Crewe or Sheff U In Round Number Two
10th November 2014
ARGYLE have been drawn away to Crewe or Sheffield United in the second round of the FA Cup.The Pilgrims will meet either the Railwaymen or the Blades on the weekend of December 5-8.
Alex and United drew 0-0 on Saturday; they will replay at Brammall Lane on November 18 to determine where we are to travel in the next round.
Crewe, managed by Steve Davis, are currently bottom of Sky Bet League 1. The last time we played them was in 2011-12, when Crewe did the double over us. We have played them in the FA Cup twice - in 1936-37, and in 1950-51. Argyle won on both occasions, although needed a replay in 1950, when George Dews and Bill Strauss saw the Pilgrims through.
Sheffield United are eighth in League 1, having amassed 26 points from their 15 games. They are managed by Nigel Clough. Last season they reached the FA Cup semi-final, losing 5-3 to Hull City at Wembley.
We have only met them in one cup tie in our history - in the League Cup - in 1964-65, when Frank Lord's brace was enough to give Argyle a 2-1 win.
We have not met the Blades in League action for five seasons - since we were in the Championship - although our last encounter was very exciting. Argyle lost by the odd goal in seven, in a game in which our goals were scored by Yala Bolasie, Joe Mason and Jamie Mackie.
United's average attendance this season is almost 20,000 - the highest in League 1 by some margin - and they may well enjoy the visit of Sheffield Wednesday legend John Sheridan to Bramall Lane, should they win their replay.