Brighton v Grimsby: FA Cup quarter-final – live | FA Cup

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And now here are our teams!

I mentioned that Doyle’s winner – well, here it is.

Roberto De Zerbi is a cool cat – he’s not thinking about going to Wembley, just today’s result (yeah okay mate). Looks like he’s straight from the klurrb too, no syoot and coat nonsense.

Sheffield United indeed beat Blackburn 3-2 – the winner with a bazzer – and are in the last four of the Cup!

I must also say that the winner was scored by Tommy Doyle, grandson of Mike – and Glyn. I wonder who he wants next.

A bit of Grimsby action. Harry Clifton looks like a decent talent.

BBC Interview Jason Stockwood and Andrew Pettit, president and vice-president of Grimsby. Both seem solid – they are fans – and pay their own tickets.

I’ve watched this quite a few times – imagine coming back to work after some free time, at that. Yes, Mr THE Man, if you’re reading it’s a clue

I didn’t know that Paul Futcher, Grimsby legend and twin to Ron, was Danny Murphy’s uncle.

The BBC opens its broadcast with the Lighthouse Family. SO…

Absolute scenes at Bramall Lane!

I’m really looking forward to seeing how Ferguson is doing, not just today but over the next stage. He looks remarkably complete for a centre-forward his age – I just hope Brighton can keep him beyond the summer.

Google believe Brighton will have Gross at right-back, Mac Allister in front alongside Caicedo, then March in his usual place on the right, with Undav behind Ferguson. Everything will soon be revealed.

something to read, obviously not about SAME SAME… but I’ve been lucky enough to do quite a few interviews, and there haven’t been many that brought tears to my eyes. But seeing how much it meant to Christopher and Max was so moving, and I hope other clubs see what can be done and do it.

Google reckons Grimsby will have three at the back and four in midfield, but the way they advertise their team on Twitter, it looks like the wingers are playing in defence. Most likely, however, the whistle is sounding and people are running everywhere.

As for Grimsby, they won 1-0 at Sutton in midweek and, I think, will go with a rarely seen 5-2-1-2 formation – yes, I know. Paul Hurst leaves out Amos, Morris, Lloyd and Taylor, bringing in Glennnon, Holohan, Khan and Orsi.

Elsewhere, by the way, Blackburn are now managing Sheffield United for the second time. Follow that with John Brewin, here:

I guess, but I think Roberto De Zerbi goes with Solly March at right-back. But he could push the so far disappointing Undav there – we’ll see. Otherwise, however, there are three changes from the midweek, uh, derby victory that got Patrick Vieiera fired: Veltman is unavailable so Undav comes in, while Webster replaces Colwill at the back central and Ferguson is preferred over Welbeck.


Brighton: Sanchez; March, Webster, Dunk, Estupiñán; Gross, Caicdedo; Undav, McAllister, Mitoma; Ferguson. Subtitles: Steele, Colwill, Welbeck Sarmiento, Enciso, Ayari, Van Hecke, Veltman, Buonanotte.

Grimby: Crocombe, Efete, Cascade, Smith, Maher, Glennon, Green, Holohan, Clifton, Khan, Orsi. Subtitles: Battersby, Pearson, Emmanuel, McAtee, Hunt, Morris, Amos, Taylor, Khouri.


On February 20, 1983, Brighton traveled to Liverpool in the FA Cup. The hosts had gone 63 Cup games at home unbeaten, a streak dating back to November 1974, so few at Anfield expected anything more than a 64th in the first-ever home game on Sunday as Everton were drawn at Goodison and played on Saturday. Appetites must have been whetted, however, by the prospect of Graeme Souness and Jimmy Case reuniting for some real football action.

In the event, however, Brighton won 2-1. Gerry Ryan put them ahead, and although Craig Johnston then equalized, Case brought home a formidable winner a minute later – after which Phil Neil missed a penalty – before the Seagulls beat Norwich and Wednesday for the final.

Since then, they’ve made the last four once and the last eight twice, but they’re now a better side than they’ve ever been – they deservedly beat Liverpool in the fourth round – and they’ll seriously love it their chances of going all the way this time. It is true that, as in 1983, the possibility of losing the final to Man United exists, but if these teams meet again, Brighton will not enter the game after an unsuccessful relegation fight. They will know, however, that they are getting a bit good for the wealthier clubs, which is to say it will be difficult to hang on to their best players this summer, and although they have a coach and a formidable organization are well placed to start again, they will still know that it is a chance and therefore the pressure is strong.

Grimsby, meanwhile, are 14th in League Two. But in their frankly rrrrridiculous run in the Cup, they became the first team to beat five top division clubs in consecutive matches, and the feel-good factor s extends beyond football. Frequently mocked by people who have no notion of politics, community and simple decency, the town of Grimsby is now “in for a good time”, a center of green energy renewing itself alongside, while Grimsby Town does the same, to a good performance of FA Cup semi-finals having spent 2010-2016 outside the Football League. Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go!

Kick off: 2:15 p.m. GMT


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