Rob Bleaney

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Name: Rob Bleaney
Date registered: October 25, 2014

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  1. The Agenda: Badminton puts funding case and England seek netball upset — February 4, 2017
  2. FA Cup fourth-round draw: Tottenham v Wycombe, Chelsea v Brentford, Derby v Leicester — January 9, 2017

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Feb 04

The Agenda: Badminton puts funding case and England seek netball upset

Women’s FA Cup reaches third round with Doncaster hosting Watford, Johanna Konta plays Fed Cup and England cross Severn to play Wales in Six Nations

Monday is a big day for the sport of badminton. Badminton England will put forward its case at a UK Sport appeal hearing into what it called the “staggering and incomprehensible” decision to strip the sport of its funding for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic cycle. Marcus Ellis, who won bronze with Chris Langridge at Rio 2016 to secure Britain’s first men’s doubles medal in badminton, said the funding cut would give young players “no chance at all” of making a career in the sport.

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Jan 09

FA Cup fourth-round draw: Tottenham v Wycombe, Chelsea v Brentford, Derby v Leicester

Manchester United will host Wigan, Sutton will face Cambridge or Leeds if they get past AFC Wimbledon and Lincoln will host Brighton if they see off Ipswich

7.24pm GMT

Well that was a bore draw if ever I saw one. The tie of the round? You’re guess is as good as mine. Tottenham v Wycombe and Chelsea v Brentford would both have been more interesting if the Premier League sides had been drawn away, and there is a chance that Bolton could host Manchester City and Norwich may welcome Arsenal, but replays could scupper those clashes. I’ll leave you with this thought from David in Bristol:

“Could this be FINALLY the time the TV rights holders don’t show Manchester United live…? we live in hope”

Related: FA Cup fourth-round draw: Arsenal to face Southampton or Norwich, Manchester United host Wigan

7.19pm GMT

Crystal Palace or Bolton v Manchester City

7.19pm GMT

Middlesbrough v Accrington Stanley

7.18pm GMT

Fulham v Hull City

7.18pm GMT

Blackburn v Barnsley or Blackpool

7.18pm GMT

Burnley or Sunderland v Fleetwood or Bristol City

7.17pm GMT

Rochdale v Huddersfield Town

7.17pm GMT

Millwall v Watford

7.17pm GMT

Manchester United v Wigan Athletic

7.16pm GMT

Chelsea v Brentford

7.16pm GMT

Lincoln or Ipswich v Brighton

7.16pm GMT

Southampton or Norwich v Arsenal

7.16pm GMT

Plymouth or Liverpool v Wolves

7.15pm GMT

AFC Wimbledon or Sutton v Cambridge or Leeds

7.15pm GMT

Oxford United v Newcastle or Birmingham

7.15pm GMT

Derby County v Leicester City

7.14pm GMT

Tottenham v Wycombe

7.13pm GMT

Here comes the draw. Owen and Keown are grinning in anticipation. Apparently little Micky has even brought his mum tonight for moral support. Surely not? Tough gig this one

7.10pm GMT

Plymouth’s chief executive is on the mic. He claims to have predicted a 0-0 draw at Anfield and is confident of victory in the replay. He says Plymouth was very quiet this morning after the celebrations of last night.

7.07pm GMT

The draw is being coming live from the home of Sutton United, with four of their players lined up in front of a load of rowdy fans to offer their views on tonight’s goings on. Andy Lock doesn’t seem impressed though, having emailed me with this opinion. Or is it just fact?

“The FA Cup draw is a load of balls”

7.02pm GMT

Martin Keown and Michael Owen will be pulling out the numbers. Both FA Cup winners yes, but entertainers they certainly are not. Oh well, at least the draw is not on The One Show any more. That really was painful. Did anyone on the planet think that was a good idea?

6.56pm GMT

Managers are often accused of putting pressure on referees before big games, but Sutton’s Paul Doswell has taken things a step further, putting pressure on the BBC. After sitting through some deathly predictable action this weekend, you’d have to say the man’s got a point …

Related: Sutton United’s Paul Doswell urges BBC to ‘get it right’ for FA Cup replay

6.52pm GMT

The lowest side left in this year’s competition are Sutton United, no strangers to FA Cup giantkilling of course. They held League One AFC Wimbledon to a draw at Gander Green Lane on Saturday. Sutton’s National league rivals Lincoln City are the only other non-league side in the draw. Top of English football’s fifth tier, the Imps are looking good for a return to the football league and will be licking their lips after outplaying Ipswich Town at Portman Road on Saturday before being forced to settle for a replay.

6.41pm GMT

Here are the numbers:

1 Ipswich Town or Lincoln City

4.58pm GMT

Hello and welcome. The FA Cup itself may or may not be what it once was, depending on who you talk to, but we all still love the draw don’t we. Don’t we? This is where the real magic happens. The anticipation, the excitement, and the crushing disappointment when you are drawn away to a fellow League Two side four places above you in 14th. Romance was hard to come by in the third round this year, until the Pilgrims of Plymouth pitched up on the sacred Anfield turf and walked off with a replay. They’ll have to go some to beat Jürgen Klopp’s whippersnappers at Home Park, but that won’t stop their players doing a spontaneous pile on in the clubhouse bar if they draw Manchester United in round four tonight. The TV companies would be delighted too – and desperate for Argyle to lose the replay. Oh the magic.

The draw begins at: 7.10pm GMT.

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