Date: 4th December 2019 at 7:00am
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Many Newcastle United fans have been reacting on social media after it was announced who Steve Bruce’s Toon will face in the FA Cup Third Round.

The Magpies have been drawn to face either Rochdale AFC or Boston United away from home on the weekend commencing Friday, January 3 to Monday, January 6, 2020.

Boston, a sixth-tier side competing in the National League North, are due to replay their Second Round clash with Rochdale on Tuesday, December 10, having held the League One outfit to a 0-0 draw at the weekend.

United have never faced either of Rochdale or Boston in the FA Cup before, while we have also never played the Dale in a competitive fixture throughout the club’s history.

We have reached the Fourth Round of the FA Cup in each of our last three seasons, but have not progressed further into the oldest national football competition in world football since we advanced to the Quarter-Final in 2006.

The season before had seen the club enter the Semi-Final of the FA Cup under Bobby Robson, but lost 4-1 to Manchester United in Cardiff, in what was our furthest run in the competition since finishing as runners-up in 1997/98 and ’98/99.

Newcastle have not lifted the FA Cup since 1955, when we won the competition for the sixth time in our history – matching Aston Villa’s record total from the time.

Bruce had declared back in August that he would be taking the cup competitions seriously, but lost to Leicester City on penalties in our first round of the Carabao Cup.

How far can we go in the FA Cup?

Eliminated in the Third Round

Eliminated in the Third Round

Only as far as the Fourth Round

Only as far as the Fourth Round

May be able to reach the Fifth Round

May be able to reach the Fifth Round

Quarter-Finals, or even further!

Quarter-Finals, or even further!

Here are some of the messages shared after the club announced who we will face in the FA Cup Third Round…

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