2015/16 FA Cup 1st Round Review

  1. Peterborough United avenged their 1-0 defeat to Burton Albion from 2006 to avoid being eliminated in the 1st Rd again since then
  2. A brilliant last minute equaliser for Maidenhead United gave the club a great opportunity to reach the 2nd Round for the first time since the 19th Century. In the end Port Vale proved too strong for the Conference South in the replay coming from behind to win 3-1.
  3. Barnet end a run of 3 consecutive 1st Round exits and condemn Blackpool to their 5th consecutive FA Cup tie without a win
  4. Maybe the Cup upset of this year’s 1st Round as Southern League Premier side Chesham United win at League Two Bristol Rovers and make it to the 2nd Round for the 1st time in 36 years
  5. A 1-0 win for Cambridge United means that Basingstoke Town are still waiting to appear in the 2nd Round for the first time since 2006/07 season
  6. Following their 0-0 draw, the most common FA Cup foes in this 1st Round, Oldham Athletic and Mansfield Town, will have to do it again. Oldham beat Mansfield for the 5th time in six FA Cup meetings.
  7. A fantastic Cup upset as National League side Altrincham knocked out League One Barnsley to make it to 2nd Round for 1st time in 14 years
  8. Another fantastic Cup upset as Eastleigh win 1-0 at League One Crewe Alexandra meaning the club will at least equal its best ever FA Cup run.
  9. Northwich Victoria are now the only 8th tier team still in FA Cup after 1-1 draw with Boreham Wood who have another chance to make 2nd Round for 1st time in 18 years. Following their 2-1 win in Replay, the Vics will be the lowest ranked team in the 2nd Round.
  10. A second successive 1st Round exit for Coventry City after not experiencing it for 55 years before last season, and Northampton Town have now equalled FA Cup wins between the two teams to two each
  11. Brackley Town come back from two down to draw 2-2 with League Two Newport County meaning both clubs maintain opportunity of emulating their best ever FA Cup run of 2nd Round. In the end it is the League side who will get the chance to make it to the 3rd Round for the first time in their history.
  12. 1996/97 was the last time St Albans City made the 2nd Round and this 5-1 defeat at Grimsby Town means the wait goes on for another year
  13. No Cup upset for League Two Hartlepool United as they win 1-0 at home to National League Cheltenham Town.
  14. Salford City progress to the 2nd Round for the first time in their history after their terrific televised 2-0 win over League Two Notts County, which is three rounds further than the club has ever been before in the FA Cup
  15. 7th tier Stourbridge produced a Cup upset beating National League Dover Athletic to mean the club will at least equal its best ever FA Cup run
  16. A 3-0 win for Stevenage means that Gillingham have been knocked out of the FA Cup in the 1st Round for the 3rd successive season
  17. AFC Fylde were applauded off the pitch by both sides after losing 3-1 at League One Millwall equalling their best ever FA Cup run
  18. Aldershot Town and Bradford City will have to go again after their 0-0 draw. Bradford made sure with a straightforward 2-0 win in the replay.
  19. Walsall and Fleetwood Town met for the second time in FA Cup history and the result was the same as the replay five years ago, a 2-0 win for The Saddlers
  20. The only 1st Roud tie pitting two former FA Cup winners together saw Bury comprehensively win 4-0 at home to Wigan Athletic, knocked out in the 1st Round for the first time in 14 years
  21. It’s been 6 long years since Portsmouth had won an FA Cup match, a semi final win over Tottenham, so this narrow 2-1 win over National League side Macclesfield Town will be celebrated with a huge sigh of relief.
  22. There was to be no revenge for Worcester City for the 1959 defeat at the hands of Sheffield United as The Blades won 3-0 to maintain their current excellent FA Cup form
  23. Barwell may well have lost 2-0 to Welling United but the club has set a new personal best for how far they have gone in the FA Cup by reaching the 1st Round … and they can still lay claim to the best burger in the Cup!
  24. Wycombe Wanderers in the end ran out comfortable 4-0 winners at FC Halifax Town, but the Yorkshire can be proud of equalling their best ever Cup run of the 1st Round
  25. Luton Town won the battle of the last two teams to make the 5th Round as non-league clubs by beating Crawley Town by two goals to one
  26. Doncaster Rovers beat National League North side Stalybridge Celtic 2-0 to maintain their record of not being knocked out in the 1st Round since 2007/08 season
  27. It was not to be for the lowest placed side in the 1st Round as Didcot Town succumbed to a 3-0 defeat to League Two Exeter City after holding them for the first 45 minutes. Didcot have scored 19 goals, played 7 matches and competed in 6 rounds of this year’s FA Cup, that’s the same number of round as the likely winners will have to play in.
  28. Dagenham and Redbridge and Morecambe will have to play again to see which of the two can put an end to their respective current poor FA Cup runs. The Daggers came from two goals down to win the replay 4-2 and end a run of three successive 1st Round exits.
  29. League Two side Leyton Orient produced the biggest aggregate win of the 1st Round 6-1 at home to Isthmian League Premier side Staines Town
  30. Shrewsbury Town won 1-0 at National League North side Gainsborough Trinity to finally beat their Lincolnshire opponents in the FA Cup after two historical defeats
  31. Yeovil Town overcame being reduced to 9 men to win 1-0 at Maidstone United from National League South
  32. National League side Braintree Town have another chance to make it to the 2nd Round for the first time in their history after drawing 1-1 at home to League Two Oxford United. Braintree will have to console themselves with equalling their best ever Cup run as Oxford win 3-1 in the replay.
  33. A great Cup upset for National League South Whitehawk winning 5-3 at home to National League Lincoln City to progress to the 2nd Round for the first ever time in what is their 34th FA Cup campaign
  34. Accrington Stanley beat their fellow League Two side York City 3-2 to end a knock-out sequence of R2-R1-R2-R1-R2 in last 5 seasons
  35. Scunthorpe United won 2-1 against fellow League One side Southend United
  36. National League leaders Forest Green Rovers won 2-1 at League Two side AFC Wimbledon to produce one of the less surprising FA Cup upsets
  37. Carlisle United made the 780 mile round trip worthwhile for them and their fans by winning 2-0 at Plymouth Argyle
  38. FC United of Manchester missed the opportunity of equalling their best ever FA Cup run of reaching the 2nd Round
  39. They have had to wait 103 years but Rochdale finally avenged their 1912 FA Cup 1st Round defeat to Swindon Town by winning this year’s contest 3-1 and condemn The Robins to a fourth successive 1st Round exit
  40. League One side Colchester United won 6-2 at Wealdstone from three divisions below them

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