FA Cup 2020/21 3rd Qualifying Rd – Stat-packed Review

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Stats of the Round

It is only the second time since the Football League was formed that as many as three clubs have withdrawn from the competition as late as the 3rd Qualifying Round in the same season. The only other time it happened was in the Football League’s debut season, 1888/89.

Skelmersdale United and Marske United are the last two clubs still in the competition that began their campaign in the Extra Preliminary Round.

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First time in 4th Qualifying Round ever

Sholing – 15th campaign

Cray Valley Paper Mills – 8th campaign

Ilkeston Town – 2nd campaign

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Equalling best run to Q4 Rd

Cray Wanderers – 2nd time in 72nd campaign

South Shields – 2nd time in 26th campaign

Marske United – 2nd time in 23rd campaign

Hartley Wintney – 2nd time in 15th campaign

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First time in 4th Qualifying Round in a while

48 years – Skelmersdale United

40 years – Banbury United

34 years – Wimborne Town

13 years – Stafford Rangers

8 years – Bury Town, Cambridge City

7 years – Bishop’s Stortford, Marske United

6 years – Canvey Island

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First time Knocked Out as early as Q3 Rd for a while

Maidstone United – 7 years

Ebbsfleet United – 5 years

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Exited in Q3 Rd but set best FA Cup run

Christchurch – 24th campaign

Barking – 20th campaign

Larkhall Athletic – 15th campaign

Bedfont Sport – 10th campaign

Sheppey United – 5th campaign

Longridge Town – 2nd campaign

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Exited in Q3 Rd and Equalled Best FA Cup Run

Mickleover – 4th time in 22 campaigns

Bristol Manor Farm – 3rd time in 35 campaign

Walton Casuals – 3rd time in 21 campaigns

Farsley Celtic – 3rd time in 9 campaigns

Tadcaster Albion – 2nd time in 25 campaigns

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Consecutive Q3 Rd Exits

3 – Bristol Manor Farm, Hereford

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Avenged Previous FA Cup Defeat

Taunton Town 4-2 Truro City

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Biggest Wins of the Q3 Rd

Weston-super-Mare 6-0 Larkhall Athletic

Darlington 6-1 Tadcaster Albion (Record Win and Equal Record Defeat)

Oxford City 6-1 Tamworth

Haringey Borough 5-1 Bracknell Town

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Q3 Rd Cupsets

Three Steps

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Two Steps

Braintree Town (2) 0-1 Maldon and Tiptree (4)

Marske United (4) 1-0 Blyth Spartans (2)

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One Step

Southport (2) 1-1 South Shields (3) (2-4 on pens)

Sholing (4) 5-2 Walton Casuals (3)

Marine (4) 4-1 Nantwich Town (3)

Bury Town (4) 2-0 Nuneaton Borough (3)

Ilkeston Town (4) 1-0 Alvechurch (3)

Stafford Rangers (3) 3-1 Hereford (2)

Wimborne Town (3) 2-2 Maidstone United (2) (3-1 on pens)

Leiston (3) 0-0 AFC Telford United (2) (9-8 on pens)

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Hat-tricks and more

3 – Toby Holmes (Taunton Town)

3 – Dayle Grubb (Weston-super-Mare)

3 – James Waite (Weston-super-Mare)

FA Cup 2020-21 EP Rd Tie-by-Tie Previews

Stats and facts for all 184 FA Cup 2020-21 Extra Preliminary Round ties – listed in tie number order.

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Tie No. 1 Penrith Pickering Town
League Status Northern League 1 Northern Premier League 1NW
Step 5 4
Best Cup Run Round 2 2nd qualifying round
FA Cup Form EP Rd exit in both last 2 years Last KO in EP Rd in 14/15
Notes 100th FA Cup Campaign Won 5-2 in previous meeting in 93/94
Tie No. 2 Northallerton Town Billingham Town
League Status Northern League 1 Northern League 1
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 4th qualifying round 4th qualifying round
FA Cup Form Just 1 EP Rd exit in last 4 years Just 1 win in last 4 campaigns
Notes Won 1-0 in previous meeting in 04/05 rep
Tie No. 3 Sunderland Ryhope Community Association Durham City
League Status Northern League 1 Northern League 2
Step 5 6
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round Round 2
FA Cup Form Last KO in EP Rd in 16/17 Exited in EP Rd in both last 2 campaigns
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings 4 years since last FA Cup campaign
Tie No. 4 Whickham West Allotment Celtic
League Status Northern League 1 Northern League 2
Step 5 6
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round 1st qualifying round
FA Cup Form 7 EP Rd exits in last 10 campaigns Exited in EP Rd in all last 3 campaigns
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings 3 years since last FA Cup campaign
Tie No. 5 Thornaby Bridlington Town
League Status Northern League 1 Northern Counties East League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 4th qualifying round 4th qualifying round
FA Cup Form 4 EP Rd exits in last 5 years Exited in Prelim Rd in all last 3 seasons
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 6 Crook Town Yorkshire Amateur
League Status Northern League 2 Northern Counties East League Premier
Step 6 5
Best Cup Run Round 2 Round 1
FA Cup Form Exited in EP Rd in last 2 campaigns Exited in EP Rd in last 5 campaigns
Notes 5 years since last FA Cup campaign

Won 2-0 in previous meeting in 99/00

Tie No. 7 Guisborough Town Newton Aycliffe
League Status Northern League 1 Northern League 1
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run Round 1 2nd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Last exited in EP Rd in 14/15 Exited in EP Rd in both last 2 years
Notes Won previous meeting 1-0 in 18/19 Rep
Tie No. 8 Glasshoughton Welfare Knaresborough Town
League Status Northern Counties East League 1 Northern Counties East League Premier
Step 6 5
Best Cup Run 3rd qualifying round 2nd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Exited in EP Rd in last 5 seasons Last year exited in EP Rd for 1st time ever
Notes Won previous meeting 2-1 in 14/15
Tie No. 9 Hebburn Town Hemsworth Miners Welfare
League Status Northern League 1 Northern Counties East League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 4th qualifying round Preliminary round
FA Cup Form 3 EP Rd exits in last 4 campaigns Just 4 FA Cup wins in their 8 campaigns
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 10 Consett Sunderland Ryhope Colliery Welfare
League Status Northern League 1 Northern League 1
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run Round 1 Extra preliminary round
FA Cup Form Just 1 EP Rd exit in last 6 years 5 FA Cup campaigns, 5 EP Rd exits, no wins
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 11 Marske United North Shields
League Status Northern Premier League 1 NW Northern League 1
Step 4 5
Best Cup Run 4th qualifying round Round 2
FA Cup Form Last EP Rd exit in 09/10 Exited in EP Rd in all last 3 seasons
Notes Won previous meeting 1-0 in 17/18 Rep
Tie No. 12 Stockton Town Shildon
League Status Northern League 1 Northern League 1
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round Round 2
FA Cup Form Twice exited in EP Rd in 3 campaigns Only twice exited in EP Rd in 114 years
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 13 Garforth Town Whitley Bay
League Status Northern Counties East League Premier Northern League 1
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round Round 3
FA Cup Form Last exited in EP Rd in 17/18 4 EP Rd exits in last 7 years
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 14 Newcastle Benfield Seaham Red Star
League Status Northern League 1 Northern League 1
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 4th qualifying round 3rd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Last exited in EP Rd in 13/14 Last 3 exits: EP Rd, Prelim Rd, Q1 Rd – trending to Q2 Rd
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 15 Ashington Goole
League Status Northern League 1 Northern Counties East League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run Round 3 2nd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Just 2 EP Rd exits in last 10 campaigns Exited in EP Rd just once in their 21 campaigns
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 16 Heaton Stannington West Auckland Town
League Status Northern League 2 Northern League 1
Step 6 5
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round Round 1
FA Cup Form 2 EP Rd exits in last 3 campaigns 2 EP Rd exits in last 3 seasons
Notes Won previous meeting 3-2 in 16/17
Tie No. 17 Bishop Auckland Hall Road Rangers
League Status Northern League 1 Northern Counties East League 1
Step 5 6
Best Cup Run Round 4 1st qualifying round
FA Cup Form Exited in EP Rd in all of last 3 years Exited in EP Rd in all last 4 campaigns
Notes Won previous meeting 6-2 in 09/10
Tie No. 18 1874 Northwich Warrington Rylands
League Status Northwest Counties League Premier Northwest Counties League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 3rd qualifying round Extra preliminary round
FA Cup Form Just 1 EP Rd exit in 7 campaigns Exited in EP Rd in only campaign so far
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 19 St Helens Town Cammell Laird 1907
League Status Northwest Counties League 1N Northwest Counties League 1S
Step 6 6
Best Cup Run 4th qualifying round 3rd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Exited in EP Rd in all last 5 campaigns Exited in Prelim Rd in last 2 years
Notes 5 years since last FA Cup campaign Won previous meeting 3-1 in 09/10
Tie No. 20 Longridge Town Winsford United
League Status Northwest Counties League Premier Northwest Counties League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run Preliminary round Round 2
FA Cup Form Exited in Prelim Rd in only campaign 4 times exited in EP Rd in last 6 years
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 21 Wythenshawe Amateurs Shelley Community
League Status Northwest Counties League 1S Northwest Counties League 1N
Step 6 6
Best Cup Run n/a n/a
FA Cup Form First FA Cup campaign First FA Cup campaign
Notes Formed 1946 Formed 1903
Tie No. 22 Avro Bootle
League Status Northwest Counties League Premier Northwest Counties League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run Extra preliminary round 3rd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Exited in EP Rd in only campaign Exited in EP Rd in all last 3 seasons
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings Shortest combined names in EP Rd
Tie No. 23 Runcorn Town Thackley
League Status Northwest Counties League Premier Northern Counties East League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 3rd qualifying round 2nd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Exited in EP Rd just once in 9 campaigns Exited in EP in all last 4 seasons
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 24 Litherland REMYCA Ashton Athletic
League Status Northwest Counties League Premier Northwest Counties League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run Preliminary round 3rd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Just 2 Wins in 3 campaigns so far 6 EP Rd exits in their 12 campaigns
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings Winner gets a walkover in Prelim Rd
Tie No. 25 Eccleshill United Silsden
League Status Northern Counties East League Premier Northern Counties East League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round 1st qualifying round
FA Cup Form 2 EP Rd exits in last 3 campaigns Exited in EP Rd in all 3 last campaigns
Notes 25th FA Cup campaign Won previous meeting 4-1 in 08/09
Tie No. 26 AFC Darwen Barnoldswick Town
League Status Northwest Counties League 1N Northwest Counties League Premier
Step 6 5
Best Cup Run Preliminary round 1st qualifying round
FA Cup Form Just 1 win in 4 FA Cup campaigns 7 EP Rd exits in their 9 FA Cup campaigns
Notes 2 years since last FA Cup campaign No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 27 Northwich Victoria Padiham
League Status Northwest Counties League Premier Northwest Counties League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run QUARTER FINALS 1st qualifying round
FA Cup Form Just 1 EP Rd exit in 111 campaigns Twice exited in EP Rd in last 3 years
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 28 Skelmersdale United Penistone Church
League Status Northwest Counties League Premier Northern Counties East League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run Round 1 2nd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Last EP Rd exit in 1925/26 season Exited in EP Rd 3 times in 5 campaigns
Notes Won previous meeting 5-2 in a replay just last season
Tie No. 29 Daisy Hill Colne
League Status Northwest Counties League 1N Northern Premier League 1NW
Step 6 4
Best Cup Run Extra preliminary round 4th qualifying round
FA Cup Form 5 FA Cup campaigns, 5 EP Rd exits Last 3 years: Q1, Q2, Q4 – heading to R1?
Notes 8 years since last FA Cup campaign Won previous meeting 4-1 in 08/09
Tie No. 30 Campion Albion Sports
League Status Northern Counties East League 1 Northern Counties East League Premier
Step 6 5
Best Cup Run Extra preliminary round 2nd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Just 1 EP Rd exit to date Exited in EP Rd 3 times in last 5 years
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 31 Athersley Recreation Charnock Richard
League Status Northern Counties East League Premier Northwest Counties League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run Preliminary round 1st qualifying round
FA Cup Form Just 1 win in 6 seasons in 1st campaign 3 campaigns, improved each time – EP Rd, Prelim Rd, Q1 Rd
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 32 Irlam Liversedge
League Status Northwest Counties League Premier Northern Counties East League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round 4th qualifying round
FA Cup Form Exited in Q2 Rd in both last 2 years Last exited in EP Rd in 16/17 season
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 33 Maine Road Squires Gate
League Status Northwest Counties League 1S Northwest Counties League Premier
Step 6 5
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round 2nd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Last 3 years progressively worse: Q1 Rd, Prelim Rd, EP Rd Exited in EP Rd 5 times in last 8 years
Notes Won previous meeting 3-0 in 12/13
Tie No. 34 Congleton Town Burscough
League Status Northwest Counties League Premier Northwest Counties League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run Round 1 Round 2
FA Cup Form Last year exited in EP Rd for first time since 1930/31 season Never knocked out in EP Rd in any of their previous 73 FA Cup campaigns
Notes Won previous meeting 5-2 in 94/95 in a 3rd replay!
Tie No. 35 Hanley Town Lye Town
League Status Northwest Counties League Premier Midland Football League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run Preliminary round 3rd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Just 2 wins in 5 campaigns so far Exited in EP Rd 5 times in 8 campaigns
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 36 Rugby Town Worcester City
League Status United Counties League Premier Midland Football League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run Round 2 Round 4
FA Cup Form Last year exited in EP Rd for 1st time in 44th campaign Have only exited in EP Rd once in their last 77 campaigns
Notes Original Rugby Town also lost to Worcester City in their FA Cup game Won both previous FA Cup meetings, last time 3-2 in 14/15 season
Tie No. 37 Sporting Khalsa Boldmere St Michaels
League Status Midland Football League Premier Midland Football League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 4th qualifying round 2nd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Never knocked out in EP Rd Twice exited in EP Rd in last 6 years
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 38 Highgate United AFC Bridgnorth
League Status Midland Football League Premier West Midlands Regional League Premier
Step 5 6
Best Cup Run 4th qualifying round Preliminary round
FA Cup Form 5 EP Rd exits in last 8 campaigns 1 win in 2 campaigns to date
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings 4 years since last FA Cup campaign
Tie No. 39 Stourport Swifts Coventry United
League Status Midland Football League Premier Midland Football League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 3rd qualifying round 1st qualifying round
FA Cup Form 2 EP Rd exits in last 4 seasons Exited in EP Rd in all last 3 seasons
Notes No previous FA Cup meeting
Tie No. 40 Gresley Rovers Wellington (Herefordshire)
League Status Midland Football League Premier Hellenic League 1W
Step 5 6
Best Cup Run 3rd qualifying round Preliminary round
FA Cup Form Exited in Prelim Rd in all last 3 seasons Just 3 wins in 8 campaigns so far
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings 3 years since last FA Cup campaign
Tie No. 41 Stone Old Alleynians Tividale
League Status Northwest Counties League 1S Midland Football League Premier
Step 6 5
Best Cup Run Extra preliminary round 4th qualifying round
FA Cup Form Just 1 EP Rd exit to date Just 1 EP Rd exit in last 8 seasons
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 42 Bewdley Town OJM Black Country Rangers
League Status West Midlands Regional League Premier West Midlands Regional League Premier
Step 6 6
Best Cup Run 1st qualifying round Preliminary round
FA Cup Form Exited in EP Rd in all of last 3 campaigns Just 1 win in 2 campaigns so far
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings 6 years since last FA Cup campaign
Tie No. 43 Romulus Coventry Sphinx
League Status Midland Football League Premier Midland Football League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round 3rd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Last knocked out in EP Rd in 05/06 Exited in EP Rd 3 times in last 4 years
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 44 Chelmsley Town Shifnal Town
League Status Midland Football League 1 West Midlands Regional League Premier
Step 6 6
Best Cup Run n/a 4th qualifying round
FA Cup Form n/a Exited in EP Rd in all last 4 campaigns
Notes Formed 1927 8 years since last FA Cup campaign. Knocked out only other debutant faced.
Tie No. 45 Westfields Brocton
League Status Hellenic League Premier Midland Football League 1
Step 5 6
Best Cup Run Round 1 1st qualifying round
FA Cup Form Knocked out in 5 different rounds in last 5 years (EP, Prelim, Q1, Q2, R1) Last 3 campaigns improved each time – EP Rd, Prelim Rd, Q1 Rd
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings 3 years since last FA Cup campaign
Tie No. 46 Heather St Johns Walsall Wood
League Status Midland Football League Premier Midland Football League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 1st qualifying round 2nd qualifying round
FA Cup Form 4 EP Rd exits in their 7 campaigns 3 EP Rd exits in the last 5 seasons
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 47 Whitchurch Alport Haughmond
League Status Northwest Counties League Premier Midland Football League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 1st qualifying round 2nd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Just 3 campaigns, improved each time: EP Rd, Prelim Rd, Q1 Rd Just 4 campaigns, 4 different round exits: 1x EP, 1x Prelim, 1x Q1, 1x Q2
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 48 Racing Club Warwick AFC Wulfrunians
League Status Midland Football League Premier Midland Football League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 3rd qualifying round 2nd qualifying round
FA Cup Form 3 EP Rd exits in last 6 campaigns Last 4 exits sequence: EP, Prelim, EP, Prelim
Notes Won previous meeting 2-0 just last season
Tie No. 49 Anstey Nomads Sleaford Town
League Status United Counties League Premier United Counties League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round 1st qualifying round
FA Cup Form Just once beyond EP Rd in 5 campaigns Exited in EP Rd in all last 3 seasons
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 50 Lutterworth Town Staveley Miners Welfare
League Status United Counties League Premier Northern Counties East League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 1st qualifying round 2nd qualifying round
FA Cup Form 2 campaigns so far, never KO in EP Last EP Rd exit in 16/17 season
Notes Won previous meeting 3-0 in 18/19
Tie No. 51 Carlton Town Loughborough University
League Status Northern Premier League 1SE United Counties League Premier
Step 4 5
Best Cup Run 3rd qualifying round 1st qualifying round
FA Cup Form No FA Cup wins since 14/15 season Just once exited in EP Rd in last 9 years
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 52 Bottesford Town Selston
League Status Northern Counties East League Premier Midland Football League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 1st qualifying round Extra preliminary round
FA Cup Form Just 1 EP Rd exit in last 5 years Just 1 EP Rd exit to date
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 53 Radford Shepshed Dynamo
League Status East Midlands Counties League United Counties League Premier
Step 6 5
Best Cup Run Preliminary round Round 1
FA Cup Form Just 1 FA Cup win in 6 campaigns Exited in EP Rd in both last 2 seasons
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 54 Spalding United Barton Town
League Status Northern Premier League 1SE Northern Counties East League Premier
Step 4 5
Best Cup Run Round 1 1st qualifying round
FA Cup Form Last exited in EP Rd in 12/13 Three EP Rd exits in last 4 years
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 55 Quorn Melton Town
League Status United Counties League Premier United Counties League 1
Step 5 6
Best Cup Run 3rd qualifying round Preliminary round
FA Cup Form Three EP Rd exits in last 5 years Knocked out in Prelim Rd in only campaign
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 56 AFC Mansfield Sherwood Colliery
League Status Northern Counties East League Premier East Midlands Counties League
Step 5 6
Best Cup Run 3rd qualifying round Preliminary round
FA Cup Form Last EP Rd exit in 15/16 season Only one Prelim Rd exit to date
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 57 Holbeach United Kirby Muxloe
League Status United Counties League Premier Midland Football League 1
Step 5 6
Best Cup Run Round 1 2nd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Just 1 EP Rd exit in last 9 years Just 2 EP Rd exits in 11 campaigns so far
Notes Won previous meeting 2-0 in 12/13
Tie No. 58 Long Eaton United Grimsby Borough
League Status Midland Football League Premier Northern Counties East League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 3rd qualifying round 1st qualifying round
FA Cup Form Exited in Prelim Rd in both last 2 seasons 4 campaigns so far with two EP Rd exits and two Q1 Rd exits
Notes Won previous meeting 1-0 in 18/19
Tie No. 59 Newark Deeping Rangers
League Status Midland Football League Premier United Counties League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run n/a 2nd qualifying round
FA Cup Form n/a Last EP Rd exit in 14/15 season
Notes Formed 1901 Knocked out only previous debutant faced
Tie No. 60 Maltby Main Handsworth
League Status Northern Counties East League Premier Northern Counties East League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round 3rd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Exited in Q1 Rd in both last 2 years Never knocked out in EP Rd in 6 campaigns
Notes 25th FA Cup campaign No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 61 Blackstones Boston Town
League Status United Counties League 1 United Counties League Premier
Step 6 5
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round Round 1
FA Cup Form 5 EP Rd exits in last 8 campaigns Three EP Rd exits in last 5 seasons
Notes 7 years since last FA Cup campaign Won previous meeting 2-0 in 1998/99
Tie No. 62 West Bridgford Dunkirk
League Status East Midlands Counties League East Midlands Counties League
Step 6 6
Best Cup Run Extra preliminary round 2nd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Only 1 EP Rd exit to date Exited in EP Rd in both last 2 seasons
Notes 3 years since only FA Cup campaign No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 63 Leicester Nirvana Oadby Town
League Status United Counties League Premier United Counties League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 1st qualifying round 3rd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Three EP Rd exits in last 4 years Four EP Rd exits in last 7 years
Notes Won 2-1 in previous meeting just last year
Tie No. 64 Long Melford Northampton ON Chenecks
League Status Eastern Counties League Premier United Counties League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round Preliminary round
FA Cup Form Last EP Rd exit in 12/13 season Only 1 FA Cup win in 4 campaigns
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 65 Whitton United Ipswich Wanderers
League Status Eastern Counties League Premier Eastern Counties League 1N
Step 5 6
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round 2nd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Improved in last 3 campaigns over 4 years: EP Rd, Prelim Rd, Q1 Rd Exited in EP Rd in all last 3 campaigns
Notes 25th FA Cup campaign No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 66 Newmarket Town Walsham-le-Willows
League Status Eastern Counties League Premier Eastern Counties League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 4th qualifying round Preliminary round
FA Cup Form Just 2 EP Rd exits in last 7 years Just 3 wins in 14 campaigns exiting in EP Rd in each of last 8 seasons
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 67 Hadleigh United Mildenhall Town
League Status Eastern Counties League Premier Eastern Counties League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 1st qualifying round 3rd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Three EP Rd exits in last 5 years Last 3 years progressively worse: Q1 Rd, Prelim Rd, EP Rd
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 68 Peterborough Northern Star Potton United
League Status United Counties League Premier Spartan South Midlands League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 1st qualifying round 3rd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Four EP Rd exits in last 5 years Six EP Rd exits in their last 7 campaigns
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 69 Kirkley and Pakefield Cogenhoe United
League Status Eastern Counties League Premier United Counties League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round 3rd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Exited in EP Rd in all last 3 seasons Six EP Rd exits in last 13 seasons
Notes Won previous meeting 4-0 in 09/10
Tie No. 70 Diss Town Framlingham Town
League Status Eastern Counties League 1N Eastern Counties League 1N
Step 6 6
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round Preliminary round
FA Cup Form Exited in EP Rd in all of last 9 campaigns Just 2 wins in 3 campaigns so far
Notes Three years since last FA Cup campaign No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 71 Thetford Town Wellingborough Town
League Status Eastern Counties League Premier United Counties League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round 1st qualifying round
FA Cup Form Three EP Rd exits in last 4 years Exited in Prelim Rd in all last 3 seasons
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 72 Pinchbeck United St Neots Town
League Status United Counties League Premier Southern League 1 Central
Step 5 4
Best Cup Run Extra preliminary round Round 1
FA Cup Form 2 campaigns and 2 EP Rd exits only Last knocked out in EP Rd in 07/08 season
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 73 Burton Park Wanderers AFC Sudbury
League Status United Counties League 1N Isthmian League 1 North
Step 6 4
Best Cup Run n/a Round 1
FA Cup Form n/a Never knocked out as early as EP Rd
Notes Forfeit due to Covid test results WALKOVER FOR AFC SUDBURY
Tie No. 74 Gorleston Swaffham Town
League Status Eastern Counties League Premier Eastern Counties League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run Round 1 Preliminary round
FA Cup Form Four EP Rd exits in last 6 years Just 2 wins in 7 campaigns to date
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 75 Haverhill Rovers Norwich United
League Status Eastern Counties League Premier Eastern Counties League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 4th qualifying round 2nd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Four EP Rd exits in last 6 years Exited in EP Rd in both last 2 seasons
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 76 Eynesbury Rovers Desborough Town
League Status Spartan South Midlands League Premier United Counties League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 4th qualifying round Round 1
FA Cup Form Three EP Rd exits in last 6 campaigns Just one EP Rd exit in last 4 seasons
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings 100th FA Cup campaign
Tie No. 77 Wellingborough Whitworth Harborough Town
League Status United Counties League 1 United Counties League Premier
Step 6 5
Best Cup Run Extra preliminary round Preliminary round
FA Cup Form Only 5 EP Rd exits to date Two EP Rd exits in their 7 campaigns
Notes Won previous meeting 1-0 in 18/19
Tie No. 78 Woodbridge Town Biggleswade United
League Status Eastern Counties League Premier Spartan South Midlands League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 3rd qualifying round 1st qualifying round
FA Cup Form 7 EP Rd exits in last 9 campaigns Just 1 FA Cup win in last 3 seasons
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 79 Stowmarket Town Rothwell Corinthians
League Status Eastern Counties League Premier United Counties League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 4th qualifying round 1st qualifying round
FA Cup Form 5 EP Rd exits in last 7 campaigns Six EP Rd exits in 10 campaigns to date
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 80 Wroxham Arlesey Town
League Status Eastern Counties League Premier Spartan South Midlands League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 3rd qualifying round Round 1
FA Cup Form Two EP Rd exits in last 3 seasons Just one EP Rd exit in last 36 campaigns
Notes No Previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 81 Godmanchester Rovers Ely City
League Status Eastern Counties League Premier Eastern Counties League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 1st qualifying round Round 1
FA Cup Form Just 2 EP Rd exits in 12 campaigns Last year saw 1st FA Cup win in 7 seasons
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 82 Redbridge Harpenden Town
League Status Essex Senior League Spartan South Midlands League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run Round 2 1st qualifying round
FA Cup Form Exited in EP Rd in both last 2 years Four EP Rd exits in their 10 campaigns
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 83 Park View Hashtag United
League Status Spartan South Midlands League 1 Essex Senior League
Step 6 5
Best Cup Run n/a n/a
FA Cup Form n/a n/a
Notes Formed 1991 Formed 2016
Tie No. 84 Harlow Town Enfield (1893)
League Status Isthmian League 1 South Central Essex Senior League
Step 4 5
Best Cup Run Round 4 2nd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Last EP Rd exit in 1948/49 season Exited in EP Rd in all last 8 seasons
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 85 Clapton Sporting Bengal United
League Status Essex Senior League Essex Senior League
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run Round 3 1st qualifying round
FA Cup Form Exited in EP Rd in both last 2 years Ten EP Rd exits in their 13 campaigns
Notes 125th FA Cup campaign Won previous meeting 2-0 in 16/17
Tie No. 86 Hoddesdon Town FC Clacton
League Status Essex Senior League Eastern Counties League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run Round 1 2nd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Exited in Prelim Rd in both last 2 yrs Exited in Prelim Rd in both last 2 yrs
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 87 New Salamis Colney Heath
League Status Spartan South Midlands League 1 Spartan South Midlands League Premier
Step 6 5
Best Cup Run n/a 2nd qualifying round
FA Cup Form n/a Last EP Rd exit in 13/14 seasons
Notes Formed 1971 Never faced club playing 1st FA Cup game
Tie No. 88 Southend Manor Ware
League Status Essex Senior League Isthmian League 1 South Central
Step 5 4
Best Cup Run 4th qualifying round Round 1
FA Cup Form Exited in EP Rd in both last 2 years Last EP Rd exit in 2004/05 season
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 89 Walthamstow London Lions
League Status Essex Senior League Spartan South Midlands League 1
Step 5 6
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round 1st qualifying round
FA Cup Form Just one EP Rd exit in last 4 years 3 campaigns, 3 different round exits: EP Rd, Prelim Rd, Q1 Rd
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 90 Saffron Walden Town Little Oakley
League Status Essex Senior League Eastern Counties League 1S
Step 5 6
Best Cup Run Round 1 n/a
FA Cup Form Last exited in EP Rd in 13/14 n/a
Notes Knocked out both debutant clubs faced Formed 1947
Tie No. 91 Baldock Town St Margaretsbury
League Status Spartan South Midlands League Premier Essex Senior League
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round 3rd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Two EP Rd exits in 5 campaigns to date Last 3 campaigns, gradually worse: Q1 Rd, Prelim Rd, EP Rd
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 92 Stansted Takeley
League Status Essex Senior League Essex Senior League
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 3rd qualifying round 1st qualifying round
FA Cup Form Eight EP Rd exits in last 11 years Exited in Q1 Rd in all last 3 seasons
Notes Won 2-1 in 15/16 meeting Won 1-0 in 18/19 meeting
Tie No. 93 Cockfosters Stanway Rovers
League Status Essex Senior League Easter Counties League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 1st qualifying round 2nd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Just 3 EP Rd exits in 13 campaigns Just one EP Rd exit in last 5 years
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 94 Hullbridge Sports Hadley
League Status Isthmian League 1 North Essex Senior League
Step 4 5
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round 3rd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Just 1 EP Rd exit in last 5 years Last exited in EP Rd in 15/16 season
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 95 Sawbridgeworth Town Romford
League Status Essex Senior League Isthmian League 1 North
Step 5 4
Best Cup Run 1st qualifying round 4th qualifying round
FA Cup Form Exited in EP Rd in all last 3 seasons Last EP Rd exit in 07/08 and Q1 exits in last four seasons
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings 25th FA Cup campaign
Tie No. 96 Brantham Athletic Benfleet
League Status Eastern Counties League Premier Eastern Counties League 1S
Step 5 6
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round n/a
FA Cup Form Four EP Rd exits in 11 campaigns n/a
Notes Never faced debutant club before Formed 1922
Tie No. 97 Woodford Town London Colney
League Status Essex Senior League Spartan South Midlands League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 1st qualifying round 1st qualifying round
FA Cup Form Just 4 wins in 5 campaigns so far Twice exited in EP Rd in last three years
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings 25th FA Cup campaign
Tie No. 98 West Essex Crawley Green
League Status Essex Senior League Spartan South Midlands League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run Preliminary round 1st qualifying round
FA Cup Form Just 2 wins in 3 campaigns so far Five EP Rd exits in 11 campaigns to date
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 99 Ilford Halstead Town
League Status Essex Senior League Eastern Counties League 1S
Step 5 6
Best Cup Run 1st qualifying round 3rd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Exited in EP Rd in both last 2 years Last EP Rd exit in 14/15, 3 campaigns ago
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 100 Oxhey Jets Bishop’s Cleeve
League Status Spartan South Midlands League Premier Hellenic League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round 4th qualifying round
FA Cup Form Exited in EP Rd in all last 3 seasons Never knocked out in EP Rd
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 101 Clanfield 85 Long Crendon
League Status Hellenic League 1W Hellenic League 1E
Step 6 6
Best Cup Run Extra preliminary round n/a
FA Cup Form Three campaigns, 3 EP Rd exits n/a
Notes Beaten by only debutant club faced Formed 1886
Tie No. 102 Leverstock Green Wembley
League Status Spartan South Midlands League Premier Spartan South Midlands League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round Round 1
FA Cup Form Seven EP Rd exits in last 10 seasons Just one EP Rd exit in last 5 years
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 103 Tuffley Rovers Harefield United
League Status Hellenic League Premier Spartan South Midlands League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round 2nd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Exited in EP Rd in both last 2 years Just one EP Rd exit in their 10 campaigns
Notes No previous FA Cup meeting
Tie No. 104 Holmer Green Shrivenham
League Status Hellenic League Premier Hellenic League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 1st qualifying round 1st qualifying round
FA Cup Form 9 EP Rd exits in last 11 campaigns Six EP Rd exits in 10 campaigns so far
Notes Won previous meeting on penalties just last season
Tie No. 105 Winslow United Newport Pagnell Town
League Status Spartan South Midlands League 1 Spartan South Midlands League Premier
Step 6 5
Best Cup Run Extra preliminary round 2nd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Two campaigns, 2 EP Rd exits Last 7 year exits: PR, EP , PR, EP, PR, EP, PR
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 106 Cribbs Newent Town
League Status Western League Premier Hellenic League 1W
Step 5 6
Best Cup Run Preliminary round n/a
FA Cup Form Just 2 wins in 6 campaigns so far n/a
Notes Never faced a debutant before Formed 1920
Tie No. 107 Easington Sports Tring Athletic
League Status Hellenic League Premier Spartan South Midlands League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run Preliminary round 1st qualifying round
FA Cup Form Just 1 win in 2 campaigns to date Exited in EP Rd in all last 4 seasons
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 108 Aylesbury Vale Dynamos Windsor
League Status Spartan South Midlands League Premier Hellenic League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run Preliminary round 1st qualifying round
FA Cup Form Exited in Prelim Rd in only campaign 4 EP Rd exits in last 5 years
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 109 Ardley United Edgware Town
League Status Hellenic League Premier Spartan South Midlands League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round 4th qualifying round
FA Cup Form Exited in Prelim Rd in last 2 seasons Exited in EP Rd in all last 3 seasons
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 110 Lydney Town Fairford Town
League Status Hellenic League Premier Hellenic League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 1st qualifying round 1st qualifying round
FA Cup Form Five EP Rd exits in last 7 seasons Last year won 1st FA Cup game since 11/12
Notes Won previous meeting 3-1 in 10/11 rep
Tie No. 111 Risborough Rangers Longlevens
League Status Hellenic League 1E Hellenic League Premier
Step 6 5
Best Cup Run Preliminary round 1st qualifying round
FA Cup Form Only 1 win in 2 campaigns so far Never knocked out in EP Rd in 4 campaigns
Notes 3 years since last FA Cup campaign No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 112 Leighton Town Abingdon United
League Status Spartan South Midlands League Premier Hellenic League 1E
Step 5 6
Best Cup Run 4th qualifying round 2nd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Two EP Rd exits in last 4 seasons Exited in EP Rd in all last 4 seasons
Notes Won previous meeting 4-1 in 11/12
Tie No. 113 AFC Dunstable Hallen
League Status Southern League 1 Central Western League Premier
Step 4 5
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round 4th qualifying round
FA Cup Form Last exited in EP Rd in 13/14 season Four EP Rd exits in last 5 seasons
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 114 Roman Glass St George Flackwell Heath
League Status Western League Premier Hellenic League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 4th qualifying round 4th qualifying round
FA Cup Form Just 1 EP Rd exit in last 6 campaigns Five EP Rd exits in last 9 seasons
Notes No previous FA Cup meeting
Tie No. 115 Royal Wootton Bassett Town Chipping Sodbury Town
League Status Hellenic League Premier Western League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round 1st qualifying round
FA Cup Form Four EP Rd exits in last 5 years 3 campaigns, 3 different round exits – 1x EP, 1x Prelim Rd, 1x Q1 Rd
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings EP Rd tie with longest combined names
Tie No. 116 Burnham Cheltenham Saracens
League Status Hellenic League Premier Hellenic League 1W
Step 5 6
Best Cup Run Round 1 1st qualifying round
FA Cup Form Last exited in EP Rd in 17/18 Just 1 EP Rd exit in 4 campaigns so far
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 117 Dunstable Town Thame Rangers
League Status Spartan South Midlands League Premier Hellenic League 1E
Step 5 6
Best Cup Run 3rd qualifying round Preliminary round
FA Cup Form Last exited in EP Rd in 10/11 season Exited in Prelim Rd in only campaign
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 118 North Greenford United Brimscombe and Thrupp
League Status Spartan South Midlands League Premier Hellenic League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 3rd qualifying round 3rd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Last exited in EP Rd in 09/10 season Exited in Prelim Rd in all last 3 years
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 119 CB Hounslow United Banstead Athletic
League Status Combined Counties League Premier Combined Counties League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 1st qualifying round 3rd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Exited in Prelim Rd in all last 3 years Exited in EP Rd in both last two seasons
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 120 East Preston Chatham Town
League Status Southern Combination League Premier Southern Counties East League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 3rd qualifying round QUARTER FINALS
FA Cup Form Exited in EP Rd in both last 2 years Last 4 years exits: PR, EP, PR, EP
Notes Won previous meeting 2-1 in 13/14
Tie No. 121 Billingshurst Westside
League Status Southern Combination League 1 Combined Counties League 1
Step 6 6
Best Cup Run n/a n/a
FA Cup Form n/a n/a
Notes Formed 1891 Formed 1996
Tie No. 122 Lordswood Hanworth Villa
League Status Southern Counties East League Premier Combined Counties League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 1st qualifying round 4th qualifying round
FA Cup Form Exited in EP Rd in all last 5 seasons Exited in Prelim Rd in all last 4 years
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 123 Molesey Southall
League Status Combined Counties League Premier Combined Counties League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run Round 1 Round 3
FA Cup Form Last year: first EP Rd exit since 12/13 Just one EP Rd exit in 96 campaigns
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 124 AFC Croydon Athletic Sutton Common Rovers
League Status Southern Counties East League Premier Combined Counties League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 1st qualifying round 1st qualifying round
FA Cup Form Last EP Rd exit in 17/18 season Seven EP Rd exits in 10 campaigns
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 125 Glebe Whyteleafe
League Status Southern Counties East League Premier Isthmian League 1 South East
Step 5 4
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round Round 1
FA Cup Form Two EP Rd exits in 4 campaigns to date Last EP Rd exit in 12/13 seasons
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 126 Broadbridge Heath Raynes Park Vale
League Status Southern Combination League Premier Combined Counties League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run Preliminary round 2nd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Just 1 win in 4 campaigns so far Four EP Rd exits in last 5 years
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 127 Alfold Shoreham
League Status Southern Combination League Premier Southern Combination League 1
Step 5 6
Best Cup Run n/a 4th qualifying round
FA Cup Form n/a Last EP Rd exit in 12/13 season
Notes Formed 1923 Beat both debutant clubs faced
Tie No. 128 Saltdean United Eastbourne Town
League Status Southern Combination League Premier Southern Combination League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 3rd qualifying round 4th qualifying round
FA Cup Form Exited in Prelim Rd in both last 2 years Just one EP Rd exit in 71 campaigns
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 129 Colliers Wood United Hollands and Blair
League Status Combined Counties League Premier Southern Counties East League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round Preliminary round
FA Cup Form Exited in EP Rd in both last 2 years Just 2 wins in 4 campaigns so far
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 130 Kennington Erith and Belvedere
League Status Southern Counties East League 1 Southern Counties East League Premier
Step 6 5
Best Cup Run n/a 4th qualifying round
FA Cup Form n/a Last 5 year exits: PR, EP, PR, EP, PR
Notes Formed 1885 Beat 2 of 4 previous debutants faced
Tie No. 131 Langney Wanderers Tower Hamlets
League Status Southern Combination League Premier Southern Counties East League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run Extra preliminary round 1st qualifying round
FA Cup Form Two campaigns, 2 EP Rd exits Just 3 EP Rd exits in 10 campaigns so far
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 132 Stansfeld Punjab United (Gravesend)
League Status Southern Counties East League 1 Southern Counties East League Premier
Step 6 5
Best Cup Run n/a Extra preliminary round
FA Cup Form n/a Only 1 EP Rd exit to date
Notes Formed 1897 Never faced a debutant club before
Tie No. 133 Abbey Rangers Welling Town
League Status Combined Counties League Premier Southern Counties East League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 3rd qualifying round Extra preliminary round
FA Cup Form Last year, first time beyond EP Rd Only one EP Rd exit to date
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 134 Oakwood Cobham
League Status Southern Combination League 1 Combined Counties League Premier
Step 6 5
Best Cup Run 1st qualifying round 1st qualifying round
FA Cup Form Exited in EP Rd in all last 4 campaigns Three EP Rd exits in last 4 campaigns
Notes 4 years since last FA Cup campaign No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 135 Tunbridge Wells Erith Town
League Status Southern Counties East League Premier Southern Counties East League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round 2nd qualifying round
FA Cup Form EP Rd exits every other year in last eight Just one EP Rd exit in last 5 years
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 136 Newhaven Lingfield
League Status Southern Combination League Premier Southern Combination League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 4th qualifying round 1st qualifying round
FA Cup Form Exited in Prelim Rd in all last 5 campaigns Exited in EP Rd in all last 6 campaigns
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 137 Broadfields United Loxwood
League Status Spartan South Midlands League Premier Southern Combination League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run Preliminary round Preliminary round
FA Cup Form Just 1 win in 2 campaigns to date Just 3 wins in 5 campaigns so far
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 138 Crowborough Athletic Crawley Down Gatwick
League Status Southern Counties East League Premier Southern Combination League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 3rd qualifying round 1st qualifying round
FA Cup Form Exited in EP Rd in both last 2 years Exited in EP Rd in all last 3 seasons
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 139 Redhill Egham Town
League Status Combined Counties League Premier Combined Counties League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run Round 1 4th qualifying round
FA Cup Form Just one EP Rd exit in last 4 years Last exited in EP Rd in 10/11 season
Notes Forfeit due to Covid test results WALKOVER FOR EGHAM TOWN
Tie No. 140 Fisher Horsham YMCA
League Status Southern Counties East League Premier Southern Combination League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run Preliminary round 4th qualifying round
FA Cup Form Exited in EP Rd in all last 3 campaigns Exited in Q1 Rd in both last 2 years
Notes Won previous meeting 2-1 in 18/19
Tie No. 141 Corinthian Sheerwater
League Status Southern Counties East League Premier Combined Counties League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round Extra preliminary round
FA Cup Form Four EP Rd exits in last 6 seasons Only one EP Rd exit to date
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 142 Guildford City Canterbury City
League Status Combined Counties League Premier Southern Counties East League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round Preliminary round
FA Cup Form Just 5 EP Rd exits in 14 campaigns 7 campaigns: 4 Prelim Rd & 3 EP Rd exits
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 143 K Sports Steyning Town Community
League Status Southern Counties East League Premier Southern Combination League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run Extra preliminary round 2nd qualifying round
FA Cup Form 2 campaigns and 2 EP Rd exits Never gone out in EP Rd in 21 campaigns
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 144 AFC Uckfield Town Little Common
League Status Southern Combination League Premier Southern Combination League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round 1st qualifying round
FA Cup Form Last EP Rd exit in 17/18 season Last year won first games in 3rd campaign
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 145 Mile Oak Beckenham Town
League Status Southern Combination League 1 Southern Counties East League Premier
Step 6 5
Best Cup Run 1st qualifying round 2nd qualifying round
FA Cup Form EP Rd exits in all last 5 campaigns Just One EP Rd exit in last 5 years
Notes 3 years since last FA Cup campaign No previous FA Cup meetings
Tie No. 146 Lancing Phoenix Sports
League Status Southern Combination League Premier Isthmian League 1 South East
Step 5 4
Best Cup Run 4th qualifying round 3rd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Six EP Rd exits in last 7 seasons Last EP Rd exit in 14/15 season
Notes Won 3-0 in 18/19 replay

 

Tie No. 147 Eastbourne United Association Horley Town
League Status Southern Combination League Premier Southern Combination League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 4th qualifying round 1st qualifying round
FA Cup Form Exited in EP Rd in both last 2 years Last EP Rd exit in 16/17 season
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings

 

Tie No. 148 Balham Hassocks
League Status Southern Counties East League Premier Southern Combination League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round 3rd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Went beyond EP Rd in both campaigns Seven EP Rd exits in last 10 campaigns
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings

 

Tie No. 149 Knaphill Deal Town
League Status Combined Counties League Premier Southern Counties East League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round 3rd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Three EP Rd exits in 6 campaigns Exited in EP Rd in both last 2 seasons
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings

 

Tie No. 150 Bearsted Peacehaven and Telscombe
League Status Southern Counties East League Premier Southern Combination League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run Preliminary round 4th qualifying round
FA Cup Form Just 1 win in 3 campaigns so far Exited in EP Rd in all last 3 seasons
Notes No previous FA Cup campaigns

 

 

Tie No. 151 Spelthorne Sports Virginia Water
League Status Combined Counties League Premier Hellenic League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 1st qualifying round Extra preliminary round
FA Cup Form Just one EP Rd exit in 5 campaigns Only one EP Rd exit to date
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings

 

Tie No. 152 Sheppey United Sutton Athletic
League Status Southern Counties East League Premier Southern Counties East League 1
Step 5 6
Best Cup Run 1st qualifying round 1st qualifying round
FA Cup Form Two EP Rd exits in 4 campaigns Only one Q1 Rd exit to date
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings

 

Tie No. 153 Pagham Fleet Town
League Status Southern Combination League Premier Wessex League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round 3rd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Last year, first EP Rd exit since 13/14 No EP Rd exits in 40 campaigns
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings

 

Tie No. 154 Corsham Town Farnham Town
League Status Western League 1 Combined Counties League 1
Step 6 6
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round 2nd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Five EP Rd exits in last 7 campaigns Exited in EP Rd in both last 2 years
Notes Six years since last FA Cup campaign No previous FA Cup meetings

 

Tie No. 155 Hamworthy United Calne Town
League Status Wessex League Premier Western League 1
Step 5 6
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round 4th qualifying round
FA Cup Form Last EP Rd exit in 14/15 season Exited in EP Rd in all last 4 campaigns
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings Seven years since last FA Cup campaign

 

Tie No. 156 Badshot Lea Amesbury Town
League Status Combined Counties League Premier Wessex League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 3rd qualifying round Preliminary round
FA Cup Form Just 2 EP Rd exits in 12 campaigns Exited in EP Rd in both last 2 seasons
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings

 

 

 

Tie No. 157 Hamble Club Reading City
League Status Wessex League Premier Hellenic League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run Preliminary round 1st qualifying round
FA Cup Form 2 campaigns, 2 Prelim Rd exits Just 2 EP Rd exits in 7 campaigns
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings

 

Tie No. 158 Frimley Green Fareham Town
League Status Combined Counties League Premier Wessex League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run Preliminary round Round 1
FA Cup Form Just 5 wins in 12 campaigns so far Last 6 year exits: PR, EP, Q1, PR, EP, Q1
Notes Won previous meeting 2-0 in 18/19

 

Tie No. 159 Bashley Whitchurch United
League Status Wessex League Premier Wessex League 1
Step 5 6
Best Cup Run Round 2 2nd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Exited in EP Rd in all last 3 seasons Five EP Rd exits in last 6 campaigns
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings Three years since last FA Cup campaign

 

Tie No. 160 Brockenhurst Lymington Town
League Status Wessex League Premier Wessex League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 3rd qualifying round 2nd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Just one EP Rd exit in last 5 years Four EP Rd exits in last 6 seasons
Notes Won previous meeting 2-1 in 11/12 rep

 

Tie No. 161 Baffins Milton Rovers AFC Stoneham
League Status Wessex League Premier Wessex League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run Preliminary round 1st qualifying round
FA Cup Form 2 campaigns, 2 Prelim Rd exits 2 campaigns, both times beyond EP Rd
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings

 

Tie No. 162 Cowes Sports Totton and Eling
League Status Wessex League Premier Wessex League 1
Step 5 6
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round 1st qualifying round
FA Cup Form Exited in EP Rd in all last 4 years Last 3 campaigns exits: Q1, PR, EP
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings Six years since last FA Cup campaign

 

 

 

Tie No. 163 Basingstoke Town Bournemouth (Ams)
League Status Southern League 1 South Wessex League Premier
Step 4 5
Best Cup Run Round 2 Round 1
FA Cup Form Last EP Rd exit in 1950/51 season Exited in Prelim Rd in both last 2 seasons
Notes Won 2-1 in 1912/13 season and won 3-1 in 1994/95 replay Most common FA Cup tie of the round: Won 3-1 in 1913/14 season

 

Tie No. 164 Camberley Town Blackfield and Langley
League Status Combined Counties League Premier Wessex League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run Round 1 4th qualifying round
FA Cup Form Exited in EP Rd in both last 2 years Just one EP Rd exit in last 6 seasons
Notes Won previous meeting 2-1 in 17/18 rep Celebrating Centenary season

 

Tie No. 165 Shaftesbury Fawley
League Status Wessex League Premier Wessex League 1
Step 5 6
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round Extra preliminary round
FA Cup Form Four EP Rd exits in last 6 campaigns Six campaigns, and 6 EP Rd exits
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings Three years since last FA Cup campaign

 

Tie No. 166 Tadley Calleva Alresford Town
League Status Wessex League Premier Wessex League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run Preliminary round 2nd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Only 1 win in 6 campaigns so far, exited in EP Rd in all last 5 seasons Exited in EP Rd in both last 2 seasons
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings

 

Tie No. 167 Westbury United Binfield
League Status Western League Premier Hellenic League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run Round 1 2nd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Last 3 campaign exits, 1x Q1, 1x Pr, 1x EP Just one EP Rd exit in last 5 years
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings

 

Tie No. 168 Bemerton Heath Harlequins Horndean
League Status Wessex League 1 Wessex League Premier
Step 6 5
Best Cup Run 3rd qualifying round 1st qualifying round
FA Cup Form Two EP Rd exits in last 6 seasons Just two EP Rd exits in 20 campaigns
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings

 

 

Tie No. 169 Christchurch Ascot United
League Status Wessex League Premier Combined Counties League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round 1st qualifying round
FA Cup Form Eight EP Rd exits in last 11 seasons Four EP Rd exits in 10 campaigns
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings

 

Tie No. 170 AFC Portchester Sandhurst Town
League Status Wessex League Premier Combined Counties League 1
Step 5 6
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round 2nd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Exited in EP Rd in both last 2 years Exited in EP Rd in all last seven campaigns
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings Two years since last FA Cup campaign

 

Tie No. 171 Keynsham Town Exmouth Town
League Status Western League Premier Western League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 1st qualifying round 1st qualifying round
FA Cup Form Exited in EP Rd in all last 9 campaigns 2 campaigns exits: 1x EP Rd, 1x Q1 Rd
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings

 

Tie No. 172 Tavistock Bradford Town
League Status Western League Premier Western League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 3rd qualifying round 2nd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Three EP Rd exits in last 5 campaigns Last 3 seasons improving: EP, PR, Q1
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings

 

Tie No. 173 Odd Down Helston Athletic
League Status Western League Premier Southwest Peninsula League Premier W
Step 5 6
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round n/a
FA Cup Form Exited in EP Rd in both last 2 years n/a
Notes Won 1 lost 1 vs previous debutants Formed 1896

 

Tie No. 174 Buckland Athletic Bitton
League Status Western League Premier Western League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round 2nd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Five EP Rd exits in last 7 years Just two EP Rd exits in last 8 seasons
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings

 

 

 

Tie No. 175 Wells City Bovey Tracey
League Status Western League 1 Southwest Peninsula League Premier E
Step 6 6
Best Cup Run 4th qualifying round n/a
FA Cup Form Two EP Rd exits in last 3 campaigns n/a
Notes Knocked out previous debutant faced. Two years since last FA Cup campaign Formed 1950

 

Tie No. 176 Willand Rovers Bridport
League Status Southern League 1 South Western League Premier
Step 4 5
Best Cup Run 4th qualifying round 3rd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Last EP Rd Exit in 16/17 season Four EP Rd exits in last 8 seasons
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings

 

Tie No. 177 Shepton Mallet Torrington
League Status Western League Premier Southwest Peninsula League Premier E
Step 5 6
Best Cup Run 1st qualifying round 2nd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Eight EP Rd exits in 16 campaigns Exited in EP Rd in both last 2 campaigns
Notes No previous FA Cup meetings 13 years since last FA Cup campaign

 

Tie No. 178 Wellington (Somerset) Bodmin Town
League Status Western League Premier Southwest Peninsula League Premier W
Step 5 6
Best Cup Run 1st qualifying round 3rd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Exited in EP Rd in last 4 campaigns Last EP Rd exit in 06/07 season
Notes Won previous meeting 3-0 in 10/11

 

Tie No. 179 Plymouth Parkway Saltash United
League Status Western League Premier Southwest Peninsula League Premier W
Step 5 6
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round 4th qualifying round
FA Cup Form Just one EP Rd exit in 8 campaigns Six EP Rd exits in last 8 campaigns
Notes Won previous meeting 2-1 in 13/14

 

Tie No. 180 Millbrook Bridgwater Town
League Status Southwest Peninsula League Premier E Western League Premier
Step 6 5
Best Cup Run n/a 3rd qualifying round
FA Cup Form n/a Just one EP Rd exit in 24 campaigns
Notes Formed 1888 Defeated only previous debutant club. 25th FA Cup campaign

 

 

Tie No. 181 Portland United Clevedon Town
League Status Wessex League Premier Western League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 4th qualifying round Round 1
FA Cup Form Last EP Rd exit in 05/06, 4 campaigns ago Just one EP Rd exit in last 4 years
Notes Won previous meeting 2-1 in 18/19

 

Tie No. 182 Sherborne Town Street
League Status Western League 1 Western League Premier
Step 6 5
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round Round 1
FA Cup Form Exited in EP Rd in both last 2 campaigns Last EP Rd exit in 14/15 season
Notes Three years since last FA Cup campaign No previous FA Cup meetings

 

Tie No. 183 Brislington Cadbury Heath
League Status Western League Premier Western League Premier
Step 5 5
Best Cup Run 4th qualifying round 3rd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Just one EP Rd exit in last 4 years Last 4 years exits: Q3, Q2, Q1, EP
Notes Won previous meeting 2-1 in 18/19

 

Tie No. 184 Newton Abbot Spurs AFC St Austell
League Status Southwest Peninsula League Premier E Southwest Peninsula League Premier W
Step 6 6
Best Cup Run 2nd qualifying round 3rd qualifying round
FA Cup Form Never exited in EP Rd in 7 campaigns Exited in EP Rd in all last 3 seasons
Notes 56 years since last FA Cup campaign and 73 years since last FA Cup win

FA Cup Memories – Series 1:1 John Murray

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Welcome to the first in an exclusive series of FA Cup Memories from all across the football spectrum.

Personal recollections of the FA Cup have been written by ex-pro footballers, match commentators, sports writers, non-league and regional media producers, club owners, non-league players, volunteers and managers, and football fans across the country, all with fond memories of this famous competition, and all designed to hopefully bring a smile to faces during these unprecedented times.

Every day from May 1st, 2020, a new set of FA Cup memories will be published via this FACupFactfile blog and I’m proud to say it all kicks off with one of the most recognisable voices in the world of Football

SERIES ONE, No. 1

JOHN MURRAY

 Connection to the world of Football: BBC Football Correspondent

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“John Murray ahead of 2019 FA Cup Final”

In truth, John is so much more than a ‘BBC Football Correspondent’. He is the incomparable, distinct voice of radio commentary, known not just for his excellent descriptions of the action on the pitch, but also for his understanding and insight into the game itself. Someone once quipped to me that if John Murray said something was the case then that was the equivalent to hearing a Papal Bull.

First memory of the FA Cup: John says, “I am pretty sure it was the 1973 Final. Unless my mind is fooling me I have memories of both ‘73 and ‘74, because I was brought up in the North East of England and both featured teams from my part of the world. My memories of ‘73 feature Jimmy Montgomery and Bob Stokoe, and my Uncle Ian sitting watching it with us, sitting on a little stool and wearing a trilby hat that was not unlike the one Stokoe was wearing.”

It’s wonderful to read this memory, especially the reference to the trilby hat, but in particular the blurring of lines across two seasons. I have similar blurred memory lines between the 1972 and 1973 finals. As a Leeds United fan I know I saw both Finals, but the 1973 one is more concrete in my memory, probably because this Final is more likely to be played during TV coverage whenever the FA Cup comes around.

Pic Z Bob Stokoe

The two successive Finals John recollects couldn’t be more different. The 1973 Final is the epitome of what those ‘romantics’ who love the FA Cup want, a wonderful giant killing story. And 1973 delivered that in spades as a mid-table second tier club slayed what was regarded at the time as the biggest giant in English football.

By contrast the 1974 Final was a perfect example of a complete performance by a top class team, from a club on the verge of dominating English football for the next 15 years or so.

 

Favourite memory of the FA Cup: John says, “So many, but I would pick out Shrewsbury knocking out Everton which was one of the first big upsets I commentated on. I have been fortunate since then to have witnessed many giant-killings. They are the essence of the FA Cup. I always say now that on any day of FA Cup football, you are more likely to go to a match that goes the way of the bigger club. People at those matches will often say, ‘oh the cup’s not what it was’. If you happen to be at a proper upset though, they are still magical occasions.”

I remember that Shrewsbury Town giant-killing very well. A fourth tier side, not only beating a Premier League club, but outplaying them on the day too. Nigel Jemson scored both the goals for the Shropshire side who were managed, as FA Cup lore dictates, by Everton’s most successful former captain, Kevin Ratcliffe.

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Last FA Cup match attended: Derby 0 Manchester United 3 in the 5th round in March 2020.

John says, “The memory is of seeing Wayne Rooney play again against Manchester United and very nearly score with a late free kick which was kept out by Sergio Romero’s flying save. I was dead against switching the 5th round to a midweek, but there were over 31 thousand there, the atmosphere was excellent and I remember thinking on reflection that it actually worked quite well and gives the 5th round a unique selling point.”

I have been vehemently against FA Cup games being played mid-week and without replays, but this game showed that it could work in terms of atmosphere and fan involvement, although this was not the case everywhere that week. This particular match had the feel of a mid-week replay, despite it being the first meeting, probably because we’re not used to FA Cup mid-week matches being anything other than replays. The Wayne Rooney factor, I’m sure, gave it added appeal and boosted the crowd numbers.

 

Thoughts on the future of the FA Cup: John says, “What I think would be of a great help to the standing of the competition is if clubs could find a way to ensure grounds are full for FA Cup ties, by whatever means they can. What is particularly damaging is when you turn up for an FA Cup match and the ground is half full; then it feels such a poor relation to the other big competitions.

I believe this is certainly true. Attendances on the whole at FA Cup matches, especially in the earlier rounds, are diminishing. The lack of importance of the competition by some club owners can filter down to their managers and eventually through to the fans, not helped by several clubs fielding non-regular first team players. Games where attendances have remained high, and often packed to the rafters, are those that pit lower level sides against top flight clubs.

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 “John Murray ahead of 2018 FA Cup Final”

 

I wish to express my sincere thanks to John for taking the time to provide his great personal experiences of the FA Cup, especially for agreeing to be the first contributor of the series. I can highly recommend listening to John’s commentary on the radio whenever you can.

Do return daily to read the vast array of FA Cup memories as they build up.

No. 2 Mark Carruthers (North East Football Journalist) – https://facupfactfile.wordpress.com/2020/05/02/fa-cup-memories-series-12-mark-carruthers/

No. 3 Chris Waddle (Ex Top-flight Footballer) – https://facupfactfile.wordpress.com/2020/05/03/fa-cup-memories-series-13-chris-waddle/

No. 4 Tony Incenzo (Mr Non-League) – https://facupfactfile.wordpress.com/2020/05/04/fa-cup-memories-series-14-tony-incenzo/

No. 5 Henry Winter (Chief Football Writer at The Times) – https://facupfactfile.wordpress.com/2020/05/05/fa-cup-memories-series-15-henry-winter/

No. 6 John Nicholson (Football Book Author) – https://facupfactfile.wordpress.com/2020/05/06/fa-cup-memories-series-16-john-nicholson/

No. 7 Sam Matterface (TV Football Commenttor) – https://facupfactfile.wordpress.com/2020/05/07/fa-cup-memories-series-17-sam-matterface/

No. 8 Keith Hackett (Ex Top-flight Referee) – https://facupfactfile.wordpress.com/2020/05/08/fa-cup-memories-series-18-keith-hackett/

No. 9 Geoff Shreeves (TV Football Reporter) – https://facupfactfile.wordpress.com/2020/05/09/fa-cup-memories-series-19-geoff-shreeves/

No. 10 David Bauckham (Football Photographer) – https://facupfactfile.wordpress.com/2020/05/10/fa-cup-memories-series-110-david-bauckham/

No. 11 Eilidh Barbour (BBC Football Reporter) – https://facupfactfile.wordpress.com/2020/05/11/fa-cup-memories-series-111-eilidh-barbour/

No. 12 Jeremy Jacobs (Margate Town fan and volunteer) – https://facupfactfile.wordpress.com/2020/05/12/fa-cup-memories-series-112-jeremy-jacobs/

No. 13 Steve Wilson (BBC Matchday Commentator) – https://facupfactfile.wordpress.com/2020/05/13/fa-cup-memories-series-113-steve-wilson/

No. 14 Lin McKechnie (Portland United Programme Editor) – https://facupfactfile.wordpress.com/2020/05/14/fa-cup-memories-series-114-lin-mckechnie/

No. 15 Becky Ives (TV Football Reporter) – https://facupfactfile.wordpress.com/2020/05/15/fa-cup-memories-series-115-becky-ives/

No. 16 Rob Worrall (Hampshire Local Radio Reporter) – https://facupfactfile.wordpress.com/2020/05/16/fa-cup-memories-series-116-rob-worrall/

No. 17 Mark Pougatch (TV Sports Presenter) – https://facupfactfile.wordpress.com/2020/05/17/fa-cup-memories-series-117-mark-pougatch/

No. 18 Ian Townsend (Isthmian League Social Media) – https://facupfactfile.wordpress.com/2020/05/18/fa-cup-memories-series-118-ian-townsend/

No. 19 – Dave Anderson (FA Vase Winning Manager) – https://facupfactfile.wordpress.com/2020/05/19/fa-cup-memories-series-119-dave-anderson/

No. 20 – Victoria Polley (BBC Essex Football Commentator) – https://facupfactfile.wordpress.com/2020/05/20/fa-cup-memories-series-120-victoria-polley/

No. 21 – Nige Tassell (Football Book Author) – https://facupfactfile.wordpress.com/2020/05/21/fa-cup-memories-series-121-nige-tassell/

No. 22 – Graham Smyth (Yorkshire Post Chief Football Writer) – https://facupfactfile.wordpress.com/2020/05/22/fa-cup-memories-series-122-graham-smyth/

No. 23 – Ian Dennis (BBC Radio Sports Presenter) – https://facupfactfile.wordpress.com/2020/05/23/fa-cup-memories-series-123-ian-dennis/

No. 24 – Micky Hazard (Ex FA Cup Winning Footballer) – https://facupfactfile.wordpress.com/2020/05/24/fa-cup-memories-series-124-micky-hazard/

SERIES TWO: https://facupfactfile.wordpress.com/2020/06/01/fa-cup-memories-series-21-jonathan-overend/

SERIES THREE: https://facupfactfile.wordpress.com/2020/07/01/fa-cup-memories-series-31-ray-houghton/

Follow @FACupFactfile on Twitter for news of when that and future memories are published.

Vote for the 2019-20 FACTAs

BREAKING – The 2019-20 FACTA winners have been announced

Performance of the FA Cup FACTA goes to … Maldon & Tiptree

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Special Team Award FACTA goes to … Chichester City

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Surprise of the FA Cup FACTA goes to … Chichester City

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Team of the FA Cup FACTA goes to …. Maldon & Tiptree

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Congratulations to Maldon & Tiptree and to Chichester City for their deserved awards, and to all the nominees in this year’s FACTAs, all of whom produced something in this season’s FA Cup worthy of recognition.

 

 

Voting is now open for the fifth FACupFactfile Team Awards (FACTAs) 2019-20.

The FACTAs are the only awards that are dedicated to celebrating Non-League clubs’ achievements in the FA Cup.

Voting for clubs in each FACTA category can be done in up to five different ways.

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  4. Send an email to phil@facupfactfile.co.uk stating Club Name and FACTA Category
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The FACTA Categories, nominees and reasons for nominations

Team of the FA Cup FACTA

AFC FYLDE – For reaching the 3rd Rd for the first time ever in just their 12th campaign

CHICHESTER CITY – First club in 70 years to reach 2nd Rd having started in the Extra Preliminary Rd

MALDON & TIPTREE – For reaching 2nd Rd for first time ever, 3 rounds further than ever gone before

ROYSTON TOWN – For reaching the 4th Qualifying Rd for the first time ever in their 42nd campaign

 

Performance of the FA Cup FACTA

CARSHALTON ATHLETIC – For their 2-1 win over two levels higher Dagenham & Redbridge

KINGSTONIAN – For their 4-0 win at EFL 2 club Macclesfield Town in 1st Round ‘Proper’

LONGRIDGE TOWN – For winning 6-1 versus Barnoldswick Town in their first ever FA Cup match

MALDON & TIPTREE – For their 2-1 win at EFL 2 club Leyton Orient in 1st Round ‘Proper’

MELTON TOWN – For their debut game 2-1 turnaround Cupset at FA Cup veterans Worksop Town

SUTTON ATHLETIC – In their debut FA Cup run won 6-0 versus two levels higher Ashford Town (Mdx)

WHICKHAM – For their 10-1 win at Harrogate Railway Athletic, the highest in this year’s competition

WHITBY TOWN – For their 3-1 Cupset at Gloucester City with a squad of just 14 including 3 keepers

 

Surprise of the FA Cup FACTA

ABBEY RANGERS – For winning through 4 FA Cup rounds having never ever won a FA Cup tie before

CHICHESTER CITY – For going 5 Rounds further than ever before since merging with Portfield in 2000

COLNE – For becoming the first club from the Lancashire town to reach the 4th Qualifying Rd

WALTHAMSTOW – For producing two Cupsets against Great Wakering Rovers & Aylesbury United

Special Team Award FACTA

BOSTON UNITED – For the spirit of the club and the enthusiasm of the fans to win through 4 away ties and to provide a terrific last FA Cup game memory at York Street

CHICHESTER CITY – For committing to donate some of their FA Cup prize money from receiving a bye in the 1st Round to help support any future Bury FC club

DUNSTON – For providing excitement and goals in their Cup run to the 3rd Qualifying Rd netting 21 times to become the top scorers in this season’s FA Cup

HARINGEY BOROUGH / YEOVIL TOWN – For solidarity in the face of racism opting to halt their FA Cup match rather than allow the abuse to continue

 

Good luck to all the FACTA nominees. Voting closes at mid-day on Thursday 2nd January, 2020

The Forgotten FA Cup Matches

Friday, September the First 1939 was a dark day in history, the day when Hitler instructed his nation’s army to invade Poland. Two days later, on the Sunday, Great Britain and France declared war with Germany and so began six long years of what would become known as World War II.

Between these two fateful days, apparent normality occurred as the 1939-40 FA Cup season kicked off on Saturday 2nd September. One hundred and twenty-four clubs were drawn to play in sixty-two Extra Preliminary Round matches unbeknown to those involved at the time that they would be the only matches played in the FA Cup that year. And that they would be the last FA Cup matches played for six whole years.

Those 62 FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round ties have subsequently been scratched from the official records of the competition in the same way that the three matches played in the Football League up to that weekend of the 1939-40 season have also be wiped from the records.

But what of the 124 clubs who played, or were scheduled to play, on that first Saturday of September in the FA Cup? There were thousands of players, officials and fans of village and small town clubs up and down the country setting off on the start of another exciting season, the time of the season when hope is at its highest. What happened in the matches they played that early September afternoon? What subsequently happened to the clubs involved?

This tie-by-tie guide covers all the clubs involved and all the games played on that Saturday, a day which marked the end of normal life as people knew it and the beginning of a life with years and years of uncertainty and anguish.

As was the protocol of the competition at the time, the FA Cup Extra Preliminary ties were regionalised with teams grouped together with local opponents, and with ties typically listed numerically following a rough zig-zag trajectory from north-east to south-west of the country. The ties are covered in this blog following that loosely defined trajectory.

Amble v Chopwell Colliery

Northumberland side Amble were drawn at home to County Durham outfit Chopwell Colliery, both members of the Northern Alliance. Neither side had had much FA Cup history with Amble having just two previous campaigns and their opponents having had just one.

Chopwell Colliery lost 4-2 to Ouston United in their debut campaign in 1938-39 season, and fared equally as poorly against Amble in a goal-fest of a tie involving a dozen goals. Amble ran out 8-4 winners in what should have been their biggest ever FA Cup win. Their debut 2-1 win in the 1937-38 season against Gosforth and Coxlodge is all that remains as a record of any success in the FA Cup.

Chopwell Colliery never competed in the FA Cup again. A club with the same name did compete in the Northern Combination in the early 1950s but not in the FA Cup. Amble competed in the FA Cup in the first nine seasons after the War was over but failed to win another tie. The club continued to compete in the Northern Alliance before dissolving some-time around the 2011-12 season.

Annfield Plain v Gosforth and Coxlodge

North Eastern League side Annfield Plain had several years of FA Cup experience under their belt and would continue to compete in the competition until the early 1990s. They were paired with the much lower ranked Gosforth and Coxlodge, members of the Tyneside League, who had emerged from the local British Legion and who had 10 years’ experience of the FA Cup.

Unsurprisingly the higher ranked side strolled to a 5-0 victory, the exact same scoreline as when the two teams met four years earlier in the competition, and a margin of victory Annfield Plain had bettered only twice before, and would do so on just one more occasion.

Gosforth and Coxlodge would continue on in the FA Cup after the War as a Northern Alliance team right up until the late 1950s. They never went further than the 1st Qualifying Round and their 15 exits at that stage of the competition is an FA Cup record for all clubs never to have ever made the 2nd Qualifying Round.

Ashington v Whitley and Monkseaton

Ashington was a former Football League side who had been competing in the North Eastern League for the last dozen years. They were drawn to host Northern Alliance side Whitley and Monkseaton and won their FA Cup match by two goals to one.

Ashington continue to grace the FA Cup although their last ‘Proper’ Round appearance came at the beginning of the 1960s. Whitley and Monkseaton re-formed as plain Monkseaton after the War but did not participate in the FA Cup again, finally going out of existence in 1950 to be replaced by the current Whitley Bay team, known initially as Whitley Bay Athletic.

Crookhall Colliery Welfare v Newcastle West End

Crookhall Colliery Welfare had had six FA Cup campaigns before the War, first as a North West Durham County league side and latterly as members of the Northern Alliance. Their opponents were the second incarnation of Newcastle West End, a Tyneside League club with just a couple of FA Cup campaigns under their belt.

The two sides played out a one-one draw, but never got to play their return game. And neither side played in the FA Cup again, and seemingly never actually even played again.

Shankhouse v Reyrolles

Shankhouse first entered the FA Cup in the 1887-88 season reaching the 4th Round in that last season here there were no qualifying rounds. They had one more 1st Round ‘Proper’ appearance soon after but since the turn of the century had gradually slipped down the leagues so that by the time of the 1939-40 season they were members of the Cramlington and District League.

They were drawn to travel to the works side of A Reyrolle & Co. in Hebburn, going under the name of Reyrolles, who were making their FA Cup debut in the 1939-40 season. Reyrolles had just joined the Wearside League at the start of the season and were on their way up. The Hebburn based works side won the match 5-2 but it would be another 50 years before they officially were recognised as playing in the competition.

Reyrolles became Hebburn Reyrolle in 1986 and then plain Hebburn two years later when they entered the FA Cup as a Second Division side of the Northern League. They now go under the name Hebburn Town and returned to the FA Cup after a three year absence in the 2018-19 season.

Shankhouse joined the Northern Alliance after the War and continued participating in the FA Cup up to and including the 1954-55 season. They currently compete in the Premier Division of the Northern Alliance.

Throckley Welfare v Scotswood

Throckley Welfare were members of the North Eastern League and had competed in the FA Cup six times before the War, but their best run to the 3rd Qualifying Round happened in the season immediately after the War was over. Known simply as Throckley when re-forming, this best run proved to be a false dawn and they stopped participating in the FA Cup two seasons later after falling into the lower Northern Combination league.

Their opponents in the 1939-40 season were Scotswood, a Northern Alliance side with 25 years of FA Cup history, who but for a disqualification in the 1929-30 season would have made an appearance in the First Round ‘Proper’. Scotswood won this encounter 2-1, but it would prove to be their last FA Cup game, and probably their last ever game.

Birtley v Trimdon Grange Colliery

Wearside League side Birtley had had 30 seasons of FA Cup involvement, reaching the 3rd Qualifying Round in their debut campaign in 1888-89, and again just three years before the outbreak of WWII. They were drawn at home to Trimdon Grange Colliery of the lower ranked Durham Central League, a club that had had a dozen or so FA Cup campaigns of their own.

Birtley won the tie 2-1 and would continue in the FA Cup beyond the War’s end until the 1954-55 season, by which time they were a Northern Combination club and may have been known as Birtley Town. Trimdon had their last FA Cup appearance a season later when members of the Wearside League but it had only been their second involvement since football resumed in 1945-46 season. They continued in the Wearside League for a few more seasons without appearing in the FA Cup again.

Holiday’s Sports v Brandon Social

County Durham based side Holiday’s Sports had never competed in the FA Cup before and would never do so again, and so their only experience of the competition, a 2-0 home win over Brandon Social, has been wiped from the history books as if they never existed.

They had been members of the Central Durham League, a lower level league than the one in which their opponents belonged. Brandon Social were a Wearside League club who had made the 3rd Qualifying Round in their debut campaign just two seasons earlier, so the 2-0 defeat would have been considered a bit of an upset.

The club re-formed as Brandon Colliery Welfare after the War and initially competed in the Northern League. They participated in the FA Cup on and off until the 1950-51 season by which time they had returned to the Central Durham League.

Usworth Colliery v Dawdon Colliery Recreation

Usworth Colliery had 20 years of FA Cup experience, with two appearances in the 4th Qualifying Round under their belt, before War broke out. They had been members of the North Eastern League but by 1939-40 were a Wearside League club. Their opponents were Dawdon Colliery Recreation who had only recently left the Wearside League for the lower ranked Seaham League.

Usworth Colliery won the tie 5-1, their biggest ever FA Cup win, a win which subsequently would be wiped from the records. Despite returning to the FA Cup after the War they scratched in the second post war campaign due to folding. Dawdon Colliery Recreation would continue on in the FA Cup for 10 more years as a Wearside League outfit, a league they remained competing in long after their last FA Cup appearance.

Chilton Colliery Recreation Athletic v Washington Chemical Works

Chilton Colliery Recreation Athletic had been one of the first four Non-League clubs to reach the FA Cup Third Round ‘Proper’ when the competition was re-structured for the 1925-26 season. They even knocked out a Football League side that season in the shape of Rochdale. They were still members of the Northern League by the 1939-40 season and would have been expected to beat their Wearside League opponents.

But, Washington Chemical Works had other ideas. They’d had just one FA Cup match to date, a 2-0 reverse at the hands of Crook Town the previous season, but they ran out 2-1 winners against their more illustrious opposition. However, it was to be the last FA Cup involvement for both clubs and the Cupset is no longer on official record.

Buxton v Wilmslow Albion

Two clubs who are very much still going concerns were drawn together in the 1939-40 Extra Preliminary Round, but the official records will state that they have never met in the competition. Buxton were the more seasoned of the two and were members of the higher ranked Cheshire League, so it was no surprise that they won their tie 4-0 against Wilmslow Albion. Their opponents were competing in the South East Lancashire League and had had only one prior FA Cup campaign.

Wilmslow Albion only competed three more times in the FA Cup after the War before returning to more local level football of the Manchester League where they are still participating members. Buxton have continued regularly participating in the FA Cup and made a couple of inroads into the ‘Proper’ Rounds within the first 15 years of the War ending. They are currently members of the Northern Premier League.

Moulton Verdin v Middlewich Athletic

Crewe and District League rivals, Moulton Verdin and Middlewich Athletic, were drawn to face each other in the 1939-40 FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round. Both clubs had half a dozen unremarkable campaigns under their belts. They had met before in the FA Cup in the 1934-35 season, a 2-1 replay victory for Moulton Verdin. However, this is 1939-40 match is one of the ties where the result is not known, but what is known is that neither side graced the competition again.

Nantwich v Haslington Villa

Nantwich were another Crewe and District League side at the time, as were their opponents, Haslington Villa. Nantwich had been competing in the FA Cup since the season of the formation of the Football League whereas Haslington had only four recent campaigns worth of experience, so the 5-1 home victory was not a surprise.

Nantwich eventually evolved into Nantwich Town, a current Northern Premier League side with recent ‘Proper’ Round involvement. Haslington Villa never appeared in the FA Cup again.

Willaston White Star v Cheadle

Another match for which the score is unknown was between Crewe and District League side Willaston White Star and Manchester League outfit Cheadle. In their 12 previous FA Cup games over six years Willaston White Star had only won three times and had conceded 53 goals. Cheadle had never participated in the FA Cup. Along with their opponents they haven’t been involved since, but unlike their opponents there is no record of them having ever done so.

Rossington Main v Armthorpe Welfare

Two Sheffield Association League clubs were drawn together. The away club Rossington Main had had more FA Cup experience than the home side Armthorpe Welfare but it was the Wellie who ran out convincing winners, five goals to nil. It would have been their biggest ever FA Cup win if it had counted, a scoreline they only eventually matched in the 2008-09 season against Yorkshire Amateur.

Both Doncaster based clubs eventually returned to the FA Cup in the late 1980s / early 1990s to become mainstay members of the competition, although both currently performed outside the qualifying criteria to be involved this season.

Bentley Colliery v Meltham Mills

Another Sheffield Association League side, Bentley Colliery, were drawn to host Meltham Mills, members of the West Riding County Amateur League. The clubs drew one apiece but did not get to play their replay.

Bentley Colliery returned as a Yorkshire League side after the War and had 10 more FA Cup campaigns, bizarrely posting their best performances in both their last two seasons. The club disbanded four years after their last FA Cup appearance.

Meltham Mills soon changed their name to Meltham after the War but only had half a dozen more campaigns in the FA Cup after it was over. Now playing under the name Meltham Athletic they are members of the Huddersfield and District League competing in Division Three.

Brodsworth Main Colliery v Bradford Rovers

Seven goals were shared between Sheffield Association League side Brodsworth Main Colliery and West Riding County Amateur League club Bradford Rovers with the colliery side coming out on top by four goals to three.

Competing now as Brodsworth Main in the Doncaster Rovers Senior League, Brodsworth Main Colliery had had many years of FA Cup experience and had knocked on the door of the 1st Round ‘Proper’ when members of the Yorkshire League in the 1926-27 season. They were still competing in the FA Cup as recently as just over 10 years ago.

Bradford Rovers had had just two FA Cup campaigns losing in the Extra Preliminary Round both times and never participated in the competition again. At least the intervention of World War II prevented them from officially having a hat-trick of Extra Preliminary Round exits.

Goole Town v Luddendenfoot

Goole Town were a Yorkshire League side who had actually reached the ‘Proper’ Rounds just before WWI broke out, whereas Luddendenfoot were a Halifax and District League outfit who had achieved one goal-less draw as their best FA Cup result in a dozen campaigns. So unsurprisingly Goole ran out 8-1 winners, a record win at the time for the club, but a record that was not destined to stand.

Goole Town continued on in the FA Cup, reaching the ‘Proper’ Rounds several time, until their untimely demise at the end of the 1995-96 season. Luddendenfoot joined the West Riding County Amateur League after the War and continued in that league for some years, but participating in only one FA Cup campaign. They lost that game, too.

Ossett Town v Grimethorpe Rovers

Ossett Town had only made their FA Cup debut in the 1938-39 season and had already tasted victory coming in the replay of their first tie against Farsley Celtic. They were members of the West Yorkshire League prior to the War and the Yorkshire League immediately after it.

Their opponents in the 1939-40 season were Grimethorpe Rovers, making their FA Cup bow, who would become members of the Sheffield Association League after the War. Grimethorpe won their encounter 4-2, but they had to wait until the 1946-47 season to get a victory that wasn’t rubbed out.

Guiseley v Rawmarsh Welfare

Guiseley were a West Riding County Amateur League side for the majority of their 15 nondescript FA Cup campaigns prior to the 1939-40 season. Their opponents, Rawmarsh Welfare, competed in the Sheffield Association League and had a far more substantial FA Cup history despite fewer campaigns.

The South Yorkshire side won the tie 3-1 against their West Yorkshire opponents, but it would be Guiseley who would maintain longevity in the competition. Rawmarsh did reach the First Round ‘Proper’ in 1951-52 season, but their last FA Cup appearance came in the 1973-74 season. They folded eight years after that.

Guiseley, on the other hand, have gone from strength to strength, posting consecutive Second Round ‘Proper’ appearances in the last two seasons and reaching the highest level of the non-league pyramid before dropping back a level last season.

Ravensthorpe v Farsley Celtic

Ravensthorpe and Farsley Celtic were both members of the West Riding County Amateur League when they were drawn together in the 1939-40 FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round. The result of that game is unknown, but the two club’s vastly different futures are known.

With just three FA Cup campaigns before WWII, Ravensthorpe did not re-form after the cessation of hostilities. Farsley Celtic most certainly did, quickly becoming a Yorkshire League side, and going on to twice appearance in the First Round ‘Proper’ during their lengthy FA Cup experience. The original club folded two years after the second of these appearance in 2010, with the current Farsley Celtic club forming out of their ashes, originally known as plain Farsley.

South Kirkby Colliery v Upton Colliery

South Kirkby Colliery had had 30 years of FA Cup involvement, even knocking on the door of the ‘Proper’ Rounds two or three times during those campaigns, and were members of the Yorkshire League by the 1939-40 season. Upton Colliery had only been formed in 1931 and had risen to the same level as their opponents by the time the two teams met in the FA Cup.

South Kirkby Colliery won that encounter 5-3, but the two sides had to wait 12 more years before getting a result of an FA Cup game played between them that was officially recognised, a tie which was won 3-2 by Upton Colliery in a replay despite being in the lower Sheffield Association League at the time.

South Kirkby Colliery still compete in the Sheffield County Senior League Division One, but their FA Cup journey came to an end 65 years ago. But at least they’re still going, whereas Upton Colliery, who remained in the FA Cup for five more years, folded less than five years after that.

Worksop Town v Pilkington Recreation

Worksop Town have now had 112 FA Cup campaigns, but in recent years their fortunes have taken a downward turn. Before World War II, though, they were one of the more successful Northern non-league teams in the FA Cup with five ‘Proper’ Round appearances to their name. Their opponents in 1939-40 were Pilkington Recreation, a more modest outfit with just over 10 years FA Cup experience.

Worksop Town would have been expected to win their encounter easily, but the 1-0 scoreline suggests a very tight affair. Worksop Town would eventually go on to appear in the Third Round ‘Proper’ in 1955-56, claiming their second Football League scalp in the process, but since their last appearance beyond the qualifying rounds in 2001-02 their FA Cup form has reflected their change in League status.

Pilkington Recreation continued in the FA Cup for half a dozen more years as members of the Sheffield Association League, and whilst the Doncaster based club eventually made the Yorkshire League and then the Northern Counties East League, they disbanded at the end of the 1990-91 season.

Norwich Electricity Works v Norwich YMCA

Two Norfolk and Suffolk League sides from Norwich were drawn together in the 1939-40 FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round, but one of them withdrew before playing the game and so never officially ever appeared in the FA Cup.

Norwich Electricity Works scratched before playing Norwich YMCA, and despite still existing long enough to become a founding member of the Anglian Combination in the early 1960s, they never did get to officially participate in the FA Cup. Norwich YMCA had had five FA Cup campaigns but just one victory before the War. They also never featured in the FA Cup after the War was over, nor indeed did they feature in the Norfolk and Suffolk League, neither.

Clapton v Dagenham Town

Clapton were one of the longer established clubs in the FA Cup, appearing in the competition in the pre-qualifying round days, and becoming one of the first four non-league clubs to reach the FA Cup 3rd Round ‘Proper’ in the 1925-26 season. That was the year the competition structure changed exempting clubs from the top two divisions from the competition until the 3rd Round.

They were a founding member of the Isthmian League and were still competing in that League by the 1939-40 season. Their opponents in the Extra Preliminary Round were the short-lived Dagenham Town, formed just over 10 years earlier, and members of the London League.

Clapton won the game 4-2, and whilst they have gone on to compete in the FA Cup to this day, Dagenham Town folded soon after their encounter.

Harwich and Parkeston v Esso

Eastern Counties League side Harwich and Parkeston were drawn to face Esso of Purfleet from the South Essex League, who had entered the FA Cup for the first time. Harwich and Parkeston had only recently twice reached the First Round ‘Proper’ and would have been expected to easily win the contest, but the game doesn’t appear to have gone ahead.

Harwich and Parkeston would continue to sporadically appear in the First Round ‘Proper’ over the subsequent 60 years or so before taking a hiatus from the FA Cup, returning in time for the latest campaign. Esso of Purfleet seems to have permanently disbanded during the War.

Berkhamsted Town v Barnet

Berkhamsted Town were an established member of the Spartan League whilst Barnet were an established member of the Athenian League. The Bees of Barnet had had the better FA Cup history as befitted the difference in League status, but they only won their FA Cup game by two goals to one.

Both clubs continued in the FA Cup after the War and posted performances relative to their ongoing League status, but their paths did cross a couple of times with unsurprisingly Barnet coming out on top both times. The first official encounter occurred just 13 years later ending in a 5-1 win; the second in 1987-88 with Barnet winning by three goals to nil.

Banet are obviously still a going concern achieving a record equalling 4th Round ‘Proper’ appearance just last season, whereas Berkhamsted Town folded in 2009 to be replaced by the current Berkhamsted club, now playing in the Southern League.

Stevenage Town v Bushey United

Two Spartan League clubs from Hertfordshire were drawn together in the 1939-40 FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round but the result of their encounter has not been determined. Stevenage Town was formed in 1896 when local clubs Wanderers and Rovers joined forces, but they didn’t participate in the FA Cup for more than 30 years after forming. Their record was nondescript at best before the War, only achieving their best run to date to the 1st Qualifying Round in the season before its outbreak.

Their opponents, Bushey United, had reached the same 1st Qualifying Round in the first of their five campaigns, but they never re-entered the FA Cup after the War was over. A club of the same name did appear in the Harrow and Wembley District League in the 1950s but not in the FA Cup.

Stevenage Town eventually became members of the Delphian League from where they posted their best FA Cup run to the 2nd Qualifying Round before going on to merge with Stevenage Rangers in 1956 to form Stevenage FC. That club would go on to be renamed as Stevenage Town, but fold a dozen years after the merger following four successive 3rd Qualifying Round appearances.

London Caledonians v Enfield

London Caledonians were a famous amateur team of the ilk of Corinthians and Casuals, and who were founder members of the Isthmian League. They’d had 36 FA Cup campaigns before World War II including several ‘Proper’ Round appearances and one trip to the 3rd Round in the 1927-28 season (matching a 3rd Round appearance in their debut campaign in pre-qualifying round days).

They were drawn to face Enfield in the 1939-40 Extra Preliminary Round, but the club disbanded before the game was played and never re-formed after the War was over. Enfield had had almost as many FA Cup campaigns but were competing in the lower ranked Athenian League.

Enfield, of course, would go on to become one of the more successful well-known non-league clubs, making several forays deep into the ‘Proper’ Rounds of the competition in the 1970s and ‘80s, before folding at the end of the 2006-07 season. Enfield (1893) were formed out of their ashes to keep the name of the club alive.

Epping Town v Ware

Epping Town and Ware were two Second Division Spartan League sides when they faced each other in the 1939-40 FA Cup. Epping had only had one previous campaign and one FA Cup match, a 3-0 reverse at Tufnell Park. Ware had had ten campaigns, but hadn’t yet won an FA Cup game, either.

So Ware’s first ever FA Cup win, 3-1 against Epping, was cruelly wiped from the record books, and it wasn’t until they won a second replay game against Wembley in the 1949-50 season that they finally registered an official one.

Ware continue to compete in the FA Cup to this day having had enough wins now to have appeared in the 1st Round ‘Proper’ on a couple of occasions. Epping Town didn’t re-appear in the competition until the early 1970s when members of the Metropolitan London League. They fell one round short of the ‘Proper’ Rounds in 1973-74 and continued participating in the FA Cup until they folded in the mid-‘80s.

Harlow Town v Welwyn Garden City

Another two Spartan League Division Two sides were paired together in the Extra Preliminary Round as Welwyn Garden City won 3-2 at Harlow Town. Welwyn had had the longer FA Cup experience but both clubs still compete in the FA Cup to this day, with Harlow being the more successful.

The Hawks made the 4th Round in the 1979-80 season, including a famous victory over Leicester City, Gary Lineker and all, in the 3rd Round replay.

Finchley v Harrow Town

Finchley had first tasted FA Cup football in the 1870s whereas their 1939-40 Extra Preliminary Round opponents, Harrow Town, were participating in the FA Cup for the first time. Finchley’s experience told as they ran out 3-0 winners.

However, the result is no longer on record, but fortuitously the two sides were paired together again in the second season following football’s resumption. This time Finchley’s 4-3 win remains on the record books.

Both clubs would go on to have extensive FA Cup participation, with Harrow Town becoming Harrow Borough in the late ‘60s and continuing in the competition to this day. Finchley, however, would make the 3rd Round ‘Proper’ in the 1952-53 season before merging with Wingate just under 40 years later to form Wingate and Finchley. They still compete in the FA Cup today meaning a continuation of 140 years of Finchley in the competition.

Kings Langley v Hertford Town

A first appearance in the FA Cup is an exciting time for everyone involved with a football club, and that would have been the case for King’s Langley who were doing just that in their 50 plus year history. They were due to face the more seasoned FA Cup side Hertford Town of the Spartan League, but the game does not appear to have taken place.

King’s Langley would finally make their debut FA Cup entrance in spectacular style when football resumed in the 1945-46 season, winning 7-4 at Apsley (now Hemel Hempstead Town). This was followed by a chastening 7-1 defeat at Harrow Town in the next round.

After finally waiting 60 years for their first taste of FA Cup football, King’s Langley then had to wait another 55 years for their second taste, although they are now regular participants in the competition. Hertford Town, on the other hand, have continued to be involved in the FA Cup for most seasons since the War’s end.

Saffron Walden Town v Leavesden

Saffron Walden Town had three FA Cup campaigns in the late 1870s and early 1880s, but had only just returned to the competition for the 1938-39 season. They had yet to win an FA Cup game by the time they were drawn to face Leavesden in the 1939-40 competition, a club with FA Cup pedigree under both their name at the time and previously as Leavesden Mental Hospital.

It is not known whether Saffron Walden finally recorded their first FA Cup win in that match but it wouldn’t have been recognised even if they did. Their first official win in the competition came in the 1946-47 campaign against Ware, 70 years after they first entered the competition. After a hiatus from the competition in the 1950s through to the 1970s, the Bloods are now regular FA Cup participants.

Leavesden had come close to appearing in the 1st Round ‘Proper’ on a couple of occasions prior to World War II breaking out, but only made four more appearances in the competition after it was over. The club last appeared in the FA Cup in the 1950-51 season and continued on in the Hertfordshire Senior County League up until the late 1980s.

Bishop’s Stortford v St Albans City

When Bishop’s Stortford beat St Albans City 2-1 in the FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round in the 2007-08 season, doubtless many were aware that it was a revenge of sorts for the 6-1 defeat to the same club in the 1939-40 Extra Preliminary Round.

Both clubs have been more or less continuous participants in the FA Cup since the Second World War and both have experienced wins in the ‘Proper’ Rounds of the competition, something neither manged to do before the War.

Tufnell Park v Pinner

Isthmian League side Tufnell Park and Spartan League outfit Pinner were drawn to face each other in the 1939-40 FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round but the result of their match is not known. Both clubs had FA Cup campaigns under their belt. Pinner’s was unremarkable, but Tufnell Park had come close to making the ‘Proper’ Rounds in the 1921-22 season.

Both sides also continued in the competition after World War II was over, but both only remained involved up to the first years of the 1950s. Pinner’s absence was because they transferred to the Southern Amateur League and the qualification criteria prevented their participation. Tufnell Park’s was because they merged with Edmonton Borough in 1950. The merged team eventually had a merger of their own with Wood Green Town 23 years later to form the current Haringey Borough club.

Wealdstone v Old Johnians

Old Johnians were members of the Nemean League and had competed in the FA Cup for 10 years prior to World War II, never going beyond the Preliminary Round. They were drawn to travel to Wealdstone in the Extra Preliminary Round who were members of the higher level Athenian League.

Wealdstone won the encounter 7-3 which would prove to be their opponent’s last involvement in the FA Cup. Wealdstone, of course, would become a mainstay of the competition to this day with several ‘Proper’ Round appearances including a journey to the 3rd Round in the 1977-78 season.

 

Wood Green Town v Old Lyonians

Wood Green Town started life as Tufnell Spartans in 1911 and ended it merging with Edmonton in 1973 to form Edmonton and Haringey. They appeared in the FA Cup every season from birth to 1951 when entry criteria changed preventing them from participating in it any more.

They were drawn to face Old Lyonians from the Southern Amateur League in the 1939-40 Extra Preliminary Round but the result of that game is unknown. Old Lyonians are still members of the Southern Amateur League, but members of that league became excluded from participation in the FA Cup from five years after football resumed following the end of the War.

Civil Service v Lyons Club

Another Southern Amateur League club were also involved in a tie where the result is not known. Civil Service had competed in the first ever FA Cup and had participated on and off over the years as members of several leagues, including the Isthmian League of which they were founder members.

Their opponents were members of the Spartan League, but Lyons Club of Greenford had only one FA Cup campaign to date. Lyons Club continued in both the FA Cup and the Spartan League up to the 1949-50 season when they disappeared from both.

Civil Service remained members of the Southern Amateur League, as they are to this day, so did not qualify to participate in the FA Cup after the 1949-50 season. However, in the FA Cup’s centenary season, the club received a special invitation from the FA to compete in it for that season. They accepted the invitation, but may have regretted doing so after being thumped 10-0 by Bromley.

Hounslow Town v Wycombe Wanderers

Hounslow Town had competed in the FA Cup on and off since the turn of the 20th Century and had faced their 1939-40 Extra Preliminary Round opponents, Wycombe Wanderers, twice in the competition already. The teams had one win each in their head to head encounters.

Wycombe Wanderers had participated in the FA Cup every season since 1895-96 and were members of the higher level Isthmian League to Hounslow’s Spartan League. The Chairboys won the 1939-40 match 3-0 but the score has been wiped from the records.

Wycombe only had to wait three season’s after the War was over to get the chance to register another official win over the same opponents, which they duly did by four goals to two. Wycombe, of course, have continued to participate in the FA Cup ever since, becoming a Football League club in 1993 and reaching the FA Cup Semi-Finals eight seasons later.

Hounslow Town reverted to their original name of Hounslow in time for the 1963-64 season after having twice reached the 1st Round ‘Proper’. However, in 1991 the club merged with Feltham to form Feltham and Hounslow Borough, who themselves merged with Bedfont in 2012 to form the current Bedfont and Feltham club.

Maidenhead United v Yiewsley

In 1939 Maidenhead United were members of the Spartan League and had been competing in the FA Cup every season (bar one) since appearing in the very first competition in the 1871-72 season. Their opponents in the Extra Preliminary Round were Yiewsley who had been members of the South West Middlesex League but who had recently transferred to the Middlesex County Amateur League, both leagues lower in rank than the Spartan League.

Maidenhead United won their match 4-0 and would continue to participate in the FA Cup every year right up until this season. Yiewsley joined the Spartan League after the War and eventually moved up to the Southern League before changing their name to Hillingdon Borough.

They reached the FA Cup 3rd Round under that name in the 1969-70 season, but 15 years later the club merged with Burnham to form Burnham and Hillingdon, who would later change their name back to Burnham and continue in the FA Cup to this day.

Newbury Town v Bicester Town

Newbury Town were seasoned FA Cup campaigners and members of the Reading and District League for the 1939-40 season. Their opponents were the slightly less seasoned Bicester Town playing in a similar level league, the Oxford Senior League. The Oxfordshire based side won a tight contest by two goals to one.

Both clubs would return to the FA Cup after the War, and both clubs would have gaps in their participation before folding, Newbury Town in 1996 and Bicester Town in 2011 and again in 2018.

Osberton Radiator v Pressed Steel

Two Oxfordshire works based teams were pitted to face each other in the 1939-40 Extra Preliminary Round. Both Osberton Radiator and Pressed Steel were members of the Oxfordshire Senior League and both had had a few seasons in the FA Cup already. In an entertaining game Pressed Steel were the 5-3 victors, but the result was wiped from the records.

Both clubs continued in the FA Cup and actually faced each other in their respective last campaigns in the 1950-51 season, with Pressed Steel winning 2-1 to register an official victory. FA Cup qualification criteria meant that clubs in the Oxfordshire Senior League could no longer participate in the competition after then.

Oxford City v Headington United

The 1939-40 FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round draw threw up the Oxford derby with Oxford City to host Headington United, the former name of Oxford United. It doesn’t appear that the game was actually played, but of course both clubs continue to participate in the FA Cup to this day.

The two Oxford clubs would get three chances to face each other in the FA Cup during the 1950s with Headington United coming out on top every time.

Redford Sports v Uxbridge

Wycombe based side Redford Sports were members of the Reading League and had just entered the FA Cup for the first time the previous season. They were drawn at home against Uxbridge who had been participating in the FA Cup since the third running of the competition and who were members of the London League at the time.

The 4-0 victory for Redford Sports was wiped off the records, annoyingly for the club as it was the only win they ever achieved in the FA Cup in their short participation in it either side of the War. Uxbridge, of course, are still participating in the competition every year.

Marlow v Slough

Marlow are the only club other than Maidenhead to appear in all but one of the FA Cup seasons and who had also participated in the first ever competition. They were drawn to play Slough, a team they’d been drawn against four times in the past, winning just once.

Their game in the 1939-40 season doesn’t appear to have been played, though, and during the War Slough merged with Slough Centre to form Slough United. The clubs would de-merge five years later resulting in the formation of the current Slough Town. Marlow subsequently lost to both Slough Centre and Slough Town in their only meetings in the FA Cup.

Camberley and Yorktown v Post Office Engineers

Another FA Cup 1939-40 Extra Preliminary Round tie that doesn’t appear to have taken place was Camberley and Yorktown against Post Office Engineers of Wallington.

Camberley and Yorktown had competed in the FA Cup since from just before the First World War and their last Cup match under that name was coincidentally a 2-0 loss to Post Office Engineers of Beddington in the 1938-39 season. After the War they became Camberley and took part in the FA Cup up until the 1950-51 season under that name, but when returning for the 1976-77 campaign they had already changed their name again to the current Camberley Town.

Camberley Town still participate in the FA Cup to this day, but Post Office Engineers of Wallington only did so for two campaigns, suffering five goal defeats both times.

Woking v Egham

The biggest victory of the FA Cup 1939-40 Extra Preliminary Round saw Woking win 12-0 at Egham. Woking never scored double figures in the FA Cup either before or after this season so their 9-0 victory over Addlestone in 1965-66 season remains their biggest official win in the competition.

Egham will be slightly more pleased about the match being scratched from the records, although their heaviest official defeat was also 9-0 to Hersham. The club folded soon after this match and the town was without representation football wise until Egham Town formed 14 years later.

Banstead Mental Hospital v Kingstonian

Banstead Mental Hospital were members of the Surrey Senior League and had had five unremarkable FA Cup campaigns to their name ahead of World War II. They were drawn against Kingstonian from the higher level Isthmian League in the 1939-40 campaign, who’d had far more FA Cup experience and had achieved several ‘Proper’ Round appearances.

Their game doesn’t appear to have gone ahead and Banstead Mental Hospital had just one more unremarkable FA Cup campaign after the War, whilst Kingstonian have become stalwarts of the competition.

Vickers Armstrong v Guildford

The result of the match between Vickers Armstrong and Guildford is not known. It would have been the first FA Cup game for Vickers Armstrong, but that official first game had to wait until the 1946-47 season, a 5-0 win over Post Office Engineers of Wallington.

Vickers Armstrong would still compete in FA Cup up until the 1954-55 season when members of the Metropolitan and District League, but they have not done so since despite a myriad of name changes. Guildford had thirty or so FA Cup campaigns under their belt before World War II, but their involvement in the competition came to an end after the 1950-51 season whilst members of the Surrey Senior League. The club appears to have disbanded a couple of years later.

Leyland Motors v Walton-on-Thames

In terms of FA Cup performances, Leyland Motors of Kingston were a slightly more successful team than the one of the same name based in Lancashire. They’d had 17 FA Cup campaigns prior to World War II breaking out and had fallen just one round short of appearing in the ‘Proper’ Rounds in the 1926-27 season.

Their opponents were Walton-on-Thames who’d had 25 FA Cup campaigns of their own, but to a lesser degree of success. Both clubs were members of similar level leagues, and the tight 2-1 victory for Walton-on-Thames suggests this equal status.

Neither club appeared in the FA Cup again after World War II was over. Leyland Motors because they remained competing at too low a level and came to an end soon afterwards; Walton-on-Thames because they merged with Hersham towards the end of the War to form the current Walton and Hersham club. The new club continues in the FA Cup to this day and they twice reached the 2nd Round ‘Proper’ in the early 1970s.

Venner Sports v Wimbledon

Venner Sports had only played one FA Cup game before the 1939-40 season, a 1-0 defeat to Banstead Mental Hospital two years earlier, and the Surrey based side doesn’t appear to have re-formed after the War.

Their scheduled opponents were Isthmian League club Wimbledon, but the match doesn’t appear to have gone ahead. Wimbledon had competed in the FA Cup since the 1906-07 season and, of course, would go on to famously lift the Trophy in 1988 after a 1-0 win over Liverpool. Almost as famously the club ceased to exist when moved lock, stock and barrel (but not support) to Milton Keynes, and lives on in spirit through the current AFC Wimbledon.

Gravesend United v Bexley

Two Kent Amateur League West Premier Division clubs were drawn together as Bexley ran out 3-1 winners at Gravesend United. Bexley had had a couple of wins in their debut campaign in the 1932-33 season (including winning 9-1 in their debut match), but had failed to win a game in the competition since. They did manage one more victory in their three campaigns after the War was over and the club continued on without FA Cup participation until the 1981-82 season when they joined forces with Gateway FC.

Gravesend United had many more FA Cup campaigns and had played at a much higher level than they were in 1939-40, but one season after football resumed following cessation of hostilities the club merged with Northfleet United to form Gravesend and Northfleet. The merged club has had much more success in the FA Cup than the two that formed it, reaching the 4th Round ‘Proper’ in the 1962-63 season, and they are still participating in the competition today as a National League side under the name Ebbsfleet United.

Maidstone United v Margate

Maidstone United and Margate were members of the original Kent League in the 1939-40 season when they played at a 2-2 draw in Extra Preliminary Round. Obviously the replay never happened, but a replay of sorts happened when they met in the 1946-47 season, with Maidstone United the 3-1 victors.

Two more subsequent FA Cup meetings between the sides both resulted in wins for Margate who continue to participate in the FA Cup to this day, and who reached the 3rd Round ‘Proper’ in the 1935-36 and 1972-73 seasons.

Maidstone United also carried on competing in the FA Cup and also reached the 3rd Round ‘Proper’ on five separate occasions before becoming a Football League club in 1989 and folding just three years later. A new Maidstone United club was formed from the ashes and has been involved in the FA Cup since the 2002-03 season, reaching the 2nd Round ‘Proper’ three times to date.

RM Deal v Whitstable

Two other original Kent League sides were also drawn together but the score of the game between RM Deal and Whitstable is not known. The Royal Marines side from Deal had eight seasons in the FA Cup prior to World War II, but did not re-enter the competition after the War after transferring to become members of the Kent Amateur League East Division. They continued in that league up until the 1959-60 season.

Whitstable had been competing in the FA Cup since the 1910-11 season and continued to do so after the War, participating in it for the 93rd time this season, but for the last 50 years or so as Whitstable Town.

Bournemouth Gasworks Athletic v Bournemouth

A Bournemouth derby in the 1939-40 Extra Preliminary Round went the way of Bournemouth Gasworks Athletic as they won 4-0 at home to Bournemouth (Amateurs) despite the fact they hadn’t competed in the FA Cup for 14 years.

Both clubs were members of the Hampshire League and both clubs did have plenty of FA Cup experience ahead of the Second World War. Both clubs continued in the Hampshire League and the FA Cup after the War, but Bournemouth Gasworks Athletic only did so until the 1956-57 season. They had just one more season in the Hampshire League, too.

Bournemouth (Amateurs) actually stopped competing in the FA Cup after the 1950-51 season and didn’t return for almost 40 years when members of the Wessex League. They have continued to participate in it every year since then, though.

Fareham v Gosport

Fareham had been a Hampshire League side, too, but had slipped down to the Portsmouth League by the time War broke out. Their opponents in the 1939-40 competition, Gosport, were still members of the Hampshire League and it was they who won by three goals to one.

Despite 22 FA Cup campaigns before the Second World War, under three different names, Gosport did not re-appear after the War, being replaced by the newly formed Gosport Borough Athletic who continue to compete in the FA Cup to this day, but without the ‘Athletic’ suffix.

Fareham didn’t return to the FA Cup after the War either, merging with Fareham Casuals soon after to form Fareham Town who have been a mainstay of the FA Cup since the late 1950s.

HMS Victory v East Cowes

The score for five other FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round ties that took place in the 1939-40 season are unknown.

United Services League club HMS Victory took on East Cowes of the Isle of Wight League. It would be the last of six FA Cup campaigns for HMS Victory who did not re-appear after the War, whilst East Cowes joined the Hampshire League after the War, with the ‘Victoria’ suffix, and competed in the FA Cup until the 1950-51 season. It was then 50 years before they returned to the Cup as East Cowes Victoria Athletic, but they have only occasionally appeared in it since then.

Hamworthy v Sherborne

Dorset League side Hamworthy had three FA Cup campaigns either side of World War II, last appearing in the 1950-51 season. Twenty years later they merged with Trinidad Old Boys to form the current Hamworthy United side who have competed in the FA Cup every year for the last 16 seasons.

Their opponents in 1939-40 were Sherborne, also from the Dorset League. They’d had two FA Cup campaigns before the War, and didn’t return to compete in it as Sherborne Town until the 2006-07 season. However, they’ve participated in it ever since.

Thornycrofts v Winchester City

Thornycrofts of Basingstoke had been participating in the FA Cup since just before the First World War, first as a Hampshire League side and then as a Southern Amateur League member. They returned to both the FA Cup and the Hampshire League after the War as Thornycroft Athletic, and competed in the FA Cup in two separate batches, last doing so in the 1971-72 season at the end of which they folded.

Their opponents, Winchester City, were a Hampshire League side through and through and first partook in the FA Cup a few years earlier than Thornycrofts. They had met in the competition six years earlier with Winchester running out 5-1 winners. Since the War finished, Winchester City continued to participate in the FA Cup up until the 1959-60 season, returning in 1972-73 for one campaign, before becoming a permanent fixture from 2003-04 onward.

Trafalgar Sports v Osborne Athletic

Portsmouth based Trafalgar Sports had never participated in the FA Cup before whilst their Isle of Wight based opponents, Osborne Athletic, had done so 18 times. Trafalgar Sports would get their official FA Cup debut in 1946-47 season, losing 6-2 to RAOC Hilsea, whilst Osborne Athletic would not compete in it again.

The Isle of Wight side does hold a curious FA Cup record, though. Their dozen exits in the Preliminary Round is the most of any team which had never progressed any further in the competition. They also never actually won an FA Cup game in their 18 campaigns, a 1-1 draw against the aforementioned RAOC Hilsea the best they could muster.

Calne and Harris United v Pewsey YM

Calne and Harris United were members of the Wiltshire League and had been competing in the FA Cup on and off since the 1921-22 season, almost reaching the ‘Proper’ Rounds twelve years later. Fellow Wiltshire side Pewsey YM were their opponents making their debut in the FA Cup.

The two sides still both exist under different guises, Calne Town and Pewsey Vale, but neither side are competing in the current FA Cup campaign, Calne last appearing in 2013-14 season and Pewsey Vale in the 2018-19 season.

In Memoria

So there you have it, 124 clubs who set out on a normal FA Cup journey only to see that journey come to an abrupt halt almost immediately. Of course, all of those clubs are institutions, many of which continue to this day, but the real story is about the people involved with the clubs at that time, many of whom did not return after hostilities were over.

It is to the memory of those men and women that this blog is dedicated.

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FA Cup 2019-20 Top-line Preliminary Round Preview

The FA Cup Preliminary Round will see 320 Steps 3 to 6 clubs battle it out for a place in the 1st Qualifying Round.

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Among their number are eight clubs competing in the FA Cup for the first time who won their debut ties in the last round, including Longridge Town who beat Barnoldswick Town 6-1 and Melton Town who scored two very late goals to win 2-1 at Worksop Town to cause the Cupset of the Round.

There are also eight other clubs who are into the Preliminary Round for the first time after winning their first FA Cup match in two or three attempts. Abbey Rangers and Broadbridge Heath had had the most campaigns but both finally registered their first FA Cup win at the fourth attempt.

One of the sixteen clubs into this Round for the first time is Widnes, who have reached this stage courtesy of their League status rather than their Cup exploits. Widnes are one of only two teams in this round yet to win an FA Cup match, the other being the recently formed Ossett United who went out on penalties last season.

There are also 16 clubs who compete at Step 3 in the pyramid in this round who in recent past competitions would not have started until the 1st Qualifying Round. They’ll all be mindful that seven Step 4 clubs who had to start earlier than normal in the Extra Preliminary Round have already been knocked out.

All the Step 3 sides have avoided each other. However, Stalybridge Celtic versus West Didsbury & Chorlton, Bromsgrove Sporting against Leicester Road, Peterborough Sports taking on Bugbrooke St Michaels, and Bowers & Pitsea facing Barkingside are all Preliminary Round ties where a Step 3 side hosts a Step 6 club. Could one of these produce the Cupset of this Round?

Only twenty-five of the 160 ties pair up two clubs who will face each other in their league campaign this season, and just 30 pit two sides together who have met before in the FA Cup. The most common tie sees Bedworth United and Halesowen Town meet for the sixth time with the West Midlands side ahead by three wins to two.

Wisbech Town have beaten Ely City in all three of their previous FA Cup encounters. Bridgwater Town have done the same to Brislington, but in their case the result has been 1-0 every time.

In the previous Round, Long Eaton United won 8-2 at Bottesford Town, sweet revenge for a 6-0 defeat by the same team just two seasons earlier. So, in this Round there’s hope therefore for the likes of Staveley Miners Welfare who lost 5-1 to their Preliminary Round opponents Lincoln United last time around.

In the Extra Preliminary Round the top nine winning margins were all produced by the away side. Two of those teams won 7-0, Heanor Town and AFC Mansfield, and they go head to head in this Round. It has nil-nil draw written all over it!

Top scorers, Whickham, netted 10 times in the last Round and their home tie with Thornaby is one of a handful of games that kick off this Round on Friday night.

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2019-20 FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round

A Numbers Game

Half of the 736 clubs who will participate in the 2019-20 FA Cup will begin their campaigns on the second weekend of August in the Extra Preliminary Round.

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This means twice as many clubs than the total number of Football League and Premier League sides will see their FA Cup dreams dashed before most people have returned from their summer holidays.

The Extra Preliminary Round is made up of 19 clubs from Step Four in the non-league pyramid, 277 Step Five club, and 72 teams who currently compete at Step Six, also known as Level Ten (Premier League is Level One) in the overall pyramid.

Success and Failure

Amongst their number are two clubs, Northwich Victoria and Chatham Town, who both reached the last eight of the competition way back in the nineteenth century. They are two of fifty-seven clubs in this year’s Extra Preliminary Round who have tasted ‘proper’ round FA Cup football in the past. The most recent example being current Hellenic Premier League side Westfields who made the First Round just three years ago after starting at this same Extra Preliminary Round stage.

At the opposite end of the spectrum are those clubs who’ve yet to win an FA Cup match. Twenty-five clubs can justify having that record as they are making their debuts in the competition, but 15 other clubs have actually participated in the FA Cup before yet have failed to win a Cup game so far.

Sunderland Ryhope Colliery Welfare have had four FA Cup campaigns without a win since Ryhope Colliery Welfare and Sporting Club Vaux came together in 1988, but club members will point to the First Round ‘proper’ appearance of the club formed in 1892 as evidence that Cup victories have been achieved in the past.

United Counties League Division One side Wellingborough Whitworth, however, have no such contested history to fall back on, and will be participating in the FA Cup for the fifth time this season looking to secure their first victory.

As a quirky aside Sunderland Ryhope Colliery Welfare is the only club competing in this year’s FA Cup whose name contains all the letters of the words ‘FA Cup’. They have also been drawn against fellow Northern League Division One local rivals Sunderland Ryhope Community Association for the second successive season, a tie where there are a record 67 letters in the two collective names.

The shortest combined names of clubs facing each other in the Extra Preliminary this season is thirteen, the clash between Western League Premier Division sides, Street and Odd Down.

Starting Out

All 25 FA Cup debutantes have been kept apart in the Extra Preliminary Round draws and some have tougher ties on paper than others.

Bradford based side Campion have been drawn away from home against City of Liverpool, a recently promoted Step Four club who have never failed to win their Extra Preliminary Round ties in the past, albeit they are only competing in the FA Cup for the third time.

Staffordshire side Stone Old Alleynians have been drawn to travel to Worcester City, a club with 102 FA Cup campaigns under their belt, including within their history a trip to the Fourth Round ‘Proper’ after a famous victory over Liverpool in 1959.

The debut club with arguably the most difficult Extra Preliminary Round tie is Leicestershire based side Melton Town. They’ve been drawn to travel to Worksop Town, a club competing in the FA Cup for the 112th time and one which has faced and beaten five other clubs playing in their first FA Cup match. The glimmer of hope for Melton is that their more seasoned opponents have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round three times in the last five seasons.

One of the twenty-five debut clubs is Coggeshall United. For 137 seasons the small Essex town of Coggeshall had never had a club compete in the FA Cup, but the Weavers now make it two clubs from the town in the last two seasons following the debut of Coggeshall Town last year. The Seed Growers were the last debut club standing last season. Can the Weavers emulate that feat?

Like Coggeshall United, Ilkeston Town were formed in 2017, but unlike the Essex based side’s home town, the town of Ilkeston has been represented many times in the past in the FA Cup. In fact the Robins will be the third ‘Ilkeston Town’ to play in the competition. Both previous ‘Ilkeston Town’ clubs won their debut FA Cup matches, as did two clubs who competed under the name ‘Ilkeston’. So can the current Derbyshire club make it five debut wins out of five for the town of Ilkeston at Loughborough University?

Two clubs making their FA Cup debuts this season were actually formed in the nineteenth century, although neither has had to wait the 140 years after formation that the aforementioned Coggeshall Town had to do so before making their FA Cup bow.

Kent based Sutton Athletic were formed in 1898 so have waited just a mere 121 years to participate in this famous old competition! However, formed 10 years prior to that is Norwich CBS, formed originally as the works team of Norwich Union Insurance. They’ve had a couple of name and location changes in the intervening 131 years (CBS = County Building Services) and now compete in the Eastern Counties League Division One North.

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Same Old, Same Old

Obviously those sides drawn against debut clubs will be facing new opponents in the FA Cup. However, many clubs (fans) at this stage of the competition often bemoan the fact that they face familiar foe every season, either because they are members of the same league, or because they get drawn against each other time and time again.

There is some sympathy for the former reason, but there are two things to consider. Firstly, just about a quarter of clubs in the Extra Preliminary Round will face opponents who they will meet twice in their League campaigns, which isn’t that many. Secondly, when the third round draw is made, Premier League and Championship sides are far, far more likely to be drawn against opponents from the same division.

There is a myth surrounding being drawn against the same opponents every season in the FA Cup. At the extremities of the country this is more likely to happen, to North-east and South-west clubs, but even so, out of 184 Extra Preliminary Round ties this season, just 19 pit together two teams who have met in the competition before. And the most frequently meeting two sides have done so just three times in the past.

Plymouth Parkway have a two-to-one head-to-head victory ratio over their opponents Buckland Athletic in their past FA Cup encounters, but for two other three-time past meetings, the history is decidedly in favour of one side over the other.

Northern Counties East League Premier Division side Garforth Town will be hoping to win their first FA Cup encounter against Northern League Division One side Shildon at the fourth attempt, but history shows that Northern League clubs tend to win more often than not against NECL clubs in the competition.

Similarly, Pagham of the Southern Combination Football League Premier Division will try at the fourth attempt to beat fellow Step Five side Tunbridge Wells who compete in the Southern Counties East League Premier Division.

Records to Protect

Several clubs appearing in this year’s Extra Preliminary Round have never actually been eliminated from the competition as early as this round. Most of them have only had two or three campaigns, but a few have competed in the FA Cup many times before.

Bishop’s Cleeve are competing in the FA Cup for the 16th time, and Steyning Town Community for the 21st time. It’ll be the 40th campaign for Fleet Town. Burscough have had 72 previous FA Cup campaigns, whilst Kendal Town are participating in the FA Cup for the 89th time. And not one Extra Preliminary Round exit amongst them.

Rugby Town will be taking part for the 44th time and will travel to Sporting Khalsa making their seventh venture into the competition. Neither of these two sides, either, has tasted defeat at this stage of the competition before, so one of them will suffer an unpalatable new sensation this season.

What about the Minnows?

Seven Extra Preliminary Round ties involve two clubs who both are members of Step Six Leagues. The winners of the Hackney Wick versus Framlingham Town all-Step Six tie will at least equal their best FA Cup run to the Preliminary Round.

Other Step Six sides have not been so fortunate in the draw and will pit themselves against clubs from two levels above them in the non-league pyramid, and away from home. But which of City of Liverpool (4) vs Campion (6), Worksop Town (4) vs Melton Town (6) or Willand Rovers (4) vs AFC St Austell (6) is likely to result in an FA Cup ‘Cupset’?

It All Kicks-off

The 184 Extra Preliminary Round ties take place over the second weekend of August with the majority of games occurring on the Saturday. However, there are matches scheduled on the Friday and the Sunday, too, with Skelmersdale United vs Penistone Church (at Prescot Cables) and Bexhill United vs Eastbourne Town (at the Saffrons) two of the Friday night games.

Will any of these 368 clubs still be going by the time EFL clubs join the competition in November?

 

Author: Phil Annets writing as FACupFactfile. Do follow @philannets & @FACupFactfile on Twitter

Last Year’s Finalists

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Chelsea and Manchester United are due to meet in the 2018-19 FA Cup Fifth Round, a repeat of the FA Cup Final from just nine months ago. This will be the thirteenth time that the Finalists from the previous FA Cup campaign will have faced each other in the following year’s competition.

But who has the upper hand in the follow up match? Does the previous year’s winner always triumph again in the next meeting, or do the runners-up more typically exact revenge? As with much to do with the FA Cup, the facts may surprise you.

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The first instance of the FA Cup Finalists meeting again the following season happened as early as the third year of its illustrious history. The Wanderers were unbeaten in the FA Cup having lifted the Trophy in both of the competition’s first two fledgling campaigns, the second time by virtue of a 2-0 victory over Oxford University.

The competition in that 1872-73 season ran in line with its original premise and name, the FA Challenge Cup, whereby the previous season’s victors awaited to meet the best of the rest, who progressed through a knock-out competition to meet them.

Oxford University were competing in the FA Cup for the first time and victories over the original Crystal Palace, Clapham Rovers, Royal Engineers and Maidenhead, coupled with a walkover against Queen’s Park, meant that they earned the right to challenge The Wanderers for the Trophy.

Henry Wollaston and Arthur Kinnaird scored the goals for The Wanderers to ensure the FA Cup was retained. However, the FA recognised that the challenge element of the competition was skewed too much in favour of the winners, and so the following 1873-74 season the FA Cup reverted to a straightforward knock-out competition.

The Wanderers received byes against Southall Park and The Trojans before being paired with Oxford University in the Third Round, also the Quarter Finals. The two sides played out a 1-1 draw before Oxford University won 1-0 in the replay to inflict the first ever FA Cup defeat on The Wanderers. One-nil to the runners-up.

Oxford University went on to lift the Trophy that season winning 2-0 against Royal Engineers at the Kennington Oval courtesy of strikes by Charles Mackarness and Frederick Patton. As fate would have it, the two sides would meet again in the following season’s Semi-Finals.

As in the previous season the two sides played out a 1-1 draw followed by a 1-0 victory in the replay. Maintaining the same pattern of events it was once again the runners-up who exacted revenge with Henry Renny-Tailyour scoring the only goal for the Engineers to take them to the Final where they also eventually went on to lift the Trophy. Runners-up two, winners nil.

There was to be a five year gap before the situation occurred again, and once again the pattern of the encounters followed a very familiar path. The 1878-79 FA Cup Final saw the first of two Cup Final victories for Old Etonians, winning 1-0 against Clapham Rovers thanks to a Charles Clerke goal.

The two sides would be drawn to face each other again in the following season’s Fifth Round, also the Quarter Finals. This time there would be no replay required as Clopton Lloyd-Jones scored the only goal of the game to give Clapham Rovers a 1-0 win. And, as a follow up to all these repeat encounters, Lloyd-Jones would go on to score the winner in that year’s Final against Oxford University. It was now three wins to nil for the runners-up.

Another five seasons would pass before the FA Cup Finalists would meet each other again in the following season’s campaign, and this time a significantly different pattern emerged. If it hadn’t been different, the runners-up would definitely have lifted the Trophy as it occurred in the Final itself.

The 1883-84 FA Cup Final was historic in that featured the first and only Scottish Club to appear in an English Final as Queen’s Park faced Blackburn Rovers. Despite a goal from Robert Christie for the Glasgow based club, it was Blackburn Rovers who would win the Final 2-1 thanks to Joe Sowerbutts and Jamie Forrest earlier efforts. (Some records suggest Sowerbutts’ goal was scored by James Brown, others by James Douglas).

Amazingly the two clubs fought their way to meet each other in the following season’s FA Cup Final, the only time in the competition’s history that has ever happened. This time Rovers scored twice through Forrest and Brown without reply to retain the Trophy and to end the hoodoo of the winners against runners-up in the next season’s FA Cup. Of course they still lifted the Trophy, but now it was runners-up three, winners one.

It wasn’t too long before it was happening again. The 1887-88 FA Cup Final was contested by West Bromwich Albion and Preston North End. Jimmy Bayliss and George Woodhall scored for the Albion to cancel out a Fred Dewhurst effort for North End to crown West Bromwich Albion as FA Cup winners.

The following season coincided with the formation of the Football League, and Preston North End would go on to dominate English Football that year becoming known as ‘The Invincibles’ as they remained unbeaten in the League and won the FA Cup without conceding a goal. They met West Bromwich Albion in the Semi-Final with David Russell scoring the only goal of the game.

Once again the runners-up defeated the winners when they met the following year, and once again the side that triumphed in that follow up game went on to lift the Trophy itself. It was now four-one to the runners-ups.

In 1904 Manchester City lifted the FA Cup for the first time winning 1-0 against Bolton Wanderers with Billy Meredith scoring the only goal of the game. The two sides would meet again in the following season’s Second Round, but this time there would be no FA Cup triumph for the victors of that encounter.

However, for the fifth time in six such encounters it was the previous season’s runners-up who came out on top when the two sides met again the following year. Albert Shepherd and Walter White scored the goals to give Bolton Wanderers a 2-1 victory with Billy Gillespie netting for Manchester City. Bolton’s FA Cup run that year would be short-lived going down 2-0 to Newcastle United in the next round. The running total was now runners-up five, winners one.

Aston Villa beat Huddersfield Town 1-0 in the first FA Cup Final after World War I, in 1920, with Billy Kirton scoring the only goal of the game in extra time. It was, at the time, a record sixth FA Cup triumph for the Villans.

The two clubs were then drawn together in the 1920-21 Third Round with Billy Walker bagging a brace in a 2-0 win for Villa. As with Bolton Wanderers before them, their FA Cup run that year ended in the following round, a 1-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur, but perhaps the tide had turned with regards to who would be victorious when previous year’s Finalists met again in the following season.

It not only proved to be a blip, but also was to be the last occasion for 56 years, but the score was now; runners-up five, winners two.

The 1976 FA Cup Final was the middle one of three during a period of eight seasons when a second tier side defeated a top-flight club in the Final. Like Sunderland before them and West Ham United after them, Southampton defeated Manchester United by a solitary goal, in their case scored by Bobby Stokes.

The two clubs were paired together again in the following season’s Fifth Round and, unsurprisingly given Southampton were still a league below their opponents, Manchester United won through to exact revenge, although they did require a replay before doing so. The clubs played out a two-two draw at The Dell, before Jimmy Greenhoff struck twice at Old Trafford to cancel out the David Peach strike for the Saints.

So once again the runners-up proved victorious in the follow up meeting taking the winning totals to runners-up six, winners two. And Manchester United went on the lift the FA Cup that season, too, to re-establish that trend. Jimmy Greenhoff was on the scoresheet again alongside Stuart Pearson either side of a Jimmy Case strike.

The first FA Cup Final to be played outside of England, at the Millennium Stadium in 2001, witnessed a famous comeback victory for Liverpool courtesy of a late Michael Owen double after Freddie Ljungberg had seemingly won the Cup for Arsenal.

The two clubs would go head-to-head in the following season’s Fourth Round, a tie decided in favour of Arsenal by Denis Bergkamp. And Arsenal would go on to lift the Trophy in Cardiff with a 2-0 victory over Chelsea thanks to goals from Ray Parlour and Ljungberg. It was now runners-up seven, winners two, and the trend for the victors to go on to lift the Trophy themselves seemed to have been re-established.

But only one of those two trends would happen in the following season when Arsenal and Chelsea met again, this time in the Quarter Finals. A two-two draw at Highbury was followed up by a 3-1 victory for Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in the replay with Sylvain Wiltord and Lauren amongst the goals.

It was now runners-up seven, winners five to buck that particular trend, but Arsenal did go on to retain the Trophy with a 1-0 win over Southampton in Cardiff as Robert Pires scored the only goal.

The 2013 FA Cup Final will go down as one of the biggest upsets and one with one of the most memorable endings in its history. Wigan Athletic were on the verge of relegation from the Premier League and took on a soon to be dominant Manchester City side and won.

With the game seemingly heading toward extra time, Ben Watson, who had only been on the pitch for ten minutes, rose highest to head home the winner deep in injury time to make Wigan Athletic the 43rd different club to win the FA Cup. A few days later they were relegated to the Championship.

Remarkably, the two clubs were drawn together again in the following season’s Quarter Finals with Wigan Athletic now a division below their opponents who would go on to lift the Premier League Trophy at the end of the season. But even more remarkably, Wigan Athletic were once again the victors.

This time Jordi Gomez and James Peach scored goals for the Latics before Samir Nasri pulled just one back for Manchester City to give Wigan another famous, against-the-odds victory. Unfortunately, the unlikely dream of retaining of their FA Cup Trophy was extinguished courtesy of a penalties defeat to eventual winners Arsenal in the Semi-Finals. The head-to-head score now was runners-up seven, winners four.

Arsenal faced Hull City in that 2014 FA Cup Final coming back from conceding two early goals to win the match 3-2 after extra time. Santiago Carzola and Laurent Koscielny had cancelled out strikes by James Chester and Curtis Davies, before Aaron Ramsey netted the winner very late on.

For the first time in FA Cup history the previous season’s Finalist were drawn together in the following year’s Third Round, effectively meaning the two clubs would play each other in consecutive FA Cup matches.

Per Mertesacker and Alexis Sanchez scored the goals to give Arsenal a 2-0 victory to move the head-to-head scoreline along to runners-up seven, winners five. That particular hoodoo would appear to have been laid to rest, but for the ninth time in twelve occasions, the victors of this repeat FA Cup meeting would go on to lift the Trophy.

This time Arsenal did it with ease as Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez, Per Mertesacker and Olivier Giroud all scored in the 4-0 rout of Aston Villa.

So who will be victorious between Chelsea and Manchester United? History seems to suggest that the Red Devils will win through their encounter, although in more recent times it has been the Cup holders who have triumphed more often. Either way, the past also tells us to expect the winner of the 2018-19 FA Cup Final to be whomever proves successful in this Fifth Round tie.

 

 

 

FA Cup 2018-19 3rd Round Stats & Facts Preview

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Twenty Premier League clubs and 24 EFL Championship clubs are joined in the 3rd Round by 13 EFL One sides, 5 EFL Two clubs and two non-league sides; Barnet from the National League, and Woking from National League South (the lowest ranked club in this year’s 3rd Round). Two non-league sides in the 3rd Round is obviously better than the none that made it last season, but it has also only ever been lower on a dozen occasions since the current format of the FA Cup was put in place in 1925-26.

There are 29 former FA Cup Winners in this year’s 3rd Round (almost half of them face another former winner), 13 other clubs who have made the Final in the past but who have not yet lifted the Trophy, five clubs whose best runs have been to the Semi-Finals, eight teams who have only ever gone as far as the Quarter Finals, three clubs who’ve reached the 5th Round, four sides who’ve only ever made it as far as the 4th Round, and two clubs who are equalling their best ever FA Cup run by appearing in this year’s 3rd Round.

AFC Wimbledon are one of those two clubs although, of course, Wimbledon famously lifted the Trophy in 1988. As fate would have it the Dons travel to the other club who have never gone beyond the 3rd Round before, Fleetwood Town, thereby meaning at least one team will set a new FA Cup record for themselves.

Current FA Cup holders Chelsea also hold the current best record of successive seasons making it through to the 4th Round. It is 21 years since the Blues last tasted defeat in the 3rd Round. Ironically, they face Nottingham Forest in this year’s 3rd Round, who last season defeated the holders, Arsenal, who had previously held the longest current successive seasons of reaching the 4th Round.

It is only the fourth time in FA Cup history that the first game in the following season’s competition for the holders of the FA Cup has been against the same opponents in two successive seasons. In 1931 Aston Villa lost to holders Arsenal then beat West Bromwich Albion in 1932. In 1934 Tottenham Hotspur beat holders Everton and followed that up with victory over Manchester City in 1935. In both 1978 and 1979 third tier Carlisle United made it through to the 3rd Round only to lose to the holders Manchester United in 1978 and the holders Ipswich Town in 1979.

Liverpool (last 3rd Rd defeat in 2011) and Manchester City (last 3rd Rd defeat in 2012) are the only other clubs defending significant runs of successively making it to the 4th Round.

Conversely, there are several clubs for whom it has been a while since tasting victory in the 3rd Round. For clubs below the top two divisions it is not uncommon for them to have not appeared in the 4th Round for a while. For Grimsby Town it is 19 years, for Gillingham and Tranmere Rovers it is 15 years, and for Doncaster Rovers it is nine years. The two remaining non-league sides have both only ever gone as far as the 4th Round in the past. For Barnet it is 11 years since they last did so, whereas for Woking they have only ever done so once in their 104 FA Cup campaigns to date, 28 years ago. Their match-up with Watford in this year’s 3rd Round is the biggest gap between two sides of the Round and would represent the ‘shock of the round’ should Woking find themselves in the 4th Round.

Three EFL Championship clubs, however, are on current unwanted runs of no FA Cup wins at all. Rotherham United have failed to win an FA Cup tie for five years and Norwich City have failed to do so for six seasons. However, not only are Norwich City not the club with the worst current FA Cup record in the country, they are not even the club with the worst current FA Cup record in East Anglia! It is nine years since their local rivals, Ipswich Town, last won an FA Cup tie.

No mention of poor current FA Cup form could pass without including both Newcastle United and Queens Park Rangers. Newcastle United have had only five FA Cup victories in the last dozen seasons, whilst QPR have only managed four FA Cup wins over the last 21 years.

Just nine of this year’s 3rd Round ties pit sides who’ve never faced each other in the FA Cup before. Of those other 23 ties where clubs have met in the competition in the past, eight of them involve clubs who’ve met just once before. The longest wait for an FA Cup re-match is between Crystal Palace and Grimsby Town. Their only previous FA Cup meeting came in the 1907-08 season. Crystal Palace have had to wait 111 years for the opportunity to avenge that 1-0 defeat.

The most common match-up in this year’s FA Cup 3rd Round is between Manchester United and Reading who are meeting in the competition for the fourth time in 13 seasons, and are drawn together for the 10th time in total. Not really the draw Reading wanted as in the previous nine encounters the Royals have won just the once, in what is one of the most one-sided match-ups in FA Cup history.

Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers have been drawn together for the ninth time (in what is being described as the Alan Shearer derby) with Newcastle United triumphant in 75% of their previous head-to-heads in the competition. The third most common tie is between Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanders, and surprisingly it is the West Midlands team who have the better win ratio in past encounters, four wins to two.

Other surprising past FA Cup head-to-head ratios are: EFL One sides Gillingham and Blackpool have both won two of their three previous encounters against their respective Premier League opponents, Cardiff City and Arsenal; EFL One side Portsmouth won their only previous FA Cup encounter with EFL Championship club, Norwich City, winning a replay 69 years ago; and EFL Championship club, Derby County, have won all three of their previous FA Cup meetings with Premier League side, Southampton.

One past head-to-head record in the FA Cup that has definitely gone as expected is that between Tottenham Hotspur and Tranmere Rovers. The clubs actually drew their first meeting in 1953 but the 9-1 victory for Spurs in the replay that season remains the heaviest FA Cup defeat ever for Tranmere Rovers. Spurs also won their only other FA Cup encounter 4-0 in 2002.

A victory for Accrington Stanley over Ipswich Town (a likely outcome given Ipswich’s recent FA Cup record) would equal the best ever FA Cup run for the Lancashire club, not only for the current incarnation, but also for any club who has ever represented the town in the past. Newport County will be hoping they can at least match the best FA Cup run to the 5th Round achieved by the original club in 1949. A current quirky trend suggests they might do it, given that the Exiles recent FA Cup record has seen them progress one round further than the previous year for the last four seasons (1st Rd in 2014-15, 2nd Rd in 2015-16, 3rd Rd in 2016-17 and 4th Rd last season).

A few clubs are celebrating FA Cup milestones this season. Huddersfield Town are competing in the FA Cup for the 100th time whilst both Preston North End and Lincoln City are participating in the competition for the 125th time each.

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FA Cup Team Awards 2018-19 – The FACTAs

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This is the fourth annual running of the FA Cup Team Awards (FACTAs) set up by @FACupFactfile to recognise and celebrate the achievements and efforts of Non-League clubs in the FA Cup.

Past FACTA winners include Didcot Town, Hartley Wintney, Hereford, Woking, Chesham United and Hoddesdon Town.

Dozens of non-league clubs were nominated by fans for this year’s FACTAs covering the four different award,s and all nominations have been appraised to produce a short-list foe each FACTA. It was an extremely difficult task to produce a final shortlist for each award, but the clubs competing for each 2018-19 FACTA are presented below.

 

The Team of the FA Cup FACTA

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

Short-listed Clubs

AFC Uckfield Town – Made 2nd Qualifying Round after previously failing to win an FA Cup game in eight previous seasons as former club Wealden / AFC Uckfield or as AFC Uckfield Town

Dunston UTS – The only club to start in the Extra Preliminary Round to make the 4th Qualifying Round

Haringey Borough – The only club to start in the Preliminary Round to make the 1st Round ‘Proper’

Woking – The only level 6 club to reach the 3rd Round ‘Proper’

 

Performance of the FA Cup FACTA

(Awarded to the club that produced the best one-off performance if this year’s competition)

Short-listed Clubs

Dunston UTS – for their 4-3 win over Chester, who play three leagues above them

Guiseley – for their 4-3 win over League Two side Cambridge United

Hastings United – for their 4-3 win over higher league side Leiston despite being reduced to 8 men

Hereford – for their 4-3 comeback away win over Truro City after being 3-0 down

St Neots Town – for their 4-3 comeback win over Romulus after being 3-0 down in 17 minutes

Stockport County – for their 3-1 away win at League Two side Yeovil Town

Winchester City – for their 4-1 away win at higher league side Merthyr Town

Woking – for their 1-0 away win at League One side Swindon Town

 

Surprise of the FA Cup FACTA

(Awarded to the club which achieved an unexpected result or unexpected feat)

Short-listed Clubs

Coggeshall Town – reached the 3rd Qualifying Round in their debut FA Cup run

Dunston UTS – the only Step 5 club to reach the 4th Qualifying Round beating higher league opponents on the way

Haringey Borough – made the 1st Round ‘Proper’ for the first time ever in 39th campaign

Weston-super-Mare – made 1st Round ‘Proper’ winning 3 FA Cup games having at the time not won a League match

 

Special Team Award FACTA

(Awarded to the club that produced something unique or special in this year’s competition)

Short-listed Clubs

AFC Croydon Athletic – won first ever FA Cup games at 6th attempt to reach 1st Qualifying Round

Anstey Nomads – won first ever FA Cup games at 4th attempt to reach 2nd Qualifying Round

Cleethorpes Town – for being the top goal-scorers in the competition with 19 goals

Daventry Town – for scoring 16 goals in their first two FA Cup games

 

Winners are determined by public vote between 28th December 2018 and 3rd January 2019. Votes for FACTA 2018-19 can be cast in one of four ways:

  1. Reply to this blog post with your vote, naming both the club and the FACTA
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  4. Vote naming both club and FACTA via email to phil@FACupFactfile.co.uk

 

All four FACTA 2018 winners will be announced on Friday 4th January, 2019 ahead of this season’s 3rd Round weekend.

 

Good luck to all clubs short-listed!

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