HUDDERSFIELD TOWN will host Premier League opposition in Wigan Athletic in the fifth round of the FA Cup – if they can win their reply at Championship rivals Leicester.
Saturday’s 1-1 draw in Town’s first match since the departure of manager Simon Grayson sees the sides will meet again at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday, February 12 (7.45) – a week later than the normal schedule because there are internationals next midweek.
The fifth round takes place on the weekend of February 16 and 17, and if Town are not involved, they will head to Burnley for a league game that Saturday.
Wigan progressed with a 1-0 win at Blue Square Premier side Macclesfield, while Town – under the caretaker managership of Mark Lillis – led through Lee Novak’s 74th-minute penalty but were pegged back by Chris Wood’s 82nd-minute equaliser.
There has been just one previous FA Cup encounter between Town and Wigan, back in the first round in 1973-74, when the Latics were still a Northern Premier League side and Town, then of Division III (now League I), won 2-0 at Leeds Road through a Bob Newton double.
Wigan’s last visit to Huddersfield was for a goalless League I draw in 2002-03.