Crawley v Derby is the televised game this lunchtime. Barry Glendenning’s hands are all over that one.
A bit of pre-match reading
Hello and welcome to live coverage of today’s FA Cup third round marathon: 20 games from lunch till dusk. At Guardian Towers we’re all wearing our MTFACGA baseball caps, even though deep down we know it’s a futile exercise. The FA Cup will never regain its old lustre, because that relied on a purity that can’t exist in a world of unapologetic avarice. But it still refreshes the parts other competitions – even the Premier League and the Champions League – cannot reach. (Where else can you lose 4-1 at home and still cover yourselves in glory?)
Tomorrow’s match between Marine and Spurs registers a perfect 10.0 on the romanceo’thecupometer. While a shock in that match is nigh-on impossible, we know that, at some stage this weekend, David will land a decisive blow on Goliath’s confused, entitled coupon. And when it does, just for a wee while, the world will feel like a better place.
A full list of today’s fixtures can be found here. For now, we’ll be concentrating on the midday kick-offs: