The FA Cup proper is here!

Get ready for all those cliches such as the ‘Magic of the Cup’ and ‘Cup matches are a real leveller’ as it’s time for the FA Cup proper to start as the draw for the 3rd Round of the 2010/11 FA Cup is made. This is of course where the big boys from the Premiership and the Championship enter the fray and the minnows will be eyeing a mouthwatering tie against any of the Premier League giants.

The greatest cup competition in world football started way back in 1871 and this season will see the 130th FA Cup take place. Chelsea are the current holders, but out of the 759 teams that entered the competition this year, who will emerge victorious?

To get you in the mood for the FA Cup you can check out all our FA Cup blogs, including Great Games from previous FA Cup competitions and classic goals from FA Cup ties that will live long in the memory. Make sure you take a look at the Football on TV schedule to see which 3rd round ties are on the box this year.

The draw for the 3rd Round of the 2010/11 FA Cup is below…

Ties to be played weekend of 8 January 2011.

1 Burnley v Port Vale
2 Coventry City v Crystal Palace
3 Bristol City v Sheffield Wednesday
4 Fulham v Peterborough United
5 Doncaster Rovers v Wolverhampton Wanderers
6 Brighton & Hove Albion or FC United of Manchester v Portsmouth
7 Huddersfield Town v Dover Athletic
8 Crawley Town or Swindon Town v Derby County
9 West Ham United v Barnsley
10 Reading v West Bromwich Albion
11 Arsenal v Leeds United
12 Sheffield United v Aston Villa
13 Leicester City v Manchester City
14 Bolton Wanderers v York City
15 Blackburn Rovers v Queens Park Rangers
16 Swansea City v Colchester United
17 Wycombe Wanderers v Hereford United or Lincoln City
18 Stevenage v Newcastle United
19 Burton Albion v Middlesbrough
20 Millwall v Birmingham City
21 Southampton v Blackpool
22 Watford v Hartlepool United or Yeovil Town
23 Chelsea v Ipswich Town
24 Sunderland v Notts County or AFC Bournemouth
25 Scunthorpe United v Everton
26 Manchester United v Liverpool
27 Hull City v Wigan Athletic
28 Stoke City v Cardiff City
29 Tottenham Hotspur v Charlton Athletic or Luton Town
30 Preston North End v Nottingham Forest
31 Norwich City v Droylsden or Leyton Orient
32 Torquay United v Carlisle United