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ESPNsoccernet is launching the Cup of Dreams fan poll to establish the greatest FA Cup players, manager and greatest FA Cup team of all time. The Cup of Dreams fan poll went live today and will be available for users to vote on until this season’s FA Cup semi-finals in April, exclusively at

Football fans will be able to vote in the Cup of Dreams fan poll which will include voting categories for The Ultimate FA Cup Dream Team, Best Manager and Dream Player.  Ahead of each round of this season’s FA Cup, the ESPNsoccernet editorial team will be assessing the merits of each category shortlist, beginning with goalkeepers.

ESPNsoccernet will offer football fans in the UK extensive online coverage of the tournament. ESPN’s signature football website now offers fans live FA Cup match coverage, live scores, news and clear access to current live coverage at the top of the screen, and brings fans an expanded network of major club bloggers.

ESPN will broadcast live coverage of three FA Cup third round ties, beginning on Saturday 8th January at 4:45pm with Stevenage against Newcastle United, live from Broadhall Way. ESPN’s live FA Cup matches continue the following day with Manchester City taking on Leicester City at the Walkers Stadium from 3:30pm. The final FA Cup game of the weekend sees Crawley Town play host to Derby County on Monday 10th January at 7:00pm.

Dave Beasant, spokesperson for the ESPNsoccernet “Cup of Dreams” Fan poll, said:  “I am honoured to have been shortlisted for the “Cup of Dreams” fan poll although I face stiff competition to be named the number one goalkeeper with the likes of Schmeichel and Seaman also included. Winning the FA Cup was a childhood dream for me and to lead the team as captain up the steps, where I had seen so many heroes of mine before go to receive the cup off of Princess Diana was a moment that will live with me forever”.

Any entrant matching the ESPNsoccernet editor’s final choices will be entered into a prize draw to win a money-can’t-buy VIP trip to the 2011 FA Cup Final including behind the scenes access to ESPN’s on-site presence at Wembley Stadium and a chance to meet the ESPN presenting team.

ESPNSoccernet’s Ultimate FA Cup Dream Team shortlist

Goalkeepers (credentials assessed by ESPNsoccernet during w/c 3rd January 2011)

Peter Schmeichel, David Seaman, Jim Montgomery, Dave Beasant, Bruce Grobbelaar, Bert Trautman, Gary Bailey, Neville Southall, Ray Clemence and Petr Cech

Defenders (credentials assessed by ESPNsoccernet during w/c 24th January 2011)

Ashley Cole, Ron Harris, Gary Pallister, Kevin Ratcliffe, Tony Adams, Jack Charlton, Frank McLintock, Steve Perryman, Gary Mabbutt and  Bobby Moore

Midfielders (credentials assessed by ESPNsoccernet during w/c 14th February 2011)

Roy Keane, Patrick Vieira, Dave Mackay, Glenn Hoddle, Bryan Robson, Steven Gerrard, Liam Brady, John Giles, Stanley Matthews and Trevor Brooking

Strikers (credentials assessed by ESPNsoccernet during w/c 7th March 2011)

Ian Rush, Jimmy Greaves, Jackie Milburn, Didier Drogba, Mark Hughes, Stan Mortensen, Nat Lofthouse, Michael Owen, Eric Cantona and Ian Wright.

The survey will also ascertain the greatest FA Cup manager in history and Dream Player of all time to be revealed in the run up to this season’s 2011 FA Cup Final.

Best Manager (credentials assessed by ESPNsoccernet during w/c 11th April 2011)

Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, Bill Nicholson, Keith Burkinshaw, Sir Matt Busby, Kenny Dalglish, Ron Atkinson, Terry Neill, Bob Stokoe, Herbert Chapman

Dream Player (credentials assessed by ESPNsoccernet during w/c 9 May 2011)

Peter Schmeichel, Ian Rush, Mark Hughes, Stanley Matthews, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, Glenn Hoddle, Tony Adams, Roy Keane and Ashley Cole


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