Date: 7th February 2019 at 8:30am
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If anybody was in any doubt that television rules the roost when it comes to football, they only have to take a look at the forthcoming FA Cup 5th round ties.

With eight ties to be spread over four days, only one is to be played at the time with a designated 15:00 hours kick-off, clearly, nobody fancied showing the fixture between AFC Wimbledon and Millwall, with the full running schedule confirmed as being:

Friday Feb 15

• QPR v Watford (19:45)

Saturday Feb 16

• AFC Wimbledon v Millwall (15:00)

• Brighton or West Brom v Derby (12:30)

• Newport County v Manchester City (17:30)

Sunday Feb 17

• Bristol City v Wolves (13:00)

• Doncaster Rovers v Crystal Palace (16:00)

• Swansea City v Brentford (16:00)

Monday 18 Feb

• Chelsea v Manchester United (19:30)

As can be seen, the plum tie of the round, at Stamford Bridge, between us and Manchester United won’t actually kick-off until the draw for the quarter-finals has been made live on BBC1.

The magic of the cup tarnished by the demands of the armchair fan.

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