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FA Cup 3rd Round Special

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Good morning, Kickabouters, it is FA Cup third-round weekend,

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which means we have come here, but where is here?

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The nearest Premier League club plays about five miles that way,

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the ground is known as the Silverlake

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One more clue, and it is a big one, they are the only non-league team

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Well, here we are then on the hallowed turf,

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where later on today, weather permitting,

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because it is pretty damp underfoot, almost 5,000 Eastleigh fans will be

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crammed around this pitch, cheering on their team and hoping

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for an FA Cup giant killing against Bolton Wanderers

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It is the FA Cup third round, where the cup comes to life

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and we have got it all covered for you.

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Coming up, we bring the magic of the cup right here to Eastleigh,

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in the form of football illusionist turned groundsman John Farnworth.

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Strictly Come Dancing champion Jay McGuiness,

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who knows just what it is like to lift a famous trophy,

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gives us his dream five aside team and we hear from Tottenham's star

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defender Jan Vertonghen as they prepare to face Leicester

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As always, let's get up to date with the world of football.

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It is time for some headline hitters.

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Former Ballon D'or winner Zinedine Zidane has replaced

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Rafa Benitez as coach at Real Madrid.

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Pep Guardiola has got tongues wagging after he announced he has

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had offers from England when his Bayern contract runs out

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Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino stunned journalists.

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Do not worry Spurs fans, he just muddled up his English.

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Your number 10 is not leaving any time soon.

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Do not want, sorry for my English, do not want to sell him.

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Chances are you will not have heard of Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale,

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but the Scottish minnows are hoping to get to the last 16

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of the Scottish Cup as they face East Kilbride later today.

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We love an underdog on this programme.

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The FA Cup third round is already up and running.

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This is the stage in the competition when the Premier League clubs enter

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the fray, and there was a massive match last night when League 2's

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Exeter hosted Liverpool and this is what happened.

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This is one of the most atmospheric grounds in the lower leagues.

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There was a slip from Davis, clear to Smith.

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All square between the League 2 team and the Premier League

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They forced the draw and have taken Liverpool back to Anfield

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where there is the possibility of a huge giantkilling.

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But there is guaranteed to be a giantkilling over the next few

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days in the third round and it could happen right here.

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I am in the Eastleigh dressing room where in a few short hours

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the players will receive their final team talk from manager Chris Todd,

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before one of the biggest game of their lives.

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You may remember earlier in the season when we visited

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Brackley Town, in the dugout, something a little strange

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I started to believe I was a football manager.

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I really hope that does not happen to me again.

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I do not want to see boys out there, I want to see men.

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I do not want you to be Eastleigh, I want you to be beastly.

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I want to see Bolton scared, winning every single ball,

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I want you to go up and over, you know my way, and I know

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yours and you can win this game and make Eastleigh proud,

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you can make yourselves proud, you can make me proud.

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I do not want Eastleigh, I want beastly.

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I am not quite sure what happened there.

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Once the team talk is over the players will gather together,

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all geed up for the match and make their way collectively out

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of the dressing rooms, past the tunnel, the toilets

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and the other boring stuff and meet their opponents right here,

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Bolton, coming from the way changing rooms.

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Then they will, ever so slowly, walk down the tunnel,

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ready to face the passionate Eastleigh fan base.

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We have got some of those Eastleigh fans right here,

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Who better to give us the lowdown on their local club?

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Our nickname is the Spitfires, that is because old fighter planes

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They stadium can hold nearly 6000 people.

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We only became known as Eastleigh in 1980.

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Our FA Cup opponents Bolton are a lot older than us,

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The goal-line technology that is used in the Premier League

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was first tested out here at, you guessed it, Eastleigh.

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You will never guess how our manager Chris Todd keeps fit.

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He does press ups with his child on his back.

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If you do not believe me, watch this.

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Bolton are not the only big team to visit us lately.

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Last month, Jurgen Klopp brought Liverpool to train here.

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He once ran faster than Ronaldo in a match for West Ham.

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In fact, he broke the world record set by Antonio Valencia.

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Although Bolton are 50 places above Eastleigh in the league

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recent form suggests it could be quite a close game.

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The Trotters are currently struggling in the Championship

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near the bottom of the table while the Spitfires

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In total, there are 31 round three matches to be played this weekend,

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including my beloved, the mighty whites, Leeds United,

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who take on Rotherham in a local Yorkshire derby later today.

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There are dream trips for Dagenham and Redbridge who go

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to Goodison Park and for Scunthorpe who travelled to Stamford Bridge.

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Plus, there are five all Premier League clashes,

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of which features two clubs currently in the top four,

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We caught up with star defender Jan Vertonghen to talk about some

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Johnson over the top of Vertonghen, he has three options,

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It is a beauty, 1-1, and it is Jan Vertonghen.

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The FA Cup is a major tradition in England.

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The people around the club, they show their affection for the FA

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Whatever competition we play, we want to go as far as possible.

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We try to grow as a club, we want to show in the Premier

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I think we will have a strong team on Sunday.

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There is no point going into this game say at 50%, whatever.

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I have never played in a better team, I can say for a fact.

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And you can watch Tottenham versus Leicester tomorrow

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The pitch at Eastleigh has had to absorb an incredible amount

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of rainwater over the past few weeks, so much so that

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weekend's fixture was called off and head groundsman

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Tony has been working ever so hard to make sure the today's

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They even have rain covers on the pitch at the moment,

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so to help him out, we thought we would send him a new recruit,

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though I am not sure how useful he actually was.

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You do not really need to do that if you're going to be a groundsman.

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You're meant to be better dressed than that and you do not really need

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I take this ball everywhere, I need to use the ball.

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You cannot use the ball when you're working on the ground.

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Tony, this is my favourite ball, I have some super tricks

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All right, as long as it does not stop you doing the work

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Do some work on the pitch, please, now.

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Leave the ball and concentrate on making a nice straight line.

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Deary me, you will not make a groundsman.

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Sorry, John, you have not got the job, you are too laid-back.

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That was incredible, John, though I do not think Tony

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He thought I was a little bit too lazy.

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What was that, this invisible chair-ball balancing?

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Surely it is some kind of camera trickery.

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I can do it now if you want to see it.

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That sounds like an offer too good to refuse.

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There are some more people who would like to see it too.

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We still have Springhill, all decked out in their Eastleigh kit.

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Take my hands and I will use my power and your power and hold it

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That is of showing off from John Farnworth.

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It is time to see of Springhill can do a bit of showing off themselves.

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I want you to come out here and see many goals you can score

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Get yourselves in a line and away we go.

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While Springhill try and find the target,

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they are quite big ones, the viewers at home have been

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You lot at home have been sending in your videos

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A couple that caught my eyes even featured some

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They were marvellous, and please do keep sending us your skills. You can

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get a parent or guardian to film it on the smartphone or tablet and send

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it to us via the CBBC website. Now it is time for our dream five aside

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team and this week's manager is no stranger to getting his hands on a

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famous trophy. Hello, this is Jay McGuiness and this is my dream five

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aside team. I am in goal. You hold the strength of your body from

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beginning to the end and those are the best male arms I have seen from

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a celebrity. In defence, Rio Ferdinand. Looking for Ferdinand,

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how about that? We have got George Best. And Paul Scholes. What a

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drive. Up front, we have got Ronaldo. That is a great shot, it is

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a second goal in a day for Renaldo. That is just about all we got time

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for today, but the FA Cup third-round excitement has only just

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begun, with matches go lower over the next few days. Good luck to all

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the teams still involved in the competition, including the visitors

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today, Bolton Wanderers, but the last word, with it being the FA Cup

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full of giant killings, has got to go to the Eastleigh and this lot.

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Come on, use Spitfire is. Goodbye.

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