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Southend, Stevenage and Oxford player Mitchell Cole has died, aged 27

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Former Southend, Stevenage and Oxford player Mitchell Cole has died, aged 27, the Football League has confirmed.

The former West Ham trainee retired as a professional player in February on medical advice after being diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition which causes an irregular thickness of the heart in certain areas.

He gave an interview to The Sun at the time in which he said: “A few players around the world die of this every year. The specialists told me that every day I have a one percent chance of dropping dead and sport quadruples that risk.

“When the doctor gave me the numbers and showed me images of my heart, it hit me hard.”

Cole did return to football to make a handful of non-league appearances, some of which came for Arlesey Town.

However, according to their director of football, Gary King, watching Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba suffer a cardiac arrest in an FA Cup tie with Tottenham in March convinced Cole to give up the game for good.

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Robbie Fowler to “loan” famous FA Cup white suit | Liverpool | ‘Spice Boys’

 

Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler has revealed that he will loan out his famous white suit to a museum in Manchester.

The 37-year-old and his teammates hit the headlines in 1996 when they turned up to Wembley for the FA Cup final against Manchester United wearing bright white suits.

“I’ve still got [the suit] and I’m going to loan it to the National Football Museum in Manchester for an exhibition they’re doing on fashion in football,” Fowler said in a Q&A session with BBC Sport.

The unlovely suits, inexplicably paired with sky blue shirts and a diagonally striped red and white tie that would shame the worst dressed, heaviest-smoking turf accountant, became the iconic and lasting image of a generation of tabloid-courting underachievers at Anfield.

Jamie Redknapp was one of the Liverpool players to object to the Spice Boys tag, but perhaps not in the way you’d expect: “Let’s face it,” he said, “the Spice Girls are at the top of their profession and we are still trying to get to the top of ours, so I hardly think it is a good nickname.”

The group would remain nearly men under Roy Evans, but that reputation is disputed by Steve McManaman, who said: “The Spice Boys at one time consisted of eight or nine players and the press just used to change the personnel as they fancied.

“It was unfortunate because when we finished third in the league we got a lot of stick for it. At the time I felt very sorry for some of the lads involved. But it didn’t bother me personally as I was playing very good football at the time.

“When we finished third and people saw us having a laugh and a joke, they thought we didn’t care. Nowadays, when you finish third, everyone is thrilled to bits, everyone’s excited about qualifying for the Champions League.

“Under Roy Evans we did that a lot, and did it by playing fantastic football, but because there were a few young lads who liked to enjoy themselves at times, people had misconceptions.”

 

 


THIRD ROUND DRAW NUMBERS | FA Cup | Chelsea Draw Lucky 13

Premier League and Championship teams enter the hat on Sunday afternoon

The FA Cup with Budweiser

Third Round Proper draw
2.40pm, Sunday 2 December 2012
Wembley Stadium
Live on TheFA.com and ITV1
Ties to be played over the weekend of 5 & 6 January 2013
Winning clubs will receive £67,500 from The FA prize fund

The draw for the Third Round of The FA Cup remains a special event in the football calendar.

Lower league and non-League teams dream of being paired with a Premier League giant, while the bigger clubs will all be looking to avoid a potential Cup upset.

The most notable Third Round tie from last season was the Manchester derby, which United won 3-2 at the home of their local rivals, while Swindon Town, then of League Two, came from behind to knock out Premier League Wigan.

The draw will be conducted by former Tottenham captain Ledley King and former Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba and the draw numbers are listed below:

 

1

 

 

Arsenal

 

 

2

 

 

Aston Villa

 

 

3

 

 

Barnsley

 

 

4

 

 

Birmingham City

 

 

5

 

 

Blackburn Rovers

 

 

6

 

 

Blackpool

 

 

7

 

 

Bolton Wanderers

 

 

8

 

 

Brighton & Hove Albion

 

 

9

 

 

Bristol City

 

 

10

 

 

Burnley

 

 

11

 

 

Cardiff City

 

 

12

 

 

Charlton Athletic

 

 

13

 

 

Chelsea

 

 

14

 

 

Crystal Palace

 

 

15

 

 

Derby County

 

 

16

 

 

Everton

 

 

17

 

 

Fulham

 

 

18

 

 

Huddersfield Town

 

 

19

 

 

Hull City

 

 

20

 

 

Ipswich Town

 

 

21

 

 

Leeds United

 

 

22

 

 

Leicester City

 

 

23

 

 

Liverpool

 

 

24

 

 

Manchester City

 

 

25

 

 

Manchester United

 

 

26

 

 

Middlesbrough

 

 

27

 

 

Millwall

 

 

28

 

 

Newcastle United

 

 

29

 

 

Norwich City

 

 

30

 

 

Nottingham Forest

 

 

31

 

 

Peterborough United

 

 

32

 

 

Queens Park Rangers

 

 

33

 

 

Reading

 

 

34

 

 

Sheffield Wednesday

 

 

35

 

 

Southampton

 

 

36

 

 

Stoke City

 

 

37

 

 

Sunderland

 

 

38

 

 

Swansea City

 

 

39

 

 

Tottenham Hotspur

 

 

40

 

 

Watford

 

 

41

 

 

West Bromwich Albion

 

 

42

 

 

West Ham United

 

 

43

 

 

Wigan Athletic

 

 

44

 

 

Wolverhampton Wanderers

 

 

45

 

 

Preston North End or Gillingham

 

 

46

 

 

Bury or Southend United

 

 

47

 

 

Sheffield United or Port Vale

 

 

48

 

 

Carlisle United or AFC Bournemouth

 

 

49

 

 

Crewe Alexandra or Burton Albion

 

 

50

 

 

Bradford City or Brentford

 

 

51

 

 

Luton Town or Dorchester Town

 

 

52

 

 

Alfreton Town or Leyton Orient

 

 

53

 

 

Oldham Athletic or Doncaster Rovers

 

 

54

 

 

Tranmere Rovers or Chesterfield

 

 

55

 

 

Rotherham United or Notts County

 

 

56

 

 

Cheltenham Town or Hereford United

 

 

57

 

 

Barrow or Macclesfield Town

 

 

58

 

 

Accrington Stanley or Oxford United

 

 

59

 

 

Lincoln City or Mansfield Town

 

 

60

 

 

Harrogate Town or Hastings United

 

 

61

 

 

Coventry City v Morecambe

 

 

62

 

 

Milton Keynes Dons or AFC Wimbledon

 

 

63

 

 

Crawley Town or Chelmsford City

 

 

64

 

 

Fleetwood Town or Aldershot Town


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