2016-17 FA Cup 2nd Round Tie-by-Tie Preview

Overview

Of the 40 clubs in this year’s FA Cup 2nd Round vying to occupy the twenty 3rd Round places there are:

28 English Football League clubs and 12 Non-League clubs;

17 EFL One clubs (level 3), 11 EFL Two clubs (level 4), 8 National League clubs (level 5), 3 National League North clubs (level 6) and 1 Northern Premier League Premier Division club (Stourbridge, level 7);

7 former FA Cup winners (6 if you don’t regard either AFC Wimbledon or Milton Keynes Dons as a continuation of Wimbledon);

4 clubs who are one win away from equalling their best ever FA Cup run (Barrow, Eastleigh, Fleetwood Town and Newport County (since re-forming));

3 clubs actually equalling their best ever FA Cup run (Brackley Town, Curzon Ashton and Stourbridge);

3 clubs appearing in the 2nd Round for the first time ever (Braintree Town, FC Halifax Town and Solihull Moors);

10 ties involving clubs who’ve met in FA Cup before with Bolton Wanderers versus Sheffield United the tie with the most previous FA Cup encounters (Nine);

4 ties involving clubs who will meet each other during their League campaigns;

1 all Non-League tie guaranteeing at least one non–league club in the 3rd Round with a maximum of eleven should the underdogs win in every other tie. (The record is eight in 2008/09, last season there was just one).

Tie-by-Tie Previews

  1. Curzon Ashton (National League North) v AFC Wimbledon (EFL One)

Level 6 v Level 3

First FA Cup meeting between the two clubs.

Curzon Ashton are appearing in the FA Cup 2nd Round for only the second time in their 53 year history in what is their 42nd FA Cup campaign. The Nash beat League Two club Exeter City to reach this stage eight years ago before going out to Conference Premier side Kidderminster Harriers. A win for AFC Wimbledon would equal their best FA Cup run since the formation of the fan owned club, last achieved two years ago when they narrowly went out to Premier League Liverpool.

 

  1. Chesterfield (EFL One) v Wycombe Wanderers (EFL Two)

Level 3 v Level 4

One previous FA Cup meeting between the two clubs, a 1-0 First Round win for the Chairboys 18 years ago.

Both clubs famously reached the FA Cup Semi Finals as a third tier club within the last 20 years, Wycombe narrowly losing 2-1 to Premier League Liverpool in 2001, and The Spireites losing 3-0 in a replay to Premier League Middlesbrough four years earlier, after cruelly being denied victory in the first match.

 

  1. Millwall (EFL One) v Braintree Town (National League)

Level 3 v Level 5

First FA Cup meeting between the two clubs.

Braintree Town are finally appearing in the FA Cup 2nd Round for the first time ever in their 118th year and their 59th FA Cup campaign. The Iron had made the 1st Round five times prior to this season including in each of the last four campaigns. The club equalled their best ever FA Cup win (7-0) to reach this Round and have scored 11 goals in just two FA Cup matches so far. Millwall were losing finalists as a second tier club 13 years ago and semi-finalists as recently as four years ago.

 

  1. Macclesfield Town (National League) v Oxford United (EFL One)

Level 5 v Level 3

One previous FA Cup meeting between the two clubs, a 1-0 First Round victory for Oxford United 16 years ago when both sides were League clubs.

Macclesfield Town achieved their best FA Cup run just four years ago reaching the Fourth Round as a Conference National side, something The Silkmen failed to achieved throughout their 15 years as a League club. Oxford United famously made the FA Cup Quarter Finals as a fourth tier side back in 1963/64 season and reached the Fourth Round just last year.

 

  1. Bolton Wanderers (EFL One) v Sheffield United (EFL One)

Level 3 v Level 3

Tenth FA Cup meeting between the two clubs, the most common match-up in this year’s FA Cup Second Round. Of the previous nine meetings The Blades have progressed five times and The Trotters have triumphed four times. The clubs first met in the FA Cup in the Second Round in 1899/1900 season with Bolton running out 13-0 winners!

This is the only meeting between two former FA Cup winners in this year’s Second Round, both clubs having won the famous trophy four times each, Bolton last in 1958 and Sheff Utd last as far back as 1925. Neither side has exited the FA Cup as early as the Second Round for quite some time. It’s 27 years for Bolton, but for the majority of that time The Trotters have been exempted until the Third Round. For Sheffield United it is 35 years, but unlike their opponents, The Blades have spent a lot of those years having to qualify for the Third Round. Sheff Utd made it to this stage this year with a 6-0 win over Leyton Orient, amazingly the biggest win the club has ever had in the FA Cup despite being involved in more than 300 ties.

 

  1. Blackpool (EFL Two) v Brackley Town (National League North)

Level 4 v Level 6

First FA Cup meeting between the two clubs.

Brackley Town are appearing in the FA Cup 2nd Round for only the second time in their 126 year history in what is the club’s 25th FA Cup campaign. They first achieved it three years ago and both times they have done so by defeating League One side Gillingham in a replay. The Saints are the current top scorers of all teams still competing in this year’s FA Cup having hit the back of the net 20 times already. Their 6-0 victory over Rugby Town in the 2nd Qualifying Round represents their biggest ever win in the competition. Blackpool are one of seven former FA Cup winners in this year’s 2nd Round having famously won the ‘Stanley Matthews’ final in 1953.

 

  1. Stourbridge (Northern Premier League Premier Division) v Northampton Town (EFL One)

Level 7 v Level 3

First FA Cup meeting between the two clubs.

Stourbridge are the lowest ranked team remaining in this year’s FA Cup and the final representative of those teams which entered the FA Cup in the 1st Qualifying Round back at the beginning of September. This is the fourth time The Glassboys have reached the 2nd Round but have yet to make it to the hallowed Third Round. This year’s obstacle in the shape of Northampton Town is one of their toughest yet to overcome with four Leagues separating the two clubs, the biggest gap of any of this year’s 20 ties. However, Stourbridge fans and players can take heart in the knowledge that The Cobblers hold the record of most FA Cup 2nd Round exits with 30. Northampton Town don’t have a particularly impressive record in the FA Cup in recent years only once going beyond the 2nd Round in the last 10 seasons, although it did happen to be last year.

 

  1. Notts County (EFL Two) v Peterborough United (EFL One)

Level 4 v Level 3

Two previous FA Cup meetings between the two clubs, with The Posh triumphing on both previous occasions. Both wins came at Meadow Lane, too, 3-0 in the 1st Round 1962/63 and 1-0 in the 4th Round 1980/81.

If it is to be third time lucky for Notts County then the club will reach the 3rd Round for the first time in five years. The club has actually won the FA Cup, but their one and only victory came back in the 19th Century! Peterborough United made the Quarter Finals 52 seasons ago, but have only gone out before the 3rd Round once in the past 10 campaigns.

 

  1. Cambridge United (EFL Two) v Coventry City (EFL One)

Level 4 v Level 3

One previous FA Cup meeting between the two clubs, a 1991/92 3rd Round replay won 1-0 by Cambridge United after the sides played out a 1-1 draw.

Cambridge United’s best FA Cup runs were two Quarter Finals appearances in successive seasons as the 1980s turned into the 1990s. Coventry City won the FA Cup in 1987, but this is their first appearance in the 2nd Round for three years.

 

  1. Port Vale (EFL One) v Hartlepool United (EFL Two)

Level 3 v Level 4

One previous FA Cup meeting between the two clubs, a 1994/95 1st Round tie that Port Vale won easily 6-0, a result that represents a record defeat in the competition for Hartlepool.

Port Vale made the Semi-Finals as a third tier club back in the 1953/54 season, but have only gone beyond the 2nd Round four times this Century. Hartlepool have one of the worst FA Cup records of all League clubs having never gone beyond the 4th Round in 98 previous campaigns, last achieving that Round eight years ago.

 

  1. Bristol Rovers (EFL One) v Barrow (National League)

Level 3 v Level 5

One previous FA Cup meeting between the two clubs, a 2006/07 1st Round tie won 3-2 by Rovers.

Despite spending 45 years as a Football League club in the past, a win for Barrow would equal their best ever FA Cup Round reached, something they’ve done 11 times before, a record for a club never to have made it as far as the 4th Round. The Bluebirds last achieved in seven seasons ago. Bristol Rovers have made the FA Cup Quarter Finals three times, most recently just nine seasons ago when they lost 5-1 to West Bromwich Albion playing in the Championship at the time.

 

  1. Woking (National League) v Accrington Stanley (EFL Two)

Level 5 v Level 4

First FA Cup meeting between the two clubs.

Both clubs best FA Cup performance is to the 4th Round. Woking achieved it for their one and only time in 1990/91 season after famously winning at West Bromwich Albion, and have gone beyond the 2nd Round three times since then, but the last occasion was 20 years ago. Stanley have also only appeared in the 4th Round once back in 2009/10 season, and even the original incarnation of the club only reached that far.

 

  1. Lincoln City (National League) v Oldham Athletic (EFL One)

Level 5 v Level 3

One previous FA Cup meeting between the two clubs, a 1936/37 2nd Round tie won 3-2 by Oldham. Eighty years is the longest any club in this year’s 2nd Round has had to wait to avenge a previous FA Cup defeat.

Lincoln City made the 5th Round in the days before the Football League existed, only ever making it as far as the 4th Round since then despite having 105 years of Football League membership in that time. The Imps last made the 3rd Round seven years ago. Oldham has gone as far as the Semi-Finals three times, the equal most of any club yet to appear in the Final itself, but has gone out in the 2nd Round in each of the last two seasons.

 

  1. Luton Town (EFL Two) v Solihull Moors (National League)

Level 4 v Level 5

First FA Cup meeting between the two clubs.

Solihull Moors are appearing in the FA Cup 2nd Round for the first time ever since they were formed by the merger of Solihull Borough and Moor Green back in 2007. In fact, this is a record run for the club in all of its guises as both Solihull Borough and Moor Green only made it as far as the 1st Round in their 80 combined FA Cup campaigns. Luton Town has one FA Cup Runners-Up and three more Semi-Finals in its history, but their best recent run was to the 5th Round as a non-league club in 2012-13, only the seventh club to achieve such a feat since the current FA Cup qualifying structure was adopted.

 

  1. Sutton United (National League) v Cheltenham Town (EFL Two)

Level 5 v Level 4

One previous FA Cup meeting between the two clubs, a 1997/98 4th Qualifying Round tie won 1-0 by Cheltenham Town when both sides were non-league clubs.

Cheltenham reached their best of the 5th Round in 2001/02 but were last in the 3rd Round four years ago. Sutton United have reached the 4th Round twice in the past, most famously 28 years ago after beating top flight, and recent Cup winners, Coventry City. However, The Us last made the 3rd Round 23 years ago.

 

  1. Eastleigh (National League) v FC Halifax Town (National League North)

Level 5 v Level 6

First FA Cup meeting between the two clubs.

This is the only all non-league tie of this year’s FA Cup 2nd Round, a similar match-up that saw Eastleigh victorious and reach their record run to the 3rd Round only last season. Eastleigh were the only non-league representatives in last year’s 3rd Round, and if all ties go in favour of the higher league club then they could be so again this year. FC Halifax Town are finally in to the 2nd Round for the first time since forming out of the ashes of the original Halifax Town club in 2008, having previously reached the 1st Round on four separate occasions prior to this season.

 

  1. Shrewsbury Town (EFL One) v Fleetwood Town (EFL One)

Level 3 v Level 3

First FA Cup meeting between the two clubs.

A win for Fleetwood Town would mean the club would equal their best FA Cup run, achieved just once before five years ago. Shrewsbury Town has two Quarter Final appearances under its belt, either side of 1980, and fell just one Round short last season to equalling that feat.

 

  1. Charlton Athletic (EFL One) v Milton Keynes Dons (EFL One)

Level 3 v Level 3

First FA Cup meeting between the two clubs.

Former FA Cup winners Charlton Athletic have not gone out of the FA Cup as early as the 2nd Round for seven years, although they have been exempted until the 3rd Round for the last four of those seven seasons. Milton Keynes Dons have one 5th Round appearance to their name since forming in 2004, although fell one Round short of making it two last season.

 

  1. Plymouth Argyle (EFL Two) v Newport County (EFL Two)

Level 4 v Level 4

First FA Cup meeting between the two clubs since Newport County re-formed in 1989, although the Pilgrims did twice beat the original Ironsiders, 2-0 in a 1st Round tie in 1980/81 and 1-0 in a 3rd Round replay three years later.

Plymouth Argyle made the Semi-Finals as a third tier club in 1984 and has reached the Quarter Finals once again since then. Newport County reached the 3rd Round for the first time last season since the club re-formed in 1989.

 

  1. Carlisle United (EFL Two) v Rochdale (EFL One)

Level 4 v Level 3

One previous FA Cup meeting between the two clubs, a 3-1 replay win for The Dale after the clubs had shared four goals in their original 1st Round tie 57 years ago.

Carlisle United reached the Quarter Finals during their only season as a top flight club in 1974/75 and equalled their best run since then making the 4th Round last season. Rochdale have twice made the 5th Round, most recently in 2002/03 season, and made the 4th Round twice in the last three years.

 

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