Up For The Cup?

27 October 2013 05:19
Today sees the first round of the FA Cup drawn live on ITV (1:30pm) with Sheffield United supporters hoping that a tricky tie isn't handed out when the number 38 ball drops.

Since relegated into League One in 2011 the Blades have made it all the way into the fourth round in the past two seasons and will no doubt look to equal that record this time round. Last season the Blades overcame Bristol Rovers (away) and Port Vale (both winning 2-1) before winning 3-0 at Oxford United in round three. However there campaign came to an end when they lost 4-0 at Reading. In 2012 they had been beaten by the same score-line at home to Birmingham City.

Conference side Sailsbury City, who the Blades beat by three goals to one in the third round two years ago are in the draw for the first time proper after they beat Bath City by a single goal - they may no doubt wish to see another tie at Bramall Lane again.

Former Football League outfit Macclesfield Town were the days biggest winners after they made an easy passage into the draw by beating Vauxhall Motors by seven goals without reply yesterday whilst Grimsby Town too made it through after they beat Rushall Olympic (3-1) at Blundell Park.

Perhaps supporters will wish United to pluck Biggleswade Town out of the hat - the Berkshire club beat Canvey Island by a single goal. Though of course the non-league teams will be looking to land the Blades, Wolverhampton Wanderers or Portsmouth away from home in what could be a big money spinner for those struggling financially.

1 Accrington Stanley2 AFC Wimbledon3 Bradford City4 Brentford5 Bristol City6 Bristol Rovers7 Burton Albion8 Bury9 Carlisle United10 Cheltenham Town11 Chesterfield12 Colchester United13 Coventry City 14 Crawley Town15 Crewe Alexandra16 Dagenham & Redbridge17 Exeter City18 Fleetwood Town19 Gillingham20 Hartlepool United21 Leyton Orient22 Mansfield Town 23 Milton Keynes Dons24 Morecambe25 Newport County26 Northampton Town27 Notts County 28 Oldham Athletic29 Oxford United30 Peterborough United31 Plymouth Argyle32 Port Vale33 Portsmouth 34 Preston North End35 Rochdale AFC36 Rotherham United37 Scunthorpe United 38 Sheffield United 39 Shrewsbury Town40 Southend United41 Stevenage42 Swindon Town43 Torquay United44 Tranmere Rovers45 Walsall46 Wolverhampton Wanderers 47 Wycombe Wanderers48 York City49 Macclesfield Town50 Hednesford Town51 Grimsby Town52 The Mighty Imps or Worcester City53 Bradford (Park Avenue) or Kidderminster Harriers54 Wrexham55 Stourbridge56 Southport57 Corby Town58 Tamworth59 FC Halifax Town60 Alfreton Town61 Brackley Town or Barrow62 Gateshead63 Hemel Hempstead Town or Sutton United64 Hereford United65 Ebbsfleet United or Dartford66 Barnet67 St Albans City68 Dover Athletic69 Boreham Wood70 Salisbury City71 Gloucester City72 Braintree Town73 Bishop`s Stortford74 Cambridge United75 Biggleswade Town76 Shortwood United or Aldershot Town77 Luton Town78 Welling United79 Daventry Town80 Staines Town or Poole Town

Source: Blades-Mad