Sixth-tier Kidderminster Harriers had dreamed of a big fourth round tie as a reward for causing an FA Cup sensation at Reading – and they’ve received their wish after being drawn at home to Premier League side West Ham in the fourth round.
The National League North side made it past the third round for the first time in 35 years on Saturday by beating Championship side Reading 2-1.
They could not have been more delighted when the draw for the last-32 paired them with West Ham, who are currently fifth in the top-flight and knocked out Leeds 2-0 on Sunday.
The other ‘non-league’ team to make it to the last-32 – fifth-tier Boreham Wood, of the National League – were also handed a tough trip to Championship leaders Bournemouth.
Third-tier Cambridge, who wrote the biggest story of the round with their astonishing win at moneybags Newcastle, have landed a draw at home to Championship side Luton.
There were three guaranteed all-Premier League matchups — Everton versus Brentford, Tottenham against Brighton and Wolverhampton hosting Norwich while the biggest guns got home draws against lower-league opposition.
Defending Premier League champions Manchester City will host Fulham, Liverpool will play Cardiff and Chelsea have been drawn with Plymouth.
Nottingham Forest’s reward for causing another big shock by knocking out Arsenal is to host holders Leicester.
FA Cup fourth round draw:
Crystal Palace v Hartlepool
Bournemouth v Boreham Wood
Huddersfield v Barnsley
Peterborough v Queens Park Rangers
Cambridge United v Luton Town
Southampton v Coventry
Chelsea v Plymouth
Everton v Brentford
Kidderminster v West Ham
Manchester United or Aston Villa v Middlesbrough
Tottenham v Brighton
Liverpool v Cardiff
Stoke v Wigan
Nottingham Forest v Leicester
Manchester City v Fulham
Wolverhampton v Norwich