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Southampton await the Winners

By: Rob Sedgwick
Date: 30/01/2023

GRIMSBY will have to travel to Southampton for the FA Cup 5th Round if they manage to overcome Luton in next week's replay at Blundell Park. The 5th Round is midweek this year, so travel might be hard for some supporters, but it's a nice problem to have compared to where we were 12 months ago.

Town's fixture congestion is a victim of their own success and it's going to be a frenetic next few weeks with Sat-Tue-Sat fixtures for most of the remainder of the season. The 31st of January is also transfer deadline day so Grimsby will be hoping to boost their squad in the final hours.

The draw, unlike previous rounds, saw the top sides largely avoid one another

Southampton v Luton Town or Grimsby Town
Leicester City v Blackburn Rovers or Birmingham City
Stoke City v Brighton & Hove Albion
Wrexham or Sheffield United v Tottenham Hotspur
Fulham or Sunderland v Leeds United
Bristol City v Manchester City
Manchester United v Derby County or West Ham United
Ipswich Town or Burnley v Sheffield Wednesday or Fleetwood Town

Fixtures to be played on Wednesday 1 March 2023.

Should Grimsby face Southampton it would be their first meeting since 1977. Town have only waited longer for a chance to play Man Utd, who they last faced in 1948. Every other team in English football have been paired with the Mariners in recent decades,

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