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Dover Athletic draw Premier League Crystal Palace at Crabble in the FA Cup third round


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Non-league Dover will host Premier League Crystal Palace in the third round of the FA Cup.

Whites will entertain Palace at a sell-out Crabble in the first week in January after the draw, which was made in Hull on Monday evening, handed them one of the biggest ties possible.

Dover defender Sean Francis said: "It doesn't get any better than playing against one (a Premier League side) and to do it at home. You couldn't ask for more.

"Everyone associated with the club will be buzzing now and really looking forward to it. Christmas has come early."

Palace, managed by Neil Warnock, currently lie in 15th place in the Premier League, one point above the relegation zone.

Francis, who joined Whites on a one-year deal in the summer from Bishop’s Stortford, will now come up against a former team-mate. Palace striker Dwight Gayle played with him at Stortford and Francis is looking forward to the challenge.

He said: "He's been going well, so I'll have to make sure that doesn't happen at Crabble."

Dover have reached this stage after a second-round victory at Cheltenham on Sunday thanks to Connor Essam's late goal.

Whites overcame Eastbourne Borough following a replay in the fourth qualifying round and then beat League 2 Morecambe at Crabble in the first round.

See our picture gallery from the weekend win at Cheltenham by clicking here.

Sean Francis leads the Dover celebrations after the 1-0 FA Cup win at Cheltenham last season Picture: Ady Kerry
Sean Francis leads the Dover celebrations after the 1-0 FA Cup win at Cheltenham last season Picture: Ady Kerry

The tie will be played between the 3rd and 6th of January.

FA Cup third round full draw:

Arsenal v Hull City

Southampton v Ipswich

Stoke City v Wrexham

Charlton Athletic v Blackburn Rovers

Dover Athletic v Crystal Palace

AFC Wimbledon v Liverpool

Manchester City v Sheffield Wednesday

Aldershot/Rochdale v Nottingham Forest

West Bromwich Albion v Gateshead

Blyth Spartans v Birmingham City

Aston Villa v Blackpool

Rotherham United v AFC Bournemouth

Huddersfield Town v Reading

Oxford United/Tranmere Rovers v Swansea City

Cardiff City v Colchester United

Bolton Wanderers v Wigan Athletic

Sunderland v Leeds United

Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur

Millwall v Bradford City

Derby County v Southport

Brentford v Brighton & Hove Albion

Fulham v Wolverhampton Wanderers

Leicester City v Newcastle United

Scunthorpe/Worcester City v Chesterfield

Everton v West Ham United

Cambridge United/Mansfield v Bury/Luton Town

Chelsea v Watford

Barnsley/Chester v Middlesbrough

Queens Park Rangers v Sheffield United

Accrington/Yeovil Town v Manchester United

Preston North End v Norwich City

Doncaster Rovers v Bristol City

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