FA Cup 3rd-Round Wrap: Luton, Macclesfield, Blues, Reds & Spurs All Through

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FA Cup 3rd-Round Wrap: Luton, Macclesfield, Blues, Reds & Spurs All Through
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The first football weekend of 2013 saw the FA Cup roar back into action with the third round.

The oldest and most prestigious domestic cup competition in the world has lost some of its lustre since the advent of the Champions League in 1992. However, there can be little doubt that players and fans alike still dream about winning the famous cup.

While this weekend saw the beginning of the competition for many fans, the FA Cup actually started all the way back on August 11. A whopping 758 clubs started out on the Road to Wembley in August, and some eight rounds later, we had just 64 as the third round began.

Chelsea began the defence of their title with a tricky game at Southampton in one of four all-Premier League ties, while Arsenal traveled to Swansea, West Brom took on QPR and West Ham welcomed Manchester United.

Elsewhere, Newcastle, without Demba Ba, who was making his debut for Chelsea, went to Brighton, where they were knocked out in the fourth round last season. Spurs took on Coventry in a replay of the famous 1987 final, while Hastings, the lowest-ranked team in the competition, travelled almost the entire length of England to take on Middlesbrough.

Crystal Palace welcomed Stoke City in the most intriguing match of the third round, Bolton took on Sunderland, non-league Macclesfield went into battle with Cardiff City and struggling Premier League side Aston Villa entertained struggling Championship side Ipswich Town.

This is the FA Cup, where rankings and reputations matter not. 

As ever, there were a number of standout games, ranging from the all-Premier League ties, some veritable giant-killing missions and our non-league heroes crusading for fame, fortune and a place in football folklore history.

Here, Bleacher Report looks at the FA Cup Third Round.

Read on to find out what happened...

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