Football: Stevenage draw Newcastle in fourth round's plum tie

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Stevenage were rewarded for their giant-killing heroics at Swindon with a fourth-round FA Cup draw at home to Newcastle United yesterday.

Stevenage, struggling in the lower half of the GM Vauxhall Conference this season, are likely to switch the tie to St James' Park, but their manager, Paul Fairclough, said: "We'll leave that up to the powers that be. We've got the draw we wanted."

Stevenage are 5,000-1 outsiders for the Cup, while Manchester United have been installed as 3-1 favourites after being drawn at home to either Peterborough or Walsall.

Middlesbrough's Paul Merson could find himself playing against his old club, Arsenal, if both clubs win their replays against Queen's Park Rangers and Port Vale respectively.

Coventry, having knocked out Liverpool, come up against further Premiership opposition in Derby County at Highfield Road while West Ham, narrow 2- 1 winners against non-League Emley, travel to Maine Road to face struggling Manchester City.

FA Cup fourth-round draw

AFC Bournemouth or Huddersfield Town v Wimbledon or Wrexham

Manchester City v West Ham Utd

Charlton Athletic v Darlington or Wolves

Stevenage Borough v Newcastle Utd

Tottenham Hotspur or Fulham v Barnsley

Queen's Park Rangers or Middlesbrough v Arsenal or Port Vale

Coventry City v Derby County

Leeds Utd v Grimsby Town

Watford or Sheffield Wednesday v Blackburn Rovers

Crystal Palace v Leicester City

Birmingham City v Stockport County

Manchester Utd v Peterborough Utd or Walsall

Bristol Rovers or Ipswich Town v Sheffield Utd or Bury

Cardiff City v Cheltenham Town or Reading

Portsmouth or Aston Villa v West Bromwich or Stoke

Hereford Utd or Tranmere Rovers v Sunderland

Ties to be played weekend of 24/25/26 January