Newcastle United got probably the toughest draw possible today in the 4th round FA Cup draw, when they were drawn away to Arsenal, should they get through their FA Cup 3rd round replay against Stoke City on 16th January.
Sam Allardyce – toughest draw possible in FA Cup 🙁
Suffice to say we think this will now be another year where Newcastle will finish the season without a trophy. We drew Arsenal away in the League Cup and were beaten 2-0 by an Arsenal second string team in September, and now we are drawn away again in the FA Cup. What going on here?
Newcastle today confirmed the FA Cup Third Round replay with Stoke City will be held at St. James’ Park on Wednesday, January 16, with a kick off time of 7.45pm. The replay will not be televised.
So we’ll have to first of all beat Stoke City in the replay – which itself will not be a particularly easy task. But then it will take a monumental effort to beat the best team in the country right now, even if Arsenal play their second string team. But we’re sure the boys will go there and give of their best.
That’s really all we can hope for. But to think how much easier the 4th round could have been. Well, that’s life we suppose – not too good right now for Newcastle United, unfortunately.
Here’s the full draw for the FA Cup 4th round and the replay dates for the 3rd round.
Full draw for the FA Cup fourth round:
Arsenal v Stoke City/Newcastle
Coventry v Walsall/Millwall
Oldham v Huddersfield Town
Swindon/Barnet v Fulham/Bristol Rovers
Wigan v Chelsea
Luton/Liverpool v Swansea/Havant & Waterlooville
Southend v Barnsley
Southampton v Norwich/Bury
Man Utd v Tottenham/Reading
Portsmouth v Plymouth
Derby/Sheff Wed v Preston
Watford v Wolves
Peterborough v Charlton/West Brom
Sheff Utd v West Ham/Man City
Mansfield v Middlesbrough
Tranmere/Hereford v Cardiff
FA Cup third-round replay dates
Tuesday 15 January
West Brom v Charlton
Bury v Norwich
Barnet v Swindon
Reading v Tottenham
Millwall v Walsall
Bristol Rovers v Fulham
Sheffield Wednesday v Derby
Liverpool v Luton
Wednesday 16 January
Man City v West Ham
Havant and Waterlooville v Swansea
Newcastle v Stoke
Hereford v Tranmere