Huddersfield Town will look to make the fourth round of the FA Cup for the third time in as many seasons against Reading after the draw for the third round was made yesterday evening.

The Terriers will host the Royals at the John Smith's Stadium between January 3 and 6, 2015 in a repeat of the 1985/1986 third-round clash, which finished 1-1 at Leeds Road before the Berkshire outfit won the replay 2-1.

While Town fans hoped in vain for a Premier League big gun to come their way in the draw, with the likes of Accrington Stanley or Yeovil Town set to host Manchester United and AFC Wimbledon at home to Liverpool, a home match against the Royals represents a tangible opportunity to reach the fourth round once more.

But how have Town fared when they have been in the third round in recent years?

Here we take a look at their last five FA Cup third-round encounters, some of which ended well and others less so.

2007/2008 - Huddersfield Town 2-1 Birmingham City

Town's last big giantkilling in the FA Cup was at home to then Premier League outfit Birmingham as Chris Brandon's dramatic late winner put Town into the hat for round four.

The Terriers stole into a fourth-minute lead against Alex McLeish's men when Luke Beckett capitalised on poor defending from Radhi Jaidi and charitable goalkeeping from Maik Taylor to follow up after Danny Schofield's shot had been spilled.

But the Blues came back through Garry O'Connor 15 minutes later when Town goalkeeper Matt Glennon parried Fabrice Muamba's strike straight to the frontman, who slotted home.

It was Town, though, who would have the last laugh as, after hitting the crossbar and being denied by Taylor, Brandon latched onto a Beckett cross to volley home and sent the home fans into raptures.

Town exited the competition at the fifth-round stage, losing 3-1 at Chelsea.

Former Huddersfield Town midfielder Chris Brandon
Former Huddersfield Town midfielder Chris Brandon
 

2009/2010 - Huddersfield Town 0-2 West Bromwich Albion

Having lost 4-3 at home to Port Vale in round one in 2008/2009, the following season was Town's next third-round clash and it came against fellow Championship opposition at the time in West Brom.

Tony Mowbray's side came out on top 2-0 thanks to late goals from Graham Dorrans and Chris Wood, with the Baggies full value for their win against a disappointing Town side.

The Terriers' best opportunity fell to Gary Roberts in the second half from a Jordan Rhodes pass, but he could only fire straight at Scott Carson from eight yards out.

The deadlock was broken when Town gifted their visitors possession, with Dorrans benefiting from a Youssouf Mulumbu pass to slot home from 12 yards before Mulumbu fed Wood to add gloss to the scoreline.

Graham Dorrans struck in Huddersfield Town's 2-0 defeat at home to West Brom in 2009
Graham Dorrans struck in Huddersfield Town's 2-0 defeat at home to West Brom in 2009

2010/2011 - Huddersfield Town 2-0 Dover Athletic

The Terriers went one better the following year by making it to round four courtesy of a routine 2-0 home win over then Blue Square Bet South outfit Dover thanks to goals from Scott Arfield and Gary Roberts.

The two first-half strikes came within a minute of each other, with Arfield opening the scoring after just seven minutes when he collected Lee Novak's pass before slotting past Ross Flitney in the Dover goal.

And barely 60 seconds later it was 2-0 thanks to Roberts, who made the most of another Novak centre after striker Jordan Rhodes had missed the opportunity to score before the winger made a crucial goal-line block from Olly Schulz.

Adam Birchall and Harry Baker also went close for the visitors but Town could have had a third but for a magnificent double save from Ross Flitney to deny first Kevin Kilbane and then substitute Alan Lee.

Lee would go on to score in Town's 2-1 defeat at Premier League giants Arsenal in the next round, but goals from Nicklas Bendtner and Cesc Fabregas (penalty) saw the 10-man Gunners scrape through.

Football - Huddersfield Town v Dover Athletic FA Cup Third Round - The Galpharm Stadium - 8/1/11 Scott Arfield - Huddersfield Town celebrates scoring the first goal Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Paul Currie Livepic

2012/2013 - Charlton Athletic 0-1 Huddersfield Town

The Terriers once again fell at the first hurdle in the previous season - this time an abject 4-1 defeat at Swindon Town - but made a better fist of it the following year by matching their 2007/2008 efforts of reaching the fifth round.

Town entered the third round automatically by virtue of being a Championship club as of 2012 - the first time they were able to enjoy that luxury since 2000/2001 when they lost 2-0 at home to Bristol City in the year they were relegated from the second tier.

Round five stands as Town's best run in the FA Cup since reaching the last eight in 1972 and they have achieved that feat on two other occasions, 1995/1996, 1998/1999.

They started their latest run at fellow Championship side Charlton and came out on top thanks to Jermaine Beckford's early goal from an Adam Clayton pass but Town were unable to capitalise on a numerical advantage at the Valley after Addicks defender Dorian Dervite was sent off.

The cup victory ended a run of 10 games without a win for Town under Simon Grayson at the time and they went on to win at Leicester City in a replay after a 1-1 home draw before being drubbed 4-1 by Premier League Wigan Athletic.

2013/2014 - Grimsby Town 2-3 Huddersfield Town

The Terriers once again entered at the third-round stage as a result of staying in the Championship and came out on top in a topsy-turvy encounter at Grimsby despite twice falling behind.

Ross Hannah fired the hosts into a first-half lead with his ninth goal of the season from close range before Oliver Norwood levelled the scores when he curled a delightful free-kick into the bottom corner.

But when Andy Cook's shot looped up into the air, Craig Disley reacted quickest to turn home the loose ball to set up the prospect of a non-league cup upset.

But Town fought back and, when Sean Scannell's powerful drive was only parried away by Mariners goalkeeper James McKeown, Martin Paterson was on hand to sweep home the loose ball.

And the turnaround was complete in the 90th minute when Scannell played in Duane Holmes, whose cross was turned into his own net by Aswad Thomas to gift the Terriers a route through to round four.

Sadly it was one they would pass up, with Charlton gaining revenge for their 1-0 home defeat a year earlier by inflicting the same scoreline courtesy of former Town loanee Simon Church's second-half strike.

Huddersfield Town celebrate their late goal in a 3-2 third-round win at Grimsby Town
Huddersfield Town celebrate their late goal in a 3-2 third-round win at Grimsby Town