Currie looking forward to Blues test

DELIGHTED Darren Currie admits being drawn against Ipswich in the FA Cup has given him an even bigger incentive to help Chesterfield get through.

Derek Davis

DELIGHTED Darren Currie admits being drawn against Ipswich in the FA Cup has given him an even bigger incentive to help Chesterfield get through.

The former Blues winger wasn't even watching the draw when the Spirerites got drawn away at Portman Road, providing they can get past non-league Droylsden.

Their second round tie was called off at half time due to fog with Droylsden with Chesterfield a goal down.

Currie said: “What a draw. I was watching the Manchester derby on telly when I started getting texts about it. It is unbelievable and I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to it.

“First we have to get past Droylsden but this will be a brilliant incentive. I will trying my absolute hardest to help Chesterfield get through so I can come back and see everyone.”

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Signed by Joe Royle for £250,000 from Brighton, Currie was a Blues player of the year and made 75 appearances, scoring eight goals from playing mainly out wide.

Currie fell out of favour with Town boss Jim Magilton who allowed him to go on loan to Coventry City in 2006.

The tricky midfielder, who turned 34 on Saturday, finished the season at Derby County where he helped them win Premier League promotion.

But he was not kept on and joined Luton Town who went into administration.

Although there was an offer to go back to former club Brighton, Currie chose a three-year deal at Chesterfield last summer and has scored in each of their past three league games.

Chesterfield are sitting mid-table of League Two, while north-west club Droylsden occupy 13th in the Blue Square North.

After seeing what Histon did to Leeds United to earn a home tie against Championship side Swansea, the Town boss will know whichever of the two sides Town play they will be looking to a scalp.

Magilton said: “It is a home draw that is all we can ask for. Whoever we play I'm sure they will be coming to Portman Road looking for an upset so we have to be switched on and make sure that doesn't happen.”

There were no real pearlers in the third round draw with Norwich City getting a trip to fellow Championship strugglers Charlton.

Manchester United go to Southampton and Arsenal meet Plymouth, while Liverpool go to Preston and Chelsea entertain Southend.

Eastwood Town who knocked out Wycombe, are at either Notts County or Kettering, while Forest Green entertain Derby County after beating Rochdale.

Ties will be played over the weekend of January 3-4.