Danny Cowley set for first FA Cup taste with Portsmouth as the Blues' first round opponents are revealed

Portsmouth will host Southern League Premier Division Harrow Borough in the first round of the FA Cup

The match against The Boro will be Danny Cowley’s first taste of the FA Cup in charge of the Blues, and the former Huddersfield Town boss and the club both have a rich history in the competition.

Harrow progressed into the first round with a 4-2 victory over Chelmsford City, and will make the trip to Fratton Park next month.

In 2017,Cowley guided, then non-league, Lincoln City to the quarter-finals of the competition and picked up a few scalps along the way. After knocking out Ipswich Town, the Imps repeated the feat when Blues ever-present Sean Raggett netted an 89th minute winner against Premier League Burnley at Turf Moor. However, the dream came to an end as Cowley’s side suffered a 5-0 defeat against Arsenal.

The Blues are, of course, two time winners of the historic trophy and three times runners up, but have had varying success in the competition over recent years.

Last season, Pompey reached the third round but fell to a narrow defeat to Bristol City and were eliminated by Arsenal in the fifth round the season before.

The club’s most recent scalp came in 2019 when Andre Green fired home an injury time winner against Norwich City at Carrow Road.

The first round ties are set to be played across November 5 to November 8.

Pompey boss Danny Cowley is set to take charge of his first FA Cup match with the Blues (Photo by Daniel Chesterton/phcimages.com)