Aston Villa's dream of staging both FA Cup semi-finals this season faded - but they will stage the one on Saturday April 14 between Manchester United and Watford.
The one the day after, between Chelsea and Blackburn Rovers, will surprisingly take place at Old Trafford.
Usually, the Football Association likes to ensure that supporters travel an equal distance for such matches but this tie in Manchester clearly favours Blackburn fans.
Logically, the FA would have preferred both semi-finals to take place in the Midlands but only Villa Park has the appropriate ground capacity in the region and it would have been difficult staging the matches within the space of 24 hours.
United will face Watford at 5.30pm on the Saturday, with the match live on BBC. Chelsea will face Blackburn at 4pm on Sunday, with the match live on Sky Sports.
One player who will be delighted with the assignment of matches is Gavin Mahon, the Birmingham City supporter, who is relishing the chance to play at Villa Park again.
His most recent appearance there, on January 20, saw him score an own goal to help Villa defeat Watford 2-0.
Mahon is the only survivor of the Watford team that began their FA Cup semi-final at Villa Park against Southampton. Watford lost that day but, according to the player, have improved.
Mahon's hopes that Ashley Young, the striker who left Watford in January to sign for Villa, will be around to watch the match have been dashed. Young will be playing for Villa away to Middlesbrough on that day.
"I played at right back in that game in 2003, which is not my best position," Mahon said recently. "Hopefully I will get the chance to play in central midfield in this year's semi-final. I think we have a stronger side now than we did in 2003.
"We have international players here, there is more experience of top-level football and there are players who will not freeze on the big occasion.
"It would be great if the game was at Villa Park, for me being a Birmingham fan, and hopefully Ashley Young could be around to cheer us on.
"The gaffer [Adrian Boothroyd] would have probably liked it if Ashley could come along and show his support."