Reading supporters will be looking out for ball number 32 on Monday 3rd December when the Emirates FA Cup Third Round draw takes place, broadcast live on BBC One from 7.30pm.
It’s our first involvement in this year’s competition and, as always, it’s a hotly anticipated date in the football calendar when the top-tier sides can potentially be drawn against non-League opposition!
We join the other 43 sides from the top two tiers in entering at this stage, along with the 20 teams that progress this weekend in the Second Round – although those games will be subject to a replay if they can’t be separated on the day.
Ruud Gullit, manager of Chelsea’s 1997 FA Cup-winning side, and Paul Ince, winner as a Manchester United player in 1990 and 1994, will be on duty with presenter Mark Chapman at Stamford Bridge on Monday evening.
For Royals fans, we’ll begin dreaming of going down that road to Wembley again… the journey begins here for another year!
As well as the prospect of a Premier League glamour tie, there are also five teams still remaining from the sixth tier ahead of this weekend - including local sides Woking and Slough Town.
The Third Round is scheduled to take place over the weekend of Saturday 5th January 2019.
The full list of ball numbers is as follows:
Emirates FA Cup, Third Round 2018-19
|8||Brighton & Hove Albion|
|30||Preston North End|
|31||Queens Park Rangers|
|41||West Bromwich Albion|
|42||West Ham United|
|45||Guiseley or Fleetwood Town|
|47||Wrexham or Newport County|
|48||Tranmere Rovers or Southport|
|51||Solihull Moors or Blackpool|
|53||Peterborough United or Bradford City|
|61||Walsall or Sunderland|