The 2019/20 FA Vase Final takes place at last on Monday 3rd May 2021 at 1.0pm almost a year after it was originally scheduled to occur.
Unfortunately it is being played behind closed doors so will have an official attendance of zero. However, the Final is being aired free of charge by BT Sport, so could end up being the most watched ‘live’ FA Vase Final of all time.
The Final features Northern League Division One allies and rivals Consett FC and Hebburn Town, both appearing in an FA Vase Final for the first time, keeping up a competition tradition whereby at least one Vase Finalist is a debutant club.
It will be the 46th FA Vase Final, the second all Northern League affair, the third to involve two clubs from the same division, and the 27th Final whereby both clubs are appearing in it for the first time.
And the winner will be the 11th club from the Northern League to lift the Vase, a record number almost three times ahead of any other League’s successes, nine of which will have come in the last 12 years.
And with the runners-up from the same League it means the Northern League will have had 17 FA Vase Finalists in total, almost double the number of the next best league, the North West Counties League.
Neither Consett nor Hebburn Town had been beyond the 5th Round before the 2019/20 season, Consett having only done so in 2007/08 and Hebburn Town making it that far just one season prior to this one in 2018/19.
Consett have scored more goals en route to the Final; 21 to Hebburn’s 14, but the Steelmen did start their campaign one round earlier than the Hornets.
Whichever of these two Northern League clubs is victorious on the day theirs will be the 38th different name etched onto the FA Vase trophy.
Thirty-eight different winners in just 46 seasons!
The FA Vase really is the only national knock-out competition in the world where every single club that enters it has as much chance of winning it as any other team involved.