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Saturday FA Cup open thread

Can you FEEL the MAGIC of the Cup?

Alfreton Town v Walsall - Emirates FA Cup Second Round Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Tottenham Hotspur’s FA Cup third round match is done and dusted, but there’s GOBS of football on today. The only catch is — unless you’re in the United States or at one of the matches, you probably won’t be able to see them. All the games are streamed in the USA on ESPN+, which is a subscription service (but worth the price if you’re a football fan imho) and only a couple are actually on television in the UK.

But for those of you with ESPN+, FA Cup third round day is a fun day because it’s an opportunity to watch some football clubs you might never have an opportunity to watch. There are tons of lower league and even non-league clubs playing today and this is your chance to watch them! So I’d encourage you to try something different. Check out Maidstone United, in the sixth tier of the pyramid, face off against mighty League One side Stevenage (and Gary Rootbeer!).

Or try Newport County vs. Eastleigh, Swansea vs. Morecambe, or Coventry City vs. the Mighty Bulls of Oxford United. The football might be terrible (it often is) but you could also catch one of the historic upsets that happen in this round of the competition.

Plus — it’s fun! The Magic of the Cup is right there in front of you. Time to cast that spell.

Saturday FA Cup schedule

* All matches are streamed in the USA on ESPN+. Matches shown on TV in the UK are listed, otherwise are not televised.

AFC Wimbledon vs. Ipswich
7:30 a.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. GMT

Millwall vs. Leicester City
7:30 a.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. TMG

Coventry City vs. Oxford United
7:30 a.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. GMT

Maidstone United vs. Stevenage
7:30 a.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. GMT

Sunderland vs. Newcastle United (Tyne-Wear Derby)
7:45 a.m. ET / 12:45 p.m. GMT
TV: ITV 1

Stoke City vs. Brighton
10 a.m. ET / 3 p.m. GMT

Watford vs. Chesterfield
10 a.m. ET / 3 p.m. GMT

Blackburn vs. Cambridge United
10 a.m. ET / 3 p.m. GMT

Gillingham vs. Sheffield United
10 a.m. ET / 3 p.m. GMT

Queens Park Rangers vs. Bournemouth
10 a.m. ET / 3 p.m. GMT

Plymouth Argyle vs. Sutton United
10 a.m. ET / 3 p.m. GMT

Hull City vs. Birmingham City
10 a.m. ET / 3 p.m. GMT

Norwich City vs. Bristol Rovers
10 a.m. ET / 3 p.m. GMT

Southampton vs. Walsall
10 a.m. ET / 3 p.m. GMT

Newport County vs. Eastleigh
10 a.m. ET / 3 p.m. GMT

Sheffield Wednesday vs. Cardiff City
12:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. GMT

Middlesbrough vs. Aston Villa
12:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. GMT

Swansea City vs. Morecambe
12:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. GMT

Chelsea vs. Preston North End
12:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. GMT
Stream: BBC iPlayer/Red Button