My FA Cup Journey – Third Round time

Hello, my name is Ian and after doing my (preview/review) blogs on this site covering all the games of Euro 2016. I decided to start a new project. To try to attend as many rounds of the FA Cup 2016/2017 season starting from the very beginning. I’m please to say I have managed it so far as well and have really enjoyed doing it. I started with the Extra Preliminary Round, the Preliminary Round before going to the First, Second, Third and Fourth Qualifying Rounds.

We’re now into the “proper” rounds of this great competition and after going to watch Bolton Wanderers vs Grimsby Town in the First Round and then last time out to watch Macclesfield vs Oxford United in the Second Round.  This time with the big boys from The Championship and the Premier League getting involved, it meant more grounds to get to and a good choose of matches to choose from.

I wasn’t wrong either and like all the previous games that I’d been to, apart from the last one at Macclesfield, I was eyeing up Saturday games once again. Being a Manchester United fan and season ticket holder with them being drawn at home to Reading I had an easy choice of game to go, which was great. With the TV people still deciding on what they would be showing, knowing full well United would probably be on, not that I agree with that mind due. I waited on all the fixture and kick off times to be confirmed. That way, depending on when United were on I’d see if I could get to another game too maybe.

It wasn’t to be though, I was always going to go to United of course, but once it was confirmed as a 12.30pm kick off on the Saturday, there was no way I’d be able to get to one of the other 3pm kick offs. Sunday was a complete no as well, as none of the games or grounds were close to Manchester at all. The fixtures I could have gone to at 3pm Saturday though were:

Wigan Athletic vs Nottm Forest
Stoke City vs Wolves
West Brom vs Derby County
Barrow vs Rochdale
Accrington Stanley vs Luton Town
Everton vs Leicester City
Huddersfield vs Port Vale
Bolton vs Crystal Palace
Preston vs Arsenal

FA Cup 9th Round I’d been to then and United were comfortable winners against Reading from the Championship. It was good to welcome back yip yap Stam the a big Dutchman to Old Trafford as well. Top top player in his time at our place over three seasons, with three League Titles, one FA Cup, one Champions League and of course his one goal.

The game was pretty much over straight away and Reading got off to the worst possible start after they were 2-0 down after just fifteen minutes. Rooney scored his record equalling 249th goal for us on 7 minutes, to put him now level with the great Sir Bobby Charlton. Martial then got the second eight minutes late. The game was comfortable for us for the rest of the game and as Reading tired towards the end they gifted Marcus Rashford two goals. Some poor defending allowed him to get his first on 75 minutes and then just four minutes a mis-calculation from Al Habsi in their goal and it was all over. Decision to made yet on which Fourth Round game I will attend but I do know United will be at home on the Sunday so a game on the Saturday as well is certainly a possibility:

Derby County vs Leicester City
Liverpool / Plymouth vs Wolves
Tottenham Hotspur vs Wycombe Wanderers
Oxford United vs Birmingham / Newcastle United
Ipswich T / Lincoln City vs Brighton & Hove Albion
Chelsea vs Brentford
Rochdale vs Huddersfield Town
Sunderland / Burnley vs Bristol City / Fleetwood
Blackburn Rovers vs Blackpool / Barnsley
Middlesbrough vs Accrington Stanley
Bolton / C Palace vs Manchester City
Norwich C / Southampton vs Arsenal
Millwall vs Watford
Fulham vs Hull City
Sutton United / AFC Wimbledon vs Leeds United
Manchester United vs Wigan Athletic

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