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GUNNERS YEARS: Skipper Rice apprehensive after sixth round draw

PUBLISHED: 15:42 18 February 2009 | UPDATED: 15:57 07 September 2010

1978: FA Cup favourites Arsenal are drawn against either Blyth Spartans or Wrexham in the sixth round of the FA Cup. Ladbrokes cut the Gunners odds from 5/2 to 2/1 after the draw, but skipper Pat Rice is mildly apprehensive. I m sure either club will gi

1978:

FA Cup favourites Arsenal are drawn against either Blyth Spartans or Wrexham in the sixth round of the FA Cup.

Ladbrokes cut the Gunners odds from 5/2 to 2/1 after the draw, but skipper Pat Rice is mildly apprehensive.

"I'm sure either club will give us a hard game but if I could have picked a draw it would have been this one," admitted Rice.

"It's got to be better than travelling to Nottingham Forest or Derby County."

Spartans' fifth round home tie with Wrexham, to be played at Newcastle's St James's Park, has been postponed due to heavy snow in the north-east. Arsenal had beaten Walsall 4-1 at home in the previous round - 45 years after the tiny Midlands club had famously knocked Herbert Chapman's Gunners out of the competition.


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