Maidstone’s FA Cup run may be over – but its magic is just beginning
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by Evan Bartlett
13h ago
CBS ARENA — Snap back to reality. Maidstone United have enjoyed the most unthinkable FA Cup run, one that started at Steyning Town Community Football Club in West Sussex in mid-September, but they did not enjoy being sent to Coventry. Three Kasey Palmer assists, three Ellis Simms goals. Two players with Premier League experience pulling apart those who must now go back to English football’s sixth tier semi-permanently. Mark Robins, Coventry City’s manager, admitted that his team were in a no-win position thanks to the 95 places between the two teams in the football pyramid. Crucially, he also ..read more
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FA Cup 5th round draw in full as Chelsea host Leeds and Man Utd face Forest
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by Katherine Lucas
2w ago
Chelsea and Nottingham Forest will face Leeds and Manchester United respectively after becoming the final two teams to book their place in the FA Cup fifth round. Newcastle United travel to Blackburn Rovers, Liverpool host Southampton and holders Manchester City take on Luton Town away. Sixth-tier Maidstone United were the big surprise winners in the fourth round, stunning Championship high-flyers Ipswich Town with a historic 2-1 victory at Portman Road, and they will face Coventry City next. “This is for our community, Maidstone,” manager George Elokobi said. “We have to believe… The magic of ..read more
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FA Cup 5th round draw in full as Newcastle face Wrexham or Blackburn
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by Katherine Lucas
1M ago
Newcastle United await the victors of Blackburn Rovers’ match with Wrexham on Monday night, while sixth-tier Maidstone United failed to draw a Premier League side in the FA Cup fifth round. Maidstone stunned Ipswich Town with a historic 2-1 victory at Portman Road, and they will face Sheffield Wednesday or Coventry City next. “This is for our community, Maidstone,” said manager George Elokobi. “We have to believe… The magic of the FA Cup is very much alive.” The Stones, who took over 4,000 travelling fans to Suffolk, had a starring performance from Brazilian goalkeeper Lucas Covolan to thank ..read more
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Marcus Rashford and Man Utd are holding each other back – it’s time to part ways
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by Michael Hincks
1M ago
Erik ten Hag quickly found his line to bat off questions about Marcus Rashford, words that will still be ringing in the ears of Manchester United fans. “It’s an internal matter,” said United’s head coach, repeatedly, the phrase used more times on Sunday than Rashford has goals this season. Six versus four. The first three utterances were to the BBC’s reporter ahead of kick-off at Newport, prompting a typically Linekerian response. “I get the feeling it might be an internal matter,” Gary Lineker said, before a fellow England great got serious and reflected on yet another United fall-out. “If it ..read more
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Man Utd survive a fright on the day Newport’s new era begins
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by Tom Ward
1M ago
Newport 2-4 Man Utd (Morris 36, Evans 47′ | Fernandes 7′, Mainoo 13′, Antony 68′, Hojlund 90+4′) RODNEY PARADE — To enter the dressing rooms at Rodney Parade, fitted snugly in between houses as it is, Manchester United’s players had to walk the entire length of the pitch from north to south like a herd of tracksuited migrating beasts. With the ground barely 10 per cent full, they were given every indication how much noise the other 90 per cent would make. Were Manchester United prepared? Is this club ever prepared for anything? United survived. If that is cause for celebration against League T ..read more
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West Brom face FA investigation after crowd violence mars defeat to Wolves
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by Evan Bartlett
1M ago
WEST BROM 0-2 WOLVES (Neto 38′, Cunha 78′) THE HAWTHORNS — West Bromwich Albion face a Football Association investigation after crowd violence marred their FA Cup defeat to local rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers. It is alleged Wolves fans celebrating the second goal in a West Brom section of the ground sparked the trouble which caused a 37-minute delay after Matheus Cunha extended the lead after 78 minutes. Worryingly, the incident – which occurred in the corner between the Birmingham Road End and West Stand – happened near where some West Brom players’ families were and defender ..read more
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Chasing Newcastle’s first FA Cup in 69 years could cost Eddie Howe his job
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by George-simms
1M ago
It’s the 86th minute of Newcastle’s 2-0 FA Cup fourth round win over Fulham and a prostrate Kieran Trippier is being swarmed by a medical pit crew. Alexander Isak is jogging through treacle to the dugout in search of water while Lewis Miley wanders aimlessly with his head in his hands. Even after a relatively straightforward dismantling of a second-string Fulham side who last played three days ago, Newcastle’s players look exhausted. Think they’re tired now? This was their first match in two weeks – they’re off to Villa Park on Tuesday, before playing Luton next Saturday. They may well be forc ..read more
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When the FA Cup fifth round draw is and who Maidstone could play
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by Katherine Lucas
1M ago
Sixth-tier Maidstone United stunned Ipswich Town to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup with a historic 2-1 victory at Portman Road. “This is for our community, Maidstone,” said manager George Elokobi aferwards. “We have to believe… The magic of the FA Cup is very much alive.” The Stones, who took over 4,000 travelling fans to Suffolk, had a starring performance from Brazilian goalkeeper Lucas Covolan to thank, with Ipswich registering 38 attempts, 13 shots on target and 78 per cent possession. Maidstone managed just two shots on target but scored both. Related Article FootballBig ReadMaidsto ..read more
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Newport County endured years of exile and darkness – Man Utd tie is a new dawn
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by Katherine Lucas
1M ago
Being a fan-owned club can be a deeply special experience, but never let the sense of reward and ownership overshadow the reality of life making ends meet with the lights off and your hands half-tied. Newport County empathise with that more than most. Last summer, with money desperately needed for investment in the playing staff, Newport supporters launched a player’s fund to try and do their bit. One fan, a six-year-old girl named Olivia, did a sponsored walk, aiming to complete as many laps of the Rodney Parade pitch as she could in 90 minutes during a pre-season friendly against Cheltenham ..read more
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Man Utd waste chances against Wigan to show Dave Brailsford what they’re missing
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by Tom Ward
1M ago
Wigan 0-2 Man Utd (Dalot 22′, Fernandes 74′ pen) DW STADIUM – The performance won’t be making the showreel, but Erik ten Hag can at least expect a call back for the next round of Manchester United manager auditions. Essentially an interim coach as new overlords Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Ineos work out who stays and who goes, the Dutchman sailed through the first round of try-outs with flying colours as United earned a thrilling win over Aston Villa on Boxing Day, but was fortunate to get another shot after his decision to take Kobbie Mainoo off at Nottingham Forest had catastrophic consequences in ..read more
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