2014's thrilling FA Cup Final stirred up plenty of drama and entertainment, but nobody was expecting both Hull and Arsenal to be drawn against each other in the third round of the 2015 tournament on Monday evening.
The Tigers may have had a premature 2-0 lead at Wembley before 10 minutes had even passed back in May, but Arsenal's awe inspiring character influenced an inspirational extra time comeback to seal their first trophy in nine years.
However, the odds of the duo being drawn against each other in the third round of the 2015 competition were very low, let alone the chances of being tied in the rehearsal draw as well.
Well, this is football and you always have to expect the unexpected, so now we can look forward to a mouth watering fixture at the Emirates over the weekend commencing January 3 2015.
"As soon as we walked in everyone told us we were drawn against Arsenal in the rehearsal. For it to happen again is amazing", Steve Bruce described to BBC's Mark Chapman on BBC 2 immediately after the draw.
Meanwhile, non-league side Blyth Spartans reached the third round of the competition for only the third time in their history.
A dramatic last gasp win against local rivals Hartlepool town on Friday night awarded them with a ticket to the next round where they will play host to Birmingham City.
Other highly anticipated ties include Sunderland versus Leeds while AFC Wimbledon's third round debut will be highlighted with a visit from Brendan Rodgers' turbulent Liverpool.
Dover will be relishing their home tie against Premier League side Crystal Palace, just as much as Gateshead will be awaiting their journey to the East Midlands to face West Bromwich Albion.
Top flight big boys Chelsea will welcome London rivals Watford whereas Manchester United will have to be patient in establishing a trip to either Accrington Stanley or Yeovil Town.