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Two days after Burnley’s draw at Lincoln in the FA Cup 3rd round in 1960, we learned that our next opponents would be Swansea Town should we win the replay.

Again the balls went into the blue velvet bag in the FA Council Chamber (32 of them for this round) with BBC Radio allowed in to broadcast the draw live to the nation which was always a dramatic event.

Having been drawn last in the 3rd round, we had the last number in the bag, number 32, and when we were finally drawn out we were paired with number 1 and a trip to the Vetch Field to play Swansea Town. We still had the matter of an important replay, but Swansea had won through with a comfortable 4-1 win at Gillingham.

This was a similar sort of draw to the 3rd round against Lincoln City. At the time of the draw Lincoln were thirteenth in the Second Division with 24 points, Swansea Town sat in tenth place with one point more. It promised be a tough tie though, Swansea had lost only once at home all season and that was against Sunderland. They’d had some good home wins in the league including a 6-1 victory against Plymouth and a 5-4 success against Liverpool.

The tie, should we beat Lincoln in the third round replay, would be played on Saturday 30th January 1960.

The full draw

Liverpool v Manchester United
Southampton v Watford
Leicester City v Fulham
Sunderland or Blackburn Rovers v Blackpool
Sheffield Wednesday v Peterborough United
Newcastle United or Wolverhampton Wanderers v Charlton Athletic
Crewe Alexandra v Tottenham Hotspur
West Bromwich Albion v Bury or Bolton Wanderers
Sheffield United v Nottingham Forest
Bristol Rovers or Doncaster Rovers v Stoke City or Preston North End
Bradford City v Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic
Chelsea v Aston Villa
Scunthorpe United v Port Vale
Huddersfield Town or West Ham United v Luton Town
Swansea Town v Lincoln City or Burnley
Rotherham United or Arsenal v Brighton & Hove Albion

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