The Record Breaking Story of the 2016/17 FA Cup

History was made in this season’s FA Cup, time after time after time, a phenomenal achievement given this illustrious competition was running for its 136th season.

The record-breaking started way back on the evening of Friday 5th August 2016 when 10 clubs kicked off this season’s competition, the earliest the tournament had ever started, a full 296 days before the FA Cup Final to be played at Wembley on the 27th May, 2017. Extra Preliminary Round matches took place at Hinckley AFC, Ascot United, Sholing FC, Bashley FC (Lymington Town versus Hamworthy United) and at Thame United, where the home side’s Lynton Goss scored the ‘earliest in the season’ FA Cup goal ever recorded in its entire 146 year history.

Also in the Extra Preliminary Round, Cambridgeshire side Yaxley from the United Counties League Premier Division smashed their FA Cup goal-scoring record with a 12-0 demolition of their League rivals Huntingdon Town. It was the equal second highest margin of victory in the FA Cup in the 21st Century and has only been bettered 45 times in over 65,000 FA Cup matches. Bizarrely, Yaxley were then drawn against the previous club to have won 12-0 in the FA Cup, Dereham Town, in the Preliminary Round, a game that lived up to its high-scoring billing by ending four goals apiece with Dereham going on to win the replay via a solitary goal.

Another exciting, but at the time innocuous, Extra Preliminary Round tie saw Hereford based club Westfields knockout local rivals and fellow Midland Football League Premier Division side Stourport Swifts by four goals to three. It was the first time the Swifts had been knocked out of the FA Cup at such an early stage in their 25 campaigns. However, little did we know then that that match would be the launch-pad for an amazing FA Cup journey for Westfields. Twenty-five goals and six wins later, including three against higher-league opposition, the Hereford club found themselves not only in the First Round Proper (three rounds further than they’d ever been before), but also in the media spotlight as the BBC cameras, Dan Walker et al descended on their allpay.park ground.

Westfields were the first club in six years, since Tipton Town and Hythe Town in 2010-11 season, to make it all the way from the Extra Preliminary Round to the First Round Proper. Seven FA Cup ties is one more tie than the eventual winners will have actually competed in, and the club’s eventual tally of 25 goals is the highest total scored in the FA Cup this season. However, Westfields weren’t the only club in this year’s FA Cup to participate in seven ties.

Forty-three miles north-east of Westfields can be found Northern Premier League Premier Division club Stourbridge. The Glassboys had never even appeared in the First Round Proper until the club’s 105th FA Cup campaign back in 2009-10 season, but have now done so five times since then, always after beginning in the First Qualifying Round, and winning more FA Cup matches over that time period than any other club aside from Chelsea and Arsenal. Three times the club made the Second Round, but this year after a terrific 1-0 win over EFL Division One side Northampton Town (being knocked out in the Second Round for a record 31st time), the club found themselves in the Third Round for the first time ever. Their tightly contested narrow defeat at another EFL Division One side Wycombe Wanderers was the club’s seventh FA Cup tie of the season.

And then the record breaking baton was passed on to two more non-league clubs, Sutton United and Lincoln City, both competing in the National League. Both these two clubs registered personal record breaking FA Cup runs, but their combined performances had the mass media producing mass hysteria over their FA Cup achievements. Both Non–League clubs reached the last 16 of the competition, the first time that feat had been achieved since the current structure of the FA Cup was put in place in the 1925-26 season, that is from the year of introduction of when clubs from the top two divisions are exempted until the Third Round.

Prior to World War II and immediately afterwards there were only two League Divisions and clubs competing in the Southern League were considered as good as, if not better, than those classified as League teams. As a consequence now-called non-league clubs regularly appeared in the latter stages of the FA Cup (with Tottenham Hotspur famously lifting the trophy as a non-league club in 1901) and it wasn’t uncommon for at least two of them to appear in the last sixteen. The last such occurrence was in the 1919/20 season when both Cardiff City and Plymouth Argyle progressed to that stage.

But the FA Cup records this season didn’t stop being broken at the last 16 stage. Lincoln City produced a fine 1-0 win at Premier League side Burnley resulting in the Clarets becoming the first Top Flight team to lose at home to non-league opposition for the second time since the current FA Cup structure was established.

By making the Quarter Finals for the first time in the club’s 123rd FA Cup campaign, The Imps became: the first Non-League side to beat a top flight club for four seasons; the third club to compete in seven FA Cup ties this season; the first non-league Quarter Finalists since Queens Park Rangers in the 1913/14 season; and the first Non-League club to defeat four League clubs in the same FA Cup run since Telford United in the 1984/85 season (and the third club ever to achieve this feat with Tottenham Hotspur having done the same when the won the Trophy in 1901).

And still the records continued to fall. Lincoln City eventually lost to Premier League Arsenal, who had faced consecutive non-league clubs in the FA Cup for the first time in 108 years, and who subsequently reached the FA Cup Semi Finals for a record 29th time. And a semi-final win over Manchester City means the Gunners are the first club ever to appear in the FA Cup Final a total of 20 times. History of a different kind was also made in their semi-final with Manchester City when, by coming onto the field of play in extra time, Kelechi Iheanacho became the first ever fourth substitute to be used in an FA Cup match.

In the other Semi-Final, Tottenham Hotspur set an unwanted FA Cup record by losing their seventh successive FA Cup Semi-Final. When Spurs last won the FA Cup in 1991 it established them as the Top club in FA Cup history at the time. Their Semi-Final opponents this season, Chelsea, were only positioned 27th best then. If the Blues win the FA Cup this season it would be their 8th victory and they would leapfrog Spurs into 3rd place, by virtue of more Final appearances, and would be sitting only behind Arsenal and Manchester United.

A victory for Arsenal in the Final this season would set a new competition record of 13 FA Cup wins, almost 10% of all the times the famous trophy has been lifted. It would also represent a record 7th win for manager Arsene Wenger after successes in 1998, 20002, 2003, 2005, 2014 and 2015. The Frenchman would surpass the six trophies won by Aston Villa manager George Ramsay between 1887 and 1920.

That’s the real beauty of the FA Cup. Every season more football history is made, whether it is out of the spotlight in the Extra Preliminary Round amongst clubs eight and nine levels below the Premier League, or in the glaring eyes of the world’s media in the Final itself at Wembley.

And long may that continue!

FA Cup – Club Ranking in 21st Century

Where does your club rank in the FA Cup during the 21st Century?

1,064 clubs have competed in FA Cup between 2000/01 – 2016/17.

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910= 1874 Northwich
550 Abbey Hey
1045= Abbey Rangers
643 Abingdon Town
494 Abingdon United
83 Accrington Stanley
715 AFC Blackpool
55 AFC Bournemouth
974= AFC Bridgnorth
1015= AFC Croydon Athletic
1025= AFC Darwen
553= AFC Dunstable
869 AFC Emley
196 AFC Fylde
559= AFC Hayes
215 AFC Hornchurch
812= AFC Liverpool
481= AFC Mansfield
448= AFC Newbury
508 AFC Portchester
318 AFC Rushden and Diamonds
926= AFC St Austell
218= AFC Sudbury
154 AFC Telford United
171 AFC Totton
1008= AFC Uckfield
1045= AFC Uckfield Town
506 AFC Wallingford
64 AFC Wimbledon
536 AFC Wulfrunians
833= Albion Sports
97 Aldershot Town
136 Alfreton Town
612 Almondsbury Town
760 Almondsbury UWE (University of West England)
898= Alnwick Town
649 Alresford Town
719 Alsager Town
580= Alton Town
135 Altrincham
732= Alvechurch
947= Amesbury Town
916= Ampthill Town
438 Andover
840= Andover Town
1025= Anstey Nomads
1045= Anston Athletic
608= Ardley United
208 Arlesey Town
521= Armthorpe Welfare
353 Arnold Town
1 Arsenal*
693 Arundel
814= Ascot United
696 Ash United
855= Ashby Ivanhoe
682 Ashford Town (Kent)
283 Ashford Town (Mdx)
804= Ashford United
315 Ashington
591 Ashton and Backwell United
655= Ashton Athletic
951= Ashton Town
298 Ashton United
1045= Askern Villa
10 Aston Villa
962= Athersley Recreation
401 Atherstone Town
451 Atherstone United
573 Atherton Collieries
576 Atherton Laburnum Rovers
363= Aveley
348 Aylesbury
214 Aylesbury United
1045= Aylestone Park
598= Bacup Borough
455 Badshot Lea
974= Baldock Town
483= Baldock Town (1)
281 Bamber Bridge
387 Banbury United
441 Banstead Athletic
670 Bardon Hill
595 Barking
855= Barking (1)
580= Barkingside
85 Barnet
1008= Barnoldswick Town
28 Barnsley
518= Barnstaple Town
1045= Barnton
109 Barrow
474= Barrow Town
844= Bartley Green
417 Barton Rovers
780 Barton Town Old Boys
224 Barwell
636= Basford United
363= Bashley
739 Basildon United
151 Basingstoke Town
143 Bath City
335 Beaconsfield Slough Youth Centre Old Boys
548 Beckenham Town
685 Bedfont
763= Bedfont and Feltham
884= Bedfont Sports
876 Bedfont Town
892= Bedford
246 Bedford Town
840= Bedford United (1)
296 Bedlington Terriers
321 Bedworth United
273 Belper Town
518= Bemerton Heath Harlequins
613 Berkhamsted
430 Berkhamsted Town
757= Bewdley Town
989= Bexhill United
922= Bicester Town
698 Biddulph Victoria
319 Bideford
255 Biggleswade Town
684 Biggleswade United
200 Billericay Town
574= Billingham Synthonia
337 Billingham Town
642 Bilston Town
633 Binfield
31 Birmingham City
962= Birtley Town
336 Bishop Auckland
597 Bishop Sutton
305 Bishop’s Cleeve
182 Bishop’s Stortford
530 Bitton
555 Blaby and Whetstone Athletic
974= Black Country Rangers
20 Blackburn Rovers
334 Blackfield and Langley
59 Blackpool
712 Blackstones
989= Blakenall
1025= Bloxwich United
989= Bloxwich United
117 Blyth Spartans
435 Bodmin Town
285 Bognor Regis Town
694 Boldmere St Michaels
916= Bolehall Swifts
24 Bolton Wanderers
1011= Bookham
717= Bootle
178 Boreham Wood
767 Borrowash Victoria
678 Boston Town
125 Boston United
801= Bottesford Town
647 Bourne Town
566= Bournemouth (Ams)
787 Bowers and Pitsea
888= Bowers United
142 Brackley Town
243 Bracknell Town
40 Bradford City
189 Bradford Park Avenue
641 Bradford Town
754= Brading Town
148 Braintree Town
611 Brandon United
746 Brantham Athletic
50 Brentford
304 Brentwood Town
556 Bridgnorth Town
383 Bridgwater Town
339 Bridlington Town
1045= Bridon Ropes
688= Bridport
848= Brierley Hill and Withymoor
242 Brigg Town
593 Brighouse Town
761 Brightlingsea Regent
44 Brighton and Hove Albion
478 Brimscombe and Thrupp
962= Brimsdown Rovers
341 Brislington
56 Bristol City
521= Bristol Manor Farm
38 Bristol Rovers
1045= Broadbridge Heath
370 Brockenhurst
797= Brocton
870 Brodsworth Miners Welfare
179 Bromley
294 Bromsgrove Rovers
910= Bromsgrove Sporting
929= Bromyard Town
610 Buckingham Town
660 Buckland Athletic
804= Bugbrooke St Michaels
276 Burgess Hill Town
250 Burnham
513 Burnham Ramblers
34 Burnley
174 Burscough
92 Burton Albion
84 Bury
225 Bury Town
1045= Bustleholme
267 Buxton
947= Cadbury Athletic
457 Cadbury Heath
777 Calne Town
538 Camberley Town
152 Cambridge City
94 Cambridge United
390 Cammell Laird 1907
903= Canterbury City
126 Canvey Island
16 Cardiff City
90 Carlisle United
380 Carlton Town
308 Carshalton Athletic
544= Carterton
830= Castle Vale
989= Castle Vale JKS
568 Causeway United
855= CB Hounslow United
974= Celtic Nation
708 Chadderton
385 Chalfont St Peter
784 Chard Town
32 Charlton Athletic
131 Chasetown
346 Chatham Town
578 Cheadle Town
1045= Cheddar
134 Chelmsford City
2 Chelsea*
823= Cheltenham Saracens
67 Cheltenham Town
412 Chertsey Town
164 Chesham United
394 Cheshunt
686 Chessington and Hook United
172 Chester
106 Chester City
98 Chesterfield
501 Chester-le-Street Town
776 Chichester City
1025= Chinnor
211 Chippenham Town
324 Chipstead
279 Chorley
539= Christchurch
410 Cinderford Town
272 Cirencester Town
448= Clacton Town
1025= Clanfield 85
736 Clapton
662= Cleethorpes Town
247 Clevedon Town
650 Clevedon United
763= Clipstone
405 Clitheroe
252 Coalville Town
709= Cobham
735 Cockfosters
962= Codicote
437 Cogenhoe United
51 Colchester United
400 Coleshill Town
586= Colliers Wood United
579 Colne
747 Colney Heath
303 Colwyn Bay
238 Concord Rangers
416 Congleton Town
490 Consett
898= Continental Star
191 Corby Town
884= Corinthian
564 Corinthian Casuals
751= Cornard United
526 Corsham Town
703 Cove
37 Coventry City
432 Coventry Sphinx
855= Coventry United
681 Cowes Sports
600 Cradley Town
1025= Cranfield United
745 Crawley Down Gatwick
799= Crawley Green
53 Crawley Town
903= Cray Valley Paper Mills
310 Cray Wanderers
68 Crewe Alexandra
962= Cribbs
688= Crook Town
456 Crowborough Athletic
392 Croydon
434 Croydon Athletic
15 Crystal Palace
1045= Cullompton Rangers
146 Curzon Ashton
89 Dagenham and Redbridge
1011= Daisy Hill
617 Darlington
112 Darlington (1)
947= Darlington Railway Athletic
153 Dartford
788= Darwen
257 Daventry Town
738 Daventry United
866 Dawlish Town
514 Deal Town
671 Debenham Leisure Centre
523 Deeping Rangers
934= Denaby United
43 Derby County
414 Dereham Town
768= Desborough Town
357 Devizes Town
235 Didcot Town
480 Dinnington Town
583 Diss Town
77 Doncaster Rovers
158 Dorchester Town
584= Dorking
614 Dorking Wanderers
855= Dosthill Colts
115 Dover Athletic
716 Downton
144 Droylsden
833= Dudley Sports
801= Dudley Town
301 Dulwich Hamlet
592 Dunkirk
374 Dunstable Town
322 Dunston UTS
314 Durham City
1018= Earlswood Town
358 Easington Colliery
974= East Cowes Victoria Athletic
730 East Grinstead Town
424 East Preston
206 East Thurrock United
180 Eastbourne Borough
420 Eastbourne Town
706 Eastbourne United Association
116 Eastleigh
130 Eastwood Town
147 Ebbsfleet United
799= Eccleshall
547 Eccleshill United
546 Edgware Town
351 Egham Town
827= Ellesmere Rangers
989= Ellistown
675= Ellistown and Ibstock United
734 Elmore
714 Ely City
330 Enfield
665= Enfield (1893)
320 Enfield Town
565 Epsom and Ewell
1025= Epsom Athletic
413 Erith and Belvedere
492 Erith Town
620 Esh Winning
868 Eton Manor
877 Evenwood Town
8 Everton
221 Evesham United
107 Exeter City
640 Exmouth Town
833= Eynesbury Rovers
699 Fairford Town
770 Fakenham Town
606 Falmouth Town
516= Fareham Town
293 Farnborough
101 Farnborough Town
773 Farnham Town
444 Farsley Celtic
213 Farsley Celtic (1)
422 Faversham Town
1011= Fawley
590 FC Broxbourne Borough
622= FC Clacton
150 FC Halifax Town
672= FC Romania
163 FC United of Manchester
445 Felixstowe and Walton United
1045= Feltham
922= Fisher
288 Fisher Athletic
289 Flackwell Heath
1025= Fleet Spurs
377 Fleet Town
113 Fleetwood Town
586= Flixton
223 Folkestone Invicta
447 Folland Sports
114 Forest Green Rovers
879= Formby
830= Friar Lane and Epworth
245 Frickley Athletic
878 Frimley Green
382 Frome Town
22 Fulham
181 Gainsborough Trinity
566= Garforth Town
122 Gateshead
951= Gedling Miners Welfare
429 Gedling Town
57 Gillingham
552 Gillingham Town
439 Glapwell
470 Glasshoughton Welfare
1045= Glebe
512 Glossop North End
198 Gloucester City
332 Godalming Town
774 Godmanchester Rovers
1025= Goodrich
503 Goole
704= Gorleston
615 Gornal Athletic
232 Gosport Borough
1025= Graham Street Prims
217 Grantham Town
1045= Gravesham Borough
149 Grays Athletic
553= Great Harwood Town
557 Great Wakering Rovers
596 Great Yarmouth Town
819= Greenhouse London
356 Greenwich Borough
1018= Greenwood Meadows
431 Gresley
571 Gresley Rovers
662= Gretna
1045= Grimsby Borough
105 Grimsby Town
934= Grosvenor Park
974= GSA Sports
658= Guernsey
586= Guildford City
426 Guisborough Town
185 Guiseley
743 Hadleigh United
474= Hadley
771= Hailsham Town
929= Halesowen Harriers
244 Halesowen Town
137 Halifax Town
783 Hall Road Rangers
569 Hallam
342 Hallen
584= Halstead Town
201 Hampton and Richmond Borough
499 Hamworthy United
476 Handsworth Parramore
974= Hanley Town
452 Hanwell Town
359 Hanworth Villa
903= Harborough Town
504 Harefield United
598= Haringey Borough
227 Harlow Town
903= Harpenden Town
145 Harrogate Railway Athletic
156 Harrogate Town
190 Harrow Borough
951= Harrow Hill
962= Harrowby United
80 Hartlepool United
317 Hartley Wintney
572 Harwich and Parkeston
436 Hassocks
129 Hastings United
888= Hatfield Main
661 Hatfield Town
1045= Haughmond
100 Havant and Waterlooville
848= Haverhill Borough
350 Haverhill Rovers
192 Hayes
210 Hayes and Yeading United
1015= Hayling United
974= Haywards Heath Town
748= Heanor Town
894 Heath Hayes
922= Heather St Johns
974= Heaton Stannington
352 Hebburn Town
194 Hednesford Town
216 Hemel Hempstead Town
898= Hemsworth Miners Welfare
199 Hendon
947= Hengrove Athletic
812= Henley Town
483= Hereford
82 Hereford United
408 Herne Bay
558 Hertford Town
229 Heybridge Swifts
657 Highgate United
819= Highmoor-Ibis
411 Highworth Town
465 Hillingdon Borough
962= Hinckley
675= Hinckley AFC
140 Hinckley United
124 Histon
278 Hitchin Town
453 Hoddesdon Town
528= Holbeach United
753 Holbrook Sports
605 Holker Old Boys
989= Hollands and Blair
781= Holmer Green
882 Holmesdale
762 Holwell Sports
1008= Holyport
672= Hook Norton
409 Horden Colliery Welfare
713 Horley Town
167 Hornchurch
701 Horndean
170 Horsham
497 Horsham YMCA
264 Hucknall Town
46 Huddersfield Town
14 Hull City
644 Hullbridge Sports
302 Hungerford Town
725 Huntingdon Town
266 Hyde United
1025= Hythe and Dibden
251 Hythe Town
726 Ilford
873 Ilfracombe Town
316 Ilkeston
207 Ilkeston Town
54 Ipswich Town
500 Ipswich Wanderers
1018= Irchester United
951= Irlam
515 Jarrow Roofing Boldon CA
607 Kempston Rovers
282 Kendal Town
926= Kentish Town
99 Kettering Town
942= Keynsham Town
96 Kidderminster Harriers
627 Kidlington
323 Kidsgrove Athletic
635 Kings Langley
173 King’s Lynn
284 King’s Lynn Town
884= Kingsbury Town
104 Kingstonian
648 Kirby Muxloe
1025= Kirkley
507 Kirkley and Pakefield
844= Knaphill
989= Knaresborough Town
195 Lancaster City
771= Lancing
895= Langford
525 Larkhall Athletic
929= Launceston
962= Laverstock and Ford
254 Leamington
218= Leatherhead
1018= Ledbury Town
1018= Leeds Carnegie
36 Leeds United
744 Leek County School Old Boys
271 Leek Town
30 Leicester City
751= Leicester Nirvana
855= Leicester Road
203 Leigh Genesis
333 Leighton Town
226 Leiston
989= Letchworth
654 Leverstock Green
186 Lewes
329 Leyton
62 Leyton Orient
934= Lichfield City
41 Lincoln City
903= Lincoln Moorlands
479 Lincoln Moorlands Railway
287 Lincoln United
724 Lingfield
757= Liskeard Athletic
562 Littlehampton Town
4 Liverpool
344 Liversedge
809= London APSA
1025= London Bari
680 London Colney
848= London Lions
634 London Tigers
460 Long Buckby
563 Long Eaton United
652 Long Melford
989= Longlevens
791 Longwell Green Sports
729 Lordswood
541 Loughborough Dynamo
742 Loughborough University
844= Louth Town
754= Louth United
231 Lowestoft Town
974= Loxwood
662= Ludlow Town
60 Luton Town
951= Lydney Town
879= Lye Town
872 Lymington Town
87 Macclesfield Town
184 Maidenhead United
160 Maidstone United
561 Maine Road
376 Maldon and Tiptree
534 Maltby Main
628= Malvern Town
5 Manchester City*
3 Manchester United
269 Mangotsfield United
91 Mansfield Town
797= March Town United
168 Margate
265 Marine
502 Market Drayton Town
559= Marlow
962= Marlow United
340 Marske United
300 Matlock Town
837= Meir KA
707 Melksham Town
253 Merstham
395 Merthyr Town
220 Merthyr Tydfil
234 Metropolitan Police
378 Mickleover Sports
19 Middlesbrough
418 Mildenhall Town
795= Mile Oak
9 Millwall
807 Milton Keynes City
66 Milton Keynes Dons
808 Milton United
788= Minehead
898= Mole Valley Predators
347 Molesey
511 Moneyfields
240 Moor Green
111 Morecambe
464 Morpeth Town
306 Mossley
855= Murton
228 Nantwich Town
313 Needham Market
892= Nelson
531 New Mills
292 New Milton Town
951= Newbury
326 Newcastle Benfield
355 Newcastle Blue Star
328 Newcastle Town
27 Newcastle United
989= Newhaven
440 Newmarket Town
384 Newport (IOW)
121 Newport County
602 Newport Pagnell Town
974= Newquay
667 Newton Aycliffe
268 North Ferriby United
371 North Greenford United
307 North Leigh
871 North Shields
731 Northallerton Town
1045= Northampton ON Chenecks
823= Northampton Sileby Rangers
577 Northampton Spencer
93 Northampton Town
118 Northwich Victoria
311 Northwood
468 Norton and Stockton Ancients
263 Norton United
47 Norwich City
618 Norwich United
914 Nostell Miners Welfare
48 Nottingham Forest
63 Notts County
127 Nuneaton Borough
655= Nuneaton Griff
187 Nuneaton Town
491 Oadby Town
1015= Oakwood
727 Odd Down
672= Old Woodstock Town
625 Oldbury United
61 Oldham Athletic
622= Oldham Boro
974= Oldland Abbotonians
290 Ossett Albion
327 Ossett Town
205 Oxford City
69 Oxford United
544= Oxhey Jets
695 Padiham
840= Paget Rangers
688= Pagham
704= Parkgate
233 Paulton Rovers
679 Peacehaven and Telscombe
638 Pegasus Juniors
631 Pelsall Villa
1025= Penistone Church
462= Penrith
989= Penryn Athletic
848= Penzance
1025= Pershore Town (88)
816= Peterborough Northern Star
765 Peterborough Sports
73 Peterborough United
632 Peterlee Newtown
472= Petersfield Town
951= Pewsey Vale
668= Phoenix Sports
516= Pickering Town
804= Pilkington XXX
39 Plymouth Argyle
700 Plymouth Parkway
768= Pontefract Collieries
275 Poole Town
79 Port Vale
898= Porthleven
837= Portishead Town
926= Portland United
6 Portsmouth
291 Potters Bar Town
722= Potton United
407 Prescot Cables
42 Preston North End
833= Prudhoe Town
74 Queens Park Rangers
425 Quorn
867 Racing Club Warwick
222 Radcliffe Borough
481= Radcliffe Olympic
962= Radford
809= Radstock Town
443 Rainworth Miners Welfare
487 Ramsbottom United
260 Ramsgate
580= Raunds Town
601 Raynes Park Vale
23 Reading
775 Reading Town
165 Redbridge
286 Redditch United
462= Redhill
354 Retford United
702 Ringmer
816= Ringwood Town
989= Risborough Rangers
458 Rocester
58 Rochdale
929= Rochdale Town
848= Rochester United
495 Romford
916= Romsey Town
498 Romulus
393 Rossendale United
651 Rossington Main
86 Rotherham United
916= Rothwell Corinthians
415 Rothwell Town
608= Royal Wootton Bassett Town
528= Royston Town
362 Rugby Town
236 Runcorn FC Halton
446 Runcorn Linnets
469 Runcorn Town
274 Rushall Olympic
132 Rushden and Diamonds
1018= Rushden and Higham United
883 Rye United
757= Ryton and Crawcrook Albion
692 Saffron Walden Town
176 Salford City
677 Salisbury
123 Salisbury City
721 Saltash United
472= Saltdean United
604 Sandhurst Town
989= Sandwell Borough
781= Sawbridgeworth Town
102 Scarborough
551 Scarborough Athletic
75 Scunthorpe United
619 Seaham Red Star
683 Selby Town
505 Selsey
626 Sevenoaks Town
1018= Shaftesbury
934= Shaw Lane Association
916= Shawbury United
277 Sheffield
21 Sheffield United
49 Sheffield Wednesday
1045= Sheppey United
855= Sheppey United (1)
489 Shepshed Dynamo
865 Shepton Mallet
586= Sherborne Town
788= Shifnal Town
241 Shildon
466 Shirebrook Town
404 Sholing
709= Shoreham
249 Shortwood United
819= Shotton Comrades
70 Shrewsbury Town
989= Shrewton United
809= Shrivenham
910= Sidlesham
879= Sidley United
778 Silsden
406 Sittingbourne
373 Skelmersdale United
779 Slade Green
722= Sleaford Town
433 Slimbridge
161 Slough Town
496 Soham Town Rangers
386 Solihull Borough
169 Solihull Moors
793 South Normanton Athletic
343 South Park
766 South Shields
636= Southall
974= Southall Town
665= Southam United
13 Southampton
349 Southend Manor
76 Southend United
120 Southport
875 Southwick (Sussex)
325 Spalding United
934= Spelthorne Sports
239 Spennymoor Town
331 Spennymoor United
826 Sporting Bengal United
974= Sporting Club Thamesmead
360 Sporting Khalsa
533 Squires Gate
183 St Albans City
946 St Andrew’s
427 St Blazey
942= St Francis Rangers
603 St Helens Town
532 St Ives Town
616 St Leonards
391 St Margaretsbury
493 St Neots Town
159 Stafford Rangers
450 Stafford Town
819= Staines Lammas
141 Staines Town
188 Stalybridge Celtic
237 Stamford
711 Stansted
524 Stanway Rovers
830= Stapenhill
537 Staveley Miners Welfare
65 Stevenage
527 Stewarts and Lloyds (Corby)
934= Steyning Town
71 Stockport County
398 Stockport Sports
309 Stocksbridge Park Steels
12 Stoke City
922= Stokesley Sports Club
622= Stone Dominoes
423 Stotfold
119 Stourbridge
397 Stourport Swifts
454 Stowmarket Town
369 Stratford Town
594 Street
732= Studley
848= Sun Sports
25= Sunderland
803 Sunderland Nissan
1025= Sunderland Ryhope Colliery Welfare
913 Sunderland Ryhope Community Association
402 Sutton Coldfield Town
944= Sutton Common Rovers
754= Sutton Town (2002)
72 Sutton United
951= Swaffham Town
45 Swansea City
177 Swindon Supermarine
88 Swindon Town
428 Tadcaster Albion
951= Tadley Calleva
944= Takeley
110 Tamworth
259 Taunton Town
748= Tavistock
197 Team Bath
962= Team Bury
814= Team Northumbria
951= Team Solent
103 Telford United
915 Teversal
542= Thackley
295 Thame United
403 Thamesmead Town
421 Thatcham Town
895= Thetford Town
467 Thornaby
823= Thrapston Town
574= Three Bridges
204 Thurrock
509 Tilbury
262 Tipton Town
717= Tiptree United
193 Tiverton Town
535 Tividale
720 Tokyngton Manor
270 Tonbridge Angels
248 Tooting and Mitcham United
837= Torpoint Athletic
81 Torquay United
785 Torrington
17 Tottenham Hotspur*
691 Totton and Eling
645 Tow Law Town
792 Tower Hamlets
367 Trafford
33 Tranmere Rovers
728 Tring Athletic
658= Tring Town
366 Truro City
748= Tuffley Rovers
687 Tunbridge Wells
929= United Services Portsmouth
375 Uxbridge
157 Vauxhall Motors (Ellesmere Port)
485 VCD Athletic
916= Verwood Town
989= Viking Greenford
1025= Wadebridge Town
312 Wakefield
52 Walsall
827= Walsall Wood
891 Walsham-le-Willows
419 Waltham Abbey
488 Waltham Forest
368 Walton and Hersham
399 Walton Casuals
697 Wantage Town
989= Warboys Town
258 Ware
1025= Warlingham
974= Warminster Town
175 Warrington Town
621 Washington
18 Watford
202 Wealdstone
668= Wednesfield
138 Welling United
795= Wellingborough Town
934= Wellingborough Town (1)
1025= Wellingborough Whitworths
897 Wellington (Herefordshire)
962= Wellington (Somerset)
639 Wells City
740 Welton Rovers
461 Welwyn Garden City
539= Wembley
794 West Allotment Celtic
379 West Auckland Town
25= West Bromwich Albion
903= West Didsbury and Chorlton
11 West Ham United
989= West Midlands Police
646 Westbury United
786 Westfield
261 Westfields
162 Weston-super-Mare
155 Weymouth
630 Whickham
209 Whitby Town
628= Whitchurch United
903= Whitehaven
166 Whitehawk
280 Whitley Bay
486 Whitstable Town
874 Whitton United
388 Whyteleafe
737 Wick
1045= Wick and Barnham United
7 Wigan Athletic
1011= Wigan Robin Park
345 Willand Rovers
459 Willenhall Town
887 Willington
510 Wimborne Town
989= Wincanton Town
389 Winchester City
816= Windsor
381 Windsor and Eton
372 Wingate and Finchley
542= Winsford United
951= Winterbourne United
570 Winterton Rangers
297 Wisbech Town
338 Witham Town
989= Withdean 2000
840= Witheridge
653 Witney Town
934= Witney Town (1)
299 Witton Albion
442 Wivenhoe Town
1025= Wodson Park
133 Woking
848= Wokingham and Emmbrook
888= Wokingham Town
829 Wolverhampton Casuals
1045= Wolverhampton Sporting Community
35 Wolverhampton Wanderers
471 Woodbridge Town
396 Woodford United
844= Woodstock Sports
549 Wootton Blue Cross
139 Worcester City
212 Workington
855= Worksop Parramore
230 Worksop Town
855= Worsborough Bridge Miners Welfare
361 Worthing
477 Worthing United
108 Wrexham
365 Wroxham
29 Wycombe Wanderers
256 Yate Town
518= Yaxley
128 Yeading
78 Yeovil Town
95 York City
741 Yorkshire Amateur

Nb. Rankings based on how far clubs have reached each season in FA Cup since 2000/01

What’s the Point of the International Break?

If the International break proves one thing it is that there is no appetite amongst fans for a winter break in the domestic football calendar.

Tweet after tweet after tweet can be seen bemoaning the fact that the weekend isn’t the weekend without being able to follow your favourite team from the Premier League and EFL Championship.

Can you imagine the frustration for these fans if there was an enforced three to four week break during the season?

The only upside of the International break is that it gives those fans of Premier League and EFL Championship clubs the opportunity to go to watch their local Non-League side. But how many will actually take up that opportunity?

Outside of the worthy and heavily promoted ‘NonLeagueDay’ probably only a small proportion of them. With just one weekend off regular football, many fans will just endure other activities for that one week, other than go to watch a non-league game, in the knowledge that it is just for one week, and there will be an England game on the TV to get their fix.

However, a longer winter break may well work to the advantage of Non-League clubs. Several weeks of having to endure weekends more akin to summer time activities, but without the benefit of favourable weather, may increase the desire of Premier League fans to seek out football elsewhere. And some may find they like it so much they continue to attend their local club more often throughout the season.

I’m personally not in favour of winter breaks, especially as it is highly likely that the clubs won’t actually take a break but just use the time for lucrative tours to the Far East and beyond, but I am in favour of any opportunity for more people to attend matches at Non-League clubs.

Having taken that journey myself, I can assure anyone that follows the same path, it is a journey well worth making.

Enfield Town and their Run to the FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round in 2015-16

No. 13 in an occasional series of Club Focused FA Cup specials.

Enfield Town proudly claim that the club was the first ever supporter-owned club, established in 2001 on the back of dissatisfaction of the established Enfield FC moving away from the borough, and forming the template for all future fan-owned clubs such as AFC Wimbledon to follow.

The fledgling club competed in the Essex Senior League and in their third season also competed in the FA Cup for the first ever time. The club’s debut FA Cup opponents were Eastern Counties League Premier outfit Clacton Town, competing in the FA Cup for the 64th time. An own goal as your very first FA Cup goal isn’t something to shout about from the rooftops, but not every club wins their first ever match in the competition, and the 2-1 victory set up a trip to Isthmian league Division Two side Edgware Town, another seasoned FA Cup club.

This time the Town beat their higher league opponents 1-0 to make it two wins out of two FA Cup matches, definitely worth shouting that from the rooftops, but the visit of even higher, more seasoned FA Cup campaigners, Carshalton Athletic, proved a step too far, although the Town were not too disgraced going down by just the one goal to nil.

The Second Qualifying Round was to prove a hurdle the club seemed to struggle to get over, being knocked out at that stage four more times over the next six seasons, at the end of which period the club were now at the level in the pyramid as the Carshalton Athletic club that defeated them in their first campaign had been, the 1st Division North of the Isthmian League.

The following season, 2010/11, the 2nd Qualifying Round hoodoo was broken. After straightforward victories over Waltham Forest and Arlesey Town they were drawn to face Worthing in that season’s 2nd Qualifying Round. A tight game was settled by a solitary goal for Enfield Town to set a new best ever FA Cup run for the club. Their reward was a trip to Conference South side Boreham Wood, a club in the midst of an upward trajectory. A spirited display by the Town ended in a 3-1 defeat, but Enfield Town club history was made.

The Town had to wait five more years, though, before their fans and players could seriously dream about the possibility of competing in the so-called ‘Proper’ Rounds of the competition. By the 2015/16 season, the year of their best ever FA Cup run so far, the club were established members of the Isthmian League Premier Division and a fellow member, Billericay Town, were successfully despatched after a replay in their 1st Qualifying Round tie, thanks to goals from Tyler Campbell and George Brislen-Hall.

Eastern Counties Premier League side Ipswich Wanderers were defeated in the 2nd Qualifying Round courtesy of a Bobby Devyne strike to take the club into the 3rd Qualifying Round for only the second time. A goalless draw with Hitchin Town from the Southern League Premier Division was followed up by a 2-1 win in the replay with Harry Ottaway and Claudiu Vilcu on the scoresheet. The Town were now just one game away from the prospect of potentially facing a League club for the first time.

Southern League Premier Division side Chesham United, though, stood in their way, with the game to be played at their opponent’s The Meadow ground. Two goals down by half-time, The Town rallied in the rain in the second half, but only made the breakthrough in the very last minute of the match thanks to a Harry Ottaway strike. A frenetic end failed to add to the scoreline and the club were out and their dream of meeting a League club was shattered, for now!

The club are currently competing at their highest ever level, and although this latest season didn’t produce the same FA Cup heroics as the one before, it may only be a matter of time before the club put Enfield back on the FA Cup map.

 

Southport and their Run to the FA Cup Quarter Finals in 1930-31

No. 12 in an occasional series of Club Focused FA Cup specials.

Having first entered the FA Cup in the 1882/83 season, there are only 14 clubs still competing in this famous competition that have an older history of competing in it than Southport do.

In those pre-Football League days of the FA Cup there were no Qualifying Rounds meaning that for their first four seasons The Sandgrounders began in the 1st Round. The club’s inaugural FA Cup match was a 1-1 draw at Liverpool Ramblers, a club still in existence although only playing friendlies, and the first club from Liverpool to compete in the FA Cup. Mr C Ambler scored the Sandgrounders’ first ever FA Cup goal. The replay saw Southport lose 4-0 at home having had to field a weakened side due to a couple of key ‘no-shows’.

The following season Southport lost 7-1 (some reports say 7-0) in the 1st Round to eventual winners Blackburn Rovers, the first of that club’s hat-trick of wins, but the 1884/85 season saw the club record their first FA Cup win, although not until after they had already been ‘knocked out’.

A 3-0 defeat at Accrington was contested by Southport on the basis that their opponents had played ‘professionals’, a selection process the FA frowned upon at the time and resisted for several years. Accrington were disqualified and Southport were re-instated. Their second round opponents were Clitheroe Low Moor and Southport won the match 3-1 with goals from J L Briggs, Mellor and an own goal. The 3rd Round saw Southport return to Accrington to take on a local side there called Church FC who won the match 10-0, inflicting what is still Southport’s record defeat in the FA Cup.

When the Football League was established in 1888-89 Southport were still playing friendlies before joining the Lancashire League the following season and when they did enter the FA Cup they had to begin in the 1st Qualifying Round. The club had to wait until the 1894/95 season before appearing in the Proper Rounds again where they lost 3-0 at home to Everton. Their next appearance in the 1st Round didn’t occur until 1911/12 season, the club’s first season as a member of the Central League after eight seasons as a Lancashire Combination club. They fared no better this time around losing 2-0 at home to Southern League side Reading.

Southport wouldn’t appear in the 1st Round again until the season they were founder members of Football League Division 3 North in 1921/22, although it wasn’t an automatic exemption to the 1st Round in those days and they had to beat Altrincham (3-0) and Coventry City (1-0) to get there. Still no luck in the 1st Round, though, as following a creditable 1-1 draw at Blackburn Rovers, they went down 2-0 in the replay at Haig Avenue.

The FA Cup was re-structured for the 1925-26 season, ostensibly making the old 1st Round equivalent to what we now know as the 3rd Round (with some minor differences). As a consequence Southport were exempted until the 1st Round and finally achieved their first ‘Proper’ Round victory for 41 years defeating Welsh National League side Mold 1-0, before going on to beat fellow Division 3 North side Durham City 3-0 in the Second Round to equal the club’s best ever FA Cup run. A 5-2 defeat at Third Division South side Southend United brought that run to an end, but things were to go ever better the following season.

Their 1926-27 FA Cup run began with a 1-1 draw at home to fellow Division 3 North side Tranmere Rovers before winning 2-1 at Prenton Park. This was followed by a 2-0 Second Round home victory over Crook Town from the Northern League and then a ‘revenge’ 2-0 win at home against First Division Blackburn Rovers, their biggest scalp to date. Southport were into the FA Cup 4th Round for the first time ever and were drawn to play at Anfield against Liverpool. Tommy White scored for Southport, but the club was knocked out as Liverpool netted three times to win.

The following season Southport made the 4th Round once again thanks to a 3-2 First Round win at Midland League side Denaby United, a 2-0 win at fellow Division 3 North side Bradford (Park Avenue) in the 2nd Round, and a 3-0 home victory over Second Division Fulham in the Third. First Division side Middlesbrough was a step too far with the Sandgrounders going down by three goals to nil at Ayrsome Park.

However, it wasn’t long before Southport were to make FA Cup history by becoming the first club from Division 3 North to make the last eight of the competition in the 1930/31 season. The run started impressively enough with a 4-2 win over fellow Division 3 North side Darlington, thanks to a Paddy McConnell brace and goals from Archie Waterston and Ralph Hills. This was followed up by an even more convincing 4-0 victory at Midland League side Gainsborough Trinity. This time Waterston scored twice alongside another one for Hills and a goal for Jimmy Cowen.

Southport were into the 3rd Round of the FA Cup for the fourth time in six seasons where they faced Division Two side Millwall (who had recently twice made the FA Cup Quarter Finals as a Division 3 South side themselves). Two goals from Cowen and another from Hills gave Southport a 3-1 victory and a chance to test themselves against First Division opposition again in the shape of North West coastal rivals Blackpool. Another Waterston double gave the Sandgrounders a 2-1 win and their second top-flight scalp. A solitary goal from Cowen in the Fourth Round at home to Bradford (Park Avenue) took the club further in the competition than they had ever been before.

Southport were drawn to play at Goodison Park against mighty local rivals Everton, but in front of over 45,500 spectators the club succumbed to a heavy 9-1 defeat, although Waterston did manage to grab his sixth goal of their Cup run as a consolation.

Another Fourth Round appearance was to follow the next season, and another heavy defeat by a First Division side, this time 9-0 by Newcastle United, but not until after the sides had played out two 1-1 draws, with Jimmy Cowen scoring in both games and a record 20,010 spectators at Haig Avenue watching the first replay.

It would be almost 35 years before the club got anywhere near replicating their achievements in the FA Cup either side of 1930, with a trip to the Fifth Round in the 1965/66 season when playing in the Fourth Division. Higher League opposition in the shape of Division Two sides Ipswich Town and Cardiff City were dispensed with before losing 2-0 at Hull City, themselves going on to the Quarter Finals as a Division Three side.

With the club now competing outside of the Football League for almost 30 years, it seems unlikely that the Sandgrounders will grace the Quarter Finals again some time soon, although the exploits of Lincoln City this season gives everyone hope. But for now that memorable run to the last eight of the competition 86 years ago remains the pinnacle of Southport’s achievements in their 120 FA Cup campaigns.

Scrap Replays? No, Scrap the Idea to Scrap Replays!

In the end they weren’t needed. The Premier League appeasing new FA rules of extra time and penalties in the first game of FA Cup Quarter Finals were not utilised this time around. And I for one am very happy about that.

Unfortunately, the FA are now set on a dangerous path of kowtowing to the Premier League’s every wish and Andy Ambler (the FA’s Head of Professional Game Relations – whatever that means!) has expressed a desire to introduce the ‘No Replays’ rule into all rounds of the competition, although he probably only means from the 3rd Round onward.

Only eleven of the 56 ties played in the 3rd, 4th and 5th Rounds of this season’s FA Cup required a replay (19.5%) of which just a half involved Premier League clubs. Not exactly an arduous extra commitment to those clubs in the top flight, especially as only two of them involved clubs competing in European competition. Even if the four Quarter Finals had been allowed to have a replay, it would have only affected two clubs who were still in Europe by the time the first game was played!

The real issue for me, though, is the FA’s complete disregard for the integrity of its own competition. Having one set of rules for some rounds and not for all rounds is bad enough, but when those rule changes go about changing the ethos of the competition one has to wonder if the custodians of the FA Cup have its best interests at heart. Making changes for the supposed betterment of the FA Cup is one thing, but making changes so that the Premier League (and European competitions) are not inconvenienced is tantamount to signing one’s own death warrant, albeit a long and protracted one.

After the debacle of the FA sanctioning the non-participation of their current holders in 2000/01 season, coincidentally and ominously a decision borne out of appeasing someone else, the FA has made some great changes to the FA Cup to keep it meaningful, interesting and exciting, not least with the opening up of entry to the competition to clubs further down the footballing pyramid.

Since the 2000/01 season we have seen increased participation of non-league clubs in the FA Cup from 487 clubs at the turn of the century to the 644 clubs that have been involved over the past four seasons (although it did peak at 671 in 2011/12, but ground grading rule changes have restricted entry since then). It is within the six qualifying rounds of the competition, needed to whittle down the 644 clubs to just 32 that make the 1st Round ‘Proper’, where we have seen the FA Cup being re-vitalised.

There is a terrific passion for the FA Cup amongst the clubs, the players, the owners, the managers, the trainers, the volunteers and the fans of Non-League clubs, all immensely proud to have been involved in the same competition as the stars of the Premier League, whether or not their club gets anywhere near facing one of them. Practically everybody involved in non-league football has a high passion for the game itself, and this usually extends to a love for a particular Premier League or EFL club. So to see the club they are involved with be part of the same competition as the well-known club they support is very special indeed.

And that connection, that pride in association, is the reason why it is critical that the FA ensure that the same rules of the competition are applied at all stages in exactly the same way. When Lincoln City were drawn to play at Portman Road in the 3rd Round this season, they knew that despite being disadvantaged by the luck of the draw, they had a chance to take the higher league side back to their home, a chance they took and benefited from. This opportunity to address the disadvantage of being drawn away from home at The Emirates in the Quarter Finals was taken away from them. Why was it ‘right’ to be able to do so in the 3rd Round but not in the sixth?

If the FA are to introduce rules that only kick in from the 3rd Round (video assisted referees is also being discussed) then it sends out a clear message to all those clubs who compete in the eight rounds before them that their contribution and worth to the FA Cup is not the same as those that join it from January.

I for one think that is a disgrace and I believe that the FA should think very carefully about how they treat the majority of clubs that participate in the famous FA Cup in their quest to appease the money-generating obsessed minority.

 

FA Cup 2016/17 Quarter Final Preview

Overview

History is being made in the FA Cup by Lincoln City from the National League, becoming the first Non-League club to make the FA Cup Quarter Finals since the current structure of the top two Divisions being exempted until the Third Round of the competition was put in place 92 years ago.

The Imps are also the first Non-League club in the last eight of the FA Cup since Queens Park Rangers in the 1913/14 season and the first Non-League club to defeat four League clubs in the same FA Cup run since Telford United achieved the feat in 1984/85. (And only the third ever Non-League club to achieve the feat, the first being Tottenham Hotspur on their way to lifting the trophy in 1900/01).

Lincoln City will be the third club this season to play in seven FA Cup ties following Midland Football League Premier Division side Westfields and Northern Premier League Division One North outfit Stourbridge. Historically the winners of the FA Cup only compete in six ties.

Lincoln become the 118th different club to reach the last eight of the FA Cup and the first new club to do so since Wycombe Wanderers in 2000/01 season.

At the other end of the scale, Arsenal (43), Manchester United (42) and Tottenham Hotspur (39) add to their Quarter Final appearance tally sitting in 2nd, 3rd and 4th position respectively behind Everton who had their 45th appearance last season.

Whichever of Arsenal and Manchester United go further in this season’s FA Cup will become the club with the best FA Cup record. They both currently have 12 wins, both have appeared in 19 Finals and both have reached the Semi Finals 28 times. It is only that one extra Quarter Final appearance that currently puts Arsenal out on front.

Millwall are the first club from the third tier to make the Quarter Finals since Bradford City just two seasons ago. It is the Lions’ third appearance in the Quarter Finals in the last 14 seasons. Their involvement this year, alongside Lincoln City, means it is now 11 seasons since the last eight of the competition was made up exclusively of top-flight clubs.

 

 

Tie-by-Tie Previews

 

  1. Chelsea (Premier League) v Manchester United (Premier League)

Level 1 v Level 1

Eleven previous FA Cup meetings between the two clubs, with Manchester United winning eight times, but Chelsea have won the last two. First meeting occurred 109 years ago, whilst the sides have twice met in the FA Cup Final itself with one win apiece.

Chelsea are into the Quarter Finals for the 35th time and haven’t made the Semi Finals for four years. Manchester United are into the Quarter Finals for the third season in a row and for the 42nd time in total, the third highest number of appearances behind Arsenal (43) and Everton (45).

 

  1. Middlesbrough (Premier League) v Manchester City (Premier League)

Level 1 v Level 1

Six previous FA Cup meetings between the two clubs, with Middlesbrough ahead by four wins to two. The clubs first met in the competition 113 years ago and most recently just two seasons ago when Boro were a Championship club.

Middlesbrough are appearing in the Quarter Finals for the 17th time but it is 11 years since the club appeared in the Semi Finals. Manchester City are in the Quarter Finals for the 24th time but have not gone further for four seasons.

 

  1. Tottenham Hotspur (Premier League) v Millwall (EFL 1)

Level 1 v Level 3

Two previous FA Cup meetings between the two clubs, with Spurs triumphant on both occasions. Clubs first met in the competition 106 years ago and then again 56 years later in 1967 when Spurs went on to lift the trophy.

Tottenham are appearing in their 39th FA Cup Quarter Final, their first for five seasons, whilst it is only four years since Millwall made it this far, this being the Lions’ 10th appearance in the last eight.

 

  1. Arsenal (Premier League) v Lincoln City (National League)

Level 1 v Level 5

Despite 241 FA Cup campaigns between this is the first ever FA Cup meeting between the two clubs.

The FA Cup records of the two clubs couldn’t be more contrasting. Arsenal have the best FA Cup record with 12 wins, 19 Finals and 28 Semi-Final appearances (beating Manchester United into second place by virtue of having one more Quarter Final appearance; 43 versus 42). Lincoln are appearing in the FA Cup Quarter Finals for the first time ever, becoming the 188th different club to make the last eight and the first Non-League Quarter Finalist since Queens Park Rangers in 1914. The Imps have also equalled the record of most League clubs beaten by a Non-League side in one FA Cup run, matching Telford United who defeated four League clubs in 1985. Tottenham Hotspur are the only other Non-League club to achieve this feat on their way to lifting the Trophy in 1901.