There are 179 ties and 358 clubs involved in the FA Vase 2nd Qualifying Round, three more ties and six more clubs than in the previous round.
Among the clubs are nine that are competing in the FA Vase for the first time. AEK Boco and Fleetlands FC are both starting their campaigns in this round, whilst Horden Community Welfare, Frickley Athletic, Basildon Town, Letchworth Garden City Eagles, London Samurai Rovers, Hartpury University and AFC Whyteleafe all already have an FA Vase victory under their belts.
Also recording their first ever FA Vase victory in this year’s 1st Qualifying Round were FC St Helens, FC Parson Drove, Larkfield and New Hythe Wanderers, Roffey FC and Callington Town, all of whom have home draws giving them the best chance of doubling their number of victories.
There are 23 other clubs which are equalling their best FA Vase run just by being in the 2nd Qualifying Round. Montpellier Villa travel to Roffey FC meaning at least one club will appear in the ‘Proper’ Rounds of the competition for the very first time.
Park View, Newent Town, Billingshurst FC and Lydd Town all face opponents whose best run so far in the competition is to the 1st Round ‘Proper’ (Little Oakley, Chipping Sodbury Town, Tooting Bec and Hollands and Blair respectively) meaning FA Vase history will be made or equalled as a consequence of those ties.
For Albion Sports to reach the 1st Round ‘Proper’ for the first time they will have to overcome former FA Vase winners Whickham FC who are one of six clubs that have lifted the Vase in the past competing in this 2nd Qualifying Round, the others being Whitley Bay, Brigg Town, Diss Town, Stansted FC and Deal Town.
Just over a fifth of the ties involve clubs that have met in the FA Vase before. There are two ties for which this will be the clubs’ fourth time drawn to face each in the competition. Birstall United Social have a two to one win ratio over Holwell Sports having beaten them 2-0 just two years ago, whilst Baldock Town have won all three previous Vase meetings with Long Melford, with all four head-to-heads happening across the last nine seasons.
AFC Blackpool, Nostell Miners Welfare, Ely City, Fleet Spurs, Sutton Athletic and Shepton Mallet all have a quick opportunity to avenge defeat by this year’s opponents in the competition from just last year, against Barnoldswick Town, West Didsbury and Chorlton, Mildenhall Town, Tuffley Rovers, Snodland Town and Mousehole FC respectively.
Langford FC have had considerably longer to wait to avenge a past FA Vase defeat having lost 2-0 to Stansted FC in the competition way back in the 1978/79 season. And it is also 30 years since Glasshoughton Welfare had the second of their two victories over Selby Town in the competition.
Brandon United will be keen to wipe a 5-0 defeat by this year’s opponents Pickering Town in the Vase from 15 years ago, whilst Verwood Town, Shaftesbury FC and Whitchurch United all had heavy four goal defeats to their respective opponents Cowes Sports, Badshot Lea and Moneyfields FC the only other time they met in the competition.
The club keenest to avoid defeat in this round may be Worcester City who have always made it to at least the 2nd Round ‘Proper’ in their five FA Vase campaigns to date.