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FA Cup semi-final draw

last updated Monday 14th March 2005, 1:46 PM
The FA Cup semi-final draw has pitted Arsenal with Blackburn Rovers and Manchester United with Newcastle United.

The prospect of an Arsenal versus Manchester United final is still alive but Blackburn and Newcastle will have their say in two eagerly-anticipated ties.

The clash of the Uniteds is a repeat of the 1999 FA Cup final, which Sir Alex Ferguson's side won 2-0 en route to the Treble.

The last time Newcastle faced The Red Devils at this stage was in 1909, with the men from Manchester recording a 1-0 victory.

Blackburn are in the semi-finals for the first time since 1960 while Arsenal have a tremendous record in the competition under Arsene Wenger.

The two clubs have only ever met once at this stage before, in 1928, when Rovers won at Filbert Street.

Both games will be staged at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, the same venue that will host the final.

The ties will be played on Saturday April 16 and Sunday April 17.
Source SkySport by Adam Marshall

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