FA Cup 2016-17 Extra Preliminary Round Stats and Facts

Familiar Faces

Of the 184 FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round ties, 59 of them are between clubs who will face each other in League matches this season, up from 47 last season

Of the 184 FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round ties, just 29 are between clubs who’ve faced each other in the competition before, two higher than last season

The last time Tunbridge Wells met Eastbourne United was an Extra Preliminary Round tie in 1990/91 that the U’s won 6-5. A repeat of that would be fantastic.

Of the 29 matches in FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round between teams who’ve met in competition before, only six pairs have met more than once

Clubs meeting in FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round who’ve met more than once before are:

Easington Colliery 0-2 Northallerton Town

Seaham Red Star 0-2 Morpeth Town

Atherton Collieries 1-1 Bacup Borough

Worksop Town 4-0 Hallam (the most meetings in FA Cup of all matches in this year’s Extra Preliminary Round, and between two of the oldest clubs in the country)

East Preston 1-1 Horley Town (East Preston received a walkover in 2006 as Horley Town scratched)

Buckland Athletic 1-1 Plymouth Parkway (this will be the clubs’ third meeting in five seasons)

Five pairs of clubs who are meeting in FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round this year actually met in the Cup last year with the following results:

FC Clacton 3 v 1 Eton Manor

Leighton Town 3 v 0 Northampton Sileby Rangers

Tuffley Rovers 4 v 1 Ardley United

Bridport 1 v 0 Alresford Town

Sporting Club Thamesmead 1 v 1 Sevenoaks Town (Sporting Club Thamesmead won 4-2 on penalties after the clubs had drawn 1-1 twice, however last season the club was known as Seven Acres and Sidcup)

 

A Long Way To Go

Of the 368 clubs in this year’s FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round 52 of them have made the 1st Round Proper in the past, of which 22 of them progressed to the 2nd Round, and six of them went on to the 3rd Round. But just one has appeared in the 4th Round, Bishop Auckland in 1954/55, where they lost 3-1 to York City after defeating Ipswich Town, Crystal Palace and Kettering Town

 

Small Chance of Success

In this year’s FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round there are 10 all Step 6 ties meaning at least as many clubs from that level will be in the Preliminary Round

There are two all Northern League Division Two clashes between Easington Colliery and Northallerton Town, and between Durham City and Billingham Synthonia

Penistone Church from Northern Counties East League Division One take on Cheadle Town from North West Counties League Division One

There is an all Midland Football League Division One clash between Heath Hayes and Bromsgrove Sporting, whilst fellow clubs Lichfield City and Nuneaton Griff take on West Midlands Regional League Premier sides Wolverhampton Casuals and Dudley Sports respectively

There’s two all East Midlands Counties League clashes as South Normanton Athletic take on first timers Aylestone Park, and Blaby and Whetstone Athletic face St Andrews

Southern Combination League Division One outfit St Francis Rangers travel to Redhill from Combined Counties League Division One

Western League Division One side Cheddar play their first ever FA Cup match at South West Peninsula League Premier side Bodmin Town

 

Potential Banana Skins

There are several clubs in this year’s FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round who have never been knocked out in Extra Preliminary Round despite participating in the competition for many years:

Walton and Hersham 70 campaigns (away at Westfield)

Eastbourne Town 67 (away at Raynes Park Vale)

Leighton Town 54 (at home to Northampton Sileby Rangers)

Edgware Town 53 (at home to Holmer Green)

Easington Collieries 51

Redbridge 40

Harrogate Railway Athletic 29

Bashley 28

Stourport Swifts 24

AFC Hayes and South Normanton Athletic 22

Burnham 21

 

 

What Does Success Taste Like?

As well as those clubs entering the FA Cup for the first time there are 15 other clubs in this year’s competition who’ve yet to taste FA Cup victory

The seven clubs with the most campaigns in the FA Cup yet to win in it are:

5 seasons – Barnoldswick Town (beaten by Barton Town Old Boys, Colne, Hebburn Town, Ramsbottom United and Tadcaster Albion)

4 seasons – Amesbury Town (beaten by Almondsbury UWE, Bemerton Heath Harlequins, New Milton Town and Warminster Town)

4 seasons – Fawley (beaten by AFC Portchester, Almondsbury UWE, Cowes Sports and Hallen)

3 seasons – AFC Croydon Athletic (beaten by Colliers Wood United, Erith and Belverdere and Horsham YMCA)

3 seasons – Team Solent (beaten by AFC Portchester, Blackfield and Langley and Cowes Sports)

 

When Will I Win Again?

Clubs in 2016/17 FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round with the longest sequence without a win are:

Sawbridgeworth Town – 8 successive campaigns, but over 10 years, knocked out in Extra Preliminary Round (last won in 2004/05 1-0 in Extra Preliminary Round away at Wisbech Town)

Nelson – 8 successive campaigns over 13 years, the last seven knocked out in Extra Preliminary Round, the one prior exempted from that round and lost in Preliminary Round (last won in 2002/03 2-1 in Extra Preliminary Round replay at Norton and Stockton Ancients after a goalless draw)

Hailsham Town – 7 successive seasons knocked out in Extra Preliminary Round (last won in 2007/08 2-0 in Extra Preliminary Round at home to Pagham after a 1-1 draw)

Welton Rovers – 7 successive campaigns over eight years knocked out in Extra Preliminary Round (last won in 2007/08 1-0 in Preliminary Round at home to Odd Down)

Nostell Miners Welfare – 6 successive seasons knocked out in Extra Preliminary Round (last won in 2009/10 2-1 in Extra Preliminary Round at home to Oldham Town)

 

Trivial Trivia

Coleshill Town v Cradley Town is the only one of the 184 FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round ties where both clubs have the same initials!

Parkgate v Irlam is the Extra Preliminary Round tie with the fewest combined number of letters in the two clubs’ names!

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