There must have been a collective groan at John Street police station at just after 7.15 this evening, as for the first time since 1976, Brighton and Hove Albion have drawn Crystal Palace in the FA Cup.
Less than six weeks after the off-field drama at the Amex last Tuesday the teams will meet again at the Amex over the weekend of the 5th -8th January 2018.
It is of course very likely the match will be played on Sunday 7th January with a 11:30am or 12 noon kick off.
The antics of the so called Palace Ultras at the Amex last week will ensure a Friday evening or Saturday afternoon match is unlikely
Whatever the recent history it’s a mouthwatering tie.