Wolves facing FA Cup mission at non-league Luton

Wolves have been handed a tricky tie at non-league Luton with Mick McCarthy set to make a return to the West Midlands in the FA Cup third round.

FA Cup

Stale Solbakken’s first taste of FA Cup action will be at Kenilworth Road after the Blue Square Premier Hatters beat Dorchester 2-1 in the second round.

It will be the first meeting between the sides since Karl Henry hit a second-half Wolves winner in a 3-2 victory in 2007.

Villa will host Championship strugglers Ipswich, who appointed McCarthy as their new boss last month. Villa spoke to McCarthy, sacked by Wolves in February, about succeeding Alex McLeish in the summer before moving for Paul Lambert.

Albion go to QPR just 10 days after travelling to Loftus Road to face them in the Premier League on Boxing Day.

Birmingham travel to Leeds – who they beat 1-0 at Elland Road in the Championship in October – while holders Chelsea visit Southampton. West Ham host Manchester United and Arsenal get the chance to avenge their 2-0 defeat to Swansea at the weekend after being handed a trip to the Liberty Stadium while Manchester City welcome Gianfranco Zola’s Watford.

The winners of the replay between Lincoln, who beat Walsall in the first round, and Mansfield will bag a money-spinning tie against Liverpool after their 3-3 draw on Saturday.

Tottenham host Coventry in a repeat of the 1987 final, which the Sky Blues won 3-2, and MK Dons’ reward for winning their grudge match over AFC Wimbledon 2-1 yesterday is a game at Sheffield Wednesday.

Full draw:

Crystal Palace v Stoke; Brighton v Newcastle; Tottenham v Coventry; Wigan v AFC Bournemouth; Fulham v Blackpool; Villa v Ipswich; Charlton v Huddersfield; Barrow/Macclesfield v Cardiff; Barnsley v Burnley; Man City v Watford; Swansea v Arsenal; Leicester v Burton;Millwall v Preston; Cheltenham/Hereford v Everton; Derby v Tranmere; Crawley v Reading; Aldershot v Rotherham/Notts County; Middlesbrough v Harrogate/Hastings; Accrington/Oxford Utd v Sheff Utd; Southampton v Chelsea; QPR v Albion; Peterborough v Norwich; Lincoln/Mansfield v Liverpool; Bolton v Sunderland; Nottm Forest v Oldham; West Ham v Man Utd; Hull v Alfreton/Leyton Orient; Blackburn v Bristol City; Leeds v Birmingham; Bury/Southend v Bradford/Brentford; Luton v Wolves; Sheff Wednesday v M K Dons.

Ties to be played on the weekend of the 5/6 of January.

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Comments for: "Wolves facing FA Cup mission at non-league Luton"


"Tricky" tie at Luton town? I'm all for avoiding complacency but I can't see this game being too tricky!

scouse baggie

This could be a chorley. Come on u hatters.

Stato's Boring Brother

Or a Woking. Oh no they were a lot lower than that when thesuy put 4 past the baggies.


"Tricky" tie, really? a non league side? i can understand has the money would do them the world of good and they will fight, but we're a proffesional side and should see them out surely? COYW


hillzie are you saying Luton are not proffesional - do you really live in the real world?? ALL the teams that have won The Blue Square Premier have gone straight through div 2, and div 1 is now feeling the power of teams like Crawley and Stevenage who have hardly changed their sides since promotion from non league. Not only that there are teams in this league with bigger budgets than some championship sides. There are no amateur teams in our league and I really hope Wolves come to Luton with your complacency because you will get a shock as Southampton nearly did at St Mary's 2 years ago. COYH.

Maggie c. Hatter

So are we a professional side.

Don't let facts spoil your complacency

Stato's Boring Brother

I see this as a potential banana skin and just hope that SS doesn't underestimate Luton as they are still a full time professional side. I certainly won't be shouting my mouth off until (hopefully) we're safely into the 4th round. UTW

Cheso Wolf

SB - Or even a Woking?


Luton are a professional side as well. All players are full-time. Beat a full strength Ipswich comfortably in pre season, and in the past couple of years have taken Charlton to a replay and Southampton only just edged past them at St Marys. They'll have 8000-9000 fans going and will be well up for it. Tricky tie for Wolves I reckon


Stuart Fleetwood is quite a prolific striker at non-league level I know, otherwise I'm not sure we have too much to worry about if we take the game seriously. However if we take path of recent years we will play a few first teamers and some kids, go behind, throw in some more first teamers scrape a draw, go back to Molineux moaning about an extra game we should never have played, draw 0-0 and go out on penalties. Let's hope Stale takes the Cup more seriously than Mick ever did,

Nick Pirie

Us Luton Hatter will batter you Wolfs ! 3-0 I reckon, Fleets, Gray and Rendell.

Buckles going to Wembley his knees have gone all trembly


Do you really think that Luton are not a pro side?! You're in for a surprise mate!

Cyril Randle

Don't get lost finding your way through the old houses to get to the turnsiles you Wulfies. But 'Tricky Tie' ? Someone on the E&S loves you such a lot. Now had you drawn Man.U. at Old Trafford, that would have been easy.


i've wtnessed some poor Wolves performances at Luton in the past.A potential banana skin.

wocester hatter

pro side we always have been ,the blue square prem is a tough league full of ex league clubs trying to get out,it will be a good game our home form is not that good this year ,and wovles are not on good form,we will be up for it as underdogs the pressure will be off us which may give us the edge ,will be nice for foley and edwards to return,the fans will give them a warm welcome,looking foward to a great game


Tricky Tie sums up the match to perfection. If it was at molineux then Luton would just give it their best shot, they are not expected to win in the slightest. But at kenilworth road, don't be surprised if it gets televised because it could be the biggest FA Cup shock this year. Ask Kevin Foley if he thinks its gonna be an easy game! COYH


wolves away to luton this will be a hard fought game the FAcup brings out the best in smaller teams and magor team fall because of complancy, i do believe my beloved wolves will win , but heads down boys and go for it. wolves aye we.

Bedford Wolf

Come on now Luton fans - even the most ardent Hatters fans accept that Luton have been poor and have underperformed this season and this is NOT going to be a tricky tie even if there are 8,000+ fans there (wow! as many as that? lol) against players who have in the main been playing against Man U, Man C, Arsenal etc for the past 3 seasons in front of 60,000+ fans. I predict a comfortable 3-0 Wolves win against a poor Conference side. Amateur? No of course not - although the ground, its surroundings and its facilities are decidedly amateur!

Wulfrunian Pom

I wonder if Port Vale thought Chasetown were going to be easy in 2007?

Non League sides hanker for a shot at the big boys in the FA Cup.

I would'nt take this one for granted!


Success in the FA Cup is no priority for Wolves. It's a distraction and a potential source of injury. The focus should remain on improving their league position. An early exit would be a benefit, and key players should not be risked

Golden Blood

I know we have to be a professional side and get the job done Hillzie. (I think our Luton friends felt you were suggesting they are part timers).

I live near Luton so this will be a nice local drive for me. Will be interesting to see if Stale respects the competition.

Luton can be a plucky little outfit. But I really struggle to see how they could get anything out of this game. But stranger things have happened.

New York Wolves

This game will be a wake up call for wolves. They will see what can happen

to a top flight team in a few years (not that we don't already know it) if the game time

issues we currently have are not addressed this month. It will be a tough game, probably televised.

We can win with the right team and the confidence that will come from getting back to winning

ways this december.

A good FA Cup run this year lads!

tony paradise

the last time we played luton away in the f a cup I saw a -4- 1 wolves win in the 5th round, followed by victory at wembley in 1960

I fully expect our current outfit to struggle in this tie, oh for flowers ,broadbent and deeley.

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