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FC United two wins from potentially historic fixture

ESPN staff
October 25, 2010
FC United were born out of the anger caused by the Glazers' takeover of Manchester United © Getty Images

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FC United of Manchester stand just two victories away from a potential showdown with Manchester United after the FA Cup first round draw was made on Sunday.

The Evo-Stik League Premier Division side, who were formed as a breakaway club for Manchester United fans opposed to the Glazer takeover, must first overcome a different derby encounter, against neighbours Rochdale - a game that can be seen live on ESPN.

ESPN's second FA Cup broadcast will be the following day, Saturday November 6 at 5.30pm (coverage beings at 4.45pm), and will come live from the Abbey Stadium as Cambridge United host Huddersfield.

Carlos Roca's 78th-minute winner secured a 1-0 victory over Barrow, booking them a place in the same draw as footballing giants Sheffield Wednesday and Southampton. Wednesday, currently fourth in League One, face a trip to Southport, while Southampton host Shrewsbury Town.

Hythe Town are the lowest ranked team left in the competition, but the Kent League Premier Division side have been handed an attractive-looking trip to the Football League's bottom club Hereford on the weekend of November 6/7.

Town boss Scott Porter told the FA's official website: "On our day we can beat anyone so whether it's home or away we're always in with a chance. We're going to make a weekend of it and it's going to be a great day for the football club."

Elsewhere, Hendon still must overcome an intriguing clash with the Metropolitan Police if they are to fulfil their place in round one against the winners of Carshalton Athletic or Chelmsford City.

FA Cup first round draw (Ties to be played November 5, 6 & 7)
Colchester United v Bradford City
Corby Town v Luton Town
Harrow Borough v Chesterfield
Notts County v Gateshead
Stevenage Borough v Milton Keynes Dons
Southport v Sheffield Wednesday
Rotherham United v York City
Havant & Waterlooville v Droylsden
Bury v Exeter City
Cheltenham Town v Morecambe
Hayes & Yeading United v Wycombe Wanderers
Dagenham & Redbridge v Leyton Orient
AFC Wimbledon v Ebbsfleet United
Lincoln City v Workington or Nuneaton Town
Mansfield Town v Torquay United
Hereford United v Hythe Town
AFC Bournemouth v Tranmere Rovers
Carshalton Ath or Chelmsford City v Hendon or Metropolitan Police
Swindon Supermarine or Bath City v Eastwood Town
Rushden & Diamonds v Yeovil Town
Southampton v Shrewsbury Town
Cambridge United v Huddersfield Town
Burton Albion v Oxford United
Gillingham v Farnborough or Dover Athletic
Tamworth or Grimsby Town v Crewe Alexandra
Darlington v Bristol Rovers
Guiseley v Crawley Town
Brighton & Hove Albion v Woking
Macclesfield Town v Southend United
Rochdale v FC United of Manchester
Carlisle United v Sheffield or Tipton Town
Leiston or Dartford v Port Vale
Forest Green Rovers v Northampton Town
Fleetwood Town v Walsall
Barnet v Charlton Athletic
Plymouth Argyle v Swindon Town
Accrington Stanley v Oldham Athletic
Hartlepool United v Vauxhall Motors
Stockport County v Peterborough United
Brentford v Aldershot Town

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ESPN will televise two matches in the first and second rounds (plus up to two replays per round), three matches from the third to fifth rounds (plus up to one replay), two quarter finals (plus up to one replay) and one semi-final for each of the next four seasons.

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