Mosimane rejecting Miquissone haunts him as Simba upset Ahly


Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane rejected Luis Miquissone three years ago and the decision came back to haunt him Tuesday as a brilliant goal by the Mozambican gave Simba an upset 1-0 CAF Champions League victory.

Miquissone moved left, then right on the edge of the ‘D’ before unleashing a thunderbolt that flew over Ahly captain and goalkeeper Mohamed el Shenawy into the net on 31 minutes.

Tanzania have permitted spectators at football matches throughout the coronavirus pandemic and the estimated 30,000 crowd at the national stadium in Dar es Salaam rose to cheer a worthy match-winner.

Miquissone joined Mamelodi Sundowns in 2018 when Mosimane was coach of the Pretoria outfit but failed to impress and was loaned to South African and Mozambican clubs before joining Simba last year.

He is part of a multi-national Simba line-up, with five Tanzanians and one player each from the DR Congo, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mozambique, Uganda and Zambia starting against Egyptian and African giants Ahly.

Mosimane made history last September when he became the first sub-Saharan African to coach Ahly since the club was formed in 1907, and the loss to Simba was only his second since taking charge.

The victory for Simba, coupled with V Club of DR Congo crushing Al Merrikh of Sudan 4-1 in Omdurman, has turned Group A into a three-club melting pot after just two matchdays.

Simba lead with six points, V Club and title-holders Ahly have three each and pointless Merrikh appear out of contention for a top-two finish and a quarter-finals place after successive three-goal losses.

The form of the Tanzanian champions in Africa this season — four wins and a draw in six matches — has made them the surprise side of a competition.

In nine previous attempts to reach the group stage, they succeeded only twice, and last year suffered an embarrassing preliminary round defeat by Songo of Mozambique.

A change of coaches in the middle of this CAF campaign — Belgian Sven Vandenbroeck moved to FAR Rabat of Morocco and was replaced by Frenchman Didier Gomes da Rosa — has not disrupted the team.

Simba travel to Merrikh next, then host the Sudanese side and V Club before the ultimate test of their title credentials on April 9 or 10, away to Ahly in Cairo.

In Omdurman, V Club spectacularly recovered from a shock home loss to Simba, and falling behind to Merrikh after eight minutes, thanks to goals from Obed Mukokiani (two), Djuma Shabani and Amede Masasi.

Wydad Casablanca of Morocco, who have been champions, runners-up, and semi-finalists twice in the past five seasons, belatedly began their Group C campaign with a 1-0 win at Petro Luanda of Angola.

Ayoub el Kaabi had a penalty saved before scoring the only goal on 71 minutes after a superb pass from Libyan Muaid Ellafi.

Petro veteran Ricardo ‘Job’ Estevao squandered a chance to equalise soon after, blazing a penalty over the crossbar, which left his club pointless after two rounds.

In the same section, the group-stage debut of famed South African club Kaizer Chiefs proved an anti-climax as they were held 0-0 by Horoya of Guinea in Soweto.

Four-time champions Esperance of Tunisia stayed top of Group D thanks to an Abderraouf Benguit equaliser in a 1-1 away draw with Mouloudia Alger.

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Key Magpies sponsor upset by report


Insurance Australia Group, the parent company of CGU, one of Collingwood’s key sponsors sponsors with branding across the back of the jumper, admitted they are troubled by the report into racism at the Pies.

CGU’s sponsorship ends at the end of this season. They informed Collingwood last year that they would renew the sponsorship after this year.

“We have discussed our concerns around racism with the Collingwood Football Club since last year and we’ve spoken with the club regarding our expectations and to gain an understanding of the actions that would be taken at the time, including the commissioning of this report,” an IAG spokesperson said.

“We are a significant supporter of reconciliation in Australia and as a business we are focused on promoting diversity, inclusion and belonging in all our communities.

“We’re deeply concerned and disappointed by the findings of the report and the club has assured us that recommendations will be implemented as quickly as possible.

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Brisbane Heat defeat Sydney Sixers, upset, Joe Burns fails, nightmare, Lewis Gregory, Mark Steketee


The Brisbane Heat have knocked off the defending champion Sydney Sixers with a brilliant upset at the Gabba.

Max Bryant got the Heat off to a great start with 40 off 23 balls but it was a team effort with the bat as the Heat chased down the Sixers’ 8/165 with seven balls remaining.

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Lewis Gregory’s 16-ball 31 and Jack Wildermuth’s 10-ball 22 got the Heat over the line as the side moved ahead of the Scorchers into sixth to put pressure on the top four.

It was a major scalp for the Heat and ended the Sixers’ four-game winning streak with a solid performance in front of a vocal contingent of fans.

The only blemish was the performance of axed Test star Joe Burns who’s nightmarish summer has continued as he struggled with one off seven before holing out to Ben Manenti at third man.

Fox Cricket commentator Mark Howard said that while he tried to stay impartial, he desperately hoped Burns would score some runs.

“Say it ain’t so Joe,” Howard said.

“He’s been through a horrendous season,” Isa Guha added. “He got that 50 in the first Test match and you thought he was back. It was a really courageous knock and managed to see the side over the line and did it comfortably at the end.

“You really feel for him at the moment but hopefully he’ll be able to get himself out of this patch and that’s all you have to say to yourself.”

Andrew Symonds added: “I suppose you wonder what’s going through the poor man’s head.”

He added that if he was ever out of form, he’d go back to basics and return to what he had done successfully in the past.

He’d also speak to his old coach from when he was 13 or 14 years old and he would give him confidence to as he’d seen Symonds bat throughout his career and give him slight tweaks to his technique.

But the Heat didn’t allow the wicket to get them down as they ticked off the total.

Some sloppy fielding from the Sixers late and smart batting saw the Heat tick off the runs with good running and selective hitting as the side get the season back on track.

Earlier, Mark Steketee was the chief destroyer with the ball, taking 4/33 from his four overs, including the wicket of Daniel Hughes after Jimmy Peirson pulled off a ripper.

It looked to have beaten the man however but Peirson flew across to take the one handed grab parallel to the ground.

“That is a Superman dive,” Isa Guha said.

“He had nothing left, he couldn’t have gone much further could he? In his finger tips, that’s his unnatural side as well, he’s right handed so that’s a superb effort,” Andrew Symonds added.

Josh Philippe hit a brilliant 48 off 36 balls but was given out LBW as the Sixers struggled to build the total.

After his dismissal, Jordan Silk took over with 43 off 27 balls but the wickets kept falling as the side lost quick wickets in the middle overs that kept the scoring rate under control.

In the end 8/165 never seemed like enough with Philippe commenting that he thought the side left runs in the middle believing the side could have had “180-190”.

It sees the Sixers fall to third after the Hurricanes claimed a win earlier in the day but the Sydney side have another game in hand.

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The Brisbane Heat are taking it right down to the wire in pursuit of the Sixers’ 165.

The Heat have had contributions all throughout the night but the Sixers have had a couple of costly mistakes.

Dan Christian dived over one ball that went for four and a second misfield in a sloppy 17th over gave away five extra runs, along with two wides in an over that went for 16.

It reduces it to 23 off 18 balls.


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Joe Burns has been dropped from the Australian Test team but his BBL return has gone no better with the hapless Aussie opener contributing just one from seven balls before holing out to Ben Manenti off Jackson Bird.

Mark Howard said that while he tried to stay impartial, he desperately hoped Burns would score some runs.

“Say it ain’t so Joe,” Howard said.

“He’s been through a horrendous season,” Isa Guha added. “He got that 50 in the first Test match and you thought he was back. It was a really courageous knock and managed to see the side over the line and did it comfortably at the end.

“You really feel for him at the moment but hopefully he’ll be able to get himself out of this patch and that’s all you have to say to yourself.”

Andrew Symonds added: “I suppose you wonder what’s going through the poor man’s head.”

He added that if he was ever out of form, he’d go back to basics and return to what he had done successfully in the past.

He’d also speak to his old coach from when he was 13 or 14 years old and he would give him confidence to as he’d seen Symonds bat throughout his career and give him slight tweaks to his technique.

Hopefully Burns has someone like that to get him back on track.


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BBL|10 has had some insane catches and now Brisbane Heat skipper Jimmy Peirson has added to the highlight reel.

There was Jordan Silk’s Superman fielding over the boundary rope earlier in the year, while Mackenzie Harvey nailed a stunner last night.

But Peirson has done it with the gloves on, taking a brilliant catch.

On 2, Sixers skipper Daniel Hughes went to late cut the ball down to third man but got too fine and edge on it.

It looked to have beaten the man however but Peirson flew across to take the one handed grab parallel to the ground.

“That is a Superman dive,” Isa Guha said.

“He had nothing left, he couldn’t have gone much further could he? In his finger tips, that’s his unnatural side as well, he’s right handed so that’s a superb effort,” Andrew Symonds added.

The Heat’s social media called it “an absolute hanger” and it’s hard to argue.

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Josh Philippe has the Sydney Sixers batting well against the Brisbane Heat, getting to 44 off 30 balls after 10 overs.

But last wickets in the power play has the Sixers drop to 3/84 off the 10 after Daniel Hughes was dismissed for 2.

While the Sixers have some hitting down the order, a few quick wickets could put the skids on the Sydney side.


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Brisbane Heat stand-in captain Jimmy Peirson is adamant his side can still make a Big Bash League impact with the “cavalry coming” for their underperforming batting line-up.

Dropped Test opener Joe Burns, English import Joe Denly and injured regular skipper Chris Lynn are soon set to bolster the Heat line-up, with Peirson believing Burns, in particular, can lift the young side.

Burns is back for the clash against the Sixers.

“(He’s a) very seasoned batsman and it’ll be great to get him amongst our group,” Peirson said.

“His composure … he brings a lot of runs and nerves don’t seem to affect him as much, so it’s good having that calm, senior head in this group.

“We’ve got a lot of young guys in this group, especially with our batters, so he’ll be a good thing to have.”

The Heat crashed to 3-8 chasing the Hobart Hurricanes’ target of 150 at the Gabba on Wednesday night, and while they almost forced a super over, Peirson conceded his team’s batting needed to be much more consistent.

“We’ve got to find a way to win those games,” he said.

“I am pleased with the fight we’re showing, we’ve been quite competitive. We’re kicking ourselves in those situations, and if we do a few other little things as well we’ll start to win those games.

“We haven’t fired with the bat yet, I don’t think, and when we do we’ll be quite a tough team to beat.

“Our bowlers are standing up game-in, game-out. I’m seeing things I’m confident in, and if we put a few more little things in the batting particularly, we’ll start putting games together.

“Once we start doing that, the belief will build off that and … we’ve got the cavalry coming as well.”

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Councillor in Bateman upset | Business News


Melville councillor Matthew Woodall has beaten former parliamentarian Matt Taylor, and Sky News commentator Kristy McSweeney, to win local preselection as the Liberal candidate for Bateman District.

Mr Woodall was elected as a City of Melville councillor in 2015, and served a term as deputy mayor.

He has worked as a commercial lawyer.

The Liberal Party WA announced the result on Twitter on Wednesday night.

If the local preselection’s recommendation is ratified by the party’s state executive, Mr Woodall will succeed former shadow treasurer Dean Nalder as the Liberal candidate in the seat.

Mr Nalder announced his retirement as member just weeks ago following an unsuccessful tilt at the party’s state leadership.

Bateman is seen as a safe Liberal seat for the state election due in March.

Mr Woodall was in a field of six candidates.

Mr Taylor had served a term as member for Bateman District from 2013 to 2017, but lost a preselection for the seat when it was redistributed to include large parts of Alfred Cove District, Mr Nalder’s former seat.

He then contested Bicton District in 2017, but the election that year was a wipeout loss for the WA Liberals.

Mr Taylor went on to lead the Western Rock Lobster Council, where he successfully fought sweeping changes proposed by the Labor state government.

Ms McSweeney has been principal of The PR Counsel for nearly six years.

She previously served as an advisor to Tony Abbott, and as a journalist with 6PR.

Local lawyer Anthony Jarvis, recruitment consultant Pierette Kelly, and former Australian Medical Association WA communications director and journalist Rob Reid were also in the field.





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Esther Dingley: British hiker’s partner ‘deeply upset’ by claims she disappeared on purpose | World News


The partner of a British hiker missing in the Pyrenees has hit out at “deeply upsetting” claims she disappeared on purpose in search of a new life.

Esther Dingley, 37, vanished from Port de la Glere in late November while on a solo trek along the French-Spanish border.

She had been travelling across Europe in a campervan with her partner Dan Colegate since 2014, with the couple setting off on separate final trips before they were due to return to the UK.

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Ms Dingley had been travelling since 2014. Pic: LBT Global

Mr Colegate, her partner of 19 years, said it is “utterly out of character” for her to be out of contact for so long.

Rubbishing claims the couple were not happy, he said they “communicated several times a day”, adding that he found any reports otherwise “baffling”.

“Our last conversation was totally loving and all smiles. She was so happy and we were excited to see each other,” he said in a statement via charity LBT Global – formally the Lucie Blackman Trust.

He claimed that the pair had always planned to do the final stretch of their travels separately.

“This summer we did a 1,000-mile hike together and we always planned to spend two weeks doing our own thing. We knew it was good for us as individuals and for our relationship,” he added.

Still recovering from a serious illness, Mr Colegate said he wanted to “relax in a house due to my health issues”, while his partner “wanted to do some more outdoor things”.

Her mother Rita added that she is an “open book” and was happy before she disappeared.

After he revealed police are investigating “options beyond a mountain accident”, Mr Colegate stressed he is “cooperating fully” with them and has been interviewed by French and Spanish authorities.

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LBT Global’s chief executive Matthew Searle MBE urged people not to speculate, and to instead contact police with any relevant information.

“There is a huge amount of interest in this case and we have had hundreds of enquiries,” he said.

“Our priority is supporting Esther’s loved ones through this traumatic time and it is clear they are deeply upset at some of the speculation. Making assumptions and spreading unconfirmed assumptions is unhelpful and unfair.”

Martí Vigo del Arco, thought to be the last person to see Esther Dingley alive
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Marti Vigo del Arco is thought to be the last person to see Esther Dingley alive

Ms Dingley’s partner said he last spoke to her on 22 November.

On that day, Spanish Olympic skier Marti Vigo del Arco claims he saw her heading up a mountain at around 3pm, which is the last known sighting of her.

He told Sky News it was unusual to begin hiking at that time of day, but the conditions were good and she seemed prepared.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office says it is assisting Ms Dingley’s family.



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AFL 2020: Essendon Bombers, pay cut for players, backflip, apology, Xavier Campbell, players left upset, latest news


Essendon has been forced to apologise to its players and backflip on a plan to withhold a portion of their salaries last month, which reportedly left them upset.

In a statement, Bombers CEO Xavier Campbell admitted the club erred in its handling of the situation.

The club sent an email to the players at 8pm on Friday night, telling them nine per cent of their wages for the month would be withheld, before consulting them on the plan.

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It came weeks after a new pay deal between the AFL and AFLPA, which forced pay cuts of 3.5 per cent and many clubs to work on backloading deals to get under the new salary cap.



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Chiangrai upset FC Seoul to hand Melbourne Victory a lifeline for knockout phase


But Bill bobbed up again with a minute to play to grab the winner, and give both Chiangrai and Victory hope that they could snatch second spot in the group behind runaway leaders Beijing.

The Chinese Super League club has 12 points from its four games, Seoul six and Victory and Chiangrai three each.

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Meanwhile, Western United believe a former La Liga midfielder who played a handful of games for global giants Barcelona can stiffen up the defence of the club who conceded more goals – 37 – than almost every other team who made the A-League finals last season.

The only other finalists to have conceded as many during the regular season were defeated grand finalists Melbourne City.

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Western coach Mark Rudan hopes ex-Barcelona and Espanyol defensive midfielder Victor Sanchez has what it takes to make the second-season club tighter at the back and more difficult to break down.

Sanchez made 12 senior appearances for the Nou Camp giants before moving to cross own rivals Espanyol, for whom he played 270 games.

United’s general manager of football Ante Kovacevic said that Sanchez was a huge addition to Western’s line-up, in which former Italy striker Alessandro Diamanti and A-League record goalscorer Besart Berisha are the best known names.

“The defensive midfield role is key to a team’s defensive and offensive play and adding a La Liga calibre player to our team is a massive coup,” he said.

“As a former captain of Espanyol, he will bring natural leadership qualities to the group that will definitely help inspire the team to success, with commitment and passion, to our collective footballing ambitions.”

In the W-League, Melbourne City FC has signed American centre-back Samantha Johnson for the upcoming season.

Johnson, who has made over 90 appearances in the NWSL for Chicago Red Stars and most recently the Utah Royals, also played 23 games for Melbourne Victory between 2016 and 2019, and before that appeared 13 times for Sydney in the 2014-15 campaign.

She is returning to the game having walked away from soccer for nearly 18 months.

Johnson said she wanted to return to soccer to “align my purpose off the pitch with on the pitch”, having worked with underprivileged youth.

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Formula 1, news: Max Verstappen radio comments, Mongolian UN ambassador upset, racist and derogatory, no apology


Red Bull’s Max Verstappen is under international pressure as the fallout from his “racist and derogatory” comments during the Portuguese Grand Prix continues.

The UN ambassador for Mongolia, Lundeg Puruevsuren, has written to Red Bull while the Mongolian government has complained to Red Bull and Aston Martin’s CEOs over Verstappen’s comments last weekend.

Following a collision with Lance Stroll in practice two, Verstappen sprayed the Racing Point driver on his team radio.

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“Is this fu***g guy blind? What the f**k is wrong with him? Jesus Christ. What a retard. I have damage. What a mongol. I swear,” the Dutchman said.



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Giro d’Italia race director ‘very upset’ by riders’ safety protest on stage 19


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The Giro d’Italia race director says he was “very upset” by cyclists’ safety protests and promised “consequences”.

Riders completed more than half of stage 19 on their team buses after concerns were raised over racing in heavy rain, risking riders’ health.

Organisers agreed with the Professional Cyclists’ Association (CPA) to start 124km from the finish in Asti.

Czech rider Josef Cerny of CCC won the stage, while Britain’s Tao Geoghegan Hart remains third overall.

BBC Sport understands organisers RCS were mystified by the action because it said riders had not voiced concerns to the race management earlier. Instead, it said, a few riders approached them 10 minutes before the start of the 258km race from Morbegno.

The CPA, which represents the cyclists, said on Friday before the stage began: “The riders’ health is the priority, especially in this Covid period.”

It added: “Reducing the stage will not diminish the show, but will allow the immune defences of the riders not to be put at greater risk.”

However, race director Mauro Vegni told Eurosport: “[I’m] very upset about the way it’s happened. It isn’t the right way to resolve these issues.

“I think there are going to be words with lawyers – I don’t think it’s respectful to the race or people who want to watch.

“Today the parcours [course] was lovely. There will be consequences because of the behaviour of the riders.”

Competing in heavy rain can cause riders, whose immune systems may already be compromised by excessive exertion, to become unwell as dirt and bacteria from the road is sprayed through the peloton.

Many riders were concerned it would increase the risk of contracting coronavirus.

Vegni added: “The stage was announced a year ago. A rainy October day is not an unusual thing and it is 13C, so not cold. There’s no excuse not to do it.”

The stage initially took place under heavy rain in the neutral zone before the official start, where riders were stopped and the team’s buses were called to pick them up.

The peloton was eventually dropped off in Abbiategrasso, where, in drying conditions, a breakaway of 14 riders, including Britain’s Alex Dowsett of Israel Start Up Nation, stayed ahead of the peloton for the duration.

Cerny broke clear of the break and held them off to cross the finish line 18 seconds ahead of Belgium’s Victor Campenaerts of NTT and Italian Jacopo Mosca of Trek-Segafredo.

The peloton rolled in 11 minutes later after Bora-Hansgrohe called off their attack for Slovak Peter Sagan part-way through the stage.

Sunweb’s Dutch rider Wilco Kelderman continues to lead the overall standings by 12 seconds from Australian team-mate Jai Hindley, and 15 seconds from Geoghegan Hart of Ineos Grenadiers.

Meanwhile, Vini Zabu-KTM’s Italian rider Matteo Spreafico has left the Giro, having being suspended by the UCI – cycling’s world governing body – after two adverse analytical findings for the prohibited substance enobosarm.

“The rider has the right to request and attend the analyses of the B samples,” said a UCI statement.

“In accordance with the UCI anti-doping rules, the rider has been provisionally suspended until the adjudication of the affair.”

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FA Cup qualifying: Christchurch look for another upset against Dulwich Hamlet


Christchurch knocked out National League North side Gloucester in a penalty shootout to reach the third qualifying round
Venue: Hurn Bridge Sports Ground Date: Tuesday 13 October, KO 19:45 BST
Coverage: Live on BBC iPlayer, Red Button and BBC Sport online.

Fifteen years after losing his son in a car accident, Tony Bernard will look on at the stand which bears his name and hope for inspiration as Christchurch aim for FA Cup progress in front of the BBC Sport cameras.

Former Christchurch player Stevie Bernard was just 18 when he died along with two friends in the accident on the A27. His family have since helped raise almost half a million pounds for the charity named after him.external-link

“We’ve had our down times at the club so it’s nice to have a good day,” 63-year-old Tony says as the club and town prepare for the visit of Dulwich Hamlet in the FA Cup third round qualifying.

“Stevie had just had England schoolboys trials and was playing for Chichester, who made the second round last year, when he died.

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Tony will be a steward in front of the stand named after his son on Tuesday

“We play a friendly every year between the sides and it got cancelled this year, so fingers crossed we meet in the next round.

“We have raised £485,000 for the charity and have helped tens of thousands of kids.

“I’m quite happy looking at the stand hoping he’s looking down on the lads. If there is an extra hand he can give them I know he will.”

Christchurch – who play in the Wessex League Premier Division, three tiers below their National League South opponents Dulwich Hamlet – sold their allotted 300 tickets in just three hours.

On a ‘normal’ pre-covid game they may expect 70 through the gates.

The club has had to have extra electric points put in for the first televised match in the club’s 135-year history as they aim to extend their best-ever run in the old competition.

Opponents Dulwich were on BBC TV last year when they hosted Carlisle in the first round.

They will start as favourites but, as Tony says, “hopefully they’ll have a horrible journey down from London”.

’20 years in charge and they got me a desk’

Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver took some headlines this summer when, upon promotion, he became the longest-serving manager in the Football League.

Weaver’s 11-year reign at the new League Two side is certainly impressive, but he’s got nothing on one manager in FA Cup action this week – who’s into his second millennium at the reins.

Step forward Dave Diaper, who took charge of Sholing FC of the Southern League Division One South side way back in 1999.

They take on Walton Casuals, with the manager being able to plan from his new desk.

“It’s 1,114 games in charge on Tuesday which makes team talks very interesting,” Diaper said.

“It’s a great experience to be in one job as long as I have, I’ve created five or six teams in that time and it’s been great to see the club grow in the community.

“Off the field we have always been behind but we are getting nice facilities now and I’ve even got an office for the first time this year.

“All we had was a changing room before, the building was 60 years old, so I’m up here all the time now, which has been great – though my wife wouldn’t agree.”

Diaper’s longevity has extended to his players: Midfielder Byron Mason has played over 600 times, his brother Dan has scored an incredible 221 goals in the last six years, and at least six other players have made more than 200 appearances for the club.

“There’s no such thing as loyalty in football but these guys have certainly been loyal to me,” Diaper said.

“You either change your manager or the team every few years, that’s the model, but that hasn’t happened here. We don’t take losing lightly but we try and make it an enjoyable experience.

“We have got six or seven players who could easily play higher, with a good pedigree. They have got the talent and all I can ask is that they put on a show on Tuesday.”

Who else should we keep an eye on?

In total five clubs from from step five of the non-league pyramid have made it this far, namely:

Chatham Town (play Havant & Waterlooville)

Christchurch (play Dulwich and Hamlet)

Longridge Town and Skelmersdale United (play each other)

Sheppey United (play Eastbourne Borough).

The Longridge Town v Skelmersdale United match guarantees a step five side in the fourth qualifying round draw, where the likes of Notts County and Chesterfield enter.

Get through that – and it’s first-round proper time…



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