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Summary

  1. 17 third-round ties at 15:00 GMT
  2. Seventh-tier Blyth are lowest-ranked team
  3. Conference club Gateshead at Pulis's West Brom
  4. Liverpool confirm Gerrard will move to US

Live Reporting

By Luke Reddy and Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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Blyth Spartans v Birmingham (15:00 GMT)

BBC Radio 5 live

Birmingham boss Gary Rowett: "We've worked very, very hard this week in terms of preparing the players for something that little bit different. We respect anyone we play. I've played in lower league teams who have beaten bigger teams. But our mentality is key today. We trained on a very, very poor pitch we've got at the top of our training ground to prepare them for today.

"We know if we play well and use our athleticism and quality then we should win the game. But we also know that if we don't perform we could lose. That's what the cup is all about. Today is a brilliant occasion - we all love the FA Cup. Here's hoping it's a great day for both teams."

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Blyth Spartans v Birmingham (15:00 GMT)

Football Focus

Former Blyth striker Alan Shoulder on the club's 1978 cup run: "The biggest memory I have of the cup run was the third round here, when I managed to score the winner. It was a fantastic time and hopefully the lads can do the same. That goal was the first time I'd ever been on TV, and I managed to get the winner so job's a good'un!

"I think the the Blyth spirit which we had in the years gone by was on display again Hartlepool in the last round. Birmingham are a polished outfit but if the fans get behind them, as they did with us in '78, then they have a great chance."

West Brom v Gateshead (15:00 GMT)

BBC Radio 5 live

Gateshead manager Gary Mills: "We'll come here today and give a good account of ourselves. We will play good football and I've got some good players who are comfortable on the ball. It's the way I was brought up in football, to play the ball on the deck. We're hoping we've got a little bit that can hurt West Brom. We're used to seeing a lot of the ball in the Conference; today we'll have to adapt to playing well without it. It's exciting, today - it's what I'm in the game for.

"I stayed in the same hotel last night as Tony Pulis, so that was interesting! I leaned from the master, Brian Clough, how to relax my players, and I've done that. Cloughie would always tell us to relax. He didn't rule by fear; he took the fear out of us. I have not spoken to the players about West Brom - we know nothing about West Brom but we know everything about ourselves."

Blyth Spartans v Birmingham (15:00 GMT)

Football Focus

Former England Test cricketer Graeme Swann: "My dad's from 200 yards down the road. I'm a big Newcastle supporter but they don't try to win cups anymore! So I'm here today, hoping for a win and that Blyth can join Newcastle in the fourth round.

"The romance of the FA Cup is the whole point, the whole story. Any team that goes on a run, the whole country gets behind them. My dream is that Blyth face Newcastle in the next round."

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Brighton fan
@Oli_Collins98

Oli Collins: On the way to Brentford to see Brighton in the FA Cup!

Send us images of how you are getting up for the cup on

#getcarriedaway.

Blyth Spartans v Birmingham (15:00 GMT)

BBC Radio 5 live

Tom Wade, Blyth manager, on 5 live Sport: "I attended ever game of our last cup run, in 1978. I was 19 at the time - great memories. Those lads are legends in Blyth, and hopefully we can add to that today.

"A lot of friends and their kids are coming down today - we're a very family-orientated club. There will be a few thousand here today and we probably know every one of them.

"The town has gone through a bit of a bad time in recent years, so we need a good press. We're getting that now.

"We've got a secret against Birmingham today, but I'm not going to tell you. It'll be tough, we'll give it at all and even if we lose it won't be for want of trying."

Join the debate at #getcarriedaway

A supporter in a funny jumper
Helen Wilkinson

Helen Wilkinson tweets a cracking picture of Wolves fan Andy Cooper in what can only be described as the ultimate Christmas jumper.

Send us images of how you are getting up for the cup on

#getcarriedaway.

Former Newcastle and England winger Chris Waddle

at Blyth Spartans for 5 live Sport

"I think the Conference is of a similar standard to League Two or even One. There are a lot of games today where they may be leagues apart but there's not a big difference between the teams. So there are quite a few upset possibilities on the cards."

Blyth Spartans v Birmingham (15:00 GMT)

The weather in the midlands is in contrast to that at Blyth, where the sun is out and illuminating Croft Park, which is crawling with the media this afternoon.

Apparently there are 50 journalists with the lucky accreditation today - and one plug socket. We've all been there chaps. Huddle round the extension lead, and pray there isn't a rewrite...

Game on at Cambridge

Cambridge Utd v Luton (15:00 GMT)

We mentioned a little earlier that there was a pitch inspection at Cambridge United ahead of their FA Cup clash with Luton and it is good news, the game is ON.

Leave the moulds in you bootbag though. Still a tad damp out there...

Watery pitch at Cambridge
@LutonTown

Blyth Spartans v Birmingham (15:00 GMT)

Former Stoke and Gibraltar defender Danny Higginbotham

at Blyth Spartans for Football Focus

"Too many teams undermine the FA Cup, especially the higher up the league you go. But if you have a good cup run then the battle for places in the team intensifies. It can be huge for an individual player's season."

Join the debate at #getcarriedaway

Blyth Spartans v Birmingham (15:00 GMT)

Blyth socks
@5tuartLaw5

Stuart Laws: Blyth Spartans lucky socks are on! They've got a 100% record, so it's in the bag today.

Keep sending us your FA Cup nostalgia to

#getcarriedaway.

Dreaming in Derby

Derby v Southport (15:00 GMT)

BBC Radio 5 live

Southport chairman Charlie Clapham on 5 live Sport: "There are 25 coaches of fans who have left Southport today. We've sold out our very generous allocation of 2,700 tickets. The magic of the FA Cup is that you can cause an upset.

"And why can't we dream? We go to Derby with a lot of hope in our hearts."

What a romantic...

The finest Ronnie Radford drawing we've ever seen. What a man, what an FA Cup moment.

But have you read when Ronnie met our very own Ben Dirs? Radford is such a gent that he even gave Dirsy a lift to Huddersfield train station - 30-odd miles out of his way.

You don't get that from footballers these days.

Read the meeting of minds here.

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Ronnie Radford goal drawing
Ross James

Ross James: Ronnie Radford 05/02/1972.

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West Brom v Gateshead (15:00 GMT)

Former Newcastle and England winger Chris Waddle

at Blyth Spartans for Football Focus

"I think Gateshead will get at least a draw against West Brom. Gateshead are a good footballing side and have nothing to lose, so they could cause an upset today."

Blyth Spartans v Birmingham (15:00 GMT)

Football Focus

Blyth Spartans' Stephen Turnbull, who scored in his side's second-round win against Hartlepool, talking to Dan Walker: "Birmingham's results of late have turned their season around big time. Their boys will be flying high and confident, so it'll be a very tough game for us.

"Today, my mam and me sister are coming to this game and my dad will be at West Brom cheering on my brother, who plays for Gateshead."

What a day for the Turnbull brothers...

Blyth Spartans v Birmingham (15:00 GMT)

Ian Dennis

BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter

Blyth dugouts at Croft Park
BBC Sport

On Twitter: View from away dug out at Croft Park. Live on
@bbc5live #bbcfootball Blyth v Birmingham

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Non-football conversations with famous footballers

Keep 'em coming, folks!

Rory Nolan: Served Rio Ferdinand at a shop I worked at - we discussed the rowing that was on 5 live in-store.

Edem Blewuada: Spoke with Wayne Routledge about strict teachers at Queen's Golden Jubilee at my primary school . he used to be a pupil there.

Terry McCann: Met David James once buying a painting. Sadly he didn't drop it, making it a better story... though I note the bloke who owned the shop couldn't wait for him to pay and leave while it was still intact!

Dover v Crystal Palace (13:00, Sunday)

Even though it's tomorrow lunchtime, broadcast engineers have already descended on Crabble Athletic Ground to set up in time for Dover v Crystal Palace:

Dover v Crystal Palace
@DoverAthletic

FA Cup third-round weekend refreshes the parts other competitions can't reach.

"Everyone has a Football League performance in them."

What a wonderful mantra from Chrissy Waddle. You should have that painted on the changing room walls of your local Sunday League outfit...

Blyth Spartans v Birmingham (15:00 GMT)

Former Newcastle and England winger Chris Waddle

at Blyth Spartans for Football Focus

"When you're a lower division team you hope your players play well. Everyone has a Football League performance in them - there may only be four or five a season, which is why they're not professionals.

"But if they deliver and the bigger team underperforms, that's where your shock result comes from."

A fall from grace

Bolton v Wigan (15:00 GMT)

This moment must feel a long time ago to Wigan fans.

Ben Watson scores
Getty Images

The 2013 FA Cup winners followed their success with relegation and now under the management of Malky Mackay, sit 23rd in the Championship.

They will be without the suspended Callum McManaman for

today's trip to Bolton as he starts a three-game ban.

Stat: Wigan are unbeaten in their last 13 FA Cup matches (W10 D3) excluding penalty shoot outs.

The cupset...

Tranmere v Swansea (15:00 GMT)

Former Southampton, Stoke and Gibraltar defender Danny Higginbotham

at Blyth Spartans for Football Focus

"My cupset prediction? The pitch has never been the greatest at Tranmere and Swansea like to get the ball down and play. I think Swansea will rest a few for this game and that could give Tranmere an opportunity."

Stat: The Swans have gone eight FA Cup matches without a clean sheet.

Pitch inspection at Cambridge

Cambridge Utd v Luton (15:00 GMT)

Cambridge United have called a pitch inspection for 13:15 GMT ahead of today's FA Cup tie versus Luton at the Abbey. It has been pouring down for the last couple of hours.

Boro must mimic league form

Barnsley v Middlesbrough (15:00 GMT)

Promotion-chasing Middlesbrough could make changes to their side when they meet Barnsley at Oakwell.

Aitor Karanka's side are fourth in the Championship ahead of their meeting with the League One outfit.

"I have to transmit to the players that they have to play with the same motivation as them and play with our usual intensity and style," says Karanka.

"We know we are better than them, but we have to play in the same way as we do in the league."

Stat: Boro have won none of their last four FA Cup matches away from home.

Cup coverage runneth over

BBC Radio 5 live

BBC Radio 5 live has eight hours of FA Cup action to shout about this afternoon.

Right now, Mark Pougatch presents all the build-up to the afternoon's 17 ties and your chance to listen again to

John Motson's top 10 FA Cup third round shocks until 13:00.

At 15:00, there's

full match commentary of Blyth Spartans v Birmingham City with updates from all the other games.

On the final whistle, it's

Sports Report with all the news from across the afternoon's action before
Darren Fletcher and Robbie Savage take over with 606 and the chance for you to have your say on the day's big stories.

AFC Wimbledon v Liverpool (Mon, 19:55 GMT)

Former Southampton, Stoke and Gibraltar defender Danny Higginbotham

at Blyth Spartans for Football Focus

"What a tie for AFC Wimbledon. All the pressure is on Liverpool. And the first half hour is so important. If Wimbledon get in their faces and stop them playing then the game is anyone's. There's a real cup upset on the cards there."

AFC Wimbledon v Liverpool (Mon, 19:55 GMT)

AFC Wimbledon
BBC

AFC Wimbledon v Liverpool (Mon, 19:55 GMT)

Former Newcastle and England winger Chris Waddle

at Blyth Spartans for Football Focus

Adebayo Akinfenwa
Getty Images

"Adebayo Akinfenwa is called The Beast, and right so. If you want to fight him there's only one winner. But he's not the most mobile, so you have to get in front of him and anticipate the ball. For an hour, Wimbledon have to hustle and really try and upset Liverpool."

Dan Walker points out that on your copy of the computer game Fifa, The Beast has a 97% strength rating...

Who remembers Wembley?

BBC Sport
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Gerrard forced out

Former Newcastle and England winger Chris Waddle

at Blyth Spartans for Football Focus

"I don't think Steven Gerrard had any other option. I think he's been forced out. He's never come to an agreement with the club and this doesn't look right. This should have been sorted out months ago. It's a shame the Premier League is going to lose him because he's still such a talent.

"How are Liverpool going to replace Gerrard? He's going to be a massive loss unless they've got somebody lined up to replace him. And who out there is as good as Steven Gerrard?"

Gerrard forced out

Former Southampton, Stoke and Gibraltar defender Danny Higginbotham

at Blyth Spartans for Football Focus

"Steven Gerrard's influence on the pitch is massive but his influence on the dressing room is even bigger. Youngsters will look to Gerrard for a hand. I do think he's been forced out. He's been offered a contract but sometimes an offer is just thrown at you, knowing you're not going to take it. I do think he's been forced out.

"It's obvious he's not going top stay in England because he doesn't want to play against Liverpool. But the MLS is an unforgiving league and there will be a lot asked of him there. But he will certainly never play for another Premier League team."

Join the debate at #bbcfootball

Non-football conversations with famous footballers

A few more of your non-footballing conversations you've had with famous footballers via

#bbcfootball

Stuart Tebbutt: Met Samuel Eto'o at a petrol station, he was looking confused and nearly put diesel in his Aston Martin. Showed him the right one.

Charlie Pilkington: Spoke with Tony Adams about Cirencester Cricket Club and the pavilion redevelopment project we're undertaking.

Alice May: I know that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's favourite chocolate is Magic Stars.

Cup or up?

Rotherham v Bournemouth (15:00 GMT)

What do you do if you top the Championship, the riches of the Premier League are growing closer, yet you have an FA Cup tie?

Go for it or as has become fashionable rest your players?

Bournemouth, who top England's second tier, face Rotherham and after doing reaching the quarter-final in this season's League Cup, manager Eddie Howe has no intention of easing up.

"We would love a run in the FA Cup," says Howe. "The one we had in the League Cup did us no harm at all. In fact, if anything, it started the really good run of form we have been able to maintain."

Stat: Rotherham have won just one of their last 23 FA Cup matches against teams from the top two tiers of English football.

Blyth Spartans v Birmingham (15:00 GMT)

Football Focus

Blyth Spartans manager Tom Wade talking to Dan Walker: "It's a massive day for the club. The Third Round is always very special. For Blyth, this is a money-spinner, but for the players and management it's a chance for us to pit our wits against professionals and find out if we're as good as we think we are.

"We're buzzing, and of course we do have a bit of a chance."