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Everton will be on the road in the FA Cup Third Round with a tie at Crystal Palace.

Selhurst Park was the scene of a horrible 4-0 for the Toffees at the Quarter-Final stage under Frank Lampard in 2022 but, under Sean Dyche, they recorded a thrilling 3-2 victory prior to the last international break.

The ties are to be played during the weekend of 6 and 7 January 2024.

The full draw is:

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  • Hull City v Birmingham City

  • Newport County or Barnet v Eastleigh or Reading

  • Plymouth Argyle v Sutton Utd

  • Maidstone Utd v Stevenage or Port Vale

  • Coventry City v Oxford United

  • Brentford v Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • Chelsea v Preston North End

  • QPR v Bournemouth

  • Gillingham v Sheffield Utd

  • Swansea City v Morecambe

  • Manchester City v Huddersfield Town

  • Blackburn Rovers v Cambridge Utd

  • Nottingham Forest v Blackpool or Forest Green Rovers

  • Wigan Athletic v Manchester Utd

  • Crystal Palace v Everton

  • Middlesbrough v Aston Villa

  • Sunderland v Newcastle Utd

  • Sheffield Wednesday v Cardiff City

  • Millwall v Leicester City

  • Watford v Chesterfield or Leyton Orient

  • Wimbledon or Ramsgate v Ipswich Town

  • Peterborough United v Leeds Utd

  • West Bromwich Albion v Aldershot or Stockport County

  • Southampton v Alfreton Town or Walsall

  • Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley

  • Fulham v Rotherham Utd

  • Norwich City v Crewe or Bristol Rovers

  • West Ham Utd v Bristol City

  • Arsenal v Liverpool

  • Stoke City v Brighton and Hove Albion

  • Luton Town v Bolton Wanderers

  • Shrewsbury Town v Wrexham or Yeovil Town


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Derek Thomas
1 Posted 03/12/2023 at 13:27:08
We've beaten them once, we can do it again, or not, depending how keen we are.
Andrew Ellams
2 Posted 03/12/2023 at 13:28:54
Could have been better.
Dave Lynch
3 Posted 03/12/2023 at 13:30:24
We really do not need a cup run, let's put all our efforts into staying up.
That may upset a few but it's unfortunately a reality.
John Keating
4 Posted 03/12/2023 at 13:41:15
London game playing in that grey strip… Win!!!!

Some real draws! Arsenal v Liverpool, Northeast derby

Typical FA Cup!

Chris James
5 Posted 03/12/2023 at 13:42:19
Not sure I agree, Dave.

FA Cup is hardly like the demands of the Champions League and for me, winning is winning, any chance to continue growing confidence is welcome. It also gives fringe players a chance to play their way into the side.

Appreciate it increases injury risk too, but overall the League Cup has been very helpful so far I think, so a similar run in the FA Cup would be good.

Bill Gall
6 Posted 03/12/2023 at 13:48:43
Any good cup run is needed just to show we are still there fighting for justice, with 2 fingers up to the F.A.
Matt Traynor
7 Posted 03/12/2023 at 13:58:29
Agree Chris #5.

Last time we won it, we had a poor league season. The cup proved to be a distraction which helped. As did Earl Barrett being cup-tied.

Peter Moore
8 Posted 03/12/2023 at 14:02:39
Fuck em all, let's win both Cups and finish mid table despite the 10-point robbery! UTFT!
Brian Wilkinson
9 Posted 03/12/2023 at 16:33:00
Stay up and 2 cup runs really would piss those who have put the boot in, sod this — let's not write the cup off and focus on the league.

We have a bit more squad depth now, win both cups and keep doing what we are doing. Okay, maybe not win cups but at least let's give them both a damn good go.

No white flags, let's get stuck in and take them all on, a good opportunity for the likes of Danjuma, Beto, Chermiti, Coleman all time to get up to speed with a bit smarter subs rotation thinking.

John Raftery
10 Posted 03/12/2023 at 17:05:54
A tedious draw against tedious opponents at the worst ground in the Premier League. The journey is arguably the worst as well.
Paul Ferry
11 Posted 03/12/2023 at 19:53:30
Palace away in the cup. Tricky. Let's hope that Eze is crocked but we will win there again.

Shite away at Arsenal, Skunks home to Sunderland.

Neil Copeland
12 Posted 03/12/2023 at 21:55:10
John #10, yep but we will still be there!
Paul Ferry
13 Posted 04/12/2023 at 02:17:31
Not the sort of draw I was hoping for, to be honest, tricky, Eze and the other fast fella, but we won't lose.
Kieran Kinsella
14 Posted 04/12/2023 at 04:26:10
I've watched Everton in person at Selhurst Park many times and only saw us lose once – against Wimbledon.

It could have been better but could have been worse, eg RS at Arsenal.

I wasn't there in person but a few years ago I really thought we'd win there in the cup under Lampard until Townsend got injured thus ending his Everton career. We need revenge for that game. Bring it on.

Danny O’Neill
15 Posted 04/12/2023 at 06:49:51
It's a difficult place to get to. Even for someone like me who lives in West London.

Having been spoiled by the Tube system for years, once you go south of the river, it isn't as well served.

Many years ago now, but Charlton was just as difficult to get to.

Peter Mills
16 Posted 04/12/2023 at 08:18:38
I remember going there with my dad and brother on the footy special for the 3rd Round in 1972, a cracking 2-2 draw.
Danny O’Neill
17 Posted 04/12/2023 at 08:28:33
Back to Charlton.

Watching Duncan Ferguson floor a player and get sent off early only for the player to go on and score. I think we lost 2 - 0.

Discipline and controlling his natural aggression was always a flaw in his game.

Tony Everan
18 Posted 04/12/2023 at 09:32:17
U21s tonight v Saints at 7pm if anyone’s interested.

Tonight's game will now be played at Finch Farm rather than the Big Help Stadium, however, supporters are advised not to attend due to limited space.

The match will be streamed live on our
and YouTube channels: https://kick.com/everton

Danny O’Neill
19 Posted 04/12/2023 at 09:42:22
Thanks Tony.

I know the financial landscape has changed, but I think we missed a trick with the stadium project.

It upsets me saying the inevitable, but Goodison is going to be raised to the ground.

Could part of the overarching plan not have been to rebuild a smaller football ground, capacity say 6,000 for the development squads and female team to play in?

Just a thought even though it obviously won't happen now.

Tony Everan
20 Posted 04/12/2023 at 11:24:29
I really like that idea, Danny, it would be good to get the U21s football more popular and could possibly be commercially viable too.

On a similar theme, I've had an idea about the demolition. I'd like the Leitch trusses salvaged and stored. Commission a sculptor like Anthony Gormley to create two fabulous sculptures out of the metal remains of Goodsion Park.

Then one sculpture remains at the Goodison site, in the recreation area. And its sister sculpture at the new stadium. So that the two hallowed places are linked forever by the historical remains of a grand old stadium.

I'll try to get the message to the club somehow, see what they think.

Peter Mills
21 Posted 04/12/2023 at 13:58:20
Rescuing the Leitch trusses is a great idea - they are a huge piece of football history, it would be criminal for them to disappear.
Danny O’Neill
22 Posted 04/12/2023 at 14:02:49
Tony & Peter, they should somehow be incorporated into BMD.
Tony Everan
23 Posted 04/12/2023 at 14:15:02
Email sent in, I'll let you know if I get a reply.
Barry Hesketh
24 Posted 04/12/2023 at 14:43:48
Peter @20
Only for the fact that I know you regularly attend Marine games, I would like to hear your view on Geoff Stelling's point of view on seeding teams for the Third Round draw.

He says that he's not interested in all Premier League ties at that stage of the competition and would prefer to see the 20 clubs outside of the top two divisions drawn against any of the 44 teams, who enter the cup at the Third round stage., thereby guaranteeing a 'bumper' pay-day as a reward for making it to that stage of the competition for the smaller clubs.

I can see his reasoning for wanting to see that happen, I can also see that he wants to make an impact in his new position as a TalkSport presenter, but I can't agree with him, the oldest and one of the most popular competitions in the world shouldn't be tampered with any more than is necessary, and surely the game has to maintain at least some of its long-standing traditions?

Peter Mills
25 Posted 05/12/2023 at 02:09:27
Barry #24,

I can see the logic of what Geoff Stelling is saying but, on balance, I think I would take the view of “If it ain't broke, don't fix it”.

The money Marine received from their 3rd round tie against Spurs was transformative and has been wisely invested in improving facilities at their ground. Ironically, they made much more money by the fact nobody attended the game due to Covid restrictions, but 30,000 people around the world bought “virtual tickets” at £10 each.

It was such a special event because it was so rare, something that only the FA Cup could provide. I'm pretty cynical about “top level” football, but that moment when the draw was made was genuinely emotional because the chances of it happening were so slim. Officials at Marine still talk about the day like school kids. I was a bit like one myself!

Overall, I suspect seeding would reduce the number of smaller clubs reaching the latter stages of the FA Cup. They have damaged the tournament by having the semi-finals at Wembley. Let's leave it be.

Eric Myles
26 Posted 05/12/2023 at 04:38:21
Danny #19,

It was always my hope that Goodison would be used to house and display The David France Collection and as you say, be used for U21 fixtures, ladies fixtures and even schoolboy fixtures as I used to attend back in the early 70s.

Eric Myles
27 Posted 05/12/2023 at 04:44:47
Chris #5, and a cup win puts us into Champions League qualifiers.
Eric Myles
28 Posted 05/12/2023 at 04:52:34
Danny #19,

I also meant to say that I contacted English Heritage about having Goodison declared a building of outstanding history and becoming listed. They responded saying that it is up to the owners to make that application.

World Heritage did not respond at all.

Darryl Ritchie
29 Posted 05/12/2023 at 05:11:04
Completely off topic, but Stevie Naismith has just won manager of the month in the Scottish Premiership.

He's still one of my favourite all-time Everton players. A fair amount of talent, and a huge amount of attitude.

Danny O’Neill
30 Posted 05/12/2023 at 07:11:26
Eric, I love the idea of a reduced stadium being built on the site. That would have been my preference.

Maybe something on Stanley Park, to reflect our original home pitch.

I mentioned elsewhere that Goodison could also be retained in a similar way to the old Highbury, which I often pass on the train out of Kings Cross.

It still looks like Highbury. The stands are pretty much still there, but converted into flats with the former pitch being a small park.

I like the idea of a museum on the site. It fits well with leaving the statues in place, even though I'm torn on that.

I believe there are plans. Maybe there is still time for a rethink?

Tony Everan
31 Posted 05/12/2023 at 13:28:29
Speedy reply, but they are probably a bit skint for any extras at the moment:

Thank you for writing to Everton Football Club with your fabulous suggestion.

We will endeavour to keep your proposal on file for when we are in a position to discuss the finer details of the redevelopment of Goodison Park.

If you require any further help regarding this or any other matter, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards


Everton Fan Services Team

Tony Abrahams
32 Posted 05/12/2023 at 14:17:20
Interesting posts with similar views from both Barry H and Peter M, because it was something that I was more aware of on Sunday, whilst waiting for the cup draw.

My stepson's team, Morecombe, have done well in this season's competition, beating two League One clubs away from home. With Morecombe seemingly in a bit of financial difficulty, I was hoping they would get one of the bigger teams away from home, and not Swansea City, which probably won't bring about any great financial rewards.

It's pot luck, a season's budget can be made for a lot of clubs who get lucky in the hat. I liked Peter's description the best when he said, although it was rare drawing Spurs, it was something that only the FA Cup (the most magical competition there has ever been – would be my description) could provide.

I'm glad that Marine, have had the nouse to spend the money wisely.

Dale Self
33 Posted 05/12/2023 at 14:21:14
Darryl 29,

Yay and double yay for Steven Naismith winning manager of the month! A fine human being who helped some people out on his spare time. C'mon Hearts!

David James
34 Posted 08/12/2023 at 10:06:58
Can't believe we have to play this at 8 pm on 4 January 2024.

After last night, I'm starting to quite like Thursday night football but the scheduling of this game is a joke.

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