FA Cup 2019-20 Top-line Preliminary Round Preview

The FA Cup Preliminary Round will see 320 Steps 3 to 6 clubs battle it out for a place in the 1st Qualifying Round.

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Among their number are eight clubs competing in the FA Cup for the first time who won their debut ties in the last round, including Longridge Town who beat Barnoldswick Town 6-1 and Melton Town who scored two very late goals to win 2-1 at Worksop Town to cause the Cupset of the Round.

There are also eight other clubs who are into the Preliminary Round for the first time after winning their first FA Cup match in two or three attempts. Abbey Rangers and Broadbridge Heath had had the most campaigns but both finally registered their first FA Cup win at the fourth attempt.

One of the sixteen clubs into this Round for the first time is Widnes, who have reached this stage courtesy of their League status rather than their Cup exploits. Widnes are one of only two teams in this round yet to win an FA Cup match, the other being the recently formed Ossett United who went out on penalties last season.

There are also 16 clubs who compete at Step 3 in the pyramid in this round who in recent past competitions would not have started until the 1st Qualifying Round. They’ll all be mindful that seven Step 4 clubs who had to start earlier than normal in the Extra Preliminary Round have already been knocked out.

All the Step 3 sides have avoided each other. However, Stalybridge Celtic versus West Didsbury & Chorlton, Bromsgrove Sporting against Leicester Road, Peterborough Sports taking on Bugbrooke St Michaels, and Bowers & Pitsea facing Barkingside are all Preliminary Round ties where a Step 3 side hosts a Step 6 club. Could one of these produce the Cupset of this Round?

Only twenty-five of the 160 ties pair up two clubs who will face each other in their league campaign this season, and just 30 pit two sides together who have met before in the FA Cup. The most common tie sees Bedworth United and Halesowen Town meet for the sixth time with the West Midlands side ahead by three wins to two.

Wisbech Town have beaten Ely City in all three of their previous FA Cup encounters. Bridgwater Town have done the same to Brislington, but in their case the result has been 1-0 every time.

In the previous Round, Long Eaton United won 8-2 at Bottesford Town, sweet revenge for a 6-0 defeat by the same team just two seasons earlier. So, in this Round there’s hope therefore for the likes of Staveley Miners Welfare who lost 5-1 to their Preliminary Round opponents Lincoln United last time around.

In the Extra Preliminary Round the top nine winning margins were all produced by the away side. Two of those teams won 7-0, Heanor Town and AFC Mansfield, and they go head to head in this Round. It has nil-nil draw written all over it!

Top scorers, Whickham, netted 10 times in the last Round and their home tie with Thornaby is one of a handful of games that kick off this Round on Friday night.

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FA Cup 2019-20 EP Round Review

Top-line review of FA Cup 2019-20 Extra Preliminary Round full of quoatable sound-bites’

Stat of the Round

The nine biggest victories of the Extra Preliminary Round were all recorded by the away side.

 

First time in Preliminary Round ever (16 clubs)

Abbey Rangers and Broadbridge Heath (4th season)

Hythe and Dibden, Little Common and Stockton Town (3rd season) – Plus Widnes (3rd season) – who didn’t enter until the Preliminary Round this year

Bridon Ropes and Exmouth Town (2nd season)

AFC Varndeanians, Longridge Town, Melton Town, Sherwood Colliery, Sutton Athletic, Thame Rangers and White Ensign (debut) – plus Aylesbury Vale Dynamos (if a new team)

 

Equalling best run to PR (24 clubs)

Andover New Street, Baffins Milton Rovers, Balham, Biggleswade, Canterbury City, Charnock Richard, Cribbs, Framlingham Town, Hamble Club, Heather St Johns, Hemsworth Miners Welfare, Lichfield City, Litherland REMYCA, Longlevens, Lutterworth Town, Rothwell Corinthians, Sheppey United, Shepton Mallet, Sutton Common Rovers, West Didsbury & Chorlton and Whitchurch Alport

Plus Bedfont Sports, Bromsgrove Sporting and Ossett United who didn’t enter until the Preliminary Round this year

 

First time in Preliminary Round in a while

Roman Glass St George (66yrs, 2 campaigns)

Harwich & Parkeston (12yrs, 3 campaigns)

Heather St Johns (9yrs, 3 campaigns)

Fairford Town (8yrs, 7 campaigns)

March Town United (8yrs, 2 campaigns)

Ely City (7yrs)

Billingham Town (7yrs, 4 campaigns)

Hebburn Town (6yrs, 4 campaigns)

Cribbs and Peterborough Northern Star (5yrs)

Shrivenham (5yrs, 2 campaigns)

Barton Town, Chichester City, Christchurch and Leicester Nirvana (4yrs)

 

Into Prelim Rd and long time since last KO in EP Rd

Skelmersdale United 1925/26

Dunston UTS 2009/10

Dunstable Town and Wantage Town 2010/11

Shoreham 2012/13

 

Never KO in EP Rd (Min 3 campaigns)

Burscough (73 campaigns)

Fleet Town (40 campaigns)

Steyning Town Community (21 campaigns)

Bishops Cleeve (16 campaigns)

Sporting Khalsa (7)

Handsworth (6)

CB Hounslow United and Leicester Road (4)

City of Liverpool (3)

 

 

First time knocked out in EP Rd ever (Min 3 campaigns)

Kendal Town (89th campaign)

Rugby Town (44th campaign)

Vauxhall Motors (17th campaign)

Knaresborough Town (6th)

Cheltenham Saracens (4th)

Chipping Sodbury Town (3rd)

 

First time Knocked Out in EP Rd for a while

Congleton Town 1930/31

Clitheroe 2001/02

Carlton Town 2006/07

Grimsby Borough and Shaftesbury 2009/10

Greenwich Borough and Woodford Town 2010/11

Croydon and Molesey 2012/13

Consett 2013/14

Ashton Athletic 2015/16

 

 

Consecutive EP Rd KOs

9 Keynsham Town (9 campaigns over 15 years)

8 Enfield 1893, Nostell Miners Welfare (over 10 years) and Walsham-le-Willows (8)

6 Lingfield (6 over 7 years)

5 Wellingborough Whitworth (over 8 years) and Sunderland Ryhope Colliery Welfare (5 – always)

5 Athersley Recreation, Lordswood and Tadley Calleva (5)

4 Wolverhampton Sporting Community (4 – always)

4 Abingdon United (over 5 years), Radford, Romsey Town (over 7 years) and Thackley (4)

 

 

Debut FACup match wins

Longridge Town 6-1 Barnoldswick Town

London Tigers 0-2 Thame Rangers

Crowborough Athletic 1-2 AFC Varndeanians

Worksop Town 1-2 Melton Town

Quorn 1-2 Sherwood Colliery

Sutton Athletic 3-2 Deal Town

 

Replays

Aylesbury Vale Dynamos 1-0 Royal Wootton Bassett Town

White Ensign 3-1 Woodford Town

 

Avenged Previous FA Cup Defeat

Arundel 2-0 Banstead Athletic (8 years ago lost 3-1)

Horsham YMCA 2-1 Croydon (14 years ago lost 2-1)

Bottesford Town 2-8 Long Eaton United (2 years ago lost 6-0)

Cowes Sports 0-4 Lymington Town (11 years ago lost 4-0)

Bishop Auckland 0-2 Thornaby (3 years ago lost 4-0)

West Didsbury & Chorlton 2-1 Squires Gate (lost 3-2 twice, last time last year)

 

Replays

Garforth Town 3-2 Shildon (lost 3x last time 6 years ago 4-1)

 

 

Biggest Wins of the EP Rd

Harrogate Railway Athletic 1-10 Whickham (record win and defeat)

Bottesford Town 2-8 Long Eaton United (record win and defeat)

Radford 0-7 Heanor Town (record defeat)

Sleaford Town 0-7 AFC Mansfield (record win and defeat)

Whitley Bay 1-7 Hebburn Town (joint record defeat)

Amesbury Town 2-7 Christchurch (joint record win and defeat)

Clapton 0-6 Stowmarket Town

Bexhill United 1-6 Eastbourne Town (joint record defeat)

Haverhill Rovers 1-6 Colney Heath (record win)

Longridge Town 6-1 Barnoldswick Town (record* win and joint record defeat)

Saltdean United 6-1 Eastbourne United Association (record win)

South Normanton Athletic 5-0 Selston (record* defeat)

Walthamstow 5-0 Sporting Bengal United (record win and joint record defeat)

*First FA Cup match

 

Replays

 

 

Cupsets

Worksop Town (4) 1-2 Melton Town (6)

Kendal Town (4) 0-4 Hemsworth Miners Welfare (5)

Anstey Nomads (5) 0-3 Kirby Muxloe (6)

Sawbridgeworth Town (5) 1-3 Halstead Town (6)

Clitheroe (4) 1-2 1874 Northwich (5)

Hullbridge Sports (4) 1-2 Stanway Rovers (5)

Colliers Wood United (5) 2-3 Shoreham (6)

Hanley Town (5) 2-3 Leicester Road (6)

Crowborough Athletic (5) 1-2 AFC Varndeanians (6)

Ilford (5) 1-2 Harwich & Parkeston (6)

Quorn (5) 1-2 Sherwood Colliery (6)

Squires Gate (5) 1-2 West Didsbury & Chorlton (6)

Barkingside (6) 4-1 Stansted (5)

Boldmere St Michaels (5) 3-1 Daventry Town (4)

Loughborough University (5) 3-1 Ilkeston Town (4)

Bridon Ropes (6) 3-1 Broadfields United (5)

Stotfold (6) 3-1 Harpenden Town (5)

Arundel (6) 2-0 Banstead Athletic (5)

Barton Town (5) 3-2 Carlton Town (4)

Lichfield City (6) 3-2 Highgate United (5)

Sutton Athletic (6) 3-2 Deal Town (5)

March Town United (6) 2-1 Norwich United (5)

Winterton Rangers (6) 2-1 Grimsby Borough (5)

 

Replays

White Ensign (6) 3-1 Woodford Town (5)

Hythe and Dibden (6) 3-2 AFC Portchester (5)

 

Hat-tricks and more

5 – Ross Duggan (AFC Mansfield)

4 – Carl Finnigan (Whickham)

4 – Niall Towle (Long Eaton United)

3 – Graeme Armstrong (Hebburn Town)

3 – Dan Bradshaw (Sheppey United)

3 – Kyle Graham (Christchurch)

3 – Leon Howarth (Handsworth)

3 – Leon Lobjoit (Newport Pagnell Town)

3 – Nathan Lynch (Hamble Club)

3 – Josh Mayhew (Stowmarket Town)

3 – Matty Pattison (Whickham)

3 – Neikell Plummer (Bradford Town)

3 – Jamie Symes (Portland United)

3 – Paul Turner (Longridge Town)

3 – Tyler Scrafton (Eastbourne Town)

 

Replays

4 – Aidan Thomas (Westfields)

3 – Mark Fitzpatrick (Dunston)

3 – Jamie Owens (Stockton Town)

 

Miscellaneous

Jack Shonk scored the first goal of the 2019-20 FA Cup when he opened the scoring for Bexhill United against Eastbourne Town.

Tyler Scrafton scored the first hat-trick of this year’s competition in the same game for Eastbourne Town.

Chris Stapleton of Dunstable Town scored the fastest goal of the Extra Preliminary Round in just 14 seconds in their 3-2 win over Chipping Sodbury Town.

Graeme Armstrong scored a hat-trick of penalties for Hebburn Town in their 7-1 win at Whitley Bay. It’s the second time a hat-trick of penalties has occurred in the last two seasons.

Three players were sent off as Walthamstow (1 red card) won 5-0 at home to Sporting Bengal United (2 red cards).

2019-20 FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round

A Numbers Game

Half of the 736 clubs who will participate in the 2019-20 FA Cup will begin their campaigns on the second weekend of August in the Extra Preliminary Round.

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This means twice as many clubs than the total number of Football League and Premier League sides will see their FA Cup dreams dashed before most people have returned from their summer holidays.

The Extra Preliminary Round is made up of 19 clubs from Step Four in the non-league pyramid, 277 Step Five club, and 72 teams who currently compete at Step Six, also known as Level Ten (Premier League is Level One) in the overall pyramid.

Success and Failure

Amongst their number are two clubs, Northwich Victoria and Chatham Town, who both reached the last eight of the competition way back in the nineteenth century. They are two of fifty-seven clubs in this year’s Extra Preliminary Round who have tasted ‘proper’ round FA Cup football in the past. The most recent example being current Hellenic Premier League side Westfields who made the First Round just three years ago after starting at this same Extra Preliminary Round stage.

At the opposite end of the spectrum are those clubs who’ve yet to win an FA Cup match. Twenty-five clubs can justify having that record as they are making their debuts in the competition, but 15 other clubs have actually participated in the FA Cup before yet have failed to win a Cup game so far.

Sunderland Ryhope Colliery Welfare have had four FA Cup campaigns without a win since Ryhope Colliery Welfare and Sporting Club Vaux came together in 1988, but club members will point to the First Round ‘proper’ appearance of the club formed in 1892 as evidence that Cup victories have been achieved in the past.

United Counties League Division One side Wellingborough Whitworth, however, have no such contested history to fall back on, and will be participating in the FA Cup for the fifth time this season looking to secure their first victory.

As a quirky aside Sunderland Ryhope Colliery Welfare is the only club competing in this year’s FA Cup whose name contains all the letters of the words ‘FA Cup’. They have also been drawn against fellow Northern League Division One local rivals Sunderland Ryhope Community Association for the second successive season, a tie where there are a record 67 letters in the two collective names.

The shortest combined names of clubs facing each other in the Extra Preliminary this season is thirteen, the clash between Western League Premier Division sides, Street and Odd Down.

Starting Out

All 25 FA Cup debutantes have been kept apart in the Extra Preliminary Round draws and some have tougher ties on paper than others.

Bradford based side Campion have been drawn away from home against City of Liverpool, a recently promoted Step Four club who have never failed to win their Extra Preliminary Round ties in the past, albeit they are only competing in the FA Cup for the third time.

Staffordshire side Stone Old Alleynians have been drawn to travel to Worcester City, a club with 102 FA Cup campaigns under their belt, including within their history a trip to the Fourth Round ‘Proper’ after a famous victory over Liverpool in 1959.

The debut club with arguably the most difficult Extra Preliminary Round tie is Leicestershire based side Melton Town. They’ve been drawn to travel to Worksop Town, a club competing in the FA Cup for the 112th time and one which has faced and beaten five other clubs playing in their first FA Cup match. The glimmer of hope for Melton is that their more seasoned opponents have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round three times in the last five seasons.

One of the twenty-five debut clubs is Coggeshall United. For 137 seasons the small Essex town of Coggeshall had never had a club compete in the FA Cup, but the Weavers now make it two clubs from the town in the last two seasons following the debut of Coggeshall Town last year. The Seed Growers were the last debut club standing last season. Can the Weavers emulate that feat?

Like Coggeshall United, Ilkeston Town were formed in 2017, but unlike the Essex based side’s home town, the town of Ilkeston has been represented many times in the past in the FA Cup. In fact the Robins will be the third ‘Ilkeston Town’ to play in the competition. Both previous ‘Ilkeston Town’ clubs won their debut FA Cup matches, as did two clubs who competed under the name ‘Ilkeston’. So can the current Derbyshire club make it five debut wins out of five for the town of Ilkeston at Loughborough University?

Two clubs making their FA Cup debuts this season were actually formed in the nineteenth century, although neither has had to wait the 140 years after formation that the aforementioned Coggeshall Town had to do so before making their FA Cup bow.

Kent based Sutton Athletic were formed in 1898 so have waited just a mere 121 years to participate in this famous old competition! However, formed 10 years prior to that is Norwich CBS, formed originally as the works team of Norwich Union Insurance. They’ve had a couple of name and location changes in the intervening 131 years (CBS = County Building Services) and now compete in the Eastern Counties League Division One North.

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Same Old, Same Old

Obviously those sides drawn against debut clubs will be facing new opponents in the FA Cup. However, many clubs (fans) at this stage of the competition often bemoan the fact that they face familiar foe every season, either because they are members of the same league, or because they get drawn against each other time and time again.

There is some sympathy for the former reason, but there are two things to consider. Firstly, just about a quarter of clubs in the Extra Preliminary Round will face opponents who they will meet twice in their League campaigns, which isn’t that many. Secondly, when the third round draw is made, Premier League and Championship sides are far, far more likely to be drawn against opponents from the same division.

There is a myth surrounding being drawn against the same opponents every season in the FA Cup. At the extremities of the country this is more likely to happen, to North-east and South-west clubs, but even so, out of 184 Extra Preliminary Round ties this season, just 19 pit together two teams who have met in the competition before. And the most frequently meeting two sides have done so just three times in the past.

Plymouth Parkway have a two-to-one head-to-head victory ratio over their opponents Buckland Athletic in their past FA Cup encounters, but for two other three-time past meetings, the history is decidedly in favour of one side over the other.

Northern Counties East League Premier Division side Garforth Town will be hoping to win their first FA Cup encounter against Northern League Division One side Shildon at the fourth attempt, but history shows that Northern League clubs tend to win more often than not against NECL clubs in the competition.

Similarly, Pagham of the Southern Combination Football League Premier Division will try at the fourth attempt to beat fellow Step Five side Tunbridge Wells who compete in the Southern Counties East League Premier Division.

Records to Protect

Several clubs appearing in this year’s Extra Preliminary Round have never actually been eliminated from the competition as early as this round. Most of them have only had two or three campaigns, but a few have competed in the FA Cup many times before.

Bishop’s Cleeve are competing in the FA Cup for the 16th time, and Steyning Town Community for the 21st time. It’ll be the 40th campaign for Fleet Town. Burscough have had 72 previous FA Cup campaigns, whilst Kendal Town are participating in the FA Cup for the 89th time. And not one Extra Preliminary Round exit amongst them.

Rugby Town will be taking part for the 44th time and will travel to Sporting Khalsa making their seventh venture into the competition. Neither of these two sides, either, has tasted defeat at this stage of the competition before, so one of them will suffer an unpalatable new sensation this season.

What about the Minnows?

Seven Extra Preliminary Round ties involve two clubs who both are members of Step Six Leagues. The winners of the Hackney Wick versus Framlingham Town all-Step Six tie will at least equal their best FA Cup run to the Preliminary Round.

Other Step Six sides have not been so fortunate in the draw and will pit themselves against clubs from two levels above them in the non-league pyramid, and away from home. But which of City of Liverpool (4) vs Campion (6), Worksop Town (4) vs Melton Town (6) or Willand Rovers (4) vs AFC St Austell (6) is likely to result in an FA Cup ‘Cupset’?

It All Kicks-off

The 184 Extra Preliminary Round ties take place over the second weekend of August with the majority of games occurring on the Saturday. However, there are matches scheduled on the Friday and the Sunday, too, with Skelmersdale United vs Penistone Church (at Prescot Cables) and Bexhill United vs Eastbourne Town (at the Saffrons) two of the Friday night games.

Will any of these 368 clubs still be going by the time EFL clubs join the competition in November?

 

Author: Phil Annets writing as FACupFactfile. Do follow @philannets & @FACupFactfile on Twitter

Norton Your Nellie

Or “why you should never include the word ‘Norton’ in your club name if playing in the FA Cup”.

There have been seven clubs in FA Cup history which have included the word ‘Norton’ in their name, six of which have subsequently folded in the last 20 years and the other’s very existence remains in a perilous state.

Sheffield based club Norton Woodseats were founded in 1912 and first entered the FA Cup in the 1926-27 season whilst members of the Sheffield Association League.

Norton Woodseats had 37 FA Cup campaigns in all, including falling just one step short of a First Round ‘Proper’ appearance in the 1948-49 season, losing 4-2 at home to Gainsborough Trinity after extra time.

In their FA Cup adventures they won 9-0 against Steel, Peach and Tozer, and 8-0 against the world’s oldest club, Sheffield FC.

But, despite being a regular member of the highly regarded Yorkshire League, Norton Woodseats FA Cup involvement ended in the 1st Qualifying Round stage of the 1973-74 season, with a 4-0 home defeat to Denaby United.

The club became founder members of the Northern Counties East League in 1983 before changing their name to Dronfield United for seven seasons.

However, they returned to the Norton Woodseats name as they dropped out of the Northern Counties East League into the Central Midlands League. But their fortunes were in a downward spiral and before long they disbanded in 1994.

Three seasons later they reappeared in the Sheffield and Hallamshire League, but this second life lasted only three seasons and the folded for good at the end of the 1999 season.

 

Worcestershire based club Kings Norton Town were formed in 1993 as Richmond Swifts as a result of a merger between Swift Personalised Products and Richmond Amateurs. And if they’d stayed with that name then maybe they’d still be around to this day.

However, the Nomads took on the Kings Norton Town name in 1997 and soon after joined the Midland Alliance. In their third season as members of that league they had their one and only foray into the FA Cup.

They would experience just one FA Cup match, a 1-0 defeat at Redditch United in the Preliminary Round of the 1999-2000 season, and by the end of that season the club was no more.

 

The club that would for three years be known as Norton Sports were actually formed in 1961 as Teynham and Lynsted. The Kent based club played under that name for 27 years before taking over an existing club called Norton Sports, taking on their ground, their players and their name.

The original Norton Sports had been formed in 1927 and had been competing for most of their existence in the Canterbury and District League. The newly created Norton Sports would take their place in the higher Kent County League 1st Division East.

The club became an established Kent County League Premier division side in time for a re-organisation of the football pyramid in 2008 when they were allocated a position at Step Five in the Premier division of the Kent League.

Membership of that league opened the door for Norton Sports to enter the FA Cup. A brace of 2-0 victories against Redhill and Banstead Athletic in the 2010-11 season set up a 1st Qualifying Round tie at Beckenham Town, which they lost by the odd goal in five.

Maybe due to some form of extra sensory perception, the club changed its name from Norton Sports to Woodstock Sports at the end of that season (actually it co-incided with their move to Woodstock Park, a ground which was fit for the Kent League Premier division).

It was only a stay of execution really. Two more FA Cup campaigns followed, being knocked out in the Extra Preliminary Round, and soon after the Kent League we re-named as the Southern Counties East League the club ceased to exist.

A 2-0 defeat at Pagham was their last FA Cup game before their demise at the end of the 2014-15 season. A change of name had not helped at all.

 

Another ‘Norton’ club came to an untimely end at the end of the 2014-15 season, too, but their story is a little more unsavoury.

Formed in 1989 Norton United joined the Staffordshire Senior League and five years later they got their first taste of promotion to the Midland League Division One.

Seven years further on and the club were promoted to the North West Counties League Division Two, from where they would be able to make their FA Cup bow in the 2003-04 season. A goal-less draw at Long Eaton United in the Preliminary Round was followed up by a 2-0 defeat at home in the replay. But better days in the FA Cup would be ahead, much better days.

The club would continue at that level in the pyramid for several years progressing no further than the 1st Qualifying Round in the FA Cup, even after they were promoted to the North West Counties League Premier division at the end of the 2011-12 season.

Two years after that promotion they went up again to the Northern Premier League Division One South for the 2014-15 season, and at that new level they took the FA Cup qualifying Rounds by storm.

Victories over Stafford Town, Corby Town, Spalding United, Runcorn Town and Shildon took the club four rounds further than they’d ever been before and into the magical First Round ‘Proper’.

There was to be no fairy tale draw against a league team, nor was there to be a giant-killing as they went down 4-0 against Gateshead, but there was a lot of money to be made. Their cup run alone brought in over £50,000.

But by the end of the season the club folded, citing financial difficulties of competing at Step Four on crowds of 50 or 60 a week with what they considered to be extortionate rent. Fair enough in normal circumstances, but what happened to all that money from the Cup run?

 

Oxfordshire based side Hook Norton were formed two years before the end of the nineteenth century as a works team for Brymbo Ironstone Company.

Playing local league football for many, many years, the Hooky eventually joined the Oxfordshire Senior League, finally making it to Step Six of the football pyramid 103 years after forming when they joined Division One West of the Hellenic League.

After waiting so long to get there the club didn’t hang about and within a season they were promoted to the Premier Division, but it would be another decade before they took their first tentative steps in the FA Cup.

A heavy 6-1 defeat at the hands of Leverstock Green in the Extra Preliminary Round was followed by a five year hiatus from the FA Cup, but then the club from the village better noted for its fine ales, went on a mini Cup run.

Their 2015-16 campaign started with a 5-0 thrashing of Frimley Green, then a 4-2 victory over Burnham, followed by a tight 1-0 win at Eastbourne United Association.

I had the good fortune to be present at their biggest game in their history when they took on Weston-super-Mare, a National League South side, in the 2nd Qualifying Round. A fabulous day and a record crowd, and despite scoring one of the goals of the competition that year, the Hooky went down to a creditable 2-1 defeat.

The following season saw a 2-0 defeat at Chertsey Town in the Extra Preliminary Round in August and the club folding at the end of the season in May.

The club have re-formed and joined the much lower Witney and District League for the 2018-19 season, but it remains to be seen whether or not they go the same way as Norton Woodseats who reformed after folding only to disappear very soon after.

 

Norton and Stockton Ancients were formed in 1980 when the long-standing Stockton FC were wound up merged with Norton Cricket Club. Stockton had had quite an illustrious FA Cup adventure in their almost 100 years existence, reaching the Third Round ‘Proper’ in 1951-52 season, losing 4-0 at Notts County then a second tier side.

Starting off in the Teesside League the Ancients very quickly got promoted to Northern League Division Two from where they made their FA Cup debut in 1985-86 season. They drew one apiece with Shotton Comrades before going down 5-2 in the Preliminary Round replay.

Over the next 37 years the club would compete in the FA Cup 21 times, with a best win of 6-1 over West Allotment Celtic in 2006-07 season, and a best run to the 3rd Qualifying Round four seasons later. That run culminated in a 5-2 home defeat to FC United of Manchester and a record crowd of over 1,500 spectators.

But the good times were not to last and within seven years of that big FA Cup game the club ceased to exist, folding during the 2016-17 season. The club has been reformed in 2019 under the same name, but will the curse of ‘Norton’ remain with them?

 

The final club with ‘Norton’ in their name to play in the FA Cup in the oldest of the lot, and remarkably are still going despite the challenges of running a non-league club in these financially straitened times.

Oxfordshire side Chipping Norton Town were formed way back in 1893 as Chipping Norton Swifts, and played junior football for the first sixty years or so of their existence before eventually winning the Oxfordshire Senior League.

The Magpies then became founder members of the Hellenic League for the 1953-54 season and remained members of that League for the next 25 years before joining the Midland Combination Division One at the start of the 1980s.

Soon after not only were they being promoted to the Premier Division, but they were also competing in the FA Cup, albeit for just two seasons before returning to the Oxfordshire Senior League due to financial unsustainability.

Their FA Cup adventure was less than illustrious. Two matches and two defeats, first 3-0 at Highgate United and second 4-2 at Bourne Town.

A brief return to the Hellenic League ended in 1993 and a return to lower level football which sees the Magpies now competing in the Witney and District League.

It may well be lower level football, but at least they are still in existence, despite the fact that their ground is under threat of closure and having to play their home games at Enstone Sports and Social club. How much longer can they stave off the curse of having ‘Norton’ in their name?

 

So my simple advice to Yorkshire sides Norton United and Malton & Norton, West Midlands based Norton Canes, Suffolk side Norton Athletic, Staffordshire club Norton Wanderers, Somerset outfit Norton Fitzwarren, Oxfordshire club Brize Norton is this.

If you have aspirations of one day competing in the FA Cup then my recommendation to you is to change your name before doing so. If not, you will be putting your club’s very existence in peril.

The FA Cup 2010s Club Rankings

The FACupFactfile 2010s Rankings of the 1,024 clubs who competed in the FA Cup during the last decade.

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Rankings are based on the number of times each club has reached a particular round during the decade from 2009-10 to 2018-19. The further the club went the higher up the rankings it is. Winners are ahead of Finalists. Finalist are ahead of Semi-Finalists. Semi-Finalists are ahead of Quarter Finalists etc etc etc.

So for example a club that has one FA Cup Final appearance and one other Semi-Final appearance would be ahead of another club that had not reached the Final in the last 10 years but had made the Semi-Finals three times in that time.

If two or more clubs have the same number of best FA Cup runs then the number of times they achieved their second best runs will separate them. And if that doesn’t do it, then their third best runs are used. If they have identical records then they will share the same position.

Here’s the list. Do Tweet the position where your club ranks.

Rank Team
1 Chelsea
2 Arsenal
3 Manchester City
4 Manchester United
5 Wigan Athletic
6 Liverpool
7 Aston Villa
8 Watford
9 Stoke City
10 Crystal Palace
11 Hull City
12 Portsmouth
13 Tottenham Hotspur
14 Everton
15 Reading
16 Millwall
17 Brighton and Hove Albion
18 Bolton Wanderers
19 Southampton
20 Sheffield United
21 Wolverhampton Wanderers
22 Leicester City
23 Blackburn Rovers
24 Birmingham City
24 Swansea City
26 West Ham United
27 Sunderland
28 West Bromwich Albion
29 Fulham
30 Middlesbrough
31 Barnsley
32 Charlton Athletic
33 Bradford City
34 Lincoln City
35 Derby County
36 Sheffield Wednesday
37 Huddersfield Town
38 Burnley
39 Cardiff City
39 Leeds United
41 Crawley Town
42 Nottingham Forest
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417 FC Romania
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450 Blaby and Whetstone Athletic
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471 Harrogate Railway Athletic
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473 Holbeach United
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476 Brigg Town
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484 Brantham Athletic
485 Fareham Town
486 Sherborne Town
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488 Sevenoaks Town
488 Tunbridge Wells
490 Great Wakering Rovers
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491 Erith and Belvedere
491 Norwich United
491 Rainworth Miners Welfare
496 Ardley United
496 Bitton
496 Bowers and Pitsea
496 Haverhill Rovers
500 Royal Wootton Bassett Town
501 Alton Town
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503 Buckland Athletic
503 Oxhey Jets
505 Armthorpe Welfare
506 Ipswich Wanderers
507 Albion Sports
507 Wells City
509 Thackley
510 Bradford Town
511 Highgate United
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513 Bedlington Terriers
513 London Tigers
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519 Haughmond
520 Almondsbury Town
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523 Kirby Muxloe
524 Alresford Town
524 Cogenhoe United
524 FC Clacton
524 Raynes Park Vale
528 Barking
529 Bournemouth (Ams)
529 Colliers Wood United
529 Hullbridge Sports
532 Wakefield
533 Lancing
533 Lymington Town
535 Guernsey
536 Sunderland Ryhope Community Association
537 Newton Aycliffe
538 Northampton Spencer
538 Nuneaton Griff
540 Baldock Town
541 Crowborough Athletic
541 Enfield (1893)
543 Pegasus Juniors
543 Selsey
543 Whitchurch United
546 Hatfield Town
546 Irlam
548 Penistone Church
548 Witney Town
550 Wednesfield
551 Knaresborough Town
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554 Stewarts and Lloyds (Corby)
555 Anstey Nomads
556 AFC Uckfield Town
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556 Old Woodstock Town
560 Ellistown and Ibstock United
560 Horden Colliery Welfare
562 Bourne Town
562 Farsley Celtic (1)
562 Merthyr Tydfil
565 Pagham
566 Horndean
567 Wisbech Town
568 Prescot Cables
568 Soham Town Rangers
570 Shoreham
570 Stourport Swifts
572 Biggleswade United
573 Garforth Town
573 London Colney
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576 Littlehampton Town
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578 Basildon United
578 Cockfosters
578 St Margaretsbury
581 Peacehaven and Telscombe
582 Barnstaple Town
582 Street
584 Saffron Walden Town
585 Durham City
585 Eastbourne United Association
587 Bemerton Heath Harlequins
587 Gorleston
587 Maltby Main
587 Parkgate
591 Retford United
592 Bottesford Town
593 Boldmere St Michaels
594 Lingfield
595 Stockport Sports
596 Huntingdon Town
597 AFC Hayes
597 Godmanchester Rovers
597 Horley Town
600 Epsom and Ewell
600 Loughborough University
600 Molesey
600 Newport Pagnell Town
604 Bracknell Town
604 Chessington and Hook United
606 Bootle
606 Camberley Town
606 Hadleigh United
606 Newmarket Town
606 Padiham
606 Wembley
612 Ashford United
613 Burnham Ramblers
613 Crawley Down Gatwick
613 Long Eaton United
613 Yaxley
617 Brocton
618 Totton and Eling
619 Heanor Town
619 Sleaford Town
619 Stotfold
622 Walsall Wood
623 Banstead Athletic
623 Leicester Nirvana
625 Halstead Town
625 Welwyn Garden City
627 Clipstone
627 Holbrook Sports
629 Ely City
629 Melksham Town
631 Takeley
632 Saltash United
633 Bewdley Town
634 Winterton Rangers
635 Almondsbury UWE (University of West England)
636 Andover Town
637 Brading Town
637 Croydon Athletic
639 Hassocks
640 Holwell Sports
641 Bedfont and Feltham
641 Haverhill Borough
641 Tuffley Rovers
644 Grimsby Borough
645 Rossendale United
646 Goole
647 Three Bridges
648 Barton Town
648 Ilford
650 Odd Down
651 Crawley Green
651 Desborough Town
651 Farnham Town
651 Tring Athletic
655 Tower Hamlets
656 Arundel
656 Billingham Synthonia
656 Longwell Green Sports
656 Pickering Town
656 Pontefract Collieries
656 Rocester
662 Ascot United
662 Corinthian
664 Long Melford
665 Barkingside
665 Great Yarmouth Town
665 Wellingborough Town
668 Shirebrook Town
669 Cove
669 Northallerton Town
671 Bishop Sutton
671 Windsor
673 Causeway United
673 Holker Old Boys
673 Reading City
676 Dudley Town
676 Northampton Sileby Rangers
676 Woodford United
679 Atherton Laburnum Rovers
680 Clapton
680 Liversedge
680 Stansted
680 Winsford United
684 AFC Liverpool
684 West Allotment Celtic
684 Westfield
687 Crook Town
687 Peterborough Northern Star
687 Shrivenham
687 Wolverhampton Casuals
691 Cheadle Town
691 Chester-le-Street Town
691 Milton United
694 Cobham
694 Eynesbury Rovers
696 Greenhouse London
696 Spelthorne Sports
696 Staines Lammas
699 Andover
699 CB Hounslow United
699 Cheltenham Saracens
699 Leicester Road
699 Thrapston Town
704 Christchurch
705 Alsager Town
706 Bacup Borough
706 Barnoldswick Town
706 Sporting Bengal United
709 Hallam
709 St Helens Town
711 AFC Blackpool
711 Arnold Town
711 Corsham Town
711 Cradley Town
711 Lydney Town
711 Team Northumbria
717 Blackstones
717 Ringwood Town
719 Eccleshall
719 Haywards Heath Town
719 Stone Dominoes
722 Bugbrooke St Michaels
722 Castle Vale
722 Daventry United
722 Dudley Sports
722 London Lions
722 Pilkington XXX
722 Portishead Town
722 Shaftesbury
722 Torpoint Athletic
722 Westbury United
732 Ashford Town (Kent)
732 Bromsgrove Rovers
732 Chipping Sodbury Town
732 Glapwell
732 Witheridge
737 Sawbridgeworth Town
737 Woodbridge Town
739 FC Broxbourne Borough
740 AFC Croydon Athletic
740 Ash United
742 Eccleshill United
742 Potton United
744 Rochester United
745 Bartley Green
745 Coventry United
745 Louth Town
745 Ryton and Crawcrook Albion
745 Sun Sports
745 Woodstock Sports
751 Wokingham and Emmbrook
752 AFC Stoneham
752 Ashby Ivanhoe
752 Bedfont
752 Dosthill Colts
752 King’s Lynn
752 Newcastle Blue Star
752 Racing Club Warwick
752 Worksop Parramore
760 Whitton United
761 AFC Emley
762 Bedfont Sports
763 Borrowash Victoria
763 Harborough Town
765 Bromsgrove Sporting
766 Lordswood
767 Holmesdale
767 North Shields
767 Thetford Town
770 Ringmer
771 Studley
771 West Didsbury and Chorlton
773 Cowes Sports
774 Silsden
775 Eton Manor
775 Heath Hayes
775 Malvern Town
775 Rothwell Corinthians
779 Hemsworth Miners Welfare
779 Lye Town
781 Canterbury City
782 Continental Star
782 Formby
782 Selby Town
785 Loxwood
785 South Normanton Athletic
785 Whitehaven
788 Bedfont Town
788 Longlevens
788 Newhaven
791 Chichester City
792 Sutton Common Rovers
793 Holmer Green
793 Seaham Red Star
793 Shawbury United
793 Verwood Town
793 Worthing United
798 Billingham Town
798 Hengrove Athletic
798 Reading Town
798 Romsey Town
798 Shepton Mallet
803 Amesbury Town
803 Fisher
803 Frimley Green
803 Ilfracombe Town
803 Radstock Town
803 Swaffham Town
803 Wellington (Herefordshire)
810 Abingdon Town
810 AFC St Austell
810 Chadderton
810 Heather St Johns
810 London APSA
815 Hanley Town
815 Heaton Stannington
815 Laverstock and Ford
815 March Town United
815 St Blazey
820 Harpenden Town
820 Hollands and Blair
820 Kentish Town
820 Rothwell Town
820 United Services Portsmouth
825 Kimberley Miners Welfare
825 Lichfield City
825 Portland United
825 Rye United
825 West Essex
830 Walsham-le-Willows
831 Fairford Town
832 Ellesmere Rangers
832 Nostell Miners Welfare
832 St Andrew’s
832 St Francis Rangers
832 Wivenhoe Town
837 Fakenham Town
837 Hillingdon Borough
839 Ampthill Town
839 Downton
839 Glasshoughton Welfare
839 Hall Road Rangers
839 Mile Oak
839 Raunds Town
839 Team Solent
839 Whickham
839 Wick
848 Athersley Recreation
848 Bolehall Swifts
848 Calne Town
848 Cribbs
848 Nelson
848 New Milton Town
848 Pewsey Vale
848 Radford
848 Sidley United
848 Tadley Calleva
848 Wellington (Somerset)
859 AFC Darwen
859 Cadbury Athletic
859 Esh Winning
859 Harrowby United
859 Newbury
859 Rossington Main
859 Stokesley Sports Club
859 Stowmarket Town
859 Willenhall Town
859 Winterbourne United
869 Birtley Town
869 Chard Town
869 Cheddar
869 Codicote
869 Dawlish Town
869 Edgware Town
869 Falmouth Town
869 Friar Lane and Epworth
869 Gedling Miners Welfare
869 Northampton ON Chenecks
869 Sheppey United
869 Team Bury
881 AFC Bridgnorth
881 Aylestone Park
881 Bearsted
881 Biddulph Victoria
881 Biggleswade
881 Black Country Rangers
881 Brackley Town Saints
881 Brandon United
881 Celtic Nation
881 Charnock Richard
881 East Cowes Victoria Athletic
881 Flixton
881 Framlingham Town
881 Hackney Wick
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881 Leyton Athletic
881 Litherland REMYCA
881 Oldland Abbotonians
881 Risborough Rangers
881 Rusthall
881 Saltdean United
881 Southall
881 Southwick (Sussex)
881 Sporting Club Thamesmead
881 Stafford Town
881 Warminster Town
881 Whitchurch Alport
908 AC London
908 Andover New Street
908 Baffins Milton Rovers
908 Balham
908 Bexhill United
908 Birstall United
908 Blyth
908 Brimsdown Rovers
908 Broadfields United
908 Castle Vale JKS
908 Easington Sports
908 Ellistown (1)
908 Hamble
908 Lutterworth Town
908 Ossett United
908 Prestwich Heys
908 Shrewton United
908 Steyning Town
908 Tiptree United
908 Wincanton Town
908 Wootton Blue Cross
929 Hailsham Town
930 Diss Town
931 Holyport
931 Welton Rovers
933 Bedford
933 Fawley
933 Sandhurst Town
933 Southam United
937 Dorking
937 Keynsham Town
937 Langford
937 Teversal
937 Tow Law Town
937 Wigan Robin Park
943 AFC Uckfield
943 Dinnington Town
943 Hayling United
943 Shifnal Town
943 Sunderland Ryhope Colliery Welfare
943 Wellingborough Whitworths
949 Abbey Rangers
949 Barnton
949 Bicester Town
949 Bookham
949 Carterton
949 Debenham Leisure Centre
949 Elmore
949 Greenwood Meadows
949 Irchester United
949 Oakwood
949 Rushden and Higham United
949 Wodson Park
949 Wolverhampton Sporting Community
962 Ashton and Backwell United
962 Ashton Town
962 Bloxwich United
962 Broadbridge Heath
962 Buckingham Town
962 Chinnor
962 Clanfield 85
962 Cranfield United
962 Daisy Hill
962 Darlington Railway Athletic
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962 Earlswood Town
962 Epsom Athletic
962 Fleet Spurs
962 Gedling Town
962 Graham Street Prims
962 Hinckley
962 Hythe and Dibden
962 Leeds Carnegie
962 Leek County School Old Boys
962 Little Common
962 London Bari
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962 Thornaby
962 Warlingham
962 Widnes
962 Woodley United
962 Yorkshire Amateur
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990 Belper United
990 Bridon Ropes
990 Bromyard Town
990 Bustleholme
990 Clevedon United
990 Cornard United
990 Cullompton Rangers
990 Easington Colliery
990 Eversley and California
990 Exmouth Town
990 Feltham
990 Goodrich
990 Gravesham Borough
990 Harrow Hill
990 Harwich and Parkeston
990 Henley Town
990 K Sports
990 Langney Wanderers
990 Ledbury Town
990 Marlow United
990 Meir KA
990 Oldham Boro
990 Pelsall Villa
990 Pershore Town (88)
990 Pinchbeck United
990 Rochdale Town
990 Roman Glass St George
990 Sandbach United
990 Slade Green
990 Stapenhill
990 Tokyngton Manor
990 West Bridgford
990 Wick and Barnham United
990 Winslow United

The Record Breaking FA Cup Final

History Made

Most of the headlines from Manchester City winning 6-0 against Watford in Saturday’s FA Cup Final at Wembley will focus on the domestic treble being achieved for the first time and the fact that the record highest margin of victory in an FA Cup Final was achieved.

Yes, those two records have been achieved by Manchester City, who won a sixth FA Cup title this season, to go with their sixth ever League Cup title and their sixth ever League Championship they won this season, by scoring six goals without reply.

That record 6-0 victory had been set by Bury in the 1903 FA Cup Final when thrashing Derby County that year. However, the Shakers victory did also complete an FA Cup run of not conceding a goal, so they still have bragging rights about that.

Goal-scoring Feats

But those two records are not the only FA Cup benchmarks that were beaten, equalled or set by Manchester City. By scoring those six goals in the Final it meant they had hit the back of the net 26 times en route to lifting the Trophy. That is the highest number of goals scored by any FA Cup winning team since the current competition structure was put in place in the 1925-26 season.

Now there is always a caveat with that ‘record’ as obviously it’s not the most goals scored by any club winning the Trophy (that’s the 40 goals scored by Aston Villa in 1886-87 season), but it also isn’t actually the highest tally since 1925-26, either.

That’s because Derby County scored 37 goals in total when lifting the FA Cup in the 1945-46 season. So why is the Rams’ tally disregarded as the highest total, then? Well, the reason is that during the first post-war FA Cup season there was no formally organised League football, so the FA decided in order to give clubs more games that all FA Cup rounds from the 1st Round to the Quarter Finals that year would be played over two legs. As a result Derby County played almost twice as many games as the six that most clubs now need to play to win the Cup.

However, if goals per game are analysed for the FA Cup winners, Manchester City set another modern day benchmark. When Newcastle United in 1932 and Chelsea in 1970 scored their total of 25 goals they did so having had to play two or three replays on their way to Wembley (and beyond in Chelsea’s case). Manchester City made it to this year’s Final without the need of a replay and so their 4.33 goals scored per game is the highest return since 1925-26, and was only last bettered by Blackburn Rovers 134 years ago.

A Brace of Braces

Manchester City’s second goal against Watford eventually went to the debatable goals committee to determine who had scored it. Originally it was believed that Raheem Sterling got the final touch, and as he then went on to score twice more in the match late on, it was widely believed that he had scored the first FA Cup Final hat-trick since Stan Mortensen in the 1953 ‘Stanley Matthews’ Final.

However, Stan Mortensen can rest easy, as the review panel decided the ball had already crossed the line before Sterling got his foot to it, and so the goal was awarded to Gabriel Jesus instead. This meant that both Jesus and Sterling scored two goals apiece, the first time ever two players from the same side scored a brace in the FA Cup Final.

Win One, Lose One

Manchester City’s victory was a culmination of a peculiar set of results in the competition that started way back in the Extra Preliminary Round in August. The sequence saw the winning team in one round then get knocked out in the very next round and this continued to happen throughout all 14 rounds of the FA Cup this year, a more than 8,000/1 likely occurrence.

Bizarrely, the last time this rare sequence happened was in the 2012-13 season when Manchester City were on the wrong end of the chain of events when losing to Wigan Athletic.

Double Zero

Watford’s defeat means that the Hornets become unwanted members of an exclusive club, that of teams who have appeared in more than one FA Cup Final but have so far failed to lift the Trophy. Only Queen’s Park, Birmingham City, Leicester City and Crystal Palace are fellow members of this club, the only difference being that each of those four sides have at least managed to score an FA Cup Final goal.

Ten Out Of Ten

Watford’s defeat also meant that every single runner-up in the FA Cup in the last decade, the 2010s, has been a different club. Portsmouth, Stoke City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Hull City, Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Chelsea, Manchester United and now Watford have all tasted defeat in the Final over the last ten years. It is the first time ever that all 10 losing finalists in a decade have been 10 different clubs.

How Many’s A Crowd?

Finally, an unwanted record for this year’s FA Cup Final is that the attendance of 85,854 is the lowest Cup Final attendance since the showpiece game returned to be played at Wembley.

FA Cup Final 2019 Preview

Seven hundred and thirty-six clubs entered this year’s FA Cup with half of them kicking off on the first weekend of August. And from the pack has emerged Manchester City and Watford to contest the 2019 FA Cup Final.

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This is the 138th FA Cup Final, the 11th that Manchester City have reached, and just the second appearance for Watford. It is the first time the two clubs have met in an FA Cup Final and becomes the 116th different pairing of teams in FA Cup Final history.

By virtue of reaching the FA Cup Final this year Manchester City become the 10th best club in the competition’s history, replacing West Bromwich Albion. A victory in the Final would be their 6th in total and would move the club up to 8th in the all-time rankings, leapfrogging Blackburn Rovers and Everton.

Watford will be looking to become the 44th different name to be etched on the famous trophy. Victory for the Hornets would move the club up to 33rd in the overall rankings, but defeat would mean they join an exclusive group of four other clubs who have appeared in multiple FA Cup Finals but failed to lift the Trophy. Queen’s Park, Birmingham City and Crystal Palace all have two FA Cup Final appearances, but Leicester City have appeared in four Finals and are yet to win the Cup.

It is 35 years since Watford last appeared in an FA Cup Final. Only five clubs have had to wait longer between their first and second appearance in a Cup Final, and some big names are on that list. There was a 36 year gap for Liverpool, 39 years for Manchester United, a gap of 41 years for West Ham United, and 52 years for Chelsea between their respective first and second FA Cup Finals. But the longest wait a club has had between their first two FA Cup Final appearances is the 61 years between 1898 and 1959 that Nottingham Forest had to endure. Forest then had to wait another 32 years for their 3rd Cup Final appearance.

Manchester City have scored twice as many goals as Watford in reaching the FA Cup Final, 20 versus ten. The last club to score 20 goals and lift the Trophy was Chelsea back in 2012. Chelsea, along with Newcastle United, also hold the record for most goals scored (25) en route to lifting the Trophy since the current FA Cup structure was put in place in 1925-26 season. This excludes the 37 scored by Derby County in 1945-46 when for one season only all ties before the Semi-Finals were played over two legs.

If Manchester City are to match the current record of 25 goals they would need to post the second biggest number of goals scored by one side in an FA Cup Final. Blackburn Rovers and Bury both hit their respective opponents for six, but no club has actually scored a total of exactly five goals in a Cup Final. If Manchester City do achieve it by scoring at least five goals then they would do so by posting the best goals per game of any Cup winning side since the 1925-26 re-structure. They’d need to hit 10 goals, though, to beat the overall highest goals per game set by Blackburn Olympic in 1883, who scored 34 goals in their seven matches.

When Manchester City lost to Wigan Athletic in the 2013 FA Cup Final it was the culmination of a rare sequence of events in that year’s competition which is potentially set to be repeated this season. In the 2012-13 campaign there was just one Extra Preliminary Round tie where the winners of that tie subsequently lost in the Preliminary Round and their victors went on to lose in the 1st Qualifying Round, and their victors lost in the 2nd Qualifying Round, and on and on up to the Final itself.

The odds on that happening starting from the Extra Preliminary Round across all 14 rounds of the FA Cup are over 8,000/1. However, the same sequence is amazingly happening again this season, but whereas Manchester City were on the wrong end of the sequence in 2013, they would be the beneficiaries from it should it happen again this year.

Round  2012-13                                                     2018-19

EP Continental Star beat Causeway United  Biggleswade beat Northampton ON Chenecks

PR Stourport Swifts beat Continental Star   Soham Town Rangers beat Biggleswade

Q1 Stafford Rangers beat Stourport Swifts  FC Romania beat Soham Town Rangers

Q2 Gresley beat Stafford Rangers                   Beaconsfield Town beat FC Romania

Q3 Ilkeston beat Gresley                                   Concord Rangers beat Beaconsfield Town

Q4 AFC Fylde beat Ilkeston                              Dover Athletic beat Concord Rangers

R1 Accrington Stanley beat AFC Fylde         Bury beat Dover Athletic

R2 Oxford United beat Accrington Stanley  Luton Town beat Bury

R3 Sheffield United beat Oxford United       Sheffield Wednesday beat Luton Town

R4 Reading beat Sheffield United                   Chelsea beat Sheffield Wednesday

R5 Manchester United beat Reading            Manchester United beat Chelsea

R6 Chelsea beat Manchester United              Wolves beat Manchester United

SF Manchester City beat Chelsea                  Watford beat Wolves

Fin Wigan Athletic beat Manchester City   Manchester City to beat Watford?

 

That win by Wigan Athletic in the 2013 FA Cup Final was also the last time a new club had their name etched on the plinth of the famous trophy. In fact the last two clubs to be added to the roll of honour both begin with the letter ‘W’ (Wimbledon in 1988 was the other one) and so maybe there is something in the stars that says that Watford can lift the trophy for the first time this year?

Watford and Manchester City have faced each other six times in the FA Cup in the past. In the 1985-86 Fourth Round it took three ties to separate them with Watford eventually winning 3-1 in the second replay. Since then Manchester City have won all three meetings at the first time of asking, the most recent in the 4th Round in 2013-14 by four goals to two.

The overall FA Cup head-to-head record:

Played 6, Watford 1 win, Manchester City 3 wins, and 2 draws. Watford 7 goals, Manchester City 12 goals