Boro have been handed an Emirates FA Cup third round tie at home to either Peterborough United or Bradford City. We take a look at our Cup history against both teams…
The League One sides will face off in a second round replay next Tuesday (Tuesday December 11), with a trip to the Riverside in early January up for grabs.
We have only ever been pitted against the Posh once in the FA Cup, a fifth round meeting at London Road in 1975.
Despite going behind, Boro forced the tie into a replay against the then Third Division side, with David Mills grabbing the equaliser.
The replay was played three days later, and Boro booked a place in the next round courtesy of an Alan Foggon double at Ayresome Park.
A third round meeting with the Posh could see reunions on both sides, with former Boro Academy man Callum Cooke a part of Steve Evans’ squad at London Road, while Britt Assombalonga enjoyed a successful season with Peterborough in 2013/14, scoring an impressive 33 goals in 58 games in all competitions, including one in the Football League Trophy final triumph over Chesterfield.
We’ve been drawn with the Bantams in the competition on three occasions, the first coming back in 1915 in the second round when Bradford were 1-0 winners at Valley Parade.
The West Yorkshire-based side triumphed the next time we faced each other in the FA Cup 16 years on. After a 1-1 draw on our home turf, we headed to Valley Parade for a replay with Bradford claiming a 2-1 victory.
Our most recent clash in the FA Cup with the Bantams came at the third round stage in 2001, with Hamilton Ricard’s right-footed strike into the top right corner helped us progress to the fourth round.
Striker George Miller is currently on a season-long loan with Bradford, and has netted twice in 23 appearances for the League One outfit so far this campaign.
Our third round tie against either Peterborough or Bradford is scheduled to take place over the weekend of Saturday January 5 2019.