FA Cup third round date and kick-off time confirmed

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West Ham United will host Birmingham City at London Stadium in the Emirates FA Cup third round at 12.30pm on Saturday 5 January 2019.

Garry Monk’s Birmingham go into the weekend ninth in the EFL Championship table, with 30 points from their opening 20 games of the season.

The tie, which will pit Joint-Chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold and Vice-Chairman Karren Brady against the club they ran from 1993-2009, will be the fourth time the two clubs have met in the world’s most-famous knockout competition.

The first meeting, in the sixth round on 4 March 1933, drew a record-setting 44,232-strong crowd to the Boleyn Ground, although this attendance figure has since been questioned by historians!

Walter Pollard, Arthur Wilson, Jackie Morton and an own-goal from Birmingham’s Ned Barkas saw the Hammers prevail 4-0.

The Irons were the holders and kicking-off their defence when they welcomed the Blues to east London in the third round on 9 January 1965. Geoff Hurst scored twice and Johnny Byrne and John Sissons once each in a 4-2 win over their First Division rivals.

The most-recent FA Cup meeting came in the fifth round at St Andrews on 18 February 1984, when John Lyall’s side were beaten 3-0, with Robert Hopkins, Tony Rees and a Billy Wright penalty doing the damage.

The Hammers last faced Birmingham in any competition during the 2011/12 promotion-winning Championship season, when the teams shared the points with a 1-1 Boxing Day draw at St Andrews and a 3-3 Easter Monday thriller at the Boleyn Ground.

Full fixture and ticketing details will follow in due course and will be published on whufc.com