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FA Cup 3rd round sees Jamie vardy return to Fleetwood

 The third round of the FA Cup is one of the most 'romantic' days in the football calendar.

It always throws up a tale or two, and none more-so than the return of Jamie Vardy to Fleetwood Town.

Vardy was an unknown at Halifax Town when Fleetwood, on the verge of the football League signed Vardy in 2011. He scored 31 goals in just over 30 games for Fleetwood.

In May 2012, Vardy signed for Leicester City in the Championship for a non-League record transfer fee of £1 million, and helped the team win the Championship in 2014.

Vardy has stayed loyal to the Foxes but seems likely to miss out in the game through injury. He is certain of a great reception though.

Not many in the current Preston North End set up will know Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth, but the former winger played not once, but three times for North End in his long career and he is revered by the North End faithful. ironically, Wycombe beat Preston in the Wembley play-offs way back in 1994 when Martin O'Neil was at their helm.

Another clash with romantic overtones is Tottenham's game with AFC Wimbledon. It will be the first time the South London club have played at Wembley since they beat Liverpool for a famous win under the 'Crazy Gang' back in the 1990s. It has taken them over 20 years to get back to this level.

And so the list goes on ... but a top six side has won eight of the last ten FA Cups - the exceptions being Wigan and Portsmouth - there may well be romance but money talks in the end. Manchester United and Liverpool both reached round four after home wins on Friday night and Arsenal, Spurs, Manchester City and Chelsea will expect to join them.



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