Number 14 Will Play…

Less than forty-eight hours to go now, and last night we took a little stroll down memory lane to take a look at some of the great upsets that the FA Cup Third Round has provided us down the years. Only the constraints of time prevented me from writing another couple of thousand words on the subject, but it’s time to move onto this year’s competition. It has to be said that we were a little spoilt with last year’s third round draw. Luton vs Liverpool, Leicester vs Spurs, Fulham vs Leyton Orient and the rest was a fantastic draw, and the reward was one of the best Third Rounds in living memory. This year’s draw has thrown up, on paper, fewer interesting ties, but I’m inclined to think that this means only that picking out where the surprises will come from is merely a little more difficult than it would otherwise be – but that’s not to say that they won’t happen. Three matches stand out as having the potential to upset the “bigger” clubs involved, and the good news is that two of them will be shown live on the television. First up is the BBC’s first live match of the weekend – Tamworth vs Norwich City. Much has been made of the value of getting to the Third Round to lower division clubs, and Tamworth stand...

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