What Ball Should We Look Out For In Tonight’s FA Cup Draw?

As reported by the Chronicle, Newcastle United find themselves in the hat for the FA Cup fourth round draw, for the first time in what seems like forever.

However, Newcastle, who are reportedly without an FA Cup win in five years, are still not in the ideal situation for the draw, as they still have a third round replay to contest with Birmingham City.

Nevertheless, they are in the draw for the next round. So, which number should we be looking out for in the draw tonight?

The answer – number twelve. That is the ballย numberย that Newcastle United and Birmingham City find themselves in the hat as.

For those of you wanting to watch the draw, it will be broadcast live on BT Sport 2, around 7:10pm, ahead of the live clash between Cambridge United and Leeds United.



There will also be a former Newcastle player present at the draw, as former United captain Michael Owen is doing one half of it.

How do you all rate our chances of progressing into the fourth round, after the replay against Birmingham?

57 thoughts on “What Ball Should We Look Out For In Tonight’s FA Cup Draw?

  1. Is the FA Cup still relevant? It is a cliche when we get knocked out and people say now we can concentrate on the League but this year it might actually be true and this was borne out from Rafa’s team selection. I think if we make it to the quarters we will begin to take it seriously, but not until. Even with a dream draw and subsequent good run we rae very likely to meet one of the top six if by some miracle we reached the semi-final.

    Chris Hughton made 11 changes from their last Championship game and Rafa made 9, right. That says a lot. I also think the prize money is only 1.8 million plus the extra gate receipts. But that pales when compared to the 100 million plus for getting back to the Premier League.

    Should we write off the FA Cup this season because of the above facts? Yes and no, we should play weakened teams to get match practice and then get serious later. Winning gets contagious so a good cup run might actually help a bit, but it cannot become a distraction as we push for promotion. NO MORE DRAWS AND REPLAYS.

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  2. They showed 3 games consecutively here in the USA on both Sat and Sun. I had them on in the background and didn’t take much notice. I will say that much of the so called “magic” of the cup has been lost. The cameramen were still panning around the ground at the Sutton game for kids and old men’s faces, which was nice, but this made the actual game almost secondary. It was a nice story with an inevitable ending if not this round then next. It all had a greetings card to your granny feel about it or one of those lifetime/hallmark TV movies if you get those in the UK. Without the happy ending of course, just the syrupy storyline. I thought it should have been shot in sepia or soft focus tones.

    One thing I did like was the absolute annihilation of West Ham and their utter capitulation to Man City. They just gave up. Were you watching Sir Trev, Karren Brady and the Porn Kings? Did I ever mention I hate West Ham?

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  3. I see Fenwicks is closing down. Where is Troy going to show his bare arse once his next prediction inevitably fails? Instagram?

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  4. By the time of the Brentford game most of the regulars will have had almost 2 weeks off. The obvious questions are who plays alongside Hayden and who is the number 10? I think it will be Anita and Perez, respectively. I just don’t think Hayden and Colback can play together. It was like when Tiote and Colback played, they get in each others way and don’t have an eye for a pass. My guess at the team assuming no signings:

    Darlow

    Yedlin Lascelles Clarke Dummett

    Ritchie Hayden Anita Gouffy

    Perez

    Gayle

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  5. I think the FA Cup and league cup matter most to the bigger teams who don’t look likely to win the league. If you are the manager of Man Utd, Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea or Arsenal and not winning the league, then top 4 and an FA Cup is a successful season.
    Those teams will put out weaker sides while still in the CL, but if they are still in the FA Cup once they are knocked out then their sides get a lot stronger.

    Personally I think all cup games should be decided on the day – sod these replays, golden goal or pens for me.

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  6. Eric – reckon you won’t be far wrong with that line up mate. But looking at it, Gouffran on the left, Anita in the middle and Perez behind Gayle – probably the best options we have but not good enough IMO – certainly the positions that need strengthening the most urgently.

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  7. Looks like Hogan is leaving Brentford. Would be a boost if he’s gone before weekend. Also Stewart Downing is available for loan. I’d take him.

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  8. Promotion comes first and I would be more than happy with 2nd place. I can see Brighton just edging it this season.

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  9. I click The Chronicle NUFC news just about every day and on the right side it will have other news of Newcastle and the North East. Judging by this, Newcastle is a hotbed of criminal activity as the reports are always about, rape, murder, city centre violence, abductions, robberies, grannies having their life savings stolen… I am worried to come back and will take a vacation to the South side of Chicago instead.

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  10. Stuart79:
    Looks like Hogan is leaving Brentford. Would be a boost if heโ€™s gone before weekend. Also Stewart Downing is available for loan. Iโ€™d take him.

    he has said he will not step down to ccc,glad he can be that fussy at 32 ffs

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  11. http://www.bcfc.com/news/article/2016-17/newcastle-united-birmingham-city-3510184.aspx
    B’ham are saying that they haven’t received an allocation and there are various priority sales periods. Do they think they will sell more than about 2-3K then? They say they are in the Leazes Balcony (the usual place in level 7). I would have thought level 7 wouldn’t even be open and they would be put in the north east corner or somewhere. Surely we won’t be near capacity for a crummy cup game on a Wednesday night? O_o

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  12. They only sold about 8 thousand for the home tie, so I don’t know how they think they will sell more than about 3 thousand (what the normal away end will comfortably hold). ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. Eric Sykes, interesting to read your take on the postings in the Chronny. It really is eye opening, the are so many scumbags living on the Tyne now, scary as flock mate. The toon always used to be a hard place, but some of the things happening nowadays are mental. Robbing pensioners, ripping off pensioners savings, carers ripping off people and violent attacks are the norm. The toon has gone down hill massively.
    Can’t all be blamed on Brexit though can it. Some of the hardest working families on Tyneside are the so-called immigrants.

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  14. Delusional Jawdee:
    Eric Sykes, interesting to read your take on the postings in the Chronny. It really is eye opening, the are so many scumbags living on the Tyne now, scary as flock mate. The toon always used to be a hard place, but some of the things happening nowadays are mental. Robbing pensioners, ripping off pensioners savings, carers ripping off people and violent attacks are the norm. The toon has gone down hill massively.
    Canโ€™t all be blamed on Brexit though can it. Some of the hardest working families on Tyneside are the so-called immigrants.

    i think its the same though out the uk mate not just the toon,mind in my little village the worst it gets is when a dog goes missing

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  15. Eric Sykes:
    I see Fenwicks is closing down. Where is Troy going to show his bare arse once his next prediction inevitably fails? Instagram?

    Aye, I saw that too Eric… but it’s Fenwicks in Leicester not “THE” Fenwicks, aka “show my arse in Fenwicks window”. So Troy is safe… ๐Ÿ˜†

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  16. Where is everyone?.. We’ve just had a cup draw and no ones even bothered. (They’ve probably got more sense than me and realise that we haven’t even beaten Brum yet)

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  17. Premandup:
    either that or everybody is so inspired by away to Oxford that they just fell asleep

    imo the blog has gone backwards,even on match days we used to see 500 plus comments even up to 1000 followed by a couple days chin wag,we are doing quite well in the ccc so its not the team,since toonsy went its gone tits up

    Premandup:
    either that or everybody is so inspired by away to Oxford that they just fell asleep

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  18. Would have preferred a home game but Oxford away is not a bad draw if we take it seriously. Our away form has been better than our home form, right. There’s a lot of pubs in Oxford, but not sure where the ground is and not sure if they would let football fans in. Its a bit posh there don’t you know.

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  19. Jawdee: I wasn’t really commenting on how things have changed in Newcastle and the UK because I know the Toon is like a lot of other cities. It was more what the Chronicle show i.e. every bit of bad news. It is all violent crime and rip offs with the odd story of road works on the A1.

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  20. I must admit I’m not as enthused by all things newcastle as i was. I probably lost interest in the stats and things in the last year or so of Pardew’s reign. He achieved a better top 10 finish ratio than all bar the two obvious predecessors, but it was clear we were going nowhere.

    Now we do have something to look forward to it’s all a bit predictable, and as has been said the blog does not inspire me to want to write for it as Toonsy & Shamrock did.

    It all got a bit dark and name calling and downright insulting at times, then it dropped down to two or three people saying not a lot and so although I still drop in a read a fair bit, it’s still probably the only nufc site I read apart from the .com rumours page, I can’t be bothered to contribute.

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  21. Prem, I think a lot of fans had drifted away due to the general stagnation during Ashley’s reign. Now we have rafa and the fans still flock to games home and away because there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon. It’s so important we go back up because I don’t see Rafa staying if we fail . Also if we do go up then Ashley has to back him and show some ambition to do more than just survive or it’ll just be seen as a false dawn by many fans.

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  22. Eric, Oxford is not poe-sh at all, don’t believe that Inspector Morse and University challenge stuff. Oxford itself is a bit of a dump actually..

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  23. I also agree that the blog has lost some of it’s charm for want of a better word. I miss seeing all the old contributors of threads and posts. Even seeing a good old exchange of opinions when conducted decently and the general leg pulling that went on too. I often wonder why Toonsy never pops on for a chat too.

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  24. Prem: I say quite a lot to keep things ticking over if I can, although I will get carried away sometimes ๐Ÿ™‚ I have expected more to come on which hasn’t happened. It is hard to say why as Ed’s is a lot of bickering. The Chronicle articles don’t even have that many replies which I find really odd. The Guardian match reports only get about 50-100 comments. Maybe it is twitter and people migrating to other media? The True Geordie has over 300,000 followers on Youtube which shows there is interest, although I think it has gone to his head as he now hosts a pseudo-radio show on there that lasts 2 hours. I haven’t even clicked on one as that is just too much so I think he might get un-followed a bit.

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  25. At least there are regular threads now though, it got to the stage when there was no thread for about a week, which flattered the number of comments. There are now too many threads though, and ones reporting every daft piece of news, like Ed’s ‘blog. That is not a weblog, that is a news site. They sold their soul to the devil for advertising clicks. Also the fact that some don’t have comments and others do give it a ‘them and us’ feel, in my opinion. There are less and less regulars seem to contribute now, in the early days of .org and this site, there used to be dozens.

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  26. DJG: been to Oxford a few times but didn’t really make it out of the University parts. I had a friend that was from there who said the locals had a love/hate relationship with the University. My then girlfriend’s brother went there 30 years ago and I went to his graduation ball. That was a bit inspector Morse-ish. He lived in the quadrangle and had to dress in a tux every night for dinner and sit at long communal tables like you see on Harry Potter and they had a butler/gofer for each building.

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  27. I definitely agree about twitter and new social media though, even things like Facebook are looking a bit long in the tooth and are not ‘down with the kids anymore’ (good ‘cos I hate FB). Most people my age would probably use twitter compared to this, I’m just a wierdo. ‘blogs and comments sections are prehistoric now. And on that bombshell… ๐Ÿ˜€

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  28. I have never joined facebook although I probably should have as I have friends all over the world that I really should keep in touch with. My problem in the inanity. Some friends and acquaintances in Chicago have like this facebook circle. I have seen what they send each other daily. It is updates on their kids soccer practice, pictures of food they had last night, about 50 fckn selfies if they go to a bar as well as the dumb chat. And God forbid if they ever go on holiday, I have seen the threads; it is about 20 selfies a day. I would rather cut of my knob with a rusty fish knife than get involved in that.

    I miss out on some activities with some of them but that is the price I pay for not putting my fist through my computer or throwing my phone against the wall.

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  29. I hate to be sexist but I am usually friends with the men and it is their WAGs that keep up this facebook frenzy of banality.

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  30. You know what you can do now that they are advertising now on something called facebook live? You use your phone to video yourself in livetime and broadcast it to all of your facebook friends. The example they show is a group in a restaurant eating and “bantzing” and taking selfies and of course pictures of their food. OMG, as the kids used to say, in addition to cutting off my knob I would eat it too rather than be involved in that.

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  31. I have done skype and other video chat with specific family and friends but do not understand the wish to broadcast to the world everything you do. Are the young uns just a bunch of narcissists having been brought up first on the text craze and now facebook and selfies?

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  32. The internet and the iphone are wonderful things but nobody would have guessed their primary uses would be for videos of cats and selfies of drunk girls.

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  33. If I sound like a grumpy middle-aged man talking about the old days I don’t think I am. I embrace technology but along with it comes so much background noise that it is hard to keep your head straight. I have purposefully ignored some of it to concentrate on things that matter. It is the same TV. There are some great shows out there and I can choose any PL game to watch live, but you have to be selective and still shite like Xfactor and Keeping up with the Kardasians intrude on my life because they are advertised every day on other programmes that I watch from time to time.

    Rant over.

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  34. Anyway, off to Miami for a few days. I will send some selfies and pictures of the food I eat to the blog-masters so they can post them on here. Now that would be a treat for everybody!

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  35. I will tell you a story to let you know I am off my rant ๐Ÿ™‚ The Chicago Cubs just won the World Series of Baseball for the first time since 1908. They are the Newcastle United of baseball, not only for their trophyless streak but for the loyalty and rabid enthusiasm of their fans. I felt a bit cursed to support them AND Newcastle United. So, when they won this year, fans spontaneously started writing on the walls of the stadium the names of their loved ones who had waited all their lives for this but had passed away before it happened. C’mon NUFC, I just entered my second half-century, win something so that my Nephew (or his kids) in Newcastle doesn’t have to write my name at SJP.

    I don’t count The Fairs Cup as it was then as a significant enough Trophy to have broken the curse.

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  36. Eric Sykes:
    Oh Well, bye.

    Good luck with Troy and his non-posts.

    Off to Miami and I may not returnโ€ฆ.

    good luck mate enjoy will miss your comments and rants ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†

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  37. Ice: just farting around. I will give any sitings of WAGS and Paul Pogbas on FA cup vacation episodes to you first, before sending to the Daily Mail.

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  38. Eric Sykes:
    Ice: just farting around. I will give any sitings of WAGS and Paul Pogbas on FA cup vacation episodes to you first, before sending to the Daily Mail.

    i look forward to that ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜† close ups would be good

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