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



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)



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






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)



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)



4 – Aidan Thomas (Westfields)

3 – Mark Fitzpatrick (Dunston)

3 – Jamie Owens (Stockton Town)



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).

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    The 2019-20 Emirates FA Cup kicked off this weekend with 182 ties and 603 goals.

    The extra preliminary round consists of teams from Step 4-6 of the English football pyramid, with the lowest-ranked sides nine tiers below last season’s winners, Manchester City.

    The Cup got under way on Friday night. Bexhill United scored the opening goal of 2019-20 Emirates FA Cup as Jack Shonk gave them a surprise lead against Eastbourne Town. But Tyler Scrafton’s hat-trick soon helped the Southern Combination Premier side to a comfortable 6-1 victory.

    Saturday’s early kick-off saw Broadbridge Heath advance to the preliminary round for the first time following a hard-fought 1-0 win at Punjab United. George Goodwin’s own goal proved the difference between the sides in a close-fought tie.

    Meanwhile Dunstable Town’s Chris Stapleton scored after just 14 seconds in a 3-2 win over Chipping Sodbury Town. It was one of the fastest FA Cup goals, but still 10 seconds slower than Ashton United’s Gareth Morris back in 2001.

    In one of the results of the round, ambitious United Counties League Division One (Step 6) side Melton Town caused a dramatic 2-1 upset at Worksop Town. The visitors scored twice in the dying stages. Trailing 1-0, Kadeem Price equalised on 90 minutes before Jordan Lever scored the winner six minutes into added time to stun the Northern Premier League side.

    Northwich Victoria – the first team to knock Liverpool out of The FA Cup back in 1892 – will be hoping for another famous run, but they will need to come through a replay first. Steve Wilkes side were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Silsden after Aidan Kirby’s added-time penalty kept the Northern Counties East League Premier Division side in the competition by the skin of their teeth.

    Rylands suffered defeat on their Emirates FA Cup debut. The Warrington-based club, owned by Wayne Rooney’s agent Paul Stretford, won the North West Counties League Division One South title last season, but lost 2-0 at Runcorn Town thanks to a brace from Dave Forbes.

    Westfields, the last team to reach the Emirates FA Cup first round from the extra preliminary stage in 2016-17, must come through a replay to stand a chance of repeating that feat. The Hellenic League Premier Division side were held to a 1-1 draw at Congleton Town.

    The highest scorers of the day were Whickham, who thrashed Harrogate Railway Athletic 10-1. Carl Finnigan scored four, while Matt Pattison grabbed a hat-trick.

    Long Eaton United enjoyed a healthy 8-2 win at Bottlewood Town. Niall Towly scored a 15-minute hat-trick, eventually finishing with four goals.

    Sunderland Ryhope Colliery Welfare – the only club competing in this year’s Emirates FA Cup whose name contains the words ‘FA Cup’ – drew 0-0 with fellow Northern League Division One rivals Sunderland Ryhope Community. It was a repeat of last year’s match up, which the latter won 5-2.

    And Wembley are still in the competition, too. Their Vale Farm stadium is only two miles from Wembley Stadium and a 1-1 draw away at Hayes ensures a trip there is still not impossible.

    Sunday saw nine ties and 33 goals. Eastern Counties League South side Barkingside came from behind to beat Stansted 4-1. Ali Rajim, Francesco Balestrini, Elliot Scott and Joe Oates all got on the scoresheet at Cricklefields.

    Bristol’s oldest football club, Roman Glass St George, scored late to win 3-2 at Winslow United and secure their first Emirates FA Cup victory in 66 years.

    Worcester City comfortably beat Stone Old Alleynians 4-1. Carl Heeley’s side are best known for stunning Liverpool in 1958-59 to reach round four. More recently, they also beat Coventry City in round one in 2014-15 before going on to lose to Scunthorpe United in the longest-ever penalty shootout (14-13).

    Elsewhere, Whitton United survived Harry Wales’s red card to win 2-1 at West Sussex. Jamie Cole scored the winner 11 minutes from time.

    Two goals from Isaac Mafor-Jacobs helped Hoddesdon Town defeat Brantham Athletic 2-0 in a game played at Ware FC.

    Godmanchester Rovers won 3-2 at Northampton On Chenecks at Billing Road. Rovers’ best Emirates FA Cup run came in 2009-10 when they reached the first qualifying round where they lost to Northampton Spencer.

    And 304 fans visited football’s oldest football stadium as Staveley Miners Welfare won 2-0 away at Hallam’s Sandygate Road.

    There are still two more ties to play as Burnham host Tring Athletic and Molesey take on Sutton Common Rovers. There are also 38 replays across Tuesday and Wednesday ahead of the Emirates FA Cup preliminary round, which is scheduled over the weekend of Saturday 24 August.

    All victorious sides receive £2,250 and are now 12 rounds away from a potentially fairytale trip to the Final which takes place at Wembley Stadium on 23 May 2020.
    By FA Staff.

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