PLYMOUTH Argyle officials believe there is a strong case for their FA Cup clash away to Port Vale to be played on Saturday, January 4, and not be put back by 24 hours.
Port Vale and their Potteries’ rivals, Stoke City, have both been drawn at home in the third round of the competition.
Stoke will welcome Leicester City to the Britannia Stadium and there is no chance of the two ties being played on January 4.
They and Port Vale will now have to hold discussions about who plays when.
However, the possibility of one of the ties being played on Friday, January 3 has already been ruled out because of the traditional New Year’s Day fixtures.
The Herald understands that Argyle officials believe it makes sense for the Port Vale tie to remain as scheduled on January 4.
That is because it would be easier for Leicester and their supporters to make the relatively short trip to Stoke on the Saturday.
Otherwise, Argyle fans will have to make the 490-mile round trip to the Potteries on the Sunday, when public transport will be limited and many will have to work the following day.
Edmund Shillabeer, chairman of the Plymouth Argyle Supporters' Board, wants to see the fixture take place on January 4.
He said: "On behalf of the many groups of fans whose representatives make up PASB, I plead for due consideration to be given to the needs of Argyle's long distance travelling supporters when deciding when the tie is to be played. Fans first please."
Port Vale will be aiming to reach the FAS Cup fourth round for the first time since 2005/06.
They have reached this stage of the competitions with wins against two non-League opponents – 4-0 away to Shortwood United and 4-1 at home to Salisbury City.
Vale assistant manager Mark Grew said: “We have got a home draw and the fourth round is a massive incentive.
“However, this will be a tough game and we certainly won’t be taking them lightly.”
Argyle’s away fixture against Fleetwood Town in League Two, scheduled for January 4, will now have to be rearranged.
No new date for the long trip to Lancashire has been confirmed but it will probably have to be played on a Tuesday night.
FA CUP THIRD ROUND DRAW
Barnsley v Hartlepool/Coventry
Yeovil v Leyton Orient
Liverpool v Oldham/Mansfield
Nottingham Forest v West Ham
Bristol City v Watford
Southend v Millwall
Middlesbrough v Hull
West Brom v Crystal Palace
Kidderminster v Peterborough
Doncaster v Stevenage
Stoke v Leicester
Southampton v Burnley
Newcastle v Cardiff
Rochdale v Leeds
Wigan v MK Dons.
Charlton v Wrexham/Oxford.
Manchester Utd v Swansea
Port Vale v Plymouth
Norwich v Fulham
Aston Villa v Sheffield Utd
Macclesfield v Sheffield Wed
Sunderland v Carlisle.
Bolton v Blackpool
Blackburn v Manchester City
Everton v QPR
Brighton v Reading
Arsenal v Tottenham
Birmingham v Bristol Rovers/Crawley
Grimsby v Huddersfield
Ipswich v Preston
Derby v Chelsea
Bournemouth v Fleetwood/Burton
Matches to be played over the weekend of January 4/5.