Chelsea drawn against non-league Chesterfield FC in FA Cup third round

Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images One for the ages Chelsea are set to another competition to the already congested fixture list in a month’s time, as we begin our latest FA Cup adventure, in the third round as usual in early January. In fact, the draw for the third round was held just a couple short hours ago. And fortunately we got just about as favorable of a draw as possible, with a home tie against non-league Chesterfield FC, who were relegated from League Two in 2018 and have been stuck in the fifth tier of the football pyramid ever since — though they are currently leading their division (the “National League”), having lost just 1 game from 17 played so far this season. We’ve actually played against the Spireites eight times in our history, though none since 1950. We only lost one of those eight meetings, our very first ever, in October 1905. That was in fact the ninth match played in the history of Chelsea Football Club and only the fourth ever at Stamford Bridge. “Unbelievable… It’s a dream come true”Chesterfield manager James Rowe reacts to tonight's FA Cup 3rd round draw, with the #Spireites set to meet European Champions Chelsea@BBCSheffield @BBCLookNorth#BBCFACup #BBCFootball— Rob Staton (@robstaton) December 6, 2021 The darwn in full for the FA Cup third round, with 32 matches to take place between January 7th and 10th, is as follows: Boreham Wood/St Albans City vs. AFC WimbledonYeovil Town vs. BournemouthStoke City vs. Leyton OrientSwansea City vs. SouthamptonChelsea vs. ChesterfieldLiverpool vs. Shrewsbury TownCardiff City vs. Preston North EndCoventry City vs. Derby CountyBurnley vs. Huddersfield TownWest Bromwich Albion vs. BrightonKidderminster Harriers vs. ReadingLeicester City vs. WatfordMansfield Town vs. MiddlesbroughHartlepool United vs. BlackpoolHull City vs. EvertonBristol City vs. FulhamTottenham Hotspur vs. MorecambeMillwall vs. Crystal PalacePort Vale vs. BrentfordSwindon Town vs. Manchester CityWigan Athletic vs. Blackburn RoversLuton Town vs. Harrogate TownBirmingham City vs. Plymouth ArgyleManchester United vs. Aston VillaWolves vs. Sheffield UnitedNewcastle United vs. Cambridge UnitedBarnsley vs. Ipswich Town/BarrowPeterborough United vs. Bristol RoversWest Ham vs. Leeds UnitedQueens Park Rangers vs. Rotherham UnitedCharlton Athletic vs. Norwich CityNottingham Forest vs. Arsenal