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cup draws

Three’s Company – FA Cup draw

And to think people said ITV’s football output is terrible. These people obviously hadn’t ventured on the channel’s staging of the FA Cup third round draw at an unnecessarily floodlit Wembley this evening. Notable established football commentators Serge from Kasabian and Noel Gallagher pitched up in their best t-shirts and leather jackets to tease Jim Rosenthal with incoherent speech and empty sentiments such as “It doesn’t get any better than this”. It obviously does. And Jim Rosenthal will have been thinking as much as he desperately tossed questions Serge’s way only to see them rebound away uninterestingly. He may as well have interviewed the balls.

Anyway, television production aside this was the third round draw and it has handed Rovers a pretty decent tie. Not necessarily one for glitz and glamour and not one likely to bring the TV cameras to the Keepmoat Stadium, but one which certainly makes the 4th round an achievable target. Premier League strugglers Wolverhampton Wanderers will come to face the Rovers on the second weekend in January and with their priorities certainly set on staying in the top flight its unlikely Doncaster will face the strongest Wolves side. Could this be the season for a long-awaited FA Cup run? Lets hope so, and lets not speak of this televised draw again.

The FA Cup third round draw in full;

Burnley vs Port Vale
Coventry City vs Crystal Palace
Bristol City vs Sheffield Wednesday
Fulham vs Peterborough United
Doncaster Rovers vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Brighton & Hove Albion or FC United of Manchester vs Portsmouth
Huddersfield Town vs Dover Athletic
Crawley Town or Swindon Town vs Derby County
West Ham United vs Barnsley
Reading vs West Bromwich Albion
Arsenal vs Leeds United
Sheffield United vs Aston Villa
Leicester City vs Manchester City
Bolton Wanderers vs York City
Blackburn Rovers vs Queens Park Rangers
Swansea City vs Colchester United
Wycombe Wanderers vs Hereford United or Lincoln City
Stevenage vs Newcastle United
Burton Albion vs Middlesbrough
Millwall vs Birmingham City
Southampton vs Blackpool
Watford vs Hartlepool United or Yeovil Town
Chelsea vs Ipswich Town
Sunderland vs Notts County or AFC Bournemouth
Scunthorpe United vs Everton
Manchester United vs Liverpool
Hull City vs Wigan Athletic
Stoke City vs Cardiff City
Tottenham Hotspur vs Charlton Athletic or Luton Town
Preston North End vs Nottingham Forest
Norwich City vs Droylsden or Leyton Orient
Torquay United vs Carlisle United

Matches will be played on the weekend of 8th/9th January

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About glen wilson

Former schoolboy, Glen Wilson writes on football and travel and has been editor of the award-winning popular STAND fanzine since before the award.

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