The competition itself started way back in August as semi-professional outfits and amateur sides battled it out to get through the qualifying rounds and into the competition proper. League One and Two sides were introduced back in November, but it is the third round that always grabs the spotlight.
It is one of those League Two teams that Newcastle face this evening as they head to Stevenage for what is a rematch of the tie that occured in the same round back in 1998. The match will be brodcast on ESPN here in the UK, and I believe it is scheduled for transmission in the USA aswell.
For those aren’t fortunate enough to be able to gain acces to a TV set to watch the game on, there will hopefully be some links knocking around where you can catch a stream. A quick look on MyP2P.eu would suggest that there are plenty of streams to be had, but if you find a decent link then please feel free to share it with your fellow Newcastle fans in the comments below.
For a more detailed preview of the match you can read my match preview where you can take in some team news and a bit of background about the fixture.
Newcastle have named a surpsisingly strong starting XI for the match, which indicates their intention to be professional, get the job done, and ensure that we are in the hat for the fourth round draw that will take place tomorrow afternoon.
Howay the lads!
Stevenage: Chris Day, Ronnie Henry, Jon Ashton, Mark Roberts, Scott Laird, Lawrie Wilson, John Mousinho, Michael Bostwick, Stacy Long, Peter Winn, Chris Beardsley.
Subs: Ashley Bayes, Luke Foster, Charlie Griffin, Yemi Obubade, Ben May, David Bridges, Rob Sinclair.
Newcastle: Tim Krul, Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, James Perch, Wayne Routledge, Kevin Nolan, Alan Smith, Joey Barton, Peter Lovenkrands, Leon Best.
Subs: Ole Soderberg, Tamas Kadar, Shane Ferguson, Danny Guthrie, Cheik Tiote, Phil Airey, Nile Ranger. « The awkward ambivalence of January. | Stevenage batter useless Newcastle. »