Arsenal Travel To West Ham In FA Cup 3rd Round
As long as I can remember two of my favorite dates in the domestic footballing calendar are FA Cup semi final weekend, and the New Years 3rd round ties as everyone is still trying to recover from JD and Coke induced hangovers.
However with the brouhaha leading up to, and following yesterday's crushing, and embarrassing defeat to Chelsea, the draw for the 3rd round of the FA Cup completely passed me by.
The 3rd round always offers us a tasty tie or two, (A possible tie between Man Utd and Leeds would be fun to watch) however this seasons drawmasters obviously weren't schooled by the same people who provided us with a relatively tame passage through to the knock out stages of the Champions League.
Instead we were given the task of going to Upton Park to take on West Ham on January the 2nd/3rd. A task, I fear, that could prove to be quite difficult.
So, as I always, I'm looking forward to the 3rd round ....... but not with as much optimism as usual.
FA Cup 3rd round draw in full:
Tottenham Hotspur v Peterborough United
Brentford v Doncaster Rovers
Middlesbrough v Manchester City
Stoke City v York City
Notts County v Forest Green Rovers
Huddersfield Town v West Bromwich Albion
Sheffield United v Queens Park Rangers
MK Dons v Burnley
Chelsea v Watford
Nottingham Forest v Birmingham City
Preston North End v Colchester United
West Ham United v Arsenal
Aston Villa v Blackburn Rovers
Portsmouth v Coventry City
Sunderland v Oxford United or Barrow
Wigan Athletic v Hull City
Everton v Carlisle United
Sheffield Wednesday v Crystal Palace
Tranmere Rovers or Aldershot Town v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Blackpool v Ipswich Town
Fulham v Swindon Town
Stockport County or Torquay United v
Brighton & Hove Albion
Scunthorpe United v Barnsley
Southampton v Rotherham United or Luton Town
Bristol City v Cardiff City
Reading v Liverpool
Staines Town or Millwall v Derby County
Plymouth Argyle v Newcastle United
Leicester City v Swansea City
Bolton Wanderers v Lincoln City
Accrington Stanley or Barnet v Gillingham
Manchester United v Kettering Town or Leeds United