Tony Matthews football round-up

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WAYNE ROONEY: staying with Manchester United

In the FA Cup 5th round:-

  • Arsenal earned a degree of revenge for that heavy 5-1 PL defeat by beating Liverpool 2-1
  • Manchester City stunned Chelsea 2-0
  • Sunderland ousted Southampton 1-0 (with just 16,000 present)
  • Holders Wigan won 2-1 at Cardiff
  • Everton eliminated Swansea 3-1
  • Sheffield United k’od Nottingham Forest, also 3-1
  • Brighton drew 1-1 with Hull

The quarter-finals, on 6/7 March, are Arsenal-Everton, Manchester City-Wigan (a repeat of last year’s final), Brighton/Hull-Sunderland and a Sheffield derby, United-Wednesday IF the Owls beat Charlton! The Blades (FL1) are the lowest-ranked team left in the competition.

The Barcelona-Real Madrid Copa del Rey final will take place at Valencia on 19 April

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After 74 days and 17 games in charge, Fulham have sacked manager Rene Meulensteen. Former Bayern Munich coach Felix McGath takes over – the 14th boss at Craven Cottage in 20 years.  

Wayne Rooney is set to stay at Manchester United until May 2019. He’ll earn £300,000-a-week and bank around £70m over the next five-and-a-half years.

Last Saturday, Lionel Messi scored his 336th and 337th goals for leaders Barcelona in a 6-0 win over Rayo Vallecano. This breaks the record for most goals scored for a Spanish club, which was held by Bilbao’s Telmo Zarra who netted 335 between 1940 and 1956. Real Madrid are second in La Liga after beating Getafe 3-0. Almeria lost 1-0 to Levante.


If Celtic’s Fraser Forster keeps his goal in tact for the first half-hour of Saturday’s game at Hearts, he will break a 43-year old record set by Aberdeen’s Bobby Clark in 1971 of not conceding a goal in top-flight Scottish football for 1,115 minutes.

Ex-Gloucestershire cricketer John Mortimer has died aged 71.

Northampton (55 pts), Saracens (54) and Bath (44) are 1-2-3 in Rugby’s Aviva League.                  


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