Not Quite The FA Cup Draw We Wanted But ...
Newcastle landed an FA Cup third round tie away to Stevenage, which is not exactly what we hoped for, but it could be a lot worse. We met them in the 1998 fourth round when Stevenage were a non-league side and the fixtured caused much controversy. The Hertfordshire outfit wanted to play the home tie at Broadhall Way but Kenny Dalglish (then Toon boss) told the FA the game should be played at St James' Park because of safety concerns. However, Stevenage held their ground and the game took place at Broadhall Way when Alan Shearer scored early on, but the home side fought back for a draw and a replay. The Smogs go to Burton and the Mackems play host to the other Magpies (Notts County) or Bournemouth. THIRD ROUND DRAW Burnley v Port Vale Coventry v Crystal Palace Bristol City v Sheffield Wednesday Fulham v Peterborough Doncaster v Wolves Brighton/FC United of Manchester v Portsmouth Huddersfield v Dover Athletic Crawley Town/Swindon v Derby West Ham v Barnsley Reading v West Brom Arsenal v Leeds Sheffield United v Aston Villa Leicester v Manchester City Bolton v York Blackburn v QPR Swansea v Colchester Wycombe v Hereford/Lincoln Stevenage v Newcastle Burton v Middlesbrough Millwall v Birmingham Southampton v Blackpool Watford v Hartlepool/Yeovil Chelsea v Ipswich Sunderland v Notts County/Bournemouth Scunthorpe v Everton Manchester United v Liverpool Hull v Wigan Stoke v Cardiff Tottenham v Charlton/Luton Preston v Nottingham Forest Norwich v Droylsden/Leyton Orient Torquay v Carlisle REPLAY DATES: Tuesday December 7 Hartlepool v Yeovil Notts County v BournemouthSwindon v Crawley Town Luton v Charlton Lincoln v Hereford Wednesday December 8 Brighton/FC United of Manchester Ties will be played over the weekend of January 8 and 9.
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