Now this really is the magic of the FA Cup! Mansfield boss to get married at TRAINING GROUND ahead of giantkilling bid against Liverpool
11:07 GMT, 3 January 2013
18:14 GMT, 3 January 2013
Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox will begin the biggest weekend of his life on Friday by marrying his girlfriend at the club’s training ground.
Cox’s team from the Blue Square Premier host giants Liverpool at the One Call Stadium on Sunday in one of the ties of the FA Cup third round.
But Cox will begin the weekend by marrying his girlfriend Natasha Bertin on the training ground next to the stadium after honouring a promise he made to her ahead of the club’s replay with Lincoln in the previous round.
Happy couple: Paul Cox with his bride-to-be Natasha Bertin
Countdown: Paul Cox poses at Mansfield's training ground – in front of the marquee in which he will marry
Having drawn 3-3 at Sincil Bank in the first game, Cox told his partner he would marry her if Mansfield went through and, after a 2-1 win clinched a meeting with Brendan Rodgers’ team, he will keep his word tomorrow when the couple tie the knot in a specially erected marquee.
A Mansfield source said: 'It’s going to be a big three days for Paul.
'He gets married on Friday and then it’s Liverpool on the day of his 41st birthday on Sunday.'
Busy week: Cox is facing a 48 hours at Mansfield
Hope the weather improves… the view at Mansfield's training ground
Mansfield are currently ninth in the Blue Square after losing out in the promotion play-offs last season.
The club applied for permission to use their full capacity to 10,000 for Sunday’s game but their request was rejected on safety grounds. There will be only 7,500 fans in the stadium, meaning that club will lose in the region of 50,000 in possible takings.