FA Cup 2022-23 1st Round Preview

The FA Cup 1st Round ‘Proper’ kicks off on Friday night as former winners Sheffield Wednesday host Morecambe FC looking to repeat the 2-1 victory against the Shrimps in the Cup from 11 years ago.

A second former winner Portsmouth FC also play on Friday night live on TV as they travel to National League North side Hereford FC forty years after Pompey beat Hereford United 4-1 in the Cup. A revenge of sorts would mean Hereford equalling their best Cup run.

Another live TV match, on Saturday lunchtime, could result in FA Cup history for South Shields if they defeat Forest Green Rovers four levels above them.

Another former winner Bradford City host local rivals Harrogate Town on Saturday lunchtime, too, whilst two other former Cup winners face each other later that afternoon.

In the centenary season of their lifting of the Cup in Wembley’s first final Bolton Wanderers host Barnsley FC having lost on all three previous occasions the two clubs have met in the Cup, the first time leading to the South Yorkshire side going on to lift the Trophy themselves.

Another former winner Charlton Athletic host Coalville Town from the Southern League Central Division. The Leicestershire side has already defeated one former winner in Notts County in the last round and is equalling their best Cup run just by being in the 1st Round.

Several other EFL 1 sides have potentially embarrassing banana skin games against non-league clubs from three or four levels below them. Cheltenham Town host the lowest ranked club still standing in this year’s competition, Alvechurch FC, from four levels below them and who are appearing in the 1st Round for the first time in 49 years, and Burton Albion host Needham Market from the same Southern League Premier Central Division who are appearing in the 1st Round for the first time ever.

Milton Keynes Dons and Fleetwood Town both host clubs from three levels below them in the shape of National League South sides Taunton Town and Oxford City respectively, whilst Lincoln City and Cambridge United have the more potentially perilous task of having to travel to sides from three levels below them, Chippenham Town and Curzon Ashton respectively.

Other EFL clubs looking to avoid an upset by a non-league side include Hartlepool United who travel to Solihull Moors who’ve made this round in each of the last seven seasons, Sutton United who host Farnborough FC appearing in the 1st Round for the first time, Gillingham FC who travel to AFC Fylde, Doncaster Rovers who host King’s Lynn Town, Shrewsbury Town who host York City, Stevenage FC who travel to Gateshead FC, Northampton Town who go to Chesterfield FC, Oxford United who visit Woking FC, and AFC Wimbledon who visit Weymouth FC.

Of the ties contested by two EFL sides Port Vale and Exeter City have one win apiece in past Cup meetings, Grimsby Town have had to wait five years to avenge defeat by Plymouth Argyle, it’s 20 years since Rochdale FC beat Bristol Rovers in a replay, and Tranmere Rovers have a three to one win ratio over Carlisle United, beating them 6-1 when last meeting 21 years ago.

But the EFL club who will be keenest to avenge past FA Cup defeats is Barrow FC who lost both times they’ve previously met Mansfield Town in the competition and have had to wait 86 years for the chance to make it third time lucky.

National League sides Boreham Wood and Eastleigh FC meet for the second successive season at this stage with the Spitfires keen to avenge last year’s 2-0 defeat.

Another all National League affair sees Maidenhead United host Dagenham and Redbridge with the home side looking to make 2nd Round for first time in 136 years.

Buxton FC versus Merthyr Town guarantees a club in the 2nd Round from, at highest, level six of the pyramid. Buxton made it there last year, but a win for the Martyrs would equal the best FA Cup run of any club from their town ever.

Another two National League sides battle it out live on TV on Sunday as Wrexham FC host Oldham Athletic with the Welsh Dragons ahead two wins to one in past Cup meetings.

On Sunday another former winner, Derby County, travel to National League side, Torquay United, with the match also being show live on TV.

The final game of the round involves another record Cup run equalling club and another former winner as Bracknell Town from Southern League Premier South host Ipswich Town live on TV on Monday night.

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