FA Cup third round draw: Liverpool v Everton, Wolves v Manchester United – as it happened

John Brewin on 2 December 2019

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Here’s the full draw in alphabetical order.

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

Ties to be play on weekend 3-6 January 

Port Vale’s president John Rudge, no stranger to a shock himself - his team beat Spurs once, from memory - is talking of the Manchester City tie.

Plum draws: Liverpool v Everton, Wolves v Manchester United, Arsenal v Leeds and Gillingham v West Ham.

That concludes the draw.

Birmingham v Blackburn

Burnley v Peterborough

Burton v Northampton

Gillingham v West Ham

Arsenal v Leeds

Fleetwood v Portsmouth

Brentford v Stoke

Solihull Moors or Rotherham v Hull

Crystal Palace v Derby

Millwall v Newport County

Preston v Norwich

Watford v Tranmere Rovers

Reading v Blackpool

Middlesbrough v Tottenham

Manchester City v Port Vale

Eastleigh or Crewe v Barnsley

Bristol Rovers or Plymouth v Coventry or Ipswich

Brighton v Sheff Wed

AFC Bournemouth v Luton Town

Bristol City v Shrewsbury

Liverpool v Everton!!!

Southampton v Huddersfield

Sheffield United v AFC Fylde

Oxford v Exeter or Hartlepool

Cardiff v Forest Green or Carlisle

Rochdale or Boston v Newcastle

Charlton v West Brom

Wolves v Manchester United

Chelsea v Nottingham Forest

Fulham v Aston Villa

QPR v Swansea

First out: Leicester v Wigan

Michah Richards will draw the home team, Tony Adams the away team.

Tony Adams has rather dressed down for this occasion, though his jacket does look a tad velvety, though might actually be brushed corduroy. He is promoting this scheme for the third round.

Before the draw, we are treated to the traditional sight of Ronnie Radford smashing it in v Newcastle for Hereford United.

Craig Elliott, boss of Boston United, has his sights on Rochdale, who his team must beat to reach the next round. Dave Challinor, the long throw king, is manager of Hartlepool and has to beat Exeter. Eastleigh’s chief exec Mick Budny, hope his team can get past Crewe Alex.

Jim Bentley, manager of AFC Fylde, is up for the Cup. He is an Evertonian and wants the Toffees in the draw.

It seems the draw is not taking place in newly opened The Ardwick, the traditional-style pub that sits within the Etihad exoskeleton but in the Legend’s Lounge, where pictures of Alfons Groenendijk and Alan Kernaghan fill the wall. We are greeted with footage of Manchester City’s 6-0 win in last season’s final. It seems a long time ago; Watford are on their third manager since then.

Tim Flowers’ Solihull Moors are playing Rotherham United tonight for their chance to reach the third round.


AFC Fylde are the only non-league club definitely in the third round draw.



The Magic of the Cup is just about to cast its spell. Against which opposition will Manchester United be televised at prime time? Who gets to play Liverpool’s reserves? Will Manchester City seek to defend the trophy they won last season? After the first and second round shook out all but a handful of non-league teams, true giant-killers are in short supply but there is a big payday out there for one or two lower-division clubs.

This year, staged at the Etihad, it will be drawn by Micah Richards, a winner in 2011 with City and still only 31, and Tony Adams, three-time winner, perhaps the greatest Arsenal defender of all and possessor of the curious mid-Atlantic of a late-1980s Radio One DJ.

The third round ties take place between 3-6 January. Non-league teams in bold:

1 AFC Bournemouth
2 Arsenal
3 Aston Villa
4 Barnsley
5 Birmingham City
6 Blackburn Rovers
7 Brentford
8 Brighton & Hove Albion
9 Bristol City
10 Burnley
11 Cardiff City
12 Charlton Athletic
13 Chelsea
14 Crystal Palace
15 Derby County
16 Everton
17 Fulham
18 Huddersfield Town
19 Hull City
20 Leeds United
21 Leicester City
22 Liverpool
23 Luton Town
24 Manchester City
25 Manchester United
26 Middlesbrough
27 Millwall
28 Newcastle United
29 Norwich City
30 Nottingham Forest
31 Preston North End
32 Queens Park Rangers
33 Reading
34 Sheffield United
35 Sheffield Wednesday
36 Southampton
37 Stoke City
38 Swansea City
39 Tottenham Hotspur
40 Watford
41 West Bromwich Albion
42 West Ham United
43 Wigan Athletic
44 Wolverhampton Wanderers
45 Blackpool
46 Portsmouth
47 Shrewsbury Town
48 Coventry City or Ipswich Town
49 AFC Fylde
50 Tranmere Rovers
51 Oxford United
52 Exeter City or Hartlepool United
53 Eastleigh or Crewe Alexandra
54 Forest Green Rovers or Carlisle United
55 Solihull Moors or Rotherham United
56 Gillingham
57 Rochdale or Boston United
58 Peterborough United
59 Burton Albion
60 Newport County
61 Fleetwood Town
62 Port Vale
63 Northampton Town
64 Bristol Rovers or Plymouth Argyle


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