Filed: Sunday, 25th January 2009
By: Staff Writer
West Ham United will play Middlesbrough at the Boleyn Ground in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
West Ham, number five in the pot were the fifth team drawn out of the hat by former 'Boro defender Gary Pallister; ex-Spurs hero Gary Mabbutt picking the away teams.
The Hammers, unbeaten in their last four meetings with Middlesbrough last lost at home to the Teesiders back in 1999 when a second half Brian Deane strike was enough to seperate the sides.
But somewhat more memorably, the last meeting between the two sides in this competition came just two years ago when Marlon Harewood's volley was enough to win an action-packed semi-final 1-0 at Villa Park.
The teams have only met on three other occasions in the FA Cup - firstly in February 1912 when the Hammers saw 'Boro off after a replay at the Boleyn Ground and then in 1969 when 'Boro scored their only competition win against United thanks to a 2-1 win at Ayresome Park - a game most notable for Bobby Moore and Billy Bonds sarcastically clapping the officials off the pitch after three key decisions went against Ron Greenwood's side.
All ties will be played on the weekend of 14th February.
FA Cup fifth round draw
Sheffield Utd v Hull City
Watford v Chelsea
West Ham Utd v Middlesbrough
Sunderland or Blackburn v Coventry City
Derby or Nottingham Forest v Manchester Utd
Swansea v Fulham
Liverpool or Everton v Doncaster or Aston Villa
Cardiff or Arsenal v West Brom or Burnley
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