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

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v WINNERS

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

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

Semi-Finals four years ago.

 

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

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

Best Runs: RUNNERS-UP v RUNNERS-UP

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: RUNNERS-UP v Round 4

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v WINNERS            

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: RUNNERS-UP v RUNNERS-UP

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v QUARTER FINALS

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: QUARTER FINALS v WINNERS

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v RUNNERS-UP

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: Round 3* v WINNERS

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

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

*Since re-forming in 1989

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v WINNERS

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: Round 5 v WINNERS

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

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

 

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v WINNERS

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: QUARTER FINALS v WINNERS

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: RUNNERS-UP v Round 5

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v WINNERS

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: QUARTER FINALS v WINNERS

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v Round 3

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: RUNNERS-UP v WINNERS

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: Round 3 v RUNNERS-UP

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

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

 

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v RUNNERS-UP

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v QUARTER FINALS

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

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

 

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNER v WINNERS

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: QUARTER FINALS v WINNERS

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

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

 

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v SEMI FINALS

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: Round 5 v SEMI FINALS

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v RUNNERS-UP

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: RUNNERS-UP v WINNERS

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: RUNNERS-UP v WINNERS

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: SEMI FINALS v WINNERS

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: SEMI FINALS v WINNERS

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: QUARTER FINALS v WINNERS

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

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

 

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The 2017-18 FACTA Nominees

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

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

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

Voting Options

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

 

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

Team of the Cup

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

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

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

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

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

 

Performance of the Cup

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Surprise of the Cup

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

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

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

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

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

 

Special Team Award

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

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

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

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

 

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

Voting closes at 11.59am on Wednesday 3rd January 2018

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

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

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

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

The four FACTA categories are:

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

(Past winners: Didcot Town and Stourbridge)

 

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

(Past winners: Chesham United and Barrow)

 

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

(Past winners: Hoddesdon Town and Westfields)

 

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

(Past winners: Hartley Wintney and Lincoln City)

 

Nominations close on Christmas Eve.

FACupFactfile Festive Xmas Quiz

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

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

A link to the answers is below:

https://facupfactfile.wordpress.com/2017/12/15/answers-explanations-for-facupxmasquiz/

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

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

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

Good luck, have fun and Merry Christmas.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FA Cup 2017-18 1st Round Preview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Potted History of Cornish Clubs in FA Cup

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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