F.A. Cup Fourth Round Draw

The Shrimpers have been handed a potentially lucrative Roots Hall encounter against the winners of next week's Stamford Bridge match-up between Premiership club Chelsea and First Division Watford. United will first have to tackle a tough-looking match at the McCain Stadium against Nationwide Conference side 'Boro, who came away from southeast Essex with credit after fighting back from one down to force a rematch at the weekend. The second game is expected to take place next Wednesday, the 14th of January. The Blues, meanwhile, have to face Watford after a 2-2 draw on Saturday lunchtime, although at least two of the four goals in the game were highly contentious.

Should the fixture go ahead, then it will take place on the weekend starting Saturday 24th January, with the possibility of course of the tie being shown as one of the four live fixtures screened by BBC Television and SKY Sports. The Nationwide League Third Division game at Field Mill against Mansfield Town would have to be rearranged.

In the rest of the draw, the glamour tie is undoubtedly Liverpool against Newcastle United, whilst the prize for Accrington Stanley should they defeat Colchester United at Layer Road is a trip to Highfield Road and former top flight outfit Coventry City. Telford United have been given a home fixture against Millwall.

Full Fourth Round draw (courtesy of www.thefa.com)

Manchester City or Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur
Swansea City v Preston North End or Reading
Northampton Town or Rotherham United v Manchester United
Kidderminster Harriers or Wolverhampton Wanderers v West Ham United
Arsenal v Middlesbrough
Coventry City v Accrington Stanley or Colchester United
Ipswich Town v Sunderland
Luton Town v Tranmere Rovers or Bolton Wanderers
Liverpool v Newcastle United
Burnley v Gillingham
Nottingham Forest v Sheffield United
Portsmouth v Barnsley or Scunthorpe United
Everton v Fulham
Telford United v Millwall
Southend United or Scarborough v Watford or Chelsea
Birmingham City v Wimbledon or Stoke City

(Third Division sides in bold and italics)

Robert Craven
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