Interviews with Ali, Anton and Hec in national titlesThe eyes of the nation will be on Madejski Stadium this evening – the FA Cup quarter-final weekend kicks off at 7.55pm as we play host to Crystal Palace, live on BBC One.
We’ll have a full house getting behind the boys – and the interest has ramped up a notch in the national press, who have been speaking with our players this week to preview the match. Here’s a round-up of the exclusives that you’ll find in today’s papers…
Ali Al-Habsi speaks to The Sun about being spotted and brought to England by former Palace goalkeeper John Burridge, and his hopes of returning to Wembley after winning the FA Cup as a Wigan player in 2013.
Michael Hector is interviewed by The Guardian about his route into the pro game via loan spells in non-League and his transfer to Chelsea, as well as the experience of a trip to Wembley last year and facing Arsenal in the semi-final.
Anton Ferdinand talks to The Times about the heartache of West Ham’s shoot-out defeat to Liverpool in a dramatic 2006 final of the competition a decade ago, as he prepares for the Royals’ quarter-final fixture a decade on.