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Mansfield Town boss to marry girlfriend before FA Cup tie with Liverpool

Paul Cox

The biggest moment in the life of any lower league football manager is invariably the third round of the FA Cup. If they can guide their men through the opening few matches of the tournament, these plucky bosses earn the chance to take their tiny clubs up against the finest players in the country.

For Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox, that moment came into view at the end of last year when his men beat Lincoln in a replay to earn an almost unbelievable glamour tie against Liverpool. That game takes place on Sunday.

Yet for Cox, the clash will not even be the biggest day of his weekend: the 40-year-old is to marry his girlfriend at the club's training ground on the Friday before the big match!

After drawing their second-round match against Lincoln 3-3 and a clash against Liverpool promised to whoever won the replay, Cox promised his girlfriend he would marry her before the match should his side make it through.

They won 2-1, and Cox stayed true to his word: the wedding will be exactly 48 hours before the match, which coincidentally falls on the day of Cox's 41st birthday.

Cox said: "Apparently I agreed to get married if we beat Lincoln [City] in the Second Round.

"I don’t know how it came about, but after the win, Carolyn [Radford, CEO] and the chairman were congratulating me and said that they were looking forward to the big day – the wedding.

He added: "So the wedding is tomorrow and there’ll probably be one or two more cameras there now, but it’s something I’ll embrace and cherish."

A club spokesman added: "It's going to be a big three days for Paul!"

Funnily enough, it's not the first time that the top brass at Mansfield Town have hit the headlines over their romantic entanglements. In 2011 the club became world famous after employing a 29-year-old blonde - a former escort by the name of Carolyn Still - to become its CEO two years ago.

Still and multi-millionaire club chairman John Radford denied that she had been given the job for anything other than professional reasons. Two weeks later, Still became engaged to Radford; they got married last July.