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Magpies to learn FA Cup third round opponents on Monday

Newcastle United will learn their opponents in the Emirates FA Cup third round when the draw is made live on BBC Two at 7pm on Monday night.

The Magpies are ball number 28 in the draw, which will be conducted by former England internationals Tony Adams and Micah Richards at the Etihad Stadium.

The ties are set to be played between Friday 3rd and Monday 6th January, with Premier League clubs entering the competition at the third round stage.

Five non-league clubs – AFC Fylde, Boston United, Eastleigh, Hartlepool United and Solihull Moors – remain in the hat.

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 the initial contest ended in a 1-1 draw at St. James’ Park.

Meanwhile, the FA announced on Monday that all Emirates FA Cup third round fixtures will be delayed by one minute to encourage fans to ‘Take A Minute’ to think about looking after their mental health, as part of the Heads Up campaign.

The move will see all 32 ties (excluding replays) kick off one minute later than their traditionally scheduled broadcast and non-broadcast timeslots.

The Heads Up campaign aims to harness the influence and popularity of football to encourage more people – particularly men – to feel comfortable talking about and taking action to improve their mental health, to recognise that mental fitness is just as important as physical fitness, and to draw attention to the simple steps that can be taken to look after mental health and wellbeing.

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