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Lowdown on FA Cup quarter-finalists

16 February 2015

Quarter-finals take place across weekend March 7/8

ALBION will find out their FA Cup quarter-final opponents when the eagerly-anticipated draw takes place shortly after 7.30pm tonight.

Here, we give you the lowdown on each of the teams still remaining in the last eight of the world's oldest domestic cup competition.

Ball No.1 – Liverpool
• Seven-time winners of the FA Cup, most recently in 2006 when they beat West Ham 3-1 on penalties after an exhilarating 3-3 draw at the Millennium Stadium.
• The last time the Baggies met the Reds in the FA Cup they won 2-1 at Maine Road in a sixth-round second replay on their way to lifting the trophy, the year? 1968.
• The two sides have met 10 times in the tournament of the years, with Albion winning four of those (W4, D3, L3).
• Albion’s last victory against Liverpool came in a 2-0 win at Anfield on February 11, 2013. Two late goals from Gareth McAuley and Romelu Lukaku sealing the three points.
• The earliest fixture between the two clubs was in 1894, with the Baggies sealing a 5-0 win on home soil. 

Ball No.2 - Arsenal 
• The Gunners are the reigning FA Cup holders having triumphed 3-2 over Hull at Wembley last season.
• Arsenal have won the FA Cup 11 times (the joint-most successful in the cup’s history alongside Manchester United).
• Of the eight times that Albion have faced Arsenal in the FA Cup they have come out winners on four occasions (W4 D2 L2).
• The last time the Baggies beat the Gunners was back in 2010. Goals from Peter Odemwingie, Gonzalo Jara and Jerome Thomas were enough to hold off a Samir Nasri-inspired comeback in a 3-2 victory.
• Albion’s biggest victory against Arsenal came in a 7-0 home win back in 1922.

Ball No.3 - Aston Villa
• Albion and Villa have clashed 15 times in FA Cup history.
• In the last eight meetings between the two clubs Villa have only won once, with Albion winning three and four finishing all square.
• The two clubs contested three FA Cup finals between 1887 and 1895, with Albion triumphing 3-0 to lift the trophy in 1892.
• The last time the Baggies won an FA Cup fixture against Villa was back in 1925 when 60,015 were at Villa Park to witness a 2-1 away win.
• Albion stood alongside Villa in becoming one of the 12 founder members of William McGregor’s Football League in March 1888.

Ball No.4 - West Bromwich Albion

Ball No.5 - Bradford
• The two sides have only ever met twice in the FA cup, once in 1909, a game which Bradford won, and again in 2003 when Albion progressed to the next round.
• The last game these two teams contested was ten years ago - a 4-1 win for the Baggies at The Hawthorns in the Carling Cup.
• Bradford have knocked out two Premier League sides (Chelsea and Sunderland) on their way to this year's quarter-finals.
• The Bantams' roll of honour lays claim to one FA Cup success, triumphing in 1911 against Newcastle.
• Of the 54 games that these two sides have contested, it is Albion who have claimed the most wins: 22 to Bradford’s 15.

Ball No.6 - Blackburn
• The first contest between these two clubs happened 130 years ago in the FA cup, a game which Blackburn won 2-0. 
• Albion registered a thumping 8-1 victory against Blackburn at The Hawthorns in 1936.
• The FA cup final of 19885/86 was contested between these two sides and decided courtesy of a replay. Blackburn ran out eventual winners at the Racecourse Ground in Derby.
• Blackburn’s record goalscorer, Simon Garner, went on to play for Albion. 
• In the last ten years, the two teams have met nine times, with Albion's record W3 D3 L3.

Ball No.7 - Reading
• Current Reading manager is former Baggies boss Steve Clarke. He joined The Royals on December 16, 2014.
• Shane Long scored the only goal to knock Albion out of the cup in 2011, before duly signing for Albion later that summer.
• Five of the last nine meetings between the Throstles and Royals have been in the FA Cup, the Berkshire club winning three of those and two ending in draws. 
• The two sides have met 39 times in all competitions, with Albion winning the majority of those (W18, D9, L12).
• Reading have never participated in an FA Cup final at any point in their 144-year history.

Ball No.8 - Manchester United/Preston
• Manchester United are the joint-most successful team in the FA Cup’s history, with 11 trophies to their name. Arsenal are the only other side to boast such a record.
• Albion have faced United six times in the FA Cup and have only ever lost once (W2 D3 L1).
• The highest-scoring game between these two sides came in an exhilarating 5-5 draw at The Hawthorns in 2013 - Sir Alex Ferguson's final match in charge of United.
• New Baggies skipper Darren Fletcher won a host of honours at United as a player including five Premier League titles, one FA Cup, a Champions League and a FIFA Club World Cup.

• In the 1954 FA Cup final, Preston were on the receiving end of a 3-2 beating from Albion.
• Albion stood alongside North End in becoming one of the 12 founder members of William McGregor’s football league in March 1888.
• Of the eight times that these two clubs have met in the FA cup, the Baggies have come out victorious on six occasions (W6 D0 L2).
• Albion triumphed 2-0 at Deepdale in their last FA Cup meeting, Robert Earnshaw's brace sealing victory in 2005.
• In Preston's all-time XI, as voted for by fans, one of two central midfielders was Sean Gregan. Gregan played 79 times for West Brom between 2002 and 2004 before leaving to join Leeds.

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