HOPEFULLY it's an omen, because Town's top post-War FA Cup wins have been against clubs from the capital.
West Ham have been downed twice, in the 1972 tie described in the main article, and in round three in 1960.
After a 1-1 home draw, Town headed to Upton Park and, on a snowbound surface, skated to a 5-1 win.
Les Massie and Jack Connor each scored twice and Bill McGarry got the other, but it was Denis Law who was the dominant force.
Four years later, Chelsea were on the receiving end at Stamford Bridge in round four.
Len White's late sizzler sealed a 2-1 win.
Kevin McHale had put Town ahead before Bobby Tambling equalised for Chelsea, who had the lion's share of possession.
Fulham, the previous year's beaten finalists, were defeated 3-2 in round three at Craven Cottage in 1976 (Terry Gray (2) and Jimmy Lawson scored).
And at the same stage in 1984, goals by Mark Lillis and Kevin Stonehouse did for Queens Park Rangers.