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Newcastle have got the Power for the Cup

6 years ago

Nothing can beat the old FA Cup draw tradition of gathering in the schoolyard at 12.30 on a Monday lunchtime anxiously waiting to hear who Newcastle would be drawn against.

Obviously it depend on what generation you are from but the seventies and eighties were great but mad times to follow your club, especially when it was Newcastle.

Spending a number of seasons in the second tier, the Cup was often the only show/hope in town.

While the days of schoolboys with transistor radios conjure up almost black & white images for many, one good thing is that despite the devaluing of the FA Cup by those with other agendas, they still make a special occasion out of the FA Cup draw.

So on Monday night Alan Shearer was on duty in Hull to help with the third round draw.

Appropriately it was the United legend who pulled Newcastle out of the hat but sadly he was drawing out the away teams.

Newcastle United will travel to the King Power Stadium and face Leicester City for a place in the fourth round, games taking place on or around Saturday 3 January.

Mixed fortunes for those others doing the north east proud.

Great news that they will both benefit from the extra cash the third round brings as prize money but Blyth Spartans look to have done better than Gateshead.

The Heed Army pulled out a Premier League team in West Brom but it may be in the balance as to whether this game at the Hawthorns will be selected for TV.

However, a home draw for Spartans against Birmingham must surely be a knocking bet for extra live TV riches.

Good luck to all north east teams except the obvious….

Speaking of which Sunderland have drawn Leeds in a repeat of the 1973 Cup Final.


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