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Happy New Year!

It's our first show back for 2018 and we're looking ahead to the weekend's FA Cup fixtures. Also, we meet FC United's fantastic young Ball Crew.


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Good morning, footie

fans, and happy New Year

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from everyone here on Kickabout.

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It's our first show

of 2018, and I must say,

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it's great to be back.

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I've missed you lot.

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It's been a busy time in the footie

calendar while we've been away,

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so with loads to catch up on,

we'd best get cracking.

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Here's what's coming up.

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We look ahead to the weekend's

FA Cup fixtures, to find out

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who your favourite footie

teams are facing.

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Kickabout meets FC United's

fantastic young ball group.

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And the New Year brings

a new challenge to the show.

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Keep watching to find

out more about this,

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the Kickabout Hat-trick Challenge.

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I can't wait to see

more of that later!

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Top stuff.

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Let's kick things off by checking

out this week's Headline Hitters.

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Sick of chocolate by now

after one too many

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selection boxes over Christmas?

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St Mirren full-back

Stelios Demetriou clearly

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isn't, as he tucked

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into a bar mid-game after it was

thrown at him from the stand.

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Talk about biting back.

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Check this out for a fantastic start

to 2018 for Preston North End's

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Kevin O'Connor,

who won the lottery this week.

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He was visiting family

in Ireland when he found out

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he was a millionaire,

after his uncle had bought him

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the ticket as a present.

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Keven's priority is still his

footie, though, as he says his main

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focus is helping his team

climb up the league.

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And a busy festive fixture period

finally came to an end on Thursday

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night, as Spurs and West Ham scored

two stunning long-range

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strikes to draw at Wembley.

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Elsewhere, Hector Bellerin's

injury time goal earned Arsenal

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a point against Chelsea,

runaway leaders Man City stormed

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15 points clear with victory over

Watford,

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and second-place Man United picked

up three points at Goodison Park.

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Stoke's troubles continued, however

with a 1-0 loss to Newcastle,

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piling more pressure on manager

Mark Hughes, as that

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as that is seven defeats

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in ten games now for the Potters.

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Oh, dear, bad times for Stoke,

and what a whopping

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round of fixtures those games bring

to a close.

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We've only been gone a couple

of weeks but Premier League teams

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have played up to six times

since then, and it's not just

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players that are kept busy

with all the fixtures for teams up

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and down the country.

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Hundreds of thousands of fans

volunteered their time every week

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for their favourite footie clubs,

from welfare officers and club

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secretaries to coaches

and programme sellers,

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volunteers well and truly keep

the game running.

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And I'm not only talking

about adults, as Ben

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found out when he went

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to visit the ball crew at FC

United last month.

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Welcome to FC United in Manchester.

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This club has only been around

for 12 years, but already it's

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a very special place.

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I've been told it's

all about friendship.

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It's about community.

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And it's about passion.

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Especially the ball crew.

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So, let's go and meet them.

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Thank you very much.

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Thank you very much.

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Thank you.

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Thanks a lot.

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Hi, I'm Rebecca, and I'm 12.

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I'm Jacob, I'm 11.

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I'm Amy, and I'm ten.

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I'm Will, I'm 11 years old,

I've been ball crew for 4 seasons.

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I'm with my new friend

William, or as I like to

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call him, snake hips.

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Because William has some

serious dance moves.

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What's the best thing

about being part of the ball crew?

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I think it's just

the club in general.

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The backroom staff,

the players and the manager.

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And you have the fans.

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It's like another family to me.

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Everyone is just nice, and you make

new friends when you join,

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and all the players take pictures

with you, they are really nice

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and friendly and you get

high fives and stuff.

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Everyone in there, I didn't know

before I was a ball boy,

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and now we're all friends.

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This season, it's my fourth season.

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So you must love it, then?

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Yes.

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What's the best part of doing it?

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Well, you get to know

the players well, and you've

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got loads of friends.

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FC United!

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FC United!

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If I wanted to be part of the ball

crew, what would I need to do?

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What are the main skills?

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You have to keep concentrating

because if you're looking around

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and stuff, you might get whacked

in the face with the ball.

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Make sure you don't go on the pitch.

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Wear layers.

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Lots of layers.

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Should I have worn gloves today?

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Yes.

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Always be ready.

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OK.

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You never know what's

going to happen.

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I'm going to cheer for you today.

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Every time you get the ball,

I'm going to be like yes!

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Yes!

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William, it's 2:35pm.

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25 minutes before kick-off.

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What do you do to get ready?

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A quick laugh and a giggle

and a chat and things like that,

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but overall just chill out,

make sure we are calm, get

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on the pitch, and then go to work.

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Two minutes in, and Will has already

been called into action.

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Corner, brings in

the ball, job done.

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Not great news for FC United,

because Harrogate have just scored.

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Right, guys, half-time, it's 1-0.

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How was that for you?

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Well, playing is OK,

but I think we can do better.

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I am with Adrian, who is Amy's dad.

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Adrian, can you tell me

about this football club,

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what's it all about?

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Every supporter has an equal share

in the club, so everyone wants

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this club to do well

because they own it.

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It must be amazing for you that Amy

is involved and clearly loves it.

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She went to her first game

when she was two months old,

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and she's been coming here since.

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And she could see the ball crew

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and she was like, daddy,

when can I be on the ball crew?

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They've got the best

seat of the house.

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This is what this club is about.

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It's a first step for those

kids and they enjoy it,

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we're looking at being in the club.

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Brilliant news for FC

United because it is 1-1.

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We've got about 15 minutes left,

and I tell you something,

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the atmosphere is amazing

and the ball crew are loving it.

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Is there going to be a winner?

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FC United!

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Bye, guys.

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That's it.

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Top stuff.

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Big thanks to snake hips

Will and all the team at FC United.

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Let's look at how you guys at home

have been keeping busy over

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Christmas and New Year break.

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I tell you what, is mainly meeting

top players, you lucky lot.

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Here is Charlie with some of his

favourite Bristol Rovers players.

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Henry was mascot for Burnley

against Watford last month

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and met his favourite footballer,

Scott Arfield.

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Hugo has just started

playing for his local team,

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and he was introduced to Blackpool

by his great grandpa, Dave.

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They love going together

to watch them play.

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Finally, Theo met Leicester City

star Daniel Amartey,

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who even signed his water

bottle for him.

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Nice one!

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And Theo will be hoping they can

beat Fleetwood Town in the early

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kick-off in the early

kick-off this weekend.

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And there's plenty to look

forward to in the league

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and championship clubs,

but do not

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expect any non-league

giant-killing this time,

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because it is the first time in 57

years that it's just

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football league teams left.

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We've had a little break

from the vote over Christmas.

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But we're back next week

and with Chelsea taking

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on Leicester next Saturday,

we need you to get online

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and vote for your favourite

between these two.

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Willian and Jamie Vardy.

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Head to the Kickabout

website to cast your vote.

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You've got until 9am on Wednesday

the 10th of January,

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and we will reveal the winner next

Saturday.

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While you're online,

do not forget to check out

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all the ways you can get involved.

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We love hearing from you,

whether it is voting

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for your favourite player,

sending us a photo or showing

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off your skills, just

like this lot have done.

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A lovely solo goal at his

seventh birthday party!

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What a way to round it off.

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What a way to round it off.

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A Man United fan showing us a great

technique for a free kick,

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right in the top corner.

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In the top bins!

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Nice one, Lucas.

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And he gets to play

football indoors, no

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wonder he is celebrating.

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Finally this is how to nail a top

corner free kick followed

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by an outrageous celebration.

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Super skills as always,

and sticking with top bins,

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like we just saw, that leads me

nicely onto the new Kickabout

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challenge I promised

you at the start.

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Here it is, folks.

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Look at this.

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This is the Hat-trick Challenge.

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We've got five balls,

three bins and one challenge,

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to land a ball in each of them.

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Sounds simple?

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It's a lot trickier than you might

think when you're under pressure.

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We're asking our favourite stars

to give it a go each week,

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starting today with Question

of Sport captains Matt

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Dawson and Phil Tufnell.

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Let us see how they got on.

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Hi, Kickabout.

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I am Matt Dawson.

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And I'm Phil Tufnell.

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We are question of sport captains,

I am a former England rugby

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player, and he is a former

England cricketer.

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OK.

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Right.

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Unlucky.

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Really good, nice touch.

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Hard lines.

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Could be here a while.

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You're going for the little one.

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Come on!

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Try this one here, it's bigger!

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OK, OK, OK.

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Which one?

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Anyone you fancy.

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Yes!

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Yes, let's do it.

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Ready?

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Again!

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I'm just going a little bit right.

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Come on, Phil, come on.

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So close.

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Hit the bar, double!

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Nice try, you two.

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Phil, unlucky, but Matt,

well done on the last bucket.

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That officially puts you top of

the Hat-trick Challenge leaderboard.

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Although it is only week one,

so maybe enjoy it while you can!

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Keep watching for more stars taking

on the hat-trick challenge over

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the coming few weeks.

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I'm not going to lie,

I'm quite nervous about my attempts.

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And we want you at home to send

videos showing us your take

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on the challenge, too.

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You do not need our bins.

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Any will do.

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It could be a trick shot, or three

bins lined up with five balls,

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like we are attempting

here on the show.

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Whatever that is, be

creative and get involved,

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and you could be appearing

alongside your favourite

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stars on the hat-trick

challenge very soon.

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See if you can do better

and actually land on!

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Right, that's all we've got time

for this week, but before we go,

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looking ahead to the FA Cup this

weekend we thought we would prepare

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you for the action with a look back

at some of the best goals from this

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round last year.

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And if we get any like this lot

again, we are in for a treat.

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See you.

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Accrington break now

down the left-hand side.

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Up towards the edge

of the penalty area.

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Long-range effort, and into the far

corner of the net, Accrington take

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the lead with a minute gone.

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Sean McConville with the goal.

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Dougherty up to the

corner of the box.

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Dougherty off to the corner

of the box, he sees cost a free

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a free on the right,

and floats the ball over to him.

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Costa looking for a

delivery into the box.

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Shoots, scores.

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On the breakaway.

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He can make it three.

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It is curled in.

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Brentford make it 3-0.

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It is the perfect start for Arsenal!

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What a fantastic strike

from Aaron Ramsey.

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Here comes Sinclair.

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He takes great pace

onto his right foot.

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Sinclair!

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He makes it two!

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Terrific finish

from Jerome Sinclair.

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Costa is there, Doherty.

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2-0!

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They could be going through

to the fourth round!

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Matt Doherty has scored

wonderful free kick.

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Sawyer shoots with his right foot.

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Brentford have scored again.

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Kamara in possession.

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Finds Bett.

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It's our first show back for 2018 and we're looking ahead to the weekend's FA Cup fixtures. Also, we meet FC United's fantastic young Ball Crew, and the New Year brings a new challenge to the show - the Kickabout hat trick challenge!