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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

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N4_Blue added 14:48 - Dec 2
Nice little away day that.

Chris_ITFC added 14:53 - Dec 2
Any opportunity to make Lambert suffer should be welcomed.

BoxerBlue added 14:53 - Dec 2
Didn't we lose at home to them a few seasons ago in the 5th round 4.1 I think Paul Mason with our goal?

Tractorboy24 added 14:56 - Dec 2
Hipchopra, you're right, we got beat 3-1 I think, back in 95/96, I believe dwight yorke absolutely took us apart.

TractorBoy666 added 14:56 - Dec 2
Gotta beat this scum of a manager!

Frankley_Blue added 14:57 - Dec 2
Excellent! A home game for me :-)

TOWNNNNNN added 14:57 - Dec 2
Paul mason a few seasons ago ummm yeah

im_marcacus added 14:57 - Dec 2
WOOF! lets stuff 'em so hard that Lambertt's starched collar wilts!

thebeat added 14:59 - Dec 2
We always get a prem or championship team away.on the plus side im originally from the midlands and one of my best mate is a villa fan so should be a good day and stop over for me

BoxerBlue added 14:59 - Dec 2
Cool I didn't dream it then I think I was 8 when we got beat and I was devastated when we lost

muccletonjoe added 15:00 - Dec 2
Lambert will not be so keen to play that game as he would have been a couple of months ago

brian_a_mul added 15:03 - Dec 2
A very good test for MM and the lads.

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!!

chippyblue added 15:05 - Dec 2
Even the scum will want us to win that one !!!!! But then again !!!!

Gogs added 15:19 - Dec 2
Crap draw, can't see us getting anything there. Could be wrong but I doubt it.

BrandonsBlues added 15:20 - Dec 2
Well you will know if Lambert is taking the cup seriously or not depending on whether bent is on the pitch or not. If he is then it is ours for the taking.

BrandonsBlues added 15:20 - Dec 2
Well you will know if Lambert is taking the cup seriously or not depending on whether bent is on the pitch or not. If he is then it is ours for the taking.

irishtim added 15:26 - Dec 2
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.

Sibelius8 added 15:33 - Dec 2
"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!

statto72 added 15:34 - Dec 2
If we are on a good run of form between now and then, then it's there for the taking.

Always remember that 3rd round tie in 80/81. I look at that as the day we lost the title. Played six games in the FA cup after that.

Back_The_Boss added 15:36 - Dec 2
Not been to Villa since the Prem days so looking forward to it, COYB.

pinewoodblueboy added 15:53 - Dec 2
A nice day out, let,s hope Villa sensibly price the tickets. Can see us taking a decent following if they do.

RetroBlue added 16:04 - Dec 2
Im happy with that tbh. Winnable for us too I think !

NoCanariesAllowed added 16:13 - Dec 2
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!!)

MattinLondon added 16:14 - Dec 2
What with Town doing better and maybe a couple new signings as well who knows what will happen.

Doubt if Bent will be Villa player then.

sirbenofmorlingshire added 16:15 - Dec 2
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???

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