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Good morning everyone, and welcome to an FA Cup first round
special edition of Match of the Day Kickabout.
We are here today at St James's Park, not the St James's Park in
Newcastle, but St James's Park of Brackley Town FC, non-league, but
hoping to get the rub of the green from this fantastic surface in their
huge FA Cup encounter tomorrow with league opponents Newport County.
Here is what's coming up on today's show:
What is it like to spend a day in the life
of a semiprofessional footballer?
We met up with Eddie Odhiambo.
Magic man John Farnworth dazzles the Newport County squad in training,
and, as they join the FA Cup in round three, the Premier
League continues this weekend.
We have all the latest news.
But, before all that entertainment, let's take a look
at this week's headline hitters.
Check out this goal scored by a Japanese high school team.
After the kick upfield from the goalkeeper, the ball does
not touch the floor once.
And how about the finish?
Not bad from a school team!
Who is better?
Ronaldo or Messi?
Every football fan has had the argument, but one person who is sure
of the answer is Ronaldo himself.
I don't care what the people are thinking, what they
say, in my mind, not just this year but always, I am always the best.
Manchester City are through to the knockout round of the
Champions League after a 3-1 win.
Neighbours Manchester United also got a win at home to Moscow
to go top of their group.
And this late free kick sealed a 2-1 win to give Chelsea a much-needed
morale boost at Stamford Bridge.
But Arsenal were Mullered in Munich as they were beaten 5-1 by
What a run this is with Douglas Costa through the middle!
I am sat in the home team dugout of Brackley Town FC, where tomorrow
afternoon then manager Kevin Wilkin will be biting his fingernails,
he will be pacing up and down the technical area, hoping beyond hope
that his team can get a result in the FA Cup first round proper.
He is not going to be able to step outside the technical area,
as much as he might want to.
But I bet you he will be playing every single ball
that is kicked out there.
Oh, come on.
What are you do doing back there?
Why aren't you pushing?
Keep it moving!
What are you doing?
Watch your man!
Watch the eyes.
OK, well maybe I got a bit carried away, and you cannot blame Brackley
for doing that either.
They had to beat three other teams to get to this stage.
Tomorrow afternoon, this place will be buzzing
as full-time professionals Newport County come and take on
the part-timers of Brackley Town.
Earlier this week, I caught up with one of those players, who has to
juggle the demands of a full-time job with the responsibility
of turning up for the first team.
Meet Eddie Odhiambo.
He was in the same Southampton youth team as Lallana and trained along
side the likes of Gareth Bale.
His career has taken him from Tanzania to Oxfordshire in England.
And, because he is part-time, he also has a day job as community
manager for Brackley Town.
My role is community manager at Brackley Town, which involves
delivering sessions at schools, so it is really about bringing football
to the community of Brackley.
a week in the evenings was tricky.
There were times where you left home and it was early hours,
and you got home after 10pm.
Now I have got a grip on it and I am really enjoying it.
Usually, his job is teaching these kids skills on the training pitch,
but today, I had something different in store for him.
Class 4, welcome to this specially themed
Match of the Day Kickabout lesson.
My name is Mr Shires.
Good morning, Mr Shires.
Can anyone guess why we might be here today?
Is it for the FA Cup?
Well done, young man.
And, does anyone know who will be playing in the FA Cup this weekend?
Odhiambo, you are being a bit naughty there.
Brackley Town against Newport County.
Stand up, everyone.
Every question has two possible answers.
If you get the question wrong, I am going to need you to sit back down.
The youngest ever player in an FA Cup final was Curtis Weston in 2004.
Was he 16 or 17?
The answer was 17.
Oh dear, oh dear.
Let's hope you are talking on the pitch, rather than in the classroom.
Leave the ball there.
For those of you who like a disco, let's get on the ball.
That's it, final whistle.
In football playing, you are coaching in the community, where do
you find the time to do all the other stuff you need to do in life?
When do you get your hair cut?
I actually got it done yesterday!
Does there come a point where you have been working
all day and you think, I am just too physically tired,
but you have to push through that?
That is called Tuesday.
Any unusual job on the team?
I have got somebody who works on the bins.
I have got a salesman.
But I would not dream of buying anything from him.
Let go back to your time at Southampton.
Who were the biggest players?
Theo Walcott, Nathan Dyer, Gareth Bale.
Did you play with Gareth Bale?
Yes, he was a year or two younger than me, he was playing under 16s
one minute, and the next minute he was in the first team.
I feel fortunate to have played with players of that calibre.
We will go out onto the pitch.
Behind the goals is the faithful stand are.
They cheer all my goals.
Yes, my mate!
Nine, ten, 11...
It has been a long day.
It is raining, we are still going.
Let's hope we can get a win on Sunday.
Well, I was tired just following Eddie around all day.
Now, I am joined by the man who will be making that
all-important team talk in this very room, the Brackley Town home
changing room, tomorrow afternoon.
It is Kevin Wilkin, the manager.
It is a pleasure to see you.
It is going to be a tense place tomorrow, I imagine.
I think so, there will be one or two nerves.
People have got plenty to look forward to.
It is a great opportunity for us.
We spent some time this week with Eddie. What do you make
of their dedication?
With them working 60 hours, some of them, a week
in their everyday jobs, and then to come training two nights a week
and commit to the Saturdays as well, it is a big commitment, but days
like this are what it is all about.
A chance for us to put ourselves on the map.
I hope you do.
I know you had your work cut out picking 11 players for tomorrow,
but we like to ask people to pick their dream five aside team.
Can you do that for us?
In goal, we go with Manuel Neyer.
Nearly unbeaten in goal.
World Cup winner, a top goalkeeper.
At the back, Bobby Moore.
Good tackle by Bobby Moore!
The perfect timing.
He was a bit before my time, but speaking to people,
everybody that has ever watched him, said what a legend he was,
and again, a World Cup winner.
England are the world champions!
In midfield, I would go for Kenny Dalglish.
As a Liverpool fan, an absolute legend at the club.
A legend for Scotland, and a goal scorer, someone who can get around
the field and help me in midfield, which is where I see myself.
Playing alongside Kenny Dalglish, it would be an honour.
Up front we will go with Cristiano Ronaldo.
Again, probably needs no explanation.
A top, top player.
He scores goals for fun, great energy, great strength.
That is my dream team.
Hopefully we can be successful.
Well, thank you, Kevin.
I will leave you to get on with the tactics for tomorrow.
We have sent John Farnworth down to Newport training to practice
some of his magic skills.
Perhaps those players will be too busy trying to figure out how
he did it prepare for the game.
18, centre back.
Collins, 18, striker.
Evans, 18, midfielder.
As I go through the cards, mate, you are going to say stop.
OK, that is your card.
Do you know what it is?
I don't want to see the card.
I want you to think about the card.
Don't tell me your card.
I am going to give you the deck.
I am going to try to find it.
This is a joke.
Is that your card? Yes.
I have actually got a world record for this trick, but I have kind
of figured out a way of tying my laces while I do around the world.
As I go around, I can sort of kick it in a way that, when it goes
around, it ends up tied, my shoe.
It is crazy.
It is my favourite trick.
That is impossible!
If you want to see more of John Farnworth's amazing magic,
go to our website.
We will also find lots of quizzes to test your football knowledge,
and all of our best interviews.
The FA Cup is a celebration of grassroots football, and kickabout
viewers have been excelling on pitches and playgrounds everywhere.
Look at left-footer James, a perfect free kick with great pace.
Ronaldo and Gareth Bale would be proud.
And what can you say about this confident finish from Lucas?
Messi had better look out!
We might be getting very excited about the FA Cup first round,
but that doesn't mean we have forgotten about this weekend's
Premier League action.
Chelsea visit Stoke and will be desperate for a win.
Jose Mourinho's men are down in 15th place.
The North London derby will be as big as ever.
Tottenham are in good form, and young stars have been called up
to the latest England squad.
That's all we have got time for on today's show.
Let's hope Brackley do themselves proud on this very page tomorrow
afternoon against Newport County.
And who knows, they may even pull off one of the
FA Cup's magical giant killings, just like these guys did.
Can he win it here?
Jarrett Rivers for the Spartans!
Driven in that time, and it is in.
Just look at the scenes.
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