Town Draw Aston Villa Away Sunday, 2nd Dec 2012 14:38
Town have drawn Aston Villa away in the third round of the FA Cup. The game could see former Blue Darren Bent come up against his old club.
The teams have previously been drawn in the competition on four occasions with Town victorious twice and Villa twice.
Back in the 1938/39 season Villa won 2-1 at Portman Road in a replay, Fred Jones netting for the Blues, after 1-1 draw at Villa Park, Jock Hutcheson having grabbed the Town goal in that game.
In 1974/75 the Blues ran out 3-2 victors in a fifth round tie also on Suffolk soil with Bryan Hamilton (2) and David Johnson on the scoresheet for Town.
The most famous FA Cup meeting between the teams came in the 1980/81 campaign in which the Birmingham side pipped the Blues to the First Division title.
As well as winning both league games between the teams, Town were 1-0 winners in a third round tie at Portman Road, Paul Mariner netting the goal.
More recently, at the fifth round stage in 1995/96 Town lost 3-1 at home. Paul Mason scored for Town, while Mark Draper, Ian Taylor and Dwight Yorke were on target for the home side, who are now managed by former Canaries boss Paul Lambert.
In the league, the teams last met during Town's last Premier League campaign, 2001/02. At Villa Park, Finidi George put the Blues in front in the 18th minute, but two goals from Juan Pablo Angel saw the home team to the three points. The Portman Road game ended 0-0.
Third round ties will take place on the weekend of 5th and 6th January 2013.
FA Cup Third Round
Crystal Palace v Stoke Brighton v Newcastle Tottenham v Coventry Wigan v Bournemouth Fulham v Blackpool Aston Villa v Ipswich Charlton v Huddersfield Barrow or Macclesfield v Cardiff Barnsley v Burnley Man City v Watford Swansea v Arsenal Leicester v Burton Millwall v Preston Cheltenham or Hereford v Everton Derby v Tranmere Crawley v Reading Aldershot v Rotherham or Notts County Middlesbrough v Harrogate Town or Hastings Utd Accrington or Oxford Utd v Sheffield Utd Southampton v Chelsea QPR v West Brom Peterborough v Norwich Lincoln City or Mansfield v Liverpool Bolton v Sunderland Nottingham Forest v Oldham West Ham v Man Utd Hull City v Alfreton Town or Leyton Orient Blackburn v Bristol City Leeds Utd v Birmingham Bury or Southend v Bradford or Brentford Luton v Wolves Sheff Wed v MK Dons
Away to midtable premier league opposition. Will be a good yardstick for MM to assess his squad for the future.
For Villa, league is about consolidating their place in Premier. So they will will want a good cup run to keep their fans happy. No pressure on Town in this one, could be a very exciting and rip roaring game!!
Reckon it will be a good tie. A chance to see if we are improving. Hopefully a decent performance to keep our dreams of future premiership hopes alive. Still bit drunk from yesterdays game. Not sure if my comment makes sense.
"Hipchopra" and "Tractorboy 24": Yes, in February 1996 - we lost 3 -1 at home to Villa in the F.A. Cup 4th round. I remember it well as I was sitting next to Nigel Kennedy and one away from Bobby Robson at that match. An unlikely mix! We were second best on that day, alas.
In January this cup-tie could well be an exciting game, As "Brian a mul" aptly states, it will be an excellent yardstick for the MM regime. COYB!
The way things are going lately, the only way Darren Bent is likely to "come up against his former club" is if he rejoins us from Villa in January!
Quite happy with this trip. Been to Villa Park before and it's a pretty decent ground that almost has a European feel to it on the right occasion. Relatively easy for me to make it to Birmingham despite winter weather too - not like yesterday, at least! (Bloody hell, it was cold, wasn't it!!)
I remeber Dad taking me to villa on my Birthday many years ago. We sat with the Villa fans that day, and Dean Saunders was pretty much level with me when he lobbed Craig Forrest or possibly Clive Baker from pretty much the half way line. In regards to the draw... could go either way, both clubs will be looking for safety in the leauge rather than a cup run, We're inspired with a new manager, Villa maybe unhappy with theirs, could make a good game, would Darren Bent want to score against us - if he's still there???