Tottenham Hotspur v Rochdale: FA Cup fifth-round replay – live!

As Chas, Dave and the drummer from Chas and Dave once sang: it’s lucky for Spurs when the year ends in one. ♬♭ They first won the cup when the century begun. ♯ ♪ They lifted it in 1901, 1921, 1961, 1981 and 1991. Throw in league titles in 1951 and 1961, plus a League Cup in 1971, and there’s a bona-fide number-44 smash hit right there!

Times change, though, and Spurs haven’t won the cup since the days of Terry Venables, Gazza and Paul Stewart. In the new millennium, it’s luckier for Spurs when the year ends in eight. They won the League Cup back in 2008 and … well, that’s it, though to be fair our hands are tied with sample size. Bill Nicholson took over in 1958, if you fancy widening it out a bit.

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Pep Guardiola may argue revealing yellow ribbon was unintended

• Guardiola’s jacket had concealed ribbon during first half at Wigan
• Catalan thanks fans for backing gesture in support of politicians

Pep Guardiola may argue he unwittingly broke Football Association rules by revealing the yellow ribbon only by accident during the second half of Manchester City’s defeat at Wigan Athletic.

On Friday the Catalan was charged with “wearing a political message” and has until Monday to answer the count. The rule applies only to what is worn on the touchline during games and at the DW Stadium Guardiola’s jacket concealed the ribbon during the first half.

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The Fiver | Agreeing to a rider that would have embarrassed Kanye West

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Fortune is not just smiling on Tottenham Hotspur in this season’s FA Cup, it is holding them by the hand and whispering filthy promises into their pr1cked up ears. The draw has treated Spurs to three successive ties against lower-league opposition and, what is more, their fifth-round adversaries, Rochdale, even laid a new pitch for them so the Premier League artistes would not have to navigate any bumps or divots at Spotland, ensuring the only obstacles that might have been in their way were the invisible ones of which some Spurs players seem to keep falling afoul. Happily for Mauricio Pochettino’s loveable band of tricksters, snow has hit the ground in London before Wednesday’s replay against plucky Dale, meaning there could be a soft white coating across the Wembley surface to cushion any tumbles by Dele Alli and Harry Kane.

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Quini: a tale of kidnap, ransom and forgiveness in Barcelona

The former Spain and Barcelona striker Quini died aged 68 on Tuesday and in remembering his illustrious career there is no doubt that one extraordinary notorious incident stands out

Enrique Castro, ‘Quini’, left the Camp Nou, drove home, set the video to record the highlights of the night’s games, got back into the car and headed to the airport. It was 1 March, 1981, and Spain’s top scorer, who passed away on Tuesday having suffered a sudden heart-attack aged 68, had just scored two more goals and was going to collect his wife and children, who were flying back into Barcelona in from Asturias. It is there, at Sporting Gijón’s El Molinón ground, that his body lies in rest and where the funeral was held on Wednesday, a stadium that will now carry his name, but his loss was felt all over Spain.

Related: The chaos of Diego Costa rules for Atlético Madrid in rout of Sevilla | Sid Lowe

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