FACupFactfile Facts & Stats in 2018 FA Cup Final Programme

To follow are all my FA Cup facts and stats that were included in the 2018 FA Cup Final programme, plus as many again that could not be accommodated.

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How Odd!

Seven hundred and thirty-seven clubs participated in the 2017-18 FA Cup. An unusually odd number of entries caused by Bostik Isthmian League One South side Guernsey opting out of participating so they could ‘focus on the league’. As a consequence there were an odd number of ties in the Extra Preliminary Round, too, 185 in total. And the last club drawn out of the hat in that odd 185th tie? None other than the appropriately named Toolstation Western League Premier Division club Odd Down!

 

Berko’s Dozen

In the Extra Preliminary Round Berkhamsted ran riot and won 12-1 at fellow Spartan South Midland Premier Division side Stotfold. That result is the largest margin of victory away from home in the FA Cup in the 21st Century. Six different players were on the scoresheet for the Comrades that day. Skipper Jon Munday and Stacey Field both netted hat-tricks, alongside a brace apiece from Alex Campana and Tom Carter and goals from Dan Jones and Frankie Jowle.

 

Lightning At-Tack

Flackwell Heath beat fellow Uhlsport Hellenic Premier Division side Burnham 5-0 in the Extra Preliminary Round with Liam Tack scoring their opening goal. The significance of that goal? Well it was timed at 7.51pm on the 4th August, and is the earliest in any season an FA Cup goal has ever been scored, beating the record set just last season on the 5th August by Thame United’s Lynton Goss.

 

Shaftesbury Shock

Goals from Charlie Browne and Danny Finnigan (in extra time) gave Toolstation Western League Premier Division club Shaftesbury a 2-1 victory at Exmouth Town of the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League Premier Division in the Extra Preliminary Round. The goals earned the Dorset club its first FA Cup victory for 67 years. The Queen was still known as Princess Elizabeth the last time Shaftesbury won a game in the FA Cup!

 

Just Like Buses

You wait 130 years or more to play your first FA Cup match and then two come along at once. Chipping Sodbury Town of the Toolstation Western League were formed in 1885 and Framlingham Town of the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League were formed in 1887. Both clubs entered the FA Cup for the first time in 2017-18, and both won their respective opening ties 3-1, to then play again in the competition just two weeks later in the Preliminary Round.

 

 

 

No Victor Victoria

Hallmark Security North West Counties League Premier Division side Northwich Victoria were knocked out of the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round for the first time ever in their 109th campaign. To rub salt into the wound the exit came at the hands of local league rivals 1874 Northwich in a replay.

 

Fawley Awful

A 3-2 loss at Combined Counties Premier Division side Farnham Town means it is now six FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round defeats for Fawley of the Sydenhams Wessex League Division One in the six FA Cup campaigns they have had. They are now second in the list of clubs who have failed to go beyond the Extra Preliminary Round in any of their FA Cup campaigns. Five seasons ahead of them, with the all-time record of 11 Extra Preliminary Round defeats in just 11 FA Cup campaigns, is a Birmingham based club named Headingly, who achieved their record run of consecutive losses in the 1920s/30s.

 

Pitt Start

Several players scored four goals in one FA Cup match this season but Ollie Pitt, of Uhlsport Hellenic Premier Division outfit Brimscombe and Thrupp, had the stand-out four-bagger. In his side’s 4-0 Extra Preliminary Round victory over Sun Sports of Spartan South Midlands Premier Division, he scored all his four goals in a 12 minute blitz, between the 12th and 23rd minutes of the first half!

 

Wood You Like to Call

When the two captains joined the referee for the toss of the coin and pre-match handshake ahead of an FA Cup Preliminary Round tie he could have been forgiven for doing a double-take. Twenty-nine year old Shane Wood was the captain of Spartan South Midlands Premier Division side Leverstock Green whilst his younger brother Jack Wood, twenty-five, was captain of Aylesbury United of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One South East. It was the younger sibling who ended up with the family bragging rights in the end, as the Ducks of Aylesbury won 4-1 in a replay.

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Seven Mins Four Pens

When Southern Counties East League side Erith Town went 2-0 up at home in their Preliminary Round replay against their higher level opponents, Whyteleafe of Bostik Isthmian League One South, thanks to a Ryan Golding penalty in the 38th minute of the first half, no-one could have anticipated what would come next. Three more penalties would be awarded and all three would be scored before half time! Two converted by Sam Clayton of Whyteleafe to level things up before Sam Golding slotted home his second spot-kick to give the home side a 3-2 lead. Of course Whyteleafe eventually equalised causing the tie to require even more penalties to resolve it. Erith Town triumphed 4-1 on penalties, meaning Whyteleafe actually scored more penalties in normal time than they did in the shoot-out!

 

 

New Faces

Before the 2017-18 FA Cup had begun Kettering Town of the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division held the record for most FA Cup goals scored (870) and most number of different clubs faced in FA Cup matches (175). Unsurprisingly the Poppies added to their record goals tally (now 879) but more surprisingly they remarkably managed to be drawn against four teams they’d never faced in the competition before. Evo-Stik Northern Premier League One South side Romulus were beaten 3-0 in the First Qualifying Round. Then Kidsgrove Athletic from the same division were defeated 2-0 in the next round and fellow league members Basford United beaten 3-2 in the round after that. Finally Kettering Town lost 1-0 in a replay at another new opponent, Nantwich Town from the Premier Division of the same league.

 

You’re having a Wath

Evo-Stik Northern Premier League One North side South Shields beating York City of Vanarama National League North by four goals to two is one of the FA Cup upsets of the season. However, for the Minstermen of York City the shock is even greater than just that defeat itself. It is the first time the former Football League club has been knocked out of the FA Cup at the Third Qualifying Round stage of the competition since they lost 4-1 at Wath Athletic in the 1925-26 season!

 

Long Way from Home

When you are involved in a regional FA Cup draw you don’t expect to have to endure a 670 mile round trip. But that is exactly what happened to AFC Sudbury of Bostik Isthmian League One North in the Third Qualifying Round when they were paired with Truro City of Vanarama National League South. To make matters worse they were on the wrong end of a 4-1 defeat. Sky Bet League Two side Carlisle United had a similar distance to travel in the Second Round ‘Proper’ when facing Gillingham of League One. A one-all draw required the Gills to have to make the same trip but in mid-week, and a late night return after a 3-1 defeat would have been less than enjoyable. Only League Two side Grimsby Town had a more miserable longer journey with 211 fans having seen their side lose 1-0 at League One Plymouth Argyle in the First Round in between two 346 mile journeys.

 

Cornish Pass Tie

Vanarama National League South side Truro City became the first club from the county of Cornwall to reach the FA Cup First Round ‘Proper’ for 48 years, and only the second ever club to do so. Noah Keats scored the historic goals that won the match at League rivals Hampton and Richmond Borough in the Fourth Qualifying Round. Tyler Harvey then scored the White Tigers first ever FA Cup ‘Proper’ Round goal but unfortunately they were beaten 3-1 at Sky Bet League One side Charlton Athletic.

 

Fourteen Hours

1874 Northwich of Hallmark Security North West Counties League Premier Division played the most amount of football in this season’s FA Cup. Having been involved in four replays in the five rounds they competed in, the club were on the pitch in the FA Cup for a total of 840 minutes (14 hours), eventually losing 6-5 on penalties in their ninth match at Ossett Town of Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One North.

Seven Seconds

Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division side Slough Town lost 4-1 against Sky Bet League One club Rochdale in the FA Cup Second Round. It was the seventh time out of seven Second Round appearances that the Rebels had been thwarted at that stage of the competition. No other club has lost so many times at that stage without ever making it through to the Third Round.

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The Non-League No Show

When Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division side Hereford lost 2-0 at home to Sky Bet League One Fleetwood Town in a Second Round replay on 14th December 2017, the loss was felt much wider than within the hordes who follow that phoenix club. The whole of the world of non-league football was in mourning, as not only were Hereford the last non-league club standing in the FA Cup, their defeat meant that only ‘English Football League’ and ‘Premier League’ clubs would be involved in the Third Round. This became the first season since 1950-51 that there were no non-league teams in the Third Round of the FA Cup, and was in stark contrast to the record breaking runs of Sutton United (5th Round) and Lincoln City (Quarter Finals) in the competition just last season.

 

Hello Neighbour

Merseyside rivals Everton and Liverpool were drawn to face each other in the FA Cup Third Round at Anfield. It was the eighteenth season the two clubs would meet in the FA Cup, including two memorable FA Cup Finals, a record high for the competition ‘Proper’. Liverpool had won 10 of their previous encounters, but this would be the first season the Reds would be victorious in a Merseyside derby in the FA Cup at home, having been held to a draw on all four previous occasions.

 

Every Cloud

When Sky Bet Championship side Norwich City lost to Premier League Chelsea 5-3 on penalties in their FA Cup Third Round replay it was the fifth successive season that the Canaries had failed to win an FA Cup match. That put the club level with the current winless FA Cup run for fellow Championship side Queens Park Rangers who lost 1-0 at home to Milton Keynes Dons from the league below. It is the second longest winless run in the competition of all 92 League clubs. The good news for Canaries’ fans is that it is also the second longest run without an FA Cup victory in East Anglia! The holder of that particular current record is Championship side and arch rivals Ipswich Town. Their 1-0 home defeat to Sheffield United means it is now eight consecutive seasons without an FA Cup win.

 

Just Gr8

Premier League Swansea City hosted Sky Bet League Two side Notts County in a Fourth Round replay and went on the rampage winning the match 8-1, equalling the club’s highest ever win in the FA Cup, last achieved in the 1913-14 season against Caerleon Athletic in a Qualifying Round tie. The result also equalled Notts County’s worst ever FA Cup defeat last suffered in the 1926-27 season at Newcastle United. Six different players scored for Swansea City in the rout but Sam Clucas was not among them. That was surprising given the last time a club won 8-1 in the FA Cup (Mansfield Town 8-1 St Albans City, four years ago), Sam Clucas scored four of the goals!

Extra! Extra!

When this season’s Quarter Final tie between Premier League sides Leicester City and Chelsea ended one apiece after 90 minutes the game went into extra time rather than what historically would have happened and gone on to a replay. However, even though the ‘no replay’ rule only came into fruition last season, it wasn’t the first time an FA Cup Quarter Final game had utilised extra time to try to settle the tie at the first time of asking, but it had been 70 years since it last happened. Following the end of World War Two vital resources such as fuel were scarce and so clubs were encouraged to play extra time in all rounds rather than go straight to a replay if the scores were level after 90 minutes. The last time this happened in a Quarter Final tie was in the 1947-48 season when Queens Park Rangers and Derby County drew one-all. Unfortunately an extra 30 minutes proved futile and a replay was required anyway. Derby won the replay then, and Chelsea won this season without the need of penalties. That’s a stat for future FA Cup competitions!

 

Not So Gr8

Premier League Tottenham Hotspur were beaten 2-1 by Manchester United in this year’s FA Cup Semi-Final. It was the eighth consecutive FA Cup Semi-Final Spurs had lost since beating Arsenal in the 1990-91 last four. That is a very unwanted record of eight straight Semi-Final defeats!

 

Will Griggs on Fire, Jack Midson’s Higher

The top individual goal-scorer in the ‘Proper’ Rounds of this season’s FA Cup is Will Griggs of Sky Bet League One side Wigan Athletic. He has fired in seven goals in total including the winner against Premier League Manchester City, a victory that meant Wigan Athletic were only the second club ever from the third tier to knock out three top-flight clubs in the same FA Cup run. Realistically only Romelu Lukaku of Manchester United is in a position to potentially pass Will Griggs’ total, but he would need to be only the fourth person ever to score an FA Cup Final hat-trick in order to do so. However, there is one player who has already been more prolific in front of goal in the FA Cup this season, but only if taking Qualifying Round matches into account. Jack Midson of Bostik Isthmian League Premier Division side Leatherhead has hit the back of the net a dozen times in total, although only four of them came in ‘Proper’ Round matches.

 

Hot-Shot Hotspurs

Premier League Tottenham Hotspur are the current top scorers in the ‘Proper’ Rounds of this season’s FA Cup having scored 18 goals en route to the Semi-Finals. It would require a record breaking FA Cup Final scoreline for either of Manchester United or Chelsea to outgun them, necessitating beating the 6-0 win posted by Bury when beating Derby County in the 1902-03 Final. However, three Bostik Isthmian League clubs did already score more goals than Spurs throughout the whole competition this season. Premier Division Leatherhead netted 20 times. Division One North Heybridge Swifts hit the back of the net 24 times. But top goal-scorers in the whole competition are Premier Division champions Billericay Town with 25 goals.

 

 

Lucky 13?

This season’s FA Cup Final could quite easily be brought to you by the Number 13 in the style of kid’s TV programme Sesame Street. Chelsea are into the Cup Final for the thirteenth time. Amazingly this is their seventh visit in just 18 years of the 21st Century. They only managed six Finals in the 95 years since forming in the last century. It is also the thirteenth different season that Manchester United and Chelsea will face each other in the FA Cup, with the Red Devils holding an eight to four win ratio against the Blues in the past. And Manchester United are vying to lift the Trophy for a record equalling thirteenth time. They are already equalling a record just by reaching Wembley, with this season being their 20th appearance in an FA Cup Final.

 

Who’s No. 1?

The record for most FA Cup Final wins (13) is currently held by Arsenal, who are also the joint holders of the most FA Cup Final appearances (20). However, if Manchester United were to lift the Trophy this season for a 13th time, who out of the two would be regarded as the best FA Cup club of all time? Their stats are remarkably similar even outside of Cup Finals. Both clubs have 29 FA Cup Semi-Final appearances to their names. And both clubs have appeared in the Quarter Finals 43 times each. However, by virtue of having appeared in four more Fifth Round matches, Arsenal would remain the No. 1 FA Cup club even if Manchester United were to be triumphant this year. If they did win it, there’s quite a nice symmetry in the fact that Arsenal won their 13th FA Cup Final by beating Chelsea last season and Manchester United could do the same by beating the same opponents this year.

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Haven’t We Met Before?

This is the third time that Manchester United and Chelsea will contest the FA Cup Final having both been victorious once each in past clashes. Manchester United won 4-0 in the 1993-94 Final (Eric Cantona becoming the only player to date to score two penalties in one Final), and Chelsea gained revenge in 2006-07 with Didier Drogba scoring the only goal late in extra time. This is only the fourth time that the same two teams will meet in an FA Cup Final for the third time. Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion were the first to do so way back in the 19th Century (Villa ahead two wins to one), then Arsenal and Newcastle United (Newcastle up two-one), and most recently Arsenal and Liverpool (Arsenal ahead two to one).

 

Repeat, repeat, repeat!

This year will see the third consecutive ‘repeat’ FA Cup Final as Manchester United and Chelsea meet for the third time, following Arsenal versus Chelsea last season and Manchester United versus Crystal Palace the season before that. It is the first time that three successive FA Cup Finals will involve two clubs who have met in the Final before.

 

 

 

 

Blue or Red is the Colour

Whichever team lifts the FA Cup Trophy this season they will be a club that plays their home matches in predominantly a red or blue kit. It will be the 27th consecutive time a club which wears one or other of those two coloured shirts will win the FA Cup. The last club to be triumphant in an FA Cup Final which didn’t wear red or blue was white-shirted Tottenham Hotspur in 1990-91 when they beat the red-shirted Nottingham Forest.

 

Two Long

If Manchester United win the FA Cup this season it will create a new record for the most consecutive number of years with the fewest number of clubs winning the Trophy. Over the past five seasons only Arsenal and Manchester United would have won the FA Cup.

 

Guaranteed Record

If Manchester United win the FA Cup this season they will equal the record number of FA Cup triumphs along with Arsenal (13). If Manchester United lose in this season’s FA Cup Final they will equal the record number of Cup Final defeats along with Everton (8). Either way, an FA Cup Final record will be equalled this season!

 

 

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FA Cup 2017-18 5th Rd Tie-by-Tie Stats & Facts

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Tie No. 1 Sheffield Wednesday (EFL Championship) v Swansea City (Premier League)

Levels: Level 2 v Level 1 (Saturday 12.30pm – BT Sport 2)

Best Runs: WINNERS v SEMI FINALS            

History: One previous FA Cup meeting 56 years ago won 1-0 by Sheffield Wednesday when Swansea was still classed as a town.

Facts: Sheffield Wednesday is into the FA Cup 5th Round for the third time in eight season, but it is 21 years since the Owls last made the Quarter Finals. Swansea City is in to the FA Cup 5th Round for the third time in ten seasons, hut the Swans have not gone further for a massive 54 years.

 

 

Tie No. 2 West Bromwich Albion (Premier League) v Southampton (Premier League)

Levels: Level 1 v Level 1 (Saturday 3.0pm)

Best Runs: WINNERS v WINNERS

History: Five previous FA Cup meetings with Southampton having won four of them. The last time each side lifted the Trophy they beat this year’s opponents en route to doing so.

Facts: West Bromwich Albion is appearing in the 5th Round of the FA Cup for the third time in four seasons. It is the first time in those four years that Southampton has made it this far.

 

 

Tie No. 3 Chelsea (Premier League) v Hull City (EFL Championship)

Levels: Level 1 v Level 2 (Friday 8.0pm – BT Sport 2)

Best Runs: WINNERS v RUNNERS-UP

History: Six previous FA Cup meetings all won by Chelsea including a 6-1 victory on their way to lifting the Trophy in 2000.

Facts: Chelsea has made the 5th Round 18 times in the last 20 seasons going on to win the FA Cup five times during that period. It is only the fourth time Hull City has made it this far over the same time period, making the Final just once in that time.

 

Tie No. 4 Leicester City (Premier League) v Sheffield United (EFL Championship)

Levels: Level 1 v Level 2 (Friday 7.45pm)

Best Runs: RUNNERS-UP v WINNERS            

History: Five previous FA Cup meetings, the first three won by Sheffield United, the latter two by Leicester City including a Semi-Final victory in 1961 at the third time of asking.

Facts: It is the third time in four seasons that Leicester City has reached the 5th Round of the FA Cup. It is the first time in those four years that Sheffield United has made it this far.

 

Tie No. 5 Huddersfield Town (Premier League) v Manchester United (Premier League)

Levels: Level 1 v Level 1 (Saturday 5.30pm – BT Sport 2)

Best Runs: WINNERS v WINNERS

History: Three previous FA Cup meetings with two won by Manchester United, the last time 5-0 in 1963.

Facts: Huddersfield Town is in to the 5th Round of the FA Cup for the second successive season for the first time since achieving the same in 1938 and 1939. It is the fourth consecutive season that Manchester United has made it through to the 5th Round.

 

 

Tie No. 6 Rochdale (EFL 1) v Tottenham Hotspur (Premier League)

Levels: Level 3 v Level 1 (Sunday 4.0pm – BBC 1)

Best Runs: Round 5 v WINNERS            

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Rochdale is competing in the FA Cup for the 100th time and this is only the third time the club has ever made the 5th Round having now won 16% of all the FA Cup games they’ve ever won in the last five years. Conversely, Tottenham Hotspur has made it to the 5th Round in each of the last three seasons alone.

 

 

Tie No. 7 Brighton and Hove Albion (Premier League) v Coventry City (EFL 2)

Levels: Level 1 v Level 4 (Saturday 3.0pm)

Best Runs: RUNNERS-UP v WINNERS

History: Three previous FA Cup meetings, all drawn to be played at Brighton, but despite that Coventry City has a two to one win ratio.

Facts: Brighton and Hove Albion is appearing in the 5th Round for the first time in four seasons and have not gone further for 32 years. It is the first time in nine seasons that Coventry City has made it to the 5th Round.

 

 

Tie No. 8 Wigan Athletic (EFL 1) v Manchester City (Premier League)

Levels: Level 3 v Level 1 (Monday 7.55pm – BBC 1)

Best Runs: WINNERS v WINNERS

History: Four previous FA Cup meetings with Manchester City winning on the first two occasions and Wigan Athletic winning the latter two, including the Cup Final itself five years ago.

Facts: It is the first time in four seasons that Wigan Athletic has made it to the 5th Round of the FA Cup. Manchester City has made it this far in each of the last three seasons.

 

FA Cup 2017-18 4th Round Bite-sized Review

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Stat of the Round

Sam Clucas has been involved in the last two FA Cup ‘Proper’ Round ties to end in an 8-1 scoreline. 2013 he scored four goals for Mansfield Town in 8-1 win over St Albans City whilst also appearing in the Swansea City side who beat Notts County 8-1 in this year’s 4th Round replay.

Cupsets

Level 3 beat Level 1 (h): Wigan Athletic 2 – 0 West Ham United

Level 3 beat Level 2 (h): Rochdale 1 – 0 Millwall

Level 4 beat Level 3 (a): MK Dons 0 -1 Coventry City

 

Into 5th Round to at least equal best Cup run

Rochdale (3rd time)

 

In 5th Round for first time in a while

Coventry City (9 years), Brighton and Hove Albion, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, Southampton, Swansea City, Wigan Athletic (4 years)

 

Successive years making it into 5th Rd

Manchester United (4), Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur (3), Huddersfield Town, Leicester City (2)

 

KO in 4th Rd but set best run

Newport County (26th campaign since re-forming in 1989)

 

KO and not gone further than 4th Rd for a while

Yeovil Town (69 years), Peterborough United (32 years), Newcastle United (12 years)

 

Consecutive 4th Rd exits

Liverpool (3), Newcastle United, Watford (2)

 

Equalled best ever FA Cup win

Swansea City (8-1)

  

Equalled heaviest FA Cup loss

Notts County (1-8)

 

 

Miscellaneous

Liverpool has been knocked out in the FA Cup in the 4th Round for the 3rd successive season to a club beginning with the letter ‘W’ – West Ham United, Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Bromwich Albion.

It only took 112 years but Brighton & Hove Albion finally got to avenge their defeat to Middlesbrough in the competition the one and only other time the two sides had been drawn together.

It is the first time since 1939 that Huddersfield Town have made it into the 5th Round in successive seasons.

Chelsea have made it to the 5th Round for the 18th time in 20 years.

FA Cup 2017-18 4th Round Tie-by-Tie Stats & Facts

Stats and facts for all 16 FA Cup 4th Round ties to follow – copyright © @FACupFactile. Please seek permission from @FACupFactfile if you wish to utilise them in your own blogs and reports.

Tie No. 1 Liverpool (Premier League) v West Bromwich Albion (Premier League)

Levels: Level 1 v Level 1 (Saturday 7.45pm – BT Sport 2)

Best Runs: WINNERS v WINNERS

History: Seven previous FA Cup meetings. West Brom has won four times, including the last meeting 50 years ago when they went on to lift the Trophy.

Facts: Liverpool is into the FA Cup 4th Round for the seventh successive year, but has gone out at this stage in both the last two seasons. West Brom has only twice gone beyond this Round in the last seven years.

 

 

Tie No. 2 Peterborough United (EFL 1) v Leicester City (Premier League)

Levels: Level 3 v Level 1 (Saturday 12.30pm – BT Sport 2)

Best Runs: QUARTER FINALS v RUNNERS-UP

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Peterborough United is the highest scorers in the FA Cup of clubs still in it with 15 goals, but have not made the 5th Round for 32 years. Leicester City has managed to go beyond this Round three times in last six seasons, but went out last year to a third tier club.

 

Tie No. 3 Huddersfield Town (Premier League) v Birmingham City (EFL Championship)

Levels: Level 1 v Level 2 (Saturday 3.0pm)

Best Runs: WINNERS v RUNNERS-UP

History: Six previous FA Cup meetings with Huddersfield Town ahead with four wins to two in past seasons.

Facts: Huddersfield Town made the 5th Round last year for the third time in 10 seasons. It is six years since Birmingham City last went that far in the competition.

 

 

Tie No. 4 Notts County (EFL 2) v Swansea City (Premier League)

Levels: Level 4 v Level 1 (Saturday 3.0pm)

Best Runs: WINNERS v SEMI FINALS            

History: Two previous FA Cup meetings with one win apiece. Both previous meetings occurred in the 1930s when Swansea was still a town.

Facts: It is six years since Notts County last appeared in the 4th Round of the FA Cup and two further years since going beyond it. Swansea City has only once gone beyond this Round in their last eight campaigns.

Tie No. 5 Yeovil Town (EFL 2) v Manchester United (Premier League)

Levels: Level 4 v Level 1 (Friday 7.55pm – BBC One)

Best Runs: Round 5 v WINNERS

History: Three previous FA Cup meetings all won by Manchester United without conceding a goal and scoring 13 in the process.

Facts: Yeovil Town is the lowest ranked club left in the FA Cup and a win would equal the club’s best ever run in the competition, only ever achieved once before 69 years ago. Manchester United is in to the 4th Round for the fourth successive year and won through to the 5th Round in each of the three previous seasons.

 

 

 

Tie No. 6 Sheffield Wednesday (EFL Championship) v Reading (EFL Championship)

Levels: Level 2 v Level 2 (Friday 7.45pm)

Best Runs: WINNERS v SEMI FINALS            

History: Two previous FA Cup meeting with one win apiece, but the last time they met, 52 years ago, Wednesday went all the way to the Final.

Facts: Sheffield Wednesday has only twice gone beyond the 4th Round this century, the last time four years ago. Conversely, Reading has progressed to the 5th Round and beyond five times in the last eight seasons.

 

Tie No. 7 Cardiff City (EFL Championship) v Manchester City (Premier League)

Levels: Level 2 v Level 1 (Sunday 4.0pm – BBC One)

Best Runs: WINNERS v WINNERS

History: Five previous FA Cup meetings with Manchester City winning through on four occasions, but Cardiff City winning the last time they met 24 years ago.

Facts: Cardiff City has only gone beyond the 4th Round three times in the last eight seasons. Manchester City has made it to the 5th Round and beyond six times during the same period.

 

 

Tie No. 8 Milton Keynes Dons (EFL 1) v Coventry City (EFL 2)

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

Best Runs: Round 5 v WINNERS

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: A win for Milton Keynes would equal the club’s best ever FA Cup run achieved for the first and only time five years ago. It is nine years since Coventry City last made it beyond the 4th Round of the FA Cup.

 

 

 

Tie No. 9 Millwall (EFL Championship) v Rochdale (EFL 1)

Levels: Level 2 v Level 3 (Saturday 3.0pm)

Best Runs: RUNNERS-UP v Round 5

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Millwall has gone beyond the 4th Round three times in the last six seasons. A win for Rochdale would equal the club’s record Cup run last achieved for the second time 15 years ago. Rochdale is celebrating 100 years of FA Cup campaigns and have won 15% of all the FA Cup ties they’ve ever won in the last five years.

 

 

 

Tie No. 10 Southampton (Premier League) v Watford (Premier League)

Levels: Level 1 v Level 1 (Saturday 3.0pm)

Best Runs: WINNERS v RUNNERS-UP

History: Four previous FA Cup meetings with three won by Southampton.

Facts: Southampton has gone beyond the 4th Round of the FA Cup just three times in the last 10 seasons. Watford has only gone further than this Round twice during the same period.

 

 

 

Tie No. 11 Middlesbrough (EFL Championship) v Brighton and Hove Albion (Premier League)

Levels: Level 2 v Level 1 (Saturday 3.0pm)

Best Runs: RUNNERS-UP v RUNNERS-UP

History: One previous FA Cup meeting won at the third attempt by Middlesbrough way back in the 1905-06 season

Facts: Middlesbrough has progressed beyond the 4th Round seven times in the last 12 seasons. Brighton and Hove Albion has only made the 5th Round three times during the same period.

 

 

 

Tie No. 12 Wigan Athletic (EFL 1) v West Ham United (Premier League)

Levels: Level 3 v Level 1 (Saturday 3.0pm)

Best Runs: WINNERS v WINNERS

History: Two previous FA Cup meetings both won by West Ham United.

Facts: It is a second successive 4th Round appearance for Wigan Athletic who won the FA Cup just five seasons ago. West Ham United has progressed beyond the 4th Round just four times in the last 10 years.

 

Tie No. 13 Hull City (EFL Championship) v Nottingham Forest (EFL Championship)

Levels: Level 2 v Level 2 (Saturday 3.0pm)

Best Runs: RUNNERS-UP v WINNERS

History: Two previous FA Cup meetings with one win apiece, with Hull City winning the last time 52 years ago.

Facts: Hull City has made it beyond the 4th Round of the FA Cup just three times in the last 10 years. For Nottingham Forest it is only one 5th Round appearance in the last 10 years.

 

 

Tie No. 14 Newport County (EFL 2) v Tottenham Hotspur (Premier League)

Levels: Level 4 v Level 1 (Saturday 5.30pm – BT Sport 2)

Best Runs: Round 3* v WINNERS

History: No previous FA Cup meetings, but Tottenham beat original Newport County in successive seasons in the late 1950s scoring four goals both times.

Facts: This is the best FA Cup run for Newport County since the club re-formed in 1989 (*Original Newport County made 5th Round 69 years ago). Tottenham Hotspur has progressed beyond the 4th Round half the time in the last eight seasons, three of them leading to the Semi-Finals.

 

Tie No. 15 Chelsea (Premier League) v Newcastle United (Premier League)

Levels: Level 1 v Level 1 (Sunday 1.30pm – BT Sport 2)

Best Runs: WINNERS v WINNERS

History: Nine previous FA Cup meetings, the most common tie of this 4th Round, with Chelsea winning twice as many times as Newcastle.

Facts: Chelsea is in to the FA Cup 4th Round for the 20th successive season, the current longest run. Newcastle United has not gone beyond the 4th Round for 12 years.

 

Tie No. 16 Sheffield United (EFL Championship) v Preston North End (EFL Championship)

Levels: Level 2 v Level 2 (Saturday 3.0pm)

Best Runs: WINNERS v WINNERS

History: Four previous FA Cup meetings spanning 116 years with two wins apiece, the most recent for Preston just three years ago. Three of the previous four meetings required replays.

Facts: Sheffield United has progressed beyond the 4th Round just three times in the last 10 seasons. Preston North End has achieved that feat just twice over the same period.

2017-18 FA Cup 3rd Tie-by-Tie Stats & Facts

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Tie No. 1 Ipswich Town (EFL Championship) v Sheffield United (EFL Championship)

Levels: Level 2 v Level 2 (Saturday 3.0pm)

Best Runs: WINNERS v WINNERS

History: Three previous FA Cup meetings. Ipswich Town won the first meeting in 1974, but the Blades won the last two times.

Facts: It is eight years since Ipswich Town last won an FA Cup tie, the longest current winless run of any side who start their Cup run in the 3rd Round. Conversely, Sheffield United have a good recent record in the FA Cup, being the last third tier club to make the

Semi-Finals four years ago.

 

Tie No. 2 Watford (Premier League) v Bristol City (EFL Championship)

Levels: Level 1 v Level 2 (Saturday 3.0pm)

Best Runs: RUNNERS-UP v RUNNERS-UP

History: Two previous FA Cup meetings, both won by Watford 82 years apart.

Facts: Watford has only failed to go beyond the 3rd Round three times in the last 11 seasons, including two semi-final appearances in that time. Conversely, Bristol City has only gone past the 3rd Round three times during the same period.

 

Tie No. 3 Birmingham City (EFL Championship) v Burton Albion (EFL Championship)

Levels: Level 2 v Level 2 (Saturday 3.0pm)

Best Runs: RUNNERS-UP v Round 4

History: No previous FA Cup meetings, although Birmingham City beat both Burton Swifts and Burton Wanderers in past FA Cup runs

Facts: Birmingham City last won an FA Cup tie three seasons ago. A win for Burton Albion would take the Brewers into the FA Cup 4th Round for only the second ever time.

 

 

 

Tie No. 4 Liverpool (Premier League) v Everton (Premier League)

Levels: Level 1 v Level 1 (Friday 7.55pm – BBC 1)

Best Runs: WINNERS v WINNERS            

History: 17 previous FA Cup meetings, the most times the same two clubs have been drawn together in the FA Cup ‘Proper’ Rounds. Liverpool has won 10 of those meetings, but never at Anfield.

Facts: It is seven years since Liverpool failed to progress beyond the 3rd Round of the FA Cup. Everton has exited the FA Cup in this Round twice in the last three seasons.

 

Tie No. 5 Brighton and Hove Albion (Premier League) v Crystal Palace (Premier League)

Levels: Level 1 v Level 1 (Monday 7.45pm – BT Sport)

Best Runs: RUNNERS-UP v RUNNERS-UP

History: Two previous FA Cup meetings with one win apiece, although the last meeting 41 seasons ago required three ties to settle it.

Facts: Brighton and Hove Albion has only once failed to progress beyond the 3rd Round in their last eight campaigns. Crystal Palace has also made progress beyond this Round in each of their last four seasons.

 

Tie No. 6 Aston Villa (EFL Championship) v Peterborough United (EFL 1)

Levels: Level 2 v Level 3 (Saturday 3.0pm)

Best Runs: WINNERS v QUARTER FINALS

History: One previous FA Cup meeting 57 years ago won 2-1 by Aston Villa in a replay during Peterborough United’s first season as a Football League club.

Facts: Aston Villa has only failed to go beyond the 3rd Round twice in their last nine FA Cup campaigns. Conversely, Peterborough United has only once gone beyond the 3rd Round during the same period.

 

Tie No. 7 AFC Bournemouth (Premier League) v Wigan Athletic (EFL 1)

Levels: Level 1 v Level 3 (Saturday 3.0pm)

Best Runs: QUARTER FINALS v WINNERS

History: Two previous FA Cup meetings both won by the current lower league side Wigan Athletic, the last time five years ago ended with Wigan lifting the trophy.

Facts: AFC Bournemouth has gone beyond the 3rd Round in three of the last four seasons, but also three in the last twelve. Wigan Athletic has only won one FA Cup tie since reaching the Semi-Finals four years ago.

 

Tie No. 8 Coventry City (EFL 2) v Stoke City (Premier League)

Levels: Level 4 v Level 1 (Saturday 3.0pm)

Best Runs: WINNERS v RUNNERS-UP

History: One previous FA Cup meeting won 1-0 by the current lower league side Coventry City on their way to lifting the trophy in 1987.

Facts: This is the first time Coventry City has made the 3rd Round for four years. Stoke City is competing in the FA Cup for the 125th time, but last season was the first time the club failed to progress beyond the 3rd Round in eight FA Cup campaigns.

 

Tie No. 9 Newport County (EFL 2) v Leeds United (EFL Championship)

Levels: Level 4 v Level 2 (Sunday Midday – BBC Wales)

Best Runs: Round 3* v WINNERS

History: No previous FA Cup meetings, although Leeds United lost 3-1 to original Newport County in 1948-49 season.

Facts: Newport County is appearing in the FA Cup 3rd Round for the second time in three seasons. Leeds United has exited the FA Cup in the 3rd Round four times in the last seven seasons.

*Since re-forming in 1989

 

Tie No. 10 Bolton Wanderers (EFL Championship) v Huddersfield Town (Premier League)

Levels: Level 2 v Level 1 (Saturday 3.0pm)

Best Runs: WINNERS v WINNERS

History: Five previous FA Cup meetings all won by the current lower league side, Bolton Wanderers with a 12 goals to two aggregate.

Facts: Last season was the first time in eight years Bolton Wanderers failed to go beyond the 3rd of the FA Cup. Huddersfield Town has gone out in the 3rd Round twice in the last three years.

 

Tie No. 11 Yeovil Town (EFL 2) v Bradford City (EFL 1)

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

Best Runs: Round 5 v WINNERS

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Yeovil Town has progressed beyond the 3rd Round of the FA Cup just once in the last 12 seasons. For Bradford City it is once in 17 campaigns, but that season three years ago they did make the Quarter Finals, further than Yeovil have ever gone.

 

 

 

Tie No. 12 Nottingham Forest (EFL Championship) v Arsenal (Premier League)

Levels: Level 2 v Level 1 (Sunday 4.0pm – BT Sport)

Best Runs: WINNERS v WINNERS

History: Three previous FA Cup meetings, Forest with one win, Arsenal with two.

Facts: Nottingham Forest has gone out of the FA Cup in the 3rd Round five times in the last eight seasons. It is 22 years since the Gunners exited in the 3rd Round and if Arsenal go on to retain the FA Cup this season they will become the first club to win it four times in five consecutive seasons.

 

 

 

Tie No. 13 Brentford (EFL Championship) v Notts County (EFL 2)

Levels: Level 2 v Level 4 (Saturday 3.0pm)

Best Runs: QUARTER FINALS v WINNERS

History: One previous FA Cup meeting, a 4-0 win to Brentford in the 2nd Round in the 1964-65 season.

Facts: Last year was just the second time in 11 seasons that Brentford made it beyond the 3rd Round of the FA Cup. This is the first time in six seasons that Notts County has actually made it as far as the 3rd Round.

 

 

 

Tie No. 14 Queens Park Rangers (EFL Championship) v Milton Keynes Dons (EFL 1)

Levels: Level 2 v Level 3 (Saturday 3.0pm)

Best Runs: RUNNERS-UP v Round 5

History: Two previous FA Cup meetings with one win apiece, both occurring in the last six seasons.

Facts: Queens Park Rangers has one of the worst recent FA Cup records having not won in the competition for five years and just twice in their last 16 campaigns. Milton Keynes Dons has only progressed beyond the 3rd Round twice in their 13 previous campaigns.

 

Tie No. 15 Manchester United (Premier League) v Derby County (EFL Championship)

Levels: Level 1 v Level 2 (Friday 8.0pm)

Best Runs: WINNERS v WINNERS

History: Nine previous FA Cup meetings with Derby County only winning the first two when Manchester United were still known as Newton Heath.

Facts: Manchester United has had just two FA Cup 3rd Round exits in their last 32 campaigns. Derby County has only gone out at this stage twice in the last 13 years themselves.

 

Tie No. 16 Exeter City (EFL 2) v West Bromwich Albion (Premier League)

Levels: Level 4 v Level 1 (Saturday 3.0pm)

Best Runs: QUARTER FINALS v WINNERS

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Exeter City is competing in the FA Cup for the 100th time and are looking to make the 4th Round for the first time in 37 years. West Bromwich Albion is competing in the FA Cup for the 125th time, but has exited in the 3rd Round in four of their last seven campaigns.

 

Tie No. 17 Doncaster Rovers (EFL 1) v Rochdale (EFL 1)

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

Best Runs: Round 5 v Round 5 (The only tie of this year’s 3rd Round not to involve at least one club who’ve made Quarter Finals in past)

History: Two previous FA Cup meetings both won by Doncaster Rovers with a 2-1 scoreline.

Facts: It is eight years since Doncaster Rovers progressed beyond the 3rd Round of the FA Cup. Rochdale is competing in the FA Cup for the 100th time and has reached the 4th Round in three of the last four seasons.

 

Tie No. 18 Tottenham Hotspur (Premier League) v AFC Wimbledon (EFL 1)

Levels: Level 1 v Level 3 (Sunday 3.0pm)

Best Runs: WINNERS v Round 3

History: No previous FA Cup meetings, but Tottenham Hotspur beat the original Wimbledon FC in all three FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Tottenham Hotspur lost in the FA Cup semi-finals last season creating a new record of seven consecutive semi-final appearances without progressing to the Final. AFC Wimbledon is equalling the club’s best FA Cup run to the 3rd Round for the third time in four seasons.

 

Tie No. 19 Middlesbrough (EFL Championship) v Sunderland (EFL Championship)

Levels: Level 2 v Level 2 (Saturday 1.0pm)

Best Runs: RUNNERS-UP v WINNERS

History: Five previous FA Cup meetings, three won by Sunderland, excluding their first 4-2 victory in 1887-88 season when the Black Cats were disqualified and the tie awarded to Middlesbrough.

Facts: Over the last eight seasons both Middlesbrough and Sunderland have been knocked out of the FA Cup in the 3rd Round half of the time.

 

Tie No. 20 Fleetwood Town (EFL 1) v Leicester City (Premier League)

Levels: Level 3 v Level 1 (Saturday 12.45pm – BBC One)

Best Runs: Round 3 v RUNNERS-UP

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Fleetwood Town is equalling the club’s best ever FA Cup run for the second successive season and for the third time in total. Over the last 10 seasons Leicester City has lost as many FA Cup 3rd Round ties as they’ve won.

 

 

 

Tie No. 21 Blackburn Rovers (EFL 1) v Hull City (EFL Championship)

Levels: Level 3 v Level 2 (Saturday 3.0pm)

Best Runs: WINNERS v RUNNERS-UP

History: Four previous FA Cup meetings, with two wins apiece and all meetings occurring between 1946-47 and 1953-54.

Facts: Blackburn Rovers has only once failed to progress beyond the 3rd Round in the last five seasons. For Hull City it is only once in the last six seasons when they have failed to reach the 4th Round.

 

 

 

Tie No. 22 Cardiff City (EFL Championship) v Mansfield Town (EFL 2)

Levels: Level 2 v Level 4 (Saturday 3.0pm)

Best Runs: WINNERS v QUARTER FINALS

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Cardiff City has been knocked out of the FA Cup in the 3rd Round five times in the last seven seasons. This is the first time in five years Mansfield Town has made the 3rd Round andmit is a further five years since the club went any further.

 

 

 

Tie No. 23 Manchester City (Premier League) v Burnley (Premier League)

Levels: Level 1 v Level 1 (Saturday 3.0pm)

Best Runs: WINNER v WINNERS

History: Three previous FA Cup meetings, with Manchester City winning two games to one, but Burnley scoring three goals to two.

Facts: It is six seasons since Manchester City failed to progress beyond the 3rd Round of the FA Cup. Burnley are tracking to a Quarter Final exit this year having successively gone out of the FA Cup in the 3rd Round, 4th Round and 5th Round in last three seasons.

 

Tie No. 24 Shrewsbury Town (EFL 1) v West Ham United (Premier League)

Levels: Level 3 v Level 1 (Sunday 2.0pm – BBC One)

Best Runs: QUARTER FINALS v WINNERS

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Shrewsbury Town has only once gone beyond the 3rd Round in their last 14 FA Cup campaigns. West Ham United has been knocked out of the FA Cup in the 3rd Round five times in the last eight seasons.

 

 

 

Tie No. 25 Wolverhampton Wanderers (EFL Championship) v Swansea City (Premier League)

Levels: Level 2 v Level 1 (Saturday 3.0pm)

Best Runs: WINNERS v SEMI FINALS

History: Two previous FA Cup meetings, both won by Wolverhampton Wanderers when their opponents were still known as Swansea Town.

Facts: Wolverhampton Wanderers is competing in the FA Cup for the 125th time, and last year went beyond the 3rd Round for the first time in six seasons. Swansea City went out of the FA Cup in the 3rd Round in both the last two seasons.

 

Tie No. 26 Stevenage (EFL 2) v Reading (EFL Championship)

Levels: Level 4 v Level 2 (Saturday 3.0pm)

Best Runs: Round 5 v SEMI FINALS

History: Two previous FA Cup meetings with one win apiece, both occurring in the last seven seasons.

Facts: Stevenage has gone beyond the 3rd Round just three times in the seven seasons since becoming a Football League club. On the other hand Reading has gone beyond the 3rd Round five times in the last eight seasons.

 

 

 

Tie No. 27 Newcastle United (Premier League) v Luton town (EFL 2)

Levels: Level 1 v Level 4 (Saturday 3.0pm)

Best Runs: WINNERS v RUNNERS-UP

History: Three previous FA Cup meetings with two being won by the current lower league side Luton Town.

Facts: Newcastle United has progressed beyond the FA Cup 3rd Round just four times in their last 11 campaigns. Free scoring Luton Town has only gone further than the 3rd Round once in the 10 years since dropping out of the Championship.

 

Tie No. 28 Millwall (EFL Championship) v Barnsley (EFL Championship)

Levels: Level 2 v Level 2 (Saturday 3.0pm)

Best Runs: RUNNERS-UP v WINNERS

History: One previous FA Cup meeting won 2-1 by Barnsley after a goalless draw 93 years ago.

Facts: Millwall has twice gone as far as at least the Quarter Finals in their last five campaigns. Barnsley has exited the FA Cup in the 3rd Round thirteen times in their last 18 campaigns.

 

 

 

Tie No. 29 Fulham (EFL Championship) v Southampton (Premier League)

Levels: Level 2 v Level 1 (Saturday 3.0 pm)

Best Runs: RUNNERS-UP v WINNERS

History: Two previous FA Cup meetings with one win apiece.

Facts: Fulham has only once failed to progress beyond the 3rd Round of the FA Cup in their last nine campaigns. Southampton has gone out of this Round of the FA Cup three times over the same period.

 

 

 

Tie No. 30 Wycombe Wanderers (EFL 2) v Preston North End (EFL Championship)

Levels: Level 4 v Level 2 (Saturday 3.0pm)

Best Runs: SEMI FINALS v WINNERS

History: One previous FA Cup meeting, won 1-0 by Preston North End just 4 years ago.

Facts: Wycombe Wanderers went beyond the 3rd Round last season for only the second time in their 112 previous FA Cup campaigns. Preston North End were knocked out of the FA Cup in the 3rd Round in both the last two seasons.

 

Tie No. 31 Norwich City (EFL Championship) v Chelsea (Premier League)

Levels: Level 2 v Level 1 (Saturday 5.30pm – BT Sport)

Best Runs: SEMI FINALS v WINNERS

History: Four previous FA Cup meetings, all four won by Chelsea with a 13 goals to two aggregate.

Facts: Norwich City has been knocked out of the FA Cup in the 3rd Round in each of their last four campaigns. Conversely, Chelsea has not been knocked out of the FA Cup in the 3rd Round for 20 years.

 

 

 

Tie No. 32 Carlisle United (EFL 2) v Sheffield Wednesday (EFL Championship)

Levels: Level 4 v Level 2 (Saturday 3.0pm)

Best Runs: QUARTER FINALS v WINNERS

History: Two previous FA Cup meetings with one win apiece.

Facts: Carlisle United has gone beyond the 3rd Round of the FA Cup just once in the last 20 years. Sheffield Wednesday has progressed beyond the FA Cup 3rd Round four times in the last seven seasons.

 

The 2017-18 FACTA Nominees

Whilst 2017-18 hasn’t been a memorable year collectively for Non-League clubs in the FA Cup, there have still been some exceptional performances, Cup runs and commitments to achieving FA Cup success right across all six levels of the Non-League pyramid and right throughout the six preliminary and qualifying rounds of the competition as well as in the First Round ‘Proper’.

For the third successive year these FACTA awards recognise the significant achievements of Non-League clubs in the FA Cup.

All clubs nominated in each FACTA category have been proposed by fans of the FA Cup from across the footballing world. The winners will also be voted for by those who love Non-League and the FA Cup.

Voting Options

  1. Reply in comments section of this blog with team name and FACTA category
  2. Vote on Twitter Polls for each FACTA category running from 27th December to 3rd January
  3. Tweet team name and FACTA category to @FACupFactfile – use #FACTA

 

The nominees for the four FACTA 2017-18 categories are:

Team of the Cup

Awarded to the team that epitomises the spirit and approach of Non-League clubs in the FA Cup

Hereford – For reaching FA Cup 2nd Round in only the club’s second ever Cup run

Heybridge Swifts – For scoring 24 goals over six FA Cup Rounds

Leatherhead – For reaching FA Cup 2nd Round despite indifferent League form

Truro City – For being first team from Cornwall for 48 years to make FA Cup 1st Round

 

Performance of the Cup

Awarded to the Non-League team that produced the best one-off performance in this year’s FA Cup

1874 Northwich – For 1-0 win over North Ferriby United, a team from three levels above

Berkhamsted – For 12-1 win at Stotfold, the biggest away FA Cup victory of 21st Century

City of Liverpool – For 8-2 replay win over Prescot Cables in club’s first FA Cup campaign

Oxford City – For 1-0 win at EFL1 side Colchester United, first ever win over a League side

Shildon – For 3-2 win at Banbury United, a team playing two levels above them

Slough Town – For 6-0 win at Gainsborough Trinity, a team from a level above them

South Shields – For 3-0 win at Darlington, a team playing two levels above them

Woking – For 3-0 replay win at EFL1 side Bury, the club’s biggest win over a League side

 

Surprise of the Cup

Awarded to the Non-League team that produced the most unexpected result or Cup run

Guiseley – For making the FA Cup 2nd Round at the 7th time of asking

Hereford – For 1-1 draw at EFL1 side Fleetwood Town, a team playing four levels above them

Leatherhead – For their 3-1 replay win at big-spending Billericay Town

Shaw Lane Association – For achieving 4 FA Cup wins and reaching the 1st Round after having previously never won an FA Cup game

 

Special Team Award

Awarded to the Non-League team who went above and beyond to show what the FA Cup means

1874 Northwich – For record breaking, never-say-die, Cup run that brought about 3 replay victories, only eventually losing on penalties to a higher league side

AFC Mansfield – For setting the club’s attendance record at home to Boston United

Hereford – For fans’ efforts to clear the snow in readiness for replay against Fleetwood Town

 

Good luck to all Non-League clubs who’ve been nominated for a FACTA this year.

Voting closes at 11.59am on Wednesday 3rd January 2018

The FA Cup Team Awards (The FACTAs) 2017-18

The FACTAs are presented by @FACupFactfile recognising the achievements of Non-League Clubs whose journeys in the FA Cup begin in the Extra Preliminary, Preliminary or Qualifying Rounds of the competition. The awards are not just about recognising which clubs went the furthest in the competition, but are also about recognising those clubs who had a great one-off performance, or those clubs who showed an excellent spirit in the competition.

Nominations are sought for each of the four main awards. Nominations can be submitted in the comments section of this blog or via Twitter by tweeting them to @FACupFactfile.

When nominating please state club name, FACTA award name and reason for nomination.

The four FACTA categories are:

Team of the FA Cup’ – The club that epitomises the spirit and approach of non-league clubs in the FA Cup

(Past winners: Didcot Town and Stourbridge)

 

Performance of the FA Cup’ – The club that produced the best one-off performance of the competition, an act of giant-killing, a massive margin of victory, or a stunning comeback

(Past winners: Chesham United and Barrow)

 

Surprise of the FA Cup’ – The club that produced the biggest unexpected result or achieved an unexpected FA Cup feat

(Past winners: Hoddesdon Town and Westfields)

 

Special Team Award’ – Presented to the club that produced something unique or special in the competition

(Past winners: Hartley Wintney and Lincoln City)

 

Nominations close on Christmas Eve.