Watford could set up the chance to repeat of one of their most famous victories after the draw for the quarter-final of the FA Cup was made this evening.
The Hornets have been paired with either Arsenal or Hull City, who will replay their fifth-round tie, and should Arsene Wenger’s side progress, it will bring back memories of the memorable last-eight win over the Gunners in 1987. Luther Blissett scored twice and John Barnes got the other, while David Bardsley arguably had the game of his life, as Graham Taylor’s side won 3-1 at Highbury.
A trip to the Emirates could be special for Troy Deeney as his son, Myles, is an Arsenal fan. Watford lost 3-0 to Arsenal earlier in the season and are already scheduled to play the Gunners at the Emirates on April 2.
However, no Arsenal fan will be counting their chickens at progressing through to the last eight as they have to go and win at the KC Stadium first. Hull drew 0-0 at the Emirates yesterday and are riding high in the Championship. A date for the replay has not been confirmed.
Watford last met Hull in the FA Cup in 1988 when it took two replays to win the third-round tie 1-0 at Vicarage Road.
Away teams are entitled to 15 per cent of the capacity of the home side’s ground for FA Cup ties so Watford could take as many as 9,000 fans to Arsenal and 3,800 to Hull. The tie, to be played on March 11/12/13/14, is worth £360,000 to the winner. Watford have already banked £337,500 on the back of their run so far.
Watford’s quarter-final history:
1931/32: Newcastle (a) L 5-0
1969/70: Liverpool (h) W 1-0
1979/80: Arsenal (h) L 2-1
1983/84: Birmingham (a) W 3-1
1985/86: Liverpool (a) 0-0 (lost 2-1 AET in a replay)
1986/87: Arsenal (a) W 3-1
1987/88: Wimbledon (a) L 2-1
02/03: Burnley (h) W 2-0
06/07: Plymouth (a) W 1-0.