Mansfield manager weds before FA Cup tie with Liverpool

Paul Cox and his wife Natasha
Image caption Cox will celebrate his wedding, birthday and FA Cup dream all within two days

Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox faces one of the biggest games of his life on Sunday - but he had to fit in his wedding before that.

Cox will lead his non-league side out in a home FA Cup third-round tie against seven-time winners Liverpool.

But on Friday he married his partner Natasha Bertin after promising to bring the wedding forward if his side beat Lincoln City last month.

"I agreed to get married if we beat Lincoln in the second round," he said.

And if Cox did not have enough to celebrate it will also be his 41st birthday on match day.

The wedding in West Bridgford was followed by a reception in a marquee at a training pitch next to Mansfield's One Call Stadium, two days before kick-off in a dream clash against Liverpool.

Cox said: "The way it's fallen, it is going to be quite a weekend. But it will all be fabulous for me.

"To play Liverpool in the FA Cup is a dream and it is a great birthday present for me.

"It will be a massive game for the club. The players, chairman and supporters all deserve it."

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