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WE ALL know the TV com­pa­nies will choose Man United first.

Their fourth round clash at Derby will be their 49th – yes, 49th – tele­vised FA Cup game in a row.

The Reds will be paid the princely sum of £144,000 for their ap­pear­ance on BBC.

That’s 0.03 per cent of their an­nual rev­enue or, to put it an­other way, three days’ worth of Wayne Rooney’s wages.

Yet Eastleigh – a club wealthy by Na­tional League stan­dards but who could cer­tainly use £144,000 – have once again been com­pletely ig­nored. So, too, have Bury, Brad­ford and Shrews­bury.

The Beeb and BT like to bang on about the magic of the Cup, but it’s start­ing to grate a lit­tle. A bit of va­ri­ety wouldn’t go amiss.

The next time the Beeb or BT start wax­ing lyri­cal about the ro­mance of the Cup, re­mem­ber that what re­ally makes their heart leap is the thought of ten mil­lion view­ers tun­ing in from Bangkok and Bei­jing.

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