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.

Reply with your answers by leaving comments below, or tweet them to @FACupFactfile on Twitter, or send them to me at the email address at the bottom of this blog.

Do share the quiz with your friends, family, and fellow football fans to see who can be the first in your circle to complete the list.

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 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.

FA Cup 2017-18 1st Round Preview

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As usual 80 clubs will compete in the 1st Round of this year’s FA Cup with 24 clubs from both EFL Divisions One and Two joining the 32 Non-League clubs who have made it through from the Qualifying Rounds.

Of those 32 qualifying non-league clubs, half are members of the National League, four each come from the National Leagues North and South, two each come from the Premier Divisions of the Southern League, the Isthmian League and the Northern Premier League, whilst two clubs play their league football at level eight in the pyramid.

Northern Premier League Division One North side Hyde United and Isthmian League Division One North side Heybridge Swifts will both be participating in their sixth FA Cup tie this season. That’s the same number of ties that the likely Premier League winner will have to play. Both these two tier eight clubs are hoping to make it through to the 2nd Round of the FA Cup for the first time ever, but both face much higher Football League opposition.

Several other clubs are also hoping to progress beyond the 1st Round for the first time ever. Clubs such as Billericay Town, Nantwich Town, AFC Fylde and Guiseley have at least appeared in the 1st Round before, National League side Guiseley are doing so for the seventh time which, if they fail to win, would place the Yorkshire club in third spot in the all-time list of appearances in the FA Cup 1st Round without ever going any further.

Other clubs are making history already by appearing in the FA Cup 1st Round for the first time in their history. Southern League Premier Division side Hereford is competing in just the club’s second FA Cup campaign and will be looking to emulate its predecessor club, Hereford United, in terms of FA Cup giant-killing folklore. Northern Premier League Premier Division club Shaw Lane Association hadn’t even won an FA Cup game before this third campaign, but the club’s current run to the 1st Round means it now has twice as many FA Cup victories than losses!

Truro City, from National League South, has had to wait much longer to make it this far in the FA Cup having first appeared in the 1924-25 season. This year is the White Tiger’s 31st campaign in the FA Cup and the club becomes only the second one from Cornwall to appear in this Round. Falmouth Town achieved the feat three times in the 1960s but never progressed beyond the 1st Round, so Truro City has a fantastic opportunity to create Cornish football history. There’s just the small matter of an away tie at EFL One side Charlton Athletic to overcome.

Possibly the most surprising statistic of this year’s FA Cup 1st Round is how few of the 80 clubs involved will face opponents from the same League. Just two 1st Round ties pit clubs together who will face each other twice more in League games, and even more remarkably one of those ties involves the two remaining Isthmian League Premier Division sides, Leatherhead and Billericay Town. The only other same League match-up is the all EFL Division One encounter between Northampton Town and Scunthorpe United.

That all-Isthmian League encounter is one of several 1st Round ties between two non-league clubs, which guarantees at least five of them will be in the 2nd Round. Conversely, at least 13 EFL clubs will exit the competition at the first hurdle, some of whom could be former winners such as Bradford City, Portsmouth, Notts County, Wigan Athletic and Blackburn Rovers. The last team in that list are having to start their FA Cup campaign in the 1st Round for the first time in 38 years and Rovers haven’t exited the competition as early as this Round for another eight years before then.

Just 11 of the forty 1st Round FA Cup ties sees clubs coming up against opponents whom they have encountered in the FA Cup before. For Notts County, the club has had to wait 104 years for the chance to avenge the 2-0 defeat by Bristol Rovers way back before the start of World War I, whilst many other ties are re-matches from games played in the 21st Century.

One club who will be ruing their luck of the draw is Tranmere Rovers who have been drawn to face Peterborough United for the seventh time in the FA Cup. The unfortunate thing for Tranmere is that they been defeated by The Posh on all six previous occasions, managing just one goal-less draw in those meetings and scoring just three goals and conceding sixteen in the process.

Another one-sided FA Cup match-up is Luton Town versus Portsmouth. The Hatters have won all three previous FA Cup meetings with Pompey, the last of which was a Quarter Final tie in 1988 when both sides were top-flight clubs!

Forest Green Rovers will be competing in the FA Cup for the first time as a Football League club. Depending upon your view of football club history they are either the 142nd, the 143rd, or the 144th club to represent the Football League in the FA Cup. I suggest they are the 144th club based on the view that neither MK Dons nor AFC Wimbledon can lay claim to the history of Wimbledon FC, and that the current Newport County club is a different entity to the one that folded back in 1989. However, given that Chesterfield FC and Middlesbrough FC, to name but two, have both folded and re-formed during their long histories but have maintained the continuum of being regarded as one club, then the waters in this matter are very muddy indeed. Either way, it’s a great celebration for Forest Green.

Several other clubs are also celebrating significant FA Cup milestones. Hartlepool United, Exeter City and Rochdale are all competing in the FA Cup for the 100th time, whilst for Crewe Alexandra this year will be their 125th campaign. The celebrations are tempered a little bit, particularly for the latter three clubs, by the knowledge that they occupy the top three places for the most number of times a club has been eliminated from the FA Cup in the 1st Round. In the cases of Rochdale and Exeter City, they have suffered 1st Round knock-outs in about 50% of their campaigns. A glimmer of hope then for their respective non-league opponents, Bromley and Heybridge Swifts.

Potted History of Cornish Clubs in FA Cup

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The FA Cup had been running for 25 years before the first club from Cornwall graced this illustrious competition.

On the 6th October, 1906, Torpoint Association FC, formed almost 20 years earlier but only taking that moniker after amalgamating Torpoint Triumph FC in 1905, just a season prior to their FA Cup debut, set up to face Bristol based side Staple Hill in the 1st qualifying round of the competition. Playing in the Plymouth and District League Division One, Torpoint Association were facing a more senior Western League Division Two club, a club with a 10 campaign FA Cup pedigree, and a club who had appeared in the 1st Round ‘Proper’ just the season before (losing 7-2 at Manchester United).

Torpoint Association would have considered themselves to have done very well then to have held their visitors to a 1-1 draw and set up a replay at Staple Hill, but it was to get even better for this trailblazing Cornish club as they went on to win the replay 3-0 to set up a 2nd qualifying round trip to Radstock Town. Somerset based Radstock Town were also plying their trade in the Western League Division Two and this time proved too much for their junior opponents, although the 2-0 scoreline was nothing to be embarrassed about.

Torpoint Association would become Torpoint Athletic following the cessation of hostilities of The Great War, but it would be another 104 years before they competed in the FA Cup again, playing just three more times so far as members of the South West Peninsula League Premier Division, but never yet equalling that inaugural run to the 2nd qualifying round.

Torpoint were the first of 16 clubs from Cornwall to have appeared in the FA Cup with a total of 330 campaigns between them. The second club to make their FA Cup bow, coming seven years after Torpoint’s run, was St Austell FC, also representatives of the Plymouth and District League Division One. St Austell were drawn to travel to Yeovil Town of the more senior Somerset Senior League Division ‘A’ in the Extra Preliminary Round. This Yeovil Town was a forerunner to the current club amalgamating with Petters United after the First World War to form the current club.

However, St Austell proved too good for their higher league opponents winning the tie 2-0 before going on to thrash another Somerset Senior League Division ‘A’ club, Minehead, 7-1 in the preliminary round, a record win for the Cornish side in the competition. The Cup run would come to a shuddering halt in the next round losing 8-1 at Welton Rovers of the much higher Western League, which still stands as the club’s record FA Cup defeat. Along with many, many other clubs, St Austell withdrew from the following 1914/15 FA Cup competition due to the depletion of available players owing to mass enlisting of pals battalions to fight in The Great War.

St Austell would become a regular representative of Cornish Football in the FA Cup over the next 20 years or so, achieving a peak of reaching the 3rd qualifying round in the 1947-48 season when members of the Cornish Senior Cup League beating Western League Division One side Glastonbury 2-1 and Dartmouth United of Plymouth and District League Division One 5-2, before losing 2-1 at home to Street of Western League Division One. The Lilywhites have competed 29 times in the FA Cup, the last five seasons of which under the name AFC St Austell.

The 1925/26 saw two Cornish clubs compete in the FA Cup in the same season for the first time as the short-lived Newquay United FC entered for the first of two consecutive seasons. As was often the case in the early rounds of the FA Cup, if only two clubs entered from the same geographical region they would invariably be drawn against each other, and so it was for Newquay United who had to travel to fellow Plymouth and District League Division One side St Austell where they were beaten 3-1 in the Extra Preliminary Round. The following year they were exempted until the preliminary round where they were beaten 4-1 by another league opponent Green Waves (Plymouth). So two FA Cup campaigns and two defeats for Newquay United.

In 1924/25 season Truro City entered the FA Cup for the first time, being the only Cornish representative that season, and the first one following the end of the War. Unfortunately, the White Tigers suffered a heavy 6-0 defeat at fellow Plymouth and District League Division One club Green Waves (Plymouth), and the club wouldn’t appear again in the competition for another 25 years. They had had 30 campaigns prior to this season’s run to the 1st Round ‘Proper’ and had peaked at reaching the 3rd qualifying round three times in the last eight seasons as first a Southern League Premier Division club and then twice as members of the Conference/National League South.

The next Cornish club to try their hand in the FA Cup was Wadebridge Town who entered as members of the Plymouth and District League in 1930/31 season alongside St Austell. A 1-0 home win over Somerset based Westland Works of Western League Division Two (that club’s only FA Cup match) saw The Bridgers through to travel to the original Taunton Town FC plying their trade in the much higher Southern League Western Division. A 2-0 defeat to a club who would go on the make the 1st Round ‘Proper’ that season brought their inaugural run to an end.

The Bridgers would go on to appear in the FA Cup 34 more times reaching a best of the 3rd qualifying round four times, most latterly in the 1971/72 season whilst members of the South Western League. A 3-2 win at league opponents Saltash United in the 1st qualifying round was followed up by a 4-1 win at home to another, St Blazey, in the second. Devon based Bideford, soon to be crowned Western League champions at the end of the season, brought their run to an end winning 4-1 in the 3rd qualifying round.

The 1950/51 season saw five Cornish clubs compete in the FA Cup for the first time with both Newquay and St Blazey making their bow as members of the Cornish Senior Cup League. Newquay had the better debut of the two, but it would be St Blazey who would go on to have the better FA Cup record. Newquay thumped Weston-super-Mare St John’s 7-1 in the Extra Preliminary Round, their opponents being members of Bristol and District League Division One playing what would be their last FA Cup game, before despatching league opponents St Austell 3-0 and Western League Division Two outfit Ilfracombe Town 5-2 in the next two rounds. Western League Division One side Street would be the end of the Cup run for Newquay, losing 2-1 at home in the 2nd qualifying round, a round the Peppermints would appear in five more times without ever going ever further during their 23 FA Cup campaigns so far.

St Blazey on the other hand, scraped through their extra preliminary round tie against Exmouth Town of the Exeter and District League Premier Division. The sides drew 3-3 before St Blazey won the replay 4-1 bringing them a home tie against the aforementioned Ilfracombe Town who thumped them 6-0 at their own ground. St Blazey hold the record of most FA Cup campaigns of all Cornish clubs, appearing 61 times and coming ever so close to making the 1st Round ‘Proper’ in the 1998/99 season.

St Blazey were members of the South West League that year and the run began with a tight 3-2 win over Hellenic League Premier Division side EFC Cheltenham in the 1st qualifying round. This was followed up by a 3-1 win at Midland Football Alliance club Pershore Town and a 1-0 home win over Isthmian League Division Two club Barking FC, one half of the current Barking club formed in 2001 as a result of a merger with East Ham United. The Green and Black’s then hosted Camberley Town from Division Three of the Isthmian League who, like St Blazey, were trying to make the 1st Round ‘Proper’ of the FA Cup for the first time. However, it was the Surrey based club who triumphed with a 2-0 victory to make a little piece of history of their own.

Two seasons later six Cornish clubs appeared in the FA Cup for the first time as Penzance made their bow, the most westerly mainland side ever to compete in the FA Cup. A 3-1 defeat at fellow South Western League side St Blazey ended the Magpies’ inaugural FA Cup as soon as it began. Penzance wouldn’t win their first FA Cup match until their fourth attempt, and when they did eventually win they went all the way to the 3rd qualifying round for the first of two occasions in 1955/56 season. Three successive wins over fellow South Western League sides, Newquay 4-2, Truro City 3-1 and Bodmin Town 4-3, led the Magpies to a home tie against Bideford from Western League Division One. A credible 2-2 draw against the higher league side was followed by a 2-0 defeat in the replay. Twenty years later Penzance made the 3rd qualifying round again, the furthest they have been so far in their 27 campaigns.

Bodmin Town first entered the FA Cup in the 1954/55 season, one of an at-the-time record seven clubs from the county to compete in it that season. A debut 2-0 win at home to fellow South Western League club Wadebridge Town led to a 1st qualifying round tie at home to Minehead from Western League Division Two. An entertaining 3-3 draw was followed up by an equally entertaining 2-2 draw resulting in a third match to settle the tie, which the higher league side eventually won by the odd goal in five. Bodmin Town are still competing in the FA Cup, with 2017-18 being the Black and Ambers’ 17th appearance so far. To date the club’s best run took them to the 3rd qualifying round in 2011-12 season whilst members of South West Peninsula League Premier Division.

The run started with a high scoring 6-3 extra preliminary round victory over league opponents Falmouth Town in what is that club’s last FA Cup match to date. Next came a terrific 2-1 win at Western League Premier Division side Barnstaple Town, a 3-1 win at league opponents Tavistock Town and a 4-1 replay win over Yate Town from the Southern League Division One South and West after a 1-1 draw. Another 1-1 draw was obtained at home to Isthmian League Division One South outfit Godalming Town in the 3rd qualifying round before finally succumbing to a 5-1 defeat in the replay.

The next Cornish club to partake in the FA Cup for the first time occurred in the 1962-63 season, and what an impact they made. Falmouth Town had only been formed in 1949 abut were Champions of the South Western League when entering the FA Cup for the first time, but nothing could have predicted their debut Cup run. A 1-1 draw at home to Western League side Barnstaple Town might have expected to lead to defeat in the replay but The Ambers went on to win that match 3-1. A tight 1-0 home win over league opponents St Blazey in the next round still gave no indication of what was to come, and a 1-1 draw at home to Western League side Bideford in the next round would similarly have raised no eyebrows.

However, Falmouth Town won that 3rd qualifying round replay 3-0 to become the first Cornish side to make to within one round of the ‘Proper’ rounds of the FA Cup. They were drawn at home to Southern League Premier Division side Bath City, a club with regular appearances in the 1st Round ‘Proper’, but two goals by Peter Bennett created further history for the Cornish club as they won the tie 2-1 to make it through. The draw was kind, a home tie against a Football League club, albeit Oxford United who had established that membership just the season before. There was to be no giant-killing for the Cornish side as Jonny Penny hit a late goal in their 2-1 defeat, but history had already been made.

The 1960s, though, would prove to be a fruitful time for Falmouth Town in the FA Cup. A second successive 4th qualifying round appearance the next season would soon be bettered by a second appearance in the 1st Round ‘Proper’ (1967-68, a 5-2 defeat at League Division Three side Peterborough United), and then a third (1969-70, a 4-1 home defeat to the same club then of Football League Division Four). Until this 2017/18 season Falmouth Town had been the only club to make it so far in the competition.

Falmouth Town has the second highest number of FA Cup campaigns (46) of all Cornish clubs and has twice come close to once again emulating their record run (successively in 1975/76 and 1976/77 seasons). The only other Cornish club, aside from the already mentioned St Blazey, to come this close prior to this season is Saltash United, who only entered the FA Cup for the first time in the year after Falmouth’s last 1st Round ‘Proper’ appearance.

The Ashes’ debut FA Cup game resulted in a 3-1 win at fellow South Western League side Wadebridge Town before bowing out to Western League side Bideford 3-2 in the 2nd qualifying round. The club’s best FA Cup run to date occurred 17 years later whilst they were members of Western League Premier Division. The run started with a 3-0 win at league opponents Taunton Town in the 1st qualifying round. This was followed up by a 7-1 thrashing of Ottery St Mary of the lower Western League Division One, and then a 3-0 home win over Tiverton Town of the same lower division.

That win led to a trip to Isthmian Premier League side Farnborough Town and an opportunity to be the first Cornish club in 18 years to make the 1st Round ‘Proper’. Unfortunately it was not to be as the Hampshire club ran out 4-2 winners. Eleven years later St Blazey would see their similar hopes dashed by nearby Camberley Town, but now 20 years further on, those terrific FA Cup runs by Falmouth Town have finally been emulated by Truro City.

In those 38 years between Cornish representation in the 1st Round ‘Proper’, four other Cornish clubs have competed in the FA Cup to differing degrees of success. Penryn Athletic had one appearance in 2007/08 season, losing 3-2 at home to Hellenic League Premier Division side Slimbridge in their only FA Cup match to date. Launceston appeared in three successive seasons, starting a couple of years after Penryn, winning their first tie 3-0 at home to Sherborne Town of Western League Premier Division before losing 2-0 at home to Paulton Rovers of Southern League Division One South and West in the next round. Launceston has never made it beyond the preliminary round as yet.

Likewise Porthleven, who have competed in the FA Cup five times, successively from the 2002/03 season. However, a 1-0 home win over Wessex League Division One side Downton in 2004/05 is The Fishermen’s only FA Cup victory. Liskeard Athletic have had 13 FA Cup runs making the 3rd qualifying round on four separate occasions, most recently in the 1991/92 season whilst members of Western League Premier Division. A 3-2 win at South Western League club St Austell was followed by a 5-1 victory over Falmouth Town of the same league in the next round. However, league opponents Tiverton Town brought that run to an end with a 3-1 victory in the 3rd qualifying round.

So it is Truro City who have the opportunity to create Cornish football history. Only the second club from the county to make the 1st Round ‘Proper’ and only the second club from the county to face Football League opposition, in the shape of Charlton Athletic. As a club competing at the highest level a Cornish club has ever competed at, and after convincing wins over Wessex League Premier Division side AFC Portchester (2-0), Isthmian League Division One side AFC Sudbury (4-1), and fellow National League South club Hampton and Richmond Borough (2-0 away), they are well placed to create even more history for Cornwall by appearing in the 2nd Round of the FA Cup … and maybe even beyond that!

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Cornish Clubs Tot 1 Q4 Q3 Q2 Q1 P EP
Tot 330
1 4
Q4 6
Q3 27
Q2 68
Q1 118
P 72
EP 35
AFC St Austell 29 1 4 7 13 4
Bodmin Town 17 1 3 8 4 1
Falmouth Town 46 3 4 4 9 10 11 5
Launceston 3 2 1
Liskeard Athletic 13 4 2 3 1 3
Nanpean Rovers 2 1 1
Newquay 23 6 13 3 1
Newquay United 2 1 1
Penryn Athletic 1 1
Penzance 27 2 6 13 5 1
Porthleven 5 3 2
Saltash United 31 1 2 6 13 3 6
St Blazey 61 1 6 11 25 15 3
Torpoint Athletic 4 1 1 1 1
Truro City 31 1 3 10 13 3 1
Wadebridge Town 35 4 9 11 6 5

FA Cup 2017-18 Q3 Round Tie-by-Tie Previews

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Tie No. 1 1874 Northwich (NWCL Premier) v Ossett Town (NPL 1N)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 4

Best Runs: preliminary v 4th qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Having played 7 games already in FA Cup this year, 1874 Northwich are now three Rounds further than the club has ever gone before. Ossett Town has only once gone beyond this Round and that was 12 years ago.

 

 

 

Tie No. 2 AFC Mansfield (NCEL Premier) v Boston United (National League N)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 2

Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v Round 3

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: AFC Mansfield is equalling the club’s best ever FA Cup run set just last season. It is five years since Boston United last went beyond the 3rd Qualifying Round.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 3 Stafford Rangers (NPL Premier) v AFC Telford United (National League N)

Levels: Step 3 v Step 2

Best Runs: Round 4 v Round 2

History: No previous FA Cup meetings, however Stafford Rangers faced Telford United five times when they were known as Wellington Town, winning just once.

Facts: It is 10 years since Stafford Rangers appeared in and ventured beyond the 3rd Qualifying Round. AFC Telford United set the club’s best FA Cup run just three years ago

 

 

Tie No. 4 Newcastle Benfield (NL 1) v Kidderminster Harriers (National League N)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 2

Best Runs: 4th qualifying v Round 5

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Newcastle Benfield has only gone beyond the 3rd Qualifying Round once before, 11 years ago. It is 34 years since Kidderminster Harriers last exited the FA Cup as early as this Round.

 

 

 

Tie No. 5 Nantwich Town (NPL 1) v Nuneaton Town (National League N)

Levels: Step 3 v Step 2

Best Runs: Round 1 v Round 1

History: One previous FA Cup meeting won 1-0 by Nantwich Town in the 2011/12 season.

Facts: Nantwich Town went beyond this Round for the first time in five years last season. Nuneaton Town has only gone out of the FA Cup as early as this Round three times in the club’s nine campaigns.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 6 Boston Town (UCL Premier) v Hyde United (NPL 1N)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 4

Best Runs: Round 1 v Round 1

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: It is 37 years since Boston Town last appeared in the FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round. Hyde United has successfully come through the previous Round for the first time in four years.

 

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 7 Banbury United (SL Premier) v Shildon (NL 1)

Levels: Step 3 v Step 5

Best Runs: Round 1 v Round 2

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: It is 37 years since Banbury United last progressed past the 3rd Qualifying Round of the FA Cup. Shildon achieved the feat three years ago, for the only time in the last 13 seasons.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 8 Scarborough Athletic (NPL 1N) v Stratford Town (SL Premier)

Levels: Step 4 v Step 3

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v 3rd qualifying – the winner of this tie will become history makers

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Scarborough Athletic is appearing in this Round for the first time ever having twice before fallen in the previous Round. Stratford Town is appearing in this Round for the fourth time, all in the 21st Century.

 

Tie No. 9 Basford United (NPL 1S) v Kettering Town (SL Premier)

Levels: Step 4 v Step 3

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v Round 4

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: In 41 previous campaigns Basford United had nine attempts to win in 2nd Qualifying Round, a feat the club has finally achieved at the 10th time of asking. Kettering Town is tracking to reach the 1st Round ‘Proper’ having exited the FA Cup one round further than in the previous year over each of the last three seasons.

 

 

 

Tie No. 10 Shaw Lane Association (NPL Premier) v Lancaster City (NPL Premier)

Levels: Step 3 v Step 3

Best Runs: preliminary v Round 2

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: The clubs may well play in the same League but their FA Cup histories couldn’t be more different. Shaw Lane Association has now won as many FA Cup ties as they have lost (two), whilst Lancaster City is in the club’s 94th campaign, although they have not ventured beyond the 3rd Qualifying Round for 13 years.

 

 

Tie No. 11 Buxton (NPL Premier) v Alvechurch (NPL 1S)

Levels: Step 3 v Step 4

Best Runs: Round 3 v Round 3

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: It is five years since Buxton progressed beyond the 3rd Qualifying Round. Alvechurch has had to wait a little longer – 26 years, although only 15 campaigns.

 

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 12 Stockport County (National League N) v FC United of Manchester (National League N)

Levels: Step 2 v Step 2

Best Runs: Round 5 v Round 2

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Stockport County has twice exited the FA Cup by this Round in the last four seasons. For FC United of Manchester it is three out of the last four seasons for the same outcome.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 13 Ashton Athletic (NWCL Premier) v Chorley (National League N)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 2

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v Round 2

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: It is the second successive season where Ashton Athletic will set their best ever FA Cup run. Chorley has twice gone beyond this Round in the last three seasons.

 

 

 

Tie No. 14 Leamington (National League N) v Gainsborough Trinity (National League N)

Levels: Step 2 v Step 2

Best Runs: Round 2 v Round 3

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: It is 12 years since Leamington last ventured beyond the 3rd Qualifying Round. Gainsborough Trinity has done so twice in the last three seasons.

 

 

 

Tie No. 15 Stourbridge (NPL Premier) v Alfreton Town (National League N)

Levels: Step 3 v Step 2

Best Runs: Round 3 v Round 2

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Stourbridge set the club’s best ever FA Cup run last season, after equalling their previous best the season before. Alfreton Town has not failed to go beyond this Round for seven years.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 16 South Shields (NPL 1N) v York City (National League N)

Levels: Step 4 v Step 2

Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v SEMI-FINALS

History: No previous FA Cup meetings, although York City has met former South Shields (or used to be called South Shields) clubs four times in the past, winning two and losing two.

Facts: It is 20 years since South Shields’ one and only previous appearance in the 3rd Qualifying Round. It is 92 years since York City last exited the FA Cup as early as this Round.

 

Tie No. 17 Harrogate Town (National League N) v Bradford (Park Avenue) (National League N)

Levels: Step 2 v Step 2

Best Runs: Round 2 v Round 1

History: One previous FA Cup meeting, won 4-0 by Bradford (Park Avenue) eight years ago.

Facts: Harrogate Town has gone beyond this Round in both the last two seasons, whereas it is four years since Bradford (Park Avenue) did the same.

 

 

 

Tie No. 18 Swindon Supermarine (SL 1SW) v Paulton Rovers (SL 1SW)

Levels: Step 4 v Step 4

Best Runs: Round 2 v Round 1

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: The last time these clubs went beyond the 3rd Qualifying Round they both set their best ever FA Cup runs. For Swindon Supermarine in was seven years ago, for Paulton Rovers it was eight.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 19 Enfield Town (IL Premier) v Phoenix Sports (IL 1S)

Levels: Step 3 v Step 4

Best Runs: 4th qualifying v 2nd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: It is just two seasons ago when Enfield Town went beyond the 3rd Qualifying Round for their first and only time. Phoenix Sports are only in their fourth FA Cup campaign, setting their best run two years ago, too.

 

 

Tie No. 20 Hayes and Yeading United (SL 1SE) v Havant and Waterlooville (National League S)

Levels: Step 4 v Step 2

Best Runs: Round 1 v Round 4

History: No previous FA Cup meetings, although Havant and Waterlooville did lose on penalties to Hayes in their first FA Cup campaign as an amalgamated club.

Facts: The ‘Ampersand’ derby, in fact the third ‘And’ club Hayes and Yeading United will face in this year’s FA Cup. It is five years since they went beyond this Round. Havant and Waterlooville has done so twice in the last three seasons.

 

 

 

Tie No. 21 Hereford (SL Premier) v AFC Hornchurch (IL 1N)

Levels: Step 3 v Step 4

Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v Round 1

History: No previous FA Cup meetings, although AFC Hornchurch lost 1-0 to Hereford United in that club’s final FA Cup campaign.

Facts: Hereford is in just the club’s second FA Cup run now reaching this Round in both seasons. Over the last four seasons AFC Hornchurch has alternated between exiting in 4th Qualifying Round and 1st Qualifying Round.

 

 

Tie No. 22 Slough Town (SL Premier) v Poole Town (National League S)

Levels: Step 3 v Step 2

Best Runs: Round 2 v Round 3

History: One previous FA Cup meeting, won 3-0 by Poole Town in the 1983/84 season.

Facts: Slough Town is trending towards a 1st Round ‘Proper’ exit this season having exited progressively from 1st Qualifying Round to 4th Qualifying Round over the last four years. Over the same period Poole Town has alternated between exiting in 4th Qualifying Round and 2nd Qualifying Round.

 

 

Tie No. 23 Brackley Town (National League N) v Braintree Town (National League S)

Levels: Step 2 v Step 2

Best Runs: Round 2 v Round 2

History: One previous FA Cup meeting, won 2-0 by Brackley Town 11 years ago.

Facts: The only National League North vs South tie of the Round. Brackley Town equalled the club’s best ever FA Cup run just last season reaching it for the second time in four years. Similarly, Braintree Town set the club’s best run after four successive seasons of just missing out.

 

 

 

Tie No. 24 Concord Rangers (National League S) v Dorking Wanderers (IL Premier)

Levels: Step 2 v 3

Best Runs: Round 1 v 2nd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Concord Rangers were knocked out of FA Cup before this Round in the two seasons since setting the club’s best ever FA Cup run. Dorking Wanderers is in the club’s 5th FA Cup campaign having set their best run three years ago, too.

 

 

 

Tie No. 25 East Thurrock United (National League S) v Harlow Town (IL Premier)

Levels: Step 2 v Step 3

Best Runs: Round 1 v Round 4

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: East Thurrock United has failed to go beyond this Round in the two seasons since equalling the club’s best FA Cup run. Harlow Town has only once gone beyond this Round in the club’s last eight campaigns.

 

 

Tie No. 26 Chelmsford City (National League S) v Weymouth (SL Premier)

Levels: Step 2 v Step 3

Best Runs: Round 4 v Round 4

History: Two previous FA Cup meetings, with one win apiece, Weymouth 2-1 in 1948-49 season, Chelmsford City 1-0 in 1985-86.

Facts: The only 3rd Qualifying Round tie where the two clubs have met more than once before in the FA Cup. Chelmsford City has progressed just once beyond this Round in the last four years. Conversely, Weymouth has failed just once to go through to the next Round in the last four seasons.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 27 Cinderford Town (SL 1SW) v Hampton and Richmond Borough (National League S)

Levels: Step 4 v Step 2

Best Runs: Round 2 v Round 1

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: It is 21 years since Cinderford Town progressed past the 3rd Qualifying Round. Hampton and Richmond Borough did so just four seasons ago.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 28 Oxford City (National League S) v Leiston (IL Premier)

Levels: Step 2 v Step 3

Best Runs: Round 2 v Round 1

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: It is four years since Oxford City ventured beyond the 3rd Qualifying Round. Leiston is trending towards a 1st Round ‘Proper’ exit this season having exited progressively from 1st Qualifying Round to 4th Qualifying Round over the last four years.

 

 

 

Tie No. 29 Margate (IL Premier) v Herne Bay (IL 1S)

Levels: Step 3 v Step 4

Best Runs: Round 3 v 4th qualifying

History: One previous FA Cup meeting 47 years ago, won 1-0 by Margate.

Facts: The North Kent Coast derby. Margate has progressed beyond this Round in both of the last two seasons. It is 15 years since Herne Bay appeared in this Round and 31 years since going any further.

 

 

 

Tie No. 30 St Albans City (National League S) v Bridport (TWL Premier)

Levels: Step 2 v Step 5

Best Runs: Round 2 v 3rd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: It is five years since St Albans City last failed to go beyond the 3rd Qualifying Round. It is only the second time Bridport has appeared in this Round in 58 FA Cup campaigns, the last time being 61 years ago.

 

 

 Tie No. 31 Heybridge Swifts (IL 1N) v Frome Town (SL Premier)

Levels: Step 4 v Step 3

Best Runs: Round 1 v Round 1

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: It is four years since Heybridge Swifts progressed beyond the 3rd Qualifying Round. However, it is 33 years since Frome Town did the same.

 

 

Tie No. 32 Truro City (National League S) v AFC Sudbury (IL 1N)

Levels: Step 2 v Step 4

Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v Round 1

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Truro City is appearing in the 3rd Qualifying Round for the fourth time nine seasons. It is 11 years since AFC Sudbury went past the 3rd Qualifying Round. The club will travel 714 miles in the hope of doing it again.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 33 Eastbourne Borough (National League S) v Bognor Regis Town (National League S)

Levels: Step 2 v Step 2

Best Runs: Round 1 v Round 2

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: The Sussex Coast derby. Eastbourne Borough achieved the club’s best FA Cup run for the fourth time just last season. Bognor Regis Town has ventured past the 3rd Qualifying Round just once in the last 12 campaigns.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 34 Bath City (National League S) v Hemel Hempstead Town (National League S)

Levels: Step 2 v Step 2

Best Runs: Round 3 v Round 1

History: No previous FA Cup meetings despite 197 campaigns between the two clubs.

Facts: Bath City is competing in FA Cup for the 100th time, but has gone out at this stage of the competition in both the last two seasons. Hemel Hempstead Town has only exited as early as this Round once in the last four years.

 

Tie No. 35 Needham Market (IL Premier) v Dartford (National League S)

Levels: Step 3 v Step 2

Best Runs: 4th qualifying v Round 3

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Needham Market has progressed beyond this Round just once in the club’s previous 14 FA Cup campaigns, four years ago. Dartford has only once gone out of the competition as early as the 3rd Qualifying Round in their last seven campaigns.

 

 

Tie No. 36 Haringey Borough (IL 1N) v Bideford (SL 1SW)

Levels: Step 4 v Step 4

Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v Round1

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Haringey Borough is appearing in the 3rd Qualifying Round for only the second time in 38 FA Cup campaigns, the last time was 31 years ago. It is 15 years since Bideford made it this far in the FA Cup.

 

 

Tie No. 37 Folkestone Invicta (IL Premier) v Aylesbury United (SL 1SE)

Levels: Step 3 v Step 4

Best Runs: Round 1 v Round 3

History: One previous FA Cup meeting won 2-0 by Folkestone Invicta 12 years ago.

Facts: It is 10 years since Folkestone Invicta last went beyond the 3rd Qualifying Round. Aylesbury United is competing in FA Cup for the 100th time, but it is nine years since the club has gone further than this Round.

 

 

 

Tie No. 38 Hungerford Town (National League S) v Billericay Town (IL Premier)

Levels: Step 2 v Step 3

Best Runs: Round 1 v Round 1

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: It is 11 years since Hungerford Town last progressed past the 3rd Qualifying Round. Billericay Town did so last season for the first time in nine campaigns.

 

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 39 Burgess Hill Town (IL Premier) v Wealdstone (National League S)

Levels: Step 3 v Step 2

Best Runs: 4th qualifying v Round 3

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Burgess Hill Town achieved the club’s best FA Cup run for the fourth time just last season. Wealdstone has gone beyond this Round in both the last two seasons.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 40 Ashford Town (Mdx) (SL 1SE) v Leatherhead (IL Premier)

Levels: Step 4 v Step 3

Best Runs: 4th qualifying v Round 4

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Ashford Town (Mdx) has only twice gone beyond the 3rd Qualifying Round in the club’s previous 22 campaigns. It is six years since Leatherhead

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2017-18 FA Cup Q2 Rd Review

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Cupsets

5 beat 2 (h): 1874 Northwich 1-0 North Ferriby United

5 beat 3 (a): Rushall Olympic 1-2 AFC Mansfield

4 beat 2 (a): Darlington 0-3 South Shields, Welling United 1-2 Haringey Borough

5 beat 3 (h): Newcastle Benfield 2-1 Ashford United, Shildon 1-0 Altrincham

5 beat 4 (a): Dereham town 1-2 Boston Town

4 beat 3 (a): Grantham Town 3-4 Alvechurch, Gosport Borough 1-2 Swindon Supermarine

3 beat 2 (a): Blyth Spartans 1-2 Shaw Lane Association

4 beat 3 (h): Hyde United 2-0 Warrington Town, Basford United 1-0 Mickleover Sports, Heybridge Swifts 1-1 Metropolitan Police (4-3 pens)

3 beat 2 (h): Weymouth 2-0 Chippenham Town, Stafford Rangers 1-0 Tamworth

 

Into Q3 for 1st time ever

Basford United (42nd campaign – and after nine previous Q2 Rd defeats), Ashton Athletic (10th campaign), Scarborough Athletic (9th campaign), Dorking Wanderers (5th campaign), 1874 Northwich, Phoenix Sports (4th campaign), Shaw Lane Association (3rd campaign)

 

Into Q3 to at least equal best Cup run

Bridport (58th campaign), Haringey Borough (38th campaign), Stratford Town (37th campaign), Truro City (31st campaign), South Shields (23rd campaign), Hereford (2nd campaign)

 

In Q3 for first time in a while

Bridport (61 years), Boston Town (37 years), Haringey Borough (31 years), Alvechurch (26 years), South Shields (20 years), BidefordHerne Bay (15 years), Stafford Rangers (10 years), Aylesbury United, Newcastle Benfield (9 years)

 

KO in Q2 Rd but set best run

Sunderland Ryhope Community Association (14 campaigns), Colney Heath (10 campaigns),  Albion Sports, Knaphill (4 campaigns), Baldock Town, Penistone Church (3 campaigns), Glebe, Haughmond (2 campaigns)

 

KO in Q2 Rd but equalled best run

Tunbridge Wells (49 campaigns), Barking (17 campaigns), Deeping Rangers (16 campaigns), St Ives Town (15 campaigns), Kidlington (12 campaigns), Kings Langley (8 campaigns), AFC Portchester (7 campaigns), Darlington, FC Romania (4 campaigns), Salisbury (2 campaigns)

 

KO but reached Q2 for first time in a while

Tavistock (63 years), Tunbridge Wells (38 years), Atherton Collieries, Barking, Marlow (15 years), Hertford Town (13 years), Ramsgate (10 years)

 

First time KO as early as Q2 for a while

Southport (14 years), Gloucester City (7 years)

 

KO and not gone further than Q2 Rd for a while

Tavistock (63 years), Kempston Rovers (37 years), Royston Town (29 years), Atherton Collieries (23 years), Hertford Town, Marlow (22 years), Shepshed Dynamo (21 years), Thatcham Town (17 years), Ramsgate (12 years), Cheshunt (11 years)

 

Step 5 Clubs definitely into Q3 Rd

Newcastle Benfield & Shildon (Northern League Division 1)

Boston Town (United Counties League Premier Division)

1874 Northwich & Ashton Athletic (North West Counties League Premier Division)

AFC Mansfield (Northern Counties East League Premier Division)

Bridport (The Western League Premier Division)

 

Consecutive Q2 exits

Biggleswade Town, Dulwich Hamlet, Tamworth (3)

 

Set best FA Cup win

None

 

Equalled best ever FA Cup win

Enfield Town (5-0)

 

Heaviest ever FA Cup loss

Ramsgate (0-7)

Knaphill (0-6)

Haughmond (0-5)

Handsworth Parramore (2-6)

Albion Sports (0-4)

 

Equalled heaviest FA Cup loss

Hanwell Town (0-5)

Thamesmead Town (0-5)

Darlington (0-3)

 

Hat-tricks (or more)

Josh Nicholson – Ashton Athletic

Nat Jarvis – Bath City

Jake Robinson – Billericay Town

Chris Dickson – Chelmsford City

Elliot Bradbrook – Dartford

Jack Midson (4) – Leatherhead

Ashley Chambers – Nuneaton Town

 

Miscellaneous

Paulton Rovers came back from 0-2 and a man down against Kidlington to win 3-2 with a last minute winner by Jack Ball

Damien Reeves headed a 96th minute winner for Shaw Lane Association in their shock 2-1 win at Blyth Spartans

A defeat for Basford United would have created a new record for most FA Cup exits in Q2 Rd without ever going further, but their 1-0 win means that they progress to Q3 Rd at the 10th time of asking

Deeping Rangers saw their record ever home crowd as 696 spectators attended their TV broadcast tie against Kidderminster Harriers

FA Cup 2017-18 Q2 Rd Tie-by-Tie Previews

Previews for all 80 FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round ties – Copyright FACupFactfile

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Tie No. 1 Salford City (National League N) v York City (National League N)

Levels: Step 2 v Step 2

Best Runs: Round 2 v SEMI-FINAL

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: It is three years since Salford City exited FA Cup as early as the 2nd Qualifying Round. York City hasn’t appeared in this Round since the 1928-29 season, 89 years ago.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 2 Darlington (National League N) v South Shields (NPL 1)

Levels: Step 2 v Step 4

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v 3rd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings – original Darlington faced Gateshead (ex South Shields) four times with 2 wins each.

Facts: Darlington set the club’s best run last season although have not won in FA Cup for three years. South Shields last made 2nd Qualifying Round 20 years ago.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 3 Southport (National League N) v Bradford (Park Avenue) (National League N)

Levels: Step 2 v Step 2

Best Runs: QUARTER FINAL v Round 1

History: No previous FA Cup meetings – Southport were drawn three times to face original Bradford (Park Avenue) in FA Cup, winning twice.

Facts: It is 14 years since Southport last exited FA Cup in 2nd Qualifying Round. Bradford (Park Avenue) has gone out in this Round twice in last three seasons.

 

 

Tie No. 4 Ossett Town (NPL 1N) v Atherton Collieries (NPL 1N)

Levels: Step 4 v Step 4

Best Runs: 4th qualifying v 3rd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: It is four years since Ossett Town progressed beyond the 2nd Qualifying Round, whilst Atherton Collieries has only done so once in 26 previous FA Cup campaigns, 23 years ago.

 

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 5 Newcastle Benfield (NL 1) v Ashton United (NPL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 3

Best Runs: 4th qualifying v Round 2

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: It is nine years since Newcastle Benfield ventured beyond the 2nd Qualifying Round, whereas Ashton United has done so three times in the last four seasons.

 

 

 

Tie No. 6 Warrington Town (NPL Premier) v Hyde United (NPL 1N)

Levels: Step 3 v Step 4

Best Runs: Round 2 v Round 1

History: Three previous FA Cup meetings, all in the 1990s, with Hyde United winning the last two.

Facts: Warrington Town has gone beyond 2nd Qualifying Round just once in last six seasons when setting the club’s best Cup run three years ago. Hyde United has exited the FA Cup at this stage in each of the last three years.

 

Tie No. 7 Harrogate Town (National League N) v Penistone Church (NCEL Premier)

Levels: Step 2 v Step 5

Best Runs: Round 2 v extra preliminary

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: It is 10 years since Harrogate Town progressed beyond the 2nd Qualifying Round, equalling the club’s best Cup run when doing so. Penistone Church has now won more FA Cup ties this season than the club had played, and lost, prior to it.

 

 

 

Tie No. 8 Spennymoor Town (National League N) v Gainsborough Trinity (National League N)

Levels: Step 2 v Step 2

Best Runs: Round 1 v Round 3

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Spennymoor Town set the club’s best FA Cup run only last season. Gainsborough Trinity exited in this Round for the first time in three years last season.

 

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 9 Handsworth Parramore (NCEL Premier) v FC United of Manchester (National League N)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 2

Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v Round 2

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Handsworth Parramore set the club’s best FA Cup run only last season. It is three seasons since FC United of Manchester last exited the FA Cup as early as the 2nd Qualifying Round.

 

 

 

Tie No. 10 Albion Sports (NCEL Premier) v Ashton Athletic (NWCL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 1st qualifying v 2nd qualifying – the winner of this tie will appear in 3rd Qualifying Round for the first time in the club’s history

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Albion Sports has won as many FA Cup ties this season as the club had in its three previous FA Cup campaigns. Ashton Athletic set the club’s best ever FA Cup run only last season.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 11 Shildon (NL 1) v Altrincham (NPL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 3

Best Runs: Round 2 v Round 4

History: One previous FA Cup meeting won 3-0 by Altrincham five seasons ago.

Facts: It is four years since Altrincham last exited the FA Cup in the 2nd Qualifying Round whilst it is three years since Shildon last progressed beyond the 2nd Qualifying Round.

 

 

 

Tie No. 12 Scarborough Athletic (NPL 1N) v Sunderland Ryhope Community Association (NL 1)

Levels: Step 4 v Step 5

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v preliminary – Ryhope Community Association did make 3rd qualifying round twice before merging with Kennek Roker in 1999

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Scarborough Athletic is equalling the club’s best Cup run for the third time, but for the first time in three seasons. Sunderland RCA has won as many FA Cup ties this year as in their previous 13 campaigns.

 

Tie No. 13 Blyth Spartans (National League N) v Shaw Lane Association (NPL Premier)

Levels: Step 2 v Step 3

Best Runs: Round 5 v preliminary

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: It is three seasons since Blyth Spartans last went past the 2nd Qualifying Round. Shaw Lane Association experienced victory for the first time, in the club’s third FA Cup tie, in the previous Round of this season’s competition.

 

 

Tie No. 14 1874 Northwich (NWCL Premier) v North Ferriby United (National League N)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 2

Best Runs: preliminary v 4th qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: 1874 Northwich are already two Rounds further than the club has been before. North Ferriby United has equalled the club’s best FA Cup run in each of the last four seasons.

 

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 15 Stockport County (National League N) v Curzon Ashton (National League N)

Levels: Step 2 v Step 2

Best Runs: Round 5 v Round 2

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Stockport County has only once gone out of the FA Cup as early as the 2nd Qualifying Round in the last 115 years. Curzon Ashton equalled the club’s best FA Cup run only last season.

 

 

 

Tie No. 16 Stalybridge Celtic (NPL Premier) v Chorley (National League N)

Levels: Step 3 v Step 2

Best Runs: Round 2 v Round 2

History: Three previous FA Cup meetings, two won by Stalybridge Celtic, both by four clear goals, last time 53 years ago.

Facts: It is three years since Stalybridge Celtic last exited the FA Cup as early as the 2nd Qualifying Round. It is four seasons since Chorley did the same.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 17 Lancaster City (NPL Premier) v Droylsden (NPL 1N)

Levels: Step 3 v Step 4

Best Runs: Round 2 v Round 2

History: Two previous FA Cup meetings, both won 2-0 by Droylsden, the second time just two seasons ago.

Facts: Lancaster City has ventured past the 2nd Qualifying Round just three times in the 21st Century. Droylsden has done so three times since 2010, including equalling the club’s best Cup run.

 

 

 

Tie No. 18 Stafford Rangers (NPL Premier) v Tamworth (National League N)

Levels: Step 3 v Step 2

Best Runs: Round 4 v Round 3

History: One previous FA Cup meeting, 48 years ago, won 3-0 by Tamworth after a 3-3 draw.

Facts: It is 10 years since Stafford Rangers last went beyond the 2nd Qualifying Round. Tamworth has exited the competition at this stage in both the last two seasons.

 

 

 

Tie No. 19 Boston United (National League N) v Haughmond (MFL Premier)

Levels: Step 2 v Step 5

Best Runs: Round 3 v extra preliminary

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Boston United has had just one 2nd Qualifying Round exit in the club’s last five FA Cup campaigns. Haughmond is in just the club’s second FA Cup run having now won three times as many ties as they’ve lost.

 

 

 

Tie No. 20 Shepshed Dynamo (MFL Premier) v Nantwich Town (NPL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 3

Best Runs: Round 1 v Round 1

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Shepshed Dynamo has only once gone beyond the 2nd Qualifying Round in the club’s previous 22 campaigns, 21 years ago. Nantwich Town won through this Round last season for the first time in five years.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 21 Deeping Rangers (UCL Premier) v Kidderminster Harriers (National League N)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 2

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v Round 5

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Deeping Rangers is equalling the club’s best Cup run for the third time in seven seasons. It is 34 years since Kidderminster Harriers exited the FA Cup in the 2nd Qualifying Round.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 22 AFC Mansfield (NCEL Premier) v Rushall Olympic (NPL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 3

Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v 4th qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: AFC Mansfield recorded the club’s best FA Cup run just last season. Rushall Olympic has gone out of the FA Cup in the 2nd Qualifying Round twice in the last three years.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 23 Kempston Rovers (SL 1SE) v Hereford (SL Premier)

Levels: Step 4 v Step 3

Best Runs: 4th qualifying v 3rd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: It is 37 years since Kempston Rovers last ventured beyond the 2nd Qualifying Round. Hereford is competing in the FA Cup for just the second time.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 24 Stratford Town (SL Premier) v Redditch United (SL Premier)

Levels: Step 3 v 3

Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v Round 1

History: Three previous FA Cup meetings with Redditch United winning through on the last two occasions.

Facts: Redditch was the first club Stratford Town (Amateurs) ever played in FA Cup, winning 2-0 in 1966/67 season. Redditch United finally won a 1st Qualifying Round tie for the first time in seven years.

 

Tie No. 25 AFC Telford United (National League N) v Barwell (NPL Premier)

Levels: Step 2 v Step 3

Best Runs: Round 2 v Round 1

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: AFC Telford United has exited the FA Cup in 2nd Qualifying Round in both seasons since setting best Cup run three years ago. Barwell did the same last year following setting their own best Cup run two years ago.

 

 

 

Tie No. 26 Nuneaton Town (National League N) v King’s Lynn Town (SL Premier)

Levels: Step 2 v Step 3

Best Runs: Round 1 v 4th qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings, however predecessors Nuneaton Borough beat King’s Lynn 2-1 in 1949/50 season.

Facts: Nuneaton Town exited FA Cup in 2nd Qualifying Round last season for the first time since debut campaign in 2008/09. It is three years since King’s Lynn Town went out of the FA Cup as early as the 2nd Qualifying Round.

 

 

Tie No. 27 Kettering Town (SL Premier) v Kidsgrove Athletic (NPL 1S)

Levels: Step 3 v Step 4

Best Runs: Round 4 v 4th qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Kettering Town are tracking towards a 1st Round exit this year as last three seasons has seen successively 2nd Qualifying, 3rd Qualifying and 4th Qualifying exits. It is six years since Kidsgrove Athletic last went past the 2nd Qualifying Round.

 

 

Tie No. 28 Basford United (NPL 1S) v Mickleover Sports (NPL Premier)

Levels: Step 4 v Step 3

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v 3rd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Basford United jointly hold the current record of most FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round appearances without making 3rd Qualifying Round. Will it be 10th time lucky? It is three years since Mickleover Sports last equalled their best Cup run.

 

 

Tie No. 29 Alfreton Town (National League N) v AFC Rushden and Diamonds (SL 1SE)

Levels: Step 2 v Step 4

Best Runs: Round 2 v 4th qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: It is seven years since Alfreton Town last exited the FA Cup in the 2nd Qualifying Round. AFC Rushden and Diamonds has only once gone out as early as this Round in their four campaigns.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 30 Westfields (MFL Premier) v Leamington (National League North)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 2

Best Runs: Round 1 v Round 2

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Westfields set the club’s best ever FA Cup run only last season. It is three years since Leamington last went past the 2nd Qualifying Round.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 31 Grantham Town (NPL Premier) v Alvechurch (NPL 1S)

Levels: Step 3 v Step 4

Best Runs: Round 3 v Round 3

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: It is three years since Grantham Town last went beyond the 2nd Qualifying Round, whilst Alvechurch has had to wait 26 years to appear in this Round again.

 

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 32 Buxton (NPL Premier) v Chasetown (NPL 1S)

Levels: Step 3 v Step 4

Best Runs: Round 3 v Round 3

History: One previous FA Cup meeting won 1-0 by Buxton in 1998/99 season.

Facts: Buxton has failed to go beyond the 2nd Qualifying Round three times in the last six seasons. Chasetown has only gone beyond this Round once in the last eight years.

 

 

 

Tie No. 33 Stourbridge (NPL Premier) v St Ives Town (SL Premier)

Levels: Step 3 v Step 3

Best Runs: Round 3 v 2nd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Stourbridge recorded the club’s best ever FA Cup run just last season, the fourth time in six years the club made it to at least the 2nd Round. St Ives Town reached their best run twice in the last four seasons.

 

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 34 Dereham Town (IL 1N) v Boston Town (UCL Premier)

Levels: Step 4 v Step 5

Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v Round 1

History: One previous FA Cup meeting won 3-1 by Dereham Town four years ago.

Facts: It is five years since Dereham Town went beyond the 2nd Qualifying Round for their one and only time so far. It is 22 years since Boston Town even made it this far, and another 15 since the club went further.

 

 

 

Tie No. 35 Leiston (IL Premier) v Crowborough Athletic (SCEL Premier)

Levels: Step 3 v Step 5

Best Runs: Round 1 v 3rd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Leiston is tracking to a 1st Round exit after successively going out in 1st Qualifying, 2nd Qualifying, 3rd Qualifying and 4th Qualifying in the last four seasons. It is nine years since Crowborough Athletic went beyond the 2nd Qualifying Round for their one and only time so far.

 

Tie No. 36 Concord Rangers (National League S) v Tunbridge Wells (SCEL Premier)

Levels: Step 2 v Step 5

Best Runs: Round 1 v 2nd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Concord Rangers has exited the FA Cup in this Round in both seasons since setting the club’s record Cup run three years ago. Tunbridge Wells are equalling their best FA Cup run for the first time in 38 years.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 37 Braintree Town (National League S) v Royston Town (SL Premier)

Levels: Step 2 v Step 3

Best Runs: Round 2 v 3rd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Braintree Town set the club’s best FA Cup run just last season. It is 19 years since Royston Town went beyond the 2nd Qualifying Round for their one and only time so far.

 

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 38 AFC Sudbury (IL 1N) v Chipstead (IL 1S)

Levels: Step 4v Step 4

Best Runs: Round 1 v 4th qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: It is four years since either AFC Sudbury or Chipstead last progressed beyond the 2nd Qualifying Round.

 

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 39 Biggleswade Town (SL Premier) v East Thurrock United (National League S)

Levels: Step 3 v Step 2

Best Runs: Round 1 v Round 1

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Biggleswade Town has gone out of the FA Cup in this Round in both the last two seasons. In the last six seasons East Thurrock has twice set the club’s best FA Cup run.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 40 St Albans City (National League S) v Cambridge City (SL 1SE)

Levels: Step 2 v Step 4

Best Runs: Round 2 v Round 2

History: Two previous FA Cup meetings both won by Cambridge City in consecutive seasons in the 1960s.

Facts: St Albans City is competing in the FA Cup for the 100th time and it is six years since the club exited in the 2nd Qualifying Round. It is five years since Cambridge City last went past this Round.

 

 

Tie No. 41 Horsham (IL 1S) v Herne Bay (IL 1S)

Levels: Step 4 v Step 4

Best Runs: Round 2 v 4th qualifying

History: Three previous FA Cup meetings all won by Herne Bay between 1989 and 1996.

Facts: It is four years since Horsham last went beyond the 2nd Qualifying Round, but 15 years since Herne Bay last achieved it.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 42 Hemel Hempstead Town (National League S) v Wingate and Finchley (IL Premier)

Levels: Step 2 v Step 3

Best Runs: Round 1 v 3rd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: It is five years since Hemel Hempstead Town last exited the FA Cup earlier than the 3rd Qualifying Round, whereas Wingate and Finchley did so last season after two years of equalling their best Cup run.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 43 Lowestoft Town (IL Premier) v Harlow Town (IL Premier)

Levels: Step 3 v Step 3

Best Runs: Round 1 v Round 4

History: Two previous FA Cup meetings, both won 2-1 by Harlow Town.

Facts: Lowestoft Town has only once gone beyond the 2nd Qualifying Round in the last four seasons, whilst Harlow Town has only done so once in the last eight years.

 

 

Tie No. 44 Metropolitan Police (IL Premier) v Heybridge Swifts (IL 1N)

Levels: Step 3 v Step 4

Best Runs: Round 1 v Round 1

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Metropolitan Police has failed to go beyond 2nd Qualifying Round since equalling the club’s best Cup run five years ago. It is three years since Heybridge Swifts went past this Round, too.

 

 

 

Tie No. 45 Chelmsford City (National League S) v Ramsgate (IL 1S)

Levels: Step 2 v Step 4

Best Runs: Round 4 v Round 1

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Chelmsford City has twice been knocked out of the FA Cup in this Round in the last four seasons. It is 10 years since Ramsgate last appeared in the 2nd Qualifying Round and 12 years since going beyond it when last equalling the club’s best Cup run.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 46 Ware (IL 1N) v Leatherhead (IL Premier)

Levels: Step 4 v Step 3

Best Runs: Round 1 v Round 4

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: It is nine years since Ware last progressed beyond the 2nd Qualifying Round. Leatherhead were knocked out in the 1st Qualifying Round in each of the last three seasons.

 

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 47 Kings Langley (SL Premier) v Margate (IL Premier)

Levels: Step 3 v Step 3

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v Round 3

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Kings Langley is equalling the club’s best ever FA Cup run achieved for the first time last season. Margate reached the 4th Qualifying Round in both the last two seasons.

 

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 48 Thamesmead Town (IL 1S) v Billericay Town (IL Premier)

Levels: Step 4 v Step 3

Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v Round 1

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Thamesmead Town set the club’s best ever FA Cup run just last season. Billericay Town fell one Round short of equalling their best Cup run last season.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 49 Baldock Town (SSML 1) v Aylesbury United (SL 1SE)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 4

Best Runs: preliminary v Round 3

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Baldock Town is in just the club’s third FA Cup campaign and have now gone two Rounds further than ever before. Aylesbury United is in the club’s 100th FA Cup campaign, but it is eight years since the club last went beyond the 2nd Qualifying Round.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 50 Hertford Town (IL 1N) v AFC Hornchurch (IL 1N)

Levels: Step 4 v Step 4

Best Runs: 4th qualifying v Round 1

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: It is 22 years since Hertford Town ventured beyond the 2nd Qualifying Round. AFC Hornchurch has twice gone out before the 2nd Qualifying Round and twice gone two Rounds beyond it in the last four seasons.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 51 Glebe (SCEL Premier) v Phoenix Sports (IL 1S)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 4

Best Runs: extra preliminary v 2nd qualifying – one of these clubs will make 3rd Qualifying Round for the first time ever.

History: No previous FA Cup meetings as Glebe are ostensibly competing for the first time as disqualified before kicking a ball two years ago.

Facts: Phoenix Sports set the club’s best FA Cup run in the second of their three previous campaigns.

 

 

Tie No. 52 FC Romania (ESL) v Hayes and Yeading United (SL 1SE)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 4

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v Round 1

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: FC Romania set the club’s best FA Cup record in their debut season three years ago. Hayes and Yeading United has exited the FA Cup in the 2nd Qualifying Round in each of the last four seasons.

 

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 53 Kingstonian (IL Premier) v Brackley Town (National League N)

Levels: Step 3 v Step 2

Best Runs: Round 4 v Round 2

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Kingstonian has progressed beyond the 2nd Qualifying Round just once in the last six seasons. Brackley Town equalled the club’s best FA Cup run last season.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 54 Eastbourne Borough (National League S) v Carshalton Athletic (IL 1S)

Levels: Step 2 v Step 4

Best Runs: Round 1 v Round 2

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Eastbourne Borough equalled the club’s best FA Cup run last season. Carshalton Athletic has not gone beyond the 2nd Qualifying Round now for seven years.

 

 

 

Tie No. 55 Folkestone Invicta (IL Premier) v Tooting and Mitcham United (IL Premier)

Levels: Step 3 v Step 3

Best Runs: Round 1 v Round 4

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Folkestone Invicta went beyond the 2nd Qualifying Round last season for the first time in nine years. Tooting and Mitcham United has only gone further than this Round twice in the same period.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 56 Cheshunt (IL 1N) v Dorking Wanderers (IL Premier)

Levels: Step 4 v Step 3

Best Runs: 4th qualifying v 2nd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: It is 11 years since Cheshunt last ventured past the 2nd Qualifying Round. Dorking Wanderers set the club’s best Cup run in the second of their four previous campaigns.

 

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 57 Wealdstone (National League S) v Faversham Town (IL 1S)

Levels: Step 2 v Step 4

Best Runs: Round 3 v 3rd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: It is three years since Wealdstone exited the FA Cup as early as the 2nd Qualifying Round. Faversham Town set the club’s best FA Cup run for the first time last season.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 58 Colney Heath (SSML Premier) v Burgess Hill Town (IL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 3

Best Runs: 1st qualifying v 4th qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Colney Heath is competing in the FA Cup for the 10th time and in this Round for the first time. Burgess Hill Town equalled its best Cup run last season for the fourth time.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 59 Welling United (National League S) v Haringey Borough (IL 1N)

Levels: Step 2 v Step 4

Best Runs: Round 1 v 3rd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: It is six years since Welling United last exited the FA Cup in the 2nd Qualifying Round. Haringey Borough has gone 31 years and 24 FA Cup campaigns since their one and only foray beyond this Round so far.

 

 

Tie No. 60 Dartford (National League S) v Barking (IL 1N)

Levels: Step 2 v Step 4

Best Runs: Round 3 v 2nd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Dartford has gone out of the FA Cup as early as the 2nd Qualifying Round just once in the last eight seasons. Barking is equalling the club’s best FA Cup run achieved just once before 15 years ago.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 61 Hampton and Richmond Borough (National League S) v Potters Bar Town (IL 1N)

Levels: Step 2 v Step 4

Best Runs: Round 1 v 4th qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Hampton and Richmond Borough went beyond the 2nd Qualifying Round for the first time in three years last season. Potters Bar Town equalled the club’s best FA Cup run last year.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 62 Whitehawk (National League S) v Oxford City (National League S)

Levels: Step 2 v Step 2

Best Runs: Round 2 v Round 2

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Whitehawk has ventured past the 2nd Qualifying Round in each of the last three seasons including setting the club’s best FA Cup run in that time. Oxford City has only once gone beyond this Round in the same three year period.

 

 

Tie No. 63 Marlow (SL 1SE) v Ashford Town (Mdx) (SL 1SE)

Levels: Step 4 v Step 4

Best Runs: SEMI-FINAL v 4th qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: It is 15 years since Marlow last appeared in the 2nd Qualifying Round and 22 years since going beyond it. For Ashford Town (Mdx) it is five years and eight years respectively for the same stats.

 

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 64 Needham Market (IL Premier) v Chesham United (SL Premier)

Levels: Step 3 v Step 3

Best Runs: 4th qualifying v Round 3

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Needham Market exited the FA Cup in the 1st Qualifying Round in both the last two seasons, whilst Chesham United made it through to the ‘Proper’ Rounds during the same period.

 

 

 

Tie No. 65 Slough Town (SL Premier) v Dulwich Hamlet (IL Premier)

Levels: Step 3 v Step 3

Best Runs: Round 2 v Round 1

History: One previous FA Cup meeting 56 years ago won 5-1 by Dulwich Hamlet.

Facts: Slough Town is tracking to exit FA Cup in 4th Qualifying Round having gone out successively in Preliminary, 1st Qualifying, 2nd Qualifying and 3rd Qualifying in the last four seasons. Dulwich Hamlet has exited the FA Cup in this Round in both the last two years.

 

 

Tie No. 66 Hanwell Town (SL 1SE) v Enfield Town (IL Premier)

Levels: Step 4 v Step 3

Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v 4th qualifying

History: One previous FA Cup meeting just last season won 1-0 by Hanwell Town.

Facts: Hanwell Town and Enfield Town both set their club’s respective best FA Cup run just two seasons ago.

 

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 67 Havant and Waterlooville (National League S) v Merthyr Town (SL Premier)

Levels: Step 2 v Step 3

Best Runs: Round 4 v 3rd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: It is three years since Havant and Waterlooville last exited the FA Cup in the 2nd Qualifying Round. Merthyr Town equalled the club’s best FA Cup run just last season.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 68 Bodmin Town (SWPL Premier) v Bideford (SL 1SW)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 4

Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v Round 1

History: Two previous FA Cup meetings, both won by Bideford, both after a replay, including in last season.

Facts: It is six years since Bodmin Town went beyond the 2nd Qualifying Round for their one and only time so far. It is 15 years, though, since Bideford progressed past this Round.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 69 Bridport (TWL Premier) v Cadbury Heath (TWL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v 3rd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: It is 60 years since Bridport went beyond the 2nd Qualifying Round for the club’s one and only time so far. Cadbury Heath achieved the same for the first time just last season.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 70 Gosport Borough (SL Premier) v Swindon Supermarine (SL 1SW)

Levels: Step 3 v Step 4

Best Runs: Round 1 v Round 2

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Gosport Borough set the club’s best FA Cup run just three seasons ago. Swindon Supermarine went beyond the 2nd Qualifying Round last season for the first time since setting their best Cup run seven years ago.

 

 

Tie No. 71 Bognor Regis Town (National League S) v Weston-super-Mare (National League S)

Levels: Step 2 v Step 2

Best Runs: Round 2 v Round 2

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Bognor Regis Town has only progressed beyond the 2nd Qualifying Round twice in the last 12 seasons. Weston-super-Mare went out in this Round last season for the first time in seven years.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 72 Cinderford Town (SL 1SW) v Hartley Wintney (SL 1SE)

Levels: Step 4 v Step 4

Best Runs: Round 2 v 4th qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: It is seven years since Cinderford Town progressed past the 2nd Qualifying Round. For past six seasons Hartley Wintney has alternately gone out of FA Cup before 2nd Qualifying Round or exited it later in the competition.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 73 Tavistock (SWPL Premier) v Frome Town (SL Premier)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 3

Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v Round 1

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: It is 63 years since Tavistock went beyond the 2nd Qualifying Round for the club’s one and only time so far, although this is only the 14th campaign since then. Frome Town set their best FA Cup run in the same season 63 years ago but is only three years since going beyond 2nd Qualifying Round.

 

 

Tie No. 74 Weymouth (SL Premier) v Chippenham Town (National League S)

Levels: Step 3 v Step 2

Best Runs: Round 4 v Round 1

History: Four previous FA Cup meetings, all won by Weymouth scoring at least four goals in each victory.

Facts: Weymouth and Chippenham Town have both only once failed to go beyond the 2nd Qualifying Round in the last four seasons.

 

Tie No. 75 Banbury United (SL Premier) v Thatcham Town (HL Premier)

Levels: Step 3 v Step 5

Best Runs: Round 1 v 4th qualifying

History: One previous FA Cup meeting way back in the 1936/37 season won 7-0 by Banbury Spencer, the equal highest margin of defeat for Thatcham Town.

Facts: Banbury United went beyond 2nd Qualifying Round last season for the first time in 12 years. It is 17 years since Thatcham Town progressed past this Round.

 

 

Tie No. 76 Bath City (National League S) v Knaphill (CCL Premier)

Levels: Step 2 v Step 5

Best Runs: Round 3 v 1st qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Bath City is competing in the FA Cup for the 100th time and hasn’t gone out of the competition as early as the 2nd Qualifying Round for 11 years. Knaphill set the club’s best run prior to this year in their debut season three years ago.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 77 Truro City (National League S) v AFC Portchester (WL Premier)

Levels: Step 2 v Step 5

Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v 2nd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Truro City has achieved its best FA Cup run three times in the last eight seasons, whereas AFC Portchester has achieved their best Cup run three times in the last four years.

 

 

 

Tie No. 78 Salisbury (SL 1SW) v Poole Town (National League S)

Levels: Step 4 v Step 2

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v Round 3

History: No previous FA Cup meetings, although Poole Town has faced previous Salisbury clubs 14 times in the FA Cup in the past, winning six and losing eight.

Facts: Salisbury is competing in the FA Cup for only the second time. Poole Town has a chequered record of going beyond 2nd Qualifying Round or going out in this Round in the last few years.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 79 Paulton Rovers (SL 1SW) v Kidlington (SL 1SW)

Levels: Step 4 v Step 4

Best Runs: Round 1 v 2nd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: It is eight years since Paulton Rovers last progressed beyond the 2nd Qualifying Round, when the club set their best ever FA Cup run. Kidlington appear in this Round for just the second time, the last time just two years ago.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 80 Gloucester City (National League S) v Hungerford Town (National League S)

Levels: Step 2 v Step 2

Best Runs: Round 2 v Round 1

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: It is seven years since Gloucester City last exited the FA Cup in the 2nd Qualifying Round. Hungerford Town has gone beyond this Round just three times in the last 10 seasons.