2009–10 FA Cup

The 2009–10 FA Cup (known as The FA Cup sponsored by E.ON for sponsorship reasons) was the 129th season of the world's oldest football knockout competition; the FA Cup. As in the previous year, 762 clubs were accepted for the competition.[1] One club, Newcastle Blue Star, folded before the fixtures were released. As they were scheduled to enter the competition in the First Round Qualifying, their opponents in this round received a walkover.

The competition commenced on 15 August 2009 with the Extra Preliminary Round and concluded on 15 May 2010 with the Final, held at Wembley Stadium. The final was contested by 2009 winners Chelsea and 2008 winners Portsmouth. Originally, the winners were to qualify for the play-off round of the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League. However, as Chelsea won the 2009–10 Premier League (and did not need the FA Cup winners' berth), and Portsmouth failed to apply for a UEFA licence for the 2010–11 season in time (making them ineligible to compete in UEFA competitions), the berth was given to Liverpool, the seventh-placed team in the Premier League. Chelsea won 1–0 in the final to retain the trophy.

2009–10 FA Cup
Country England
Defending championsChelsea
ChampionsChelsea (6th title)
Top goal scorer(s)John Carew (6 goals)


Round Clubs
Winners from
previous round
New entries
this round
Leagues entering at this round
Extra Preliminary Round 762 406 none 406 Levels 9 and 10 in football league pyramid
Preliminary Round 559 334 203 131 Northern Premier League Division One North
Northern Premier League Division One South

Southern Football League Division One Midlands
Southern Football League Division One South & West
Isthmian League Division One North
Isthmian League Division One South

First Round Qualifying 392 232 167 65 Northern Premier League Premier Division
Southern Football League Premier Division
Isthmian League Premier Division
Second Round Qualifying 276 160 116 44 Conference North
Conference South
Third Round Qualifying 196 80 80 none none
Fourth Round Qualifying 156 64 40 24 Conference National
First Round Proper 124 80 32 48 Football League One
Football League Two
Second Round Proper 84 40 40 none none
Third Round Proper 64 64 20 44 Premier League
Football League Championship
Fourth Round Proper 32 32 32 none none
Fifth Round Proper 16 16 16 none none
Sixth Round Proper 8 8 8 none none
Semi-Finals 4 4 4 none none
Final 2 2 2 none none


The calendar for the 2009–10 FA Cup, as announced by The Football Association:[2]

Round Main date Number of fixtures Clubs New entries this round Prize money[3] Player of the Round
Extra Preliminary Round 15 August 2009 203 762 → 559 406: 357th–762nd £750
Preliminary Round 29 August 2009 167 559 → 392 131: 226th–356th £1,500
First Round Qualifying 12 September 2009 116 392 → 276 65: 161st–225th £3,000 Bobby Traynor (Kingstonian)[4]
Second Round Qualifying 26 September 2009 80 276 → 196 44: 117th–160th £4,500 Mark Danks (Northwich Victoria)[5]
Third Round Qualifying 10 October 2009 40 196 → 156 none £7,500 Adam Webster (Hinckley United)[6]
Fourth Round Qualifying 24 October 2009 32 156 → 124 24: 93rd–116th £12,500 Danny Kedwell (AFC Wimbledon)[7]
First Round Proper 7 November 2009 40 124 → 84 48: 45th–92nd £18,000 Richard Brodie (York City)[8]
Second Round Proper 28 November 2009 20 84 → 64 none £27,000

Leon Legge (Brentford)[9]

Third Round Proper 2 January 2010 32 64 → 32 44: 1st–44th £67,500 Jermaine Beckford (Leeds United)[10]
Fourth Round Proper 23 January 2010 16 32 → 16 none £90,000 Jermaine Beckford (Leeds United)[11]
Fifth Round Proper 13 February 2010 8 16 → 8 none £180,000 Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)[12]
Sixth Round Proper 6 March 2010 4 8 → 4 none £360,000 Frédéric Piquionne (Portsmouth)[13]
Semi-Finals 10–11 April 2010 2 4 → 2 none Winners: £900,000
Losers: £450,000
Didier Drogba (Chelsea)[14]
Final 15 May 2010 1 2 → 1 none Winner: £1,800,000
Loser: £900,000

Qualifying Rounds

All of the teams that entered the competition, but were not members of the Premier League or The Football League, had to compete in the qualifying rounds.

First Round Proper

Teams from Leagues One and Two entered at this stage, along with the winners from the Fourth Round Qualifying. The draw was made on 25 October 2009 with ties played in the week beginning 6 November 2009.

Lowestoft Town and Paulton Rovers of the eighth tier were the lowest ranked teams left in the competition at this stage, but both failed to make it through to the Second Round.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1 Gillingham 3–0 Southend United 4,605
2 Grimsby Town 0–2 Bath City 2,103
3 Gateshead 2–2 Brentford 1,150
replay Brentford 5–2 Gateshead 1,960
4 Chesterfield 1–3 AFC Bournemouth 3,277
5 AFC Telford United 1–3 Lincoln City 2,809
6 Stockport County 5–0 Tooting & Mitcham United 3,076
7 Burton Albion 3–2 Oxford City 2,207
8 Barrow 2–1 Eastleigh 1,655
9 Oldham Athletic 0–2 Leeds United 5,552
10 Cambridge United 4–0 Ilkeston Town 2,395
11 York City 3–2 Crewe Alexandra 3,070
12 Wycombe Wanderers 4–4 Brighton & Hove Albion 2,749
replay Brighton & Hove Albion 2–0 Wycombe Wanderers 3,383
13 Hereford United 2–0 Sutton United 1,713
14 Nuneaton Town 0–4 Exeter City 2,452
15 Bristol Rovers 2–3 Southampton 6,646
16 Carlisle United 2–2 Morecambe 4,181
replay Morecambe 0–1 Carlisle United 3,307
17 Forest Green Rovers 1–1 Mansfield Town 1,149
replay Mansfield Town 1–2 Forest Green Rovers 2,496
18 Oxford United 1–0 Yeovil Town 6,144
19 Paulton Rovers 0–7 Norwich City 2,070
20 Swindon Town 1–0 Woking 4,805
Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
21 Port Vale 1–1 Stevenage Borough 3,999
replay Stevenage Borough 0–1 Port Vale 2,894
22 Luton Town 3–3 Rochdale 3,167
replay Rochdale 0–2 Luton Town 1,982
23 Bromley 0–4 Colchester United 4,242
24 Accrington Stanley 2–1 Salisbury City 1,379
25 Millwall 4–1 AFC Wimbledon 9,453
26 Stourbridge 0–1 Walsall 2,014
27 Shrewsbury Town 0–1 Staines Town 3,359
28 Wealdstone 2–3 Rotherham United 1,638
29 Torquay United 3–1 Cheltenham Town 2,370
30 Barnet 3–1 Darlington 1,654
31 Notts County 2–1 Bradford City 4,213
32 Huddersfield Town 6–1 Dagenham & Redbridge 5,858
33 Milton Keynes Dons 1–0 Macclesfield Town 4,868
34 Rushden & Diamonds 3–1 Hinckley United 1,540
35 Northwich Victoria 1–0 Charlton Athletic 2,153
36 Aldershot Town 2–0 Bury 2,519
37 Wrexham 1–0 Lowestoft Town 2,402
38 Hartlepool United 0–1 Kettering Town 2,645
39 Tranmere Rovers 1–1 Leyton Orient 3,180
replay Leyton Orient 0–1 Tranmere Rovers 1,518
40 Northampton Town 2–1 Fleetwood Town 3,077

Second Round Proper

Matches in the Second Round Proper took place on 28 and 29 November 2009 and involved the 40 winning teams from the First Round Proper.

Bath City and Staines Town from the Conference South, and Northwich Victoria from the Conference North (6th tier) were the lowest ranked teams left at this stage, but none made it through to the Third Round.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1 Northwich Victoria 1–3 Lincoln City 3,544
2 Northampton Town 2–3 Southampton 4,858
3 Hereford United 0–1 Colchester United 2,225
4 Tranmere Rovers 0–0 Aldershot Town 3,742
replay Aldershot Town 1–2 Tranmere Rovers 4,060
5 Kettering Town 1–1 Leeds United 4,837
replay Leeds United 5–1 Kettering Town 10,670
6 Gillingham 1–0 Burton Albion 4,996
7 Wrexham 0–1 Swindon Town 3,011
8 Brighton & Hove Albion 3–2 Rushden & Diamonds 3,638
9 Rotherham United 2–2 Luton Town 3,210
replay Luton Town 3–0 Rotherham United 2,518
10 Milton Keynes Dons 4–3 Exeter City 4,867
Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
11 Brentford 1–0 Walsall 2,611
12 Carlisle United 3–1 Norwich City 3,946
13 Accrington Stanley 2–2 Barnet 1,501
replay Barnet 0–1 Accrington Stanley 1,288
14 Oxford United 1–1 Barrow 6,082
replay Barrow 3–1 Oxford United 2,754
15 AFC Bournemouth 1–2 Notts County 6,082
16 Stockport County 0–4 Torquay United 1,690
17 Cambridge United 1–2 York City 3,505
18 Bath City 1–2 Forest Green Rovers 3,325
19 Port Vale 0–1 Huddersfield Town 5,311
20 Staines Town 1–1 Millwall 2,753
replay Millwall 4–0 Staines Town 3,452

† – After extra time

Third Round Proper

The draw for the Third Round took place on Sunday 29 November 2009 at Wembley Stadium. Premier League and Football League Championship teams entered at this stage, joining the winners from the Second Round and completing the entrants. The majority of fixtures took place on 2 and 3 January 2010, with snow postponing several matches until mid-January.

Barrow, Forest Green Rovers, Luton Town and York City from the Conference National (5th tier) were the only non-league teams left at this stage, but none made it through to the Fourth Round.

Manchester United were knocked out in the Third Round for the first time since they lost to Bournemouth in 1984, when they lost to third-tier rivals Leeds United. It was also Manchester United's first defeat to a lower league side since defeat at Bournemouth. They were joined by rivals and fellow 'Big Four' club Liverpool, who lost at home to second-flight Reading in a replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1 Tottenham Hotspur 4–0 Peterborough United 35,862
2 Brentford 0–1 Doncaster Rovers 2,883
3 Middlesbrough 0–1 Manchester City 12,474
4 Stoke City 3–1 York City 15,586
5 Notts County 2–1 Forest Green Rovers 4,389
6 Huddersfield Town 0–2 West Bromwich Albion 13,472
7 Sheffield United 1–1 Queens Park Rangers 11,461
replay Queens Park Rangers 2–3 Sheffield United 5,780
8 Milton Keynes Dons 1–2 Burnley 11,816
9 Chelsea 5–0 Watford 40,912
10 Nottingham Forest 0–0 Birmingham City 20,975
replay Birmingham City 1–0 Nottingham Forest 9,399
11 Preston North End 7–0 Colchester United 7,621
12 West Ham United 1–2 Arsenal 25,549
13 Aston Villa 3–1 Blackburn Rovers 25,453
14 Portsmouth 1–1 Coventry City 11,214
replay Coventry City 1–2 Portsmouth 7,097
15 Sunderland 3–0 Barrow 25,190
16 Wigan Athletic 4–1 Hull City 5,335
17 Everton 3–1 Carlisle United 31,196
Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
18 Sheffield Wednesday 1–2 Crystal Palace 8,690
19 Tranmere Rovers 0–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 7,476
20 Blackpool 1–2 Ipswich Town 7,332
21 Fulham 1–0 Swindon Town 19,623
22 Torquay United 0–1 Brighton & Hove Albion 4,028
23 Scunthorpe United 1–0 Barnsley 5,457
24 Southampton 1–0 Luton Town 18,786
25 Bristol City 1–1 Cardiff City 7,289
replay Cardiff City 1–0 Bristol City 6,731
26 Reading 1–1 Liverpool 23,656
replay Liverpool 1–2 Reading 31,063
27 Millwall 1–1 Derby County 10,531
replay Derby County 1–1 Millwall 7,183
Derby County won 5 – 3 on penalties
28 Plymouth Argyle 0–0 Newcastle United 16,451
replay Newcastle United 3–0 Plymouth Argyle 15,805
29 Leicester City 2–1 Swansea City 12,307
30 Bolton Wanderers 4–0 Lincoln City 11,193
31 Accrington Stanley 1–0 Gillingham 1,322
32 Manchester United 0–1 Leeds United 74,526

† – After extra time

Fourth Round Proper

The draw for the Fourth Round took place on Sunday 3 January 2010 at Wembley Stadium. Fixtures took place over the weekend of 23 and 24 January 2010.[15]

Accrington Stanley and Notts County from League Two (4th tier) were the lowest ranked teams left at this stage; Accrington Stanley did not proceed further, whilst Notts County defeated Wigan Athletic in a replay at the DW Stadium.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1 Southampton 2–1 Ipswich Town 20,446
2 Reading 1–0 Burnley 12,910
3 Derby County 1–0 Doncaster Rovers 11,316
4 Cardiff City 4–2 Leicester City 10,961
5 Stoke City 3–1 Arsenal 19,735
6 Notts County 2–2 Wigan Athletic 9,073
replay Wigan Athletic 0–2 Notts County 5,519
7 Scunthorpe United 2–4 Manchester City 8,861
8 West Bromwich Albion 4–2 Newcastle United 16,102
9 Everton 1–2 Birmingham City 30,875
10 Accrington Stanley 1–3 Fulham 3,712
11 Bolton Wanderers 2–0 Sheffield United 14,572
12 Portsmouth 2–1 Sunderland 10,315
13 Preston North End 0–2 Chelsea 23,119
14 Aston Villa 3–2 Brighton & Hove Albion 39,725
15 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–2 Crystal Palace 14,449
replay Crystal Palace 3–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 10,282
16 Tottenham Hotspur 2–2 Leeds United 35,750
replay Leeds United 1–3 Tottenham Hotspur 37,704

Fifth Round Proper

The draw for the Fifth Round, conducted by Geoff Thomas and Stephanie Moore MBE, took place on Sunday 24 January 2010 at Wembley Stadium. Fixtures took place over the weekend of 13 and 14 February 2010.[16] Notts County from the Football League Two (4th tier) were the lowest-ranked team left at this stage, but they went out 4–0 to Premier League side Fulham.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1 Crystal Palace 2–2 Aston Villa 20,486
replay Aston Villa 3–1 Crystal Palace 31,874
2 Manchester City 1–1 Stoke City 28,019
replay Stoke City 3–1 Manchester City 21,813
3 Derby County 1–2 Birmingham City 21,043
4 Bolton Wanderers 1–1 Tottenham Hotspur 13,596
replay Tottenham Hotspur 4–0 Bolton Wanderers 31,436
5 Chelsea 4–1 Cardiff City 40,827
6 Fulham 4–0 Notts County 16,132
7 Reading 2–2 West Bromwich Albion 18,008
replay West Bromwich Albion 2–3 Reading 13,985
8 Southampton 1–4 Portsmouth 31,385

† – After extra time

Sixth Round Proper

The draw for the Sixth Round, conducted by former England striker Luther Blissett and TV presenter Tim Lovejoy, took place on 14 February 2010 at Football Association headquarters at Wembley Stadium. Fixtures took place over the weekend of 6 and 7 March 2010.[17] Reading from the Championship (2nd tier) were the lowest ranked team left at this stage.

Chelsea2–0Stoke City
Lampard Goal 35'
Terry Goal 67'
Fulham0–0Tottenham Hotspur
Reading2–4Aston Villa
Long Goal 27'42' Report A. Young Goal 47'
Carew Goal 51'57'90+3' (pen.)
Portsmouth2–0Birmingham City
Piquionne Goal 67'70' Report


Tottenham Hotspur3–1Fulham
Bentley Goal 47'
Pavlyuchenko Goal 60'
Guðjohnsen Goal 66'
Report Zamora Goal 17'


The draw for the semi-finals was conducted by David Ginola and Jason Cundy at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, 7 March 2010.[18] Both matches took place at Wembley Stadium over the weekend of 10 and 11 April.[19]

Aston Villa0–3Chelsea
Report Drogba Goal 68'
Malouda Goal 89'
Lampard Goal 90+5'
Tottenham Hotspur0 – 2
Report Piquionne Goal 99'
Boateng Goal 117' (pen.)


Portsmouth supporters Wembley 2010 FA Cup Final
The Portsmouth end of Wembley Stadium following their sides defeat in the 2009-10 final
Drogba Goal 59' Report

Top scorers


Rank Player Club Goals
1 Norway John Carew Aston Villa 6
2 England Jermaine Beckford Leeds United 5
England Jermain Defoe Tottenham Hotspur
4 Jamaica Ricardo Fuller Stoke City 4
Scotland Chris Martin Norwich City
Russia Roman Pavlyuchenko Tottenham Hotspur
England Daniel Sturridge Chelsea

Media coverage

In the United Kingdom, ITV were the sole network broadcasters for the season as subscription broadcasters Setanta Sports entered administration and ceased operations. The Football Association streamed select games live on its website for free.

International broadcasters

Country Broadcaster
 Albania Tring Sport
 Belgium Prime
 Canada Setanta Sports
 France France Télévisions
 Italy SKY Italia


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External links

2009–10 FA Cup qualifying rounds

The 2009–10 FA Cup qualifying rounds opened the 129th season of competition in England for 'The Football Association Challenge Cup' (FA Cup), the world's oldest association football single knockout competition. As in the previous year, 762 clubs were accepted for the competition.

The large number of clubs entering the tournament from lower down (Levels 5 through 10) in the English football pyramid meant that the competition started with six rounds of preliminary (2) and qualifying (4) knockouts for these non-League teams. The 32 winning teams from Fourth Round Qualifying progressed to the First Round Proper, where League teams tiered at Levels 3 and 4 entered the competition.

2009–10 Portsmouth F.C. season

The 2009–10 season was Portsmouth's 111th in existence, their seventh season in the Premier League and their seventh consecutive season in the top division of English football. It was a season in which the club struggled with financial problems and entered administration.

The club finished at 20th place in the league, a place they had since the second round, which meant relegation to The Championship. Portsmouth managed to only receive points in 14 of the 38 games, in which seven were wins. In March they were docked nine points for entering administration.

Portsmouth's biggest success in the season came in the 2009–10 FA Cup, in which they manage to advance to the final after beating Coventry, Sunderland, Southampton, Birmingham and Tottenham Hotspur in the semi-final. They played at Wembley Stadium in the final against Chelsea, a game that Chelsea won by 1–0. Portsmouth also participated in the League Cup and reached the quarter-finals.

Manager Paul Hart was sacked in November and replaced by Avram Grant, who stayed until the end of the season. French striker Frédéric Piquionne scored eleven goals throughout the season and was the club's top goalscorer.

2009–10 Shrewsbury Town F.C. season

The 2009–10 season is Shrewsbury Town's 6th consecutive season in League Two.

2009–10 York City F.C. season

The 2009–10 season was the 88th season of competitive association football and sixth season in the Football Conference played by York City Football Club, a professional football club based in York, North Yorkshire, England. Their 17th-place finish in 2008–09 meant it was their sixth successive season in the Conference Premier. The season covers the period from 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010.

Martin Foyle made 11 signings before the summer transfer window closed, ahead of his first full season as manager. York set a new saw a new record for consecutive league wins, with eight from 14 November 2009 to 23 January 2010. They finished fifth in the table, and after beating Luton Town 2–0 on aggregate in the play-off semi-final, they lost 3–1 to Oxford United in the final at Wembley Stadium. York were eliminated from the 2009–10 FA Trophy in the fourth round by Barrow, and from the 2009–10 FA Cup in the third round by Stoke City.

25 players made at least one appearance in nationally organised first-team competition, and there were 17 different goalscorers. Defender James Meredith missed only one of the 57 competitive matches played over the season. Richard Brodie finished as leading goalscorer with 34 goals, of which 26 came in league competition, four came in the FA Cup, three came in the FA Trophy and one came in the play-offs. The winner of the Clubman of the Year award, voted for by the club's supporters, was Michael Ingham.

2010 FA Community Shield

The 2010 FA Community Shield (also known as The FA Community Shield sponsored by McDonald's for sponsorship reasons) was the 88th FA Community Shield, an annual football match contested by the winners of the previous season's Premier League and FA Cup competitions. The match was played at Wembley Stadium, London, on 8 August 2010, and contested by league and cup double winners Chelsea and league runners-up Manchester United. Manchester United won the match 3–1 with goals from Antonio Valencia, Javier Hernández and Dimitar Berbatov; Chelsea's consolation goal came from Salomon Kalou. It was Manchester United's 14th outright victory in the Community Shield.Chelsea went into the match as trophy-holders, having won the 2009 Community Shield. The Shield is usually contested by the winners of the Premier League and the FA Cup, but since Chelsea won the double, Manchester United qualified by default as Premier League runners-up. It was the third time in four years that the Community Shield had been contested between the two teams.

2010 FA Cup Final

The 2010 FA Cup Final was the 129th final of the FA Cup, the world's oldest domestic football cup competition. The match took place on 15 May 2010, at Wembley Stadium, London, in front of a crowd of over 88,000 and a British television audience of over 5 million. The match was contested between 2009 winners Chelsea and 2008 winners Portsmouth, and was refereed by Chris Foy from Merseyside. Chelsea won 1–0.

Chelsea entered the final looking to complete the Double for the first time in their history, having been crowned as the winners of the 2009–10 Premier League the week before. Portsmouth entered the final in a markedly different position; they faced an uncertain future, having already been relegated from the Premier League on 10 April following financial troubles, which saw them become the first ever Premier League club to enter administration, incurring an automatic nine-point deduction.

After Kevin-Prince Boateng saw his penalty saved by Petr Čech in the 54th minute, Didier Drogba scored from a free kick in the 58th minute to lead Chelsea to a 1–0 victory, and their first Double despite a later penalty miss from Frank Lampard. Chelsea's Ashley Cole won the FA Cup for a record 6th time. It was the first final in which both teams missed a penalty. Frank Lampard's penalty miss was the first penalty to completely miss the target in an FA Cup Final since Charlie Wallace in 1913 (Wallace's team also won 1–0). David James was the oldest goalkeeper to play in an FA Cup final, aged nearly 40.

The UEFA Europa League qualifying place normally given to the winners of the FA Cup became irrelevant for the 2010 final, after Chelsea qualified for the Champions League and Portsmouth were refused a UEFA licence due to their financial situation. With Manchester United having won the League Cup and qualified for the Champions League, the qualifying place due to the finalists instead passed to Liverpool, the seventh-placed Premier League team.

Cambridge City F.C.

Cambridge City Football Club is a football club currently based in Impington, Cambridgeshire, England. They are currently members of the Isthmian League North Division and play at Bridge Road in nearby Impington.

The club were based at the City Ground, Cambridge, between 1922 and 2013. After a groundshare at Histon's Bridge Road groundshare at Westwood Road in St Ives (2015–18) and Histon (2018–) while new ground at Sawston being built. Their home colours are white and black, leading to the club's nickname of The Lilywhites.

Carlo Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti OSI (Italian pronunciation: [ˈkarlo antʃeˈlɔtti]; born 10 June 1959) is an Italian former professional footballer and current football manager of Napoli.

Ancelotti is one of only three managers to have won the UEFA Champions League three times (twice with Milan and once with Real Madrid), and one of only two to have managed teams in four finals. He has won the FIFA Club World Cup twice, managing Milan and Real Madrid. Ancelotti is also one of seven people to have won the European Cup or Champions League as both a player and a manager. He is regarded as one of the best and most successful managers of all time.Nicknamed Carletto, Ancelotti played as a midfielder and began his career with Italian club Parma, helping the club to Serie B promotion in 1979. He moved to Roma the following season, where he won a Serie A title and four Coppa Italia titles, and also played for the late 1980s Milan team, with which he won two league titles and two European Cups, among other titles. At international level he played for the Italian national team on 26 occasions, scoring once, and appeared in two FIFA World Cups, finishing in third-place in the 1990 edition of the tournament, as well as UEFA Euro 1988, where he helped his nation to reach the semi-finals.

As a manager, he has worked for Reggiana, Parma, Juventus, Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, and has won domestic titles in Italy, England, France, and Germany.

Daniel Sturridge

Daniel Andre Sturridge (; born 1 September 1989) is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Liverpool and the English national team.

Born in Birmingham, Sturridge spent four years in the Aston Villa academy before moving to Coventry City. He then signed for Manchester City in 2003. He continued his development at City and played in two FA Youth Cup finals. He made his first-team debut in the 2007–08 season, becoming the only player ever to score in the FA Youth Cup, FA Cup and Premier League in the same season. He left City in 2009 and signed for Chelsea, where he was loaned out to Bolton Wanderers for the second half of the 2010–11 season. After a successful spell at Bolton, scoring eight goals in 12 appearances, he returned to Chelsea for the 2011–12 season.

He left Chelsea to join Liverpool in January 2013, where he formed an attacking partnership with Luis Suárez dubbed SAS, with Liverpool scoring more than 100 league goals in the 2013–14 season with Sturridge scoring 21 – the pair of them having a 1–2 in the goal scoring stats of the league. The following two seasons were curtailed by a myriad of injuries, limiting Sturridge to very few appearances. He featured most often as a substitute in the next seasons under manager Jürgen Klopp, but was part of the UEFA Champions League-winning squad in 2019.

Sturridge has represented England at all levels. He made 15 appearances and scored four goals for the under-21 team. He made his debut for England against Sweden on 15 November 2011 and was selected for the 2012 Summer Olympics, the 2014 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2016.

Didcot Town F.C.

Didcot Town Football Club are a football club based in Didcot in Oxfordshire, England. The club is affiliated to the Berks & Bucks Football Association

They won the FA Vase in 2005 and are currently members of Division One Central of the Southern League, having been relegated from the Premier Division in 2010–11.The first team is currently managed by Andy Ballard and his Assiatant Manager Ian Lovegrove.

Fabian Delph

Fabian Delph (born 21 November 1989) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder or a left-back for Premier League club Manchester City and the English national team.

He was on the books of Bradford City as a youngster until he moved to Leeds United aged 11. Having played 45 matches for Leeds at League One level and once in the Championship, he transferred to Premier League club Aston Villa in August 2009 for £6 million. In 2012, he returned to Leeds for a short loan spell. Delph had a successful start to the 2012–13 Premier League season, leading Villa manager Paul Lambert to call for his inclusion in the England squad. In July 2015, Delph joined Manchester City for £8 million.

Delph represented England at under-19 and under-21 level and made his senior debut in a friendly against Norway on 3 September 2014.

Fleet Spurs F.C.

Fleet Spurs Football Club are a football club based in Fleet, England. They play in the Combined Counties League Division One. The club is affiliated to the Hampshire Football Association and is an FA Charter Standard Development club.

Juliano Belletti

Juliano Haus Belletti (born 20 June 1976) is a Brazilian former professional footballer who mostly played as a right back. He was awarded the Silver Ball by Placar for his performances for Atlético Mineiro during the 1999 Brasileiro Série A.

North Ferriby United A.F.C.

North Ferriby United A.F.C was a semi-professional football club in North Ferriby, East Riding of Yorkshire, England. At the time of their demise they were members of and played at Grange Lane.

Formed in 1934, the club reached the Premier Division of the NPL for the first time in the club's history in 2005, after winning the Division 1 of the NPL. In 2013, North Ferriby won promotion to the Conference North. In 2015, they beat Wrexham of the Conference Premier to win the 2014–15 FA Trophy. They were promoted to the National League in 2016, having won the National League North play-offs, but were relegated after one season. The club was liquidated following a court order on 15 March 2019.On 20 April 2019 it was announced that a phoenix club had been formed to be known as North Ferriby Football Club and approval had been granted for them to participate in the Northern Counties East Football League commencing in the 2019–20 season.

Paulton Rovers F.C.

Paulton Rovers Football Club are an English football club based at the Athletic Field on Winterfield Road in the growing village of Paulton near Bristol. They were established in 1881 and currently play in the Southern Football League Division One West. The club is affiliated to the Somerset County FA.

Portsmouth F.C. in European football

Portsmouth F.C.'s record in Europe was in the 2008–09 UEFA Cup where they played Vitória Guimarães and Braga of Portugal, Italian team Milan and Heerenveen of the Netherlands. They qualified by winning the 2008 FA Cup final.

Two years later, Portsmouth were the runners-up of the 2009–10 FA Cup to Champions League-qualified Chelsea. However, Portsmouth did not obtain a UEFA licence, meaning they could not qualify for Europe. Portsmouth had appealed to UEFA, the Premier League and the English FA, but the latter two would not allow late applications for the licence. As a result, the seventh-placed team of the 2009–10 Premier League, Liverpool, claimed the Europa League spot in the third qualifying round.

Ray Wilkins

Raymond Colin Wilkins, (14 September 1956 – 4 April 2018) was an English football player and coach.

Born into a footballing family with his father and three brothers involved in the game, Wilkins played as a midfielder. He began his career at Chelsea, where he was appointed captain at the age of 18, and later played for clubs including Manchester United, A.C. Milan, Queens Park Rangers and Rangers. He won 84 caps for the England national football team from 1976 to 1986, playing at UEFA Euro 1980 and the 1982 and 1986 FIFA World Cups.

After his playing career ended, he worked as a television pundit, and as a coach and manager with Queens Park Rangers, Fulham and Chelsea. He managed Jordan at the 2015 AFC Asian Cup and his last coaching job was as the assistant manager of Aston Villa later that year.

Thornaby F.C.

Thornaby Football Club are a football club based in Thornaby, Stockton-On-Tees, England. They play in the Northern League Division Two.

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