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Summary

  1. 14 FA Cup news conferences, including Arsenal, Chelsea & Man Utd
  2. 20:00 GMT, Exeter v Liverpool, live on BBC One & 5 live
  3. What are your favourite FA Cup 3rd round memories? Use #bbcsportsday on Twitter

Live Reporting

By Matt Davis and Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

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Thank you and goodnight

On that final giant-killing note, we'll leave you for the evening. In about 30 minutes time, you'll have live text commentary build-up of Exeter v Liverpool to keep you entertained (followed soon after by a whole game of football that can also be seen on BBC One and heard on BBC Radio 5 live).

Enjoy the weekend (how could you not?!) and we'll see you for another Sportsday on Monday, at 08:00 GMT sharp.

Favourite memories from the FA Cup third round

Send us yours using #bbcsportsday on Twitter

John Murray

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

I've been lucky enough to commentate on a number of upsets over the years - Kevin Ratcliffe's Shrewsbury knocking out Everton at Gay Meadow takes some beating.

But I have to pick out last season's Fourth Round Saturday when I was reporting for 5 live at The Etihad Stadium; while my eyes were watching Middlesbrough knock out Manchester City, my ears were listening to Bradford City producing that most extraordinary upset at Stamford Bridge. 

The commentary from Alistair Bruce-Ball and Nigel Spackman on Bradford's fourth goal was a brilliant piece of radio. And it was one of the most memorable afternoon's I've experienced in the whole time I've been doing this job.

Bradford players celebrate victory at Chelsea
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Exeter v Liverpool (19:55 GMT)

Football

Pasties galore... Exeter have shipped enough of these beauties in to feed a small army.

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Joel Goodman

Pavey backs Exeter

Exeter v Liverpool (19:55 GMT)

And another notable person from Exeter has given her backing to the Grecians in their game tonight. GB distance runner Jo Pavey has had this to tweet...

All the best to @OfficialECFC tonight 😀

Are Liverpool in trouble?

Exeter v Liverpool (Fri, 19:55 GMT)

Exeter have received backing in their FA Cup third-round tie against Exeter tonight from one of the cities most famous sons, Coldplay front man Chris Martin.

See the video he has posted on the band's official Twitter feed here.

Chris Martin
@coldplay

Your FA Cup third round memories

Football

Chris Dennis

BBC Radio 5 live

January 2013. Thousands of Coventry City fans travelled to White Hart Lane hoping history would repeat itself. The 1987 final - Tottenham 2 Coventry 3 - etched on their minds.

Within half an hour, though, their hopes were in tatters: two goals from Clint Dempsey and one from Gareth Bale blew the Sky Blues away. Bale, that day, was unplayable. 

But the Coventry fans stayed. They sang, they cheered and they did their club proud.

Clint Dempsey
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Gotcha, Liverpool!

Exeter v Liverpool (Fri, 19:55 GMT)

Edmonds alert! Exeter fan and Deal or no Deal host Noel Edmonds is fully confident ahead of the Grecians’ cup tie with Liverpool.

He classes Jurgen Klopp’s side as the underdogs and warns them of the ‘embarrassment’ if Exeter were to win the tie.

This is going to cause problems at Crinkley Bottom. Mr Blobby is a massive Reds fan.

Noel Edmonds
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Exeter v Liverpool

Football

Think the FA Cup third starts tomorrow? Wrong. Tonight, Liverpool travel to face Exeter and it will be live on BBC Radio 5 live (as well as BBC One and this site)...

We've been for a walk around @OfficialECFC's ground ahead of their game v @LFC. It's terrific! Commentary from 7
We've been for a walk around @OfficialECFC's ground ahead of their game v @LFC. It's terrific! Commentary from 7
We've been for a walk around @OfficialECFC's ground ahead of their game v @LFC. It's terrific! Commentary from 7
We've been for a walk around @OfficialECFC's ground ahead of their game v @LFC. It's terrific! Commentary from 7

We've been for a walk around @OfficialECFC's ground ahead of their game v @LFC. It's terrific! Commentary from 7

Crowd trouble, police horses, and a fight with the owner

FA Cup third round highlights

Ian Brown

BBC football commentator

Cardiff v Leeds
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Alan Smith was sent off and Scott Young scored the late winner that saw third-tier Cardiff City knockout Premier League leaders Leeds United in 2002.

At the end, there were fans on the pitch; also police on the pitch with their horses and dogs.

Back stage my BBC colleague Jonathan Overend had his recording equipment confiscated by Cardiff owner Sam Hammam. I went to ask for it back but was escorted away by a minder, not before witnessing a car-park bust-up between Hammam and Leeds manager David O'Leary

The verbals were flying before Leeds chairman Peter Ridsdale calmed the situation. Leeds United were never the same again. 

That 2-1 defeat in January 2002 was the beginning of their demise. "Could I go back to the ground the day after and report on the fall-out from the crowd disturbances?" the BBC asked. "Sorry", I said. "I am cruising the Caribbean."   The best timed holiday of all.

Sam Hamann
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Ian will be reporting on Everton v Dagenham on Saturday for BBC Radio 5 live. 

Exeter trip for Klopp

Exeter v Liverpool (19:55 GMT)

It is a big night for this fella, who takes his Liverpool team to Exeter tonight for a tough FA Cup third round tie (which starts in just under two hours). It is live on BBC One and on BBC Radio 5 live. And you can follow the game via live text commentary on this site. What better way to get in the mood for a whole weekend of FA Cup action?

Jurgen Klopp
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Freestyle groundsman

Football

More from Match of the Day Kickabout now...

With the playing surface at Eastleigh's Silverlake Stadium inundated with rain, freestyler John Farnworth picks up a garden fork and dons some groundkeeping gloves to help out with his unique ‘laid-back’ brand of football skills and magic. 

Kickabout
BBC

Merse can see Deeney at Arsenal

Football

Arsene Wenger flat-batted the question in his news conference earlier, but the noise around a potential swoop for Watford striker Troy Deeney won't die down.

Former Gunners player Paul Merson has even got in on it, suggesting to Sky Sports that the 27-year-old would be a good signing for his ex-club.

"I can see the Troy Deeney one happening, I think he is a good footballer and works very hard for the team, so that does not shock me that one," said Merson. "He is a decent player, has got a very good football brain, never moans, and gets on with it."

Troy Deeney
PA

Sky Blues bring in Hunt

Transfers latest

Stephen Hunt
Rex Features

Republic of Ireland midfielder Stephen Hunt has joined Coventry City on a short-term contract.

The 34-year-old, who was released by Ipswich last summer, has been training with the Sky Blues for the past week.

FA Cup third round live radio commentaries

Football

The FA Cup third round kicks off tonight with Exeter taking on Liverpool St James Park.

It's also the round when the so called "giants" of the game make their bow in the competition.

Follow all the action from BBC Radio 5 live and our BBC local radio stations here with live exclusive coverage of 30 games.

BBC local radio
BBC

Favourite memories from the FA Cup third round

Send us yours using #bbcsportsday on Twitter

Pat Murphy

BBC Radio 5 live

Jan 7th, 1990, the City Ground, Nottingham. The great imponderable.... did Mark Robins' header keep Alex Ferguson in the job after three arid years at Old Trafford (You can watch that goal here)? We'll never know, although I fancy Bobby Charlton's support in the boardroom would have proved decisive.

What I do know is that Brian Clough was spewing about losing by the only goal, a header from 20-year-old Robins, aided by a push in the back from Stuart Pearce.

Clough had a very fine team that year, stylish and resilient, and although he won the League Cup in March, he fancied a Wembley trip in May. 

He was in no mood to offer Fergie any managerial solidarity that cheerless January day. Not the occasion to ask the old boy for a post-match interview!

Mark Robins
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Pat will be at West Brom vs Bristol City on Saturday for BBC Radio 5 live. 

Eastleigh education

Football

Want to know why Eastleigh FC are called The Spitfires? Or which Premier League giants trained at their ground recently? 

Luckily for you, Year Five children from Springhill Catholic Primary School are here to educate the nationon the proud history of their local club.

Kickabout
BBC

The magic of the Cup

Football

If you are within earshot of a radio, you may want to have a listen to this to warm yourself up for this weekend's FA Cup third-round action...

Favourite 3rd round ritual? Tin Foil FA Cups I'm previewing #FACup 3rd round on @bbc5live at 17:15. #BBCFootball

Ozil settles the big debate

Football

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil knows how to deliver a good sidestep. During a Twitter Q&A today he handled one of modern football's biggest debates with aplomb. Have a look below...

Mesut Ozil tweet
MesutOzil1088

Real deal for Stones?

Football

John Stones is a popular boy. He has been linked with pretty much every major Premier League club going in the last year and now he has admirers abroad, if the Daily Mail are to be believed.

According to the paper, the Everton centre-back is on Real Madrid's radar after he was recommended by former boss Rafa Benitez.

Madrid intend to carry the interest through although Benitez’s departure means it is unlikely to happen in January.

John Stones
Reuters

Your FA Cup third round memories

We've been asking you for your FA Cup third round memories. Here is another little collection...

Mith: Villa vs United. United 2-0 down - Solskjaer makes it 2-1, then Van Nistelrooy scores the equaliser & the winner!!! All in 5 mins.

Andy Kyriakides: "And Golley, and Rains, and a goal" 7th Jan 1989 will live with me forever @suttonunited v @Coventry_City

fairmeadow: 2001, in a hotel room in Israel following on World Service as @KingstonianFC beat Southend.  

Keep sending us your memories using the hashtag #bbcfacup on Twitter.

Sutton United's Tony Rains and Matthew Hanlan celebrate beating Coventry
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Warriors sign Grenoble centre

Worcester Warriors have signed New Zealand-born centre Jackson Willison for the 2016-17 season.

The 27-year-old is currently with French Top 14 club Grenoble.

 "Jackson is a talented athlete who will add some firepower to our midfield," said director of rugby Dean Ryan.

Jackson Willison
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Full-back White joins Barnsley

Football

Barnsley have signed full-back Aidy Whiteuntil the end of the season after he was released by Rotherham United.

The 24-year-old was loaned to Barnsley in November and has made seven appearances in all competitions for the Tykes.

Aidy White
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Swansea news conference

Oxford v Swansea (Sun, 12:00 GMT)

This week, Alan Curtis was tasked with managing Swansea for the remainder of the season. He starts that with an FA Cup third-round tie at Oxford on Sunday.

He has just had this to say to the press...

"A cup run is always nice and we want to get back on a run now, so it is important that we start that this weekend. We have to have one eye on Wednesday’s game [against Sunderland in the Premier League] so there will be changes. Whatever team we put out it will be a strong side.

“It will also enable a couple of players to have some game time in a fantastic competition. It will be a difficult game. Oxford play good football, it’s a nice stadium there - we’re very much looking forward to the challenge.”

Alan Curtis
PA

Pick a starting XI, he has

Football

Manchester United and England forward Wayne Rooney has picked a starting XI made up entirely of Star Wars characters. You can find a video of him doing so on the Daily Mirror website. That is all.

Wayne Rooney
Reuters

What are your favourite FA Cup third round memories?

Send us your thoughts using #bbcfacup on Twitter

Jonathan Legard

BBC Radio 5 live

The season after Liverpool did the Double in Kenny Dalglish's first season, the Cup holders were taken to a second replay after two goalless draws against Luton. 

There were no penalty shootouts in 1987. So just 48 hours after the original replay at Anfield, Liverpool - clearly wishing they were anywhere else but on Luton's reviled plastic pitch - crashed out 3-0 in front of a hugely partisan home crowd because of Luton's ban on away fans.

I remember thinking post match interviews would be difficult. Not a bit of it. Liverpool players were happy to vent their fury and contempt for the surface.

Luton v Liverpool
Rex Features

Jonathan will be reporting at Arsenal v Sunderland on Saturday for 5 live. 

Leicester news conference

Tottenham v Leicester (Sun, 16:00 GMT)

More from Claudio Ranieri on the FA Cup third round tie against Tottenham:  “It will be a blend of players. Our mentality won’t change. We go to win. If Tottenham are better, well done to them.

“Pochettino is doing a good job. Their squad's fantastic. When we drew with Tottenham I felt they were something special

“I've been in a lot of fantastic stadiums. Never Wmbley. This is a dream but our focus is on the match, not the dream.”

Leicester news conference

Tottenham v Leicester (Sun, 16:00 GMT)

Demarai
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Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has been talking about new 19-year-old signing Demarai Gray from Birmingham City, who could make his debut on Sunday.

“I didn’t know Gray before our friendly with Birmingham. He played so well and we wanted him from that moment.

"He is young, he’s got good quality and he can grow a lot with us.

“He can play as a winger, he’s fast and has good skills. One-on-one he’s good. He’s perfect for us

 “He's able to play Sunday. The league's our priority but we think about the cup. I think about the players who haven’t played.” 

Leicester news conference

Tottenham v Leicester (Sun, 16:00 GMT)

Now we hear from Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri ahead of Sunday's trip to White Hart Lane in the FA Cup third round.

Ranieri says Jamie Vardy will not be involved after having minor groin surgery. Midfielder Matty James has recovered from a long term injury and will be ready by the end of the month. While winger Jeffery Schlupp will also return at the end of January.

"Vardy is OK,  He’s working with the physio today and he should be ready for our next Premier League game.

"Matty James was great for the under-21. He played well and maybe he’ll be ready for us in the middle or end of January.

"Ben Chilwell stays with us because I have only Fuchs at left back and I have Schlupp as a winger.

“I think at the end of January, Schlupp will be ready."

Hurry!

Chelsea v Scunthorpe (Sun, 14:00 GMT)

There is now just one single ticket available for Sunday's game at Stamford Bridge. Call 01724 747670 to get your hands on it. #UTI

'We need momentum'

Watford v Newcastle (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Juliette Ferrington

BBC Sport

"Newcastle boss Steve McClaren had this to say about tomorrow's FA Cup tie with Watford: 'We always want to give it a go no matter what team we play, and I think the position we are in I don't think it matters if it's a Cup game or League game tomorrow, it's an important game. 

'It's really trying to follow up that performance from last week and take it into this game and hopefully get a result. We need to gather momentum and tomorrow is an opportunity to do that. 

'I think we have one or two players who have niggles and it's a big risk, so we have to got to decide to play them or not and what the risk is. Tomorrow you can guarantee that it will be the strongest team we can possibly put out without taking a huge amount of risk.'"

'We do our business privately'

Watford v Newcastle (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Juliette Ferrington

BBC Sport

"Steve McClaren was asked about speculation linking Newcastle with a move for their former striker Loic Remy. 'We can't disclose that, that's private and as I say if anything does happen with players and you can name all the individuals and we will be denying every one because nothing it happened as yet," he said. 

'We're just going to do our business like we normally do our business which is privately and not to get everybody excited or get expectations too high. It's part of the theatre. 

'The January window is a media frenzy to put names out there, as I say we'll quietly go about our business as normal.'"

Steve McClaren
Juliette Ferrington

What are your favourite FA Cup third round memories?

Send us your thoughts using #bbcfacup on Twitter

Alastair Yeomans

BBC Radio 5 live

Stoke City v Everton 2002.

This was memorable rather than a favourite.

The Britannia Stadium was covered in freezing fog.

Before the game I lost my footing in what was a damp press box. Before I knew it I was on my back several rows of seats below – and I hadn’t touched a drop I promise. My back and pride were hurt though.

Consolation came later when a well-known commentator, who had played up throughout the afternoon, was still stuck in the car park an hour after the game as I limped back to my car.

It’s not all glamour in the Cup….   

Stoke v Everton
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That number 18 doesn't look bad...

Alastair will be reporting on Hartlepool v Derby on Saturday (15:00 GMT) for BBC Radio 5 live.

McClaren clears up transfer speculation...

Well, sort of...

Asked about Alexandre Lacazette that #NUFC have reportedly bid £19m for, McClaren: "I haven't got a clue."

Asked about Alexandre Lacazette that #NUFC have reportedly bid £19m for, McClaren: "I haven't got a clue."

Newcastle news conference

Watford v Newcastle (Sat 15:00 GMT)

Steve McClaren isn't too pleased with the draw that Newcastle got in the FA Cup. 

"Watford is probably one of the toughest away game you can have" he said. "It's not going to be easy."

"You can guarantee that it will be the strongest team we can possibly put out without taking a huge amount of risk." 

Steve McClaren
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Mata's soft side

Football

mata herrera
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Juan Mata cries at films, fall asleep easily and get's lost in Manchester.

Ander Herrera likes to watch six football games in a row, likes to dance and is forgetful,

And they both hate travelling on airplanes.

That is what we learned from Mata's latest Youtube video.

Football friends!

Football

Guus Hiddink has played down the training ground incident between Diego Costa and Oscar and now Chelsea have posted this picture of the pair smiling and laughing on the club's Instagram.

costa and oscar
Chelsea

Man Utd news conference

Man Utd v Sheff Utd (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

Bill Rice

BBC Radio Manchester

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal isn't threatened by Pep Guardiola's announcement he wants to manage in England when he leaves Bayern Munich next summer. 

The former Barcelona boss has been linked with Manchester City, Chelsea and United if he does decide to come to the Premier League, but the Dutchman was keen to point out his contract at Old Trafford runs until the summer of 2017.

VAN GAAL
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Van Gaal also had a warning for Belgian winger Adnan Januzaj who returned from a loan spell at Borussia Dortmund this week - while he said he believes in Januzaj's talent the Dutchman said he is likely to play for the club's reserves on Monday night and will need to prove his quality.

As for if his own players confidence will be restored after the win over Swansea, the Dutchman says wait and see as "one swallow does not make a summer". 

Man Utd news conference

Man Utd v Sheff Utd (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

Louis van Gaal on the FA Cup: "The FA Cup is very difficult to win, we saw that last year against Yeovil and Cambridge United, every match is difficult to win, that’s why Manchester United have struggled in the last few years – last year we lost to Arsenal and they were the winner."

Louis Van Gaal
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GB miss out on Hopman Cup final

Tennis

Great Britain have missed out on a place in the final of the Hopman Cup.

Australia beat France 11-9 in a mixed doubles third set tie break after the tie had been level at 1-1 after the singles rubbers.