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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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  1. 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.

  2. 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
  3. Exeter v Liverpool (19:55 GMT)

    Football

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

    pasty
  4. 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...

  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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)...

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

    FA Cup third round highlights

    Ian Brown

    BBC football commentator

    Cardiff v Leeds

    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

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

  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Sky Blues bring in Hunt

    Transfers latest

    Stephen Hunt

    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.

  14. 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
  15. 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

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

  16. 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
  17. 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...

  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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

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

  25. 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.”

  26. Leicester news conference

    Tottenham v Leicester (Sun, 16:00 GMT)

    Demarai

    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.” 

  27. 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."

  28. Forest sign Slovenia international

    Transfers latest

  29. Hurry!

    Chelsea v Scunthorpe (Sun, 14:00 GMT)

  30. '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.'"

  31. '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
  32. 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
    Image caption: 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.

  33. McClaren clears up transfer speculation...

    Well, sort of...

  34. 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
  35. Mata's soft side

    Football

    mata herrera

    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.

  36. 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
  37. 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

    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". 

  38. 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
  39. 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.

  40. Man Utd news conference

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

    Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola confirmed this week that he will leave his current job at the end of the season because he wants to manage in the Premier League.  

    But Louis van Gaal is not concerned: "“I’m at the end of my career so for me it’s not so interesting, for me it’s interesting you I take care of Manchester United in my contract, and I still have one year to go after this season.”

  41. Man Utd news conference

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

    januzaj

    Adnan Januzaj was recalled from his season-long loan at Borussia Dortmund.

    The Belgian had made just 12 appearances and three starts for the Bundesliga club.

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said: "I believe in the talent of Adnan Januzaj, it shall be very difficult to play matches in Dortmund, unfortunately I was proved right but he can better train for us and maybe show his talent in the first team.

    "He has been tested already this morning and he didn’t play so much 90 minutes in the pre-season and he has to show his fitness in the second team."

  42. Norwich news conference

    Norwich v Man City (15:00 GMT)

    Norwich boss Alex Neil will be without new signing Ivo Pinto for this weekend's FA Cup third-round tie with Manchester City but he is very happy to have him on board at Carrow Road...

    "Ivo Pinto was registered in time but he won't be in the squad for tomorrow's game as he's only had one training session," said Neil. 

    "Ivo has got Champions League experience and he's the perfect age at 26. He ticks all the right boxes for us."  

    Alex Neil
  43. Millers sign defender

    Transfers latest

  44. Hiddink - I'm worried about Falcao situation

    Football

    Radamel Falcao has only started two games since joining Chelsea in the summer, and his manager is concerned about him.

    Guus Hiddink has said that he is "worried about his situation.

    "When I came in he was injured, and then in training he got another set-back. 

    "I said to give him time and rest to recover. We’ll, see what happens, he's out of sight at this moment."

    Radamel Falcao
  45. FA Cup in Merseyside

    Football

    Ian Kennedy

    Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

    Oldham beat Liverpool in 2013
    Image caption: Oldham beat Liverpool in 2013

    Liverpool and Everton have to negotiate “no win situations” in this FA Cup 3rd round weekend. Despite considerable injury problems, Liverpool will still be expected to beat Exeter, and Everton – who have injury problems of their own – will be fully expected to see off Dagenham and Redbridge

    But the warnings from history are there. Reds fans may still be trying to forget Oldham in 2013, and going back further there was Bolton, Bristol City, and Burnley. Everton fans may shiver at the thought of Shrewsbury and Oldham (again!)

    Everton lost 1-0 to Shrewsbury in 2003
    Image caption: Everton lost 1-0 to Shrewsbury in 2003

    Jurgen Klopp will know all about the club’s FA Cup tradition, and Roberto Martinez knows what it’s like to win it. 

    It’s Liverpool’s third game this week, and Everton have just dug deep to beat Manchester City in the League Cup, so it could well be an awkward weekend for both of them – and although I expect both to make it through to the fourth round, they’ll both know they’ve been in a game. 

  46. Hiddink - I will leave at end of the season

    Football

    Guus Hiddink has reiterated that he is just an interim manager, and won't carry on at Chelsea beyond the end of the season.  

    “I have just two dates in my mind, 25 and 28th of May. Then I will finish and go home on 29th May", he said. "Those dates are the FA Cup and Champions League finals. I am very clear at end of this I will stop.”

    Guus Hiddink
  47. Suarez banned

    Football

    Luis Suarez's two-match ban follows a scuffle in the tunnel after Barcelona beat rivals Espanyol in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday night.

    The Independent (via Diario Sport) say that the referee's report states that the Uruguayan striker had some rather unsavory words to say to Papakouly Diop, for which you can head on over there to get a proper flavour.

    You will, of course, remember that Suarez got himself into a bit of bother during the 2014 World Cup for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini, for which he was banned for four months.

    Luis Suarez (left)
  48. Your favourite FA Cup third round memories

    Send us yours using #bbcfacup on Twitter

    Rob Nothman

    BBC Sport

    Jan 1988.  Quagmire of a sloping pitch at the old Huish.  Non-League Yeovil against "top-flight" Queens Park Rangers. Packed ground, mud-caked players, raucous atmosphere.  

    I'm BBC Radio Bristol's pitchside reporter, standing in the wind and rain, in the early days of radio microphones which required odd-shaped transmitters strapped to your back, together with long aerial.  Not ideal for a self-conscious twentysomething.  

    Just before kick-off, a Somerset shout from the terraces.  "Eeere - mate.  Have you just landed from Maaaars?"  Cue general hilarity.  

    Yeovil had their chances early on, but Rangers won 3-0 with two from Mark Falco."

    Mark Falco
    Image caption: Mark Falco
  49. Oscar-Costa was 'a normal battle' - Hiddink

    Football

    You might have heard reports about a bust-up between Oscar and Diego Costa

    Guus Hiddink has been speaking about it in his news conference. 

    "It's a pity that our photographer had a day off or he could have shot beautiful pictures from the two", he said.

    Oscar and Diego Costa

    "They were jesting a bit after a charge from behind from the smaller of the two, Oscar. Costa took a charge from behind and it was overdone, especially when know Oscar he is not the biggest tackler of the team.

    "They stumbled over the ground, stood up, as a normal reaction, they jested a bit, but we came in between them to say that there was no need to hit each other"

    Hiddink said it was down to the intensity of the training session that the incident happened. "Those things happen when you're close on the edge after Oscar apologised in front of the group. He apologised for over reacting, then they looked at each other and started laughing. It was a normal battle"

  50. BreakingSuarez banned

    Football

  51. Louis Van Gaal news conference

    Football

    Bill Rice

    BBC Radio Manchester

    Two improved performances and a much needed three points against Swansea has eased the pressure on Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, but with injuries continuing to deplete his squad it will be interesting to see what kind of team he selects for the FA Cup tie with Sheffield United. 

    With the Europa League and the Premier League to focus on, will he go all out with his best side, or rest players with Tuesday's Premier League game with Newcastle in mind? 

    Adnan Januzaj's loan spell at Borussia Dortmund was cut short this week, so could he be in line to play a big part in the second half of the season?

    LVG
  52. Manchester City news conference

    Norwich v Man City (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that Wilfried Bony and Eliaquim Mangala will not play in the FA Cup third-round tie at Norwich tomorrow because of injury. 

    He also says the team will have a change of keeper, adding: "Willy Caballero will play against Norwich. It's good for Joe Hart to have a clear week to train."

    Manuel Pellegrini
  53. Your favourite FA Cup third round memories

    Send us your memories using #bbcsportsday on Twitter

    Ian Dennis

    BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter

    Ian Dennis at Blyth Spartans

    It's my favourite day of the footballing calendar, even more so that I'm now involved at the hub of the BBC Radio 5 Live coverage at 3 o'clock.

    I'm like a child on Christmas Eve and one of my favourite memories is the last 3rd round tie I covered, Blyth Spartans v Birmingham City.

    The humble surroundings of Croft Park buzzed with excitement. It was open all areas. I spoke to the Blyth Manager Tom Wade in the laundry room 2 hours ahead of kick off with that distinctive aroma of soap powder and drying socks.

    Fans dressed as Spartans posed for photos, one gentleman had even dyed his beard green!

    And to cap it all....a walk to the chip shop for a pre match meal within the vicinity of the ground meant I didn't have to remove my headphones so I could still talk to the studio on the radio mic!

    Ian Dennis
  54. Real Madrid news conference

    Football

    gareth bale

    Gareth Bale is set to start Zinedine Zidane's first match in charge alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.

    While Zidane also said Ronaldo will continue to take free-kicks.

    AS have also reported that Zidane ruled out any potential transfers, saying he is happy with what he's got and he doesn't want anyone to leave.

  55. Real Madrid news conference

    Football

    RONALDO ZIDANE

    Zinedine Zidane has been holding his news conference ahead of his first match as Real Madrid manager againstDeportivo on Saturday.

    AS are reporting Zidane revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo will not be leaving Madrid.

    Zidane said: "Cristiano is more than non-transferable. He is the soul of the team. He's going nowhere."  

  56. Boro let two out on loan

    Transfers latest

    Middlesbrough have agreed loan moves for winger Mustapha Carayol and full-back James Husband with Championship rivals Leeds United and Huddersfield Town.

    Carayol will spend the rest of the season at Elland Road, while Husband will be with the Terriers until 6 February.

  57. On this day

    1999: Arsenal won the race to sign 15-year-old Jermaine Pennant from Notts County for £2m.

    2015: Pennant, 32, begins a one-week trial with S.League club Tampines Rovers in Singapore.

    pennant
  58. Miserable new signing photos

    #bbcsportsday

    Earlier, we asked you to send us the most miserable new signing photo. Here are a few...

    Max Baggins-Craig: Emmanuel Frimpong signs for Barnsley - clearly the wage gap's too much for him to take...   

    Emmanuel Frimpong

    Shahriar: Needs no explanation.

    Rafael Benitez and Florentino Perez
  59. Porto sack manager

    Football

    FC Porto have sacked head coach Julen Lopetegui after a three-game winless streak. 

    The 49-year-old had a contract through to 2017, but in almost two years at Porto, Portuguese champion for seven of the past 10 seasons, the team did not win a trophy.    

  60. Posh 'reject three Washington bids'

    League One side Peterborough United have rejected three bids for forward Conor Washington, according to chairman Darragh MacAnthony. 

    Conor Washington

    The 23-year-old, who joined from Newport in January 2014, has scored 14 goals in 29 matches this season, 12 of which have come in the past 13 games.

    But MacAnthony said on Twitter that he has rejected two bids from ex-Premier League sides and one from "a large Championship club".

  61. Flooding in Spain

    Football

    This is the scene at La Liga's Celta Vigo's Balaidos stadium in Galicia, in north west Spain.

    Spanish newspaper AS say Celta's game against Atlético Madrid on Sunday is in doubt.

  62. What are your favourite FA Cup third round memories?

    #bbcfacup

    Here are some more of your FA Cup third round memories...

    John Wright: 1979 #lcfc v Norwich 3-0 Keith Weller scored and shined in his tights.

    Keith Ames: Bournemouth 2-0 winners over cup holders Man Utd in 1984. Legendary. 

    Tim Browning: Jermaine Beckford's winner for The Mighty Whites at Old Trafford.

    Send us your memories using the hashtag #bbcfacup on Twitter.

  63. Wigan sign Whitehead

    Football

    Wigan Athletic have signed Macclesfield midfielder Danny Whitehead for an undisclosed fee and immediately loaned him back to the National League club.

    The 22-year-old has agreed a two-and-a-half-year-deal with the Latics.

  64. The best in Europe

    Football

    The Uefa team of 2015 has been revealed...

    From left: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), David Alaba (Bayern Munich), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Dani Alves (Barcelona), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Paul Pogba (Juventus), James Rodriguez (Real Madrid), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Neymar (Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

    The team was voted for by users of Uefa.com.

  65. Your favourite FA Cup third round memories

    Send us yours using #bbcfacup on twitter

    Jonathan Overend

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Oldham's win at Everton in 2008 never gets the recognition of some of the other great third round shocks... and I never know why!  

    Oldham were struggling in League One and had virtually a whole team out through injury. 

    Even with the heavy mob of Yakubu and Anichebe, Everton couldn't break them down. 

    Heroic stuff from John Sheridan and his walking wounded who, rightly, have their place in Cup folklore secured!

    Everton v Oldham

    Jonathan is reporting at West Ham v Wolves on Saturday (15:00 GMT) for BBC Radio 5 live, and will be presenting Sunday's 5 live sport from White Hart Lane for Tottenham v Leicester.

  66. Miserable new signing photos

    Football

    Right, here you go. Two more miserable new signing photos, courtesy of Celtic and Everton...

    Aaron Lennon

    Use hashtag #bbcsportsday on Twitter to send us your entries for most miserable new signing.

  67. Carayol joins Leeds

    Football

    Leeds United have made their second signing of the window, with winger Mustapha Carayol joining on loan from Middlesbrough until the end of the season. And doesn't he look delighted with the move!

    Here's a challenge for you. What is the most miserable looking new signing photo you can find? To give you a head start, we'll post two more straight after this, then it is over to you...

  68. Guess who's back?

    Football

    Arsenal fans might remember this pink-mowhawk sporting Swede...

    Freddie Ljungberg

    Well Freddie Ljungberg is back at the Gunners, but in a coaching capacity.

    The 38-year-old, who won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups while at Arsenal, is coaching the under-15 side.

    "He wants to make his license. They have to take on a youth team and we are happy to give him that," said former boss Arsene Wenger.

  69. Wycombe to name 46-year old coach on bench

    Wycombe v Aston Villa, 12:45 GMT (commentary on 5 live sport)

    This has all the makings of one of those classic FA Cup stories. Barry Richardson, Wycombe's 46-year old goalkeeping coach, will be named on the bench for their match against Aston Villa on Saturday. 

    Richardson hasn't played a competitive match since 2005, but has regularly featured on the bench for Wycombe, and also for Peterborough, when he was sub keeper at Wembley for their 3-0 2011 playoff final victory.  

    Barry Richardson
  70. Chappell calls for Gayle ban

    Cricket

    Former Australian cricketer Ian Chappell has called on his country's cricket association to propose a worldwide contracting ban on Chris Gayle following his controversial sideline interview with Network Ten reporter Mel McLaughlin.

    The 36-year-old West Indian batsman has been disciplined for "inappropriate conduct" for the incident.

    "I wouldn't have a problem if Cricket Australia said to the clubs, `he's never to be contracted again in this country'," said Chappell. "And I also wouldn't have a problem if Cricket Australia said to the ICC, `what we're doing should be worldwide'.

    "How are you going to stop it otherwise?"

    Chris Gayle of the Melbourne Renegades gives a TV interview to Mel Mclaughlin
  71. Your FA Cup third round memories

    #bbcfacup

    We asked for your FA Cup third round memories. You responded...

    Grumpy & I Know It: I would say Coventry at Sutton United but that is more of a nightmare than a memory.

    Olly Van Gaal: Has to be @thesilkmen coming from behind to beat Cardiff and make history, 4th round, for the first time ever! We won 2-1.

    Fraser: Brian Howard scoring for Barnsley beating Liverpool has to be up there.

    Keep your memories coming by sending them to us on Twitter using the hashtag #bbcfacup.

  72. BreakingLiverpool recall duo

    Football

    llori

    Liverpool have recalled defenders Kevin Stewart and Tiago Ilori from their loan deals.

    Stewart,22, who can play in midfielder or defence, has been recalled from Swindon Town having joined the League One side back in July.

    Portuguese centre-back Ilori, 22, has returned to Liverpool from Aston Villa.

  73. Your FA Cup third round memories

    Football

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    We're asking for your FA Cup third round memories - send them to us using #bbcfacup on Twitter. 

    We'll also be getting the favourite memories of some of our reporters throughout the day...

    Wayne Rooney

    Laptop on my knee. Post match press conference in the bar. And a speeding fine on the way home.

    I will never forget my visit to Exeter to cover the Grecians’ FA Cup third round replay with Manchester United in January 2005.

    And after being held to a goalless draw at Old Trafford by the then non-leaguers, Sir Alex Ferguson ensured it was a day to remember for Exeter too.

    For Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney played, and scored, in a game watched by a capacity 9,033 crowd.

    Fans watch on at St James' Park
  74. Happy Birthday to you...

    silva

    Celebrating their birthday today are: 

    • Manchester City and Spain forward David Silva, who is 30.
    • Former Nigeria and Portsmouth striker John Utaka is 34.
    • Former Chelsea and Romania striker Adrian Mutu is 37.
    • Snooker player Marco Fu, from Hong Kong, is 38.
    • All Blacks and Chiefs fly-half Aaron Cruden is 27.
  75. MK Dons re-sign Forster-Caskey

    Football

    MK Dons have re-signed Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Jake Forster-Caskeyon loan for the rest of the season.

    The 21-year-old, who has appeared 82 times for Brighton, played five games on loan at Karl Robinson's Championship strugglers earlier this campaign.

    The England Under-21 international is eligible for Saturday's FA Cup third-round match against Northampton Town.

  76. The magic of the third round

    Football

    Conor McNamara

    Match of the Day commentator on BBC Two

    Working for BBC Radio 5 Live and Match Of The Day, I’m lucky enough to attend Premier League matches every week. It is arguably the best league in the world. However, without hesitation I would name The FA Cup 3rd round as my favourite weekend of the football calendar.

    The attraction is the imbalance: The professional superstars against those further down the football chain. Sometimes it’s teams made up of players who do ‘real’ jobs during the week. The prospect of elite millionaire footballers up against butchers, bakers and candlestick makers is what entices us all back every year for the 3rd round.

    It’s often about redemption. Footballers who were let go as youngsters by top flight teams getting a chance to show they could have made it in the big leagues. The bounce of a ball, a gust of wind, a slice of luck… They’ll take whatever they can if it means the chance of beating one of the big boys.

    AFC Wimbledon v Liverpool
    Image caption: AFC Wimbledon v Liverpool

    Conor will be reporting on Doncaster Rovers v Stoke on Saturday at 15:00 GMT for BBC Radio 5 live. 

  77. Wolves loan Wallace to Lions

    Transfers latest

    Millwall have signed Wolves midfielder Jed Wallace on a one-month loan deal. 

    The 21-year-old has only featured seven times since moving to Molineux from Portsmouth last summer.

    "He has real ability, is a hard working boy, and will provide good competition in the midfield area," said Lions boss Neil Harris.

  78. On this day

    Football

    paul scholes

    We are asking you for your FA Cup third round memories, well how about the return of Paul Scholes on 8 January 2012.

    The 37-year-old had retired in 2011 after winning 10 Barclays Premier League titles and had joined the club’s coaching staff.

    But an injury crisis Prompted Scholes to return to the squad, which was revealed with the announcement of the United squad for their match with Manchester City at the Etihad.

    The veteran came off the bench for the last half-hour of the 3-2 win over City in the FA Cup third round.

  79. West Brom news conference

    West Brom v Bristol City (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Pat Murphy

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "West Brom boss Tony Pulis believes the FA Cup is being devalued this year by the scheduling of midweek Premier League and Championship matches after the third and fourth rounds.

    "'I'm a traditionalist who thinks the FA Cup is the greatest cup competition in world football and it deserves a clear run, so that managers can pick their strongest sides without being concerned about a league match a few days later.'"

    Tony Pulis
  80. Arsenal news conference

    Arsenal v Sunderland (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger also discussed the current situation regarding the purchase of midfielder Mohamed Elneny from Basel...

    "It is complicated a little bit but we will work hard on it and get to the end of it in the next few days," he said.

    On other transfer news, he added: "Mathieu Debuchy has an opportunity to go but we have not been in touch with any club."

    Mathieu Debuchy and Arsene Wenger
  81. Arsenal news conference

    Arsenal v Sunderland (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    arsene wenger

    It was suggested to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger a number of times that his team have bigger targets than the FA Cup this season, but he was in no mood to bite...

    "The FA Cup an important competition as always," he told reporters. "There is only one way to deal with the next game and that is to win it. We are confident because we know when we perform we can beat anyone. 

    "We play at home in front of our crowd and we feel we can qualify. But Sunderland are dangerous on the break and it was a hard-fought win against them in the Premier League.

    "We want to win every competition we participate in and the FA Cup is one of those.

    "Everybody dreams to win the FA Cup. There might be priorities at some stage in the season but we have a big squad and re equipped to deal with all competitions.

    "Being the holders - we won it twice in the last two years - and we want to do it again."

  82. Norwich sign Pinto

    Football

     Norwich City boss Alex Neil, on the signing of defender Ivo Pinto, said: "Ivo has had Champions League experience this season, playing against Arsenal and Bayern Munich where he did very well. "He’s a Portuguese Under-21 international and at only 26 has his best years ahead of him. He is an athletic and good defender and will bring us options at the back." 

  83. Norwich sign Pinto

    Football

     Norwich's new signing Ivo Pinto said:  "I'm very excited to come here and play for a big club in the Premier League. "I'm looking forward to starting work to help the team achieve their goals."

  84. Norwich sign Pinto

    Football

    Ivo Pinto, a 26, has joined Norwich on a three-and-a-half year deal. 

    The Portuguese defender joined Dinamo Zagreb in 2013 and has made over 100 appearances in all competitions to help his side to the Croatian league title in both 2014 and 2015, as well as the 2015 Croatian Cup. 

    Pinto also gained Champions League experience, playing in Dinamo’s 2-1 home victory over Arsenal last year.

    pinto
  85. BreakingNorwich sign Pinto

    Football

    Norwich City have completed the signing of Portuguese right-back Ivo Pinto from Dinamo Zagreb for an undisclosed fee.

  86. Arsenal news conference

    Arsenal v Sunderland (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Next up is Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, speaking ahead of this weekend's FA Cup tie with Sunderland: "Everybody is available from last week and Mikel Arteta is back. Alexis Sanchez is a bit short to be involved in the squad but he is not far. 

    "Arteta has been in and out since the start of the season and now I hope he will be a consistent presence in the team.

    "Tomas Rosicky is not far off and Danny Welbeck may be three or four weeks."

  87. Everton news conference

    Everton v Dagenham and Redbridge (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Roberto Martinez says captain Phil Jagielka might be in contention on Saturday, after recovering from a knee injury.

    "Phil is a real calm influence,he is somone who has been through every single situation. he is very helpful to have around. It would be a good opportunity to see him back on pitch."

  88. Everton news conference

    Dagenham and Redbridge (Sat,15:00 GMT)

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez has spoken about the possibility of Republic of Ireland pair Aiden McGeady and Darren Gibson leaving the club.

    "There has been a lot of interest shown in the pair, we will have to sit down and consider what the next step is. They are both working well in training, they are disappointed to not be getting many minutes and it is important that they are playing ahead of the Euros, that is something we have to look at."

  89. Everton news conference

    Everton v Dagenham and Redbridge (Sat, 15:00)

    Roberto Martinez on rumours surrounding the futures of John Stones and Romelu Lukaku:  "We are a football club that do not rely on selling player to balance the book. Window to window we want to make the team stronger, that is the end of the matter. The past five windows we have improved the squad, given  the young players bigger role and developed in an incredible manner and we will carry on doing that. No one will be sold to balance the books/

  90. Everton news conference

    Everton v Dagenham and Redbridge (Sat, 15:00)

    Roberto Martinez on team news for the FA Cup third round match: "I don't expect Seamus Coleman , Romelu Lukaku or Tom Cleverley to be available on Saturday. They are reacting well to treatment."

  91. Everton news conference

    Everton v Dagenham and Redbridge (Sat, 15:00)

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez: "Our Club has a unique connection with the FA Cup. We understand that and we look forward to Saturday.

    "We expect it to be a tough encounter."

  92. Everton news conference

    Everton v Dagenham and Redbridge (Sat, 15:00)

    Roberto Martinez is in place, the news conference has started, so stand-by for updates ahead of their match with League Two side Dagenham and Redbridge.

  93. Everton news conference

    Everton v Dagenham and Redbridge (Sat, 15:00)

    Mike Hughes

    Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

    The downside for Everton's memorable victory over Manchester City in the League Cup semi-final midweek was the number of injuries to key players.

    Seamus Coleman is out for three to four weeks with a calf injury. Tom Cleverley aggravated an achilles problem and Romelu Lukaku suffered an ankle injury.

    Roberto Martinez

    Coleman's injury is problematic for Roberto Martinez as he has little obvious cover at right-back at the moment.

    The candidates include John StonesAaron Lennon, youngster Matthew Pennington, or perhaps even Leighton Baines.

    There's likely to be quite a few changes to the starting line up tomorrow, given Everton's hectic January schedule, though Joel Robles is set to continue in goal.

    Roberto Martinez news conference on the way at 09:00 GMT.

  94. Coming up

    Very shortly (they say 09:00 GMT)  we will be hearing from Everton manager Roberto Martinez and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, so stayed tuned.

  95. Curtis to stay

    Football

    Alan Curtis

    Alan Curtis will be a happy man this Friday.

    Swansea City have announced the caretaker boss will remain in charge for the rest of the season.

    The 61-year-old took charge after Garry Monk was sacked and led the team to one win, two draws and two defeats in five games, including three clean sheets.

  96. Bournemouth news conference

    Birmingham v Bournemouth (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Juan Iturbe.

    Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has been talking about new loan signing Juan Iturbe.

    The 22-year-old Argentine has signed from Serie A side Roma until the end of the season, but will not be making his debut on Saturday, due to work permit issues.

    Howe said: "It's exciting to have a player like Iturbe. We are doing all we can to help him settle & we have an interpreter.

    "There is no update on Iturbe's work permit, it is ongoing. We hope to have an outcome by next week, maybe Tuesday.

     "Any new signing needs time to fit in. There is no pressure on Juan or anyone we sign to change our season."  

  97. Bournemouth news conference

    Birmingham v Bournemouth (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    eddie howe

    We will be hearing from A LOT of managers today ahead of the FA Cup third round (there are 64 teams involved).

    First up is Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe, who takes his side to St Andrew's on Saturday.

     "We will make changes for Birmingham, we have rotated in previous seasons and have had success with that format too

    "We want to win, make no mistake about that. Winning is a habit and we want to go to Birmingham to win."

  98. 'Bye bye Fifa'

    Football

    platini

    Michel Platini has announced he will not stand in the Fifa presidential election next month.

    Platini, along with Fifa president Sepp Blatter, has been banned from football-related activities for eight years by world football's governing body.

    Both men were found guilty of breaches surrounding a £1.3m ($2m) "disloyal payment" made to Platini in 2011.

    They are appealing against their bans, but Platini says the timing of the 26 February election means he cannot run.

    The 60-year-old said: "I don't have the means to fight on equal terms with the other candidates

    "I have not been given the chance to play the game. Bye bye Fifa, bye bye Fifa presidency."  

  99. Aubameyang wins CAF award

    Football

    Aubameyang

    See that player in the Spiderman mask, that's the new Confederation of African Football's player of the year.

    Gabon and Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyangwon the vote ahead of Manchester City's Yaya Toure.

    Aubameyang is the first player from his country to win the award.  

    The 26-year-old is the Bundesliga's leading scorer so far this season, with 18 goals in 17 league games.  

    And here he is unmasked...

    Aubameyang
  100. GB 3-0 Germany

    Tennis

    heather watson and andy murray

    To tennis now and on a sweltering day in Perth, where temperatures reached 36C (weather we can only dream about here on Sportsday) Britain's Andy Murray and Heather Watson teamed up to beat Germany 3-0 in the Hopman Cup.

    First Watson beat Sabine Lisicki 6-3 6-4 before Murray overcame Alexander Zverev 6-3 6-4.

    The pair then teamed up for a 6-3 6-4 win in the mixed doubles.

    But Britain need France to beat Australia Green in the last group game to reach Saturday's final.

  101. 5 live Football Daily podcast

    Football

    5 live Sport have tried to do an FA Cup preview show without any of the usual cliches. 

    You know the sort - 'magic of the cup', 'David v Goliath', 'he also works as a PE teacher' etc. 

    They almost managed it. You can download the podcast previewing the third round with Pat Nevin, Neil Warnock and Rory Smith to see how they got on. 

    FA Cup
  102. Best of friends?

    Football

    Did they or didn't they?

    That is the big question surrounding Diego Costa and Oscar's training-ground fracas at Chelsea's Cobham training centre.

    The Telegraph say the two player had to be separated following an "outrageous" challenge from Brazilian midfielder Oscar.

    But Oscar took to Twitter to deny the story and insist they are "best of friends."

  103. The papers

    Telegraph

    No prizes for guessing what the Telegraph has led on.

    But cast your eyes to the top left of the front page of their sports section, they claim Real Madrid are targeting Totteham and England striker Harry Kane. 

  104. The papers

    Daily Express

    Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba's return to Stamford Bridge will help keep star player Eden Hazard, so say the Daily Express.

  105. The papers

    Daily Star

    The Daily Star claim Manchester United will try and sign Chelsea's Belgian winger Eden Hazard for £65m, after missing out on Real Madrid's Gareth Bale.

  106. The papers

    Daily Mail

    Chelsea's training ground row shares space on the Daily Mail's back page with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who will pick a weakened side for his team's FA Cup match with Exeter.

  107. The papers

    The Sun

    Let's start with that Diego Costa and Oscar story, which leads most of Friday's papers.

    The Sun call it a "dust-up". as the pair had to be separated after a "furious training ground ruck," which left teammates "stunned."

  108. Good morning

    FA CUP

    Today is the day the FA Cup starts in earnest.

    Back in August, 736 teams began their quest to reach Wembley.

    Now just 64 teams are left and this weekend sees the Premier League and Championship sides enter the fray.

    We will bring you all the build-up right here, as well as hopefully hearing from Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink on some rumoured training 'fisticuffs' between Oscar and Diego Costa.

    It's Friday, it's Sportsday and like the old adage of the FA Cup - 'anything could happen'.

    dIEGO COSTA and oscar