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Pardew calls for change to cup schedule

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has urged the Football Association to look at changing the fixture schedule to be more accommodating for clubs.

The 52-year-old says the FA Cup is being devalued because of the number of games that teams face during the busy festive period.

The Magpies host fellow Premier League side Cardiff City in the FA Cup Third Round on Saturday.

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Boro boss looks to FA cup game for welcome distraction

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray has been looking forward to tomorrow night's FA Cup 5th round tie against Chelsea.

The game comes as a welcome distraction from Middlesbrough's Championship struggles.

They've dropped out of the promotion play-off places after a poor run of results since the turn of the year.

But Tony Mowbray hope a big cup tie might spark them back to life.

Middlesbrough's FA Cup date confirmed

Middlesbrough's FA Cup Fifth Round clash with either Chelsea or Brentford will take place at the Riverside stadium of Wednesday 27 February, the Teesside club has confirmed.

The match was due to be played on Saturday 16 February. However, the two London clubs face a replay the following day after their 2-2 draw at Griffin Park last Sunday.

Boro's npower Championship game against Crystal Palace will now go ahead on February 16 as originally planned.

North East youngster is non-league giant killers lucky charm

Cory Davidson (pictured in the Orange strip) with some of the Luton Town players Credit: Cory Davidson

Inspirational youngster Cory Davidson, from Blyth, in Northumberland has helped a team of footballers to pull off one of the giant killing acts of the FA Cup.

Cory, who suffers from an aggressive brain tumour, was Luton Town's mascot as they took on premier league Norwich City

The non-league side pulled off the shock of the fourth round by beating the Canaries.

Many of the Luton players later tweeted how Cory's story had inspired them. Despite his own ill-health, he gives up his Christmas Day to deliver presents to youngsters in hospital and raises money for charity.

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