FA Cup first-round draw – live!

1 Accrington Stanley
2 AFC Wimbledon
3 Barnsley
4 Blackpool
5 Bradford City
6 Bristol Rovers
7 Burton Albion
8 Bury
9 Cambridge United
10 Carlisle United
11 Charlton Athletic
12 Cheltenham Town
13 Colchester United
14 Coventry City
15 Crawley Town
16 Crewe Alexandra
17 Doncaster Rovers
18 Exeter City
19 Fleetwood Town
20 Forest Green Rovers
21 Gillingham
22 Grimsby Town
23 Lincoln City
24 Luton Town
25 Macclesfield Town
26 Mansfield Town
27 MK Dons
28 Morecambe
29 Newport County
30 Northampton Town
31 Notts County
32 Oldham Athletic
33 Oxford United
34 Peterborough United
35 Plymouth Argyle
36 Port Vale
37 Portsmouth
38 Rochdale
39 Scunthorpe United
40 Shrewsbury Town
41 Southend United
42 Stevenage
43 Sunderland
44 Swindon Town
45 Tranmere Rovers
46 Walsall
47 Wycombe Wanderers
48 Yeovil Town
49 Guiseley
50 Warrington Town or Halifax Town
51 Chorley
52 Hartlepool United
53 Chesterfield
54 Southport
55 York City
56 Harrogate Town or Wrexham
57 Gateshead
58 Stockport County
59 Salford City
60 Solihull Moors
61 Alfreton Town
62 Woking
63 Hitchin Town or Leatherhead
64 Chippenham Town or Maidenhead United
65 Slough Town
66 Hemel Hempstead or Oxford City
67 Weston-super-Mare
68 Boreham Wood or Dagenham & Redbridge
69 Metropolitan Police
70 Bromley
71 Aldershot Town
72 Torquay United
73 Billericay Town or Taunton Town
74 Hampton & Richmond Borough
75 Sutton United
76 Ebbsfleet United
77 Maidstone United
78 Haringey Borough
79 Barnet
80 Dover Athletic

*matches to be played 9-12 November

Right, let’s get straight into the heart of things. After last weekend’s set of fourth-round qualifying fixtures, both Metropolitan Police and Haringey Borough will be praying for a plum draw against one of the bigger sides in the draw at this stage. The former, who play in the Southern League Premier Division South overcame Havant and Waterlooville to reach the first round, while Haringey got the better of Poole Town at their Coles Park Stadium, on White Hart Lane, to reach this round of the competition for the first time in their history. It goes without saying, but for those sides, getting here is a big deal; each team that reached this stage has already cashed £25,000 in prize money, while victory in the first-round proper is worth a cool £36,000. League One outfits Sunderland, Portsmouth, Charlton Athletic or Barnsley will not be quite so keen. Meanwhile, Hitchin Town, who are hosting tonight’s draw, will also be aiming to play in the first round by beating Leatherhead in this week’s replay. As for Peterborough United manager Steve Evans, his wishes are fairly simple. “I want the lowest ranked team at home, and if I can’t have them, then give me Cambridge United at home.”

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Usain Bolt’s football dream: how he got to the brink of a professional deal | Richard Parkin

Who is behind the remarkable transition and what has driven the narrative to this point?

It already has more bizarre twists than an F. Scott Fitzgerald short story, but on Sunday night the Curious Case of Usain Bolt, Professional Footballer delivered once again. Asked post-match on Sunday evening for his response to reports that the Central Coast Mariners were considering offering a professional playing contract to the Jamaican sprint legend, coach Mike Mulvey appeared entirely taken aback.

The Englishman isn’t the only one utterly in the dark, but it was an illustrative moment from a “will-he, won’t he” saga made exponentially more complex by the various subplots, actors and interests involved.

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Chelsea coach Marco Ianni charged over Stamford Bridge touchline chaos

• Ianni twice goaded Jose Mourinho during 2-2 draw
• Mourinho hit with warning after trying to confront Italian

Chelsea’s assistant coach, Marco Ianni, has been charged with improper conduct following the chaotic scenes that marked the closing stages of the 2-2 draw with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Ianni twice goaded José Mourinho following Ross Barkley’s 96th-minute equaliser for the hosts, leading to the United manager having to be held back by stewards as he attempted to chase the Italian down the tunnel.

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Touchline scuffles, Messi’s arm and five-goal hauls – Football Weekly

Melissa Rudd is joined by Barry Glendenning, Jonathan Wilson and Paul MacInnes as they discuss Chelsea’s dramatic draw with Manchester United, Fulham’s shocking defence, five-star Luka Jovic and much more

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Melissa Rudd is joined by Barry Glendenning, Jonathan Wilson and Paul MacInnes as they go through the weekend’s footballing action, starting at Stamford Bridge where Ross Barkley’s late equaliser sparked an almighty brouhaha, involving José Mourinho, Marco Ianni and co.

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The Fiver | Propelling their club to the giddy heights of fourth place

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Happy birthday, Arsène Wenger. The sophisticated French footballing pioneer has turned 69 and can reflect on a life well lived. Surfing into England from Japan on a tidal wave of almost total indifference to manage Arsenal in 1996, Wenger was, early doors at least, treated as a mild curiosity with his weird and wacky ways. When it became apparent that he knew exactly what he was doing, other managers quickly began copying his modus operandi. Before too long, players at most Premier League clubs had been banned from eating fry-ups for breakfast, encouraged to cut down on the fags and in some cases even asked not to guzzle down more than 10 pints of electric soup each at their weekly Tuesday afternoon sessions down the local drinker.

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