FA Cup 2022-23 EP Rd Preview by Numbers

732 – The total number of clubs involved in the 2022-23 FA Cup, the amount that the FA plan to become the permanent number of entries each season based on Levels 1 to 9 in the newly revised Football Pyramid.

208 – The competition record number of ties in this season’s Extra Preliminary Round involving 416 non-league clubs.

5 – Of the 95 Step 4 clubs involved in the Extra Preliminary Round at least five are guaranteed to be knocked out.

11 – The number of clubs from Level 10 (Step 6) in the Football Pyramid involved in this season’s FA Cup.

3 – The number of Step 6 clubs facing opponents two levels above them in the Extra Preliminary Round: New Mills travel to Ossett United, Folland Sports visit Larkhall Athletic, and Brixham FC are hosted by Tavistock FC.

23 – Brixham FC are one of 23 clubs yet to register an FA Cup victory, although nine of them are participating in the competition for the first time: Bury AFC, Golcar United, Worcester Raiders, Darlaston Town (1874), Shefford Town and Campton, Buckhurst Hill, Hilltop FC, Roffey FC, and Midhurst and Easebourne.

9 – Of those clubs with multiple FA Cup campaigns still awaiting their first victory in the competition, Selston FC, Virginia Water, Sheerwater FC and Welling Town are all trying for the 4th time (versus Leicester Nirvana, Hilltop FC, Banstead Athletic and Sutton Athletic respectively), Pinchbeck United are looking to do so at the 5th time of asking (at Melton Town), whilst Holyport FC are hoping to make it 9th time lucky (at Risborough Rangers).

78 – Conversely, 78 clubs involved in this year’s Extra Preliminary Round have actually appeared in the ‘Proper’ Rounds of the competition in the past, with Sheffield FC, Northwich Victoria, Glossop North End and Chatham Town all actually having gone as far as the last eight in the past, admittedly all more than 100 years ago. It requires as many victories as the eventual winners of the competition will need for any of these 416 clubs just to reach the 1st Round ‘Proper’ this season, although Skelmersdale United proved just a couple of years ago it could be done.

125 – Chatham Town are competing in the FA Cup for the 125th time this season. Other clubs starting out in this earliest round also celebrating competition milestones are: Bideford FC and Westbury United (both in 75th campaign), Evesham United, Mangotsfield United, Newhaven FC and Potton United (all 50th), and Cowes Sports, Hassocks FC, Ramsbottom United, Tavistock FC, Walsall Wood, Whickham FC and Yaxley FC (all 25th).

60 – The number of ties involving clubs that have met each other in the FA Cup before, including seven pairs of clubs who last met in the competition just last season. Broadbridge Heath will be most keenest to avenge last season’s defeat having gone down 6-2 against Littlehampton Town.

53 – Eynesbury Rovers have had to wait 53 years to exact revenge for a 2-3 defeat to Newmarket Town in the FA Cup. Fleet Town have waited 52 years since losing 2-5 to Newport (IOW) in the competition, and it’s 43 years since Hoddesdon Town lost 4-3 at Edgware Town, now known as Edgware and Kingsbury.

13 – All eyes really should be on Faversham Town versus Colliers Wood United in the hope of witnessing a repeat of when they last met in the FA Cup 15 years ago where they shared 13 goals in total with Colliers Wood United running out 7-6 winners.

5 – A couple of clubs will be looking to avenge heavy 5-0 defeats from their last FA Cup meeting as Shrivenham travel to Didcot Town after a 14 year wait and Falmouth Town host Saltash United 35 years after their last meeting in the competition.

4 – The most common tie of this season’s Extra Preliminary Round sees Wisbech Town host Ely City for the fifth time having beaten their visitors on each of the previous four occasions they’ve been drawn together in the FA Cup, most recently 4-0 just three years ago.

53 – The number of Extra Preliminary Round ties involving clubs that will meet each other in League action this season with the Northern League Division One the most represented with seven ties in total.

5 – Wythenshawe Town versus Macclesfield FC, Melton town versus Pinchbeck United, White Ensign against St Panteleimon, Rusthall versus Loxwood, and Virginia Water against Hilltop FC are five ties that guarantee the winner will either equal or set their best FA Cup run.

61 – Carlisle City return to the FA Cup after a 42 year gap, whilst Sheringham FC participate in the competition again 61 years after last doing so. Only 20 other clubs have had a longer gap between FA Cup games. Sheringham coincidentally travel to March Town United upon their return having faced March GE United in their original FA Cup game 96 years ago (which they won 9-3).

1 – Despite 71 campaigns and 131 FA Cup games between them neither Norwich United nor Potton United, who face each other in this season’s Extra Preliminary Round, have met a club in the competition whose name begins with the same letter as their opponents does this season.

9 – With a combination of just nine letters in their names, Irlam FC versus Avro FC equals the joint shortest named tie in FA Cup history.

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2 thoughts on “FA Cup 2022-23 EP Rd Preview by Numbers”

    1. There have been several FA Cup ties with combined names of just 9 letters.
      Bury v Stoke
      Chirk v Rhyl
      Colne v Hyde
      Cove v Lewes
      Cowes v Ryde
      Earle v Rhyl
      Tonge v Hyde
      and now
      Irlam v Avro

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