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A look at our FA Cup Third Round opponents

3 December 2019

Following Monday night's FA Cup Third Round draw, we take a look at our opponents at the start of January - with League One Blackpool set to come to Madejski Stadium.

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Royals draw Blackpool in FA Cup Third Round

2 December 2019

The draw was made at the Etihad Stadium on Monday, and is one of the blue riband events of the domestic football calendar. 

It will also be a particularly fond occasion for Reading midfielder Charlie Adam, who helped Blackpool to promotion to the Premier League in the 2009-10 season, and is still very highly regarded at Bloomfield Road.

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Adam spoke of his delight at the draw as it happened, when he appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live on Monday night.

"It's the perfect tie for me, I'm delighted," he smiled. "It's a great opportunity because I've never been able to play against Blackpool, so I'm buzzing.

"I'm like a school kid, it's great for everybody at the club. It's what the FA Cup does to you, especially when you've got such good memories.”

The last decade for Blackpool has been a rollercoaster affair to say the least, though. After their Premier League campaign back in the 2010-11 campaign, the Tangerines threatened to get back to the top flight with two consecutive runs to the Play-Offs.

However, the start of the 2014-15 season saw the departure of 27 players and a crisis at Bloomfield Road, with the club subsequently relegated from the Championship with just 26 points.

That season saw the last meetings between the teams, with Reading comfortably winning 3-0 at Madejski Stadium back in October 2014.

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The dive in league standings continued the following year, with the Tangerines going down to League Two after just one season in League One, but bounced straight back at the first attempt, courtesy of a Play-Off victory over Exeter City at Wembley.

This season has seen Blackpool overcome their long-running off-field issues, with the club being taken over in the summer and the appointment of Simon Grayson as manager for a second spell at Bloomfield Road.

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Since then, supporters have returned to Blackpool and the Seasiders are going well in League One this season. They are currently on a run of eight matches unbeaten in the third tier, and have climbed to 8th in the table as it stands.

Striker, Armand Gnanduillet is their talisman up front, having already scored 12 times in all competitions this season, with former Liverpool midfielder, Jay Spearing and former Newcastle goalkeeper, Jak Alnwick also currently among Blackpool's ranks.

Ticketing details and a date for the match is to be confirmed, and the club will confirm exact fixture arrangements in due course.


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