Crystal Palace were drawn at home to Shrewsbury in the second round of the League Cup last night, setting up Alan Pardew and his players for a potential run to Wembley.
As one of the Premier League sides, Palace were seeded for the draw, ensuring that the top flight clubs have every chance of making it through to the next round, thus increasing the interest in the competition from the general football-watching public.
The Shrews will be looking forward to the fixture immensely after securing their safe passage from the first round with a 2-1 victory over Championship side Blackburn. Admittedly, Palace pose a vastly different threat but even so, the League One club are bound to fancy their chances of pulling off an upset.
For Alan Pardew, cup completions could take on a whole new meaning in his first full season as Palace boss, following a stint at Newcastle within which he was forced to push them down his list of priorities by Magpies owner Mike Ashley.
Hopefully given the go-ahead to field a strong side when Shrewsbury visit SE25, we can look forward to a season of decent cup ties under his management. After all, it was a cup competiton that transformed him from Alan Pardew to Super Al in the eyes of the Palace faithful.
How could he of all people shun the romance of the cup?