Kuala Lumpur, 19 January 2023 – Football’s oldest and most famous domestic knockout competition, The Emirates FA Cup, is embarking on its first-ever Asia-Pacific Trophy Tour from 21 January to 29 January 2023. For the first time in its 150-year history, the Emirates FA Cup trophy will visit Malaysia, with an event being hosted in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday 25 January, allowing fans to get up close and personal with one of the most iconic pieces of silverware in world sport.
The tour is set to begin in Sydney on 23 January. The cup then arrives Kuala Lumpur on 25 January before heading to Singapore on 26 January. The tour culminates in Seoul on the weekend of the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round, on 28-29 January.
As Malaysians tune in to Astro to watch their favourite English clubs compete in the Emirates FA Cup, fans are invited to come and hold history in their hands, with the Emirates FA Cup available for a picture opportunity at the below location:
- Wednesday 25th January, between 10.00am to 11.30am and 1.00pm to 9.00pm
- Ground Floor, Central i-City, Shah Alam
Navin Singh, Commercial Director at The Football Association said: “We’re extremely excited to work alongside our domestic broadcast partner Astro to bring the famous Emirates FA Cup trophy to Malaysia as part of an Asia-Pacific Trophy Tour – the first of its kind. The FA Cup trophy is one of the most revered in world sport and following the 150th anniversary of the competition last season, global interest has never been greater.
“We hope that by bringing the trophy to Kuala Lumpur, we can engage more fans with the stories of unparalleled drama of FA Cup football and demonstrate why it’s the greatest domestic knockout tournament in the world. We look forward to continuing to work with Astro to bring some of the biggest players and teams in English football to your screens, with the Fourth Round on the weekend of 28-29 January and culminating in another world-class Final at Wembley Stadium in London and broadcast exclusively live on Astro in Malaysia early morning of Sunday, 4 June.”
The Emirates FA Cup, available exclusively in Malaysian via official broadcast partner Astro, is the world’s oldest domestic cup competition. Over 700 clubs and more than 10,000 players spanning the entirety of the English football pyramid compete in the dramatic knockout-style format to be crowned champions. Liverpool won the 2022 cup and Arsenal has won the most in the competition’s history, picking up the honour on 14 occasions.
Nicholas John, Head of Sports, Astro said: “Astro believes in creating immersive and engaging experiences for passionate Malaysian sports fans. We’re proud to be part of bringing the FA Cup trophy to Malaysia, giving fans the chance to see the iconic trophy up close, where they can come together and deepen their passion for the game. As the competition heats up, fans can catch their favourite clubs and all the action of the FA Cup on Astro, the Home of Sports in Malaysia.”
Malaysia has many long-standing connections with the Emirate FA Cup. These include some players who have played important parts in both the English and Malaysian FA cups, such as Tony Cottee, who was a runner-up in the English FA Cup with Everton and Malaysia FA Cup champion with Selangor. Another example is David Rocastle, who made many appearances in the English Cup for Arsenal and was runner-up in the Malaysia FA Cup with Sabah.
Upcoming in the Fourth Round, there’s a bumper tie between the English Premier League top two as Manchester City hosts Arsenal, Manchester United takes on Championship side Reading, Preston North End host Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton & Hove Albion will play Liverpool. Finally, Ryan Reynolds’ non-league side Wrexham were rewarded for their entertaining Third Round upset over Coventry City with a home-tie against Championship high-flyers Sheffield United.
Fourth Round Draw In Full Fixtures:
Preston North End v Tottenham Hotspur
Southampton v Blackpool
Wrexham v Sheffield United
Ipswich Town v Burnley
Manchester United v Reading
Luton Town v Grimsby Town
Derby County v West Ham United
Stoke City v Stevenage Borough
Blackburn Rovers v Birmingham City
Walsall v Leicester City
Sheffield Wednesday v Fleetwood Town
Manchester City v Arsenal
Bristol City v West Bromwich Albion
Brighton & Hove Albion v Liverpool
Fulham v Sunderland
Boreham Wood or Accrington Stanley* v Leeds United
All ties will take place between 27-30 January, dates and kick-off times TBC with matches to be broadcast live on Astro.
*Awaiting result of Third Round Replay
You can watch endless football, including the Emirates FA Cup, on Astro. For more information on the Sports Pack, visit https://www.astro.com.my/.