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10 of the best photos from today's FA Cup action

There’s always something special about the 3rd Round.

Blyth Spartans prepared appropriately for what proved an epic battle with Birmingham

Soccer - FA Cup - Third Round - Blyth Spartans v Birmingham City - Croft Park Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Leicester’s Chris Wood was denied by Jak Alnwick here but the Foxes still managed to get the better of Newcastle

Soccer - FA Cup - Third Round - Leicester City v Newcastle United - King Power Stadium Source: Mike Egerton

The rules and regulations were worth it for Rochdale as they got the better of Nottingham Forest

Soccer - FA Cup - Third Round - Rochdale v Nottingham Forest - Spotland Source: Dave Howarth

Gateshead crashed to a 7-0 defeat to West Brom but their fans brought plenty of passion and bare-chests with them

Soccer - FA Cup - Third Round - West Bromwich Albion v Gateshead - The Hawthorns Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Bolton scraped past Wigan and had goalkeeper Adam Bogdan to thank after he pulled off this terrific point-blank stop

Soccer - FA Cup - Third Round - Bolton Wanderers v Wigan Athletic - Reebok Stadium Source: Dave Thompson

Spartans’ fans earned their stripes after nearly pushing their side to a remarkable win over Brum

Soccer - FA Cup - Third Round - Blyth Spartans v Birmingham City - Croft Park Source: Richard Sellers

Peter Vincenti’s penalty won it for Rochdale against Nottingham Forest.

Soccer - FA Cup - Third Round - Rochdale v Nottingham Forest - Spotland Source: Dave Howarth

Alan Pardew may be gone but Newcastle fans are still complaining

Soccer - FA Cup - Third Round - Leicester City v Newcastle United - King Power Stadium Source: Mike Egerton

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Agony and ecstasy – Rotherham’s Adam Collin despairs as Bournemouth score their fourth in what was a 5-1 win

Soccer - FA Cup - Third Round - Rotherham United v AFC Bournemouth - AESSEAL New York Stadium Source: Ryan Browne

The only light on what proved a dark day for Barnsley – they were beaten 2-0 by Middlesbrough

Soccer - FA Cup - Third Round - Barnsley v Middlesbrough - Oakwell Source: Barrington Coombs

All images courtesy of Press Association

Spartan collapse: Birmingham score three goals in 6 minutes to dump Blyth out

Luis Figo has totally jumped on the Blyth Spartans bandwagon

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