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Wanted: the spirit of '89

Filed: Sunday, 29th November 2009
By: Staff Writer

West Ham United will face London neighbours Arsenal at the Boleyn Ground in the third round of the FA Cup.

The Irons - who famously became the last club outside of the top flight to win the coveted trophy when beating Arsenal 1-0 at Wembley 29 years ago - were pitched against the Gunners in this afternoon's draw, conducted by 2018 World Cup bid ambassadors Sir Steve Redgrave and Kelly Smith.

The last meeting between the two sides in the competition came in the 1997/98 season when the clubs met in both FA Cup and League Cup quarter finals within a matter of weeks - Arsenal eventually winning both, including a 4-3 penalty shootout win in the FA Cup tie (a replay following a 1-1 draw ay Highbury).

Rather more fondly remembered however is the 1989 third round meeting when Leroy Rosenior scored the only goal of the game at Highbury, following a 2-2 draw in the initial tie at the Boleyn. West Ham, as now, were struggling at the foot of the old Division One whilst Arsenal were flying high.

All in all the teams have met on 14 occasions in the competition, with West Ham winning five and Arsenal three (with six ties drawn).

FA Cup Third Round: Full Draw
All ties to be played w/e of 2/3 January 2010

Tottenham v Peterborough
Brentford v Doncaster
Middlesbrough v Manchester City
Stoke v York
Notts County v Forest Green
Huddersfield Town v West Brom
Sheff Utd v QPR
MK Dons v Burnley
Chelsea v Watford
Notts Forest v Birmingham
Preston v Colchester
West Ham Utd v Arsenal
Aston Villa v Blackburn
Portsmouth v Coventry
Sunderland v Oxford United or Barrow
Wigan v Hull
Everton v Carlisle
Sheff Wednesday v Crystal Palace
Tranmere or Aldershot v Wolves
Blackpool v Ipswich
Fulham v Swindon
Stockport or Torquay v Brighton
Scunthorpe v Barnsley
Southampton v Rotherham or Luton
Bristol City v Cardiff
Reading v Liverpool
Staines or Millwall v Derby
Plymouth v Newcastle
Leicester v Swansea
Bolton v Lincoln
Accrington or Barnet v Gillingham
Man Utd v Kettering / Leeds

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by Tell it how it is Charley
09:25AM 30th Nov 2009
''I remember being at the 'clock end' in January 89. Everyone had written us off, Arsenal hadn't been been beat in a FA Cup since 1959. Garry Strodder had a blinder of a game. The cross came in from the right flank and there was Leroy to head it in and all the West Ham fans went mental. Was about the only decent thing that happend in that season though.''

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