The Rams draw the League One leaders in the FA Cup

Today’s FA Cup Third Round draw handed the Rams a home tie against League One’s leaders Tranmere Rovers.

1996 was the last time Derby played the Merseyside club, the Rams won the game 6-2 at the Baseball Ground. The last meeting was that long ago that the Baseball Ground was the home of Derby. The last six meetings between the sides have produced a flurry of goals. Here is a quick list of the last six previous meetings- Derby 6-2 Tranmere (watch highlights below), Tranmere 5-1 Derby, Derby 5-0 Tranmere, Tranmere 3-1 Derby, Tranmere 4-0 Derby, Derby 4-0 Tranmere. If the tie, which will be the Rovers’ first trip to Pride Park, is anything like its previous matches then we’re in for a treat.

Tranmere have only lost three games in their league campaign this season and are top of the league on goal difference. The club are managed by Ronnie Moore, who played for them back in the 1970s and returned in the 1980s for a second spell. Welsh striker Jake Cassidy will be one to keep an eye out for, he’s the club’s top goal scorer with eleven goals. Their two FA Cup games so far have been against lower league oppositions, yesterday they beat League Two Chesterfield 2-1 and beat Non-League Braintree 3-0 in the first round.

The Rams have one former Tranmere player amongst their ranks. Gareth Roberts made over 300 appearances for Rovers between 1999 and 2006. During his time at Prenton Park the full-back earned a place in the Wales squad and was part of the Tranmere side that narrowly lost the League Cup final to Leicester City in 2000.

The tie will be played on the week end of the 5/6 January 2013. Here’s the full draw-
Crystal Palace v Stoke, Brighton v Newcastle, Tottenham v Coventry, Wigan v Bournemouth, Fulham v Blackpool, Aston Villa v Ipswich, Charlton v Huddersfield, Barrow/Macclesfield v Cardiff, Barnsley v Burnley, Manchester City v Watford, Swansea v Arsenal, Leicester v Burton, Millwall v Preston, Cheltenham/Hereford v Everton, Derby v Tranmere, Crawley v Reading, Aldershot v Rotherham/Notts County, Middlesbrough v Harrogate/Hastings, Accrington/Oxford v Sheffield United, Southampton v Chelsea, QPR v West Brom, Peterborough v Norwich, Lincoln/Mansfield v Liverpool, Bolton v Sunderland, Nottingham Forest v Oldham, West Ham v Manchester United, Hull v Leyton Orient, Blackburn v Bristol City, Leeds v Birmingham, Bury/Southend v Bradford/Brentford, Luton v Wolves, Sheffield Wednesday v MK Dons.

The most thrilling tie of the round looks to be the tie involving Liverpool, who will travel to the winners of Lincoln and Mansfield’s replay. That’s a huge incentive for the two Non-League sides.

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