Date: 30th November 2008 at 5:20pm
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After waiting excitedly for the third round FA cup draw this afternoon I feel a little deflated at the prospect of going to Spurs for an all Premier League clash at this stage of the competition.

No disrespect to Spurs and it is a game that both sides will fancy their chances of winning but I was hoping for a little romance, a draw to conjure up some magic

A tie against one of the non league sides would have brought that romance or even lower league opposition, anything to get away from what is becoming a little bit of a monotony of drawing Premier League clubs

Chelsea last year, Portsmouth, Sunderland and Manchester City in previous years, still Barrow got a good draw away at Boro and Darren Sheridan will love that one

Other exciting ties include Forest Green Rovers fancying their chances of beating Derby down at ‘The Lawn` and well done to Histon for knocking out Leeds today and rewarded with another home tie against Roberto Martinez` Swansea, but for me the tie of the round is Macclesfield at home to Everton

A David and Goliath tie and a much needed boost for the bank balance at Moss Rose.

The draw in full is:

Portsmouth v Bristol City
Sheffield Wed v Fulham
Preston v Liverpool
Birmingham v Wolves
West Ham v Barnsley
Middlesbrough v Barrow
Hull City v Newcastle
Hartlepool v Stoke
Chelsea v Southend
Manchester City v Nottingham Forest
Cardiff v Reading
Ipswich v Chesterfield or Droylsden
Charlton v Norwich
West Brom v Peterborough or Tranmere
Torquay v Blackpool
Leyton Orient v Sheffield United
Southampton v Manchester United
Millwall v Carlisle or Crewe
Histon v Swansea
Forest Green Rovers v Derby
QPR v Burnley
Leicester v Crystal Palace
Tottenham Hotspur v Wigan Athletic
Morecambe or Cheltenham v Doncaster
Arsenal v Plymouth
Notts County or Kettering v Eastwood Town
Bournemouth or Blyth Spartans v Blackburn
Macclesfield v Everton
Watford v Scunthorpe
Sunderland v Bolton
Coventry v Kidderminster
Gillingham or Stockport v Aston Villa.

Ties will be played on the weekend of 3-4 January

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