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‘We never imagined this’: Sutton get ready for first shot at the big time

Club promoted to League Two have been forced into changes but retain their old spirit, epitomised by a volunteer of 60 yearsIt is Tuesday afternoon and four hours before kick-off Sutton United’s kit man, Clive Baxter, is in his van just off White Hart …

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Isaac Olaofe seals Sutton United’s historic promotion to Football League

Sutton United 3-0 HartlepoolMillwall loanee’s late strike confirms National League titleSutton United thumped Hartlepool 3-0 to claim the National League title and promotion to the Football League for the first time in their 123-year history.Rob Milsom…

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Sutton United’s push for promotion to League Two hits a plastic pitch snag

The National League play-off contenders have had a meteoric rise since laying their 3G pitch in 2015 but it will have to go if they win promotion to the EFLSay the words “plastic pitch” to supporters of a certain vintage and images of wildly bouncing b…

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Gambling Commission to review firm’s licence over ‘piegate’ incident

• Sutton goalkeeper Wayne Shaw was fined £375 after eating pie• Tabcorp UK Limited, trading as Sun Bets, offered odds of 8/1The betting firm behind last year’s “piegate” controversy has been fined and told it risks losing its licence for its role in a …

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Pie-gate leaves nasty smell – and it’s football’s links with betting industry | Paul MacInnes

This season 11 of Premier League’s 20 teams have shirts sponsored by betting companies – is it healthy the gambling industry is so deeply embedded in our national sport?

Wayne Shaw has made a fool out of himself. In fulfilling the terms of Sun Bet’s promotional punt – roly-poly goalie to eat pie during FA Cup tie – the Sutton United reserve made it seem like he was either breaking rules on gambling or moonlighting in marketing for a bookmaker. Neither is a good look. He damaged by association the club he loves and they were well within their rights to ask him to resign.

The furore over “Pie-gate” has as much of a whiff about it as the stunt that went before, and the smell is not the glorious one of beef, gravy and undercooked pastry. It is of companies promoting their own commercial interest, most obviously Rupert Murdoch’s Sun, which has lent its brand to Sun Bets, a joint venture with an Australian gambling firm that was the brainchild of one Rebekah Brooks. It is of confected outrage at perceived po-faced sense-of-humour losses (the usual suspects are involved here and they rhyme with Fierce Organ). It’s the sound of the Twitterati showing their solidarity with the ordinary 24-stone blokes in the stand.

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Publicity stunts in sport: when it doesn’t go as planned – video

Wayne Shaw has left Sutton United amid investigations into his pie-eating antics during the FA Cup game against Arsenal but he is not the first person in sport to have a publicity stunt backfire. We take a look at some other cases where things just didn’t quite go as planned

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Sutton keeper’s pie-eating stunt investigated by FA and Gambling Commission

• Wayne Shaw admitted he knew betting company was offering odds of 8-1
• Sutton chairman says ‘we will bring him back down to earth’

The Football Association and Gambling Commission are investigating after Sutton United’s reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw admitted that he knew a betting company was offering odds of 8-1 against him eating a pie on the bench during the club’s 2-0 defeat by Arsenal in the FA Cup.

The FA is considering taking action after Shaw was captured eating the pie towards the end of Monday night’s fifth round tie at Gander Green Lane. “We are investigating to establish whether there has been any breach of The FA rules relating to betting,” said a spokesman for football’s governing body.

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Sutton United manager Paul Doswell proud of his team after FA Cup loss to Arsenal – video

Paul Doswell, the manager of non-league club Sutton United, says he has “an overwhelming feeling of pride” for his side after losing 2-0 to Arsenal in the FA Cup fifth round on Monday evening. Doswell goes on to admit that he had hoped for a goal against the Gunners but concedes in the end that it wasn’t meant to be

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Arsène Wenger: I could never manage in non-league, it is too difficult

• Arsenal manager pays tribute to ‘astonishing’ Sutton United
• Wenger says bottle was thrown in his direction during 2-0 win

Arsène Wenger departed here unscathed but also astonished by the quality that Sutton United showed in pushing Arsenal during their FA Cup tie in suburban Surrey. Although the Premier League side emerged with a 2-0 victory, Wenger suggested the idea of managing at National League level was so tough he would not want to take it on. Job done? “Yes, against a side that was astonishing,” said Wenger. “It is basically division five, and they are 17th out of 24. I will never go down there to manage because it is too difficult,” he said.

Related: Sutton’s Deacon dares to dream but Arsenal finally end FA Cup fairytale

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Arsène Wenger: I could never manage in non-league, it is too difficult

• Arsenal manager pays tribute to ‘astonishing’ Sutton United
• Wenger says bottle was thrown in his direction during 2-0 win

Arsène Wenger departed here unscathed but also astonished by the quality that Sutton United showed in pushing Arsenal during their FA Cup tie in suburban Surrey. Although the Premier League side emerged with a 2-0 victory, Wenger suggested the idea of managing at National League level was so tough he would not want to take it on. Job done? “Yes, against a side that was astonishing,” said Wenger. “It is basically division five, and they are 17th out of 24. I will never go down there to manage because it is too difficult,” he said.

Related: Sutton’s Deacon dares to dream but Arsenal finally end FA Cup fairytale

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Arsenal’s stroll in suburbs a minor diversion in the Arsène Wenger endgame | Barney Ronay

Manager has time to relax as Arsenal’s much-changed team avoid major upset against non-league Sutton United to reach FA Cup quarter-finals

For all the talk of Cup magic this was in the end an orderly out-ground experience for Arsenal, a 2-0 fifth-round victory that felt by the end like a gently convalescent night out in the southern suburbs. Gander Green Lane is a clattery low rise lodged between rows of pebble-dashed semis, its edges marked out by a row of scaffold-pole huts and the remains of a venerable wood and ironwork stand. Before kick Arsène Wenger could be seen signing autographs in the car park, smiling fondly on the touchline and generally looking like a man rather enjoying being in such homely surroundings after the trauma of that career-low 5-1 Champions League thrashing in Munich last week.

In the hours before the match the narrow streets around the ground had been clogged with a well-mannered crush, pubs and newsagents spilling out with amused, good-natured locals. As the Arsenal bus edged its way in and disgorged the away team there were shouts of “who are you?” but more craned necks and camera flashes and genuine curiosity at these visitors from the footballing over-world. And there was an oddly gripping intimacy about all this for Arsenal’s fans too, the usual glazed and distant superstars recast in the kitchen-sink proximity of a ground built on a more human scale.

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Sutton’s Deacon dares to dream but Arsenal finally end FA Cup fairytale

Sutton United threw their best, their lavishly watered pitch and their streaker with a giraffe’s headdress at Arsenal but a gap worth 105 league places could not be overcome. Arsène Wenger’s team found two moments of clarity to make sure their illustrious name would not be added to the list of Sutton’s scalps this season, with Lucas Pérez and Theo Walcott stopping the pressure on Wenger did not intensifying.

Related: Sutton United v Arsenal: FA Cup fifth round – live!

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Sutton United v Arsenal: FA Cup fifth round – live!

FA Cup fifth-round updates from the match at Gander Green LaneSutton will host Lincoln in quarter-finals if they can pull off upsetAnd email nick.miller@theguardian.com or tweet @NickMiller79 7.03pm GMT Worner, Amankwaah, Downer, Collins, Beckwith, Dea…

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When Sutton United last went on a stunning FA Cup run … and then lost 8-0

Sutton United’s players became heroes when they beat top-flight Coventry in the third round in 1989 but they didn’t fare so well against Norwich City

By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports Blog, part of the Guardian Sport Network

Mention Sutton United to football fans and many will recall the day in January 1989 when Coventry City, winners of the FA Cup just two years before, went to Gander Green Lane and were beaten by the Conference team. But how many remember the following act in Sutton’s FA Cup story that year, the difficult second album, if you like? If beating Coventry had been Sutton’s successful debut, then their visit Norwich City away was their Neither Fish Nor Flesh moment.

In fairness, Sutton were more than one-hit wonders. Even before their exploits against Coventry, Barrie Williams’ team had made some ripples in the FA Cup in 1988, knocking out league opposition in Aldershot and Peterborough, before taking Second Division Middlesbrough to a replay at Ayresome Park. The 1-0 defeat against a Boro side that would gain promotion to the top flight highlighted Sutton’s capabilities, but the Coventry match put the club firmly on the map.

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Sutton’s Craig Eastmond: ‘Arsenal will realise non-league is the real world’

The midfielder cannot wait for Monday’s FA Cup tie and facing the club that left him feeling depressed after they let him go after just 10 appearances

Craig Eastmond is standing in the cramped away dressing room at Sutton United’s Gander Green Lane stadium – the one that will accommodate Arsène Wenger and his Arsenal squad for Monday night’s FA Cup tie – and he knows what they will think. After all, Eastmond was once an Arsenal player.

Towards the back, there is an old‑fashioned communal bath but it has been largely out of commission this season because the boiler is broken. “Teams can use it as an ice bath, if they want,” Clive Baxter, the Sutton kit man, volunteers. “Tranmere Rovers did that.” Happily for Arsenal, there are four showers that do have hot water.

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FA Cup: talking points from the fifth round matches

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was Manchester United’s match-winner again, Burnley were tormented by Lincoln and themselves, and Arsenal need to pitch in at Sutton

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the match-winner again for Manchester United and his late goal against Blackburn Rovers was another fine and composed finish to add to his season’s collection. That made it 24 goals in all competitions and the Swede has now scored in the FA Cup, Coppa Italia, Copa del Rey and Coupe de France. For United, he has been a stellar signing and there is a reason why the prolific forward can get away with statements such as the one after his midweek hat-trick against St Etienne when he declared: “Wherever I went I won, so I am like Indiana Jones.” The only concern for United is that they are perhaps becoming reliant on Ibrahimovic’s goals. Every team wants a scorer who can find the net more than 20 times a season but there is always the risk of an injury providing a major setback to their tactical approach. United struggled to craft many scoring opportunities against a side second-bottom in the Championship until Ibrahimovic broke free and slotted coolly past Jason Steele. But Ibrahimovic has now made himself king of the cups and United were toasting their talisman once again. James Riach

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Arsenal’s Arsène Wenger worried about Sutton’s artificial pitch for FA Cup

• ‘Ideally we would like to play on a normal pitch’ in fifth-round tie
• Arsenal have practised on 3G pitch before visit to non-league side

Arsène Wenger has admitted he is concerned about facing Sutton United on the National League side’s artificial 3G pitch and warned his Arsenal players not to take the FA Cup fifth-round tie lightly in a week in which he has come out fighting over increased scrutiny of his position.

Arsenal, 12 times the FA Cup winners, travel to Gander Green Lane on Monday evening in their first match since the devastating 5-1 defeat by Bayern Munich in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie to face Sutton, who have beaten Colchester United, Cheltenham Town, AFC Wimbledon and Leeds United to reach this stage of the competition.

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FA Cup sixth round: Lincoln may face Sutton, Chelsea host Manchester United

• Lincoln City will visit winners of Sutton v Arsenal tie in last eight
• Middlesbrough v Manchester City or Huddersfield; Tottenham v Millwall

Non-league Lincoln City will travel to Arsenal in the FA Cup quarter-finals if the Premier League team overcome Sutton United on Monday night. Sunday night’s draw provided three other intriguing ties, with the League One side Millwall pitted against Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea hosting Manchester United and Middlesbrough to play either Huddersfield Town or Manchester City.

However, the advances of both Lincoln and Sutton have provided the most compelling stories in the competition this season. Arsenal face a tricky match at Gander Green Lane only days after their humbling defeat at Bayern Munich and, if they progress as expected, then another non-league side lie in wait.

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Sutton United v Arsenal: match preview

Sutton will have been watching with glee as Bayern Munich destroyed Arsenal on Wednesday night. The result sets the National League side up with a perfect chance to put one over on Arsène Wenger’s side. If they can score an early goal then they will feel as unbeatable as their Munich counterparts. Arsenal should have the class to ruin Sutton’s dream but motivation might be hard to muster. Graham Searles

Kick-off Monday 7.55pm

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Sutton’s Jamie Collins: ‘Wimbledon moaned but their pitch was horrendous’

The non-league side’s captain talks second jobs, big clubs being disrespectful, 3G pitches and what Arsenal can expect in their ‘dream’ FA Cup fifth-round tie

He’s a lovely fella who is always very excitable. He loves the FA Cup and his big passion is Sutton United, so I think this Cup run has been the one thing he has always wanted in his life. I played under the assistant manager, Ian Baird, at Eastleigh so he was the one who brought me to the club but I’ve got to know the manager well in the last couple of years. Before the games he is always very positive and that’s the way he is in life generally – he just wants us to go out and play attacking football.

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