The players will be thinking of the glory, but for the men trying to keep Grimsby Town, Kidderminster Harriers and Macclesfield Town afloat, it is the riches on offer in the FA Cup third round that makes it worth diverting the Conference trio’s attention from the quest to regain Football League status.
Two goals from Danny Ings lifted Burnley back up the table into second place with a 3-2 win at home to Huddersfield. The striker has now scored 19 goals in all competitions. Full-back Kieran Trippier sealed victory 11 minutes from time as Martin Paterson scored twice for the Terriers on his first return to Turf Moor since leaving Burnley in the summer. Leicester City stay top of the league after a 3-1 win at Millwall.
Elsewhere there were wins for Middlesbrough Ipswich and Watford
The youngster scored a fine free-kick at the weekend to ensure Everton beat Swansea
The former Chelsea player took the Championship club to the play-off final last season
A round up of Saturday's Championship action
Looking at the managerial merry-go-round the last few weeks, with eight managers fired in 24 days, you must wonder what keeps us coming back for more. I suppose the answer is the satisfaction you get out of it – not just winning a game, but achieving something like promotion or staying up. The buzz you get from that you can’t really put into words. The adrenalin it delivers can be addictive. That feeling you have when the whistle blows and you’ve done what you set out to do… you miss it when you’re not in the game. That is why I was tempted last week when Milan Mandaric asked me to consider taking over Sheffield Wednesday.
The former Blades boss admits taking over the Owls would be too divisive and that it's time to 'put myself to bed'
Elsewhere there were wins for Blackpool and Yeovil while Barnsley's 3-0 defeat to Birmingham sees David Flitcroft sacked
21-year-old is regarded as a star of the future at the Emirates
With Wednesday winless and United sacking David Weir Sheffield is desperate, writes Simon Hart
FA chairman's effort to revitalise national game starts with commission short on stardust
Move comes after Carlisle retired from professional football
Elsewhere there was comprehensive win for Watford while Manchester United youngster Jesse Lingard score four goals on his debut after loan move to Birmingham
19-year-old made his debut for England earlier this month and hopes to push on with his club to earn a place in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad
A team of more than 40 officers is now looking at a number of new lines of inquiry