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Bristol Rovers or Plymouth Away Await Blues or Coventry
Monday, 2nd Dec 2019 19:20

Town will face Bristol Rovers or Plymouth Argyle in the third round of the FA Cup if they beat Coventry City at Portman Road in next week's second-round replay.

Like the Blues and the Sky Blues, the League One Pirates and League Two the Pilgrims drew 1-1 in their second-round tie at the weekend and face a replay at Home Park next week.

Town have been paired with Bristol Rovers on four occasions in the FA Cup, most famously in the fifth round in 1978 on their way to their one and only Wembley triumph.

After a controversial in-the-snow 2-2 draw at the Eastville Stadium, the Blues won 3-0 at Portman Road.

A year later, the teams met at the same stage when Town won 6-1 at home.

The Blues were the 2-1 victors in a third round tie at Eastville in 1985, then the teams met again in 1998.

After a 1-1 draw at a freezing Memorial Ground, Town won 1-0 at Portman Road.

More recently the teams met in a League Cup tie in Suffolk in 2012 which the Blues won 3-1.

Town's only previous FA Cup tie against Plymouth was a third-round tie in 1993 which the Blues won 3-1.

Third round ties will take place over the weekend of January 4th. Town’s scheduled league game for that day is already set to be postponed as Fleetwood, who were due to visit Portman Road that afternoon, are through to round three in which they will host Portsmouth.

FA Cup Third Round
Leicester City v Wigan Athletic
QPR v Swansea City
Fulham v Aston Villa
Chelsea v Nottingham Forest
Wolves v Manchester United
Charlton Athletic v West Brom
Rochdale or Boston United v Newcastle United
Cardiff City v Forest Green Rovers or Carlisle United
Oxford United v Exeter City or Hartlepool United
Sheffield United v AFC Fylde
Southampton v Huddersfield Town
Liverpool v Everton
Bristol City v Shrewsbury Town
Bournemouth v Luton Town
Brighton v Sheffield Wednesday
Bristol Rovers or Plymouth Argyle v Coventry City or Ipswich Town
Eastleigh or Crewe Alexandra v Barnsley
Manchester City v Port Vale
Middlesbrough v Tottenham
Reading v Blackpool
Watford v Tranmere Rovers
Preston v Norwich City
Millwall v Newport County
Crystal Palace v Derby County
Solihull Moors or Rotherham United v Hull City
Brentford v Stoke City
Fleetwood Town v Portsmouth
Arsenal v Leeds United
Gillingham v West Ham United
Burton Albion v Northampton Town
Burnley v Peterborough United
Birmingham City v Blackburn Rovers

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WirralBlue added 19:22 - Dec 2
Another awful draw

midastouch added 19:28 - Dec 2
Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse than being sent to Coventry!

Skip73 added 19:29 - Dec 2
You get what you deserve, and with Towns dreadful attitude towards the Cup the last few seasons, they dont deserve a better draw.

hampstead_blue added 19:29 - Dec 2
either or.....both are on the train from Wiltshire.

TimmyH added 19:29 - Dec 2

Toronto_Tractor added 19:30 - Dec 2
Buzzing for this one! I assume itll be on the tele!

pauldart added 19:34 - Dec 2
No, I'll take this I might get home for 5.15 if its Plymouth, either way be home by 8Pm even if its is Brizzle Rovs.


herfie added 19:37 - Dec 2
Struggling to detect any great incentive to beat the might Coventry......other than, long trips notwithstanding, might be a glimmer of a 4th round appearance against one of the big boys - quite a few who are likely to exit at 3rd round stage! COYB onwards to Bristol or Plymouth😊

wkj added 19:42 - Dec 2
I am kind of happy with this, that is if we beat Coventry. Bristol Rovers fans are usually a good bunch and some lovely pubs nearby. Plymouth are also not playing to bad a game of footie these days.

DifferentGravy added 19:51 - Dec 2
Fair play WKJ, bit of positivity. If we are going to persist with the cup (which....given the fact we put out a stronger side against Cov...we are doing) then its a good opportunity to get to the 4th round. All ifs and buts.......but how often have we got that far in the last 10 year!?

bingboast added 19:51 - Dec 2
Not a tie that PL will get excited about, so team 2 again against Coventry in replay.

jas0999 added 20:35 - Dec 2
Doubt PL will take the Coventry replay seriously! Let alone this!

For me though, it’s a great opportunity to reach the fourth round of the cup.

ChateauWines added 20:35 - Dec 2
I remember flying to newquay many seasons ago from Plymouth match. Great evening out

itfcjoe added 20:44 - Dec 2
Not a draw to get the heart racing, and I'm sure the fans of all 4 clubs potentially involved in this tie are saying the same thing!

runningout added 21:01 - Dec 2
People have been wining we haven’t had a show in the FA Cup. You can’t pick and choose who you prefer to play. Let’s just get on with it!

OzzieOsbourne added 21:13 - Dec 2
Why all the negativity?
Great chance to progress to the fourth round for the first time in 16 years!

cornishnick added 21:53 - Dec 2
Fingers crossed for Plymouth.

SheptonMalletBlue added 23:10 - Dec 2
We have winning tradition in the cup against Bristol Rovers, I particularly remember the 2-2 at Eastville (in the snow/orange ball), stuffed em in the replay!! Personally, I'm looking forward to it (I'm only 20 miles from Bristol), assuming we beat Cov & Rovers win their replay.

airliner added 03:40 - Dec 3
Let’s hope we fluff the replay, Plymouth a bloody long journey

dirtydingusmagee added 08:20 - Dec 3
dont suppose we will need to be concerned really, unfortunately.

alanmason added 09:21 - Dec 3
Didn’t we beat Bristol Rovers on the way to winning the Cup in ‘78!

brittaniaman added 09:36 - Dec 3
I would rather we beat Coventry this coming Saturday for the 3pts.

Blocker123 added 10:57 - Dec 3
When is the reply date next week?🤔🤔🤔

Facefacts added 11:07 - Dec 3
I really hope we get through to the 3rd Round. The game won't be moved from Saturday 3pm. I would prefer Plymouth as they have a better ground. Was there in December 1991 for the League game, and at the Memorial for the FA Cup in 1998. Trains are usually OK on first Saturday of the New Year, not that many people travelling, whereas Boxing Day....

An early start and freezing but there's something special about the 3rd Round, coming as it does at the end of the Christmas holiday period. Hope we get past Coventry.

Harlestonblue added 11:38 - Dec 3
Why are tickets for the Coventry replay nt yet available on the ITFC Direct website?

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