Roy Hodgson to appear on live Match of the Day broadcast

Friday 06 Feb 2015
England manager Roy Hodgson will appear live on MOTD on 16 February

Roy Hodgson will join Gary Lineker and Phil Neville in the Match of the Day live studio for their live FA Cup broadcast on Monday 16 February.

The England manager will be at Deepdale as Preston North End host Manchester United in the Fifth Round.

Preston North End v Manchester United

FA Cup Fifth Round
7.45pm, Monday 16 February
Deepdale, Preston
Winners receive £180,000

Hodgson will also be taking part in the Sixth Round draw before kick-off, where he will be joined by Brian Finney, the son of Preston North End legend Sir Tom Finney.

Sir Tom made over 430 appearances for the Deepdale club and won 76 England caps. 

Fifth Round weekend marks the first anniversary of Sir Tom’s death.

BBC One’s coverage starts at 7.30pm with the game kicking off at 7.45pm.  

Since the BBC welcomed the FA Cup back to television last autumn it has delivered big peak time audiences for live matches on BBC One. 

Both the Wimbledon v Liverpool and Cambridge United v Manchester United games had an average audience of over six million.

Meanwhile, the FA Cup has also proved hugely popular among fans, with record-breaking attendance figures for the Fourth Round released on Wednesday.

More than half a million people passed through the turnstiles to watch Cup football between 24 January and 4 February, with the average attendance reaching a 37-year high.

It was just the second time in 23 years, and the third in 33, that the total attendance figure surpassed the half-million mark – while the average of gate of 25,761 was the highest in the Fourth Round since 1977-78.

By Matt Phillips