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FA Cup third round date confirmed

Written by Dan King

Newcastle United's Emirates FA Cup third round tie away to Rochdale or Boston United will be shown live on BT Sport.

The match will be played on Saturday, 4th January and will kick off at 12.31pm. As part of the Heads Up campaign, all 32 Emirates FA Cup Third Round fixtures (excluding replays) will kick-off one minute later than their traditionally scheduled timeslots to encourage fans to 'Take A Minute' to think about looking after their mental health. 

During the minute delay, fans will be encouraged to consider the positive impact 60 seconds can have on their own wellbeing or in supporting a friend or family member. Heads Up is partnering with Public Health England’s Every Mind Matters across the Emirates FA Cup Third Round to draw attention to the simple steps we can all take to look after our mental health and wellbeing. 

League One Rochdale and National League North Boston played out a 0-0 draw at Spotland at the weekend, and will meet again in a replay later this month.

Newcastle have never played against either side in the FA Cup, while Rochdale are one of eight current members of the Football League who the Magpies haven't met in a competitive fixture. United have never played against Boston in a competitive fixture either, although there have been a handful of friendly and war time matches against both teams.

Last term, United faced Blackburn Rovers at the third round stage, with the Magpies running out 4-2 winners in the replay at Ewood Park after a 1-1 draw at St. James' Park. However, the Magpies were beaten 2-0 at home by Watford in the next round.

Ticket details will be announced in due course.

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