Sunday, 3 January 2010


League One Leeds United reignited the magic of the FA Cup in an historic 1-0 win over rivals Manchester United today.

Jermaine Beckford's 19th-minute clincher was the highlight of the third round weekend, which was starved of giantkillings.

Following the League One side's recent demise, watching Leeds and their 9,000 travelling supporters get one over on the Premier League Champions was especially inspirational - and captured the romance of the FA Cup.

Manchester United were last knocked out at the third round stage in 1984 by Bournemouth.

There has been much talk in recent years about the growing gulf in quality of the Premiership over the Championship, let alone League One, but the third tier of English football is arguably stronger than it has been in years.

Despite fielding a weakened side, Manchester United are still hard to beat at Old Trafford - even by top flight sides.

The Whites have earned a trip to Tottenham in the fourth round. Here are all the other fourth round ties:

SAINTS v Ipswich
Reading/Liverpool v Burnley
Millwall/Derby v Brentford/Doncaster
Bristol City/Cardiff v Leicester
Stoke v Arsenal
Notts County/Forest Green v Wigan
Scunthorpe v Man City
West Brom v Plymouth/Newcastle
Everton v Nottm Forest/Birmingham
Accrington/Gillingham v Fulham
Bolton v Sheff Utd/QPR
Portsmouth/Coventry v Sunderland
Preston v Chelsea
Aston Villa v Brighton
Wolves v Crystal Palace
Tottenham v Leeds

Ties to be played 23 January

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