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Nov 06

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 8.01pm GMT Non-league AFC Fylde will host the 2013 FA Cup winners Wigan in the second round of the competitio…

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Nov 04

FA Cup: Woking and Guiseley hold League opponents to earn place in draw

• Jamie Philpot’s header earns Woking a replay at Bury• Truro’s Cup journey ends with defeat at CharltonThe National League sides Woking and Guiseley earned draws against Football League opposition on Sunday to ensure a place in the second round draw. …

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Nov 04

Southampton 0-1 Burnley, Newcastle 0-1 Bournemouth and FA Cup – as it happened

Burnley moved sixth in the Premier League table on a day Swansea and West Brom fans got increasingly restless 5.35pm GMT Premier League: Steve Cook popped up in the second minute of added time to mug Newcastle in their back yard. Related: Steve Cook’s…

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Nov 03

Saïss and Bonatini take Wolves four points clear with win over Fulham

Impressive Wolverhampton Wanderers moved four points clear at the top of the Championship after cruising past a limp Fulham side. Related: Sunderland’s natural position is seventh in Premier League, says Ellis Short Continue reading…

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Nov 03

FA Cup first round dreamers: from a former Wembley winner to a lifelong fan

We hear from people at six clubs aiming to make a splash in the Cup this weekend, including the Truro captain who shocked his son by dancing round the room and shouting at the television when they drew CharltonShaw Lane v Mansfield, Saturday, 12.30pm R…

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Nov 03

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 hour…

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Nov 02

From ball boys to the boardroom: why the FA Cup first round matters

We asked for your thoughts on the FA Cup first round and heard from strikers, supporters, photographers, programme editors, directors and press officersKane Smith is a right-back at Boreham Wood who joined them from Hitchin Town at the start of the sea…

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Oct 18

What does playing in the FA Cup first round mean to you?

If you’re taking part in the FA Cup first round – as a fan, player, coach, manager, board member or in any way at all – we’d like to hear from youEighty teams will contest the first round of the FA Cup at the start of November, when there will be plent…

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Oct 16

FA Cup first-round draw – as it happened

Eighth-tier Hyde were drawn at home to MK Dons, while Heybridge Swifts were drawn away at Exeter Town and Charlton host Truro 7.35pm BST That’s it from me here, but join me here for Leicester City v West Brom – live! Related: Leicester City v West Brom…

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May 31

Einstein looked up the speed of light | Brief letters

Old Etonians in the FA Cup | Climbing Everest | Makeup tips | Jeremy Corbyn’s memory for figures | Paul Nuttall’s internment plan | New spin on an old proverb

One of the two FA Cup finals Old Etonians won (Letters, 30 May) was in 1882. They were playing a storming Blackburn Rovers, who by the end of that season stood undefeated in 35 games. The Rovers were perhaps overconfident; their club poet (yes) came to the Oval with copies for sale of an Ode to Victory. In the event, the OEs prevailed 1–0. But an immortal couplet from the ode has long survived in my memory: “All hail, ye gallant Rovers lads! / Etonians thought ye were but cads.”
Richard Abram
Wanstead Park, Essex

• The claim by Kilian Jornet to have climbed Everest twice in a week (Report, 30 May) is erroneous. If Everest is 8,848 metres high and he started from base camp at 6,500 metres then he only climbed about a quarter of it, albeit the highest quarter. He should have started at sea level. By the same token I didn’t climb Helvellyn a fortnight ago.
Colin Challen
Scarborough

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May 30

When Old Etonians won the FA Cup | Brief letters

Football in private schools | Welsh history | Police as protectors | Plastic bag recycling

On Cup final day, I enjoyed reading DJ Taylor’s article on the football novel (Review, 27 May). However, in discussing the first wave of football fiction, largely describing boys’ school stories, he noted that their “real-life, public-school attending equivalents would, of course, have played rugby”. This perpetuates the error, which I thought had been laid to rest, that independent schools shunned football. As an example, before professionalism took hold, Old Etonians contested no fewer than six FA Cup finals, winning two of them. One of their losses was against Old Carthusians.
Ed Lilley
Bristol

• Comforting though it is to see that Oxford students will have to study for exams on “non-British, non-European” topics (Report, 29 May), I wonder whether they might consider studying non-English “British” topics? What does the average student know, for instance, about the Rebecca Riots, the Treason of the Blue Books, Tryweryn, Senghennydd, Pont Trefechan? But then it’s only Wales, so it doesn’t matter, does it?
Dr Meg Elis
Caernarfon, Gwynedd

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May 30

David Squires on … Arsenal winning a genuinely compelling FA Cup final

Our cartoonist looks back at one of the rarest of beasts, as Arsenal got the better of Chelsea in a thrilling Wembley showpiece

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May 29

FA Cup photo essay: the road to Wembley

Guardian photographer Christopher Thomond documented each round of this year’s FA Cup. Starting with his local team Stockport County in the first round, he followed the winner of each game to the final at Wembley on Saturday.

Click here to view Chris Thomond’s photo essays from each round

Edgeley Park, Saturday 5 November

I’ve been coming here since I was a kid just after the war. There was no seating of course and they just passed us kids down to the front and we sat on the track at the side of the pitch. My son had been coming for ever, sort of. He passed away but the club looked after him. We had a service here and sprinkled his ashes right over by the goalposts and they put a plaque here on the seat” – Ray Bennett, Stockport County fan

This means everything today. We’ve been so unpredictable this season and I thought we were going to struggle. I’m just so happy. Stockport were pretty dirty, Woking were pretty average but, you know, we got through in the end even though the ref was … what can we say about refs this season, awful” – Nicky Donaghey, Woking fan

We played Coventry down here in the FA Cup in the 90s and that was not bad. We drew up there in Coventry but then lost 2-1 down here. I also remember us winning the FA Amateur cup in 1958 so there’s been some good times” – Roger Sherlock, Woking fan

I’ve brought my granddaughter Katie, this is her first game, my grandson and … Holly Willoughby. A friend of mine had a cardboard cut-out of her and I thought she looked really good so I brought her to the game. She’s caused quite a stir. This is her second match” – Paul Sparkes, Accrington Stanley fan

The Cup’s been good for us. In 2002-3 we played Huddersfield here in the Cup. It was televised and we beat them. Then we played Bournemouth and we beat them too. We were part-time and the money from the Cup runs probably went a long way to helping us go full-time” – Malcolm Isherwood, Accrington supporters’ club member

One of the regulars missed the departure of the coach due to flooding around Luton. He followed the coach all the way up the motorway until its first stop on the M6 where he ditched his car and followed on with us up here. On the way back we’ll drop him off again to pick his car up. He’s disabled so he’s paid his badge and the organiser’s given him some money back so he’ll be OK. That’s us though” – Andrew Peill, Luton Town fan

I’ve only been following Stanley for about five years since I moved to Accrington from Preston for work reasons. I thought I’d just go down out of curiosity and I was hooked from day one. You just get a completely different atmosphere at the lower league grounds. I mean, this [the Riverside] is a magnificent stadium but I personally think that when we’re all stood together on the Clayton End, it’s an amazing atmosphere” – Andy Richards, Accrington Stanley fan

My first FA Cup game was against Blackburn Rovers in 1964. I went along but had to leave at half-time. We were stood in a temporary stand that they had put up on the Beech Road side and I could see sod all. I was only a small child and couldn’t see a thing so we went home. Not a good start, though we won 3-1. Hopefully the view today should be a bit better” – Andy James, Oxford United fan

I remember growing up as a kid and looking forward to the Cup draw on Monday afternoon, huddled around the radio at school. Forget all the razzmatazz and all the celebrity draws they have now. For me the FA Cup is still wonderful with its traditions though TV has moved this kick-off to 12.15pm” – John Donovan, organiser of Middlesbrough fans’ group Twe12th Man

This is my twelfth trip to Wembley. The first was in 1976 against Newcastle, we won 2-1; then two appearances in ’81 because we had a Cup Final replay; after that it was the Full Members’ Cup against Chelsea; then the play-offs against Gillingham; then we go to the current era: Man United semi; Stoke final; Chelsea semi; Wigan final; Sunderland; Liverpool; and then today. That’s not bad for a City fan, is it?” – Tony Chaloner, Manchester City fan

I’ve followed Arsenal for many, many years … too many! The suit was made by a tailor in Thailand two years ago because I had to have something special. I’m over at the Emirates perhaps six or seven times a year but this is the first time I’ve worn the suit in London. I get a good reaction all over the place, in the pub, on the underground, everywhere” – Agnar Hansen, Arsenal fan from Norway

My nan, Cathy Draper, passed away a year ago. She was a massive Arsenal fan who went to the Emirates but never got to come here so I though it was a fitting tribute to put the message on my back and take her to Wembley with me. She took me to games and it was kind of our thing” – Luke Ackers, Arsenal fan

I did a gig in Peterborough last night, have already been and set up for Baldock tonight, have come down here on the train and then I’ll get back to the pub for about 9.30pm and be jump-suited up and ready to sing. Hopefully we’ll have won and I’ll be in a really good mood for it, singing a celebratory version of Glory Glory Hallelujah at the tops of our voices” – Mark Goddard, Chelsea fan and Elvis impersonator

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May 29

Arsène Wenger smiles better as he shakes off Arsenal hurt and suffering | David Hytner

FA Cup-winning manager says: ‘One thing you cannot question is my commitment … I have desire, I love my job, I love to win, I love to build’

More than anything, Arsène Wenger looked happy. For months, the Arsenal manager has furrowed his brow and tensed his body as the blows have rained down on him. He has sensed conspiracy at every turn; a trap in every question. There have been enemies everywhere, including within club ranks. It has been draining.

At Wembley on Saturday, the worry lines could finally soften and the enduring image of Arsenal’s FA Cup final victory over Chelsea was that of Wenger’s smile. Even those who have hounded and denounced him might have felt its warmth.

Related: Aaron Ramsey fires Arsenal to FA Cup final win over 10-man Chelsea

Related: Arsène Wenger got strategy spot on from back to front in Arsenal win | Michael Cox

Related: Arsène Wenger and Arsenal have answers but questions remain | Barney Ronay

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May 28

Gary Cahill rues ‘crazy’ offside rule in wake of Chelsea’s FA Cup final defeat

• Defender says ‘maddest rule I have ever seen’ led to Arsenal’s opener
• ‘If Ramsey is not there, I can run out and get the ball,’ says Thibaut Courtois

Gary Cahill has described the current interpretation of the offside rule as “the maddest rule I have ever seen” as the Chelsea defender struggled to come to terms with the decision to award Alexis Sánchez’s opening goal in Saturday’s FA Cup final.

Chelsea were also perplexed that the referee, Anthony Taylor, did not penalise the Arsenal forward for handball in the buildup. After that Aaron Ramsey’s initial movement towards the ball from an offside position prompted the assistant referee, Gary Beswick, to raise his flag. Yet while Ramsey’s presence may have been a distraction, the fact he did not touch the ball, directly interfere with an opponent or ensure his side gained an unfair advantage through his position meant Taylor eventually allowed the fifth-minute goal.

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May 28

Arsène Wenger says Arsenal FA Cup win should answer questions over future

• Board meeting will decide manager’s future after almost 21 years at club
• ‘Best presentation I could make is for board to watch Cup final again’

Arsène Wenger will tell Arsenal’s directors to watch a recording of Saturday’s FA Cup final victory over Chelsea if they have any doubt about his suitability to stay on as the club’s manager.

The saga of Wenger’s future will finally be resolved this week, with an announcement set for Wednesday – the day after a meeting of the full board, which Wenger himself will attend as usual. Wenger has made it clear he thinks he ought to be allowed to continue into what would be his 22nd season at the club while he says he knows “what I would like to happen”.

Related: Aaron Ramsey fires Arsenal to FA Cup final win over 10-man Chelsea

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