It's Bradford City in the Cup
By Tony Scholes
Updated Monday, 1st February 2010
After drawing against Swansea Town in Saturday's fourth round, Burnley fans fifty years ago were eagerly awaiting the draw for the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Of the 16 numbers going into the famous blue velvet back at Lancaster Gate, we were number 15 having been drawn out next to last in the previous draw, and so we waited.
We had another long wait too, again ours was the next to the last game out of the bag and once again it was an away tie, this time against Bradford City who at the time were in ninth place in the Third Division.
Despite it meaning more travelling to yet another away tie, this was one considered to be very winnable and one that would give us an excellent chance of reaching the last eight in the competition.
To get to this stage Bradford City had beaten Barnsley and Rochdale (both in home replays) in the first two rounds. They'd then produced the upset of the third round by beating Everton 3-0 and just two days before the draw had reached the fifth round with a 3-1 home win against Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic.
The tie, should Burnley win the Swansea replay, would be on Saturday 20th February and that would force the postponement of the home game against League leaders Tottenham although with a home replay against Crewe it looked as though Spurs themselves were likely to go through.
The Full Draw
Bristol Rovers or Preston North End v Rotherham United or Brighton & Hove Albion
Leicester City v West Bromwich Albion
Luton Town v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Sheffield United v Southampton or Watford
Crewe Alexandra or Tottenham Hotspur v Blackburn Rovers or Blackpool
Manchester United v Sheffield Wednesday
Bradford City v Swansea Town or Burnley
Port Vale v Aston Villa