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It's Port Vale in FA Cup Third Round!

The FA Cup third round draw was made today live from Wembley at 6pm on ITV 1 and Burnley will play League 2 leaders,Port Vale at Turf Moor in the New Year over the weekend of 8th/9th January 2011..

Remarkably the Clarets ball (Number 9)was the first ball drawn out of the hat to decide the first of 32 ties.

Kasabian rock star, Serge Pizzorno drew the Burnley ball with Noel Gallagher drawing out Port Vale's.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday November 28 2010

Time: 6:10PM

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Not very exciting. Hopefully, there's no cup upset and we win and get somebody big in next round.
And I can't believe Serge Pizzaro (or whatever his second name is) and Noel Gallagher pulled out their own clubs to play each other! Leicester V Man City. That was outrageous!
What were the odds for that? Not a good draw for us to be honest but hopefully one that will see us in next round without having to suffer any banana skin
An ok draw it will mean Laws can play some players who are normally on the bench, and we should win ofcourse.
Grimsby Claret
I dont think its a bad draw at all. What would have been a good draw? Having played all the big teams in the last couple of years surely this season it is about getting as far as we possibly can. The glory of playing a 'big' team is not as strong as in previous seasons. A few kind draws and ties like Utd - Lpool being drawn, You never know . . . I think this is the sort of draw we should have been looking for - Just hope we dont muck it up.
On a personal level, Dale would have preferred a minnow away to a ground I had not been to before or at home a local derby a la Blackburn,Bolton(again) or PNE. To hear this Board sometimes, I am not convinced a big money spinner against the likes of Man U etc re TV rights/gate etc is no longer one of their hopes. Not sure about Cup competitions per se to be honest, think our focus should be on promotion without any distractions especially if we have to get involved with replays
Just win it. Winning becomes a habit. Just the habit we need to get.
Agree regarding a personal level TMP - I would have liked an away tie at a new ground. But I also believe that with a couple of good draws which, with no offence to Vale, this is the sort we should be looking for - we could end up in the QF or further, then who knows what could happen.
I think its a good draw. Win it and then its only 3 more wins to get to Wembley semi. As for the odds of serge and noel pulling out their own teams against each other its 1 in 126
Won't lose much sleep if we lose it and would rather reserve our energy and concentration for the promotion push rather than run the risk of injuries and suspensions in a cup competition that is unlikely to lead to Wembley. Reminds me of our promotion season when games against QPR and West Brom with replays were seen as a bind rather than an opportunity
I want home ties, against minnows and a semi final at Wembley. Not losing becomes a habit, check out Manure for there habit this season. Lets get promoted and qualify for Europe as well via the FA Cup.....come on Dare to dream and live the Dream......nurse the blue tablets please!
Surely WBA away was more than a bind? My increasingly dodgy memory recalls anxiety as to how we'd cope after the late Spurs heartbreak, then being lifted out of despair into elation when we coped brilliantly. Didn't the game actually get called something like one of the crucial psychological foundation stones of our promtion run?
Couch Potato
I make the chances of them drawing Man city v Leicester 1:4032 (assuming all teams available). Obviously as they were drawn out after a number of teams had already been drawn the chances improved somewhat.
Billy Hamiltons Boot
Billy-I dont know where you got 1 in 4032 from. Leicester could only draw 63 other teams (there are only 64 teams in the hat ignoring outstanding replays to be finished). So the chance they play Man City is 1 in 63. The chances of Leicester playing at home is 1 in 2 so the overall chances are 1 in 126 ( 63 times 2 )
Billy-if you had said what are the chances of Leicester v Man City and it being the 13th tie out of the hat then you would have been correct
I dont think that is right Bolton.
actually it might be - oh i dont know and cant be bothered to work it out :-)
Me neither. Though Noel Gallagher's smug face always stirs rather violent emotions in me that are made even worse when his nauseating brother lollops into view. I reckon the best we can hope for is a home draw. Port Vale are a decent enough side though if the team prepares properly we should be able to progress. I'm with Vin on this, winning is a good habit and a cup run is always welcome.
its correct did get a degree in statistics
I got an A-Level in Maths with Stats, not that I can remember my permutations from my combinations but what the hell,Port Vale is still a bore draw
I still occasionally get nightmares that I have to take a Maths A Level (I have 2.) despite not having done any maths for 38 years. Let's hope I'm not having nightmares about Port Vale in another 38 years time! Or even 38 days!!!
Couch Potato
Definitely maybe. The promotion push has got to be the priority but I agree with the winning mentality theory, and a good cup run would be a confidence booster not to mention an opportunity to give everyone in the squad a share of the games. I had those dreams for years after my degree as well Couch, the ones where you've got your finals the next day and you've done nothing to prepare. Statistical analysis were constanrly a part of the Environmental Science routine , but I leave well alone now lest the nightmares return.
I also used to enjoy Maths and was good at it - until A level. Once that was completed, I also vowed never to return!
That's exactly the dream, Welsh. It doesn't happen much any more, thank Laws, but it always used to occur just as I was waking up, and I'd be in a cold sweat for 5 minutes before I realised that I only had to go to work!
Couch Potato
Maths finished for me at the O level stage though I did manage to fluke a degree in Literature & Philosophy despite playing football five times a week. Like Couch and Welsh I also have regular dreams about lack of exam preparation and always wake up with a sense of relief when I realise it was all a dream !
I haven't met anyone else who had these dreams themselves, none of my friends for example. And now suddenly there's two other people who share exactly the same thing ! The strange thing here Couch is that I always had them just before waking up as well, and the relief as RT says was almost worth having the bad dream ! Don't worry RT, you're younger than us and I can tell you that I haven't had them for a few years now, so it's obviously a time related phenomenon, more than likely related to all that unnatural cramming that we had to do. Anyway, about Port Vale . . . . . .

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