Newcastle fans are looking at no football for three weeks.
The last two weeks of March are taken up by yet another international break, with England and others playing their final friendlies before the end of the season.
However, the FA Cup has also intervened, though not of course due to any Newcastle United involvement.
Hopes were raised when Rochdale took a shock lead on Sunday afternoon, only for Spurs to equalise on 59 minutes and then a late Harry Kane penalty looked to have sealed it.
Only for a dramatic last gasp equaliser for Rochdale.
Newcastle are scheduled to play a Live TV Premier League match at Wembley on Friday 16 March buy that is dependent on Spurs being free on what is also FA Cup sixth round day.
Tottenham host Rochdale in their replay on Wednesday 28 February, though any chance of an upset looks well gone.
If as expected Spurs win, then the Newcastle PL match will surely get called off, leaving NUFC with a three week unwanted rest from football.
The next few fixtures currently scheduled as:
Saturday 24 February Bournemouth v Newcastle
Saturday 3 March Liverpool v Newcastle
Saturday 10 March Newcastle v Southampton
Friday 16 March Spurs v Newcastle
Saturday 31 March Newcastle v Huddersfield
A shocker for Newcastle fans who have bought tickets and made travel arrangements for the Tottenham match, set to get a maximum of only 16 days notice as to when the game will definitely take place.
Newcastle United official announcement:
‘A late Rochdale equaliser earned the League One side an Emirates FA Cup replay at Wembley – and means Newcastle’s trip to Tottenham could still be played on Friday, 16th March.
A Spurs victory at the Crown Oil Arena would have meant the Magpies’ Premier League game against Mauricio Pochettino’s men would have been rescheduled for a date to be confirmed, in order to accommodate a quarter-final clash against Sheffield Wednesday or Swansea.
Ian Henderson gave Rochdale the lead just before half time but Lucas Moura equalised for the visitors and Harry Kane’s penalty looked likely to mean another fixture change for the Magpies, whose supporters have already seen the trip to Wembley moved for live television coverage.
Deep into stoppage time, however, Steve Davies made it 2-2 to spark scenes of jubilation from the home crowd.
But while Dale fans can now start to plan their trip to Wembley for the replay, Newcastle supporters will have to wait to find out for certain when their visit to Tottenham will take place.’