Fulham will travel to Accrington Stanley in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday after the League Two side saw off Gillingham in their rearranged third round tie tonight.
A low shot from John Miles with nine minutes remaining gave the home side a 1-0 win and a giantkilling as Gillingham’s poor away record continued. The victory is worth £67,000 and the prize money as well as the first visit to the Crown Ground by a top flight side will help Accrington pay off a £50,000 debt. It should be a great trip.
After the uproar following the decision not to air Kettering-Fulham last year, surely the Accrington game will be televised? Oh wait, it’s ITV and Sky – Chelsea and Arsenal it is then. And probably Spurs-Leeds.
Accrington Stanley? Who are they?
NickW: It’s always been known as SH-ITV in my house.
No one wants to see a all premierleague tie in the 4th round! We will see it at least twice during the league anyway. Spurs-Leeds will be a good one ButI think that it would be good to show this one live! League 2 v premier league? Bring it on and hopefully see us progress through to the 5th round.
I know – reckon the Beeb might have shown it, but as ITV have only a few games a season, they’ll want to show All-Premier League ties (or at least Premier vs Big Championship side) so that they get as many viewers as possible. It’ll be interesting to see what games Sky choose – obviously they show games from all leagues all of the time, so I would guess (and hope) that they choose a game in which the two teams are from different leagues.
On another note, I’m really pleased that Accrington Stanley got through. A proper football club.
Sorry to disappoint Nick but Sky don’t have the FA Cup rights this year. It means we’ll have to put up with the ghastly ITV highlights show. Confirmation of their fourth round ties is as below:
Preston North End v Chelsea (Sat 23rd Jan, 12:45pm, ITV1)
Tottenham Hotspur v Leeds United (Sat 23rd Jan, 5.15pm, ITV1)
Stoke City v Arsenal (Sun 24th Jan, 1.30pm, ITV1)
Scunthorpe v Manchester City (Sun 24th Jan, 4pm, ITV1)
The FA website will showing the Reading v Burnley tie at 12.45pm on Saturday 24th. So it looks like radio coverage for us again.
Brilliant! Is this our first game against Accrington in any form?
Crikey. I watched Accrington Stanley at the Crown ground against Mossley – it must have been in 1991/1992 in the Northern Premier League. My uncle was playing for Mossley at the time, which is why I went. Stanley won 5-0 but I didn’t ever think they’d be hosting a team from the top division there again (I almost said Premier League, but of course it didn’t exist then).
Last time I was in Accrington was to use the hospital after one of my ski club mashed his knee in at the nearby Rossendale dry ski slope.
Should be a good match.
Yes, Chopper, it is.