FA Cup second-round draw: Fylde host Wigan while Boreham Wood sent to Coventry

National League sides Fylde and Boreham Wood were drawn to play former FA Cup winners Wigan and Coventry City respectively in the second round

Non-league AFC Fylde will host the 2013 FA Cup winners Wigan in the second round of the competition. The National League side, through to this stage of the competition for the first time in their history following a victory over Kidderminster, were paired with the League One Latics when the second-round draw was made on Monday. Fylde’s fellow non-league side Boreham Wood will also face former winners of the competition in the shape of Coventry City, who lifted the cup in 1987. Coventry will be at home for the tie.

< p class="block-time published-time"> And that is very much that. Ties will be played on the weekend of Saturday 2 December 2017. Bye! Continue reading...

Oxford City and Boreham Wood shock Colchester and Blackpool in FA Cup

• Oxford City win 1-0 at Colchester; Boreham Wood beat Blackpool 2-1
• Mansfield end Shaw Lane’s FA Cup dream with Danny Rose doubleOxford City, second bottom in the National League South, provided the shock of the day in the FA Cup first round, beating Colchester, 56 places above them, with a 1-0 win away to the League Two side. Matt Paterson headed home David Pearce’s cross at the start of the second half as City reached the second round for only the second time in their history. Boreham Wood, 10th in the National League, provided another shock by beating Blackpool 2-1 at home. Danny Philliskirk gave the League One side the lead but the hosts hit back through Blair Turgott, on loan from Stevenage, and Dan Holman. Continue reading...

Lincoln’s Danny Cowley: ‘After facing Özil and Sánchez we don’t fear anyone’

As the Imps prepare to face AFC Wimbledon in the 2017-18 FA Cup first round, their manager reflects on last season’s extraordinary run and why his players still have to retrieve balls from nettles in people’s gardensOn Sunday morning, less than 24 hours after Lincoln City’s FA Cup first-round tie at AFC Wimbledon, manager Danny Cowley will be back on the touchline, this time as assistant coach of Baddow Spartak U10 girls. “I’m assistant coach, I’m not manager, I’m not even assistant manager! I’m a balls, bibs and cones man. It’s great,” says the 39‑year‑old, who masterminded Lincoln’s extraordinary run to an FA Cup quarter‑final against Arsenal last season. Continue reading...

Arsenal-Chelsea FA Cup Final on FOX watched by 984,000 soccer fans

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> Saturday’s broadcast of the 2016/17 FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea on the FOX network and FOX Deportes averaged 984,000 viewers combined across both networks. Out of the 984,000 viewers, 836,000 watched Chelsea-Arsenal on the English-language FOX network, while the remaining 148,000 watched it on the Spanish-language FOX Deportes. Compared to last year’s FA Cup final between Manchester United and Crystal Palace, the viewership on the FOX network was down 17% from the 1,018,000 that watched the game. In the 2016/17 final, Arsenal defeated Chelsea 2-1 in regulation time to win the trophy for the 13th time, making the Gunners the most-successful club ever in the 146-year competition. Arsenal won its third FA Cup in four years when it battled Chelsea at Wembley Stadium (the broadcast began at 12:00 PM ET on FOX). Kate Abdo anchored pre- and postgame studio coverage alongside Warren Barton, Mario Melchiot and Eric Wynalda.
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