FA Cup 2022-23 Prelim Rd by Numbers Preview

272 – The number of clubs that will contest the 136 Preliminary Round ties.

64 – The number of Step 4 clubs entering the competition at this stage, and also the number of Step 4 clubs that have so far progressed from the Extra Preliminary Round.

4 – The number of Step 6 clubs still in the competition; Andover New Street, Brixham FC, Newport (IOW) and Wincanton Town, all of which are drawn away from home, with Andover New Street having to travel to Step 4 side Westbury United.

5 – The number of clubs still standing who are competing in the FA Cup for the first time: Buckhurst Hill, Bury AFC, Midhurst and Easebourne, Shefford Town and Campton, and Worcester Raiders.

7 – The number of other clubs appearing in Preliminary Round for the first time: Brixham FC, Holyport FC, North Ferriby, Pinchbeck United, Sheerwater FC, St Panteleimon and Virginia Water.

15 – The number of clubs equalling their best run to the Preliminary Round including: West Didsbury and Chorlton (6th time), West Essex (5th time) and Baffins Milton Rovers (4th time).

8 – The number of clubs appearing in the Preliminary Round for the first time in a few years including Tow Law Town (14 years), Ipswich Wanderers (7 years) and Lye Town (6 years). Additionally, Sheringham FC and Carlisle City are also into Preliminary Round for the first time in many years but that is because they haven’t participated in the FA Cup for more than 60 years and 40 years respectively.

13 – The number of Midland Football League Premier Division clubs in the Preliminary Round, the most from any single Step 5 Division.

30 – The number of Preliminary Round ties that have happened before, with the most common tie being Spalding United vs Stamford who are meeting in the FA Cup for the 7th time having beaten each other three times each in past encounters.

72 – The number of years since Skelmersdale United and Prescot Cables last met in the FA Cup. They meet for the 4th time this season with Prescot ahead by two wins to one.

4 – The number of Preliminary Round ties that involve clubs who faced each other just last year with Hinckley LR FC, Skegness Town, Stowmarket Town and Holyport FC all looking to exact quick revenge over Hanley Town, Anstey Nomads, AFC Sudbury and Ascot United respectively.

11 – The number of Preliminary Round ties that will guarantee the winner will at least equal their best FA Cup run: Bury AFC vs Widnes FC, Silsden FC vs Charnock Richard, Lichfield City vs Bugbrooke St Michaels, Harborough Town vs Bottesford Town, Kimberley Miners Welfare vs Leicester Nirvana, Holyport FC vs Ascot United, Crawley Down Gatwick vs Spelthorne Sports, Punjab United vs Westfield FC, Sutton Athletic vs Ashford United, Baffins Milton Rovers vs Horndean FC, and Shepton Mallet vs Brixham FC.

10 – The number of goals scored by Newhaven FC without reply to reach the Preliminary Round, the 8th largest margin of victory in a replay in FA Cup history.


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