot
rlet ​Watford have beaten ​Tottenham and ​Arsenal in the race to sign young Stevenage defender Ben Wilmot, ​according to the Sun. ​The Hornets have reportedly agreed a deal with the League Two side worth over £1.5m to bring the highly-rated 18-year-old to Vicarage Road. It was reported last weekend that Wilmot was withdrawn from the Stevenage squad on Saturday due to transfer negotiations, and it appears that Watford won the fight to land the England Under-19 star. Tottenham and Arsenal were...
Watford Reportedly Beat Arsenal & Spurs in Race to Sign Teenage Stevenage Starlet
rlet ​Watford have beaten ​Tottenham and ​Arsenal in the race to sign young Stevenage defender Ben Wilmot, ​according to the Sun. ​The Hornets have reportedly agreed a deal with the League Two side worth over £1.5m to bring the highly-rated 18-year-old to Vicarage Road. It was reported last weekend that Wilmot was withdrawn from the Stevenage squad on Saturday due to transfer negotiations, and it appears that Watford won the fight to land the England Under-19 star. Tottenham and Arsenal were...
rlet ​Watford have beaten ​Tottenham and ​Arsenal in the race to sign young Stevenage defender Ben Wilmot, ​according to the Sun. ​The Hornets have reportedly agreed a deal with the League Two side worth over £1.5m to bring the highly-rated 18-year-old to Vicarage Road. It was reported last weekend that Wilmot was withdrawn from the Stevenage squad on Saturday due to transfer negotiations, and it appears that Watford won the fight to land the England Under-19 star. Tottenham and Arsenal were...
Watford Reportedly Beat Arsenal & Spurs in Race to Sign Teenage Stevenage Starlet
rlet ​Watford have beaten ​Tottenham and ​Arsenal in the race to sign young Stevenage defender Ben Wilmot, ​according to the Sun. ​The Hornets have reportedly agreed a deal with the League Two side worth over £1.5m to bring the highly-rated 18-year-old to Vicarage Road. It was reported last weekend that Wilmot was withdrawn from the Stevenage squad on Saturday due to transfer negotiations, and it appears that Watford won the fight to land the England Under-19 star. Tottenham and Arsenal were...
<p>Chelsea, Man City & Spurs target withdrawn from Stevenage squad</p>
Chelsea, Man City & Spurs target withdrawn from Stevenage squad

Chelsea, Man City & Spurs target withdrawn from Stevenage squad

<p>Chelsea, Man City & Spurs target withdrawn from Stevenage squad</p>
Chelsea, Man City & Spurs target withdrawn from Stevenage squad

Chelsea, Man City & Spurs target withdrawn from Stevenage squad

Ben Wilmot is wanted by a number of Premier League clubs, including Watford and Arsenal, and is understood to be valued as highly as £2 million
Chelsea, Man City & Spurs target withdrawn from Stevenage squad
Ben Wilmot is wanted by a number of Premier League clubs, including Watford and Arsenal, and is understood to be valued as highly as £2 million
Ben Wilmot is wanted by a number of Premier League clubs, including Watford and Arsenal, and is understood to be valued as highly as £2 million
Chelsea, Man City & Spurs target withdrawn from Stevenage squad
Ben Wilmot is wanted by a number of Premier League clubs, including Watford and Arsenal, and is understood to be valued as highly as £2 million
The moment he was substituted in the 75th minute of Windsor FC’s recent 5-0 romp over Bracknell Town in the Hellenic League Premier Division, Barry Hayles let his displeasure be known in no uncertain terms. The former Fulham, Leicester and Millwall striker admits he didn’t so much walk from the pitch as stomp. “I went off with the right hump,” he says, as he sits in a café near his south London home. “The boys said to me afterwards that I looked like a five year old kid. They said my bottom lip was out and everything.” At this point, there is one important fact to establish about Barry Hayles: he is not a five year old kid. In May, at his next birthday, he will turn 46. “I know, I know. Embarrassing. I should know better. It looked bad,” he says, shaking his head at the memory of his ill-tempered exit. “But the thing was, although we were five up, I hadn’t scored.” He may no longer be the quickest, he may not be the most celebrated, but never mind in football, in the entire world of sport there can be few who can match Hayles when it comes to sheer unvarnished enthusiasm. Hayles&#39; career has spanned 29 years Credit: Action images “I just love it,” he says. “I tell the young lads to treat each game like it’s your last. Put everything into it. That’s what I do. Because you never know.” Hayles reckons his passion partly stems from the fact he was a late developer as a footballer. Working as a carpenter, he played for Stevenage in their non-league days before, at the age of 25, he was picked up by Bristol Rovers. From there he enjoyed a 13 year-long career as a professional, securing a dozen international caps for Jamaica. When finally he was released by Cheltenham in 2010, he cheerfully returned to his non-league roots. Anything for a game. He has been on the part-time circuit ever since, playing in places ranging from Chesham to Truro. And everywhere he goes, his smile grows wider. “So many old pros tell you they gave up too soon,” he says. “They say the one thing they wish is that they had carried on. Well why not play at a level where you don’t look out of place even at this age? Have a go. I’d 100 per cent recommend it. Though I would say this: you’ve got to love it to want to play on.” He arrived at Windsor last summer, taking on the role of player coach, while working during the week coaching youngsters at Cox Green Academy School in Maidenhead. Until he broke a bone in his hand at the end of January (“it was a collision, I didn’t punch anyone”) he had started 30 games in succession. And, with the exception of his momentary strop at Bracknell, he had finished all of them, scoring eleven times in the process. In that run, he has helped the club to the quarter final of the FA Vase. He is now but two wins from Wembley. “When I signed for Windsor the chairman highlighted the Vase, telling me this could be a chance to get to Wembley. He asked me if I’d ever played there. I didn’t like to tell him I’d played at the old place, before they’d knocked it down and rebuilt it. I can’t imagine there’s many still playing who can say that.” Hayles credits Jean Tigana as the best manager he worked with Credit: Getty images Despite his history, as he turns out for Windsor, surrounded by players less than half his age, Hayles insists he is constantly aware of the requirement to justify his selection. “If I’m honest, there are games when you think: should I really be here? Then I pop a goal in and I think: yeah I’ve got a right to be here, no matter how old I am.” His resilience, he reckons, is down to the habits instilled in him early in his professional career. “I am fit. I go on the bike a lot. I do a lot of running. I try to eat correctly. Do the right things. When I was at Fulham Jean Tigana was very good at making sure we looked after ourselves and I kind of took that on board and have been doing that ever since.” Indeed, looking back, he reckons the Frenchman who was in charge at Craven Cottage in the early noughties was the best manager he played for. “He got me in better shape, got me focussing on my style of play. He gave really good advice, trusted me. The benefits were obvious. And under him we played a brand of football that excited the players as much as the fans. I bumped into a bloke recently who’d been a Fulham fan, home and away, for 51 years. He said the best football he’d ever seen was in that time. I said, ‘come on, in 51 years?’ He said ‘yeah, straight up’.” And he is equally certain who was his worst boss. Hayles celebrated in front of the dugout when he scored against Crystal Palace Credit: Action images “Neil Warnock,” he says, without hesitation. “We had a very brief relationship at Sheffield United. He bought me, gave me a three year contract then, four games in, I missed a chance against Reading. Next thing I know he’s sold me to Millwall. OK, these things happen. But he’s told everyone I’ve demanded a move because I don’t like northerners. I never even wanted to leave. He stitched me right up. When I went back to play there with Millwall I got stretchered off and had to go round the entire pitch, getting pelted. I got so much abuse from the Sheffield United fans it was ridiculous. When he was Crystal Palace manager, I played there with Leicester. I scored the winner and made sure I celebrated in front of his dug out.” Not that he need worry that Warnock will be anywhere near Windsor’s game next Saturday, when they travel to Stockton FC in the Vase quarter final. Hayles is hoping his hand will have repaired itself sufficiently by then so he can play. If it hasn’t, history suggests he’ll borrow one of Jamie Vardy’s old wrist casts and head out on to the field anyway. “I may be 45 but of course I dream of playing at Wembley. Most definitely. As a former player I was invited there a couple of years back by Stevenage for their FA Trophy final against Kidderminster. When Stevenage came back from two nil down to win I almost ran on the pitch. Seriously, I had to hold myself back. God it was lovely.”
Barry Hayles on going strong at 45: 'Not many current players can say they walked out at the old Wembley'
The moment he was substituted in the 75th minute of Windsor FC’s recent 5-0 romp over Bracknell Town in the Hellenic League Premier Division, Barry Hayles let his displeasure be known in no uncertain terms. The former Fulham, Leicester and Millwall striker admits he didn’t so much walk from the pitch as stomp. “I went off with the right hump,” he says, as he sits in a café near his south London home. “The boys said to me afterwards that I looked like a five year old kid. They said my bottom lip was out and everything.” At this point, there is one important fact to establish about Barry Hayles: he is not a five year old kid. In May, at his next birthday, he will turn 46. “I know, I know. Embarrassing. I should know better. It looked bad,” he says, shaking his head at the memory of his ill-tempered exit. “But the thing was, although we were five up, I hadn’t scored.” He may no longer be the quickest, he may not be the most celebrated, but never mind in football, in the entire world of sport there can be few who can match Hayles when it comes to sheer unvarnished enthusiasm. Hayles' career has spanned 29 years Credit: Action images “I just love it,” he says. “I tell the young lads to treat each game like it’s your last. Put everything into it. That’s what I do. Because you never know.” Hayles reckons his passion partly stems from the fact he was a late developer as a footballer. Working as a carpenter, he played for Stevenage in their non-league days before, at the age of 25, he was picked up by Bristol Rovers. From there he enjoyed a 13 year-long career as a professional, securing a dozen international caps for Jamaica. When finally he was released by Cheltenham in 2010, he cheerfully returned to his non-league roots. Anything for a game. He has been on the part-time circuit ever since, playing in places ranging from Chesham to Truro. And everywhere he goes, his smile grows wider. “So many old pros tell you they gave up too soon,” he says. “They say the one thing they wish is that they had carried on. Well why not play at a level where you don’t look out of place even at this age? Have a go. I’d 100 per cent recommend it. Though I would say this: you’ve got to love it to want to play on.” He arrived at Windsor last summer, taking on the role of player coach, while working during the week coaching youngsters at Cox Green Academy School in Maidenhead. Until he broke a bone in his hand at the end of January (“it was a collision, I didn’t punch anyone”) he had started 30 games in succession. And, with the exception of his momentary strop at Bracknell, he had finished all of them, scoring eleven times in the process. In that run, he has helped the club to the quarter final of the FA Vase. He is now but two wins from Wembley. “When I signed for Windsor the chairman highlighted the Vase, telling me this could be a chance to get to Wembley. He asked me if I’d ever played there. I didn’t like to tell him I’d played at the old place, before they’d knocked it down and rebuilt it. I can’t imagine there’s many still playing who can say that.” Hayles credits Jean Tigana as the best manager he worked with Credit: Getty images Despite his history, as he turns out for Windsor, surrounded by players less than half his age, Hayles insists he is constantly aware of the requirement to justify his selection. “If I’m honest, there are games when you think: should I really be here? Then I pop a goal in and I think: yeah I’ve got a right to be here, no matter how old I am.” His resilience, he reckons, is down to the habits instilled in him early in his professional career. “I am fit. I go on the bike a lot. I do a lot of running. I try to eat correctly. Do the right things. When I was at Fulham Jean Tigana was very good at making sure we looked after ourselves and I kind of took that on board and have been doing that ever since.” Indeed, looking back, he reckons the Frenchman who was in charge at Craven Cottage in the early noughties was the best manager he played for. “He got me in better shape, got me focussing on my style of play. He gave really good advice, trusted me. The benefits were obvious. And under him we played a brand of football that excited the players as much as the fans. I bumped into a bloke recently who’d been a Fulham fan, home and away, for 51 years. He said the best football he’d ever seen was in that time. I said, ‘come on, in 51 years?’ He said ‘yeah, straight up’.” And he is equally certain who was his worst boss. Hayles celebrated in front of the dugout when he scored against Crystal Palace Credit: Action images “Neil Warnock,” he says, without hesitation. “We had a very brief relationship at Sheffield United. He bought me, gave me a three year contract then, four games in, I missed a chance against Reading. Next thing I know he’s sold me to Millwall. OK, these things happen. But he’s told everyone I’ve demanded a move because I don’t like northerners. I never even wanted to leave. He stitched me right up. When I went back to play there with Millwall I got stretchered off and had to go round the entire pitch, getting pelted. I got so much abuse from the Sheffield United fans it was ridiculous. When he was Crystal Palace manager, I played there with Leicester. I scored the winner and made sure I celebrated in front of his dug out.” Not that he need worry that Warnock will be anywhere near Windsor’s game next Saturday, when they travel to Stockton FC in the Vase quarter final. Hayles is hoping his hand will have repaired itself sufficiently by then so he can play. If it hasn’t, history suggests he’ll borrow one of Jamie Vardy’s old wrist casts and head out on to the field anyway. “I may be 45 but of course I dream of playing at Wembley. Most definitely. As a former player I was invited there a couple of years back by Stevenage for their FA Trophy final against Kidderminster. When Stevenage came back from two nil down to win I almost ran on the pitch. Seriously, I had to hold myself back. God it was lovely.”
The moment he was substituted in the 75th minute of Windsor FC’s recent 5-0 romp over Bracknell Town in the Hellenic League Premier Division, Barry Hayles let his displeasure be known in no uncertain terms. The former Fulham, Leicester and Millwall striker admits he didn’t so much walk from the pitch as stomp. “I went off with the right hump,” he says, as he sits in a café near his south London home. “The boys said to me afterwards that I looked like a five year old kid. They said my bottom lip was out and everything.” At this point, there is one important fact to establish about Barry Hayles: he is not a five year old kid. In May, at his next birthday, he will turn 46. “I know, I know. Embarrassing. I should know better. It looked bad,” he says, shaking his head at the memory of his ill-tempered exit. “But the thing was, although we were five up, I hadn’t scored.” He may no longer be the quickest, he may not be the most celebrated, but never mind in football, in the entire world of sport there can be few who can match Hayles when it comes to sheer unvarnished enthusiasm. Hayles&#39; career has spanned 29 years Credit: Action images “I just love it,” he says. “I tell the young lads to treat each game like it’s your last. Put everything into it. That’s what I do. Because you never know.” Hayles reckons his passion partly stems from the fact he was a late developer as a footballer. Working as a carpenter, he played for Stevenage in their non-league days before, at the age of 25, he was picked up by Bristol Rovers. From there he enjoyed a 13 year-long career as a professional, securing a dozen international caps for Jamaica. When finally he was released by Cheltenham in 2010, he cheerfully returned to his non-league roots. Anything for a game. He has been on the part-time circuit ever since, playing in places ranging from Chesham to Truro. And everywhere he goes, his smile grows wider. “So many old pros tell you they gave up too soon,” he says. “They say the one thing they wish is that they had carried on. Well why not play at a level where you don’t look out of place even at this age? Have a go. I’d 100 per cent recommend it. Though I would say this: you’ve got to love it to want to play on.” He arrived at Windsor last summer, taking on the role of player coach, while working during the week coaching youngsters at Cox Green Academy School in Maidenhead. Until he broke a bone in his hand at the end of January (“it was a collision, I didn’t punch anyone”) he had started 30 games in succession. And, with the exception of his momentary strop at Bracknell, he had finished all of them, scoring eleven times in the process. In that run, he has helped the club to the quarter final of the FA Vase. He is now but two wins from Wembley. “When I signed for Windsor the chairman highlighted the Vase, telling me this could be a chance to get to Wembley. He asked me if I’d ever played there. I didn’t like to tell him I’d played at the old place, before they’d knocked it down and rebuilt it. I can’t imagine there’s many still playing who can say that.” Hayles credits Jean Tigana as the best manager he worked with Credit: Getty images Despite his history, as he turns out for Windsor, surrounded by players less than half his age, Hayles insists he is constantly aware of the requirement to justify his selection. “If I’m honest, there are games when you think: should I really be here? Then I pop a goal in and I think: yeah I’ve got a right to be here, no matter how old I am.” His resilience, he reckons, is down to the habits instilled in him early in his professional career. “I am fit. I go on the bike a lot. I do a lot of running. I try to eat correctly. Do the right things. When I was at Fulham Jean Tigana was very good at making sure we looked after ourselves and I kind of took that on board and have been doing that ever since.” Indeed, looking back, he reckons the Frenchman who was in charge at Craven Cottage in the early noughties was the best manager he played for. “He got me in better shape, got me focussing on my style of play. He gave really good advice, trusted me. The benefits were obvious. And under him we played a brand of football that excited the players as much as the fans. I bumped into a bloke recently who’d been a Fulham fan, home and away, for 51 years. He said the best football he’d ever seen was in that time. I said, ‘come on, in 51 years?’ He said ‘yeah, straight up’.” And he is equally certain who was his worst boss. Hayles celebrated in front of the dugout when he scored against Crystal Palace Credit: Action images “Neil Warnock,” he says, without hesitation. “We had a very brief relationship at Sheffield United. He bought me, gave me a three year contract then, four games in, I missed a chance against Reading. Next thing I know he’s sold me to Millwall. OK, these things happen. But he’s told everyone I’ve demanded a move because I don’t like northerners. I never even wanted to leave. He stitched me right up. When I went back to play there with Millwall I got stretchered off and had to go round the entire pitch, getting pelted. I got so much abuse from the Sheffield United fans it was ridiculous. When he was Crystal Palace manager, I played there with Leicester. I scored the winner and made sure I celebrated in front of his dug out.” Not that he need worry that Warnock will be anywhere near Windsor’s game next Saturday, when they travel to Stockton FC in the Vase quarter final. Hayles is hoping his hand will have repaired itself sufficiently by then so he can play. If it hasn’t, history suggests he’ll borrow one of Jamie Vardy’s old wrist casts and head out on to the field anyway. “I may be 45 but of course I dream of playing at Wembley. Most definitely. As a former player I was invited there a couple of years back by Stevenage for their FA Trophy final against Kidderminster. When Stevenage came back from two nil down to win I almost ran on the pitch. Seriously, I had to hold myself back. God it was lovely.”
Barry Hayles on going strong at 45: 'Not many current players can say they walked out at the old Wembley'
The moment he was substituted in the 75th minute of Windsor FC’s recent 5-0 romp over Bracknell Town in the Hellenic League Premier Division, Barry Hayles let his displeasure be known in no uncertain terms. The former Fulham, Leicester and Millwall striker admits he didn’t so much walk from the pitch as stomp. “I went off with the right hump,” he says, as he sits in a café near his south London home. “The boys said to me afterwards that I looked like a five year old kid. They said my bottom lip was out and everything.” At this point, there is one important fact to establish about Barry Hayles: he is not a five year old kid. In May, at his next birthday, he will turn 46. “I know, I know. Embarrassing. I should know better. It looked bad,” he says, shaking his head at the memory of his ill-tempered exit. “But the thing was, although we were five up, I hadn’t scored.” He may no longer be the quickest, he may not be the most celebrated, but never mind in football, in the entire world of sport there can be few who can match Hayles when it comes to sheer unvarnished enthusiasm. Hayles' career has spanned 29 years Credit: Action images “I just love it,” he says. “I tell the young lads to treat each game like it’s your last. Put everything into it. That’s what I do. Because you never know.” Hayles reckons his passion partly stems from the fact he was a late developer as a footballer. Working as a carpenter, he played for Stevenage in their non-league days before, at the age of 25, he was picked up by Bristol Rovers. From there he enjoyed a 13 year-long career as a professional, securing a dozen international caps for Jamaica. When finally he was released by Cheltenham in 2010, he cheerfully returned to his non-league roots. Anything for a game. He has been on the part-time circuit ever since, playing in places ranging from Chesham to Truro. And everywhere he goes, his smile grows wider. “So many old pros tell you they gave up too soon,” he says. “They say the one thing they wish is that they had carried on. Well why not play at a level where you don’t look out of place even at this age? Have a go. I’d 100 per cent recommend it. Though I would say this: you’ve got to love it to want to play on.” He arrived at Windsor last summer, taking on the role of player coach, while working during the week coaching youngsters at Cox Green Academy School in Maidenhead. Until he broke a bone in his hand at the end of January (“it was a collision, I didn’t punch anyone”) he had started 30 games in succession. And, with the exception of his momentary strop at Bracknell, he had finished all of them, scoring eleven times in the process. In that run, he has helped the club to the quarter final of the FA Vase. He is now but two wins from Wembley. “When I signed for Windsor the chairman highlighted the Vase, telling me this could be a chance to get to Wembley. He asked me if I’d ever played there. I didn’t like to tell him I’d played at the old place, before they’d knocked it down and rebuilt it. I can’t imagine there’s many still playing who can say that.” Hayles credits Jean Tigana as the best manager he worked with Credit: Getty images Despite his history, as he turns out for Windsor, surrounded by players less than half his age, Hayles insists he is constantly aware of the requirement to justify his selection. “If I’m honest, there are games when you think: should I really be here? Then I pop a goal in and I think: yeah I’ve got a right to be here, no matter how old I am.” His resilience, he reckons, is down to the habits instilled in him early in his professional career. “I am fit. I go on the bike a lot. I do a lot of running. I try to eat correctly. Do the right things. When I was at Fulham Jean Tigana was very good at making sure we looked after ourselves and I kind of took that on board and have been doing that ever since.” Indeed, looking back, he reckons the Frenchman who was in charge at Craven Cottage in the early noughties was the best manager he played for. “He got me in better shape, got me focussing on my style of play. He gave really good advice, trusted me. The benefits were obvious. And under him we played a brand of football that excited the players as much as the fans. I bumped into a bloke recently who’d been a Fulham fan, home and away, for 51 years. He said the best football he’d ever seen was in that time. I said, ‘come on, in 51 years?’ He said ‘yeah, straight up’.” And he is equally certain who was his worst boss. Hayles celebrated in front of the dugout when he scored against Crystal Palace Credit: Action images “Neil Warnock,” he says, without hesitation. “We had a very brief relationship at Sheffield United. He bought me, gave me a three year contract then, four games in, I missed a chance against Reading. Next thing I know he’s sold me to Millwall. OK, these things happen. But he’s told everyone I’ve demanded a move because I don’t like northerners. I never even wanted to leave. He stitched me right up. When I went back to play there with Millwall I got stretchered off and had to go round the entire pitch, getting pelted. I got so much abuse from the Sheffield United fans it was ridiculous. When he was Crystal Palace manager, I played there with Leicester. I scored the winner and made sure I celebrated in front of his dug out.” Not that he need worry that Warnock will be anywhere near Windsor’s game next Saturday, when they travel to Stockton FC in the Vase quarter final. Hayles is hoping his hand will have repaired itself sufficiently by then so he can play. If it hasn’t, history suggests he’ll borrow one of Jamie Vardy’s old wrist casts and head out on to the field anyway. “I may be 45 but of course I dream of playing at Wembley. Most definitely. As a former player I was invited there a couple of years back by Stevenage for their FA Trophy final against Kidderminster. When Stevenage came back from two nil down to win I almost ran on the pitch. Seriously, I had to hold myself back. God it was lovely.”
The moment he was substituted in the 75th minute of Windsor FC’s recent 5-0 romp over Bracknell Town in the Hellenic League Premier Division, Barry Hayles let his displeasure be known in no uncertain terms. The former Fulham, Leicester and Millwall striker admits he didn’t so much walk from the pitch as stomp. “I went off with the right hump,” he says, as he sits in a café near his south London home. “The boys said to me afterwards that I looked like a five year old kid. They said my bottom lip was out and everything.” At this point, there is one important fact to establish about Barry Hayles: he is not a five year old kid. In May, at his next birthday, he will turn 46. “I know, I know. Embarrassing. I should know better. It looked bad,” he says, shaking his head at the memory of his ill-tempered exit. “But the thing was, although we were five up, I hadn’t scored.” He may no longer be the quickest, he may not be the most celebrated, but never mind in football, in the entire world of sport there can be few who can match Hayles when it comes to sheer unvarnished enthusiasm. Hayles&#39; career has spanned 29 years Credit: Action images “I just love it,” he says. “I tell the young lads to treat each game like it’s your last. Put everything into it. That’s what I do. Because you never know.” Hayles reckons his passion partly stems from the fact he was a late developer as a footballer. Working as a carpenter, he played for Stevenage in their non-league days before, at the age of 25, he was picked up by Bristol Rovers. From there he enjoyed a 13 year-long career as a professional, securing a dozen international caps for Jamaica. When finally he was released by Cheltenham in 2010, he cheerfully returned to his non-league roots. Anything for a game. He has been on the part-time circuit ever since, playing in places ranging from Chesham to Truro. And everywhere he goes, his smile grows wider. “So many old pros tell you they gave up too soon,” he says. “They say the one thing they wish is that they had carried on. Well why not play at a level where you don’t look out of place even at this age? Have a go. I’d 100 per cent recommend it. Though I would say this: you’ve got to love it to want to play on.” He arrived at Windsor last summer, taking on the role of player coach, while working during the week coaching youngsters at Cox Green Academy School in Maidenhead. Until he broke a bone in his hand at the end of January (“it was a collision, I didn’t punch anyone”) he had started 30 games in succession. And, with the exception of his momentary strop at Bracknell, he had finished all of them, scoring eleven times in the process. In that run, he has helped the club to the quarter final of the FA Vase. He is now but two wins from Wembley. “When I signed for Windsor the chairman highlighted the Vase, telling me this could be a chance to get to Wembley. He asked me if I’d ever played there. I didn’t like to tell him I’d played at the old place, before they’d knocked it down and rebuilt it. I can’t imagine there’s many still playing who can say that.” Hayles credits Jean Tigana as the best manager he worked with Credit: Getty images Despite his history, as he turns out for Windsor, surrounded by players less than half his age, Hayles insists he is constantly aware of the requirement to justify his selection. “If I’m honest, there are games when you think: should I really be here? Then I pop a goal in and I think: yeah I’ve got a right to be here, no matter how old I am.” His resilience, he reckons, is down to the habits instilled in him early in his professional career. “I am fit. I go on the bike a lot. I do a lot of running. I try to eat correctly. Do the right things. When I was at Fulham Jean Tigana was very good at making sure we looked after ourselves and I kind of took that on board and have been doing that ever since.” Indeed, looking back, he reckons the Frenchman who was in charge at Craven Cottage in the early noughties was the best manager he played for. “He got me in better shape, got me focussing on my style of play. He gave really good advice, trusted me. The benefits were obvious. And under him we played a brand of football that excited the players as much as the fans. I bumped into a bloke recently who’d been a Fulham fan, home and away, for 51 years. He said the best football he’d ever seen was in that time. I said, ‘come on, in 51 years?’ He said ‘yeah, straight up’.” And he is equally certain who was his worst boss. Hayles celebrated in front of the dugout when he scored against Crystal Palace Credit: Action images “Neil Warnock,” he says, without hesitation. “We had a very brief relationship at Sheffield United. He bought me, gave me a three year contract then, four games in, I missed a chance against Reading. Next thing I know he’s sold me to Millwall. OK, these things happen. But he’s told everyone I’ve demanded a move because I don’t like northerners. I never even wanted to leave. He stitched me right up. When I went back to play there with Millwall I got stretchered off and had to go round the entire pitch, getting pelted. I got so much abuse from the Sheffield United fans it was ridiculous. When he was Crystal Palace manager, I played there with Leicester. I scored the winner and made sure I celebrated in front of his dug out.” Not that he need worry that Warnock will be anywhere near Windsor’s game next Saturday, when they travel to Stockton FC in the Vase quarter final. Hayles is hoping his hand will have repaired itself sufficiently by then so he can play. If it hasn’t, history suggests he’ll borrow one of Jamie Vardy’s old wrist casts and head out on to the field anyway. “I may be 45 but of course I dream of playing at Wembley. Most definitely. As a former player I was invited there a couple of years back by Stevenage for their FA Trophy final against Kidderminster. When Stevenage came back from two nil down to win I almost ran on the pitch. Seriously, I had to hold myself back. God it was lovely.”
Barry Hayles on going strong at 45: 'Not many current players can say they walked out at the old Wembley'
The moment he was substituted in the 75th minute of Windsor FC’s recent 5-0 romp over Bracknell Town in the Hellenic League Premier Division, Barry Hayles let his displeasure be known in no uncertain terms. The former Fulham, Leicester and Millwall striker admits he didn’t so much walk from the pitch as stomp. “I went off with the right hump,” he says, as he sits in a café near his south London home. “The boys said to me afterwards that I looked like a five year old kid. They said my bottom lip was out and everything.” At this point, there is one important fact to establish about Barry Hayles: he is not a five year old kid. In May, at his next birthday, he will turn 46. “I know, I know. Embarrassing. I should know better. It looked bad,” he says, shaking his head at the memory of his ill-tempered exit. “But the thing was, although we were five up, I hadn’t scored.” He may no longer be the quickest, he may not be the most celebrated, but never mind in football, in the entire world of sport there can be few who can match Hayles when it comes to sheer unvarnished enthusiasm. Hayles' career has spanned 29 years Credit: Action images “I just love it,” he says. “I tell the young lads to treat each game like it’s your last. Put everything into it. That’s what I do. Because you never know.” Hayles reckons his passion partly stems from the fact he was a late developer as a footballer. Working as a carpenter, he played for Stevenage in their non-league days before, at the age of 25, he was picked up by Bristol Rovers. From there he enjoyed a 13 year-long career as a professional, securing a dozen international caps for Jamaica. When finally he was released by Cheltenham in 2010, he cheerfully returned to his non-league roots. Anything for a game. He has been on the part-time circuit ever since, playing in places ranging from Chesham to Truro. And everywhere he goes, his smile grows wider. “So many old pros tell you they gave up too soon,” he says. “They say the one thing they wish is that they had carried on. Well why not play at a level where you don’t look out of place even at this age? Have a go. I’d 100 per cent recommend it. Though I would say this: you’ve got to love it to want to play on.” He arrived at Windsor last summer, taking on the role of player coach, while working during the week coaching youngsters at Cox Green Academy School in Maidenhead. Until he broke a bone in his hand at the end of January (“it was a collision, I didn’t punch anyone”) he had started 30 games in succession. And, with the exception of his momentary strop at Bracknell, he had finished all of them, scoring eleven times in the process. In that run, he has helped the club to the quarter final of the FA Vase. He is now but two wins from Wembley. “When I signed for Windsor the chairman highlighted the Vase, telling me this could be a chance to get to Wembley. He asked me if I’d ever played there. I didn’t like to tell him I’d played at the old place, before they’d knocked it down and rebuilt it. I can’t imagine there’s many still playing who can say that.” Hayles credits Jean Tigana as the best manager he worked with Credit: Getty images Despite his history, as he turns out for Windsor, surrounded by players less than half his age, Hayles insists he is constantly aware of the requirement to justify his selection. “If I’m honest, there are games when you think: should I really be here? Then I pop a goal in and I think: yeah I’ve got a right to be here, no matter how old I am.” His resilience, he reckons, is down to the habits instilled in him early in his professional career. “I am fit. I go on the bike a lot. I do a lot of running. I try to eat correctly. Do the right things. When I was at Fulham Jean Tigana was very good at making sure we looked after ourselves and I kind of took that on board and have been doing that ever since.” Indeed, looking back, he reckons the Frenchman who was in charge at Craven Cottage in the early noughties was the best manager he played for. “He got me in better shape, got me focussing on my style of play. He gave really good advice, trusted me. The benefits were obvious. And under him we played a brand of football that excited the players as much as the fans. I bumped into a bloke recently who’d been a Fulham fan, home and away, for 51 years. He said the best football he’d ever seen was in that time. I said, ‘come on, in 51 years?’ He said ‘yeah, straight up’.” And he is equally certain who was his worst boss. Hayles celebrated in front of the dugout when he scored against Crystal Palace Credit: Action images “Neil Warnock,” he says, without hesitation. “We had a very brief relationship at Sheffield United. He bought me, gave me a three year contract then, four games in, I missed a chance against Reading. Next thing I know he’s sold me to Millwall. OK, these things happen. But he’s told everyone I’ve demanded a move because I don’t like northerners. I never even wanted to leave. He stitched me right up. When I went back to play there with Millwall I got stretchered off and had to go round the entire pitch, getting pelted. I got so much abuse from the Sheffield United fans it was ridiculous. When he was Crystal Palace manager, I played there with Leicester. I scored the winner and made sure I celebrated in front of his dug out.” Not that he need worry that Warnock will be anywhere near Windsor’s game next Saturday, when they travel to Stockton FC in the Vase quarter final. Hayles is hoping his hand will have repaired itself sufficiently by then so he can play. If it hasn’t, history suggests he’ll borrow one of Jamie Vardy’s old wrist casts and head out on to the field anyway. “I may be 45 but of course I dream of playing at Wembley. Most definitely. As a former player I was invited there a couple of years back by Stevenage for their FA Trophy final against Kidderminster. When Stevenage came back from two nil down to win I almost ran on the pitch. Seriously, I had to hold myself back. God it was lovely.”
The moment he was substituted in the 75th minute of Windsor FC’s recent 5-0 romp over Bracknell Town in the Hellenic League Premier Division, Barry Hayles let his displeasure be known in no uncertain terms. The former Fulham, Leicester and Millwall striker admits he didn’t so much walk from the pitch as stomp. “I went off with the right hump,” he says, as he sits in a café near his south London home. “The boys said to me afterwards that I looked like a five year old kid. They said my bottom lip was out and everything.” At this point, there is one important fact to establish about Barry Hayles: he is not a five year old kid. In May, at his next birthday, he will turn 46. “I know, I know. Embarrassing. I should know better. It looked bad,” he says, shaking his head at the memory of his ill-tempered exit. “But the thing was, although we were five up, I hadn’t scored.” He may no longer be the quickest, he may not be the most celebrated, but never mind in football, in the entire world of sport there can be few who can match Hayles when it comes to sheer unvarnished enthusiasm. Hayles&#39; career has spanned 29 years Credit: Action images “I just love it,” he says. “I tell the young lads to treat each game like it’s your last. Put everything into it. That’s what I do. Because you never know.” Hayles reckons his passion partly stems from the fact he was a late developer as a footballer. Working as a carpenter, he played for Stevenage in their non-league days before, at the age of 25, he was picked up by Bristol Rovers. From there he enjoyed a 13 year-long career as a professional, securing a dozen international caps for Jamaica. When finally he was released by Cheltenham in 2010, he cheerfully returned to his non-league roots. Anything for a game. He has been on the part-time circuit ever since, playing in places ranging from Chesham to Truro. And everywhere he goes, his smile grows wider. “So many old pros tell you they gave up too soon,” he says. “They say the one thing they wish is that they had carried on. Well why not play at a level where you don’t look out of place even at this age? Have a go. I’d 100 per cent recommend it. Though I would say this: you’ve got to love it to want to play on.” He arrived at Windsor last summer, taking on the role of player coach, while working during the week coaching youngsters at Cox Green Academy School in Maidenhead. Until he broke a bone in his hand at the end of January (“it was a collision, I didn’t punch anyone”) he had started 30 games in succession. And, with the exception of his momentary strop at Bracknell, he had finished all of them, scoring eleven times in the process. In that run, he has helped the club to the quarter final of the FA Vase. He is now but two wins from Wembley. “When I signed for Windsor the chairman highlighted the Vase, telling me this could be a chance to get to Wembley. He asked me if I’d ever played there. I didn’t like to tell him I’d played at the old place, before they’d knocked it down and rebuilt it. I can’t imagine there’s many still playing who can say that.” Hayles credits Jean Tigana as the best manager he worked with Credit: Getty images Despite his history, as he turns out for Windsor, surrounded by players less than half his age, Hayles insists he is constantly aware of the requirement to justify his selection. “If I’m honest, there are games when you think: should I really be here? Then I pop a goal in and I think: yeah I’ve got a right to be here, no matter how old I am.” His resilience, he reckons, is down to the habits instilled in him early in his professional career. “I am fit. I go on the bike a lot. I do a lot of running. I try to eat correctly. Do the right things. When I was at Fulham Jean Tigana was very good at making sure we looked after ourselves and I kind of took that on board and have been doing that ever since.” Indeed, looking back, he reckons the Frenchman who was in charge at Craven Cottage in the early noughties was the best manager he played for. “He got me in better shape, got me focussing on my style of play. He gave really good advice, trusted me. The benefits were obvious. And under him we played a brand of football that excited the players as much as the fans. I bumped into a bloke recently who’d been a Fulham fan, home and away, for 51 years. He said the best football he’d ever seen was in that time. I said, ‘come on, in 51 years?’ He said ‘yeah, straight up’.” And he is equally certain who was his worst boss. Hayles celebrated in front of the dugout when he scored against Crystal Palace Credit: Action images “Neil Warnock,” he says, without hesitation. “We had a very brief relationship at Sheffield United. He bought me, gave me a three year contract then, four games in, I missed a chance against Reading. Next thing I know he’s sold me to Millwall. OK, these things happen. But he’s told everyone I’ve demanded a move because I don’t like northerners. I never even wanted to leave. He stitched me right up. When I went back to play there with Millwall I got stretchered off and had to go round the entire pitch, getting pelted. I got so much abuse from the Sheffield United fans it was ridiculous. When he was Crystal Palace manager, I played there with Leicester. I scored the winner and made sure I celebrated in front of his dug out.” Not that he need worry that Warnock will be anywhere near Windsor’s game next Saturday, when they travel to Stockton FC in the Vase quarter final. Hayles is hoping his hand will have repaired itself sufficiently by then so he can play. If it hasn’t, history suggests he’ll borrow one of Jamie Vardy’s old wrist casts and head out on to the field anyway. “I may be 45 but of course I dream of playing at Wembley. Most definitely. As a former player I was invited there a couple of years back by Stevenage for their FA Trophy final against Kidderminster. When Stevenage came back from two nil down to win I almost ran on the pitch. Seriously, I had to hold myself back. God it was lovely.”
Barry Hayles on going strong at 45: 'Not many current players can say they walked out at the old Wembley'
The moment he was substituted in the 75th minute of Windsor FC’s recent 5-0 romp over Bracknell Town in the Hellenic League Premier Division, Barry Hayles let his displeasure be known in no uncertain terms. The former Fulham, Leicester and Millwall striker admits he didn’t so much walk from the pitch as stomp. “I went off with the right hump,” he says, as he sits in a café near his south London home. “The boys said to me afterwards that I looked like a five year old kid. They said my bottom lip was out and everything.” At this point, there is one important fact to establish about Barry Hayles: he is not a five year old kid. In May, at his next birthday, he will turn 46. “I know, I know. Embarrassing. I should know better. It looked bad,” he says, shaking his head at the memory of his ill-tempered exit. “But the thing was, although we were five up, I hadn’t scored.” He may no longer be the quickest, he may not be the most celebrated, but never mind in football, in the entire world of sport there can be few who can match Hayles when it comes to sheer unvarnished enthusiasm. Hayles' career has spanned 29 years Credit: Action images “I just love it,” he says. “I tell the young lads to treat each game like it’s your last. Put everything into it. That’s what I do. Because you never know.” Hayles reckons his passion partly stems from the fact he was a late developer as a footballer. Working as a carpenter, he played for Stevenage in their non-league days before, at the age of 25, he was picked up by Bristol Rovers. From there he enjoyed a 13 year-long career as a professional, securing a dozen international caps for Jamaica. When finally he was released by Cheltenham in 2010, he cheerfully returned to his non-league roots. Anything for a game. He has been on the part-time circuit ever since, playing in places ranging from Chesham to Truro. And everywhere he goes, his smile grows wider. “So many old pros tell you they gave up too soon,” he says. “They say the one thing they wish is that they had carried on. Well why not play at a level where you don’t look out of place even at this age? Have a go. I’d 100 per cent recommend it. Though I would say this: you’ve got to love it to want to play on.” He arrived at Windsor last summer, taking on the role of player coach, while working during the week coaching youngsters at Cox Green Academy School in Maidenhead. Until he broke a bone in his hand at the end of January (“it was a collision, I didn’t punch anyone”) he had started 30 games in succession. And, with the exception of his momentary strop at Bracknell, he had finished all of them, scoring eleven times in the process. In that run, he has helped the club to the quarter final of the FA Vase. He is now but two wins from Wembley. “When I signed for Windsor the chairman highlighted the Vase, telling me this could be a chance to get to Wembley. He asked me if I’d ever played there. I didn’t like to tell him I’d played at the old place, before they’d knocked it down and rebuilt it. I can’t imagine there’s many still playing who can say that.” Hayles credits Jean Tigana as the best manager he worked with Credit: Getty images Despite his history, as he turns out for Windsor, surrounded by players less than half his age, Hayles insists he is constantly aware of the requirement to justify his selection. “If I’m honest, there are games when you think: should I really be here? Then I pop a goal in and I think: yeah I’ve got a right to be here, no matter how old I am.” His resilience, he reckons, is down to the habits instilled in him early in his professional career. “I am fit. I go on the bike a lot. I do a lot of running. I try to eat correctly. Do the right things. When I was at Fulham Jean Tigana was very good at making sure we looked after ourselves and I kind of took that on board and have been doing that ever since.” Indeed, looking back, he reckons the Frenchman who was in charge at Craven Cottage in the early noughties was the best manager he played for. “He got me in better shape, got me focussing on my style of play. He gave really good advice, trusted me. The benefits were obvious. And under him we played a brand of football that excited the players as much as the fans. I bumped into a bloke recently who’d been a Fulham fan, home and away, for 51 years. He said the best football he’d ever seen was in that time. I said, ‘come on, in 51 years?’ He said ‘yeah, straight up’.” And he is equally certain who was his worst boss. Hayles celebrated in front of the dugout when he scored against Crystal Palace Credit: Action images “Neil Warnock,” he says, without hesitation. “We had a very brief relationship at Sheffield United. He bought me, gave me a three year contract then, four games in, I missed a chance against Reading. Next thing I know he’s sold me to Millwall. OK, these things happen. But he’s told everyone I’ve demanded a move because I don’t like northerners. I never even wanted to leave. He stitched me right up. When I went back to play there with Millwall I got stretchered off and had to go round the entire pitch, getting pelted. I got so much abuse from the Sheffield United fans it was ridiculous. When he was Crystal Palace manager, I played there with Leicester. I scored the winner and made sure I celebrated in front of his dug out.” Not that he need worry that Warnock will be anywhere near Windsor’s game next Saturday, when they travel to Stockton FC in the Vase quarter final. Hayles is hoping his hand will have repaired itself sufficiently by then so he can play. If it hasn’t, history suggests he’ll borrow one of Jamie Vardy’s old wrist casts and head out on to the field anyway. “I may be 45 but of course I dream of playing at Wembley. Most definitely. As a former player I was invited there a couple of years back by Stevenage for their FA Trophy final against Kidderminster. When Stevenage came back from two nil down to win I almost ran on the pitch. Seriously, I had to hold myself back. God it was lovely.”
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FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage - Madejski Stadium, Reading, Britain - January 16, 2018 Reading's Jon Dadi Bodvarsson celebrates scoring their third goal Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage - Madejski Stadium, Reading, Britain - January 16, 2018 Reading&#39;s Jon Dadi Bodvarsson celebrates scoring their third goal Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage - Madejski Stadium, Reading, Britain - January 16, 2018 Reading's Jon Dadi Bodvarsson celebrates scoring their third goal Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage - Madejski Stadium, Reading, Britain - January 16, 2018 Reading&#39;s Jon Dadi Bodvarsson celebrates scoring their third goal Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage
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FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage
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FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage
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FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage
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Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage - Madejski Stadium, Reading, Britain - January 16, 2018 Stevenage&#39;s Ben Kennedy looks dejected Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage - Madejski Stadium, Reading, Britain - January 16, 2018 Stevenage's Ben Kennedy looks dejected Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage - Madejski Stadium, Reading, Britain - January 16, 2018 Reading&#39;s Leandro Bacuna Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage - Madejski Stadium, Reading, Britain - January 16, 2018 Reading's Leandro Bacuna Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage - Madejski Stadium, Reading, Britain - January 16, 2018 Reading&#39;s Leandro Bacuna in action with Stevenage&#39;s Ben Kennedy Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage - Madejski Stadium, Reading, Britain - January 16, 2018 Reading's Leandro Bacuna in action with Stevenage's Ben Kennedy Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage - Madejski Stadium, Reading, Britain - January 16, 2018 Reading manager Jaap Stam Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage - Madejski Stadium, Reading, Britain - January 16, 2018 Reading manager Jaap Stam Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage - Madejski Stadium, Reading, Britain - January 16, 2018 Stevenage manager Darren Sarll Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage - Madejski Stadium, Reading, Britain - January 16, 2018 Stevenage manager Darren Sarll Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage - Madejski Stadium, Reading, Britain - January 16, 2018 Reading manager Jaap Stam Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round Replay - Reading vs Stevenage - Madejski Stadium, Reading, Britain - January 16, 2018 Reading manager Jaap Stam Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
Liverpool keeping tabs on Stevenage defender Ben Wilmot with Tottenham and Southampton also interested
Liverpool keeping tabs on Stevenage defender Ben Wilmot with Tottenham and Southampton also interested
Liverpool keeping tabs on Stevenage defender Ben Wilmot with Tottenham and Southampton also interested
Liverpool keeping tabs on Stevenage defender Ben Wilmot with Tottenham and Southampton also interested
Liverpool keeping tabs on Stevenage defender Ben Wilmot with Tottenham and Southampton also interested
Liverpool keeping tabs on Stevenage defender Ben Wilmot with Tottenham and Southampton also interested
Yeovil Town welcome MANCHESTER UNITED Liverpool will play West Brom Tottenham handed a trip to Newport County Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Yeovil Town have been given a wonderful opportunity to try and knock Manchester United out of the FA Cup after they were drawn at home to Jose Mourinho’s side. Yeovil, who are battling against relegation in League Two, are the lowest ranked side left in the competition, knocking Bradford City out in the previous round, and could not have asked for a better draw. Although it is only the fourth time in the club’s history they have reached round four, it will be the second time in the space of just three years that Yeovil have faced Manchester United, losing 2-0 to the Red Devils back in 2015. Wayne Rooney swaps shirts after Man Utd&#39;s 2-0 win over Yeovil in 2015 Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I don’t think I could pick anyone better to go up against in the world we live in at the moment,” said Yeovil manager Darren Way. “It was an extraordinary achievement to get to the fourth round and to get Manchester United is a special moment for the club. “I want everyone to enjoy it and embrace the fantastic challenge. The players and supporters deserve it. It’s going to be a magical day.&quot; There was also a plum tie for another League Two club, as Newport County, who shocked Leeds United in the Third Round, were also drawn at home to Tottenham Hotspur. Newport manager Michael Flynn, who has done an excellent job in south Wales since saving the club from relegation last season, said: “It’s amazing to draw Tottenham. “It’s a massive achievement for the whole football club and we can’t wait for the game already. “The players have worked so hard to get to this stage and this is a reward for them for all the toil they’ve put in so far this season. “For them to play against guys like Harry Kane and Dele Alli will be amazing, but I hope Tottenham rest one or two. “It’s huge for the whole city. It’s going to be packed out again at Rodney Parade and financially hopefully it will be a big one for the club. Both games are likely to be chosen for live television coverage, with the prospect of a famous giant-killing act already fuelling talk of the enduring romance of the FA Cup. Spurs will play Newport County in the FA Cup Credit: GETTY IMAGES In truth, though, both Mourinho and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased with the fact they have been drawn against clubs three divisions below them, which should allow them to rest players ahead of the resumption of their Champions League campaigns in February. Favourites Manchester City will have to wait for a replay between Cardiff City and Mansfield Town next week before they learn who their opponents are, away from home in the next round. There was less good fortune for Nottingham Forest, who knocked out Arsenal, and Coventry City who beat Stoke City in the Third round. Forest, who have appointed former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka as their new manager, will travel to fellow Championship side Hull City, while Coventry have a tricky away game at MK Dons to contend with. Fourth round ties will take place across the weekend of 26-29 January, with winning clubs receiving £90,000 from the Emirates FA Cup prize fund. 7:32PM Eyes down for a full house Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston 7:24PM Aitor Karanka has signed as Forest manager: news came through while that draw was happening. He can start planning for an eminently winnable trip to Hull at the end of the month. Anyhow. We&#39;ll have a report on that and an analysis of the draw right now. Meantime, come follow the Brighton v Palace VIDEO NASTY with me here. Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Oh, and come on Yeovil Town! Cheers. 7:22PM Winner winner �� | We&#39;re ready for the draw at Huish Park! #YTFCpic.twitter.com/02EuZo3HPO— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 8, 2018 7:20PM Here&#39;s the full FA Cup fourth round draw Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston Ties to be played over weekend of January 26-29 7:18PM That is it Full draw coming up 7:18PM Sheffield United will welcome Preston North End, for any reading in the late 19th Century. 7:17PM Norwich or Chelsea will play Newcastle. 7:17PM Newport County v Spurs Nice! Go&#39;orn Newport. 7:17PM Hull versus Forest Oh Arsene. What can one say? 7:17PM Bournemouth or Wigan Plays Shrews or Hammers. 7:16PM Middlesbrough play Palace or Brighton the winner of tonight&#39;s game 7:16PM Millwall v Rochdale and an all PL tie: Southampton v Watford. 7:16PM Two of Britain&#39;s more glamorous clubs Milton Keynes v Coventry. 7:15PM Cardiff or Mansfield get mighty Manchester City That should be an occasion. 7:15PM Carlisle or Sheff Wed v Stevenage or Reading Yes Owls. 7:14PM Yeovil Town versus... MANCHESTER UNITED!!! Brilliant. That&#39;s what this is all about. 7:14PM Notts County v Wolves/Swansea We&#39;ll need a third round replay to sort that one. 7:14PM Huddersfield v Birmingham is next 7:13PM Next Peterborough v Fleetwood or Leicester 7:13PM First ball out! It&#39;s Liverpool Liverpool v West Brom 7:13PM Balls! Credit: BT Sport 7:12PM Dennis Wise and Rio Ferdinand Credit: BT Sport 1 &quot;Dennis, you had a small bit of success in the FA Cup,&quot; says Jake. Not a reference to his height: that nice Dennis won three times. Three more than Rio. 7:10PM From Mark Chapman To Jake Humphrey. Credit: BT Sport 7:06PM The dress rehearsal draw saw Rio Ferdinand pick Man United out of the hat to face Liverpool. Ha! Fun if that happens again. 7:02PM Evening all Tyers here. Happy video replay day! High hopes that will be a furious, five-engine fiasco later. First: the FA Cup draw. 7:01PM Any road That&#39;s enough from me. Alan Tyers is in the house and will talk balls with you imminently. 6:55PM Magic, rated and ranked Magic Alex? Paul Daniels&#39; &#39;Now, that&#39;s magic!&#39; Paul &#39;Magic Man&#39; Merson? Tony Hopkins and Fats? Who knows the secret of the Black Magic box? Perry Como? Barry Manilow? No, you&#39;re all wrong, &#39;the magic of the FA Cup&#39; is the greatest magic of them all, and we&#39;re about to find out who will play whom in the fourth round. Well, when I say &#39;about&#39; I mean in about 15 minutes. Can you wait? You&#39;ll have to ...* * I find it helps of course if your side has been knocked out after your manger made nine foolish changes and your player of the season so far gets himself a six-match ban for gobbing on a League Two winger&#39;s shirt. 6:12PM Good evening English football league teams will be excited to find out who they will play in the the fourth round of the FA Cup when the draw is made this evening. The BBC has live TV coverage but you can follow all the action and reaction with us here. Yeovil Town are the lowest ranked club in the draw and are joined by fellow League Two sides Newport County and Coventry City, who pulled off shock wins over the weekend to win a place in the hat. The actual draw takes place at 7.10pm before kick-off in Brighton vs Crystal Palace, which you can follow in our liveblog, and the games will be played on the weekend of the 27th and 28th of January. Here are the numbers to watch out for: Sheffield United Watford Birmingham City Liverpool Brighton or Crystal Palace Peterborough Bournemouth or Wigan Coventry Newport County Huddersfield Yeovil Nottingham Forest Notts County MK Dons Manchester United West Brom Rochdale Tottenham Middlesbrough Fleetwood or Leicester Hull Cardiff or Mansfield Manchester City Shrewsbury or West Ham Wolves or Swansea Stevenage or Reading Newcastle Millwall Southampton Preston Norwich or Chelsea Carlisle or Sheffield Wednesday Fourth-round ties will be played on the weekend of 27-28 January
FA Cup fourth round draw: Yeovil Town get dream home tie against Manchester United
Yeovil Town welcome MANCHESTER UNITED Liverpool will play West Brom Tottenham handed a trip to Newport County Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Yeovil Town have been given a wonderful opportunity to try and knock Manchester United out of the FA Cup after they were drawn at home to Jose Mourinho’s side. Yeovil, who are battling against relegation in League Two, are the lowest ranked side left in the competition, knocking Bradford City out in the previous round, and could not have asked for a better draw. Although it is only the fourth time in the club’s history they have reached round four, it will be the second time in the space of just three years that Yeovil have faced Manchester United, losing 2-0 to the Red Devils back in 2015. Wayne Rooney swaps shirts after Man Utd's 2-0 win over Yeovil in 2015 Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I don’t think I could pick anyone better to go up against in the world we live in at the moment,” said Yeovil manager Darren Way. “It was an extraordinary achievement to get to the fourth round and to get Manchester United is a special moment for the club. “I want everyone to enjoy it and embrace the fantastic challenge. The players and supporters deserve it. It’s going to be a magical day." There was also a plum tie for another League Two club, as Newport County, who shocked Leeds United in the Third Round, were also drawn at home to Tottenham Hotspur. Newport manager Michael Flynn, who has done an excellent job in south Wales since saving the club from relegation last season, said: “It’s amazing to draw Tottenham. “It’s a massive achievement for the whole football club and we can’t wait for the game already. “The players have worked so hard to get to this stage and this is a reward for them for all the toil they’ve put in so far this season. “For them to play against guys like Harry Kane and Dele Alli will be amazing, but I hope Tottenham rest one or two. “It’s huge for the whole city. It’s going to be packed out again at Rodney Parade and financially hopefully it will be a big one for the club. Both games are likely to be chosen for live television coverage, with the prospect of a famous giant-killing act already fuelling talk of the enduring romance of the FA Cup. Spurs will play Newport County in the FA Cup Credit: GETTY IMAGES In truth, though, both Mourinho and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased with the fact they have been drawn against clubs three divisions below them, which should allow them to rest players ahead of the resumption of their Champions League campaigns in February. Favourites Manchester City will have to wait for a replay between Cardiff City and Mansfield Town next week before they learn who their opponents are, away from home in the next round. There was less good fortune for Nottingham Forest, who knocked out Arsenal, and Coventry City who beat Stoke City in the Third round. Forest, who have appointed former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka as their new manager, will travel to fellow Championship side Hull City, while Coventry have a tricky away game at MK Dons to contend with. Fourth round ties will take place across the weekend of 26-29 January, with winning clubs receiving £90,000 from the Emirates FA Cup prize fund. 7:32PM Eyes down for a full house Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston 7:24PM Aitor Karanka has signed as Forest manager: news came through while that draw was happening. He can start planning for an eminently winnable trip to Hull at the end of the month. Anyhow. We'll have a report on that and an analysis of the draw right now. Meantime, come follow the Brighton v Palace VIDEO NASTY with me here. Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Oh, and come on Yeovil Town! Cheers. 7:22PM Winner winner �� | We're ready for the draw at Huish Park! #YTFCpic.twitter.com/02EuZo3HPO— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 8, 2018 7:20PM Here's the full FA Cup fourth round draw Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston Ties to be played over weekend of January 26-29 7:18PM That is it Full draw coming up 7:18PM Sheffield United will welcome Preston North End, for any reading in the late 19th Century. 7:17PM Norwich or Chelsea will play Newcastle. 7:17PM Newport County v Spurs Nice! Go'orn Newport. 7:17PM Hull versus Forest Oh Arsene. What can one say? 7:17PM Bournemouth or Wigan Plays Shrews or Hammers. 7:16PM Middlesbrough play Palace or Brighton the winner of tonight's game 7:16PM Millwall v Rochdale and an all PL tie: Southampton v Watford. 7:16PM Two of Britain's more glamorous clubs Milton Keynes v Coventry. 7:15PM Cardiff or Mansfield get mighty Manchester City That should be an occasion. 7:15PM Carlisle or Sheff Wed v Stevenage or Reading Yes Owls. 7:14PM Yeovil Town versus... MANCHESTER UNITED!!! Brilliant. That's what this is all about. 7:14PM Notts County v Wolves/Swansea We'll need a third round replay to sort that one. 7:14PM Huddersfield v Birmingham is next 7:13PM Next Peterborough v Fleetwood or Leicester 7:13PM First ball out! It's Liverpool Liverpool v West Brom 7:13PM Balls! Credit: BT Sport 7:12PM Dennis Wise and Rio Ferdinand Credit: BT Sport 1 "Dennis, you had a small bit of success in the FA Cup," says Jake. Not a reference to his height: that nice Dennis won three times. Three more than Rio. 7:10PM From Mark Chapman To Jake Humphrey. Credit: BT Sport 7:06PM The dress rehearsal draw saw Rio Ferdinand pick Man United out of the hat to face Liverpool. Ha! Fun if that happens again. 7:02PM Evening all Tyers here. Happy video replay day! High hopes that will be a furious, five-engine fiasco later. First: the FA Cup draw. 7:01PM Any road That's enough from me. Alan Tyers is in the house and will talk balls with you imminently. 6:55PM Magic, rated and ranked Magic Alex? Paul Daniels' 'Now, that's magic!' Paul 'Magic Man' Merson? Tony Hopkins and Fats? Who knows the secret of the Black Magic box? Perry Como? Barry Manilow? No, you're all wrong, 'the magic of the FA Cup' is the greatest magic of them all, and we're about to find out who will play whom in the fourth round. Well, when I say 'about' I mean in about 15 minutes. Can you wait? You'll have to ...* * I find it helps of course if your side has been knocked out after your manger made nine foolish changes and your player of the season so far gets himself a six-match ban for gobbing on a League Two winger's shirt. 6:12PM Good evening English football league teams will be excited to find out who they will play in the the fourth round of the FA Cup when the draw is made this evening. The BBC has live TV coverage but you can follow all the action and reaction with us here. Yeovil Town are the lowest ranked club in the draw and are joined by fellow League Two sides Newport County and Coventry City, who pulled off shock wins over the weekend to win a place in the hat. The actual draw takes place at 7.10pm before kick-off in Brighton vs Crystal Palace, which you can follow in our liveblog, and the games will be played on the weekend of the 27th and 28th of January. Here are the numbers to watch out for: Sheffield United Watford Birmingham City Liverpool Brighton or Crystal Palace Peterborough Bournemouth or Wigan Coventry Newport County Huddersfield Yeovil Nottingham Forest Notts County MK Dons Manchester United West Brom Rochdale Tottenham Middlesbrough Fleetwood or Leicester Hull Cardiff or Mansfield Manchester City Shrewsbury or West Ham Wolves or Swansea Stevenage or Reading Newcastle Millwall Southampton Preston Norwich or Chelsea Carlisle or Sheffield Wednesday Fourth-round ties will be played on the weekend of 27-28 January
Yeovil Town welcome MANCHESTER UNITED Liverpool will play West Brom Tottenham handed a trip to Newport County Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Yeovil Town have been given a wonderful opportunity to try and knock Manchester United out of the FA Cup after they were drawn at home to Jose Mourinho’s side. Yeovil, who are battling against relegation in League Two, are the lowest ranked side left in the competition, knocking Bradford City out in the previous round, and could not have asked for a better draw. Although it is only the fourth time in the club’s history they have reached round four, it will be the second time in the space of just three years that Yeovil have faced Manchester United, losing 2-0 to the Red Devils back in 2015. Wayne Rooney swaps shirts after Man Utd&#39;s 2-0 win over Yeovil in 2015 Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I don’t think I could pick anyone better to go up against in the world we live in at the moment,” said Yeovil manager Darren Way. “It was an extraordinary achievement to get to the fourth round and to get Manchester United is a special moment for the club. “I want everyone to enjoy it and embrace the fantastic challenge. The players and supporters deserve it. It’s going to be a magical day.&quot; There was also a plum tie for another League Two club, as Newport County, who shocked Leeds United in the Third Round, were also drawn at home to Tottenham Hotspur. Newport manager Michael Flynn, who has done an excellent job in south Wales since saving the club from relegation last season, said: “It’s amazing to draw Tottenham. “It’s a massive achievement for the whole football club and we can’t wait for the game already. “The players have worked so hard to get to this stage and this is a reward for them for all the toil they’ve put in so far this season. “For them to play against guys like Harry Kane and Dele Alli will be amazing, but I hope Tottenham rest one or two. “It’s huge for the whole city. It’s going to be packed out again at Rodney Parade and financially hopefully it will be a big one for the club. Both games are likely to be chosen for live television coverage, with the prospect of a famous giant-killing act already fuelling talk of the enduring romance of the FA Cup. Spurs will play Newport County in the FA Cup Credit: GETTY IMAGES In truth, though, both Mourinho and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased with the fact they have been drawn against clubs three divisions below them, which should allow them to rest players ahead of the resumption of their Champions League campaigns in February. Favourites Manchester City will have to wait for a replay between Cardiff City and Mansfield Town next week before they learn who their opponents are, away from home in the next round. There was less good fortune for Nottingham Forest, who knocked out Arsenal, and Coventry City who beat Stoke City in the Third round. Forest, who have appointed former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka as their new manager, will travel to fellow Championship side Hull City, while Coventry have a tricky away game at MK Dons to contend with. Fourth round ties will take place across the weekend of 26-29 January, with winning clubs receiving £90,000 from the Emirates FA Cup prize fund. 7:32PM Eyes down for a full house Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston 7:24PM Aitor Karanka has signed as Forest manager: news came through while that draw was happening. He can start planning for an eminently winnable trip to Hull at the end of the month. Anyhow. We&#39;ll have a report on that and an analysis of the draw right now. Meantime, come follow the Brighton v Palace VIDEO NASTY with me here. Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Oh, and come on Yeovil Town! Cheers. 7:22PM Winner winner �� | We&#39;re ready for the draw at Huish Park! #YTFCpic.twitter.com/02EuZo3HPO— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 8, 2018 7:20PM Here&#39;s the full FA Cup fourth round draw Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston Ties to be played over weekend of January 26-29 7:18PM That is it Full draw coming up 7:18PM Sheffield United will welcome Preston North End, for any reading in the late 19th Century. 7:17PM Norwich or Chelsea will play Newcastle. 7:17PM Newport County v Spurs Nice! Go&#39;orn Newport. 7:17PM Hull versus Forest Oh Arsene. What can one say? 7:17PM Bournemouth or Wigan Plays Shrews or Hammers. 7:16PM Middlesbrough play Palace or Brighton the winner of tonight&#39;s game 7:16PM Millwall v Rochdale and an all PL tie: Southampton v Watford. 7:16PM Two of Britain&#39;s more glamorous clubs Milton Keynes v Coventry. 7:15PM Cardiff or Mansfield get mighty Manchester City That should be an occasion. 7:15PM Carlisle or Sheff Wed v Stevenage or Reading Yes Owls. 7:14PM Yeovil Town versus... MANCHESTER UNITED!!! Brilliant. That&#39;s what this is all about. 7:14PM Notts County v Wolves/Swansea We&#39;ll need a third round replay to sort that one. 7:14PM Huddersfield v Birmingham is next 7:13PM Next Peterborough v Fleetwood or Leicester 7:13PM First ball out! It&#39;s Liverpool Liverpool v West Brom 7:13PM Balls! Credit: BT Sport 7:12PM Dennis Wise and Rio Ferdinand Credit: BT Sport 1 &quot;Dennis, you had a small bit of success in the FA Cup,&quot; says Jake. Not a reference to his height: that nice Dennis won three times. Three more than Rio. 7:10PM From Mark Chapman To Jake Humphrey. Credit: BT Sport 7:06PM The dress rehearsal draw saw Rio Ferdinand pick Man United out of the hat to face Liverpool. Ha! Fun if that happens again. 7:02PM Evening all Tyers here. Happy video replay day! High hopes that will be a furious, five-engine fiasco later. First: the FA Cup draw. 7:01PM Any road That&#39;s enough from me. Alan Tyers is in the house and will talk balls with you imminently. 6:55PM Magic, rated and ranked Magic Alex? Paul Daniels&#39; &#39;Now, that&#39;s magic!&#39; Paul &#39;Magic Man&#39; Merson? Tony Hopkins and Fats? Who knows the secret of the Black Magic box? Perry Como? Barry Manilow? No, you&#39;re all wrong, &#39;the magic of the FA Cup&#39; is the greatest magic of them all, and we&#39;re about to find out who will play whom in the fourth round. Well, when I say &#39;about&#39; I mean in about 15 minutes. Can you wait? You&#39;ll have to ...* * I find it helps of course if your side has been knocked out after your manger made nine foolish changes and your player of the season so far gets himself a six-match ban for gobbing on a League Two winger&#39;s shirt. 6:12PM Good evening English football league teams will be excited to find out who they will play in the the fourth round of the FA Cup when the draw is made this evening. The BBC has live TV coverage but you can follow all the action and reaction with us here. Yeovil Town are the lowest ranked club in the draw and are joined by fellow League Two sides Newport County and Coventry City, who pulled off shock wins over the weekend to win a place in the hat. The actual draw takes place at 7.10pm before kick-off in Brighton vs Crystal Palace, which you can follow in our liveblog, and the games will be played on the weekend of the 27th and 28th of January. Here are the numbers to watch out for: Sheffield United Watford Birmingham City Liverpool Brighton or Crystal Palace Peterborough Bournemouth or Wigan Coventry Newport County Huddersfield Yeovil Nottingham Forest Notts County MK Dons Manchester United West Brom Rochdale Tottenham Middlesbrough Fleetwood or Leicester Hull Cardiff or Mansfield Manchester City Shrewsbury or West Ham Wolves or Swansea Stevenage or Reading Newcastle Millwall Southampton Preston Norwich or Chelsea Carlisle or Sheffield Wednesday Fourth-round ties will be played on the weekend of 27-28 January
FA Cup fourth round draw: Yeovil Town get dream home tie against Manchester United
Yeovil Town welcome MANCHESTER UNITED Liverpool will play West Brom Tottenham handed a trip to Newport County Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Yeovil Town have been given a wonderful opportunity to try and knock Manchester United out of the FA Cup after they were drawn at home to Jose Mourinho’s side. Yeovil, who are battling against relegation in League Two, are the lowest ranked side left in the competition, knocking Bradford City out in the previous round, and could not have asked for a better draw. Although it is only the fourth time in the club’s history they have reached round four, it will be the second time in the space of just three years that Yeovil have faced Manchester United, losing 2-0 to the Red Devils back in 2015. Wayne Rooney swaps shirts after Man Utd's 2-0 win over Yeovil in 2015 Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I don’t think I could pick anyone better to go up against in the world we live in at the moment,” said Yeovil manager Darren Way. “It was an extraordinary achievement to get to the fourth round and to get Manchester United is a special moment for the club. “I want everyone to enjoy it and embrace the fantastic challenge. The players and supporters deserve it. It’s going to be a magical day." There was also a plum tie for another League Two club, as Newport County, who shocked Leeds United in the Third Round, were also drawn at home to Tottenham Hotspur. Newport manager Michael Flynn, who has done an excellent job in south Wales since saving the club from relegation last season, said: “It’s amazing to draw Tottenham. “It’s a massive achievement for the whole football club and we can’t wait for the game already. “The players have worked so hard to get to this stage and this is a reward for them for all the toil they’ve put in so far this season. “For them to play against guys like Harry Kane and Dele Alli will be amazing, but I hope Tottenham rest one or two. “It’s huge for the whole city. It’s going to be packed out again at Rodney Parade and financially hopefully it will be a big one for the club. Both games are likely to be chosen for live television coverage, with the prospect of a famous giant-killing act already fuelling talk of the enduring romance of the FA Cup. Spurs will play Newport County in the FA Cup Credit: GETTY IMAGES In truth, though, both Mourinho and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased with the fact they have been drawn against clubs three divisions below them, which should allow them to rest players ahead of the resumption of their Champions League campaigns in February. Favourites Manchester City will have to wait for a replay between Cardiff City and Mansfield Town next week before they learn who their opponents are, away from home in the next round. There was less good fortune for Nottingham Forest, who knocked out Arsenal, and Coventry City who beat Stoke City in the Third round. Forest, who have appointed former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka as their new manager, will travel to fellow Championship side Hull City, while Coventry have a tricky away game at MK Dons to contend with. Fourth round ties will take place across the weekend of 26-29 January, with winning clubs receiving £90,000 from the Emirates FA Cup prize fund. 7:32PM Eyes down for a full house Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston 7:24PM Aitor Karanka has signed as Forest manager: news came through while that draw was happening. He can start planning for an eminently winnable trip to Hull at the end of the month. Anyhow. We'll have a report on that and an analysis of the draw right now. Meantime, come follow the Brighton v Palace VIDEO NASTY with me here. Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Oh, and come on Yeovil Town! Cheers. 7:22PM Winner winner �� | We're ready for the draw at Huish Park! #YTFCpic.twitter.com/02EuZo3HPO— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 8, 2018 7:20PM Here's the full FA Cup fourth round draw Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston Ties to be played over weekend of January 26-29 7:18PM That is it Full draw coming up 7:18PM Sheffield United will welcome Preston North End, for any reading in the late 19th Century. 7:17PM Norwich or Chelsea will play Newcastle. 7:17PM Newport County v Spurs Nice! Go'orn Newport. 7:17PM Hull versus Forest Oh Arsene. What can one say? 7:17PM Bournemouth or Wigan Plays Shrews or Hammers. 7:16PM Middlesbrough play Palace or Brighton the winner of tonight's game 7:16PM Millwall v Rochdale and an all PL tie: Southampton v Watford. 7:16PM Two of Britain's more glamorous clubs Milton Keynes v Coventry. 7:15PM Cardiff or Mansfield get mighty Manchester City That should be an occasion. 7:15PM Carlisle or Sheff Wed v Stevenage or Reading Yes Owls. 7:14PM Yeovil Town versus... MANCHESTER UNITED!!! Brilliant. That's what this is all about. 7:14PM Notts County v Wolves/Swansea We'll need a third round replay to sort that one. 7:14PM Huddersfield v Birmingham is next 7:13PM Next Peterborough v Fleetwood or Leicester 7:13PM First ball out! It's Liverpool Liverpool v West Brom 7:13PM Balls! Credit: BT Sport 7:12PM Dennis Wise and Rio Ferdinand Credit: BT Sport 1 "Dennis, you had a small bit of success in the FA Cup," says Jake. Not a reference to his height: that nice Dennis won three times. Three more than Rio. 7:10PM From Mark Chapman To Jake Humphrey. Credit: BT Sport 7:06PM The dress rehearsal draw saw Rio Ferdinand pick Man United out of the hat to face Liverpool. Ha! Fun if that happens again. 7:02PM Evening all Tyers here. Happy video replay day! High hopes that will be a furious, five-engine fiasco later. First: the FA Cup draw. 7:01PM Any road That's enough from me. Alan Tyers is in the house and will talk balls with you imminently. 6:55PM Magic, rated and ranked Magic Alex? Paul Daniels' 'Now, that's magic!' Paul 'Magic Man' Merson? Tony Hopkins and Fats? Who knows the secret of the Black Magic box? Perry Como? Barry Manilow? No, you're all wrong, 'the magic of the FA Cup' is the greatest magic of them all, and we're about to find out who will play whom in the fourth round. Well, when I say 'about' I mean in about 15 minutes. Can you wait? You'll have to ...* * I find it helps of course if your side has been knocked out after your manger made nine foolish changes and your player of the season so far gets himself a six-match ban for gobbing on a League Two winger's shirt. 6:12PM Good evening English football league teams will be excited to find out who they will play in the the fourth round of the FA Cup when the draw is made this evening. The BBC has live TV coverage but you can follow all the action and reaction with us here. Yeovil Town are the lowest ranked club in the draw and are joined by fellow League Two sides Newport County and Coventry City, who pulled off shock wins over the weekend to win a place in the hat. The actual draw takes place at 7.10pm before kick-off in Brighton vs Crystal Palace, which you can follow in our liveblog, and the games will be played on the weekend of the 27th and 28th of January. Here are the numbers to watch out for: Sheffield United Watford Birmingham City Liverpool Brighton or Crystal Palace Peterborough Bournemouth or Wigan Coventry Newport County Huddersfield Yeovil Nottingham Forest Notts County MK Dons Manchester United West Brom Rochdale Tottenham Middlesbrough Fleetwood or Leicester Hull Cardiff or Mansfield Manchester City Shrewsbury or West Ham Wolves or Swansea Stevenage or Reading Newcastle Millwall Southampton Preston Norwich or Chelsea Carlisle or Sheffield Wednesday Fourth-round ties will be played on the weekend of 27-28 January
Yeovil Town welcome MANCHESTER UNITED Liverpool will play West Brom Tottenham handed a trip to Newport County Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Yeovil Town have been given a wonderful opportunity to try and knock Manchester United out of the FA Cup after they were drawn at home to Jose Mourinho’s side. Yeovil, who are battling against relegation in League Two, are the lowest ranked side left in the competition, knocking Bradford City out in the previous round, and could not have asked for a better draw. Although it is only the fourth time in the club’s history they have reached round four, it will be the second time in the space of just three years that Yeovil have faced Manchester United, losing 2-0 to the Red Devils back in 2015. Wayne Rooney swaps shirts after Man Utd&#39;s 2-0 win over Yeovil in 2015 Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I don’t think I could pick anyone better to go up against in the world we live in at the moment,” said Yeovil manager Darren Way. “It was an extraordinary achievement to get to the fourth round and to get Manchester United is a special moment for the club. “I want everyone to enjoy it and embrace the fantastic challenge. The players and supporters deserve it. It’s going to be a magical day.&quot; There was also a plum tie for another League Two club, as Newport County, who shocked Leeds United in the Third Round, were also drawn at home to Tottenham Hotspur. Newport manager Michael Flynn, who has done an excellent job in south Wales since saving the club from relegation last season, said: “It’s amazing to draw Tottenham. “It’s a massive achievement for the whole football club and we can’t wait for the game already. “The players have worked so hard to get to this stage and this is a reward for them for all the toil they’ve put in so far this season. “For them to play against guys like Harry Kane and Dele Alli will be amazing, but I hope Tottenham rest one or two. “It’s huge for the whole city. It’s going to be packed out again at Rodney Parade and financially hopefully it will be a big one for the club. Both games are likely to be chosen for live television coverage, with the prospect of a famous giant-killing act already fuelling talk of the enduring romance of the FA Cup. Spurs will play Newport County in the FA Cup Credit: GETTY IMAGES In truth, though, both Mourinho and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased with the fact they have been drawn against clubs three divisions below them, which should allow them to rest players ahead of the resumption of their Champions League campaigns in February. Favourites Manchester City will have to wait for a replay between Cardiff City and Mansfield Town next week before they learn who their opponents are, away from home in the next round. There was less good fortune for Nottingham Forest, who knocked out Arsenal, and Coventry City who beat Stoke City in the Third round. Forest, who have appointed former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka as their new manager, will travel to fellow Championship side Hull City, while Coventry have a tricky away game at MK Dons to contend with. Fourth round ties will take place across the weekend of 26-29 January, with winning clubs receiving £90,000 from the Emirates FA Cup prize fund. 7:32PM Eyes down for a full house Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston 7:24PM Aitor Karanka has signed as Forest manager: news came through while that draw was happening. He can start planning for an eminently winnable trip to Hull at the end of the month. Anyhow. We&#39;ll have a report on that and an analysis of the draw right now. Meantime, come follow the Brighton v Palace VIDEO NASTY with me here. Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Oh, and come on Yeovil Town! Cheers. 7:22PM Winner winner �� | We&#39;re ready for the draw at Huish Park! #YTFCpic.twitter.com/02EuZo3HPO— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 8, 2018 7:20PM Here&#39;s the full FA Cup fourth round draw Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston Ties to be played over weekend of January 26-29 7:18PM That is it Full draw coming up 7:18PM Sheffield United will welcome Preston North End, for any reading in the late 19th Century. 7:17PM Norwich or Chelsea will play Newcastle. 7:17PM Newport County v Spurs Nice! Go&#39;orn Newport. 7:17PM Hull versus Forest Oh Arsene. What can one say? 7:17PM Bournemouth or Wigan Plays Shrews or Hammers. 7:16PM Middlesbrough play Palace or Brighton the winner of tonight&#39;s game 7:16PM Millwall v Rochdale and an all PL tie: Southampton v Watford. 7:16PM Two of Britain&#39;s more glamorous clubs Milton Keynes v Coventry. 7:15PM Cardiff or Mansfield get mighty Manchester City That should be an occasion. 7:15PM Carlisle or Sheff Wed v Stevenage or Reading Yes Owls. 7:14PM Yeovil Town versus... MANCHESTER UNITED!!! Brilliant. That&#39;s what this is all about. 7:14PM Notts County v Wolves/Swansea We&#39;ll need a third round replay to sort that one. 7:14PM Huddersfield v Birmingham is next 7:13PM Next Peterborough v Fleetwood or Leicester 7:13PM First ball out! It&#39;s Liverpool Liverpool v West Brom 7:13PM Balls! Credit: BT Sport 7:12PM Dennis Wise and Rio Ferdinand Credit: BT Sport 1 &quot;Dennis, you had a small bit of success in the FA Cup,&quot; says Jake. Not a reference to his height: that nice Dennis won three times. Three more than Rio. 7:10PM From Mark Chapman To Jake Humphrey. Credit: BT Sport 7:06PM The dress rehearsal draw saw Rio Ferdinand pick Man United out of the hat to face Liverpool. Ha! Fun if that happens again. 7:02PM Evening all Tyers here. Happy video replay day! High hopes that will be a furious, five-engine fiasco later. First: the FA Cup draw. 7:01PM Any road That&#39;s enough from me. Alan Tyers is in the house and will talk balls with you imminently. 6:55PM Magic, rated and ranked Magic Alex? Paul Daniels&#39; &#39;Now, that&#39;s magic!&#39; Paul &#39;Magic Man&#39; Merson? Tony Hopkins and Fats? Who knows the secret of the Black Magic box? Perry Como? Barry Manilow? No, you&#39;re all wrong, &#39;the magic of the FA Cup&#39; is the greatest magic of them all, and we&#39;re about to find out who will play whom in the fourth round. Well, when I say &#39;about&#39; I mean in about 15 minutes. Can you wait? You&#39;ll have to ...* * I find it helps of course if your side has been knocked out after your manger made nine foolish changes and your player of the season so far gets himself a six-match ban for gobbing on a League Two winger&#39;s shirt. 6:12PM Good evening English football league teams will be excited to find out who they will play in the the fourth round of the FA Cup when the draw is made this evening. The BBC has live TV coverage but you can follow all the action and reaction with us here. Yeovil Town are the lowest ranked club in the draw and are joined by fellow League Two sides Newport County and Coventry City, who pulled off shock wins over the weekend to win a place in the hat. The actual draw takes place at 7.10pm before kick-off in Brighton vs Crystal Palace, which you can follow in our liveblog, and the games will be played on the weekend of the 27th and 28th of January. Here are the numbers to watch out for: Sheffield United Watford Birmingham City Liverpool Brighton or Crystal Palace Peterborough Bournemouth or Wigan Coventry Newport County Huddersfield Yeovil Nottingham Forest Notts County MK Dons Manchester United West Brom Rochdale Tottenham Middlesbrough Fleetwood or Leicester Hull Cardiff or Mansfield Manchester City Shrewsbury or West Ham Wolves or Swansea Stevenage or Reading Newcastle Millwall Southampton Preston Norwich or Chelsea Carlisle or Sheffield Wednesday Fourth-round ties will be played on the weekend of 27-28 January
FA Cup fourth round draw: Yeovil Town get dream home tie against Manchester United
Yeovil Town welcome MANCHESTER UNITED Liverpool will play West Brom Tottenham handed a trip to Newport County Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Yeovil Town have been given a wonderful opportunity to try and knock Manchester United out of the FA Cup after they were drawn at home to Jose Mourinho’s side. Yeovil, who are battling against relegation in League Two, are the lowest ranked side left in the competition, knocking Bradford City out in the previous round, and could not have asked for a better draw. Although it is only the fourth time in the club’s history they have reached round four, it will be the second time in the space of just three years that Yeovil have faced Manchester United, losing 2-0 to the Red Devils back in 2015. Wayne Rooney swaps shirts after Man Utd's 2-0 win over Yeovil in 2015 Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I don’t think I could pick anyone better to go up against in the world we live in at the moment,” said Yeovil manager Darren Way. “It was an extraordinary achievement to get to the fourth round and to get Manchester United is a special moment for the club. “I want everyone to enjoy it and embrace the fantastic challenge. The players and supporters deserve it. It’s going to be a magical day." There was also a plum tie for another League Two club, as Newport County, who shocked Leeds United in the Third Round, were also drawn at home to Tottenham Hotspur. Newport manager Michael Flynn, who has done an excellent job in south Wales since saving the club from relegation last season, said: “It’s amazing to draw Tottenham. “It’s a massive achievement for the whole football club and we can’t wait for the game already. “The players have worked so hard to get to this stage and this is a reward for them for all the toil they’ve put in so far this season. “For them to play against guys like Harry Kane and Dele Alli will be amazing, but I hope Tottenham rest one or two. “It’s huge for the whole city. It’s going to be packed out again at Rodney Parade and financially hopefully it will be a big one for the club. Both games are likely to be chosen for live television coverage, with the prospect of a famous giant-killing act already fuelling talk of the enduring romance of the FA Cup. Spurs will play Newport County in the FA Cup Credit: GETTY IMAGES In truth, though, both Mourinho and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased with the fact they have been drawn against clubs three divisions below them, which should allow them to rest players ahead of the resumption of their Champions League campaigns in February. Favourites Manchester City will have to wait for a replay between Cardiff City and Mansfield Town next week before they learn who their opponents are, away from home in the next round. There was less good fortune for Nottingham Forest, who knocked out Arsenal, and Coventry City who beat Stoke City in the Third round. Forest, who have appointed former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka as their new manager, will travel to fellow Championship side Hull City, while Coventry have a tricky away game at MK Dons to contend with. Fourth round ties will take place across the weekend of 26-29 January, with winning clubs receiving £90,000 from the Emirates FA Cup prize fund. 7:32PM Eyes down for a full house Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston 7:24PM Aitor Karanka has signed as Forest manager: news came through while that draw was happening. He can start planning for an eminently winnable trip to Hull at the end of the month. Anyhow. We'll have a report on that and an analysis of the draw right now. Meantime, come follow the Brighton v Palace VIDEO NASTY with me here. Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Oh, and come on Yeovil Town! Cheers. 7:22PM Winner winner �� | We're ready for the draw at Huish Park! #YTFCpic.twitter.com/02EuZo3HPO— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 8, 2018 7:20PM Here's the full FA Cup fourth round draw Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston Ties to be played over weekend of January 26-29 7:18PM That is it Full draw coming up 7:18PM Sheffield United will welcome Preston North End, for any reading in the late 19th Century. 7:17PM Norwich or Chelsea will play Newcastle. 7:17PM Newport County v Spurs Nice! Go'orn Newport. 7:17PM Hull versus Forest Oh Arsene. What can one say? 7:17PM Bournemouth or Wigan Plays Shrews or Hammers. 7:16PM Middlesbrough play Palace or Brighton the winner of tonight's game 7:16PM Millwall v Rochdale and an all PL tie: Southampton v Watford. 7:16PM Two of Britain's more glamorous clubs Milton Keynes v Coventry. 7:15PM Cardiff or Mansfield get mighty Manchester City That should be an occasion. 7:15PM Carlisle or Sheff Wed v Stevenage or Reading Yes Owls. 7:14PM Yeovil Town versus... MANCHESTER UNITED!!! Brilliant. That's what this is all about. 7:14PM Notts County v Wolves/Swansea We'll need a third round replay to sort that one. 7:14PM Huddersfield v Birmingham is next 7:13PM Next Peterborough v Fleetwood or Leicester 7:13PM First ball out! It's Liverpool Liverpool v West Brom 7:13PM Balls! Credit: BT Sport 7:12PM Dennis Wise and Rio Ferdinand Credit: BT Sport 1 "Dennis, you had a small bit of success in the FA Cup," says Jake. Not a reference to his height: that nice Dennis won three times. Three more than Rio. 7:10PM From Mark Chapman To Jake Humphrey. Credit: BT Sport 7:06PM The dress rehearsal draw saw Rio Ferdinand pick Man United out of the hat to face Liverpool. Ha! Fun if that happens again. 7:02PM Evening all Tyers here. Happy video replay day! High hopes that will be a furious, five-engine fiasco later. First: the FA Cup draw. 7:01PM Any road That's enough from me. Alan Tyers is in the house and will talk balls with you imminently. 6:55PM Magic, rated and ranked Magic Alex? Paul Daniels' 'Now, that's magic!' Paul 'Magic Man' Merson? Tony Hopkins and Fats? Who knows the secret of the Black Magic box? Perry Como? Barry Manilow? No, you're all wrong, 'the magic of the FA Cup' is the greatest magic of them all, and we're about to find out who will play whom in the fourth round. Well, when I say 'about' I mean in about 15 minutes. Can you wait? You'll have to ...* * I find it helps of course if your side has been knocked out after your manger made nine foolish changes and your player of the season so far gets himself a six-match ban for gobbing on a League Two winger's shirt. 6:12PM Good evening English football league teams will be excited to find out who they will play in the the fourth round of the FA Cup when the draw is made this evening. The BBC has live TV coverage but you can follow all the action and reaction with us here. Yeovil Town are the lowest ranked club in the draw and are joined by fellow League Two sides Newport County and Coventry City, who pulled off shock wins over the weekend to win a place in the hat. The actual draw takes place at 7.10pm before kick-off in Brighton vs Crystal Palace, which you can follow in our liveblog, and the games will be played on the weekend of the 27th and 28th of January. Here are the numbers to watch out for: Sheffield United Watford Birmingham City Liverpool Brighton or Crystal Palace Peterborough Bournemouth or Wigan Coventry Newport County Huddersfield Yeovil Nottingham Forest Notts County MK Dons Manchester United West Brom Rochdale Tottenham Middlesbrough Fleetwood or Leicester Hull Cardiff or Mansfield Manchester City Shrewsbury or West Ham Wolves or Swansea Stevenage or Reading Newcastle Millwall Southampton Preston Norwich or Chelsea Carlisle or Sheffield Wednesday Fourth-round ties will be played on the weekend of 27-28 January
Yeovil Town welcome MANCHESTER UNITED Liverpool will play West Brom Tottenham handed a trip to Newport County Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Yeovil Town have been given a wonderful opportunity to try and knock Manchester United out of the FA Cup after they were drawn at home to Jose Mourinho’s side. Yeovil, who are battling against relegation in League Two, are the lowest ranked side left in the competition, knocking Bradford City out in the previous round, and could not have asked for a better draw. Although it is only the fourth time in the club’s history they have reached round four, it will be the second time in the space of just three years that Yeovil have faced Manchester United, losing 2-0 to the Red Devils back in 2015. Wayne Rooney swaps shirts after Man Utd&#39;s 2-0 win over Yeovil in 2015 Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I don’t think I could pick anyone better to go up against in the world we live in at the moment,” said Yeovil manager Darren Way. “It was an extraordinary achievement to get to the fourth round and to get Manchester United is a special moment for the club. “I want everyone to enjoy it and embrace the fantastic challenge. The players and supporters deserve it. It’s going to be a magical day.&quot; There was also a plum tie for another League Two club, as Newport County, who shocked Leeds United in the Third Round, were also drawn at home to Tottenham Hotspur. Newport manager Michael Flynn, who has done an excellent job in south Wales since saving the club from relegation last season, said: “It’s amazing to draw Tottenham. “It’s a massive achievement for the whole football club and we can’t wait for the game already. “The players have worked so hard to get to this stage and this is a reward for them for all the toil they’ve put in so far this season. “For them to play against guys like Harry Kane and Dele Alli will be amazing, but I hope Tottenham rest one or two. “It’s huge for the whole city. It’s going to be packed out again at Rodney Parade and financially hopefully it will be a big one for the club. Both games are likely to be chosen for live television coverage, with the prospect of a famous giant-killing act already fuelling talk of the enduring romance of the FA Cup. Spurs will play Newport County in the FA Cup Credit: GETTY IMAGES In truth, though, both Mourinho and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased with the fact they have been drawn against clubs three divisions below them, which should allow them to rest players ahead of the resumption of their Champions League campaigns in February. Favourites Manchester City will have to wait for a replay between Cardiff City and Mansfield Town next week before they learn who their opponents are, away from home in the next round. There was less good fortune for Nottingham Forest, who knocked out Arsenal, and Coventry City who beat Stoke City in the Third round. Forest, who have appointed former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka as their new manager, will travel to fellow Championship side Hull City, while Coventry have a tricky away game at MK Dons to contend with. Fourth round ties will take place across the weekend of 26-29 January, with winning clubs receiving £90,000 from the Emirates FA Cup prize fund. 7:32PM Eyes down for a full house Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston 7:24PM Aitor Karanka has signed as Forest manager: news came through while that draw was happening. He can start planning for an eminently winnable trip to Hull at the end of the month. Anyhow. We&#39;ll have a report on that and an analysis of the draw right now. Meantime, come follow the Brighton v Palace VIDEO NASTY with me here. Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Oh, and come on Yeovil Town! Cheers. 7:22PM Winner winner �� | We&#39;re ready for the draw at Huish Park! #YTFCpic.twitter.com/02EuZo3HPO— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 8, 2018 7:20PM Here&#39;s the full FA Cup fourth round draw Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston Ties to be played over weekend of January 26-29 7:18PM That is it Full draw coming up 7:18PM Sheffield United will welcome Preston North End, for any reading in the late 19th Century. 7:17PM Norwich or Chelsea will play Newcastle. 7:17PM Newport County v Spurs Nice! Go&#39;orn Newport. 7:17PM Hull versus Forest Oh Arsene. What can one say? 7:17PM Bournemouth or Wigan Plays Shrews or Hammers. 7:16PM Middlesbrough play Palace or Brighton the winner of tonight&#39;s game 7:16PM Millwall v Rochdale and an all PL tie: Southampton v Watford. 7:16PM Two of Britain&#39;s more glamorous clubs Milton Keynes v Coventry. 7:15PM Cardiff or Mansfield get mighty Manchester City That should be an occasion. 7:15PM Carlisle or Sheff Wed v Stevenage or Reading Yes Owls. 7:14PM Yeovil Town versus... MANCHESTER UNITED!!! Brilliant. That&#39;s what this is all about. 7:14PM Notts County v Wolves/Swansea We&#39;ll need a third round replay to sort that one. 7:14PM Huddersfield v Birmingham is next 7:13PM Next Peterborough v Fleetwood or Leicester 7:13PM First ball out! It&#39;s Liverpool Liverpool v West Brom 7:13PM Balls! Credit: BT Sport 7:12PM Dennis Wise and Rio Ferdinand Credit: BT Sport 1 &quot;Dennis, you had a small bit of success in the FA Cup,&quot; says Jake. Not a reference to his height: that nice Dennis won three times. Three more than Rio. 7:10PM From Mark Chapman To Jake Humphrey. Credit: BT Sport 7:06PM The dress rehearsal draw saw Rio Ferdinand pick Man United out of the hat to face Liverpool. Ha! Fun if that happens again. 7:02PM Evening all Tyers here. Happy video replay day! High hopes that will be a furious, five-engine fiasco later. First: the FA Cup draw. 7:01PM Any road That&#39;s enough from me. Alan Tyers is in the house and will talk balls with you imminently. 6:55PM Magic, rated and ranked Magic Alex? Paul Daniels&#39; &#39;Now, that&#39;s magic!&#39; Paul &#39;Magic Man&#39; Merson? Tony Hopkins and Fats? Who knows the secret of the Black Magic box? Perry Como? Barry Manilow? No, you&#39;re all wrong, &#39;the magic of the FA Cup&#39; is the greatest magic of them all, and we&#39;re about to find out who will play whom in the fourth round. Well, when I say &#39;about&#39; I mean in about 15 minutes. Can you wait? You&#39;ll have to ...* * I find it helps of course if your side has been knocked out after your manger made nine foolish changes and your player of the season so far gets himself a six-match ban for gobbing on a League Two winger&#39;s shirt. 6:12PM Good evening English football league teams will be excited to find out who they will play in the the fourth round of the FA Cup when the draw is made this evening. The BBC has live TV coverage but you can follow all the action and reaction with us here. Yeovil Town are the lowest ranked club in the draw and are joined by fellow League Two sides Newport County and Coventry City, who pulled off shock wins over the weekend to win a place in the hat. The actual draw takes place at 7.10pm before kick-off in Brighton vs Crystal Palace, which you can follow in our liveblog, and the games will be played on the weekend of the 27th and 28th of January. Here are the numbers to watch out for: Sheffield United Watford Birmingham City Liverpool Brighton or Crystal Palace Peterborough Bournemouth or Wigan Coventry Newport County Huddersfield Yeovil Nottingham Forest Notts County MK Dons Manchester United West Brom Rochdale Tottenham Middlesbrough Fleetwood or Leicester Hull Cardiff or Mansfield Manchester City Shrewsbury or West Ham Wolves or Swansea Stevenage or Reading Newcastle Millwall Southampton Preston Norwich or Chelsea Carlisle or Sheffield Wednesday Fourth-round ties will be played on the weekend of 27-28 January
FA Cup fourth round draw: Yeovil Town get dream home tie against Manchester United
Yeovil Town welcome MANCHESTER UNITED Liverpool will play West Brom Tottenham handed a trip to Newport County Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Yeovil Town have been given a wonderful opportunity to try and knock Manchester United out of the FA Cup after they were drawn at home to Jose Mourinho’s side. Yeovil, who are battling against relegation in League Two, are the lowest ranked side left in the competition, knocking Bradford City out in the previous round, and could not have asked for a better draw. Although it is only the fourth time in the club’s history they have reached round four, it will be the second time in the space of just three years that Yeovil have faced Manchester United, losing 2-0 to the Red Devils back in 2015. Wayne Rooney swaps shirts after Man Utd's 2-0 win over Yeovil in 2015 Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I don’t think I could pick anyone better to go up against in the world we live in at the moment,” said Yeovil manager Darren Way. “It was an extraordinary achievement to get to the fourth round and to get Manchester United is a special moment for the club. “I want everyone to enjoy it and embrace the fantastic challenge. The players and supporters deserve it. It’s going to be a magical day." There was also a plum tie for another League Two club, as Newport County, who shocked Leeds United in the Third Round, were also drawn at home to Tottenham Hotspur. Newport manager Michael Flynn, who has done an excellent job in south Wales since saving the club from relegation last season, said: “It’s amazing to draw Tottenham. “It’s a massive achievement for the whole football club and we can’t wait for the game already. “The players have worked so hard to get to this stage and this is a reward for them for all the toil they’ve put in so far this season. “For them to play against guys like Harry Kane and Dele Alli will be amazing, but I hope Tottenham rest one or two. “It’s huge for the whole city. It’s going to be packed out again at Rodney Parade and financially hopefully it will be a big one for the club. Both games are likely to be chosen for live television coverage, with the prospect of a famous giant-killing act already fuelling talk of the enduring romance of the FA Cup. Spurs will play Newport County in the FA Cup Credit: GETTY IMAGES In truth, though, both Mourinho and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased with the fact they have been drawn against clubs three divisions below them, which should allow them to rest players ahead of the resumption of their Champions League campaigns in February. Favourites Manchester City will have to wait for a replay between Cardiff City and Mansfield Town next week before they learn who their opponents are, away from home in the next round. There was less good fortune for Nottingham Forest, who knocked out Arsenal, and Coventry City who beat Stoke City in the Third round. Forest, who have appointed former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka as their new manager, will travel to fellow Championship side Hull City, while Coventry have a tricky away game at MK Dons to contend with. Fourth round ties will take place across the weekend of 26-29 January, with winning clubs receiving £90,000 from the Emirates FA Cup prize fund. 7:32PM Eyes down for a full house Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston 7:24PM Aitor Karanka has signed as Forest manager: news came through while that draw was happening. He can start planning for an eminently winnable trip to Hull at the end of the month. Anyhow. We'll have a report on that and an analysis of the draw right now. Meantime, come follow the Brighton v Palace VIDEO NASTY with me here. Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Oh, and come on Yeovil Town! Cheers. 7:22PM Winner winner �� | We're ready for the draw at Huish Park! #YTFCpic.twitter.com/02EuZo3HPO— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 8, 2018 7:20PM Here's the full FA Cup fourth round draw Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston Ties to be played over weekend of January 26-29 7:18PM That is it Full draw coming up 7:18PM Sheffield United will welcome Preston North End, for any reading in the late 19th Century. 7:17PM Norwich or Chelsea will play Newcastle. 7:17PM Newport County v Spurs Nice! Go'orn Newport. 7:17PM Hull versus Forest Oh Arsene. What can one say? 7:17PM Bournemouth or Wigan Plays Shrews or Hammers. 7:16PM Middlesbrough play Palace or Brighton the winner of tonight's game 7:16PM Millwall v Rochdale and an all PL tie: Southampton v Watford. 7:16PM Two of Britain's more glamorous clubs Milton Keynes v Coventry. 7:15PM Cardiff or Mansfield get mighty Manchester City That should be an occasion. 7:15PM Carlisle or Sheff Wed v Stevenage or Reading Yes Owls. 7:14PM Yeovil Town versus... MANCHESTER UNITED!!! Brilliant. That's what this is all about. 7:14PM Notts County v Wolves/Swansea We'll need a third round replay to sort that one. 7:14PM Huddersfield v Birmingham is next 7:13PM Next Peterborough v Fleetwood or Leicester 7:13PM First ball out! It's Liverpool Liverpool v West Brom 7:13PM Balls! Credit: BT Sport 7:12PM Dennis Wise and Rio Ferdinand Credit: BT Sport 1 "Dennis, you had a small bit of success in the FA Cup," says Jake. Not a reference to his height: that nice Dennis won three times. Three more than Rio. 7:10PM From Mark Chapman To Jake Humphrey. Credit: BT Sport 7:06PM The dress rehearsal draw saw Rio Ferdinand pick Man United out of the hat to face Liverpool. Ha! Fun if that happens again. 7:02PM Evening all Tyers here. Happy video replay day! High hopes that will be a furious, five-engine fiasco later. First: the FA Cup draw. 7:01PM Any road That's enough from me. Alan Tyers is in the house and will talk balls with you imminently. 6:55PM Magic, rated and ranked Magic Alex? Paul Daniels' 'Now, that's magic!' Paul 'Magic Man' Merson? Tony Hopkins and Fats? Who knows the secret of the Black Magic box? Perry Como? Barry Manilow? No, you're all wrong, 'the magic of the FA Cup' is the greatest magic of them all, and we're about to find out who will play whom in the fourth round. Well, when I say 'about' I mean in about 15 minutes. Can you wait? You'll have to ...* * I find it helps of course if your side has been knocked out after your manger made nine foolish changes and your player of the season so far gets himself a six-match ban for gobbing on a League Two winger's shirt. 6:12PM Good evening English football league teams will be excited to find out who they will play in the the fourth round of the FA Cup when the draw is made this evening. The BBC has live TV coverage but you can follow all the action and reaction with us here. Yeovil Town are the lowest ranked club in the draw and are joined by fellow League Two sides Newport County and Coventry City, who pulled off shock wins over the weekend to win a place in the hat. The actual draw takes place at 7.10pm before kick-off in Brighton vs Crystal Palace, which you can follow in our liveblog, and the games will be played on the weekend of the 27th and 28th of January. Here are the numbers to watch out for: Sheffield United Watford Birmingham City Liverpool Brighton or Crystal Palace Peterborough Bournemouth or Wigan Coventry Newport County Huddersfield Yeovil Nottingham Forest Notts County MK Dons Manchester United West Brom Rochdale Tottenham Middlesbrough Fleetwood or Leicester Hull Cardiff or Mansfield Manchester City Shrewsbury or West Ham Wolves or Swansea Stevenage or Reading Newcastle Millwall Southampton Preston Norwich or Chelsea Carlisle or Sheffield Wednesday Fourth-round ties will be played on the weekend of 27-28 January
Yeovil Town welcome MANCHESTER UNITED Liverpool will play West Brom Tottenham handed a trip to Newport County Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Yeovil Town have been given a wonderful opportunity to try and knock Manchester United out of the FA Cup after they were drawn at home to Jose Mourinho’s side. Yeovil, who are battling against relegation in League Two, are the lowest ranked side left in the competition, knocking Bradford City out in the previous round, and could not have asked for a better draw. Although it is only the fourth time in the club’s history they have reached round four, it will be the second time in the space of just three years that Yeovil have faced Manchester United, losing 2-0 to the Red Devils back in 2015. Wayne Rooney swaps shirts after Man Utd&#39;s 2-0 win over Yeovil in 2015 Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I don’t think I could pick anyone better to go up against in the world we live in at the moment,” said Yeovil manager Darren Way. “It was an extraordinary achievement to get to the fourth round and to get Manchester United is a special moment for the club. “I want everyone to enjoy it and embrace the fantastic challenge. The players and supporters deserve it. It’s going to be a magical day.&quot; There was also a plum tie for another League Two club, as Newport County, who shocked Leeds United in the Third Round, were also drawn at home to Tottenham Hotspur. Newport manager Michael Flynn, who has done an excellent job in south Wales since saving the club from relegation last season, said: “It’s amazing to draw Tottenham. “It’s a massive achievement for the whole football club and we can’t wait for the game already. “The players have worked so hard to get to this stage and this is a reward for them for all the toil they’ve put in so far this season. “For them to play against guys like Harry Kane and Dele Alli will be amazing, but I hope Tottenham rest one or two. “It’s huge for the whole city. It’s going to be packed out again at Rodney Parade and financially hopefully it will be a big one for the club. Both games are likely to be chosen for live television coverage, with the prospect of a famous giant-killing act already fuelling talk of the enduring romance of the FA Cup. Spurs will play Newport County in the FA Cup Credit: GETTY IMAGES In truth, though, both Mourinho and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased with the fact they have been drawn against clubs three divisions below them, which should allow them to rest players ahead of the resumption of their Champions League campaigns in February. Favourites Manchester City will have to wait for a replay between Cardiff City and Mansfield Town next week before they learn who their opponents are, away from home in the next round. There was less good fortune for Nottingham Forest, who knocked out Arsenal, and Coventry City who beat Stoke City in the Third round. Forest, who have appointed former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka as their new manager, will travel to fellow Championship side Hull City, while Coventry have a tricky away game at MK Dons to contend with. Fourth round ties will take place across the weekend of 26-29 January, with winning clubs receiving £90,000 from the Emirates FA Cup prize fund. 7:32PM Eyes down for a full house Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston 7:24PM Aitor Karanka has signed as Forest manager: news came through while that draw was happening. He can start planning for an eminently winnable trip to Hull at the end of the month. Anyhow. We&#39;ll have a report on that and an analysis of the draw right now. Meantime, come follow the Brighton v Palace VIDEO NASTY with me here. Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Oh, and come on Yeovil Town! Cheers. 7:22PM Winner winner �� | We&#39;re ready for the draw at Huish Park! #YTFCpic.twitter.com/02EuZo3HPO— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 8, 2018 7:20PM Here&#39;s the full FA Cup fourth round draw Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston Ties to be played over weekend of January 26-29 7:18PM That is it Full draw coming up 7:18PM Sheffield United will welcome Preston North End, for any reading in the late 19th Century. 7:17PM Norwich or Chelsea will play Newcastle. 7:17PM Newport County v Spurs Nice! Go&#39;orn Newport. 7:17PM Hull versus Forest Oh Arsene. What can one say? 7:17PM Bournemouth or Wigan Plays Shrews or Hammers. 7:16PM Middlesbrough play Palace or Brighton the winner of tonight&#39;s game 7:16PM Millwall v Rochdale and an all PL tie: Southampton v Watford. 7:16PM Two of Britain&#39;s more glamorous clubs Milton Keynes v Coventry. 7:15PM Cardiff or Mansfield get mighty Manchester City That should be an occasion. 7:15PM Carlisle or Sheff Wed v Stevenage or Reading Yes Owls. 7:14PM Yeovil Town versus... MANCHESTER UNITED!!! Brilliant. That&#39;s what this is all about. 7:14PM Notts County v Wolves/Swansea We&#39;ll need a third round replay to sort that one. 7:14PM Huddersfield v Birmingham is next 7:13PM Next Peterborough v Fleetwood or Leicester 7:13PM First ball out! It&#39;s Liverpool Liverpool v West Brom 7:13PM Balls! Credit: BT Sport 7:12PM Dennis Wise and Rio Ferdinand Credit: BT Sport 1 &quot;Dennis, you had a small bit of success in the FA Cup,&quot; says Jake. Not a reference to his height: that nice Dennis won three times. Three more than Rio. 7:10PM From Mark Chapman To Jake Humphrey. Credit: BT Sport 7:06PM The dress rehearsal draw saw Rio Ferdinand pick Man United out of the hat to face Liverpool. Ha! Fun if that happens again. 7:02PM Evening all Tyers here. Happy video replay day! High hopes that will be a furious, five-engine fiasco later. First: the FA Cup draw. 7:01PM Any road That&#39;s enough from me. Alan Tyers is in the house and will talk balls with you imminently. 6:55PM Magic, rated and ranked Magic Alex? Paul Daniels&#39; &#39;Now, that&#39;s magic!&#39; Paul &#39;Magic Man&#39; Merson? Tony Hopkins and Fats? Who knows the secret of the Black Magic box? Perry Como? Barry Manilow? No, you&#39;re all wrong, &#39;the magic of the FA Cup&#39; is the greatest magic of them all, and we&#39;re about to find out who will play whom in the fourth round. Well, when I say &#39;about&#39; I mean in about 15 minutes. Can you wait? You&#39;ll have to ...* * I find it helps of course if your side has been knocked out after your manger made nine foolish changes and your player of the season so far gets himself a six-match ban for gobbing on a League Two winger&#39;s shirt. 6:12PM Good evening English football league teams will be excited to find out who they will play in the the fourth round of the FA Cup when the draw is made this evening. The BBC has live TV coverage but you can follow all the action and reaction with us here. Yeovil Town are the lowest ranked club in the draw and are joined by fellow League Two sides Newport County and Coventry City, who pulled off shock wins over the weekend to win a place in the hat. The actual draw takes place at 7.10pm before kick-off in Brighton vs Crystal Palace, which you can follow in our liveblog, and the games will be played on the weekend of the 27th and 28th of January. Here are the numbers to watch out for: Sheffield United Watford Birmingham City Liverpool Brighton or Crystal Palace Peterborough Bournemouth or Wigan Coventry Newport County Huddersfield Yeovil Nottingham Forest Notts County MK Dons Manchester United West Brom Rochdale Tottenham Middlesbrough Fleetwood or Leicester Hull Cardiff or Mansfield Manchester City Shrewsbury or West Ham Wolves or Swansea Stevenage or Reading Newcastle Millwall Southampton Preston Norwich or Chelsea Carlisle or Sheffield Wednesday Fourth-round ties will be played on the weekend of 27-28 January
FA Cup fourth round draw: Yeovil Town get dream home tie against Manchester United
Yeovil Town welcome MANCHESTER UNITED Liverpool will play West Brom Tottenham handed a trip to Newport County Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Yeovil Town have been given a wonderful opportunity to try and knock Manchester United out of the FA Cup after they were drawn at home to Jose Mourinho’s side. Yeovil, who are battling against relegation in League Two, are the lowest ranked side left in the competition, knocking Bradford City out in the previous round, and could not have asked for a better draw. Although it is only the fourth time in the club’s history they have reached round four, it will be the second time in the space of just three years that Yeovil have faced Manchester United, losing 2-0 to the Red Devils back in 2015. Wayne Rooney swaps shirts after Man Utd's 2-0 win over Yeovil in 2015 Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I don’t think I could pick anyone better to go up against in the world we live in at the moment,” said Yeovil manager Darren Way. “It was an extraordinary achievement to get to the fourth round and to get Manchester United is a special moment for the club. “I want everyone to enjoy it and embrace the fantastic challenge. The players and supporters deserve it. It’s going to be a magical day." There was also a plum tie for another League Two club, as Newport County, who shocked Leeds United in the Third Round, were also drawn at home to Tottenham Hotspur. Newport manager Michael Flynn, who has done an excellent job in south Wales since saving the club from relegation last season, said: “It’s amazing to draw Tottenham. “It’s a massive achievement for the whole football club and we can’t wait for the game already. “The players have worked so hard to get to this stage and this is a reward for them for all the toil they’ve put in so far this season. “For them to play against guys like Harry Kane and Dele Alli will be amazing, but I hope Tottenham rest one or two. “It’s huge for the whole city. It’s going to be packed out again at Rodney Parade and financially hopefully it will be a big one for the club. Both games are likely to be chosen for live television coverage, with the prospect of a famous giant-killing act already fuelling talk of the enduring romance of the FA Cup. Spurs will play Newport County in the FA Cup Credit: GETTY IMAGES In truth, though, both Mourinho and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased with the fact they have been drawn against clubs three divisions below them, which should allow them to rest players ahead of the resumption of their Champions League campaigns in February. Favourites Manchester City will have to wait for a replay between Cardiff City and Mansfield Town next week before they learn who their opponents are, away from home in the next round. There was less good fortune for Nottingham Forest, who knocked out Arsenal, and Coventry City who beat Stoke City in the Third round. Forest, who have appointed former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka as their new manager, will travel to fellow Championship side Hull City, while Coventry have a tricky away game at MK Dons to contend with. Fourth round ties will take place across the weekend of 26-29 January, with winning clubs receiving £90,000 from the Emirates FA Cup prize fund. 7:32PM Eyes down for a full house Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston 7:24PM Aitor Karanka has signed as Forest manager: news came through while that draw was happening. He can start planning for an eminently winnable trip to Hull at the end of the month. Anyhow. We'll have a report on that and an analysis of the draw right now. Meantime, come follow the Brighton v Palace VIDEO NASTY with me here. Brighton v Crystal Palace: live Oh, and come on Yeovil Town! Cheers. 7:22PM Winner winner �� | We're ready for the draw at Huish Park! #YTFCpic.twitter.com/02EuZo3HPO— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 8, 2018 7:20PM Here's the full FA Cup fourth round draw Liverpool v West Brom Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester Huddersfield v Birmingham Notts County v Wolves/Swansea Yeovil v Man Utd Carlisle/Sheff Wed v Stevenage/Reading Cardiff/Mansfield v Man City MK Dons v Coventry Millwall v Rochdale Southampton v Watford Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham Hull v Nottm Forest Newport v Tottenham Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle Sheff Utd v Preston Ties to be played over weekend of January 26-29 7:18PM That is it Full draw coming up 7:18PM Sheffield United will welcome Preston North End, for any reading in the late 19th Century. 7:17PM Norwich or Chelsea will play Newcastle. 7:17PM Newport County v Spurs Nice! Go'orn Newport. 7:17PM Hull versus Forest Oh Arsene. What can one say? 7:17PM Bournemouth or Wigan Plays Shrews or Hammers. 7:16PM Middlesbrough play Palace or Brighton the winner of tonight's game 7:16PM Millwall v Rochdale and an all PL tie: Southampton v Watford. 7:16PM Two of Britain's more glamorous clubs Milton Keynes v Coventry. 7:15PM Cardiff or Mansfield get mighty Manchester City That should be an occasion. 7:15PM Carlisle or Sheff Wed v Stevenage or Reading Yes Owls. 7:14PM Yeovil Town versus... MANCHESTER UNITED!!! Brilliant. That's what this is all about. 7:14PM Notts County v Wolves/Swansea We'll need a third round replay to sort that one. 7:14PM Huddersfield v Birmingham is next 7:13PM Next Peterborough v Fleetwood or Leicester 7:13PM First ball out! It's Liverpool Liverpool v West Brom 7:13PM Balls! Credit: BT Sport 7:12PM Dennis Wise and Rio Ferdinand Credit: BT Sport 1 "Dennis, you had a small bit of success in the FA Cup," says Jake. Not a reference to his height: that nice Dennis won three times. Three more than Rio. 7:10PM From Mark Chapman To Jake Humphrey. Credit: BT Sport 7:06PM The dress rehearsal draw saw Rio Ferdinand pick Man United out of the hat to face Liverpool. Ha! Fun if that happens again. 7:02PM Evening all Tyers here. Happy video replay day! High hopes that will be a furious, five-engine fiasco later. First: the FA Cup draw. 7:01PM Any road That's enough from me. Alan Tyers is in the house and will talk balls with you imminently. 6:55PM Magic, rated and ranked Magic Alex? Paul Daniels' 'Now, that's magic!' Paul 'Magic Man' Merson? Tony Hopkins and Fats? Who knows the secret of the Black Magic box? Perry Como? Barry Manilow? No, you're all wrong, 'the magic of the FA Cup' is the greatest magic of them all, and we're about to find out who will play whom in the fourth round. Well, when I say 'about' I mean in about 15 minutes. Can you wait? You'll have to ...* * I find it helps of course if your side has been knocked out after your manger made nine foolish changes and your player of the season so far gets himself a six-match ban for gobbing on a League Two winger's shirt. 6:12PM Good evening English football league teams will be excited to find out who they will play in the the fourth round of the FA Cup when the draw is made this evening. The BBC has live TV coverage but you can follow all the action and reaction with us here. Yeovil Town are the lowest ranked club in the draw and are joined by fellow League Two sides Newport County and Coventry City, who pulled off shock wins over the weekend to win a place in the hat. The actual draw takes place at 7.10pm before kick-off in Brighton vs Crystal Palace, which you can follow in our liveblog, and the games will be played on the weekend of the 27th and 28th of January. Here are the numbers to watch out for: Sheffield United Watford Birmingham City Liverpool Brighton or Crystal Palace Peterborough Bournemouth or Wigan Coventry Newport County Huddersfield Yeovil Nottingham Forest Notts County MK Dons Manchester United West Brom Rochdale Tottenham Middlesbrough Fleetwood or Leicester Hull Cardiff or Mansfield Manchester City Shrewsbury or West Ham Wolves or Swansea Stevenage or Reading Newcastle Millwall Southampton Preston Norwich or Chelsea Carlisle or Sheffield Wednesday Fourth-round ties will be played on the weekend of 27-28 January
<p>In a day of few shocks in the FA Cup&#39;s much anticipated third round games, Stoke City was the biggest of the big guns to fall out of the world&#39;s most famous cup competition.</p><p>Peterborough United and Rochdale came out as surprising winners, while Fleetwood Town and League Two side Mansfield Town also earned a replay against higher league opposition. </p><p>The early kick-off saw League one outfit <strong>Fleetwood</strong> earn a replay against Premier League side <a href="http://www.90min.com/posts/5939538-fleetwood-town-0-0-leicester-city-courageous-cod-army-earn-fa-cup-replay-against-feeble-foxes" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Leicester City" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Leicester City</a>as they drew 0-0 in what was a very dull affair at the Highbury Stadium.</p><p>In the days other early game <strong>Middlesbrough</strong> eased passed Championship strugglers <strong>Sunderland</strong> with goals on the day coming from Rudy Gestede and Martin Braithwaite in an easy 2-0 win at the Riverside Stadium.</p><p>An upset was on the cards in the only all Premier League tie of the third round, when the <strong>Burnley</strong> led at the break against <strong>Manchester City</strong> after an Ashley Barnes strike. However, all hope of an upset was killed as <a href="http://www.90min.com/posts/5939684-man-city-4-1-burnley-aguero-s-dizzying-double-propels-city-to-victory-against-gritty-clarets" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:City came out firing in the second period" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">City came out firing in the second period</a> and scored four goals, with Leroy Sane, Bernando Silva and Sergio Aguero (2) securing a 4-1 victory.</p><p>One of the most dramatic games of the day came at Villa Park, as League One side <strong>Peterborough </strong>scored three late goals against Championship outfit <strong>Aston Villa </strong>to win 3-1. </p><p>In a dramatic affair at the Vitality Stadium,<strong> Bournemouth</strong> saved their blushes after they went 2-0 down at home to League one leaders <strong>Wigan Athletic</strong>. However, goals from Lys Mousset and a late equalizer from Steve Cook meant that the Cherries earned a replay.</p><p>The biggest upset of the day came as League two side <strong>Coventry City</strong> beat Premier League side <strong>Stoke City</strong> 2-1 at the Ricoh Arena. Another League two side caused an upset as <strong>Yeovil</strong> <strong>Town</strong> beat League one side <strong>Bradford</strong> 2-0 at home, with goals on the day coming from Marcus Barnes and Jordan Green.</p><p>Struggling <strong>Rochdale</strong> surprised everyone by defeating <strong>Doncaster</strong> 1-0 away, with the Dale playing away from home. In another amazing game, <strong>Preston</strong> thrashed <strong>Wycombe Wanderers</strong> 5-1 at Adams Park, with former Manchester United man Josh Harrop scoring twice on the day.</p><p><strong>Sheffield United</strong> beat<strong> Ipswich Town</strong> 1-0 at Portman Road, and with a similar scoreline <strong>Birmingham City </strong>defeated <strong>Burton Albion </strong>at St.Andrew&#39;s.</p><p>There were no shocks with any of the other Premier League sides as <strong>Newcaslte United</strong> eased passed League two side <strong>Luton Town</strong> with a 3-1 victory, <strong>Watford</strong> defeated <strong>Bristol City</strong> 3-0, <strong>Southampton</strong> won 1-0 away at <strong>Fulham</strong> and <strong>Huddersfield</strong> beat <strong>Bolton Wanderers</strong> 2-1 at the Macron Stadium.</p><p><strong>West Brom</strong> got their first win under Alan Pardew with a 2-0 win away at <strong>Exeter City</strong>. In an all Championship affair, <strong>Millwall</strong> convincingly beat <strong>Barnsley</strong> 4-1. </p><p>League One side <strong>MK Dons</strong> beat Championship strugglers <strong>QPR</strong> 1-0 at Loftus Road, while League Two outfit <strong>Notts County</strong> won 1-0 away at <strong>Brentford</strong>. There was no shock at Ewood Park as <strong>Hull City </strong>won 1-0 against League one side <strong>Blackburn Rovers</strong>.</p><p><strong>Reading </strong>drew 0-0 with <strong>Stevenage</strong>, <strong>Carlisle United</strong> held on to a 0-0 draw against <strong>Sheffield Wednesday</strong>, <strong>Wolverhampton Wanderers </strong>drew at home to <strong>Swansea </strong>in a match that saw two red cards, one for either side. </p><p><strong>Cardiff City</strong>, meanwhile, drew 0-0 at home to <strong>Mansfield</strong>. </p>
FA Cup Roundup: Stoke City Crashes Out as Man City, Huddersfield, Saints Safely Progress

In a day of few shocks in the FA Cup's much anticipated third round games, Stoke City was the biggest of the big guns to fall out of the world's most famous cup competition.

Peterborough United and Rochdale came out as surprising winners, while Fleetwood Town and League Two side Mansfield Town also earned a replay against higher league opposition.

The early kick-off saw League one outfit Fleetwood earn a replay against Premier League side Leicester Cityas they drew 0-0 in what was a very dull affair at the Highbury Stadium.

In the days other early game Middlesbrough eased passed Championship strugglers Sunderland with goals on the day coming from Rudy Gestede and Martin Braithwaite in an easy 2-0 win at the Riverside Stadium.

An upset was on the cards in the only all Premier League tie of the third round, when the Burnley led at the break against Manchester City after an Ashley Barnes strike. However, all hope of an upset was killed as City came out firing in the second period and scored four goals, with Leroy Sane, Bernando Silva and Sergio Aguero (2) securing a 4-1 victory.

One of the most dramatic games of the day came at Villa Park, as League One side Peterborough scored three late goals against Championship outfit Aston Villa to win 3-1.

In a dramatic affair at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth saved their blushes after they went 2-0 down at home to League one leaders Wigan Athletic. However, goals from Lys Mousset and a late equalizer from Steve Cook meant that the Cherries earned a replay.

The biggest upset of the day came as League two side Coventry City beat Premier League side Stoke City 2-1 at the Ricoh Arena. Another League two side caused an upset as Yeovil Town beat League one side Bradford 2-0 at home, with goals on the day coming from Marcus Barnes and Jordan Green.

Struggling Rochdale surprised everyone by defeating Doncaster 1-0 away, with the Dale playing away from home. In another amazing game, Preston thrashed Wycombe Wanderers 5-1 at Adams Park, with former Manchester United man Josh Harrop scoring twice on the day.

Sheffield United beat Ipswich Town 1-0 at Portman Road, and with a similar scoreline Birmingham City defeated Burton Albion at St.Andrew's.

There were no shocks with any of the other Premier League sides as Newcaslte United eased passed League two side Luton Town with a 3-1 victory, Watford defeated Bristol City 3-0, Southampton won 1-0 away at Fulham and Huddersfield beat Bolton Wanderers 2-1 at the Macron Stadium.

West Brom got their first win under Alan Pardew with a 2-0 win away at Exeter City. In an all Championship affair, Millwall convincingly beat Barnsley 4-1.

League One side MK Dons beat Championship strugglers QPR 1-0 at Loftus Road, while League Two outfit Notts County won 1-0 away at Brentford. There was no shock at Ewood Park as Hull City won 1-0 against League one side Blackburn Rovers.

Reading drew 0-0 with Stevenage, Carlisle United held on to a 0-0 draw against Sheffield Wednesday, Wolverhampton Wanderers drew at home to Swansea in a match that saw two red cards, one for either side.

Cardiff City, meanwhile, drew 0-0 at home to Mansfield.

<p>In a day of few shocks in the FA Cup&#39;s much anticipated third round games, Stoke City was the biggest of the big guns to fall out of the world&#39;s most famous cup competition.</p><p>Peterborough United and Rochdale came out as surprising winners, while Fleetwood Town and League Two side Mansfield Town also earned a replay against higher league opposition. </p><p>The early kick-off saw League one outfit <strong>Fleetwood</strong> earn a replay against Premier League side <a href="http://www.90min.com/posts/5939538-fleetwood-town-0-0-leicester-city-courageous-cod-army-earn-fa-cup-replay-against-feeble-foxes" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Leicester City" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Leicester City</a>as they drew 0-0 in what was a very dull affair at the Highbury Stadium.</p><p>In the days other early game <strong>Middlesbrough</strong> eased passed Championship strugglers <strong>Sunderland</strong> with goals on the day coming from Rudy Gestede and Martin Braithwaite in an easy 2-0 win at the Riverside Stadium.</p><p>An upset was on the cards in the only all Premier League tie of the third round, when the <strong>Burnley</strong> led at the break against <strong>Manchester City</strong> after an Ashley Barnes strike. However, all hope of an upset was killed as <a href="http://www.90min.com/posts/5939684-man-city-4-1-burnley-aguero-s-dizzying-double-propels-city-to-victory-against-gritty-clarets" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:City came out firing in the second period" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">City came out firing in the second period</a> and scored four goals, with Leroy Sane, Bernando Silva and Sergio Aguero (2) securing a 4-1 victory.</p><p>One of the most dramatic games of the day came at Villa Park, as League One side <strong>Peterborough </strong>scored three late goals against Championship outfit <strong>Aston Villa </strong>to win 3-1. </p><p>In a dramatic affair at the Vitality Stadium,<strong> Bournemouth</strong> saved their blushes after they went 2-0 down at home to League one leaders <strong>Wigan Athletic</strong>. However, goals from Lys Mousset and a late equalizer from Steve Cook meant that the Cherries earned a replay.</p><p>The biggest upset of the day came as League two side <strong>Coventry City</strong> beat Premier League side <strong>Stoke City</strong> 2-1 at the Ricoh Arena. Another League two side caused an upset as <strong>Yeovil</strong> <strong>Town</strong> beat League one side <strong>Bradford</strong> 2-0 at home, with goals on the day coming from Marcus Barnes and Jordan Green.</p><p>Struggling <strong>Rochdale</strong> surprised everyone by defeating <strong>Doncaster</strong> 1-0 away, with the Dale playing away from home. In another amazing game, <strong>Preston</strong> thrashed <strong>Wycombe Wanderers</strong> 5-1 at Adams Park, with former Manchester United man Josh Harrop scoring twice on the day.</p><p><strong>Sheffield United</strong> beat<strong> Ipswich Town</strong> 1-0 at Portman Road, and with a similar scoreline <strong>Birmingham City </strong>defeated <strong>Burton Albion </strong>at St.Andrew&#39;s.</p><p>There were no shocks with any of the other Premier League sides as <strong>Newcaslte United</strong> eased passed League two side <strong>Luton Town</strong> with a 3-1 victory, <strong>Watford</strong> defeated <strong>Bristol City</strong> 3-0, <strong>Southampton</strong> won 1-0 away at <strong>Fulham</strong> and <strong>Huddersfield</strong> beat <strong>Bolton Wanderers</strong> 2-1 at the Macron Stadium.</p><p><strong>West Brom</strong> got their first win under Alan Pardew with a 2-0 win away at <strong>Exeter City</strong>. In an all Championship affair, <strong>Millwall</strong> convincingly beat <strong>Barnsley</strong> 4-1. </p><p>League One side <strong>MK Dons</strong> beat Championship strugglers <strong>QPR</strong> 1-0 at Loftus Road, while League Two outfit <strong>Notts County</strong> won 1-0 away at <strong>Brentford</strong>. There was no shock at Ewood Park as <strong>Hull City </strong>won 1-0 against League one side <strong>Blackburn Rovers</strong>.</p><p><strong>Reading </strong>drew 0-0 with <strong>Stevenage</strong>, <strong>Carlisle United</strong> held on to a 0-0 draw against <strong>Sheffield Wednesday</strong>, <strong>Wolverhampton Wanderers </strong>drew at home to <strong>Swansea </strong>in a match that saw two red cards, one for either side. </p><p><strong>Cardiff City</strong>, meanwhile, drew 0-0 at home to <strong>Mansfield</strong>. </p>
FA Cup Roundup: Stoke City Crashes Out as Man City, Huddersfield, Saints Safely Progress

In a day of few shocks in the FA Cup's much anticipated third round games, Stoke City was the biggest of the big guns to fall out of the world's most famous cup competition.

Peterborough United and Rochdale came out as surprising winners, while Fleetwood Town and League Two side Mansfield Town also earned a replay against higher league opposition.

The early kick-off saw League one outfit Fleetwood earn a replay against Premier League side Leicester Cityas they drew 0-0 in what was a very dull affair at the Highbury Stadium.

In the days other early game Middlesbrough eased passed Championship strugglers Sunderland with goals on the day coming from Rudy Gestede and Martin Braithwaite in an easy 2-0 win at the Riverside Stadium.

An upset was on the cards in the only all Premier League tie of the third round, when the Burnley led at the break against Manchester City after an Ashley Barnes strike. However, all hope of an upset was killed as City came out firing in the second period and scored four goals, with Leroy Sane, Bernando Silva and Sergio Aguero (2) securing a 4-1 victory.

One of the most dramatic games of the day came at Villa Park, as League One side Peterborough scored three late goals against Championship outfit Aston Villa to win 3-1.

In a dramatic affair at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth saved their blushes after they went 2-0 down at home to League one leaders Wigan Athletic. However, goals from Lys Mousset and a late equalizer from Steve Cook meant that the Cherries earned a replay.

The biggest upset of the day came as League two side Coventry City beat Premier League side Stoke City 2-1 at the Ricoh Arena. Another League two side caused an upset as Yeovil Town beat League one side Bradford 2-0 at home, with goals on the day coming from Marcus Barnes and Jordan Green.

Struggling Rochdale surprised everyone by defeating Doncaster 1-0 away, with the Dale playing away from home. In another amazing game, Preston thrashed Wycombe Wanderers 5-1 at Adams Park, with former Manchester United man Josh Harrop scoring twice on the day.

Sheffield United beat Ipswich Town 1-0 at Portman Road, and with a similar scoreline Birmingham City defeated Burton Albion at St.Andrew's.

There were no shocks with any of the other Premier League sides as Newcaslte United eased passed League two side Luton Town with a 3-1 victory, Watford defeated Bristol City 3-0, Southampton won 1-0 away at Fulham and Huddersfield beat Bolton Wanderers 2-1 at the Macron Stadium.

West Brom got their first win under Alan Pardew with a 2-0 win away at Exeter City. In an all Championship affair, Millwall convincingly beat Barnsley 4-1.

League One side MK Dons beat Championship strugglers QPR 1-0 at Loftus Road, while League Two outfit Notts County won 1-0 away at Brentford. There was no shock at Ewood Park as Hull City won 1-0 against League one side Blackburn Rovers.

Reading drew 0-0 with Stevenage, Carlisle United held on to a 0-0 draw against Sheffield Wednesday, Wolverhampton Wanderers drew at home to Swansea in a match that saw two red cards, one for either side.

Cardiff City, meanwhile, drew 0-0 at home to Mansfield.

Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Stevenage vs Reading - The Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Britain - January 6, 2018 Reading&#39;s John Swift in action with Stevenage&#39;s Jonathan Smith Action Images/Alan Walter
FA Cup Third Round - Stevenage vs Reading
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Stevenage vs Reading - The Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Britain - January 6, 2018 Reading's John Swift in action with Stevenage's Jonathan Smith Action Images/Alan Walter

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