FA Cup 2017-18 2nd Round Bite-sized Review

Into 3rd Round to at least equal best Cup run

Newport County (26th campaign since re-forming), AFC Wimbledon (14th campaign)

 

In 3rd Round for first time in a while

Notts County (6 years), Mansfield Town (5 years), Coventry City, Stevenage (4 years)

 

Successive years making it into 3rd Rd

Peterborough United, Wycombe Wanderers (3)

 

KO in 2nd Rd but set best run

Guiseley (51st campaign), AFC Fylde (19th campaign)

 

KO in 2nd Rd but equalled best run

Slough Town (7th time in 73rd campaign) – this is a record number of 2nd Round knockouts for a club never to have made the 3rd Round, Boreham Wood (3rd time in 47th campaign), Oxford City (2nd time in 109 campaigns), Maidstone United (2nd time in 16 campaigns since re-forming)

 

KO but reached 2nd for first time in a while

Oxford City (48 years), Leatherhead (39 years), Boreham Wood (20 years), Slough Town (13 years)

 

KO and not gone further than 2nd Rd for a while

Woking (21 years), Morecambe (15 years), Swindon Town (6 years)

 

Hat-tricks (or more)

Jimmy Spencer (Mansfield Town)

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FACupFactfile Festive Xmas Quiz

Can you solve the cryptic clues (look out for anagram indicators) to identify 158 of the 737 clubs who entered the 2017-18 FA Cup?

Many are simple and straightforward, others are more difficult. Some will make you say ‘oh, yeah’ when you identify the club, whilst others will make you groan once you see the answer.

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The Winner will be the first to identify all clubs or to have identified the most clubs by 15th December 2017 – no prize but plenty of kudos to the winner! (Answers will be Tweeted by @FACupFactfile on 15th December).

Good luck, have fun and Merry Christmas.

1. How Peter Crouch gets the attention of his wife, maybe ……………………………………………………………………….
2. Where there’s muck there’s brass ……………………………………………………………………….
3. One helps support the factory roof ……………………………………………………………………….
4. Losing wheel from cart ends in mound of dirt ……………………………………………………………………….
5. Side of offal ……………………………………………………………………….
6. Chisels at sculpture of Theodore Roosevelt? ……………………………………………………………………….
7. Head of diocese in city down under ……………………………………………………………………….
8. Confusing sailors with its location ……………………………………………………………………….
9. Ex PM joins the Dutch ……………………………………………………………………….
10. Shroud to hide the Cockburns, I hear ……………………………………………………………………….
11. Could be cop’s bracelets ……………………………………………………………………….
12. Mess up entrance ……………………………………………………………………….
13. The writing’s on the wall, this town is God ……………………………………………………………………….
14. Content of the back page of a tabloid ……………………………………………………………………….
15. Ghost town? ……………………………………………………………………….
16. Heated gas around these parts ……………………………………………………………………….
17. Wrongly hold sin at this club ……………………………………………………………………….
18. Hear boring sorceress in wrong Shakespeare play? ……………………………………………………………………….
19. This club’s plain to see ……………………………………………………………………….
20. Could be pasture of fish or heather ……………………………………………………………………….
21. Are all their fans disgruntled? ……………………………………………………………………….
22. Criminal mob rely on this town ……………………………………………………………………….
23. Possibly shun tech here ……………………………………………………………………….
24. Pursue Huddersfield’s lead ……………………………………………………………………….
25. Sounds like bird’s got the bug, too ……………………………………………………………………….
26. This bear belongs to Ollie’s partner ……………………………………………………………………….
27. Did nun shoot czar around here ……………………………………………………………………….
28. Drink Australian lager at a jaunty angle ……………………………………………………………………….
29. Move centre of Usk to get Dover and Harwich for example ……………………………………………………………………….
30. Where am I? Some say I am there ……………………………………………………………………….
31. The total pig available to eat ……………………………………………………………………….
32. Chop. Cut straight across the short saddle ……………………………………………………………………….
33. Has Baines gone to play in China? Sounds like it ……………………………………………………………………….
34. For lighting a candle in cab ……………………………………………………………………….
35. Instrument played by head of university ……………………………………………………………………….
36. Comeback in Anna Sewell novel ……………………………………………………………………….
37. Crazy shouting ……………………………………………………………………….
38. Whist only in this town, or the other way around ……………………………………………………………………….
39. Cast concealing tyrants. Who are they? ……………………………………………………………………….
40. Mix bulky ore. Remix ……………………………………………………………………….
41. Bad lecturer and tilt elm ……………………………………………………………………….
42. Contained in Pinot reverend knocked back ……………………………………………………………………….
43. Thrust hallowe’en all over this club ……………………………………………………………………….
44. Where free range chickens might be found in East London ……………………………………………………………………….
45. The narrowest of crossings ……………………………………………………………………….
46. Remain? Sail around actually ……………………………………………………………………….
47. High-rise villages ……………………………………………………………………….
48. ‘ear the place of worship is split in two ……………………………………………………………………….
49. Criminal yet ninth lawyer acquitted here ……………………………………………………………………….
50. Everyday this happens to Hawking, Fry and Gerrard ……………………………………………………………………….
51. German side has own goal wiped out ……………………………………………………………………….
52. Gorge here ……………………………………………………………………….
53. Inkling Dot garbled about this town ……………………………………………………………………….
54. Brother snuck about town ……………………………………………………………………….
55. Urban homes ……………………………………………………………………….
56. Coarsen alders to reveal club ……………………………………………………………………….
57. What you get if you cross an owl with a ram ……………………………………………………………………….
58. Dark water ……………………………………………………………………….
59. Grandiose greenhouse ……………………………………………………………………….
60. Discovered in satchel seafarer carries ……………………………………………………………………….
61. Just willow allowed in this cricket ground ……………………………………………………………………….
62. Dear not read backwards ……………………………………………………………………….
63. Owner of the ships of the desert ……………………………………………………………………….
64. No entry for the common man ……………………………………………………………………….
65. Description of Dracula according to Spooner ……………………………………………………………………….
66. Rex can be found in pub next to pumps ……………………………………………………………………….
67. Make up sham term for this club ……………………………………………………………………….
68. What Bo-Peep might call one of the lost sheep ……………………………………………………………………….
69. No contest, ground is best for club ……………………………………………………………………….
70. Lethal lamb contains it ……………………………………………………………………….
71. Heard they were indifferent warriors ……………………………………………………………………….
72. Rich man lost key first ……………………………………………………………………….
73. T H O R N E S P O R T S ……………………………………………………………………….
74. Ribbleton may be found here? ……………………………………………………………………….
75. His European twin could also be an American uncle ……………………………………………………………………….
76. Heard what Algy and Ginger’s friend measured ……………………………………………………………………….
77. The French found in downy, moist ground ……………………………………………………………………….
78. Plain chocolate ……………………………………………………………………….
79. How the sheep get in ……………………………………………………………………….
80. What Spock might say when reporting job is completed ……………………………………………………………………….
81. Is the real Harry Potter found here? ……………………………………………………………………….
82. Arrow Fiesta ……………………………………………………………………….
83. Not old plants ……………………………………………………………………….
84. What inhabitants wanted to happen to witches here ……………………………………………………………………….
85. At Old Trafford, Manchester fielder is in not out ……………………………………………………………………….
86. Skin the leader of the herd ……………………………………………………………………….
87. Arthur rocks around this club ……………………………………………………………………….
88. Unusually they lack latchkey as well ……………………………………………………………………….
89. Find somewhere fresh to stay safe ……………………………………………………………………….
90. Meat you might eat at a beach picnic ……………………………………………………………………….
91. Ancient fey wolf shaped this side ……………………………………………………………………….
92. Take forty winks up here ……………………………………………………………………….
93. Kielder Forest perhaps ……………………………………………………………………….
94. Town has what mixed gin has not ……………………………………………………………………….
95. Way into America from Montreal ……………………………………………………………………….
96. Hit the grassy land hard ……………………………………………………………………….
97. Switched famous scene in Basic Instinct ……………………………………………………………………….
98. Maybe said after egg is laid ……………………………………………………………………….
99. Wond ……………………………………………………………………….
100. Quirky creole hit in this town ……………………………………………………………………….
101. Launder launder ……………………………………………………………………….
102. The reason his feet aren’t cold ……………………………………………………………………….
103. Fussy bather splashes around here ……………………………………………………………………….
104. Club may have ley lines. No, the opposite ……………………………………………………………………….
105. Hold race around this club ……………………………………………………………………….
106. Heard honking and Robert together ……………………………………………………………………….
107. Shortest town, maybe, or longest ……………………………………………………………………….
108. Nerdy sold out this town ……………………………………………………………………….
109. Have chorizo to start and parsley to finish here ……………………………………………………………………….
110. Club sees valid tie abandoned ……………………………………………………………………….
111. Definitely short in feathered friend ……………………………………………………………………….
112. Astley may be found here? ……………………………………………………………………….
113. Organised for draft version of club ……………………………………………………………………….
114. Entrance to the play area ……………………………………………………………………….
115. Variety of early buys in market town ……………………………………………………………………….
116. No gold but coppers found in the capital’s streets ……………………………………………………………………….
117. Nigella’s lawyer protects this side’s returns ……………………………………………………………………….
118. Spooner would set fire to bale here ……………………………………………………………………….
119. Yawn producing trees ……………………………………………………………………….
120. Wise man found a star here ……………………………………………………………………….
121. Do they patrol the monasteries? ……………………………………………………………………….
122. Lloyd, Jeff and Beau ……………………………………………………………………….
123. Adjust, clarify, select this club ……………………………………………………………………….
124. His majesty’s spy center ……………………………………………………………………….
125. Stir oil, make this club ……………………………………………………………………….
126. Relation of Sherlock Winton? ……………………………………………………………………….
127. Stood squarely at the top of the column ……………………………………………………………………….
128. Albino bird of prey ……………………………………………………………………….
129. Does Wilf ordinarily support this team? ……………………………………………………………………….
130. Eccentric dwarf to find this club ……………………………………………………………………….
131. Back in town, not Corby ……………………………………………………………………….
132. Heard it could be Mansfield ……………………………………………………………………….
133. Paxman’s predecessor’s card game ……………………………………………………………………….
134. Take drum to match. Bang for hour awfully ……………………………………………………………………….
135. What crowd might shout if Westwood finds a bunker ……………………………………………………………………….
136. Glen’s novel about this place ……………………………………………………………………….
137. Holiday home for British supercar ……………………………………………………………………….
138. Inter Milan? No, inter Milzano maybe ……………………………………………………………………….
139. Twist then rip this side apart ……………………………………………………………………….
140. Get rid of meadow ……………………………………………………………………….
141. Club appears following false arrest, ashamed ……………………………………………………………………….
142. Deploy lethal postmen at club ……………………………………………………………………….
143. Found at the pub, ok? ……………………………………………………………………….
144. The Mrs baked hash ……………………………………………………………………….
145. Going off the boil ……………………………………………………………………….
146. Dances vainly about to find way off here ……………………………………………………………………….
147. Suspect wealthy fee required for this club ……………………………………………………………………….
148. Appears in legal eagle beagle rhyme ……………………………………………………………………….
149. The world’s oldest steel ……………………………………………………………………….
150. Cockney doesn’t need syrup with this ……………………………………………………………………….
151. I hear men on farm value sweetheart ……………………………………………………………………….
152. The Office manager’s car ……………………………………………………………………….
153. Weapon of choice in rock, paper, scissors ……………………………………………………………………….
154. Half of Rock Band found in capital ……………………………………………………………………….
155. It’s possible to mix the sin of lust with halo here ……………………………………………………………………….
156. No ligament out of joint here ……………………………………………………………………….
157. Meat-free option ……………………………………………………………………….
158. The farmer’s shed weight ……………………………………………………………………….

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FA Cup 2017-18 2nd Rd Tie-by-Tie Preview

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Tie No. 1 Woking (National League) v Peterborough United (EFL 1)

Levels: Level 5 v Level 3 (Sunday 2.0pm)

Best Runs: Round 4 v QUARTER FINALS

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Woking is appearing in the 2nd Round for the second successive season having already defeated one EFL 1 club with a best ever margin of victory over a League side (3-0). It is 21 years since the Cards made the 3rd Round. Peterborough United has only once gone out of FA Cup as early as the 2nd Round in the last 11 seasons.

 

Tie No. 2 Milton Keynes Dons (EFL 1) v Maidstone United (National League)

Levels: Level 3 v Level 5 (Saturday 3.0pm)

Best Runs: Round 5 v Round 2

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Milton Keynes Dons has only once exited the FA Cup as early as the 2nd Round in the last six seasons. Maidstone United are looking to emulate the original Maidstone United club by reaching the 3rd Round of the FA Cup for the first ever time

 

 

 

Tie No. 3 Newport County (EFL 2) v Cambridge United (EFL 2)

Levels: Level 4 v Level 4 (Sunday 2.0pm)

Best Runs: Round 3 v QUARTER FINALS

History: No previous FA Cup meetings. However, Cambridge United did beat original Newport County 2-1 in a 1953/54 1st Round replay.

Facts: Newport County is one win away from equalling the club’s best FA Cup run since re-forming in 1989. Cambridge United has exited the FA Cup in the 2nd Round twice in the last four seasons.

 

 

 

Tie No. 4 Wycombe Wanderers (EFL 2) v Leatherhead (Isthmian League Premier)

Levels: Level 4 v Level 7 (Sunday 2.0pm)

Best Runs: SEMI FINALS v Round 4            

History: No previous FA Cup meetings since.

Facts: Wycombe Wanderers is tracking to a 5th Round exit this season after reaching 2nd Round, 3rd Round and 4th Round successively in the last three seasons. Leatherhead is the lowest ranked team remaining in the FA Cup and the club is looking to make the 3rd Round for just the second time ever, last doing so in the 1974/75 season.

 

Tie No. 5 Port Vale (EFL 2) v Yeovil Town (EFL 2)

Levels: Level 4 v Level 4 (Saturday 3.0pm)

Best Runs: SEMI FINALS v Round 5

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Port Vale is tracking to a 4th Round exit this season after successively going out in the 1st Round, 2nd Round and 3rd Round over the last three seasons. Yeovil Town has only gone beyond the 2nd Round three times in the last 12 seasons. Although all three came in the last four years.

 

 

Tie No. 6 Shrewsbury Town (EFL 1) v Morecambe (EFL 2)

Levels: Level 3 v Level 4 (Saturday 3.0pm)

Best Runs: QUARTER FINALS v Round 3

History: One previous FA Cup meeting 15 years ago when both clubs were Non-League teams. Shrewsbury Town won 4-2 in that 4th Qualifying Round tie.

Facts: Shrewsbury Town has only progressed beyond the 2nd Round of the FA Cup three times in the last 21 seasons. Morecambe is looking to equal the club’s best ever FA Cup run for the 4th time, last achieved 16 years ago.

 

Tie No. 7 Doncaster Rovers (EFL 1) v Scunthorpe United (EFL 1)

Levels: Level 3 v Level 3 (Sunday 2.0pm)

Best Runs: Round 5 v Round 5

History: Two previous FA Cup meetings both won by Scunthorpe United, the first of which occurred 103 years ago.

Facts: Doncaster Rovers has only failed to go beyond the 2nd Round three times in the last 12 seasons. Although the club was exempted until the 3rd Round in five of those years. Scunthorpe United has only progressed beyond this round twice in the last six seasons.

 

 

 

Tie No. 8 Slough Town (Southern League Premier) v Rochdale (EFL 1)

Levels: Level 7 v Level 3 (Monday 7.45pm)

Best Runs: Round 2 v Round 5

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Slough Town is appearing in the 2nd Round of the FA Cup for the seventh time. Defeat this year would mean the Rebels would hold the record for most 2nd Round exits without ever going further. Rochdale is competing in the FA Cup for the 100th time and has progressed beyond this round three times in the last four seasons.

 

Tie No. 9 AFC Wimbledon (EFL 1) v Charlton Athletic (EFL 1)

Levels: Level 3 v Level 3 (Sunday 2.0pm)

Best Runs: Round 3 v WINNERS

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: AFC Wimbledon is looking to reach a club best run to the FA Cup 3rd Round for the third time in four seasons. Last season was the first time in seven years that Charlton Athletic exited the FA Cup as early as the 2nd Round.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 10 Stevenage (EFL 2) v Swindon Town (EFL 2)

Levels: Level 4 v Level 4 (Saturday 3.0pm)

Best Runs: Round 5 v SEMI FINALS

History: One previous FA Cup meeting 20 years ago won 2-1 by Stevenage when they were a Non-League side and Swindon Town were a Level 2 club.

Facts: Stevenage has failed to go beyond the 2nd Round in each of the last three seasons. This is the first time in six seasons that Swindon Town has made it as far as the 2nd Round.

 

 

 

Tie No. 11 Mansfield Town (EFL 2) v Guiseley (National League)

Levels: Level 4 v Level 5 (Sunday 2.0pm)

Best Runs: QUARTER FINALS v Round 1

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: It is five years since Mansfield Town progressed beyond the 2nd Round of the FA Cup. Guiseley is appearing in the 2nd Round for the 1st time ever in the club’s 51st FA Cup campaign after having reached the 1st Round for the 7th time this year.

 

 

 

Tie No. 12 Gateshead (National League) v Luton Town (EFL 2)

Levels: Level 5 v Level 4 (Sunday 2.0pm)

Best Runs: Round 3 v RUNNERS-UP

History: No previous FA Cup meetings, although Luton Town twice faced a previous Gateshead club either side of World War I, winning one and losing one against them when called South Shields.

Facts: Gateshead looking to make the FA Cup 3rd Round for only the 2nd time, last doing so just three seasons ago. Over last 10 seasons Luton Town has gone out in the 2nd Round or earlier in half their campaigns.

 

 

Tie No. 13 Bradford City (EFL 1) v Plymouth Argyle (EFL 1)

Levels: Level 3 v Level 3 (Saturday 3.0pm)

Best Runs: WINNERS v SEMI FINALS

History: No previous FA Cup meetings despite the fact that both clubs are competing in in for the 105th time.

Facts: Bradford City has only progressed beyond the 2nd Round of the FA Cup three times in the last 13 seasons, although the club did reach the Quarter Finals just three years ago. Plymouth Argyle has only twice gone beyond this round in the last seven seasons, and last made the Quarter Finals 11 years ago.

 

 

 

Tie No. 14 Blackburn Rovers (EFL 1) v Crewe Alexandra (EFL 2)

Levels: Level 3 v Level 4 (Sunday 2.0pm)

Best Runs: WINNERS v SEMI FINALS

History: Two previous FA Cup meetings with one win apiece, although Crewe Alexandra were the last club to knock Blackburn Rovers out of the FA Cup as early as the 2nd Round 45 years ago.

Facts: Blackburn Rovers is appearing in the FA Cup 2nd Round for the first time since the 1974-75 season. They are competing in FA Cup for the 125th time but it is nine years since Crewe Alexandra last progressed beyond the 2nd Round of the competition.

 

Tie No. 15 AFC Fylde (National League) v Wigan Athletic (EFL 1)

Levels: Level 5 v Level 3 (Friday 7.45pm)

Best Runs: Round 1 v WINNERS

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: AFC Fylde is appearing in the FA Cup 2nd Round for the first time in the club’s 10th campaign. Wigan Athletic are the most recent winners of the FA Cup appearing in this year’s 2nd Round having lifted the trophy just five seasons ago.

 

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 16 Gillingham (EFL 1) v Carlisle United (EFL 2)

Levels: Level 3 v Level 4 (Saturday 3.0pm)

Best Runs: QUARTER FINALS v QUARTER FINALS

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: It is six years since Gillingham last progressed beyond the 2nd Round of the FA Cup. Carlisle United has achieved four 3rd Round appearances in the last eight seasons

 

 

Tie No. 17 Notts County (EFL 2) v Oxford City (National League South)

Levels: Level 4 v Level 6 (Saturday 12.30 pm)

Best Runs: WINNERS v Round 2

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: It is six years since Notts County progressed beyond the 2nd Round of the FA Cup. Oxford City is appearing in the 2nd Round for only the second ever time, the last time way back in the 1969-70 season. It is the first time in 67 years City has gone further in the FA Cup than Oxford United.

 

 

 

Tie No. 18 Forest Green Rovers (EFL 2) v Exeter City (EFL 2)

Levels: Level 4 v Level 4 (Saturday 3.0pm)

Best Runs: Round 3 v QUARTER FINALS

History: One previous FA Cup meeting, a 1st Round tie 15 years ago won 2-1 by Exeter City in a replay.

Facts: Forest Green Rovers are looking to equal the club’s best ever FA Cup run to the 3rd Round for the third time, last achieved eight years ago. Exeter City is competing in FA Cup for the 100th time but has only reached the 3rd Round once in the club’s last 12 campaigns.

 

Tie No. 19 Fleetwood Town (EFL 1) v Hereford (Southern League Premier)

Levels: Level 3 v Level 7 (Saturday 3.0pm)

Best Runs: Round 3 v 3rd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Fleetwood Town is looking to equal the club’s best ever FA Cup run by reaching the 3rd Round for the third time and for the second year running. Hereford is competing in FA Cup for just the second time and are already just two rounds behind the furthest Hereford United ever progressed to in the competition.

 

Tie No. 20 Coventry City (EFL 2) v Boreham Wood (National League)

Levels: Level 4 v Level 5 (Sunday 2.0pm)

Best Runs: WINNERS v Round 2

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: It is four years since Coventry City last progressed beyond the 2nd Round of the FA Cup. Boreham Wood is appearing in the club’s record FA Cup run to the 2nd Round for the third time, and for the first time in 20 years.

 

FA Cup 2017-18 2nd Round Stat-packed Preview

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A quarter of all clubs involved in this year’s FA Cup 2nd Round are Non-League clubs, and each and every one of them has been drawn to face an EFL side. There would have to be an amazing plethora of Cup upsets to match or better the highest ever number of Non-League clubs to appear in the 3rd Round in the same season, then. Eight Non-League clubs made it through nine years ago, whilst you have to go back to the 1950-51 season for the last time there were no Non-League clubs in the 3rd Round. Either outcome is possible, although somewhere in between is more likely.

The lowest ranked club left in the competition is Isthmian League Premier Division side Leatherhead who travel to EFL 2 side Wycombe Wanderers looking to make the 3rd Round of the competition for only the second time in the club’s history. FA Cup fans of a certain age will never forget the ‘Leatherhead Lip’ Chris Kelly, who correctly predicted he would knock Brighton and Hove Albion out of the FA Cup, and came very close to delivering against a similar prediction made against Leicester City.

The two other Level 7 clubs remaining in the competition, Southern League Premier Division sides Slough Town and Hereford, both face EFL 1 clubs four levels above them in the football pyramid. Arguably Hereford have the tougher task having to travel to Fleetwood Town whilst Slough Town have home advantage in hosting Rochdale.

Hereford is the only club left in the competition who had never appeared in the ‘Proper’ Rounds of the FA Cup before this season and are one of just three clubs appearing in the 2nd Round for the first time ever, albeit in only the club’s second FA Cup campaign. AFC Fylde has made it this far in the FA Cup for the first time in ten attempts and they host the most recent winners of the FA Cup competing in this Round, Wigan Athletic. National League side Guiseley is competing in the FA Cup for the 51st time and the Lions will travel to Mansfield Town having finally made the 2nd Round of the competition for the first time ever following the club’s seventh 1st Round appearance. That victory removed the club from near the top of the list of teams with the most 1st Round exits without ever having gone any further.

Slough Town are one of four other clubs who have never made it as far as the 3rd Round before and will be hoping to break that duck in what is the club’s 73rd FA Cup campaign. Defeat for the Rebels, though, would be a seventh such loss at this stage of the competition and would put the club top of the list of those clubs with the most FA Cup 2nd Round exits without ever going any further. Boreham Wood will also be hoping to progress to the 3rd Round for the first time ever after falling at this stage twice before. The Wood travel to EFL 2 side Coventry City.

Maidstone United is appearing in the FA Cup 2nd Round for only the second time since re-forming in 1992 and a victory at EFL 1 club Milton Keynes Dons would mean the current club would emulate the feat of the original Stones who made the 3rd Round five times. Oxford City is appearing in the 2nd Round of the FA Cup for only the second time in what is the club’s 109th FA Cup campaign, and will travel to EFL 2 club Notts County. The last time City made the 2nd Round was 38 years ago and this season also marks the first time in 67 years that Oxford City has gone further in the competition than their near neighbours Oxford United have done.

Aforementioned Rochdale will be competing in the FA Cup for the 100th time, as are Exeter City who travel to Forest Green Rovers who are one of six clubs for whom a victory in this year’s 2nd Round would result in the club at least equalling their best ever FA Cup run. The other clubs hoping for a chance of creating history with a victory are Gateshead, Morecambe, Fleetwood Town, AFC Wimbledon and Newport County (since re-forming in 1989).

Another club celebrating an FA Cup milestone this season is Crewe Alexandra who are competing in it for the 125th time. Crewe travel to Blackburn Rovers who haven’t been knocked out of the FA Cup as early as the 2nd Round since the 1972-73 season. The club that knocked Rovers out that season? You guessed it, Crewe Alexandra. (That has got to be ‘Stat of the Round’, yes?).

Blackburn Rovers versus Crewe Alexandra is one of just five FA Cup 2nd Round ties involving clubs who have faced each other in the competition before. Blackburn and Crewe have one win apiece against each other whilst Scunthorpe United has won both previous meetings with Doncaster Rovers. EFL clubs Shrewsbury Town and Morecambe face each other for only the second time in the competition, having last met 14 years ago with Shrewsbury winning 4-2 when both teams were Non–League clubs. When Swindon Town last met Stevenage in the FA Cup 20 years ago, their opponents were also a Non-League club using the name Stevenage Borough, but the Robins were still on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline. Likewise Forest Green Rovers were a Non-League side when they faced Exeter City 15 years ago, but on that occasion the League club won through 2-1 in a replay.

Bradford City and Plymouth Argyle are facing each other in the FA Cup for the very first time, which is quite remarkable given both clubs are long-standing members of the Football League and are both competing in the FA Cup for the 105th time. EFL 1 side Peterborough United travel to National League club Woking in the knowledge that their opponents have already knocked out one EFL 1 club. That 3-0 win by the Cards over Bury in the 1st Round represents the club’s biggest margin of victory over a League club in the FA Cup.

The First FA Cup Clubs

146 years ago, on the 11th November, 1871, eight of the 15 clubs that had entered the inaugural FA Challenge Cup, competed in the first four FA Cup matches ever to be played.

Jarvis Kenrick of Clapham Rovers scored the first ever goal in FA Cup history in their 3-0 win at Upton Park, a game ‘re-played’ just last weekend at the original venue of West Ham Park, where that defeat was avenged by the current incarnation of Upton Park with a 5-1 victory.

Also meeting on that historic day were local rivals Maidenhead United (as Maidenhead) and Marlow (as Great Marlow), the oldest repeated fixture in the history of the competition. Maidenhead won this particular encounter 2-0, but both sides continue to compete in the FA Cup having only not done so just once each in the competition’s history. Maidenhead chose not to enter in the 1876-77 season to save some money, Marlow entered in 1910-11 season as normal, but somehow the FA managed to lose their application so the Blues missed out.

Also winning 2-0 in that opening round of fixtures was Barnes who defeated Civil Service, whilst Hitchin and Crystal Palace played out a nil-nil draw. Neither of these latter two clubs are connected to the modern day clubs, but their match was one of only two in the whole history of the FA Cup whereby both clubs progressed as a result of a drawn game. And Crystal Palace were beneficiaries of that bizarre rule again later on in the competition that inaugural year.

Seven other clubs also entered the first FA Cup but didn’t play a match on the opening day. Hampstead Heathens had already been given a ‘Bye’, but Royal Engineers and The Wanderers would both progress because their respective opponents, Reigate Priory and Harrow Chequers, both withdrew. Glasgow based side Queen’s Park were due to host Donnington School from Spalding in Lincolnshire, but they could not agree a date for the game to be played and the FA decided both clubs could progress to face each other in the next round instead. However, Donnington School scratched before that Second Round match could be played.

Elsewhere in the Second Round Barnes and Hampstead Heathens drew one apiece, but instead of both clubs advancing they took part in the first ever FA Cup replay, which was won 1-0 by the Heathens. The Royal Engineers had a convincing 5-0 win over Hitchin and Crystal Palace beat Maidenhead 3-0. The Wanderers also beat Clapham Rovers but it is unclear if the scoreline was 3-1 or 1-0.

The third round, or Quarter Finals even though it only involved five clubs, saw Queen’s Park get a ‘Bye’, The Wanderers and Crystal Palace draw 0-0 and so both progress, and the Royal Engineers win 3-0 against Hampstead Heathens.

Both semi-finals ended goalless, but obviously it would have been farcical to progress all four clubs so replays were arranged. Royal Engineers defeated Crystal Palace 3-0, but Queen’s Park could not afford to make the journey back down to London to face The Wanderers so scratched having played just one game, scored and conceded no goals, but made the first ever FA Cup Semi Finals.

The first ever FA Cup Final was settled by a Morton P Betts goal for The Wanderers in their 1-0 win over Royal Engineers in front of 2,000 paying spectators at the Kennington Oval. MP Betts played under the pseudonym AH Chequer to reference the fact he was originally a member of the Harrow Chequers side. He was only eligible to play in the final because Harrow Chequers had scratched without kicking a ball, ironically when due to face The Wanderers.

The Wanderers would go on to lift the FA Cup four more times over the next six seasons before eventually folding during the 1881-82 season. The club still has the ninth equal highest number of FA Cup wins. A new The Wanderers club has been formed in the 21st Century, currently competing in the Surrey South East League Junior Division One. The club has ambitions to return The Wanderers name back to the FA Cup. Three promotions are needed to help bring that dream to have a chance of reality. I for one hope they do.

The Royal Engineers would eventually lift the FA Cup themselves beating the Old Etonians in the first ever FA Cup Final replay three years later, one season after losing to Oxford University in the Final and three years before once again losing to The Wanderers. The Royal Engineers would continue to compete in the FA Cup with diminishing levels of success right up to and including the first competition run in conjunction with the Football League’s inaugural season.

Queen’s Park continued competing in the FA Cup until the Scottish FA banned any of their member clubs from doing so in 1887. Because of the costs and logistics of competing in a mainly Southern England based competition, many of Queen’s Park’s early ties never actually happened either because they or their opponents scratched. And Queen’s Park never conceded a goal in the FA Cup until 12 years after competing in that first FA Cup competition when they won 7-1 at Oswestry in a Third Round tie in 1883-84 season. The club had had 21 scheduled matches in that time, but had only played four of them.

Queen’s Park made the Final that season, the only Scottish club ever to do so, but they were beaten 2-1 by Blackburn Rovers. The Glasgow club made the Final again the following season, but lost 2-0 to the same opponents in the only occasion of a second successive Final between the same two clubs.

The fourth Semi-Finalist in that debut FA Cup season, Crystal Palace, only appeared in the competition four more times, won just once more (a 3-0 replay win over 105th Regiment), before losing to The Wanderers by the same 3-0 scoreline they had suffered in their Semi-Final defeat to Royal Engineers. The club disbanded in 1876, but the Crystal Palace name lived on in the FA Cup, first as the venue for all Finals between 1894-95 and 1913-14, then secondly from 1905 in the shape of the current, twice FA Cup runners-up, Crystal Palace FC.

Hampstead Heathens, who had made it to the last five in the inaugural FA Cup, never played in the competition again, thereby becoming only one of two clubs to have reached the Quarter Finals every time they competed in the FA Cup. The other club to do so, Oxford University, at least took part in eight FA Cup campaigns.

Maidenhead and Marlow we already know have tremendous continuous FA Cup records right up to the present day, with Maidenhead making the Quarter Finals three times and Marlow reaching the Semi-Finals in the 1881-82 season. Of the other first year clubs, Barnes competed a total of 14 times up to and including the 1885-86 season, but only made it as far as the Third Round on two occasions. Hitchin would never again get as far as the Second Round the club reached in that debut season, scratching in four of their other 13 campaigns, and failing to go beyond the Qualifying Rounds when re-named as Hitchin Town and playing in the South East League. The club dissolved in 1915 not long after hostilities in Europe began.

Clapham Rovers would go on to have a more illustrious FA Cup record, reaching the Final in the 1878-79 season, losing 1-0 to Old Etonians, before coming back the following year to beat Oxford University by the same scoreline, thanks to a goal from the delightfully named Clopton Lloyd-Jones. The club would have a total of 16 FA Cup campaigns before they dissolved sometime around the end of the 1911 season.

Reigate Priory would appear in the FA Cup just nine times in total winning just one match (a 1-0 victory over Barnes in 1875-76), and had three consecutive seasons in the late 1920s when members of the Surrey Senior League and Southern Olympian League. The club is still going and currently competes in the Surrey Elite Intermediate League, one step below the minimum level from which clubs currently can enter the FA Cup.

Civil Service FC is also still going strong, still competing in the Southern Amateur League, a league for which they were founder members in 1908 and, but for 10 years immediately after the end of World War I, have been members ever since. The club has competed in the FA Cup 30 times, but didn’t register a victory until the 1899-1900 season in what was their eighth campaign. The club made the Second Round in 1874-75 thanks to a walkover, but have never come close to emulating that success since. In the FA Cup’s centenary year, the 1971-72 season, Civil Service were invited to enter the competition in commemoration of the centenary celebrations, despite not qualifying based upon league status. Exempted until the 1st Qualifying Round they lost 10-0 at Bromley who were competing in the much higher Isthmian League.

Upton Park had a quite successful FA Cup record despite never coming close to lifting the famous trophy. The club appeared in four Quarter Finals in 16 consecutive seasons of competing in the FA Cup before dissolving temporarily in 1887. Five years after re-forming in 1891 Upton Park returned to the FA Cup for 15 more consecutive campaigns. However, the club had to compete in the Qualifying Rounds during this time and never made it further than the 3rd Qualifying Round before folding during the 1910-11 season.

Harrow Chequers would enter the FA Cup on two more occasions, in 1874-75 and 1875-76, but as in this debut FA Cup season the club scratched without playing a match, thus holding the record of the most FA Cup entries without ever playing a game. Donnington School, however, hold the record for being the first club to ‘disappear’ from the FA Cup. Following their two abortive attempts to play Queen’s Park the club never submitted an entry to play in the competition ever again. So by virtue of one round exit before Hampstead Heathens, they are the first club to exit the FA Cup and never to be seen again.

 

The 1871-72 FA Cup

First Round (11th November 1871)

Barnes 2-0 Civil Service

Hitchin 0-0 Crystal Palace (both teams progressed)

Maidenhead 2-0 Marlow

Upton Park 0-3 Clapham Rovers

Queen’s Park v Donnington School (no game played – both teams progressed)

Royal Engineers v Reigate Priory (walkover for Royal Engineers)

The Wanderers v Harrow Chequers (walkover for The Wanderers)

Hampstead Heathens- Bye

 

Second Round (16th December 1871)

Barnes 1-1 Hampstead Heathens (replay Barnes 0-1 Hampstead Heathens)

Clapham Rovers 1-3 The Wanderers (or Clapham Rovers 0-1 The Wanderers)

Crystal Palace 3-0 Maidenhead

Hitchin 0-5 Royal Engineers

Queen’s Park v Donnington School (walkover for Queen’s Park)

 

Third Round / Quarter Finals (20th January 1872)

Royal Engineers 3-0 Hampstead Heathens

The Wanderers 0-0 Crystal Palace (both teams progressed)

Queen’s Park – Bye

 

Semi-Finals (17th February 1872)

Royal Engineers 0-0 Crystal Palace (replay Royal Engineers 3-0 Crystal Palace)

The Wanderers 0-0 Queen’s Park (replay – walkover for The Wanderers)

 

The FA Cup Final (16th March 1872 – Kennington Oval)

The Wanderers 1-0 Royal Engineers

(MP Betts aka AH Chequer)

Bite-size Stat-packed Review of FA Cup 1st Round 2017-18

Cupsets

Level 6 beat level 4 (a): Colchester United 0-1 Oxford City

Level 5 beat level 3 (a): Bury 0-3 Woking

Level 5 beat level 3 (h): Boreham Wood 2-1 Blackpool

Level 7 beat level 6 (a): Gainsborough Trinity 0-6 Slough Town

Level 5 beat level 4 (a): Cheltenham Town 2-4 Maidstone United

Level 5 beat level 4 (a): Accrington Stanley 1-1 Guiseley (3-4 on pens)

Level 7 beat level 6 (h): Hereford 1-0 AFC Telford United

Level 4 beat Level 3 (h): Notts County 4-2 Bristol Rovers, Port Vale 2-0 Oxford United, Carlisle United 3-2 Oldham Athletic, Crewe Alexandra 2-1 Rotherham United, Newport County 2-1 Walsall, Luton Town 1-0 Portsmouth, Yeovil Town 1-0 Southend United

 

Into 2nd Round for 1st time ever

Guiseley (51st campign), AFC Fylde (10th campaign), Hereford (2nd campaign)

 

Into 2nd Round to at least equal best Cup run

Slough Town (7th time)

Boreham Wood (3rd time)

Maidstone United, Oxford City (2nd time)

 

In 2nd Round for first time in a while

Oxford City (48 years), Leatherhead (39 years), Swindon Town (6 years), Crewe Alexandra, Gillingham, Morecambe (5 years), Mansfield Town (3 years)

 

Successive years making it into 2nd Rd

Cambridge United, Peterborough United, Rochdale, Wycombe Wanderers (5), Shrewsbury Town (4), Newport County (3), Woking (2)

 

KO in 1st Rd but set best run

Shaw Lane Association (3rd campaign)

 

KO in 1st Rd but equalled best run

Billericay Town, Heybridge Swifts, Hyde United (4th time), Nantwich Town (2nd time)

 

KO but reached 1st Rd for first time in a while

Chorley (27 years)

 

First time KO as early as 1st Rd for a while

Oldham Athletic, Rotherham United (7 years), Chesterfield, Oxford United (6 years), Hartlepool United (5 years)

 

KO and not gone further than 1st Rd for a while

Maidenhead United (131 years), Gainsborough Trinity (65 years), Ebbsfleet United (14 years)

 

Level 7 Clubs definitely into 2nd Rd

Hereford, Slough Town (Southern League Premier Division)

Leatherhead (Isthmian League Premier Division)

 

Consecutive 1st Rd exits

Crawley Town, Southend United (4)

 

Set best FA Cup win

None

 

Equalled best ever FA Cup win

 

Heaviest ever FA Cup loss

Aldershot Town (0-5)

 

Equalled heaviest FA Cup loss

Gainsborough Trinity (0-6)

 

Hat-tricks (or more)

Matty Godden – Stevenage

Matthew Lench – Slough Town

Danny Lloyd – Peterborough United

 

Miscellaneous

The 3-0 replay win for Woking over Bury is the club’s biggest margin of victory over a Football League side in the FA Cup

Not only did Notts County come back from two goals down and create a Cup upset, but they also avenged an FA Cup defeat to Bristol Rovers from 105 years ago.

Luton Town beat Portsmouth for the 4th time in just 4 FA Cup meetings.

Doncaster Rovers came back from 2-0 down to win 6-2 against Ebbsfleet United.

Shaw Lane Association may have exited the FA Cup in the 1st Round, but having previously never won in the FA Cup before, the Ducks now have 4 wins the their 3 losses.

1950/51 was the last time Oxford City went further in the FA Cup than Oxford United.

Exeter City (100th campaign), Rochdale (100th campaign) and Crewe Alexandra (125th campaign) all have made it through to 2nd Round.

Jack Midson of Leatherhead is the competition’s top scorer with 11 goals.

FA Cup 2017-18 1st Rd Tie-by-Tie Preview

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Tie No. 1 Stevenage (EFL 2) v Nantwich Town (Northern Premier League Premier)

Levels: Level 4 v Level 7

Best Runs: Round 5 v Round 1

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Stevenage has exited the FA Cup in the 1st Round ‘Proper’ three times in the last five seasons. Nantwich Town is appearing at this stage of the competition for only the second time, the only previous occasion resulting in a 6-0 defeat at MK Dons six years ago.

 

Tie No. 2 Bradford City (EFL 1) v Chesterfield (EFL 2)

Levels: Level 3 v Level 4

Best Runs: WINNERS v SEMI FINALS

History: Three previous FA Cup meetings, Chesterfield up by two wins to one, including being the first club to ever knock Bradford City out of the FA Cup in 1903.

Facts: Bradford City famously made the Quarter Finals three seasons ago but have four Round One exits in last eight seasons. It is six years since Chesterfield last went out of the FA Cup this early.

 

 

 

Tie No. 3 Port Vale (EFL 2) v Oxford United (EFL 1)

Levels: Level 4 v Level 3 (Friday night)

Best Runs: SEMI FINALS v QUARTER FINALS

History: One previous FA Cup meeting, a 1st Round tie back in 1965/66 season, won 3-2 by Port Vale after a 2-2 draw.

Facts: Port Vale is tracking to a 4th Round exit this season having gone out of the FA Cup in the 1st Round, 2nd Round and 3rd Round successively in the last three seasons. It is six years since Oxford United last were knocked out of the FA Cup as early as this round.

 

 

 

Tie No. 4 Newport County (EFL 2) v Walsall (EFL 1)

Levels: Level 4 v Level 3 (Saturday evening on S4C)

Best Runs: Round 3* v Round 5             *Since re-forming in 1989

History: No previous FA Cup meetings since Newport County re-formed, but Walsall met the original club seven times between 1930/31 and 1974/75 winning the first three and the last one.

Facts: Newport County has exited the FA Cup in the 1st Round just once in their four previous seasons as a Football League club. Walsall has done the same three times in the last five years.

 

 

Tie No. 5 Morecambe (EFL 2) v Hartlepool United (National League)

Levels: Level 4 v Level 5

Best Runs: Round 3 v Round 4

History: No previous FA Cup meetings, despite having collectively 190 FA Cup campaigns between them.

Facts: Morecambe has exited the FA Cup in the 1st Round in each of the last four seasons and has just two Cup wins in the 10 years since becoming a Football League club. Hartlepool United is competing in the FA Cup for the 100th time and has not failed to progress beyond this round in those same last four seasons.

 

 

 

Tie No. 6 Yeovil Town (EFL 2) v Southend United (EFL 1)

Levels: Level 4 v Level 3

Best Runs: Round 5 v Round 5

History: Three previous FA Cup meetings with Yeovil Town up two wins to one despite all three meetings happening whilst the Glovers were a non-league club.

Facts: Yeovil Town has had six FA Cup 1st Round exits in the 14 years since becoming a Football League club, including last season. Southend United has gone out of the FA Cup at this stage in each of the last three seasons.

Tie No. 7 Peterborough United (EFL 1) v Tranmere Rovers (National League)

Levels: Level 3 v Level 5

Best Runs: QUARTER FINALS v QUARTER FINALS

History: Six previous FA Cup meetings all won by Peterborough United with a goal difference of 16 to 3 (there was one 0-0 draw). This is the most common tie of the 1st Round.

Facts: It is 12 years since Peterborough United last exited the FA Cup as early as the 1st Round. Tranmere Rovers is appearing in this round for the first time since becoming a non-league club at the end of the 2014/15 season.

 

 

 

Tie No. 8 Cambridge United (EFL 2) v Sutton United (National League)

Levels: Level 4 v Level 5 (Sunday afternoon on BBC)

Best Runs: QUARTER FINALS v Round 5

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Cambridge United has not failed to progress beyond this round since returning to being a Football League club over the last three seasons. Sutton United recorded the club’s best ever FA Cup run just last season defeating three EFL clubs en route to the 5th Round.

Tie No. 9 Forest Green Rovers (EFL 2) v Macclesfield Town (National League)

Levels: Level 4 v Level 5

Best Runs: Round 3 v Round 4

History: One previous FA Cup meeting 16 years ago when the respective league status were reversed eventually won by league side Macclesfield Town on penalties.

*Assumes both AFC Wimbledon and MK Dons were considered as being ‘new’ clubs when ‘forming’.

Facts: Forest Green Rovers become the 144th club* to represent the Football League in the FA Cup, after having gone beyond the 1st Round just once in the last seven years. Macclesfield Town is tracking to a 3rd Round exit having gone out in the 4th qualifying Round, 1st Round and 2nd Round in last three years.

 

Tie No. 10 AFC Fylde (National League) v Kidderminster Harriers (National League North)

Levels: Level 5 v Level 6

Best Runs: Round 1 v Round 5

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: This is the fourth time in six seasons AFC Fylde has appeared in the FA Cup 1st Round, but it will be the first time the club has not come up against a Football League opponent. Kidderminster Harriers has the same number of 1st Round appearances during the same time period, but did progress to the 4th Round four years ago.

 

Tie No. 11 Luton Town (EFL 2) v Portsmouth (EFL 1)

Levels: Level 4 v Level 3

Best Runs: FINALISTS v WINNERS

History: Three previous FA Cup meetings all won by Luton Town, the last time 30 years ago in a Quarter Final when both clubs were top flight teams.

Facts: Luton Town has only gone out as early as the 1st Round once in the last 15 years which includes five seasons as a non-league side. Portsmouth has only gone beyond this round once in the last five years since the club has had to start this early.

 

Tie No. 12 Shrewsbury Town (EFL 1) v Aldershot Town (National League)

Levels: Level 3 v Level 5

Best Runs: QUARTER FINALS v Round 4

History: No previous FA Cup meetings, although Shrewsbury Town twice met original Aldershot FC with one win apiece.

Facts: It is four years since Shrewsbury Town exited the FA Cup as early as the 1st Round ‘Proper’. Aldershot Town has only once progressed beyond this round during the same time period.

 

 

Tie No. 13 Hereford (Southern League Premier) v AFC Telford United (National League North)

Levels: Level 7 v Level 6

Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v Round 2

History: No previous FA Cup meetings, although predecessor clubs Hereford United and Telford United met three times, Hereford winning just one all while Telford were known as Wellington Town.

Facts: Hereford is competing in the FA Cup for just the second time and has already now gone further than 2,385 other clubs have ever done. This is the fifth time AFC Telford has made the 1st Round ‘Proper’, but the club has only gone further on one occasion.

 

 

 

Tie No. 14 Guiseley (National League) v Accrington Stanley (EFL 2)

Levels: Level 5 v Level 4 (Sunday afternoon on BBC)

Best Runs: Round 1 v Round 4

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: This is the 7th time Guiseley has appeared in the 1st Round ‘Proper’, the 3rd highest number of 1st Round appearances of clubs never have to progressed to the 2nd Round. Accrington Stanley equalled the club’s best FA Cup run to the 4th Round just last season. No Accrington club has ever gone further.

 

Tie No. 15 Blackburn Rovers (EFL 1) v Barnet (EFL 2)

Levels: Level 3 v Level 4

Best Runs: WINNERS v Round 4

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: This is the first time Blackburn Rovers has had to start the club’s FA Cup run as early as the 1st Round for 38 years, and has not tasted defeat in this round for a further nine years before then. Barnet has progressed beyond the 1st Round just three times in the nine seasons since last posting the club’s best Cup run.

 

 

 

Tie No. 16 Ebbsfleet United (National League) v Doncaster Rovers (EFL 1)

Levels: Level 5 v Level 3

Best Runs: Round 4 v Round 5

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: This is the first time in five seasons Ebbsfleet United has made it through to the 1st Round ‘Proper’ and it is 14 years since the club went any further. Doncaster Rovers exited the FA Cup in the 1st Round for the first time in 10 years last season.

 

 

Tie No. 17 Leatherhead (Isthmian League Premier) v Billericay Town (Isthmian League Premier)

Levels: Level 7 v Level 7 (Sunday afternoon on BBC)

Best Runs: Round 4 v Round 1

History: One previous FA Cup meeting, a 3rd qualifying round tie six years ago won 3-0 by Leatherhead.

Facts: One of only two FA Cup 1st Round ties pitting two clubs who will meet in the League this season. Leatherhead is appearing in this round for the first time in 11 years and it is a further 28 years since The Tanners went any further. Joint top scorers in this year’s FA Cup with 23 goals, Billericay Town is in the 1st Round for only the 4th time in the club’s history.

 

Tie No. 18 Boreham Wood (National League) v Blackpool (EFL 1)

Levels: Level 5 v Level 3

Best Runs: Round 2 v WINNERS

History: One previous FA Cup meeting, a 1st Round tie 14 years ago won 4-0 by Blackpool.

Facts: This is the 3rd successive year, and the 5th time in six seasons, that Boreham Wood has reached the 1st Round ‘Proper’, but it is 20 years since the club made Round Two. Blackpool has only exited the FA Cup as early as this stage three times in that same 20 year period.

 

Tie No. 19 Shaw Lane Association (Northern Premier League Premier) v Mansfield Town (EFL 2)

Levels: Level 7 v Level 4 (Saturday lunchtime on BT Sport)

Best Runs: preliminary v QUARTER FINALS

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Shaw Lane Association is competing in the FA Cup for just the 3rd time and before this season had never won an FA Cup tie. Thanks to this season’s terrific run, the club has now won twice as many FA Cup ties than it has lost. Mansfield Town has exited the FA Cup in the 1st Round ‘Proper’ in both the last two seasons.

 

Tie No. 20 Colchester United (EFL 2) v Oxford City (National League South)

Levels: Level 4 v Level 6

Best Runs: QUARTER FINALS v Round 2

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Colchester United has exited the FA Cup in the 1st Round ‘Proper’ three times in the last five seasons, including last year. Oxford City is appearing in this round for the first time in six years and it is 48 years since the club’s only ever 2nd Round appearance.

 

 

 

Tie No. 21 Plymouth Argyle (EFL 1) v Grimsby Town (EFL 2)

Levels: Level 3 v Level 4

Best Runs: SEMI FINALS v SEMI FINALS

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: The longest round-trip of the FA Cup 1st Round, which may help explain why it is their first FA Cup meeting in 231 combined campaigns. Plymouth Argyle has gone out as early as this stage just once in the last four seasons. Grimsby Town has suffered the same fate twice in the same period.

 

 

 

Tie No. 22 AFC Wimbledon (EFL 1) v Lincoln City (EFL 2)

Levels: Level 3 v Level 4

Best Runs: Round 3 v QUARTER FINALS

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Both clubs achieved their best ever FA Cup run last year. AFC Wimbledon achieved the 3rd Round for the second time in three seasons. Lincoln City memorably made the Quarter Finals for the first time in their 123rd FA Cup campaign to famously become the first Non-League club to make the last eight for 103 years.

 

 

 

Tie No. 23 Rochdale (EFL 1) v Bromley (National League)

Levels: Level 3 v Level 5

Best Runs: Round 5 v Round 2

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Rochdale is competing in the FA Cup for the 100th time and hold the record for the most FA Cup 1st Round exits with 51, but it is five years since the club last failed to go beyond this round. Bromley is appearing in the 1st Round ‘Proper’ for the first time in three years and the club has not gone further since a trio of 2nd Round appearances either side of World War II.

 

Tie No. 24 Coventry City (EFL 2) v Maidenhead United (National League)

Levels: Level 4 v Level 5

Best Runs: WINNERS v QUARTER FINALS

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Coventry City has just one FA Cup win in three seasons and lost at home to Non-League opposition three years ago. This is the second time Maidenhead United has made the 1st Round ‘Proper’ in three seasons, but the club has to go all the way back to before the Football League was established for its last 2nd Round appearance.

 

Tie No. 25 Chorley (National League North) v Fleetwood Town (EFL 1)

Levels: Level 6 v Level 3 (Monday evening on BT)

Best Runs: Round 2 v Round 3

History: No previous FA Cup meetings, but this will be the fourth different Fleetwood club Chorley will have faced in the competition.

Facts: Chorley is appearing in the 1st Round ‘Proper’ for the first time in 27 seasons when the club last achieved its best Cup run. Fleetwood Town equalled the club’s best FA Cup run just last season.

 

 

Tie No. 26 Carlisle United (EFL 2) v Oldham Athletic (EFL 1)

Levels: Level 4 v Level 3

Best Runs: QUARTER FINALS v SEMI FINALS

History: One previous FA Cup meeting, a 3-0 win to Oldham Athletic in the 1st Round 14 years ago.

Facts: Carlisle United has exited the FA Cup as early as the 1st Round ‘Proper’ just once in the last nine seasons. It is seven years since Oldham Athletic last failed to go beyond this round.

 

 

 

Tie No. 27 Notts County (EFL 2) v Bristol Rovers (EFL 1)

Levels: Level 4 v Level 3 (Friday night)

Best Runs: WINNERS v QUARTER FINALS

History: One previous FA Cup meeting 105 years ago, a 1st Round tie won 2-0 by Bristol Rovers.

Facts: Notts County won an FA Cup tie last season for the first time in four years. Bristol Rovers has a slightly better recent FA Cup record but has exited to Non-League clubs in both the last two seasons.

 

 

 

Tie No. 28 Dartford (National League South) v Swindon Town (EFL 2)

Levels: Level 6 v Level 4 (Sunday afternoon on BBC)

Best Runs: Round 3 v SEMI FINALS

History: One previous FA Cup meeting 84 years ago, a 2nd Round tie won 1-0 by Swindon Town.

Facts: It is the fourth time in five seasons that Dartford has made it through to the 1st Round ‘Proper’. Swindon Town has not won an FA Cup tie during that same five year period.

 

 

 

Tie No. 29 Cheltenham Town (EFL 2) v Maidstone United (National League)

Levels: Level 4 v Level 5

Best Runs: Round 5 v Round 2

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Cheltenham Town has alternately lost then won in the FA Cup 1st Round over the last four seasons. Maidstone United is appearing in the 1st Round ‘Proper’ for the fourth successive season, although it is three years since the club made the 2nd Round.

 

 

Tie No. 30 Woking (National League) v Bury (EFL 1)

Levels: Level 5 v Level 3 (Sunday afternoon on BBC)

Best Runs: Round 4 v WINNERS

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Woking went beyond the FA Cup 1st Round last season for the first time in 11 years. Bury has gone out in this round five times during that same 11 year period, including last season.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 31 Crewe Alexandra (EFL 2) v Rotherham United (EFL 1)

Levels: Level 4 v Level 3

Best Runs: SEMI FINALS v Round 5

History: Four previous FA Cup meetings, the first two won by Rotherham United, the latter two won by Crewe Alexandra, both of which were 4th Round ties.

Facts: Crewe Alexandra is appearing in the FA Cup for the 125th time but has not won an FA Cup tie for five years whilst Rotherham United has not exited the FA Cup as early as the 1st Round for seven seasons.

 

Tie No. 32 Gillingham (EFL 1) v Leyton Orient (National League)

Levels: Level 3 v Level 5

Best Runs: QUARTER FINALS v SEMI FINALS

History: Four previous FA Cup meetings, three won by Gillingham, but Leyton Orient has scored the more goals in their FA Cup encounters (8 to 7).

Facts: Gillingham has lost its last five FA Cup ties whilst Leyton Orient has only gone out as early as this round twice in the last seven seasons.

 

 

 

Tie No. 33 Hyde United (Northern Premier League 1 North) v Milton Keynes Dons (EFL 1)

Levels: Level 8 v Level 3 (Friday night on BBC)

Best Runs: Round 1 v Round 5

History: No previous FA Cup meetings, unsurprising given this tie contains the largest gap in League status of all 1st Round ties.

Facts: Hyde United is appearing in the 1st Round ‘Proper’ for the first time in 23 years and for only the fourth time since forming just after World War I. It will be the clubs sixth FA Cup tie this season. Milton Keynes Dons has not gone out of the FA Cup as early as the 1st Round ‘Proper’ for six seasons.

 

Tie No. 34 Gainsborough Trinity (National League North) v Slough Town (Southern League Premier)

Levels: Level 6 v Level 7

Best Runs: Round 3 v Round 2

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Gainsborough Trinity is in to the 1st Round ‘Proper’ for the second time in three seasons, but it is 65 years since the club went any further. It is the first time in five seasons Slough Town has made the 1st Round ‘Proper’, but The Rebels have only waited 13 years to make it through to the next round.

Tie No. 35 Solihull Moors (National League) v Wycombe Wanderers (EFL 2)

Levels: Level 5 v Level 4 (Sunday afternoon on BBC)

Best Runs: Round 2 v SEMI FINALS

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Solihull Moors made it through to the FA Cup 1st Round ‘Proper’ for the first time ever last season on their way to the 2nd Round. Wycombe Wanderers has not gone out of the FA Cup as early as the 1st Round for five years and the club is tracking to a 5th Round exit this season after going one round further than the previous year in each of the last three seasons.

 

 

 

Tie No. 36 Northampton Town (EFL 1) v Scunthorpe United (EFL 1)

Levels: Level 3 v Level 3

Best Runs: Round 5 v Round 5

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: One of only two FA Cup 1st Round ties that pits teams together who will face each other in their League this season. It is three years since Northampton Town exited the FA Cup as early as the 1st Round ‘Proper’. Scunthorpe United has gone out at this stage four times in the last six seasons, including last year.

Tie No. 37 Charlton Athletic (EFL 1) v Truro City (National League South)

Levels: Level 3 v Level 6 (Sunday afternoon on BBC)

Best Runs: WINNERS v 3rd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Charlton Athletic has not exited the FA Cup as early as the 1st Round ‘Proper’ for eight years. Truro City is appearing in the FA Cup 1st Round ‘Proper’ for the first time ever in the club’s 31st FA Cup campaign. The White Tigers are only the second ever Cornish based club to make it this far in the FA Cup following on from Falmouth Town who achieved the feat three times in the 1960s.

 

 

 

Tie No. 38 Wigan Athletic (EFL 1) v Crawley Town (EFL 2)

Levels: Level 3 v Level 4

Best Runs: WINNERS v Round 5

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Wigan Athletic has only exited the FA Cup as early as the 1st Round once in the last 15 years, although that only covers three appearances in it. Crawley Town has gone out in this round in each of the last three seasons.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 39 Gateshead (National League) v Chelmsford City (National League South)

Levels: Level 5 v Level 6

Best Runs: Round 3 v Round 4

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Gateshead is appearing in the FA Cup 1st Round ‘Proper’ for the first time in three seasons, since the club set its best FA Cup run. Chelmsford City has reached this staged of the competition for the first time in five seasons.

 

 

 

Tie No. 40 Exeter City (EFL 2) v Heybridge Swifts (Isthmian League 1 North)

Levels: Level 4 v Level 8 (Sunday afternoon on BBC)

Best Runs: QUARTER FINALS v Round 1

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Exeter City is appearing in the FA Cup for the 100th time, but has exited the FA Cup in the 1st Round in 49 of them, including six times in the last seven seasons. Heybridge Swifts is competing in the club’s sixth FA Cup tie this season and is appearing in the 1st Round ‘Proper’ for the first time in 15 years and for only the fourth time ever.

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