Number 23, Lincoln City - Number 10, will play Burnley
By Tony Scholes
Updated Monday, 7th December 2009
Fifty years ago today, just after lunch, football fans around the country were huddled round radios for news of the third round draw for the FA Cup.
On this day the drama was extended as Burnley fans waited and waited for their number to be drawn, and they couldn't have had longer to wait. We were last out with an away draw against Lincoln City with the game to be played on Saturday 9th January 1960.
Lincoln had been beaten 5-0 two days earlier at Scunthorpe in a Second Division fixture and they sat 18th in the table, three points behind Liverpool who had just appointed Bill Shankly as their new manager.
They were managed by Bill Anderson and he'd been in charge since the league programme resumed at the end of World War II and this would be the first FA Cup meeting between the clubs since the 1904/05 season when Lincoln won a Turf Moor replay 2-1 after a draw at Lincoln.
Our last league game against the Imps was back in the 1933/34 season. On that occasion we won 3-1 at home but lost the return fixture at Lincoln by four goals to nil.
The draw was believed to give Burnley a reasonably bright chance of advancement into the fourth round.
The full draw was;
Gillingham or Torquay United v Swansea Town
Bury v Bolton Wanderers
Fulham v Hull City
Stoke City v Preston North End
Bath City v Brighton and Hove Albion
Newcastle United v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Watford v Birmingham City
Derby County v Manchester United
Sunderland v Blackburn Rovers
Scunthorpe United v Margate or Crystal Palace
Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic v York City
Manchester City v Southampton
Nottingham Forest v Reading
Bristol City v Charlton Athletic
Stockport County or Crewe Alexandra v Workington
Sheffield Wednesday v Middlesbrough
West Bromwich Albion v Plymouth Argyle
Sheffield United v Portsmouth
Newport County v Tottenham Hotspur
Rotherham United v Arsenal
Exeter City v Luton Town
Aston Villa v Leeds United
Ipswich Town v Peterborough United
Blackpool v Mansfield Town
Liverpool v Leyton Orient
Huddersfield Town v West Ham United
Rochdale or Bradford City v Everton
Wrexham v Leicester City
Bristol Rovers v Doncaster Rovers
Cardiff City v Queens Park Rangers or Port Vale
Chelsea v Bradford Park Avenue
Lincoln City v Burnley