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Howard Nurse | 12:38 UK time, Friday, 27 October 2006

Seven clubs involved in Saturday's FA Cup action have never reached the first round proper - and all 64 teams will be contesting for £10,000 in prize money - that's a relative fortune to most (including my own team Scarborough who face a tough game at Stafford Rangers).

Unfortunately, we can't bring you all the goalflashes from each tie during the games - because they are not available - but I can tell you how best to follow your team if they are involved.

BBC local radio stations will be providing commentaries from some ties and reports from most of them so I'd recommend trying them for live scores if you can't get down to your club's match.

And if you're wondering why we can't provide latest scores, it's because the Press Association, who supply sports data to websites, broadcasters and newspapers, is unable to provide a live scores service on fourth qualifying round day. (UPDATE 16/11/06: I need to clarify something on my part here. And that is it would be possible for PA Sport, who supply our sports data, to provide live scores from the FA Cup fourth qualifying round, if that was part of our service level agreement with them. At this moment in time, this additional service is not included in our PA Sport contract but it is something we may be able to review in the future.)

So please don't think we are ignoring the Cup just because there are no latest scores on the website, Ceefax, Five Live Sport or on Score.

All the full-time scores will be available as they come through here from 1645 BST - and of course the draw for the FA Cup first round takes place at about 1715 BST on BBC ONE's Final Score, which editor Lance Hardy has been writing about.

Good luck to all those taking part - and come on Scarborough!


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