Maine Road v Squires Gate on the Beeb

Tue 1st September 2020 | Emirates FA Cup
By Martin Fallon

Tonight's Maine Road v Squires Gate game in the Emirates FA Cup will be streamed live by the BBC on their iPlayer and Red Button services, as well as being broadcast around the world on the BBC Sport website. 

The game is a late replacement for the BBC, who were originally set to broadcast tonight's FA Cup debut by Burton Park Wanderers as they hosted AFC Sudbury. 

However that game was postponed yesterday after a Burton Park player tested positive for Covid-19, with the club's players and staff having to self isolate for two weeks and Sudbury given a walkover. 

Maine Road play in the First Division South and will be looking for an upset against their Premier Division opponents. The two sides have a good history of playing each other and were in Premier Division together for a number of years before Road's relegation in 2018.

Head to Head is close with Road picking up 11 wins in their 30 meetings compared to Gate's 20 wins. They have met once before in the FA Cup, Maine Road progressing after a 3-0 win back in 2012/13.

Kick off is at 7.45pm, and the game shall be played at Adie Moran Park, the home of Prestwich Heys FC. 

The early rounds of the FA Cup qualifiers have been televised on the BBC since 2017, and this is the fifth time our clubs have been selected for live coverage.

Litherland REMYCA v AFC Liverpool was the first ever qualifying round game to be broadcast live, that back in August 2017, with viewers watching Liverpool secure an upset in a 2-0 win. Three rounds later and  the camera's were back to our region as Ashton Athletic hosted National League North opposition in Chorley, the visitors winning 1-0 thanks to a late goal.

The following season, Prestwich Heys were selected as they faced Radcliffe Borough, with the Northern Premier League side winning 2-0. And another of our sides was selected last season as Irlam took on York City in the Second Qualifying Round, with the former Football League side running out 2-0 winners.

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