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Newcastle Draw Watford Away In FA Cup

7:15 pm, Monday, December 7th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 54 Comments

FA Cup Emirates

Watford and Newcastle were the first numbers drawn for tonight FA Cup draw so it’s a very tough draw for Newcastle.

Watford beat us 2-1 at St. James’ Park earlier this season so the all Premier League tie is not what we wanted.

The tie will be played on the weekend of Saturday, 9th January.

And Arsenal have just drawn Sunderland at home.

Here is the full draw made in reverse order: of the 32 games of the FA Cup 3rd round:

Hull v Brighton
Norwich v Manchester City
Middlesbrough v Burnley
Huddersfield v Reading
Cardiff v Grimsby/Shrewsbury
Leeds v Rotherham
Doncaster v Stoke
Chelsea v Leyton Orient/Scunthorpe United
Carlisle United v Yeovil Town
Nottingham Forest v QPR
Eastleigh v Bolton
Southampton v Crystal Palace
Everton v Dagenham and Redbridge/Whitehawk
Manchester United v Sheffield United
Bury v Bradford City
Brentford v Chesterfield/Walsall
Oxford United v Swansea
Sheffield Wednesday v Fulham
Wycombe v Aston Villa
Birmingham v Bournemouth
Ipswich v Portsmouth
Newport v Blackburn Rovers
Arsenal v Sunderland
Northampton v MK Dons
Peterborough v Preston
Colchester v Charlton
Tottenham v Leicester City
Exeter City v Liverpool
Salford City/Hartlepool v Derby
West Ham v Wolves
West Brom v Bristol City
Watford v Newcastle United

Tags: FA Cup · Newcastle News · Other News

54 responses so far ↓

  • 1 sing in the corner // Dec 7, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    Hartson coming up with a drab non entity of a draw so far

  • 2 sing in the corner // Dec 7, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    Ha ha concentrate on the league Makems

  • 3 SPRINGY // Dec 7, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    enjoyed the performance yesterday but the left hand side of midfield is a bit of a worry….gini was penciled into that position but he will always drift in field which is where he’s at his best and that leaves the left hand side a bit bare….and that puts dummet under pressure from the opposition right sided midfielder and right back and he kept looking for an out ball and ended up just booting it up field….in other games he may well get over run…..a tweak maybe required somehow.

  • 4 Bobbybee // Dec 7, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    Works one post, not the next.

  • 5 SPRINGY // Dec 7, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    not exactly lucky when the f.a. cup draw comes round are we??

  • 6 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Dec 7, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    Tough draw for us but hopefully by that time we will have our new shiny players ready to rock !!

    On the left hand side debate Colback or Anita will need to be dropped to allow either Thauvin or Perez on the left this would give us width and perfect balance with Wijnaldum , De Jong and Anita together that would be a good trio

  • 7 SPRINGY // Dec 7, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    thats seems the only option unless u change formation….but not sure that would be for the best?

  • 8 Graeme // Dec 7, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    Given we don’t “Do” cup-runs, other than exit them asap, given our current predicament, this year is likely to be no different. One game and we’er out!!!

  • 9 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Dec 7, 2015 at 7:32 PM


    I just think eventually we need to introduce Thauvin on the left or another winger that we sign so Wijnaldum can have a free role to do what he wants to do

    Dummett is a good defender but needs a fast winger ahead of him to do the attacking for him

    Against teams we should dominate Colback and Anita is overkill we need an extra attacking player to break teams down

  • 10 Bobbybee // Dec 7, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    I missed the Liverpool game sadly, coz i simply can’t walk now. Made the Liecester game but new i’d overdone it. Still waiting for my mri scan because Dr keeps forgetting to send important details – like x rays ffs. Seven weeks since discovering my spine is fractured in at least three places and still no further forward. Devastated about missing my first home game in decades, but that’s me now until i get sorted. Gutted. Still, cracking result. So much for those pundits predicting a record score – who looks silly now? Just one win, but what a confidence booster. Let’s pray it’s not another false dawn. 😉 Going to try and watch the football now. Hope i last the time! 😉

  • 11 SPRINGY // Dec 7, 2015 at 7:35 PM

    i doubt the side will be changed from sunday for spurs as it was a decent performance.

  • 12 SPRINGY // Dec 7, 2015 at 7:38 PM

    not good bobby mate.. hope ya get sorted soon….just have to make do with watchin the matches on the idiot box for the time being!lol

  • 13 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Dec 7, 2015 at 7:42 PM


    Oh yeah I would not change it against Spurs but they are a good team against Villa we should be all guns blazing so we can relegate them !!!

  • 14 Bobbybee // Dec 7, 2015 at 7:45 PM

    Cheers springy, it’s not ideal but will have to do for now – no bloody option. 😉 I’m sure I’ll survive.. Right, football calling. Later maybe.

  • 15 JP...from The Rock // Dec 7, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    Typical tough draw for us. How is that the big clubs always get more luck for these draws?

  • 16 Toon Tang // Dec 7, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    JP, Cashley’s too tight to offer the bung that other owners pay out for a slightly easier draw.

  • 17 lesh // Dec 7, 2015 at 8:45 PM

    Lucky scouse gits drawn against Exeter!

    Though, hang on, didn’t Exeter bump us out of the cup twenty odd years ago? Though then again, so did every other team we we played!

    Watford away? Tricky and probably the last cup game we’ll play this season!

    Oh the joys of following the Toon.

  • 18 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Dec 7, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    Been no goals but I have enjoyed both teams going hell for leather with tackles flying in !!

    We need to match Spurs and Everton in the next few games fitness and battling wise

  • 19 angelswithdirtyfaces // Dec 7, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    Aye Bobbybee 🙂

    “Arsehole backtracking at a 100 mph”

    Jib // Dec 2, 2015
    Oh my good gawd we are going to get a new one ripped on Sunday !!!!

  • 20 Jib // Dec 7, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    Pearls before swine.
    Unfortunately for you it is necessary to have more than one brain cell to understand irony.

  • 21 welshgeordie9 // Dec 7, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    Well this is boring match tonight.

  • 22 GeordieTwo // Dec 7, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    I have a cunning plan. Lads we have to set up a blind date between Ashley and Jib/Jeff/Jane. They will fall in love at first sight (I predict it will be Jane that does the trick for Mike) and run off to live forever together in the Barbados. It’s a win-win.

  • 23 usmagpie // Dec 7, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    I for one love the draw against Watford, all the pressure is on them at home. This will show if Newcastle deserve to be in the second round, beating them on there ground. We may also have a few more players in by the 9th, hopefully a recognized central defender and striker.
    So if we lose we concentrate on the premiership, if we win, we look forward to the next draw. Either way it can work for us, no cup run less games, have a cup run more playing time for some lads to get experience.
    God I hope the Liverpool game is a turning point for the fans, we bloody need it.

  • 24 Jib // Dec 7, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    Rumours that Monk is going to stay head coach with Brendan R returning as manager !!!!

  • 25 Newcastle Upon Tyne Offers // Dec 7, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    Good but tough draw !

    Full First Team is a Must!!

  • 26 Jail for Ashley // Dec 7, 2015 at 9:28 PM


    a person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behaviour.

  • 27 welshgeordie9 // Dec 7, 2015 at 9:31 PM


    I would have Brendan Rodgers back like Pardew shouldn’t have left.

  • 28 Our Toon // Dec 7, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    This is all very reminiscent of when we finished 5th under pardew, lots of luck, dominated but pinching a goal. Good job Pulis did all that work on set pieces though

  • 29 AncientC // Dec 7, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    I don’t see the problem of getting Watford, if we cannot get past Watford, we have no business being in the cup and may as well get kicked out earlier than later.

  • 30 Tsunki // Dec 7, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    Ha ha well spotted angels….Ray- oh Ray- oh Ray! Another Wile E. Coyote moment eh? More than 100 mph there you’ve been caught speeding on the backtracking circuit I see : D

  • 31 Tsunki // Dec 7, 2015 at 10:35 PM


  • 32 angelswithdirtyfaces // Dec 7, 2015 at 10:38 PM

    Who’s the wriggler now ?
    Typically supercilious and narcissistic Jeff.
    Someone who can dish it out but never can take it. *

    *Synopsis for Jeff
    “in growing up future narcissists had many reasons to doubt whether they were good enough”.
    So all that bluster means is that you really do know you’re inferior.
    (That’s rhetorical by the way).

    Your teacher was half right about you anyway – and it wasn’t the ‘intellectual’ bit either – but was it a big village ?

  • 33 jane // Dec 7, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    Liverpool played a weakened side against us probably because they had a midweek match last week and are playing in midweek this week.

    Spurs have a cup game in midweek this week which seemed to help us against Stoke and Liverpool. Spurs require a point on Thursday to top their Europa league group against Monaco who need to win to qualify so not a match they will take too lightly. Spurs have won 4 of their 5 matches immediately prior to Europa league group games so far but hopefully the Europa league affect will start to be catching up with them now.

  • 34 angelswithdirtyfaces // Dec 7, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    Same applies to next weekend in London.
    As long as it isn’t one step forward two steps backward again – like the Norwich aftermath.
    Any result at Spuds would be okay – even a 0-0 draw – as they’re defensively pretty tight.

  • 35 Magpie Season // Dec 7, 2015 at 11:00 PM


    I’ve asked this before but no one answered.

    Anyone know what happened to Marveaux?

    a. Not listed as injured (no new injury).
    b. Came back well over a month ago.
    c. Definitely should be match fit by now.
    d. Has not played U21.
    e. Has not made even the bench.

  • 36 Magpie Season // Dec 7, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    Okay just saw this:

    But still, he hasn’t played U21 since September, Jesus.

  • 37 Magpie Season // Dec 7, 2015 at 11:09 PM

    Jane @13,

    Spurs EPL match results immediately following Europa League:

    1. Crystal Palace (H): 1-0
    2. Swansea (A): 2-2
    3. Bournemouth (A): 1-5
    4. Arsenal (A): 1-1
    5. Chelsea (H): 0-0

    They’ve actually won 2/5 matches after Europa on Thursdays.

    The important thing to remember though is they won’t be traveling because they play Monaco & us both at home.

  • 38 Magpie Season // Dec 7, 2015 at 11:11 PM


    My bad you said prior. Lol silly me.

  • 39 jane // Dec 7, 2015 at 11:25 PM

    lol I should have looked at their results after Europa league games so your stat is more relevant and what I meant to do.

  • 40 Mister Tuff // Dec 7, 2015 at 11:55 PM

    Woah – Jibs’ retired early and playing substitute Jane.
    He must be zonked with a gut full of cheap cider.

  • 41 ilovetoon8788 // Dec 8, 2015 at 12:45 AM

    I felt Siem played better at no. 10 than ayoze perez.

    Both should battle it out for the role behind the main striker.

  • 42 jimmysmith // Dec 8, 2015 at 1:24 AM

    Seems our experiment with possession football was a misguided one and that we are better suited to the counterattack. That’s the managers mistake, but I think the club does have some very good players. Not enough, but enough to imagine that if we can hold onto our EPL place and Ashley remains true to his word and continues to invest in good young players, we will have a brighter future. Of course, who knows what Ashley will actually do. We’ve had a number of opportunities to kick on the past, and failed to push the boat out. I suppose the difference now is the fanbase has run out of trust and patience.

  • 43 SPRINGY // Dec 8, 2015 at 2:39 AM

    magpie season
    i read marveaux was included in the first team squad that went to palace but never made the bench….other then that cant help u mate

  • 44 SPRINGY // Dec 8, 2015 at 2:43 AM

    if we can scrap and fight to a few more points by the time the transfer window comes round it may help get some players in……if go on another losing streak up till then it wont matter how much ashley wants throw at a player they wont want to join

  • 45 Magpie Season // Dec 8, 2015 at 3:38 AM


    Really mate? Sterry was on the bench too. Couldn’t get ahead of him…?

    I would rather have Marveaux come on than Gouffran.

  • 46 Reyantoon // Dec 8, 2015 at 6:03 AM

    So McLaren was thinking of dropping Wijnaldum prior to the Liverpool game (laughable).
    Evenif he had a poor game,he’s kind of player who can change things out of nothing. He is undroppable for me no matter what.His team is dependent on him atm in front of goals.He scored half of the teams goals.unless he is ill or injured, that’s unthinkable!
    Same goes to Sissoko.We saw how he bullied & burst Liverpool players for the important second goal.He’s what he is capable of.Both can do one bit of magic in minutes and change things evenif they had a poor game.

  • 47 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 8, 2015 at 6:15 AM

    Morning Ron…it’s a shame Everton couldn’t bring it home last night!

    The Spurs game is going to be an interesting one…maybe nothing will have changed maybe everything has 🙂

  • 48 cyprus // Dec 8, 2015 at 6:24 AM

    By Jan 9 we should know if we will be ok in the PL, which is way more important than cups. I know the sentimentality involved in a good run, but not when you are at the bottom of the league.

  • 49 Jail for Ashley // Dec 8, 2015 at 7:21 AM

    I’m not sure if we will know if we’re ok, despite the change in attutude on Sunday I still think we’ll be involved in a relegation battle up until near the end, a ready made excuse for weakened cup teams.

  • 50 stan anderson // Dec 8, 2015 at 7:21 AM

    Cyprus,we should be trying to win a cup and not just fight for survival in P/L.
    If that is all you are wanting that is very sad indeed.
    The experience of a trip to Wembley is far better than praying we dont lose a match at Norwich,Bournemouth Etc.
    I realise the Cup is not important to Ash and Co.but fans should have ambition to succeed in more than just survival otherwise what,s the point of it all.

  • 51 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 8, 2015 at 7:47 AM

    Cyprus…I believe if you check the stats over the last few seasons then you should have an indication of who might be in trouble after 14 games.

    I believe the tendency has been that 3 of the button 4 teams are in real danger of relegation.

    We were among those teams along with Villa, 5under1and and Bournemouth. I would say Norwich is among the candidates as well.

    Our saving grace I think will be how close and how poor the bottom teams have been so far. My fear is that we are the only team on danger who haven’t replaced our manager.

  • 52 cyprus // Dec 8, 2015 at 8:09 AM

    you are probably right on that. I’m hoping we go on on Leicester-type run and leave the likes of Chelsea, Norwich and the others in it 🙂

    I put us for a top 6 finish, so I don’t belong in the ‘sad’ category. I’m extremely ambitious with this club, if only things ‘click’. We are the sleeping giant, to quote Laudrup. On cups, I can stand up and see that they are trees. The forest is the PL. I don’t agree with MA, he agrees with me 🙂 Priorities are a must in life. PL first, cups second. If you are like tenth, go for it, all out…

    Jesper, tbh, I share your fear, but try to disguise it, in case the players and Steve are reading to kill some time.

  • 53 Jib // Dec 8, 2015 at 8:13 AM

    The winner of this years FA cup will get £3million plus entry to Europa cup(woopydoo)

    For Champions League final
    Barcelona €57.9 million Juventus €63 million

    For getting relegated from EPL
    18 Hull City(8 matches on tv) £66.6m
    19 Burnley(8 matches on tv) £65.3m
    20 QPR(11 matches on tv) £64.8m

    Chelsea got £99 million for winning EPL.

    (remember it’s pounds v euros)

    Bit of a no brainer if you ask me.

  • 54 Rotonda heights // Dec 8, 2015 at 8:56 AM


    Nobody did

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