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

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

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

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

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

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

Martin Ling exclusive: I was worried my depression might scare people off so Leyton Orient really feels like a second chance

If Martin Ling had been given a pound every time someone asked him if it was wise, given his medical history, to go back to work at Leyton Orient, he would be close to paying off the club’s debt. Here was Ling, who had been obliged to leave his last two jobs in management after crippling bouts of depression, taking up the role of director of football at a club who have latterly redefined the term dysfunctional, a club mired in debt, decline and dispute.  You can understand the surprise at his accepting the role: he was taking on a job that appears guaranteed to induce stress. “Actually, I’m loving it,” he smiles, as he sits in his office in the Brisbane Road stadium. “I was worried my illness might scare people off. I knew another manager’s job was very unlikely. So this really does feel like a second chance. And I’m buzzing off it.” Ling resigned as manager of Swindon Town in 2015 after only 52 days. He left because, despite winning his first few games, he could feel the advancing tide of the depression which had overwhelmed him when he was in charge at Torquay two years previously. It was an episode which left him shattered, hospitalised and undergoing electro-convulsive treatment, an experience from which he took a long time to recover. “I don’t know if it was football that caused it,” he explains. “I can’t prove it was, but I can’t prove it wasn’t. I still take tablets, I still have counselling, I have to live with the fact I have depression. When it hits you, you think you’ve got it for life. But then, as suddenly as it arrives, it goes. And the fact is I feel brilliant today. I’ve felt brilliant for an awful lot of days in recent times.” Martin Ling Credit: Paul Grover What Ling did not want to do after he emerged from his darkness was hide away. An open, engaging, quick-witted presence, he has spent much of the past couple of years giving talks about the condition, he is always willing to have a coffee with someone who is suffering, always keen to widen general understanding of what it entails. And through it all he retained a keenness to get back to work in football, to tap into the experience he has gleaned over the years. So, when he got a call this summer to return to the club where he played and then managed with some success for six years, he did not hesitate. “If I could have picked a job that best suited my skills, this is it,” he says. “I don’t believe football management gave me depression, I think I would have got it in any walk of life. But I do believe football management is an all-encompassing, mind-never-sits-still, always-in-your-head type of job and I didn’t want to test it again. Looking back, what I enjoyed was the managing element of being a football manager more than the coaching bit. I like managing people. And in this role I’m managing more people.” It is a job, he quickly discovered, that entails a lot of managing. Orient had been driven to the very brink of insolvency under the previous ownership of Francesco Becchetti. In his three years in charge, the Italian oversaw the club sinking from the League One play-off final to losing their league status for the first time in 112 years. In the process, he employed 10 managers, failed to pay staff for months on end and drove the supporters to despair. When Becchetti moved on in June, his legacy was an operation stripped of cash, purpose and morale. “It was a massive car crash,” is Ling’s way of putting it. “And there’s still wreckage we’re coming across on a daily basis, in terms of trying to restore our credit rating, in terms of debts. The place was shot.” Ling managed Orient when they were promoted to League One in 2006 Credit: Paul Grover  To the rescue had come Nigel Travis, the chief executive of Dunkin’ Donuts and a lifelong Orient fan, who, after tortuous negotiation with Becchetti, bought the club with his business partner, Kent Teague. Travis is full of enthusiasm and ideas for the club, how he is going to market them as an alternative to the corporate Premier League, how he is going to communicate with fans digitally, how he will develop a presence in the United States, where he lives and works. But before all that, the new owner required someone he could trust to run the operation and install the kind of stability destroyed by Becchetti’s chaotic regime. The first person Travis thought of was the man whose picture adorns the back of the south stand at Brisbane Road, taken in celebration of the time he guided Orient to League One in 2006. “Martin has all the qualities we needed,” the new owner says, speaking on the phone from Texas. “I believe business is all about people, and Martin captures that. He is brilliant with people.” He needs to be. What Ling discovered when he arrived at the stadium was a ghostly shell of a club. “When I walked into this office on June 23, I had three staff members and nine players, the oldest one was 19. Everyone else had gone through the door,” he recalls. “We had no scouting network. We had no physio. Which meant we couldn’t train.” Plus, he had no first-team manager. He recruited Steve Davis, the former Crewe manager, to whom he gave a fundamental reassurance. “I know what it’s like to sit in Steve’s seat,” he says. “I know I’d have hated to have a director of football who was just sitting waiting to take my job, looking for something to go wrong. He knows I’m not interested in being manager, for very personal reasons.” Together, the pair recruited a squad, selling the new owners’ ambitions to them. Initially, there was, according to Ling, “a massive euphoria” among fans that the club were finally out of the hands of Becchetti; more season tickets were sold than in any time in 16 years. But the director of football knew it would take time for a team so hurriedly assembled to gel. He knew that supporters might have to experience a few defeats along the way, as they did against AFC Fylde at home last weekend and away to Tranmere Rovers last night. “Some of our supporters think, because they’ve not heard of these teams, we’re going to railroad them. But simply being Leyton Orient wins you nothing.  “Opposing teams come to this lovely stadium and it’s like a cup final for them. It’s something we’ve got to get used to. This is a tough league to get out of. There were a few boos on Saturday.  The best young players in world football “I don’t mind fans grumbling, they wouldn’t be football fans if they didn’t grumble. But one thing we’re not going to do is panic.” And, though he has no timetable for achieving it, though it might take longer than some supporters assume, Ling believes everything is now in place to bring back the kind of success he once delivered here. “People used to say about me when they heard I was ill, what have you got to be depressed about? I learned it doesn’t work like that. It’s a weird illness, I don’t know where it comes from and I don’t know where it goes,” he says. “But what I do know is, there is nowhere else I’d rather be than sat here now.”

Martin Ling exclusive: I was worried my depression might scare people off so Leyton Orient really feels like a second chance

If Martin Ling had been given a pound every time someone asked him if it was wise, given his medical history, to go back to work at Leyton Orient, he would be close to paying off the club’s debt. Here was Ling, who had been obliged to leave his last two jobs in management after crippling bouts of depression, taking up the role of director of football at a club who have latterly redefined the term dysfunctional, a club mired in debt, decline and dispute.  You can understand the surprise at his accepting the role: he was taking on a job that appears guaranteed to induce stress. “Actually, I’m loving it,” he smiles, as he sits in his office in the Brisbane Road stadium. “I was worried my illness might scare people off. I knew another manager’s job was very unlikely. So this really does feel like a second chance. And I’m buzzing off it.” Ling resigned as manager of Swindon Town in 2015 after only 52 days. He left because, despite winning his first few games, he could feel the advancing tide of the depression which had overwhelmed him when he was in charge at Torquay two years previously. It was an episode which left him shattered, hospitalised and undergoing electro-convulsive treatment, an experience from which he took a long time to recover. “I don’t know if it was football that caused it,” he explains. “I can’t prove it was, but I can’t prove it wasn’t. I still take tablets, I still have counselling, I have to live with the fact I have depression. When it hits you, you think you’ve got it for life. But then, as suddenly as it arrives, it goes. And the fact is I feel brilliant today. I’ve felt brilliant for an awful lot of days in recent times.” Martin Ling Credit: Paul Grover What Ling did not want to do after he emerged from his darkness was hide away. An open, engaging, quick-witted presence, he has spent much of the past couple of years giving talks about the condition, he is always willing to have a coffee with someone who is suffering, always keen to widen general understanding of what it entails. And through it all he retained a keenness to get back to work in football, to tap into the experience he has gleaned over the years. So, when he got a call this summer to return to the club where he played and then managed with some success for six years, he did not hesitate. “If I could have picked a job that best suited my skills, this is it,” he says. “I don’t believe football management gave me depression, I think I would have got it in any walk of life. But I do believe football management is an all-encompassing, mind-never-sits-still, always-in-your-head type of job and I didn’t want to test it again. Looking back, what I enjoyed was the managing element of being a football manager more than the coaching bit. I like managing people. And in this role I’m managing more people.” It is a job, he quickly discovered, that entails a lot of managing. Orient had been driven to the very brink of insolvency under the previous ownership of Francesco Becchetti. In his three years in charge, the Italian oversaw the club sinking from the League One play-off final to losing their league status for the first time in 112 years. In the process, he employed 10 managers, failed to pay staff for months on end and drove the supporters to despair. When Becchetti moved on in June, his legacy was an operation stripped of cash, purpose and morale. “It was a massive car crash,” is Ling’s way of putting it. “And there’s still wreckage we’re coming across on a daily basis, in terms of trying to restore our credit rating, in terms of debts. The place was shot.” Ling managed Orient when they were promoted to League One in 2006 Credit: Paul Grover  To the rescue had come Nigel Travis, the chief executive of Dunkin’ Donuts and a lifelong Orient fan, who, after tortuous negotiation with Becchetti, bought the club with his business partner, Kent Teague. Travis is full of enthusiasm and ideas for the club, how he is going to market them as an alternative to the corporate Premier League, how he is going to communicate with fans digitally, how he will develop a presence in the United States, where he lives and works. But before all that, the new owner required someone he could trust to run the operation and install the kind of stability destroyed by Becchetti’s chaotic regime. The first person Travis thought of was the man whose picture adorns the back of the south stand at Brisbane Road, taken in celebration of the time he guided Orient to League One in 2006. “Martin has all the qualities we needed,” the new owner says, speaking on the phone from Texas. “I believe business is all about people, and Martin captures that. He is brilliant with people.” He needs to be. What Ling discovered when he arrived at the stadium was a ghostly shell of a club. “When I walked into this office on June 23, I had three staff members and nine players, the oldest one was 19. Everyone else had gone through the door,” he recalls. “We had no scouting network. We had no physio. Which meant we couldn’t train.” Plus, he had no first-team manager. He recruited Steve Davis, the former Crewe manager, to whom he gave a fundamental reassurance. “I know what it’s like to sit in Steve’s seat,” he says. “I know I’d have hated to have a director of football who was just sitting waiting to take my job, looking for something to go wrong. He knows I’m not interested in being manager, for very personal reasons.” Together, the pair recruited a squad, selling the new owners’ ambitions to them. Initially, there was, according to Ling, “a massive euphoria” among fans that the club were finally out of the hands of Becchetti; more season tickets were sold than in any time in 16 years. But the director of football knew it would take time for a team so hurriedly assembled to gel. He knew that supporters might have to experience a few defeats along the way, as they did against AFC Fylde at home last weekend and away to Tranmere Rovers last night. “Some of our supporters think, because they’ve not heard of these teams, we’re going to railroad them. But simply being Leyton Orient wins you nothing.  “Opposing teams come to this lovely stadium and it’s like a cup final for them. It’s something we’ve got to get used to. This is a tough league to get out of. There were a few boos on Saturday.  The best young players in world football “I don’t mind fans grumbling, they wouldn’t be football fans if they didn’t grumble. But one thing we’re not going to do is panic.” And, though he has no timetable for achieving it, though it might take longer than some supporters assume, Ling believes everything is now in place to bring back the kind of success he once delivered here. “People used to say about me when they heard I was ill, what have you got to be depressed about? I learned it doesn’t work like that. It’s a weird illness, I don’t know where it comes from and I don’t know where it goes,” he says. “But what I do know is, there is nowhere else I’d rather be than sat here now.”

Martin Ling exclusive: I was worried my depression might scare people off so Leyton Orient really feels like a second chance

If Martin Ling had been given a pound every time someone asked him if it was wise, given his medical history, to go back to work at Leyton Orient, he would be close to paying off the club’s debt. Here was Ling, who had been obliged to leave his last two jobs in management after crippling bouts of depression, taking up the role of director of football at a club who have latterly redefined the term dysfunctional, a club mired in debt, decline and dispute.  You can understand the surprise at his accepting the role: he was taking on a job that appears guaranteed to induce stress. “Actually, I’m loving it,” he smiles, as he sits in his office in the Brisbane Road stadium. “I was worried my illness might scare people off. I knew another manager’s job was very unlikely. So this really does feel like a second chance. And I’m buzzing off it.” Ling resigned as manager of Swindon Town in 2015 after only 52 days. He left because, despite winning his first few games, he could feel the advancing tide of the depression which had overwhelmed him when he was in charge at Torquay two years previously. It was an episode which left him shattered, hospitalised and undergoing electro-convulsive treatment, an experience from which he took a long time to recover. “I don’t know if it was football that caused it,” he explains. “I can’t prove it was, but I can’t prove it wasn’t. I still take tablets, I still have counselling, I have to live with the fact I have depression. When it hits you, you think you’ve got it for life. But then, as suddenly as it arrives, it goes. And the fact is I feel brilliant today. I’ve felt brilliant for an awful lot of days in recent times.” Martin Ling Credit: Paul Grover What Ling did not want to do after he emerged from his darkness was hide away. An open, engaging, quick-witted presence, he has spent much of the past couple of years giving talks about the condition, he is always willing to have a coffee with someone who is suffering, always keen to widen general understanding of what it entails. And through it all he retained a keenness to get back to work in football, to tap into the experience he has gleaned over the years. So, when he got a call this summer to return to the club where he played and then managed with some success for six years, he did not hesitate. “If I could have picked a job that best suited my skills, this is it,” he says. “I don’t believe football management gave me depression, I think I would have got it in any walk of life. But I do believe football management is an all-encompassing, mind-never-sits-still, always-in-your-head type of job and I didn’t want to test it again. Looking back, what I enjoyed was the managing element of being a football manager more than the coaching bit. I like managing people. And in this role I’m managing more people.” It is a job, he quickly discovered, that entails a lot of managing. Orient had been driven to the very brink of insolvency under the previous ownership of Francesco Becchetti. In his three years in charge, the Italian oversaw the club sinking from the League One play-off final to losing their league status for the first time in 112 years. In the process, he employed 10 managers, failed to pay staff for months on end and drove the supporters to despair. When Becchetti moved on in June, his legacy was an operation stripped of cash, purpose and morale. “It was a massive car crash,” is Ling’s way of putting it. “And there’s still wreckage we’re coming across on a daily basis, in terms of trying to restore our credit rating, in terms of debts. The place was shot.” Ling managed Orient when they were promoted to League One in 2006 Credit: Paul Grover  To the rescue had come Nigel Travis, the chief executive of Dunkin’ Donuts and a lifelong Orient fan, who, after tortuous negotiation with Becchetti, bought the club with his business partner, Kent Teague. Travis is full of enthusiasm and ideas for the club, how he is going to market them as an alternative to the corporate Premier League, how he is going to communicate with fans digitally, how he will develop a presence in the United States, where he lives and works. But before all that, the new owner required someone he could trust to run the operation and install the kind of stability destroyed by Becchetti’s chaotic regime. The first person Travis thought of was the man whose picture adorns the back of the south stand at Brisbane Road, taken in celebration of the time he guided Orient to League One in 2006. “Martin has all the qualities we needed,” the new owner says, speaking on the phone from Texas. “I believe business is all about people, and Martin captures that. He is brilliant with people.” He needs to be. What Ling discovered when he arrived at the stadium was a ghostly shell of a club. “When I walked into this office on June 23, I had three staff members and nine players, the oldest one was 19. Everyone else had gone through the door,” he recalls. “We had no scouting network. We had no physio. Which meant we couldn’t train.” Plus, he had no first-team manager. He recruited Steve Davis, the former Crewe manager, to whom he gave a fundamental reassurance. “I know what it’s like to sit in Steve’s seat,” he says. “I know I’d have hated to have a director of football who was just sitting waiting to take my job, looking for something to go wrong. He knows I’m not interested in being manager, for very personal reasons.” Together, the pair recruited a squad, selling the new owners’ ambitions to them. Initially, there was, according to Ling, “a massive euphoria” among fans that the club were finally out of the hands of Becchetti; more season tickets were sold than in any time in 16 years. But the director of football knew it would take time for a team so hurriedly assembled to gel. He knew that supporters might have to experience a few defeats along the way, as they did against AFC Fylde at home last weekend and away to Tranmere Rovers last night. “Some of our supporters think, because they’ve not heard of these teams, we’re going to railroad them. But simply being Leyton Orient wins you nothing.  “Opposing teams come to this lovely stadium and it’s like a cup final for them. It’s something we’ve got to get used to. This is a tough league to get out of. There were a few boos on Saturday.  The best young players in world football “I don’t mind fans grumbling, they wouldn’t be football fans if they didn’t grumble. But one thing we’re not going to do is panic.” And, though he has no timetable for achieving it, though it might take longer than some supporters assume, Ling believes everything is now in place to bring back the kind of success he once delivered here. “People used to say about me when they heard I was ill, what have you got to be depressed about? I learned it doesn’t work like that. It’s a weird illness, I don’t know where it comes from and I don’t know where it goes,” he says. “But what I do know is, there is nowhere else I’d rather be than sat here now.”

FA under fire after 'Super White Army' banner is removed from Tranmere Rovers stands for England game

The Football Association faces further embarrassment after it emerged that it had a banner at Tranmere Rovers' Prenton Park covered up during England Women’s 6-0 victory over Russia on Tuesday. With the FA reeling following its handling of the Mark Sampson case after he was sacked as England Women manager on Wednesday, it has since emerged that the governing body had a banner in the Prenton Park stands removed ahead of their World Cup qualifier. The decision came after Lucy Bronze, the Lyon and England defender, made a post on Instagram alongside the words 'Super white army' – the nickname of Tranmere Rovers – accompanying the picture. Super white army ������������ FYI Tranmere Rovers' nickname is 'Super White Army' ⚪️�� A post shared by Lucy Bronze (@lucybronze) on Sep 18, 2017 at 7:06am PDT Despite telling her 60,000 followers on the social media platform that Rovers are known as the Super White Army by their supporters, a number of them misunderstood and requested she change the title. Tranmere fans, meanwhile, took umbrage with the removal of the banner, with one user of the Total Tranmere forum saying: “The FA had the SWA banner removed from the Kop on Tuesday night because of implications of what the banner may have stood for. “I thought I saw something missing on Tuesday night whilst watching the match on TV but couldn’t put my finger on it, but it was that the SWA banner was removed by order of the FA. “B****** daft, everyone who would watched the match most likely would have some knowledge that Tranmere fans are known as the SWA” Another user on the Tranmere forum added that despite many claiming the banner had racist connotations, they were wrong. If that was the case, they said, "then it wouldn’t be allowed to go on display at any game, not just an England game.”

FA under fire after 'Super White Army' banner is removed from Tranmere Rovers stands for England game

FA under fire after 'Super White Army' banner is removed from Tranmere Rovers stands for England game

Tranmere Rovers vs Liverpool - Pre Season Friendly

Football Soccer - Tranmere Rovers vs Liverpool - Pre Season Friendly - Liverpool, Britain - July 12, 2017 Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge. Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough

Tranmere Rovers vs Liverpool - Pre Season Friendly

Football Soccer - Tranmere Rovers vs Liverpool - Pre Season Friendly - Liverpool, Britain - July 12, 2017 Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp before the match. Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough

Tranmere Rovers vs Liverpool - Pre Season Friendly

Football Soccer - Tranmere Rovers vs Liverpool - Pre Season Friendly - Liverpool, Britain - July 12, 2017 Liverpool's Lucas Leiva Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough

Tranmere Rovers vs Liverpool - Pre Season Friendly

Football Soccer - Tranmere Rovers vs Liverpool - Pre Season Friendly - Liverpool, Britain - July 12, 2017 Liverpool's Jordan Henderson Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough

Tranmere Rovers vs Liverpool - Pre Season Friendly

Football Soccer - Tranmere Rovers vs Liverpool - Pre Season Friendly - Liverpool, Britain - July 12, 2017 Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp before the match Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough

Tranmere Rovers vs Liverpool - Pre Season Friendly

Football Soccer - Tranmere Rovers vs Liverpool - Pre Season Friendly - Liverpool, Britain - July 12, 2017 Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp before the match Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough

Tranmere Rovers vs Liverpool - Pre Season Friendly

Football Soccer - Tranmere Rovers vs Liverpool - Pre Season Friendly - Liverpool, Britain - July 12, 2017 Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp before the match Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough

Tranmere Rovers vs Liverpool - Pre Season Friendly

Football Soccer - Tranmere Rovers vs Liverpool - Pre Season Friendly - Liverpool, Britain - July 12, 2017 Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp before the match Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough

Wigan Athletic vs Liverpool: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

The Reds kicked off with a routine victory over local outfit Tranmere Rovers and carry on their pre-season exploits against Paul Cook's Latics

Wigan Athletic vs Liverpool: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

The Reds kicked off with a routine victory over local outfit Tranmere Rovers and carry on their pre-season exploits against Paul Cook's Latics

Wigan Athletic vs Liverpool: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

The Reds kicked off with a routine victory over local outfit Tranmere Rovers and carry on their pre-season exploits against Paul Cook's Latics

Wigan Athletic vs Liverpool: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

The Reds kicked off with a routine victory over local outfit Tranmere Rovers and carry on their pre-season exploits against Paul Cook's Latics

Wigan Athletic vs Liverpool: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

The Reds kicked off with a routine victory over local outfit Tranmere Rovers and carry on their pre-season exploits against Paul Cook's Latics

Tranmere Rovers vs Liverpool - Pre Season Friendly

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp talks to Dominic Solanke as he comes on. Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough

Tranmere Rovers vs Liverpool - Pre Season Friendly

Football Soccer - Tranmere Rovers vs Liverpool - Pre Season Friendly - Liverpool, Britain - July 12, 2017 Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp before the match Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough

Liverpool frustrated in Naby Keita deal as Red Bull Leipzig continue to reject big-money offers

Liverpool’s attempts to sign Naby Keita continue to be stonewalled with Red Bull Leipzig again insisting the midfielder will not be sold. The Bundesliga side contacted the Merseyside club directly on Wednesday to reiterate they will not be moved from their position, despite Jurgen Klopp being prepared to break Liverpool’s transfer record to secure the 22 year-old. In fact, it seems Leipzig’s position is hardening every week. It now looks increasingly likely the only way a move can proceed is if Keita pushes for it. That is something the Guinea international indicated he was not prepared to do earlier in the window. However, Keita is due back in training with the German club on Thursday. Much will now depend on how eager he is to make the move to Anfield in this window and if he makes a formal transfer request. Premier League done deals: each club's confirmed summer transfers Klopp is reluctant to look at alternative targets because he is steadfast in his belief Liverpool must only buy those who will enhance his side. He will not make the mistakes of the past when the Merseysiders worked their way through a list and made compromises in order to appease those desperate for fresh recruits. Although Liverpool must decide how long to wait on Keita, a situation similar to the summer of 2014 when, having failed to secure Alexis Sanchez, Liverpool approached numerous strikers before settling on Mario Balotelli – a deal which initially satisfied those thirsty for transfers but proved catastrophic in the long-term – will not happen under Klopp. Keita has been the club’s prime target all summer, and Klopp is still watching developments regarding Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe with interest – Liverpool’s pursuit of him is serious despite the expectation the teenager will eventually join Real Madrid. Liverpool beat Tranmere in a pre-season friendly Credit: GETTY IMAGES After Liverpool kicked off their pre-season with a 4-0 win over Tranmere Rovers on Wednesday evening, Klopp said there was no cause for concern at the lack of transfer activity so far. Liverpool’s only deals to date are the £36 million for Mo Salah from Roma, and Dominic Solanke’s move from Chelsea. “If any of our fans think about what the other teams are doing and why we aren't doing anything, I can't help, sorry,” he said. “We cannot only buy players because other teams buy players. "We do our business as good as we can do it and we are completely in it and we are convinced about the way that we are going so that's all. “Nervous fans? Sorry, I cannot help, I don't have to write a message for this. I'm not nervous - maybe that's the right message for this. “We have until August 31, we have time and sometimes things need time. We'll do transfers because we want to do them, if not it's because we don't want to do them. So we have to wait a bit.”

Liverpool frustrated in Naby Keita deal as Red Bull Leipzig continue to reject big-money offers

Liverpool’s attempts to sign Naby Keita continue to be stonewalled with Red Bull Leipzig again insisting the midfielder will not be sold. The Bundesliga side contacted the Merseyside club directly on Wednesday to reiterate they will not be moved from their position, despite Jurgen Klopp being prepared to break Liverpool’s transfer record to secure the 22 year-old. In fact, it seems Leipzig’s position is hardening every week. It now looks increasingly likely the only way a move can proceed is if Keita pushes for it. That is something the Guinea international indicated he was not prepared to do earlier in the window. However, Keita is due back in training with the German club on Thursday. Much will now depend on how eager he is to make the move to Anfield in this window and if he makes a formal transfer request. Premier League done deals: each club's confirmed summer transfers Klopp is reluctant to look at alternative targets because he is steadfast in his belief Liverpool must only buy those who will enhance his side. He will not make the mistakes of the past when the Merseysiders worked their way through a list and made compromises in order to appease those desperate for fresh recruits. Although Liverpool must decide how long to wait on Keita, a situation similar to the summer of 2014 when, having failed to secure Alexis Sanchez, Liverpool approached numerous strikers before settling on Mario Balotelli – a deal which initially satisfied those thirsty for transfers but proved catastrophic in the long-term – will not happen under Klopp. Keita has been the club’s prime target all summer, and Klopp is still watching developments regarding Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe with interest – Liverpool’s pursuit of him is serious despite the expectation the teenager will eventually join Real Madrid. Liverpool beat Tranmere in a pre-season friendly Credit: GETTY IMAGES After Liverpool kicked off their pre-season with a 4-0 win over Tranmere Rovers on Wednesday evening, Klopp said there was no cause for concern at the lack of transfer activity so far. Liverpool’s only deals to date are the £36 million for Mo Salah from Roma, and Dominic Solanke’s move from Chelsea. “If any of our fans think about what the other teams are doing and why we aren't doing anything, I can't help, sorry,” he said. “We cannot only buy players because other teams buy players. "We do our business as good as we can do it and we are completely in it and we are convinced about the way that we are going so that's all. “Nervous fans? Sorry, I cannot help, I don't have to write a message for this. I'm not nervous - maybe that's the right message for this. “We have until August 31, we have time and sometimes things need time. We'll do transfers because we want to do them, if not it's because we don't want to do them. So we have to wait a bit.”

Tranmere 0 Liverpool 4: Jurgen Klopp's side kick-off pre-season with winning start

Liverpool welcomed the sight of a fit Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge as Jurgen Klopp’s side began their pre-season with victory over Tranmere Rovers. The England duo were notable starters during the 4-0 win at Prenton Park, captain Henderson determined to put a frustrating two years behind him. Henderson missed the chase for the Champions League places at the climax of last season with a foot injury – the second consecutive year his campaign was interrupted. Klopp will also hope Sturridge’s injury issues are behind him, the anticipated summer bids for the striker not yet materialising and popular opinion on The Kop hoping the striker continues to contribute at Anfield – fitness permitting. Sturridge’s cameo in the latter stages of last season helped secure a top four finish. Another England striker, Dominic Solanke, was given a debut in the second half as Liverpool ran out comfortable winners courtesy of goals from James Milner, Marko Grujic, Pedro Chirivella and Ben Woodburn. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Internationals Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana were not available, as they have only just returned to training, while Liverpool earlier confirmed Sadio Mane is not yet fully recovered from the knee injury sustained at the end of last season. He will also miss the trip to Hong Kong where Liverpool play in the Asia Cup next week. Those hoping for their first sighting of £36 million signing Mohamed Salah were also disappointed as he does not yet have a work permit. Salah could feature against Wigan on Friday. As with last season, Klopp organised a game early into the training schedule – his players only reconvened last week – and the lack of sharpness was apparent initially. James Milner scored the opening goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES But after dominating possession against the National League side, Liverpool took the lead on 38 minutes through Milner’s penalty. Tranmere keeper Scott Davies, who had earlier made some smart saves, dragged down England Under 20 winger Sheyi Ojo. Milner missed his last spot kick against Southampton, but he will retain penalty this season duties and made no mistake on this occasion. The lead was doubled before the interval when Grujic found the bottom corner from 25 yards. Grujic made an impression last pre-season, too, only to have his debut campaign in English football wrecked by injury. Credit: GETTY IMAGES With Liverpool still desperately trying to add a midfielder to their ranks before the start of the season – or to be more specific Red Bull Leipzig’s Naby Keita - Grujic needs to grasp any opportunity to earn Klopp’s attention. This was a timely reminder of why Liverpool paid £5.9 million for the Serb’s services in 2016. Klopp made ten changes at the start of the second half enabling Solanke to make his first appearance since moving from Chelsea for a fee yet to be determined by a tribunal. The striker, fresh from helping England to Under 20 World Cup glory in June, was immediately involved. He forced Davies to save and the rebound fell to Pedro Chirivella who tapped in for Liverpool’s third. Ben Woodburn scored two penalties Credit: GETTY IMAGES Woodburn scored the 4th with another penalty after the Welsh teenager was shoved by Adam Buxton on 79 minutes. Also absent at Prenton Park was Mamadou Sakho, who is still recovering from a knee injury sustained playing for Crystal Palace at the end of last season. The French defender, who had a well-publicised fall-out with Klopp a year ago, is not expecting to be included in Liverpool’s tour party next week. Teams: Liverpool (1st-half XI): Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lucas, Milner, Henderson, Grujic, Wijnaldum, Ojo, Firmino, Sturridge LFC (2nd half XI): Karius (sub Gramara 66), Clyne, Gomez, Klavan, Flanagan, Stewart, Chirivella, Woodburn, Markovic, Kent, Solanke Pre-season destinations for all 20 Premier League clubs

Tranmere 0 Liverpool 4: Jurgen Klopp's side kick-off pre-season with winning start

Liverpool welcomed the sight of a fit Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge as Jurgen Klopp’s side began their pre-season with victory over Tranmere Rovers. The England duo were notable starters during the 4-0 win at Prenton Park, captain Henderson determined to put a frustrating two years behind him. Henderson missed the chase for the Champions League places at the climax of last season with a foot injury – the second consecutive year his campaign was interrupted. Klopp will also hope Sturridge’s injury issues are behind him, the anticipated summer bids for the striker not yet materialising and popular opinion on The Kop hoping the striker continues to contribute at Anfield – fitness permitting. Sturridge’s cameo in the latter stages of last season helped secure a top four finish. Another England striker, Dominic Solanke, was given a debut in the second half as Liverpool ran out comfortable winners courtesy of goals from James Milner, Marko Grujic, Pedro Chirivella and Ben Woodburn. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Internationals Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana were not available, as they have only just returned to training, while Liverpool earlier confirmed Sadio Mane is not yet fully recovered from the knee injury sustained at the end of last season. He will also miss the trip to Hong Kong where Liverpool play in the Asia Cup next week. Those hoping for their first sighting of £36 million signing Mohamed Salah were also disappointed as he does not yet have a work permit. Salah could feature against Wigan on Friday. As with last season, Klopp organised a game early into the training schedule – his players only reconvened last week – and the lack of sharpness was apparent initially. James Milner scored the opening goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES But after dominating possession against the National League side, Liverpool took the lead on 38 minutes through Milner’s penalty. Tranmere keeper Scott Davies, who had earlier made some smart saves, dragged down England Under 20 winger Sheyi Ojo. Milner missed his last spot kick against Southampton, but he will retain penalty this season duties and made no mistake on this occasion. The lead was doubled before the interval when Grujic found the bottom corner from 25 yards. Grujic made an impression last pre-season, too, only to have his debut campaign in English football wrecked by injury. Credit: GETTY IMAGES With Liverpool still desperately trying to add a midfielder to their ranks before the start of the season – or to be more specific Red Bull Leipzig’s Naby Keita - Grujic needs to grasp any opportunity to earn Klopp’s attention. This was a timely reminder of why Liverpool paid £5.9 million for the Serb’s services in 2016. Klopp made ten changes at the start of the second half enabling Solanke to make his first appearance since moving from Chelsea for a fee yet to be determined by a tribunal. The striker, fresh from helping England to Under 20 World Cup glory in June, was immediately involved. He forced Davies to save and the rebound fell to Pedro Chirivella who tapped in for Liverpool’s third. Ben Woodburn scored two penalties Credit: GETTY IMAGES Woodburn scored the 4th with another penalty after the Welsh teenager was shoved by Adam Buxton on 79 minutes. Also absent at Prenton Park was Mamadou Sakho, who is still recovering from a knee injury sustained playing for Crystal Palace at the end of last season. The French defender, who had a well-publicised fall-out with Klopp a year ago, is not expecting to be included in Liverpool’s tour party next week. Teams: Liverpool (1st-half XI): Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lucas, Milner, Henderson, Grujic, Wijnaldum, Ojo, Firmino, Sturridge LFC (2nd half XI): Karius (sub Gramara 66), Clyne, Gomez, Klavan, Flanagan, Stewart, Chirivella, Woodburn, Markovic, Kent, Solanke Pre-season destinations for all 20 Premier League clubs

Tranmere 0 Liverpool 4: Jurgen Klopp's side kick-off pre-season with winning start

Liverpool welcomed the sight of a fit Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge as Jurgen Klopp’s side began their pre-season with victory over Tranmere Rovers. The England duo were notable starters during the 4-0 win at Prenton Park, captain Henderson determined to put a frustrating two years behind him. Henderson missed the chase for the Champions League places at the climax of last season with a foot injury – the second consecutive year his campaign was interrupted. Klopp will also hope Sturridge’s injury issues are behind him, the anticipated summer bids for the striker not yet materialising and popular opinion on The Kop hoping the striker continues to contribute at Anfield – fitness permitting. Sturridge’s cameo in the latter stages of last season helped secure a top four finish. Another England striker, Dominic Solanke, was given a debut in the second half as Liverpool ran out comfortable winners courtesy of goals from James Milner, Marko Grujic, Pedro Chirivella and Ben Woodburn. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Internationals Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana were not available, as they have only just returned to training, while Liverpool earlier confirmed Sadio Mane is not yet fully recovered from the knee injury sustained at the end of last season. He will also miss the trip to Hong Kong where Liverpool play in the Asia Cup next week. Those hoping for their first sighting of £36 million signing Mohamed Salah were also disappointed as he does not yet have a work permit. Salah could feature against Wigan on Friday. As with last season, Klopp organised a game early into the training schedule – his players only reconvened last week – and the lack of sharpness was apparent initially. James Milner scored the opening goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES But after dominating possession against the National League side, Liverpool took the lead on 38 minutes through Milner’s penalty. Tranmere keeper Scott Davies, who had earlier made some smart saves, dragged down England Under 20 winger Sheyi Ojo. Milner missed his last spot kick against Southampton, but he will retain penalty this season duties and made no mistake on this occasion. The lead was doubled before the interval when Grujic found the bottom corner from 25 yards. Grujic made an impression last pre-season, too, only to have his debut campaign in English football wrecked by injury. Credit: GETTY IMAGES With Liverpool still desperately trying to add a midfielder to their ranks before the start of the season – or to be more specific Red Bull Leipzig’s Naby Keita - Grujic needs to grasp any opportunity to earn Klopp’s attention. This was a timely reminder of why Liverpool paid £5.9 million for the Serb’s services in 2016. Klopp made ten changes at the start of the second half enabling Solanke to make his first appearance since moving from Chelsea for a fee yet to be determined by a tribunal. The striker, fresh from helping England to Under 20 World Cup glory in June, was immediately involved. He forced Davies to save and the rebound fell to Pedro Chirivella who tapped in for Liverpool’s third. Ben Woodburn scored two penalties Credit: GETTY IMAGES Woodburn scored the 4th with another penalty after the Welsh teenager was shoved by Adam Buxton on 79 minutes. Also absent at Prenton Park was Mamadou Sakho, who is still recovering from a knee injury sustained playing for Crystal Palace at the end of last season. The French defender, who had a well-publicised fall-out with Klopp a year ago, is not expecting to be included in Liverpool’s tour party next week. Teams: Liverpool (1st-half XI): Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lucas, Milner, Henderson, Grujic, Wijnaldum, Ojo, Firmino, Sturridge LFC (2nd half XI): Karius (sub Gramara 66), Clyne, Gomez, Klavan, Flanagan, Stewart, Chirivella, Woodburn, Markovic, Kent, Solanke Pre-season destinations for all 20 Premier League clubs

Tranmere 0 Liverpool 4: Jurgen Klopp's side kick-off pre-season with winning start

Liverpool welcomed the sight of a fit Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge as Jurgen Klopp’s side began their pre-season with victory over Tranmere Rovers. The England duo were notable starters during the 4-0 win at Prenton Park, captain Henderson determined to put a frustrating two years behind him. Henderson missed the chase for the Champions League places at the climax of last season with a foot injury – the second consecutive year his campaign was interrupted. Klopp will also hope Sturridge’s injury issues are behind him, the anticipated summer bids for the striker not yet materialising and popular opinion on The Kop hoping the striker continues to contribute at Anfield – fitness permitting. Sturridge’s cameo in the latter stages of last season helped secure a top four finish. Another England striker, Dominic Solanke, was given a debut in the second half as Liverpool ran out comfortable winners courtesy of goals from James Milner, Marko Grujic, Pedro Chirivella and Ben Woodburn. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Internationals Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana were not available, as they have only just returned to training, while Liverpool earlier confirmed Sadio Mane is not yet fully recovered from the knee injury sustained at the end of last season. He will also miss the trip to Hong Kong where Liverpool play in the Asia Cup next week. Those hoping for their first sighting of £36 million signing Mohamed Salah were also disappointed as he does not yet have a work permit. Salah could feature against Wigan on Friday. As with last season, Klopp organised a game early into the training schedule – his players only reconvened last week – and the lack of sharpness was apparent initially. James Milner scored the opening goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES But after dominating possession against the National League side, Liverpool took the lead on 38 minutes through Milner’s penalty. Tranmere keeper Scott Davies, who had earlier made some smart saves, dragged down England Under 20 winger Sheyi Ojo. Milner missed his last spot kick against Southampton, but he will retain penalty this season duties and made no mistake on this occasion. The lead was doubled before the interval when Grujic found the bottom corner from 25 yards. Grujic made an impression last pre-season, too, only to have his debut campaign in English football wrecked by injury. Credit: GETTY IMAGES With Liverpool still desperately trying to add a midfielder to their ranks before the start of the season – or to be more specific Red Bull Leipzig’s Naby Keita - Grujic needs to grasp any opportunity to earn Klopp’s attention. This was a timely reminder of why Liverpool paid £5.9 million for the Serb’s services in 2016. Klopp made ten changes at the start of the second half enabling Solanke to make his first appearance since moving from Chelsea for a fee yet to be determined by a tribunal. The striker, fresh from helping England to Under 20 World Cup glory in June, was immediately involved. He forced Davies to save and the rebound fell to Pedro Chirivella who tapped in for Liverpool’s third. Ben Woodburn scored two penalties Credit: GETTY IMAGES Woodburn scored the 4th with another penalty after the Welsh teenager was shoved by Adam Buxton on 79 minutes. Also absent at Prenton Park was Mamadou Sakho, who is still recovering from a knee injury sustained playing for Crystal Palace at the end of last season. The French defender, who had a well-publicised fall-out with Klopp a year ago, is not expecting to be included in Liverpool’s tour party next week. Teams: Liverpool (1st-half XI): Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lucas, Milner, Henderson, Grujic, Wijnaldum, Ojo, Firmino, Sturridge LFC (2nd half XI): Karius (sub Gramara 66), Clyne, Gomez, Klavan, Flanagan, Stewart, Chirivella, Woodburn, Markovic, Kent, Solanke Pre-season destinations for all 20 Premier League clubs

Tranmere 0 Liverpool 4: Jurgen Klopp's side kick-off pre-season with winning start

Liverpool welcomed the sight of a fit Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge as Jurgen Klopp’s side began their pre-season with victory over Tranmere Rovers. The England duo were notable starters during the 4-0 win at Prenton Park, captain Henderson determined to put a frustrating two years behind him. Henderson missed the chase for the Champions League places at the climax of last season with a foot injury – the second consecutive year his campaign was interrupted. Klopp will also hope Sturridge’s injury issues are behind him, the anticipated summer bids for the striker not yet materialising and popular opinion on The Kop hoping the striker continues to contribute at Anfield – fitness permitting. Sturridge’s cameo in the latter stages of last season helped secure a top four finish. Another England striker, Dominic Solanke, was given a debut in the second half as Liverpool ran out comfortable winners courtesy of goals from James Milner, Marko Grujic, Pedro Chirivella and Ben Woodburn. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Internationals Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana were not available, as they have only just returned to training, while Liverpool earlier confirmed Sadio Mane is not yet fully recovered from the knee injury sustained at the end of last season. He will also miss the trip to Hong Kong where Liverpool play in the Asia Cup next week. Those hoping for their first sighting of £36 million signing Mohamed Salah were also disappointed as he does not yet have a work permit. Salah could feature against Wigan on Friday. As with last season, Klopp organised a game early into the training schedule – his players only reconvened last week – and the lack of sharpness was apparent initially. James Milner scored the opening goal Credit: GETTY IMAGES But after dominating possession against the National League side, Liverpool took the lead on 38 minutes through Milner’s penalty. Tranmere keeper Scott Davies, who had earlier made some smart saves, dragged down England Under 20 winger Sheyi Ojo. Milner missed his last spot kick against Southampton, but he will retain penalty this season duties and made no mistake on this occasion. The lead was doubled before the interval when Grujic found the bottom corner from 25 yards. Grujic made an impression last pre-season, too, only to have his debut campaign in English football wrecked by injury. Credit: GETTY IMAGES With Liverpool still desperately trying to add a midfielder to their ranks before the start of the season – or to be more specific Red Bull Leipzig’s Naby Keita - Grujic needs to grasp any opportunity to earn Klopp’s attention. This was a timely reminder of why Liverpool paid £5.9 million for the Serb’s services in 2016. Klopp made ten changes at the start of the second half enabling Solanke to make his first appearance since moving from Chelsea for a fee yet to be determined by a tribunal. The striker, fresh from helping England to Under 20 World Cup glory in June, was immediately involved. He forced Davies to save and the rebound fell to Pedro Chirivella who tapped in for Liverpool’s third. Ben Woodburn scored two penalties Credit: GETTY IMAGES Woodburn scored the 4th with another penalty after the Welsh teenager was shoved by Adam Buxton on 79 minutes. Also absent at Prenton Park was Mamadou Sakho, who is still recovering from a knee injury sustained playing for Crystal Palace at the end of last season. The French defender, who had a well-publicised fall-out with Klopp a year ago, is not expecting to be included in Liverpool’s tour party next week. Teams: Liverpool (1st-half XI): Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lucas, Milner, Henderson, Grujic, Wijnaldum, Ojo, Firmino, Sturridge LFC (2nd half XI): Karius (sub Gramara 66), Clyne, Gomez, Klavan, Flanagan, Stewart, Chirivella, Woodburn, Markovic, Kent, Solanke Pre-season destinations for all 20 Premier League clubs

Tranmere Rovers vs Liverpool - Pre Season Friendly

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Grujic scores stunner, Henderson returns and Solanke makes debut as Liverpool rout Tranmere

Marko Grujic scored a stunner, Jordan Henderson returned and there was a debut for Dominic Solanke as Liverpool beat Tranmere Rovers.

Tranmere Rovers vs Liverpool - Pre Season Friendly

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Tranmere Rovers vs Liverpool - Pre Season Friendly

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Tranmere Rovers vs Liverpool - Pre Season Friendly

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Tranmere Rovers vs Liverpool - Pre Season Friendly

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Tranmere Rovers vs Liverpool - Pre Season Friendly

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Tranmere Rovers vs Liverpool - Pre Season Friendly

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