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FA Cup Saturday, Third Round: Open Thread

fa cup trophy FA Cup Saturday, Third Round: Open Thread

FA Cup fever is here. This is the Saturday of the season that, for many, is the one that we look forward to the most. And there are several potential shock results on the cards.

For readers in the United States, here’s the TV and Internet schedule for today:

Saturday, January 5:

Brighton vs Newcastle (FA Cup), 7:30am, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2Go
Southampton vs Chelsea (FA Cup), 10am, FOX Soccer
Peterborough vs Norwich (FA Cup), 10am, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2Go
Macclesfield vs Cardiff (FA Cup), FOX Soccer 2Go
West Ham United vs Manchester United (FA Cup), 12:15pm, FOX network and FOX Deportes (Note: Some FOX affiliates will be showing this game delayed; check local listings)

Don’t forget that these are just a portion of the matches being played today, so be sure to follow the games in the comments section below or listen to radio commentary via

Before, during or after today’s matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with soccer fans from around the world.

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57 Responses to FA Cup Saturday, Third Round: Open Thread

  1. Marc L says:

    Wow, the nightmare continues for the Magpies. These clubs may be playing each other twice next year.

  2. Jason says:

    Gus Poyet will be coaching in the EPL next season. If not with Brighton then I’m sure with another team. His sides play good passing soccer and can play direct when needed. They thoroughly deserve their halftime lead.

  3. Todd says:

    Oof, losing Ameobi is gonna make it diificult for Newcastle’s chances of a comeback. They were already slim before with the way Brighton has been playing.

  4. jtm371 says:

    Brighton on their way to 4th round good win lackluster toon.

  5. IanCransonsKnees says:

    Bournemouth v Wigan will be a good match. Bournemouth haven’t lost in 14 games since Eddie Howe quit Burnley to go back to managing them.

  6. Latics Fan says:

    Southampton are wearing their away kit at home, weird.

  7. jtm371 says:

    Forest up 1 nil on own goal i will take it GFYR!

  8. Dust says:

    3-0 up against Coventry & freezal has a panic attack & causes calamity in goal, Naughton playing RB today had to scramble off the line.

    Still 3-0 tho

  9. The Gaffer says:

    Nice to see Demba Ba get his first goal for Chelsea. Great back heel by Moses leading up to the goal.

    The Gaffer

    • Todd says:

      His second goal looked more convincing than the first. I would find it highly ironic if he were to supplant Torres up front considering the difference in transfer fees.

  10. The Gaffer says:

    I love Macclesfield’s ground. Beautiful to see the hills in the background. Nice to see a bit of British countryside.

    The Gaffer

    • IanCransonsKnees says:

      Yeah it’s great when you’re stood on that open terrace getting piss wet through for 90 minutes ;-)

      I went there about 13 years ago for a league match with Stoke. Spent 4 or 5 hours drinking around town then walked up ti the ground which is just outside. We started scratching our heads wondering where all the other fans were as we walked into a pub next to the ground and found out the match had been called off at about 9.30 when we were on the train up there! Managed to get a lift back home across the moors but I’ve only ever seen us play friendlies there since.

  11. The Gaffer says:

    Looks like only a few FA Cup upsets today. After Brighton knocked out Newcastle, it looks like Bolton will knock Sunderland out.

    Wigan could be on their way out to Bournemouth. Fulham and Stoke, in their respective games, hangs in the balance.

    The Gaffer

    • IanCransonsKnees says:

      No surprise Owen hasn’t lasted 90 minutes. His agent is rumoured to be touting him around Australian clubs. He must fancy a shot at the Melbourne cup.

  12. Peter says:

    Two goals from Ba in the first 60 minutes. Not a bad return so far.

  13. The Gaffer says:

    According to BBC Sport, Joe Cole starts for West Ham, while Manchester United rest Robin van Persie. Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez start up front.

    The Gaffer

  14. Chris Murray says:

    Is one of the commentators in the Chelsea x Southampton game the commentator who works for NBC on MLS games ? Or does the analysis ? He sounds very familar

  15. Nelson says:

    Where is the Tottenham vs Coventry game being aired?

    • The Gaffer says:

      It’s not being shown live on TV or the Internet in the US. It’s on the radio though, I’m sure.

      The Gaffer

  16. IanCransonsKnees says:

    Get in Macc! Make it difficult for the Blueturds

  17. Chris Murray says:

    Ref fail 82 min in Chelsea game on that penalty. Its got so bad that they started to play music for the away team goal.

  18. IanCransonsKnees says:

    My guess is Stale Solbakken will be sacked if Wolves lose to Luton.

  19. Dust says:

    Not a bad fa cup piece on fox, I’m surprised they didn’t mention the F.A’s 150 bday or show a quick 30 sec montage of great goals at the Wembley final.

    • The Gaffer says:

      I agree. Nice opening except for the line about “even older than the Super Bowl…” The Super Bowl was invented in the 1960s. The FA Cup started in 1871.

      The Gaffer

      • Mufc77 says:

        I had literally just got done explaining to a friend that the FA cup was like basketballs March Madness played over 4 months when fox ran that piece.

        • Todd says:

          I made the same comparison to my wife. She asked if there’s a bracket for it. I think that would be an interesting change to market it abroad, but I’m sure it won’t happen.

          • Mufc77 says:

            Not having seeds and brackets is what makes the FA cup so good. The possibility of be drawn against a big team each round is part of the excitement.

      • CTBlues says:

        The first collegiate football title was awarded in 1869 and the first National League pennant was 1876, the first baseball “World’s Championship Series” was in 1884 and the first World Series was in 1903. I do not know why they used the Super Bowl but only to pander the masses.

  20. IanCransonsKnees says:

    Beckham’s at West Ham tonight, I assume watching Man Utd but Allardyce’s fetish for an elder statesman in his side is well documented.

    • The Gaffer says:

      I think Becks is there just to be in front of the limelight as part of his media campaign, to try to land a job who knows where — probably China or whoever can pony up the most amount of dosh.

      The Gaffer

  21. BA14 says:

    Rotten local FOX station showing a zumba infomercial instead of FA cup match.

  22. Dust says:

    Nolan doing a fabulous impression of Adebyor with his consistent offsides

  23. Mufc77 says:

    Two very good finishes for the goals

  24. Dust says:

    Any other team comits that foul by vidic in the box it’s a penalty all day.

  25. Dust says:

    Jonny Evans making Carlton Cole look like falcao in the channels lol

  26. Dust says:

    Look how many times Georgie is jawing with the 4th official! He is outraged they haven’t been given a free goal or at least a penalty for turning up at west ham… LoL @ SAF..sit down!

  27. IanCransonsKnees says:

    Good story being reported on Talksport. Neil Warnock couldn’t be at the Leeds match today due to illness so listened to the first half of their match on local radio. He had a speaker set up in the dressing room at half time, gave the teamtalk and made 2 substitutions off the back of the radio commentary!

  28. Jason says:

    Is that really Joe Cole? Wow! Looks like West Ham got themselves a decent player and Liverpool are paying 50K a week for the next 18 months for him to be there. What a steal.

    • IanCransonsKnees says:

      Who can they blame to this now Comelli isn’t there? I’d imagine Sam is a very good manager for a player of Cole’s age.

  29. Mufc77 says:

    Midfielders caught ball watching once again.

  30. Matt says:

    I don’t mind losing this one too much. It would be much, much worse if United had to play this match again in a few days.

  31. Mufc77 says:

    Legend in the making.

  32. Marc L says:

    Ah, damn you Van Pervy! I had the “Forever Blowing Bubbles” lyrics all copied and ready to paste and you go and crush my dreams like that.

    I must have jinxed this somehow. Sorry, Hammers supporters!

  33. Mufc77 says:

    Great Finnish by RVP but his very first touch was simply world class, great technique to kill a ball dead like that when its coming over your shoulder.

  34. jtm371 says:

    F-ing Forest thanks for bringing in McLeast we have now jumped the shark.very depressing to say the least hello double malt

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