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Jamie Vardy
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Leicester City will play either Jamie Vardy’s old club Fleetwood or Hereford away in the third round of the FA Cup.

The teams drew 1-1 in their second-round tie at the weekend in Fleetwood with the replay set for next week in Hereford.

While Fleetwood ply their trade in League One, Hereford Town are a good few steps further down the football pyramid.

Vardy spent a season at Fleetwood before joining City in 2012 for a then record fee of £1million for a non-league player.

Hereford ply their trade in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division and are currently fifth. It’s the same level as Barwell and Coalville Town, who are in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division.

Leicester City have never met Fleetwood in any competitive match, but have played Hereford as recently as 2009 in League One.

They won 3-1 at Hereford in April that year with goals from Matt Oakley, Lloyd Dyer and Steve Howard.

They have met once before in the FA Cup back in 1999 when, after a 0-0 draw at Hereford, City needed extra time to eventually go through 2-1.

City legends Matt Elliott and Muzzy Izzet, in extra time, were the scorers.

The ties will take place on the weekend from Friday, January 5, until Monday, January 8.

It could be the first time for City fans to see £22million Adrien Silva in action as he will be cleared to play on January 1, but it will not be in time for the New Year’s Day fixture against Huddersfield at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester City have not made the quarter-final since 2012 when they lost 5-2 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge – a televised tie best remembered for Ben Marshall’s brilliant curling 20-yard goal.

The last time City made the semi-final since was 1982 when they lost 2-0 to Tottenham at Villa Park on the weekend war was declared with Argentina over the Falklands.

And of course. The last time City made the FA Cup final was 1969 that ended in a 1-0 defeat to Manchester City.