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FA CUP: United drawn away to St Albans City in FA Cup first round

17 October 2016

United drawn away to face St Albans City in the FA Cup

United have been drawn to face National League South outfit St Albans City at Clarence Park in the first round of this season's Emirates FA Cup.

St Albans currently sit in sixth place in their division and are managed by former-Arsenal, Stoke and Colchester winger Ian Allinson.

Allinson played a big part in helping Luton Town reach the FA Cup semi-final in 1988 and was manager of Boreham Wood in November 2013 when the Wood took United to a replay for the right to progress to the second round of this competition.

Manager Keith Curle said: "If we look back to Welling last year, people will know that we'll approach this game in the same way we approach every game we play.

"We'll watch them, we'll do our research and we'll make sure we understand where they can threaten us and how we think they'll come at us.

"St Albans are doing well in their division and they'll see this as a great chance to showcase themselves against higher league opposition. They certainly won't roll over for us and that's why we have to give them the respect and due diligence they deserve in the way prepare.

"It'll be a good game, I have no doubt about that, and I'm sure the fans will enjoy another good day out at a venue they wouldn't otherwise have seen."

United have links with the Saints stretching all the way back to 1995 when the club used Clarence Park as a training venue ahead of the Wembley showpiece final against Birmingham City.

Joint assistant manager Colin West said: "I've been there recently to watch two players. Watford have an agreement to use it as their training ground and I watched Watford Reserves play Crystal Palace Reserves.

"I have to say, it's an excellent ground with a very high quality pitch. I suppose that would have to be the case for a team like Watford to even think about using it.

"It's one I think the fans will enjoy because it's another decent venue to tick off the list. Hopefully we'll perform well because this will be a big game for the home side and we know we'll have to do it properly."

The game will be played on the weekend of 4, 5, 6 and 7 November. Full match details to follow (as soon as they have been confirmed).

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