Dan Walker is on the road with guests Kevin Kilbane and Alex Scott as they visit Notts County ahead of their FA Cup fourth round tie with Swansea City.
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A very warm welcome to you on FA
Cup Fourth Round weekend.
It is a wet and miserable weekend.
We are live for the next hour
as the world's oldest club
competition comes to the world's
oldest professional club.
This is Meadow Lane,
the home of Notts County.
And this is Football Focus.
It's fair to say there's history at
this football club. 155 years old
Founded in 1862, no club has played
more league games and Notts County.
From the very bottom, to the top
tier, this place has seen it all.
It's a goal! Notts County into the
More ups and downs than anyone
else. 13 promotions, 16 relegations.
Administration. Almost liquidation.
But they're still here, the Magpies,
making Meadow Lane memories.
Juventus even got their stripes from
Notts, who helped to open their new
stadium. FA Cup history, plenty of
that, too. They even won it in 1894,
the first second division club to do
so. And they've scared a few of the
big boys since then, too.
Gascoigne's lost it on the edge of
the area! What a fantastic goal!
Some fine managers have passed
through here. The great Jimmy
Cyrille, the most successful. And
this manager is doing pretty well so
It's in! It could be the last
kick of the game!
There's a new
chapter waiting to be written. At
professional football's oldest club.
That is proper history, isn't it?
The legendary voice there of
BBC Radio Nottingham's Colin Slater,
who's covered more than 2,500
Notts County matches.
He will be here today. A bit of
light drizzle at Meadow Lane,
perfect FA Cup conditions. As we
start our first little wonder on
Football Focus, this will be our
home throughout the day. They take
on Swansea later on. Famous faces.
Jake Bugg, fan, he will be on later.
Neil Warnock, one of the former
managers, Sam Allardyce and his
protege Kevin Nolan is currently the
man in the dugout. We will talk
about him later. We love a crowd on
On we go then, to the
We love a crowd! Lets say good
afternoon to the regulars. CHEERING
Look at them all. I think they're
ready. Can we say a warm welcome to
Alex Scott and Kevin Kilbane?
Let's just get this out of the way
early! How many FA Cups?
Do you want
me to answer that? Zero, as you
I think about nine.
It feels like a great occasion
ready for a great FA Cup tie today.
You can tell, as a player coming
here to play it is always hard to
come away because the fans here are
so passionate. Like we have already
seen so far. It will be a great day.
We have done so many on the road and
we've never had a reception like
Never been to Nottingham
before, Kevin, that's why. Every
time we go on the road with you, you
have some sort of connection, surely
there is something with Notts
I thought this morning,
there is no link. I've only played
at the ground, that's it.
Unfortunately this time I can't
produce anything for you.
from Notts County throughout the
day. -- plenty more.
Here's what's coming up.
On his first week in the job,
we say hi to Javi the Hornet.
Welcome to England!
It is windy!
you understand why the English talk
about the weather all the time!
new but I am happy here.
Then catch up with Liverpool's
I believe after the Liverpool game,
maybe, 20 people in 100 will say
maybe these guys can stay in the
Forest's Leehi, on how
Eric got his dog.
I convinced some of the guys to put
Eric a dog in a #And some of the
guys tweeted it. We have the dog and
he is super cute.
Wigan's Cook craving a Cup upset.
And we pay tribute to the one
and only Jimmy Armfield.
And it's Albert having a chase with
Jimmy Armfield, he is winning, as he
wins most of the chases, Armfield.
We'll also hear from guitar weilding
Notts County fan Jake Bugg later on,
but we'll start with some cold hard
FA Cup action.
Don't go anywhere, watch us on
Football Focus for the next hour.
The fourth round is already under
with a couple of ties
taking place last night.
Manchester United, complete
with new signing Alexis Sanchez
headed to Yeovil, and
this is what happened.
Some idiot left his coat in Yeovil,
which is why I'm only wearing a
jumper but this is what happens. --
COMMENTATOR: This is an opportunity!
Jordan Graham, three years ago, he
was stacking shelves throughout the
night in a supermarket with the
first chance of the game.
opportunity. Rashford. It is
congested. Yeovil didn't deal with
it. Marcus Rashford took the gift to
give Manchester United the lead,
five minutes before half-time.
Two over here. Rashford is also
joining in. Sanchez has options.
Herrera. It is 2-0. Just as he did
three years ago, Ander Herrera
Look at Rashford.
International sprinter. He ignores
him, gives it to Herrera and great
composure and quality of that left
foot, beautiful strike. -- quality
off that left foot. 3-0! Lingard.
Simple as that, to finish off a
professional, efficient evening for
from the young man.
Rojo trying to square it bought
Lukaku. In the dying seconds. Romelu
Lukaku comes off the bench to score.
Manchester United have their fourth
of the night.
We will talk about
Sheffield Wednesday against Reading.
Alexis Sanchez gave the ball away a
lot last night although awarded Man
of the Match.
He did. Watching
Manchester United over the last few
years if you're thinking before
Mourinho took over from van Gaal,
there was always safety first
passes, no risk-taking. The ethos is
about taking risks.
He was going for
Yes, I was impressed with his
attitude that he showed. He will
make mistakes like that because he
is taking risks. That is the one
thing I will want to see.
Keown was trending on Twitter
because he was commentating and he
gave the Arsenal perspective of
losing Alexis Sanchez and he
questioned why he would go to
Manchester United over Manchester
City for what he considered to be
the best chance of winning
silverware under the best manager,
he called him a mercenary.
your take? At the end of the day, it
is still Man United. It is still a
top team. I don't know. He goes to
Man United and he will most likely
be in the starting line-up every
week. I don't believe he would be
that in Man City.
I am with Alex. He
is going to a huge club. Potential
to build over the next couple of
years. We know where City are, we
know that Guardiola will work with
fabulous players but it is still
We don't know how
long Alexis Sanchez will be there.
Jose Mourinho says he doesn't stay
at clubs for a longest amount of
time, three season, bit of turnover.
Do you think he is settled and will
he be at Old Trafford for quite a
I do, I think he has backing
and he is building the squad. He is
bringing in players he wants to. Man
United going forward look a strong
unit, now. He has the final piece of
the puzzle with Alexis Sanchez.
Regardless of contract, if United
don't win, he will be gone over the
next couple of years. The contract
has secured his future and stability
for the players, that's all.
man making headlines this week, Phil
Also making the headlines this week
the appointment of Phil Neville,
who will lead England's
women until 2021.
He'd been in the job less than 24
hours before he was forced
to apologise over three tweets
he sent back in 2012.
The FA say he won't face any
You have had a couple of days to
think about this. It is an important
job for somebody who doesn't have
that much managerial experience.
Alex, what have you made
of the way the appointment
has been handled?
From the start, maybe it could have
been handled a lot better.
Yes. If they had been more open
and transparent about the
application process and why they had
to deviate. People might not have
agreed with it, but may be
understood more about the situation.
Look at the top three candidates in
the running that are in women's
football, regarded very highly, when
they were informed that an extensive
background check would be taken,
they dropped out of the process.
That shows me that Phil Neville, at
this moment in time, was brave
enough, knowing the scrutiny he
would be under, to take that job.
There is no excusing the tweets and
everything that has come out, nobody
should ever joke about domestic
violence. As human beings, we all
make mistakes, we should learn and
grow as people. At some stage, we
have to move on from that and let's
judge him now on football.
mind, from this day forward, he is
the right person for the job?
always hard, once the three
candidates dropped out it would be a
tough job. Mark Sampson took a team
ranked 14th to third in the world,
Phil Neville has a hard job. He
comes from a winning background. His
family is full of winners. Maybe
that's the final piece of the puzzle
that this England team need.
there be genuine excitement with the
squad of England players?
be the case? Yes. If Phil Neville is
coming in and I am still an England
player, you know the environment he
has been in, he had won a lot of
things, I would be thinking, what
can I take? In the meetings with
Alex fibres, what did he know and
what can he passed onto me? There
would be things that I am excited by
-- Sir Alex Ferguson.
Some of the
language reflects badly on Phil
Neville and the FA, this process
never came up when they were vetting
Given what Alex talked
about, the amount of scrutiny around
all of the candidates in for the
job, the background checks. I would
be so sure that would have any sort
of influence over how well you will
coach a side. Everyone has made
mistakes across their life and they
will be judged. That will be brought
into public view. I don't
necessarily agree with that
whatsoever, but that is how the FA
want to go about things. I think it
is harsh, personally. Phil made
mistakes, we know he has made
mistakes. Anyone that knows him
knows full well there is no malice
in him whatsoever. Yes, it is a
mistake edited in the public domain
right now but I wouldn't judge him
for any of that.
Back to the FA Cup, though.
Fourth-round action last
night at Hillsbrough too,
Wednesday and Reading.
A goal either side of half time
from Atdhe Nuhiu set Wednesday
on their way to a 3-1 victory.
That was the first goal.
George Boyd made sure with a third
after the hour mark, before Reading
got one back, courtesy
of a Cameron Dawson own goal.
Wednesday go through.
Today's first fourth-round tie
gets under way shortly.
At London Road.
These are the scenes at London Road,
where Peterborough face
Leicester at 12:30pm.
Ten changes, Jamie Vardy on the
bench, the same sort of side they
played against Fleetwood.
And the much-coveted Jack Marriott
starts for Peterborough.
He's scored 24 goals in 39
appearances this season,
more than double Jamie Vardy's
And he's scored in
every round so far.
And that's the first of 12
ties taking place today.
After knocking out the holders,
not Notts, go to Hull.
Sorry that we have dimensioned
Nottingham Forest, everybody. BOOING
Does that work every time,
Nottingham Forest? BOOING I thought
Coventry, who beat Stoke
in round three, head to MK Dons.
Later on, Newport County face Spurs,
before Liverpool take on West Brom.
The live BBC game tomorrow is
Warnock verses Guardiola in Cardiff.
But before that, Javi Gracia takes
charge of Watford for the first time
for their trip to Southampton.
Marco Silva was given the elbow last
weekend after one win in 11
in the Premier League.
Senior Gracia is the 10th
head coach in six years.
Mark Clemmit was there to meet him.
If I was to say to you, who is Javi
Garcia, what would you say?
I was a
professional football player in
Spain for 15 years. Now, as a coach,
want a different experience. I am
here to enjoy this league, this
country and football.
It's a windy day today.
you understand why we English always
talk about the weather all the time.
I knew about it. In Spain, it's
better, sunny days, you know, but
I'm really happy here.
You go and
get cold, I'll get a cup of coffee!
You are very hands-on in the middle
of everything, directing.
want to be part of training. I like
to enjoy my profession.
still a frustrated player, though,
You're still a frustrated player?
miss a lot football playing. Now I'm
Is it easy to drop into a club like
Watford and start immediately?
easy because Watford is like a
family. I feel pretty happy here.
They've made me feel like home, then
it is easy to do our work here.
And the style, I mean, are you kind
of attacking, defensive, what can we
I want to play well. To play
well is good attack, good defence,
good transition, good set pieces. I
think to play well is all.
COMMENTATOR: Watford have ?
been uninspiring. The cruelty of
Premier League football.
It's all gone wrong for Watford.
Boos at Vicarage Road. Watford on
the brink of an alarming slump. It
say it is all.
I have to show you Carlisle United's
most famous ever left-back and it is
good to have some knowledge of
England, Javi? Does it help?
course. He does well with England
language. He doesn't have problems
to communicate with the players.
He will be OK.
How did you deal with the players?
They went home on Saturday night
with one manager in charge, they
come in on Monday morning, there's a
new coach in charge?
I can say, when
I arrived they have a very good
billionaire and a great commitment
with the club.
You do know there have been quite a
few coaches over the last few years,
how does it affect your thinking?
don't think about the circumstances
or how long I will be here. I enjoy
day by day the present. I think it
is the better behaviour in which to
do my work.
That's what it felt like watching
you out there today. It was very
easy for you to get straight on with
I'm like this. I don't have two
faces, you know.
I live like I'm on the pitch and I'm
the same way on the street.
What is the owners said to you about
what they want you to do this
They want to improve the
I agree with the values of the club.
. I try to improve in this moment.
I'm only worried about the session,
the matches. It is my obsession in
Well, good luck. It's very nice to
Thank you! Thank you!
If you are
turning on it is Football Focus.
We are in the Broken Wheelbarrow.
Talking about Watford, Kevin, a
couple of weeks ago, everyone was
talking about the previous manager
being one of the great young
managers in the game, now he is
I was looking back, David
Moyes' first game at Watford for
West Ham. Jason Burt from the
Telegraph was with us. I was keen to
stress, his record was not too
dissimilar to the last season. He
said he was the perfect professional
for the club. Bringing an attacking
brand of football. Delighted with
the way that the persona he is
coming across and the direction
bringing the club in, two months
down the line, he is gone.
Has it changed that dramatically in
two months, where he is leaving his
post? I don't get it.
Is it because we are not used to the
system the way that it works? There
is no loyalty. It is fine for them
at the club it is stable but from
their perspective, the head coach is
dispensable. To change that system,
that is where they change it. They
bring in a new person. They are not
dropping out of the Premier League?
That is true but maybe as the
managers coming in, they know they
are dispensable, so those are the
managers that they are attracting,
they know that they will be there
for a season, a couple of seasons,
so maybe they have to rethink the
If you look at the next bunch of
fixtures, from the Watford
perspective, from seeing him, he is
a very hands-on manager, maybe he
cab pick up the points to get them
up the table? They have an attacking
side. I have been impressed watching
them. They have shifted goals. But
they are exciting. Dabbing othery is
one of the most outstanding players.
So they have a chance.
But now they have more pressure on
them -- Dacori.
I think coming in mid-way through
the season he has time. It is not
until next season that people demand
to see the impressions he is making.
It should be good.
And another league?
They can have a
hit today. He can play the attacking
style. You watch at the moment,
there is a lack of goals, that's
where they are struggling.
So, how do you feel about Swansea
today? So, not a big boo. Just
And Swansea took on Liverpool at the
Liberty on Monday night.
COMMENTATOR: Here is ?
an illustration of the Gulf between
the teams, Swansea scoring 22 goals,
and Salah has scored more for
Liverpool than the entire Swansea
Here is Salah for Liverpool.
A difficult technique in the penalty
Five minutes to half-time. Here is
the corner. A decent delivery, into
the back of the net! By Alfie
Moreson. Swansea lead Liverpool 1-0.
What about this. What a goal this
will be. He put it wide. That would
have been a sparkling goal for
Liverpool. This is Van Dyk. In the
box. Firmino, he's hit the post.
Scoring a rebrowned.
Sensational. Liverpool, remarkably,
have gone from beating the league
leaders one week, to being beaten by
the bottom club the next.
Swansea, one, Liverpool, nil.
So, a remarkable result. Juliette
Ferrington has been spending time
with the boss.
Christmas Eve, you leave the job,
that's rubbish, isn't it?
It was the
job but I don't lose my dignity, my
pression profession, nothing about
my self-. I have self-confidence.
When someone says they are not
happy, you must go, think they are
losing a good coach. Since the
period of Sheffield, e-I receive a
call from Swansea, I receive
invitations from England and from
the championship, I have to tell the
Received invitation from Japan,
Turkey, from the United steaks. We
are talking about maybe 12 hours or
maybe 20 hours in which the
telephone was ringing.
Your phone must have been going
So, it was happening very
fast. It happens very fast in
Saved by the goalkeeper.
Carlos Carvalhal. He may Welling
collecting three points in the first
match in charge! What did you see in
Swansea when you came here?
arrived here I know the things in
I don't know so much in particular.
But when I started going deep inside
to analyse the team individual and
the qualities, all of the time me
and other coaches were surprised.
A good burst into the penalty area.
It's a fine goal!
We came to the
club. I spoke with the chairman. The
first thing that I did when arriving
to Swansea, I put the people that
work in the team around the team,
the kitmen, the physios, everybody,
sports, science, everyone together,
and said to them that they have a
very important role in the club.
Everybody is saying that the players
are not good, that the team is not
good. It is between us, between me
and the players. With you and the
players, we have a power to put the
players and make them happy or not
happy. You deal with them all the
time if you create a positive
environment in the building, they
will be more happy.
Van Dyk and a header! Into the back
of the net.
What is the belief now in Swansea?
You said that Swansea will stay in
the Premier League. So a month down
the line, what do you think?
moment, I believe, after the
Liverpool game, maybe 20 persons
will say that maybe they can stay in
the premiere. But still 20, I
believe that 80 will say that we are
relegated, that it is difficult to
stay in the premiere, because the
word I hear when I arrived in the
first press conference, not from me,
was "miracle." I refuse the word
"miracle" it is something that we
have in our hands. It depends on the
persons, not depending on other
help. We can do that.
In that moment I look to the people
in front of me, the journalists, and
well, you are a nice guy, it could
Now I like to their face, they look
to me with more...
We are in the position of
I don't know if you were counting,
looking at this beautiful shot. That
was a four-minute interview, with
only four questions asked. He is man
that loves to talk.
It is working with Carlos
And the other day, he
referred to Liverpool as a Formula
One car. If you put it in London it
can't go anywhere in the traffic. I
thought he talks sense.
But results is what counts. You
can't argue with that, for a team in
They got the results the other
night. Talking about a Formula One
car, if you suggest it, you make it
difficult for them. That can stop
them. It was a 4-6. Six lads at the
back. Difficult to break down. But
an amazing result. The way that
Liverpool played against Manchester
City the week before, how good they
were. It was a huge result. It could
have massive knock-on effect for
That's what it is. That can
reinvigorate them now to get them
going towards the end of the season.
Here today, from a Swansea
perspective, Notts County are doing
well in the league with a few shaky
results in recent week but this is a
tough one. They are facing a side
who know how important the
competition is, they have history.
They will be desperate to get the
better of Swansea?
They know it will
be a tough game. But they will have
to be organised. Ensure that they
come with the right mentality. If
you give Notts County a sniff at
anything today, they will take it.
They're a good side.
There are two or three in the draw.
This is one it could be a shot key.
You fancy Notts County, given the
home form, how good they have been.
And from a Liverpool perspective it
is classic Liverpool. To play like
they did against Manchester City,
and lose against Swansea. From a
Liverpool's fan's point of view you
think, if we could just click every
Your words, not mine! I didn't say
that. But you see them over the
years, they have done it. When the
sides have defended the penalty
area, the side is deep against them,
they can't break down and struggle.
There is no different plan that
Jurgen Klopp imports to the side to
get the results.
They took the Liverpool pace away by
And this is a beautiful stadium.
There between the stands, there is
the City Ground. Three weeks ago
played host round three as Forest
knocked out the hold earths,
Three weeks ago, it played host
to arguably the game of round three,
as Forest knocked out
Two of their four goals came
from USA intenational Eric Lichaj,
a brace that, following
a social media campaign,
earned him a new dog.
He told his side of the story
to Rachel Stringer.
ARCHIVE: The whistle is going.
We try to entertain, you never know,
John, you and your profession might
recognise that we are a good side.
This would once have been regarded
as a glamour game but with forest
being out of the game for almost two
decades, it gives younger followers
a taste of what used to be.
Thanks for inviting us to your home,
what did you know about the FA Cup
from being American?
Over the years
I could see how important it is,
it's a big competition with a lot of
history. It's really good. I would
love to win something, I haven't won
anything in England.
Trying to catch
him out and he has done. It is Eric
Lichaj celebrating and Forest fans
What are your memories
of that game?
I don't know,
everything fell into place, Gardos
mangles, the luckiest thing ever,
but it did happen. It was a really
nice moment -- I got two goals, the
Eric Lichaj going
for another! Eric Lichaj scores two
and what about that second one?
was pretty awesome, everybody loved
that goal. I am sure it will stay in
Forest's fans memories in a while.
Be the best goal I will score in my
career, I don't think I will have a
better one. I have been told by all
the fans walking around Nottingham
and by my family and everything how
good it was. It was a special
There's a story going around
but if you got a hat-trick in a
game, your wife would buy you a dog.
Yeah. It started with the interview
after the game. My wife said if I
got a hat-trick I get to get a dog I
mention that and the next day I
persuaded some of the guys to
include in a hashtag get Eric a dog
and tweaked my wife pictures of
dogs. Forest fans, to be fair to
them, bombarded her with tweets. My
wife got over 1000 messages, she had
to charge her phone three times in
that day from just getting messages
about dogs and pictures of dogs will
stop she has given in and we got a
dog, he is super cute. We were kind
of joking about naming it, like,
football banter or after Arsenal
players. And then they said we
should name at gun, that is a really
good name for a dog and it stuck. --
name it can! Garner.
promised you anything else if you
get a hat-trick in this game?
people said I would probably get
another dog and I would be open to
that because I want a really big dog
as well, that might be the next one.
I need to talk to her before the
Cat is from Birmingham,
your wife, had he picked up any
Birmingham 's traits or slang words?
-- have you picked up.
I don't want
to say. They strong. Whenever she
talks to her friends or her family,
it comes out. She says a few things
like shut up, bab..
Just signed a
new contract, exciting?
exciting. Hopefully I will be here
for years to come and hopefully get
this team in the Premier League.
That is my main goal in coming here.
Great to hear from Eric.
#EricHasADog is definitely
the hash tag of the year.
We are in the belly of the stadium
here, all black and white, of
course. Dressing rooms, home and
away, round the corner. We will walk
the same walk that the players do
just before 3pm as they make their
way towards the pitch at Meadow
Lane. Notts County taking on
Swansea. We talked about Swansea,
let's reflect the home side. This is
their pre-and post match interview
room against the boards.
Two of Notts County's
finest have joined us.
Very warm welcome to
Jon Stead and Shola Ameobi.
Good afternoon. Thank you for
braving the weather.
Jon, you've been here three years
and seen a fair amount of change.
But this place feels like it's
heading in the right direction.
Definitely. The first couple of
years were a bit up and down,
fighting with relegation places and
difficult times for the club but
since the new owner has come in, the
manager and new players, things are
Referenced a new player,
I want you to answer this question
without any football cliches if that
is possible. You have done thousands
of football interviews before, but
here you are with Notts County
taking on a Premier League side. How
are Notts County approaching this
today, no cliches allowed! LAUGHTER
First and foremost, we are excited.
You can see the buzz around the
place all week. We have a lot of
experienced players who play at high
levels. It's just another game. It
is an FA Cup, it is something
that... You know... We're not
looking ahead of ourselves. We know
it will be a tough task. But, listen
I tried not to use cliches, it is
hard. It is very hard.
I said, what
are you still doing playing, why are
you still playing, but do you enjoy
that, passing your experience on? I
saw your game against Sunderland for
Bradford a few seasons ago when you
were excellent that day as well. Do
you enjoy passing your experience
onto the players like you were doing
at Bradford as well probably?
course we have a good group of
players, we have a good mix of
old... Not old, experienced players!
& Young extremely talented players
as well. It is good for the likes of
myself to pass on that knowledge and
anything you can help along the way.
Does Kevin Nolan allow you to try
and Marshall be dressing room on his
day off? Or is the more of a
He is definitely
hands-on when he needs to be.
T.I.N.A. He likes the dressing room
to be between the players when
possible. Anything that can be dealt
with by ourselves, then we get it
Nipped in the bud before it
becomes a problem.
The good thing is
that he has characters in that
dressing room, the right sort of
characters. He has built a team and
a squad that he feels can stand up
to the pressures of the league and
these types of games. I think that's
what he's done very well. It's up to
us as senior players to make sure
that we show the right way to go.
You have scored a lot of goals in
the FA Cup already, that memorable
one against Chelsea. Are you hoping
to replicate one of those again?
Hopefully, I will take any goal
today, especially if it gets off
their resolve and through to the
next round. That was a special
What about the keeper?
was such a quick snapshot, the power
This is the last
round against Brentford.
have been my left foot! I picked the
wrong foot when I was a kid. Great
goals and occasions and we look
forward to another massive task. But
who says we can't do it?
We had to
dig into the archives for one of the
FA Cup goals. LAUGHTER
We have gone back to 2005, semifinal
against Manchester United. Have you
enjoyed this competition over the
It hasn't actually been that
great for us, for me, with my career
at Newcastle. We didn't tend to get
that far in club competitions, which
is obviously disappointing. But that
was a great highlight for me, as a
young kid. You always dream of
semifinals, playing in finals.
Unfortunately we didn't win but I
managed to get a goal.
Five-a-side with your mates.
Can you play?
It is completely
banned. It is all short and sharp,
no good for me.
You can always try
the people's up if you don't get in
with the FA Cup.
have a look at this.
The nation's biggest five-a-side
competition is back with a bang for
2018. The FA buzz people's cup is
fun, free and open to everyone. With
18 different categories. And there
is a trip to Wembley for the winners
who get to lift trophy at half-time
on FA Cup final day. The 2017
edition proved to be a massive hit.
The memories I way I will forget.
Look at us, we are in our hockey
kit! We are going to Wembley!
draft of my age to get excited, but
that is what walking football does
It's good to be walking and
playing football, we just enjoy it.
I love playing football again, it's
Do you have what it
takes to win the FA People's Cup?
You may surprise yourself. Register
your team now.
Well worth signing up for.
And you can keep track of events
here this afternoon on Final Score,
before watching all of today's
fourth-round goals on FA
Cup Match of the Day.
More live football
Cardiff and Manchester City
is on BBC One and there are more
highlights tomorrow night
from 10:30pm on BBC One.
Football was sadly mourning
the loss of one of the true
gentleman, this week.
The former Blackpool and England
captain Jimmy Armfield
passed away aged 82.
You might not have seen him play,
but so many loved listening to him
during his 40 years on the radio.
And watching him in his heyday.
A voice of authority and kindness.
And intelligence. Everybody loved
listening to Jimmy.
This is Jimmy's story told
by colleague and friend,
One thing I learned as I got older,
all things change. Invariably for
the better, despite what people say.
And yet, I believe I might have
played at the best time.
ordinary and yet unfailingly
extraordinary, James Christopher
Armfield will never be forgotten by
anyone who watched him, listened to
him or knew him. He was born in
Manchester, that is forever bonded
to Blackpool, the town he moved to
during the Second World War and
never left. In 1954, he made his
Blackpool debut, playing right
full-back. In front of him, Stanley
Matthews, who he had watched in
perhaps the most famous cup final
just a year before.
We all went.
Yeah, they took us down on the day
and we didn't have a seat. We stood
up on the Kop. Everybody's dream was
for Stanley Matthews to get his cup
medal. It became known as the
Matthews final. Stan Mortensen
scored a hat-trick.
I love the goal!
Stan Matthews was the talisman. I
still think he is England's best
ever player. It is good at getting
himself in possession of the ball
because he was quite often double
marked. That is how we always start
of the overlapping full-back game.
It was pioneering stuff. Soon,
others want to Jimmy. Manchester
United among his suitors. Jimmy
never played for any club at
Blackpool and became their record
appearance maker. -- for any club
Albert having a
chase with Armfield. Armfield
winning as he wins most of the
He excelled not just for
town but country, too, voted best
right back in England's 1962 World
He captained England
just a fortnight before the 1966
World Cup. But then injury struck.
Meaning he would watch on as a squad
Some people are on the
pitch, they think it's although the!
It is now! -- it is all over!
strange, all the players who were
not there were thrilled. I know they
were. They can say whatever they
like, they wanted to play, but they
The reserves are on!
There's Jimmy Armfield.
back and they say, remember the
World Cup squad? It's not the same
as being in the 11 who played in the
final. But the point was it was
better that they won. It is now,
more than ever, isn't it?
football management, next. And he
was a success at Bolton before
following Brian Clough's turbulent
spell at Leeds, leading them to the
1975 League Cup final. Jimmy's deep
knowledge and love for the game took
into journalism and broadcasting
will stop and in the art of radio
summary, again, he led the way.
most difficult summarising job I've
ever done was the World Cup final in
America. No cover, in the open air,
don't know what the temperature was,
it was boiling. And the match,
watched better matches in the likes
of combination. Frankly, so
That was incredible!
Baggio should mesh. But even the
great players feel tension. --
He never lost his love
of England, he was a key figure in
the appointments of national team
managers Terry Venables and Glenn
Hoddle. His love for the game was
only surpassed by that for his wife,
Ann and his family. He was a popular
and friendly man and what I would
call the absolute epitome of a
Somebody asked me
once, when you see yourself now,
don't you wish you had all the
television programmes they had when
you were playing? And I thought
about it for a minute. And I said,
not so sure, really. I said it's
probably better to let them think I
was a half decent player!
What a man he was. A story so
Our thanks to 5 Live football
correspondent John Murray
for that wonderful tribute.
Two of Jimmy's 5 Live
colleagues join us now.
Senior football reporter,
Ian Dennis and former England
winger, Chris Waddle.
Worked with Jimmy many times over
the years. Such an outpouring of
affection for the man. I know it
sounds trite, but he was just a nice
man, gentlemen lovely to work with.
He possessed every endearing trait
you could wish for in a human being.
He was a very special person,
wonderful person. Two quick stories
that tell you how people thought of
him and have fought for he was. In
2007, after his first battle with
cancer, we turned up at a game
together at the Reebok Stadium and
there was a letter on Manchester
United headed paper that said,
"Welcome back, we've missed you,
Alex and Bobby". From Sir Alex
Ferguson and Bobby Charlton.
Manchester United were not even
playing that day, it was bolted
against Aston Villa. It meant the
world to Jimmy, he typed it in his
jacket and he moved on. That was how
highly he was thought of people in
the game. A voice always relevant
and respected and always with great
authority. How thoughtful his -- he
was. In dormant, 2006, my first
World Cup game. The press box at
Dortmund, it was quite forward on
this occasion and the sunshine was
beating down. At half-time I was as
red as a beetroot. Jimmy said, lad,
you will suffer with sunstroke. He
got his handkerchief out, he tied it
into knots and put it on my head and
it was one guy was on Blackpool
beach but he saved me from
sunstroke. He was a special person.
You lied about sunstroke on that
day. -- you learnt about sunstroke.
He was intelligent, he knew so much
about the game and loved it.
think of his career, manager,
working for the FA for 20-odd years.
For me, he was great. Basically,
when I started, obviously my legs
started to go, and I started to get
into the media, he was a great help,
obviously with the radio. I got a
lot of help from him, not like
Denno! So much help and advice. I
never saw him cross. He never raised
his voice. He was always calm and
And a great sense of humour. Lovely
stories telling, one, where he was
under strain, Howard, he looked
around a room and asked how many
caps did they have? Jimmy was in the
room and piped up saying "43! Cope."
It shows the measure of the man?
would turn into the press box with
his notebook and how the teams would
do, he thought, that day. And there
would be a tap on the knee if I
commented well, saying not bad. A
wonderful man. He will be greatly
He really will be. And I suppose,
Chris, it is about the modern play
player. I liked to listen to his
reflections on modern players. And
what could we learn from Jimmy
You know the game has
changed vastly, not just on but off
the field. But he went along with
the times. He always gave advice. If
you needed advice about the game,
coaching, he was always available.
And there'll be minute silence
here today for Jimmy Armfield,
for Cyrille Regis,
and for the former Barnsley
owner Patrick Cryne,
who sadly died this week
at the age of 66.
Cryne was a lifelong Barnsley
fan and custodian of
the club for 14 years.
Let's return to the FA Cup.
Wigan Athletic won this competition
five years ago and seem to be moving
in the right direction.
They are top of League 1
and Ayo Akinwolere has been to see
a side eyeing up West Ham.
COMMENTATOR: Brilliant night ?
for Wigan. They have knocked out
this team and are to play West Ham.
There is what a real sense, a
fearlessness about Wigan. How would
you describe your managing style?
Certainly not fearless.
That is for sure. As a young
manager, I wanted to make the
supporters happy. To get on to the
pitch, to be aggressive. To try to
play football and also win the game.
. He is obviously a top manager but
it is the enfuture, the confidence,
the man-management. He knows how to
get the best out of the players.
They have the faith and the belief
I don't think anything
phases him. We go out there every
week, when we have the bowl we want
to play exciting football and excite
the fans, I think that is what we
did against Bournemouth.
great guy. I don't think he sleeps.
As soon as he comes in, every week,
we are better and better. We are
sitting top. Fourth round of the FA
Cup against West Ham at home and
possibly going into the fifth round.
Watching him here, you get no sowns
of nerves. You feel it is a -- you
get no sense of nerves, it's a team
running high on confidence. From the
summer, we had a really good group.
It's a great team spirit. The lads,
and we feel we can do something
special. We feel there is another
gear to go to.
COMMENTATOR: Taking from ?
the corner, headed in.
They have won the FA Cup.
Unbelievable looking back at what
happened that day. As we had
suffered the relegation a few days
after, it was clouded over. But what
a day. It lives long in my memory.
Obviously being in the Premier
League but ask any Wigan fan, that
is the one, the FA Cup, the Ben
Watson goal. It's the biggest thing.
I played for Wigan many years ago at
Springfield park. If someone said we
would win the FA Cup at Wembley, I
think we would have been all put
away. But it is there. It's in the
Whether people can say what they
like about the club for good or bad
but everyone clamour, all of the
clubs clamour to win major trophies,
Wigan have won one. That is great
credit to the club.
After the Bournemouth game, you must
feel you have a chance to beat West
If you can sit there, to see
what is happening with the coaches.
It influences you.
You want to win the game.
I will be going into the game as we
did against Bournemouth, thinking we
have a great chance of winning.
What about the end of the season?
All of it.
I'll take the double.
League promotion, without a shadow
of a doubt.
Lovely to hear from that lavement
Lovely to hear from that
A reminder of all of this
weekend's FA Cup fixtures.
Wigan host West Ham,
Tony Pulis' Middlesbrough
will fancy their chances
at home to Brighton.
At the top, Leicester are all right
winning to Peterborough.
Tomorrow Chelsea, who lost
to Arsenal in the semifinal
of the League Cup in midweek, host
And Manchester City,
who overcame Bristol City
to reach that final,
go to Cardiff.
We have moved back into the lounge
What next? Well, what Paul Cook has
done at Wigan has been exceptional.
Getting to the top of League 1.
And the longest unbeaten run. They
are in great form. Yes but it is how
they play. The style will suit them.
They will not be phased by the game.
And Newport County against Spurs? A
couple of weeks ago, if you are a
regular watcher, we had Michael
Flynn on the show. This is what he
said about the game.
Beating Leeds was my highlight
because I can enjoy that game.
It was due to how we work, getting
into that position. What happened at
the end of last season was obviously
more important for the Football
Club, you can see the struggles,
Hartlepool going, it could have been
us. We are fortunate.
But we are working hard to improve
and that's what we will always do.
And Newport to be in the fifth round
You may have heard a dribble of
applause that is because I'm
delighted to say, we have been
joined by... Mark Crossley! Oh, yes,
the ascentant manager and the Notts
County chairman, Alan Hardy.
If you are on social media, I left
my coat and pants in Yeovil. Alan,
you provided me with Notts County
pants. Nice of you. But the game
itself. You have a smile on your
face. It must be delighted to have a
team like Swansea?
This is what
dreams are made of. The guys deserve
it. It is days like this that we
look forward to.
We have seen Jon Stead and FA Cup
magic. Mark, you saw off Gary
Lineker in 1991. How many times have
you watched this over the years?
Probably about 500!
That is just
And the favourite sat,
you are the only man ever to save a
penalty from Matt Le Tissier.
49 out of 50?
Something that I am proud of. Well
known for saving penalties.
A good guesser.
Something that I am proud of to be
in the record books for saving
We have heard about the talk, the
way that Kevin Nolan has done things
at the club, what is your experience
of working with him?
I was at the
club when Kevin came. We said we
would give it two months, to see how
it goes. We have taken to each other
well. We like working with each
other. He has an awe about him. He
was a leader on the pitch and
stepping into the dressing room, it
goes silent, people know that the
manager is in the office.
Alan, I've been talking to the fans
about since you came in and took
over, they feel you have rejuvenated
the club. How do you feel?
great to hear that but my job was to
engage in the community. Hopefully,
that's what I have done. There is a
special offer on next Saturday, two
for Crewe. So £2, adults or juniors,
to fill the place out, so hopefully
get 16 or even up to 18,000 here.
How does the promotion work?
about 14,000 at the moment
15500 in 2011 but hopefully we will
break the record this year.
We were at Fleetwood last redundant
and they are dreaming of success in
the future. What are you you are
To get promoted this year.
And next year stabilise in League 1.
Then go again but the three-year
plan is the championship.
Mark, we have spoken about Jon Stead
and am owly, some managers when
making their way into football or
new in like Kevin is, they are
intimidated by experienced players
in the dressing room but not with
Kevin, he has embraced the
Yes. Kevin has
players he knows and trusts. It has
been a massive part of the success.
They are great pros, the lads in the
dressing rooms, and the younger lads
look up to them. It has worked well
They have been a massive influence.
And Mark, what is the message to the
We have had a normal game
plan like we do for a normal league
game. It is like going out there,
have a go as much as you can,
really. We have nothing to lose. We
are against a Premier League side.
We know that they will have a lot of
the bowl. But for sure, they will
have a black and white shirt in
their face for 90 minutes.
Thank you very much. A big round of
applause for our guests.
Lovely to have you gone, guys.
Kevin, Alex, always nice to spend
time with you as well.
Now, some applause for Sam, Seth and
George. These guys play for the
Notts County Academy. We said we
would play Jake Bugg, so, who is
going to win today?
Score line prediction?
He is going big!
OK, finish Football Focus for us.
Ready when you are...
Here is Jake
Bugg on why he loves Notts County.
Perfect. See you everybody.
# Morning, it's another
pure grey morning
# Don't know what the day is holding
# When I get uptight
# And I walk right into the path
of a lightning bolt
When I was a kid I played football.
Then I played the guitar and fell
out of football. But I was a fan and
I started following it again. It
rekindled my love. Every Saturday it
is based around the team. And
Tuesday if they are playing. It
means a lot.
When they have Manchester City in
the FA Cup a few seasons ago at
home, we drew 1-1. Then losing 5-0
in the replay. But it was great. We
scored first. Brilliant to see the
stadium packed out. My favourite
memory is with the whole season, and
there was a high, there was a bit of
a scandal. But we are on a high
That is what being a fan is about,
the highs and the lows and sticking
with the team through all of it
I sponsor Notts County as it is
great to support your team. They
have been good to me. Amazing. It's
a great collaboration that's really
worked. Good luck, lads. Looking
forward to watching you play.
Dan Walker is on the road with guests Kevin Kilbane and Alex Scott as they visit Notts County ahead of their FA Cup fourth round tie with Swansea City. There are interviews with new Watford manager Javi Gracia and Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal, as well as a tribute to former Blackpool and England captain Jimmy Armfield.