Met Them Too Soon!

Have you ever consoled yourself that the only reason why your club never made it to the FA Cup Final was because they had been drawn against the eventual winners in an earlier round?

Last season Chelsea beat Manchester United in the Final but had defeated Southampton, Leicester City, Hull City, Newcastle United and Norwich City on their way to lifting the Trophy, with fans of all those teams ruing the fact that they just happened to come face-to-face with the eventual winners in one of the five rounds before the Final.

So, my Christmas present to my followers and blog readers are some stats about those clubs who were just unlucky to have met the eventual FA Cup winners before the Final itself over the years, the kind of stats that only @FACupFactfile can pull together.

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Most Times Knocked Out of FA Cup by Eventual Winners

Three clubs hold the record for most times coming up against the FA Cup winners on their way to lifting the Trophy having done so 25 times each – Aston Villa, Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion.

 

Most Consecutive Times Being Knocked Out by Eventual Winners

Wolverhampton Wanderers were knocked out by the side that went on to lift the Trophy in five successive seasons losing to Aston Villa in 1886-87 (3rd Rd), West Bromwich Albion in 1887-88 (3rd Rd), Preston North End in 1888-89 (Final), and Blackburn Rovers in 1889-90 (Semi Final) and 1890-91 (Quarter Final).

 

Most Consecutive Times Being Knocked Out in the Same Round by Eventual Winners

Queen’s Park famously lost two successive Finals to Blackburn Rovers in the 19th Century, and along with Old Etonians, West Bromwich Albion, Derby County, Newcastle United (twice), Manchester United, and Everton are the only clubs to have lost in two consecutive Finals.

Blackburn Rovers (1892-93 & 1893-94) and Aston Villa (1958-59 & 1959-60) are the only two clubs to have lost to the eventual FA Cup winners in two successive Semi-Finals.

Several clubs (Nottingham Forest, Preston North End, Everton, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers, Grimsby Town, Burnley and Wednesbury Old Athletic) have all been knocked out of the FA Cup by the eventual winners in the same round in two successive seasons, but only one club has had the misfortune of coming up against the team that would go on to lift the Trophy in the same round in three successive years and that is West Bromwich Albion. The Baggies were beaten by Portsmouth in 1938-39, by Derby County in 1945-46, and by Charlton Athletic in 1946-47, all three happening in the Fourth Round.

 

Two Local Rivals Both Being Knocked Out by the Eventual Winners in the Same Season

Once: Chelsea and Fulham were both beaten by Manchester United on their way to lifting the Trophy in 1998-99.

Once: Both Manchester City and Manchester United were defeated by Everton on their way to winning the FA Cup in 1965-66.

Once: Newcastle United and Sunderland were both knocked out by Aston Villa en route to lifting the Cup in 1894-95.

Once: Both Portsmouth and Southampton were eliminated by West Bromwich Albion as they went on to win the Cup in 1967-68.

 

Three Times: Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur were both knocked out of the FA Cup by Newcastle United in 1951-52, by Blackpool in 1952-53, and by Leeds United in 1971-72.

Three Times: Both Nottingham Forest and Notts County exited the FA Cup at the hands of Bury in 1899-1900, of Arsenal in 1978-79, and of Tottenham Hotspur in 1990-91.

 

Four Times: Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion were both beaten by Derby County in 1945-46 (Derby County also beat Birmingham City for a three bagger of Midlands clubs), by Tottenham Hotspur in 1961-62, by Southampton in 1975-76 and by Manchester United in 1989-90.

 

The most common local double, though, has happened six times. Both Everton and Liverpool lost to Aston Villa in 1896-97, to Sheffield Wednesday in 1906-07, to Manchester City in 1955-56, to West Bromwich Albion in 1967-68, to Manchester United in 1994-95, and to Arsenal in 2013-14.

 

West Bromwich Albion (in 1968) are the only club to defeat two sets of local rivals on their way to lifting the FA Cup Trophy … Everton / Liverpool and Portsmouth / Southampton.

 

No club has yet beaten both Ipswich Town and Norwich City nor knocked out both Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday on their way to winning the FA Cup.

 

Non-League Clubs Beaten by Eventual FA Cup Winners

Before the structure of the competition was changed to exempt clubs from the top two divisions until the Third Round ‘Proper’ in the 1925-26 season, several Non-League clubs were defeated by the club that would go on to lift the Trophy that year, but since then it has not happened too often. These seven clubs can rightly claim to have been unfortunate to have met the eventual winners too early and dream of what might have been.

1959 – Tooting and Mitcham United (Isthmian League) lost to Nottingham Forest in the 3rd Round.

1966 – Bedford Town (original) (Southern League Premier) lost to Everton in the 4th Round.

1971 – Yeovil Town (Southern League Premier) lost to Arsenal in the 3rd Round.

1993 – Yeovil Town (Conference) lost to Arsenal again in the 3rd Round.

2003 – Farnborough Town (Conference) lost to Arsenal in the 4th Round.

2013 – Macclesfield Town (Conference National) lost to Wigan Athletic in the 4th Round.

2017 – Both Sutton United and Lincoln City (both National League) lost to Arsenal in the 5th Round and Quarter Finals respectively

So, Arsenal are the only club to knock more than one Non-League side out of the FA Cup en route to lifting the Trophy (four different clubs), are the only FA Cup winners to knock two Non-League clubs out in the same season, and the only FA Cup Winners to knock the same Non-League club out twice on their way to winning it.

 

When Cup Winners Played in the First Round

Up to and including the 1924-25 season, the FA Cup winners each season would invariably have begun their campaign in the 1st Round. The last such club to lift the FA Cup having started so early was Sheffield United. The club they defeated in the 1st Round, and therefore the last club to be knocked out so early in the FA Cup by the eventual winners, was Corinthians, one of the forerunners of the current amateur side Corinthian-Casuals.

 

Clubs with the Most Exits at the Hands of the Eventual FA Cup Winners (10 Times or More)

25 – Aston Villa, Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion

23 – Newcastle United

21 – Arsenal and Leicester City

20 – Everton, Manchester United and Southampton

19 – Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers

18 – Blackburn Rovers

16 – Nottingham Forest and Preston North End

15 – Bolton Wanderers

14 – Burnley, Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur

13 – Birmingham City and Manchester City

12 – Derby County, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, Stoke City and Sunderland

11 – Huddersfield Town, Leeds United, Luton Town, Notts County and West Ham United

 

The current highest placed club which has never been knocked out of the FA Cup by another club that would go on to lift the Trophy is Peterborough United.

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FA Cup 18/19 EP Rd Topline Stats Review

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Stat of the Round

Famous football legend namesake makes FA Cup history. Arundel defeated Chertsey Town 4-1 in Extra Preliminary Round with 16 year old Liam Brady scoring their first goal on 14 minutes to become the first person born in the 21st Century (19/11/2001) ever to score in the FA Cup.

 

First time in Preliminary Round ever

AFC Croydon Athletic (6th season)

AFC Darwen, Anstey Nomads (4th season)

AFC Uckfield Town (3rd Season + 6 for AFC Uckfield), Cheddar (3rd)

Biggleswade, Brackley Town Saints, Hackney Wick, Leyton Athletic, Rusthall, Whitchurch Alport (2nd)

AFC Stoneham, Andover New Street, Baffins Milton Rovers, Blyth, Bearsted, Broadfields United, Easington Sports, Hamble, Lutterworth Town (debut)

 

Equalling best run to PR

Bedfont Sports, Chipping Sodbury Town, Frimley Green, Harborough Town, Irlam, Litherland REMYCA, Longlevens, Loxwood, Lydney Town, Lymington Town, Rothwell Corinthians, Spelthorne Sports, West Essex

 

First time in Preliminary Round in a while

Woodbridge Town (10 years, 8 campaigns)

Malvern Town (7 years, 6 campaigns)

Lancing, Melksham Town (6yrs)

Garforth Town, Hallen, Rainworth Miners Welfare (4yrs)

 

Into Prelim Rd and long time since last KO in EP Rd

Congleton Town 1930/31

Bodmin Town 06/07

Dunston UTS 09/10

Wantage Town 10/11

Shoreham 12/13

Wisbech Town 13/14

Pickering Town, Yaxley 14/15

 

Never KO in EP Rd

Burscough (72 campaigns)

Rugby Town (43 campaigns)

Bishops Cleeve, Prestwich Heys (15 campaigns)

Sporting Khalsa (6)

Handsworth Parramore, Knaresborough Town (5)

CB Hounslow United (3)

Litherland REMYCA (2)

 

First time knocked out in EP Rd ever

Southall (95th season)

Eastbourne Town (70th season)

Harrogate Railway Athletic (32nd season)

Bridgwater Town (23rd)

Goole (20th season)

1874 Northwich (5th)

 

First time KO in EP Rd for a while

Worcester City (1934/35)

Roman Glass St George (1948/49)

Arlesey Town (1950/51)

Holbeach United (10/11)

Tividale (11/12)

Cogenhoe United, Coleshill Town, Westfields (13/14)

Dunkirk (14/15)

 

 

Consecutive EP Rd KOs

Keynsham Town (8 campaigns in 14 years)

Holyport (7 – always)

Enfield 1893, Sandhurst Town, St Andrews, Walsham-le-Willows (7)

Ely City, Teversal (6)

Glasshoughton Welfare, Lingfield (5)

Wellingborough Whitworth, Sunderland Ryhope Colliery Welfare (4 – always)

Athersley Recreation, Barnton, Burnham Ramblers, Cribbs, Lordswood, Peterborough Northern Star, Shirebrook Town, Tadley Calleva (4)

Abbey Rangers, Broadbridge Heath, Wodson Park, Wolverhampton Sporting Community (3 – always)

Abingdon United, Barton Town, Coventry Sphinx, Hebburn Town, Ipswich Wanderers, Leicester Nirvana, Longwell Green Sports, Radford, Romsey Town, Thackley (3)

Little Common, Stockton Town, Widnes, Woodley United (2 – always)

Charnock Richard (2)

 

Debut FACup match wins

Andover New Street 4-0 Romsey Town

Broadfields United 3-0 Banstead Athletic

Tadley Calleva 1-3 Baffins Milton Rovers

East Preston 0-2 Balham

Glashoughton Welfare 1-2 Blyth

Lutterworth Town 2-1 Heanor Town

 

Replays

AFC Portchester 0-3 AFC Stoneham

Alresford Town 0-2 Hamble

Easington Sports 2-0 Winslow United

 

Avenged Previous FA Cup Defeat

Romulus 6-1 Westfields

Arundel 4-1 Chertsey Town (2 prev losses)

Hanley Town 1-4 Atherstone Town (reverse of last year)

Great Yarmouth Town 1-3 Hadleigh United

Hassocks 1-3 Erith Town (2 prev losses)

Stowmarket Town 0-2 Basildon United

Chatham Town 3-1 Walton and Hersham (64 year wait)

Wednesfield 2-1 Rocester

Rainworth Miners Welfare 2-1 Dunkirk

 

Replays

Willand Rovers 3-0 Shepton Mallet

 

Biggest Wins of the EP Rd

Daventry Town 9-2 Potton United (record win)

Ardley United 7-0 Shortwood United (record win/defeat)

Bitton 7-0 Tavistock (record win)

Crawley Green 7-1 Woodley United (record win/defeat)

Kirby Muxloe 0-6 AFC Mansfield (record win/defeat)

Ipswich Wanderers 0-5 Baldock Town (record win)

Sevenoaks Town 6-1 Lordswood (record win)

Quorn 6 – 1 Belper United (record defeat as 1st ever FA Cup game)

AFC Croydon Athletic 5-0 Rochester United (record win/equal record defeat)

Histon 6-1 Peterborough Northern Star (equal record defeat)

Romulus 6-1 Westfields

Wivenhoe Town 0-5 Brantham Athletic (equal record win/equal record defeat)

United Services Portsmouth 5-1 Andover Town (record win)

Liversedge 5-2 Padiham (equal record win)

Bradford Town 5-2 Roman Glass St George (equal record win)

Bishops Cleeve 5-2 Stotfold

Wells City 2-5 Shaftesbury (record win)

 

Replays

Billingham Synthonia o-4 Barnoldswick Town (record win)

Hanley Town 1-4 Atherstone Town (record win)

 

Cup Upsets

Racing Club Warwick (6) 4-3 Coleshill Town (4)

Leicester Nirvana (5) 0-3 Grimsby Borough (6)

Broadfields United (6) 3-0 Banstead Athletic (5)

Eastboune United Association (5) 0-2 Hackney Wick (6)

Haywards Heath Town (4) 0-2 Lancing (5)

Fareham Town (5) 0-2 Frimley Green (6)

Haughmond (6) 2-0 Wolverhampton Sporting Community (5)

Northampton Sileby Rangers (6) 2-0 Ely City (5)

Cheddar (6) 3-2 Bridgwater Town (5)

Selby Town (6) 3-2 Whickham (5)

Prestwich Heys (6) 2-1 Abbey Hey (5)

Rainworth Miners Welfare (6) 2-1 Dunkirk (5)

London Lions (6) 2-1 Wembley (5)

Langney Wanderers (5) 1-2 Epsom and Ewell (6)

Guildford City (5) 0-1 Petersfield Town (6)

Saltash United (6) 1-0 Odd Down (5)

 

Replays

Hanley Town (5) 1-4 Atherstone Town (6)

AFC Portchester (5) 0-3 AFC Stoneham (6)

Barton Town (5) 3-4 Clipstone (6) (from 3-0 down)

Highworth Town (4) 1-2 Windsor (5)

Burnham (6) 2-0 Abingdon United (5)

Malvern Town (6) 3-2 Boldmere St Michael’s (5)

Northwich Victoria (5) 1-0 Widnes (4)

 

Hat-tricks and more

Deon Gallagher (4 goals) – Ardley United

Dan Cann – Hamworthy United

Liam Kimber – Horndean

Brad Martin – Bishops Cleeve

Lee Robinson – Newhaven

Oluwanimilo Ajigbolamu – Crawley Green

Taylor Orosz – Daventry Town

Mason Brown – Oadby Town

Mitchell Piggon – Romulus

Callum McGhee – Bodmin Town

Steve Hart – Quorn

Frankie Sawyer – Sevenoaks Town

Albert Ibrahimi – Garforth Town

Tyler Sibbick – Bradford Town

Ben Bament – Bitton

Yemi Adelani – Ilford

 

Replays

Charlie Portway – Saffron Walden Town

Scott Byrom – Barnoldswick Town

James McKernan – Worthing United

 

Miscellaneous

Royal Wootton Bassett Town won their first FA Cup match since adding ‘Royal’ to their name (4th attempt

By beating Glasshoughton Welfare 2-1, Blyth become the first team from the town to win their debut FA Cup match

Chatham Town avenge defeat to Walton & Hersham after 64 years

Rugby Town won 2-1 at Coventry United – the exact same score-line as at this stage in the FA Cup last season

Worksop Town and Shepshed Dynamo shared 15 goals across two matches with Worksop finally winning 5-4 after extra time in the replay

FACup 2018-19 EP Round Tie-by-Tie Previews

 Stats and Facts about all 184 FACup Extra Preliminary ties – all information copyright © @FACupFactfile – please seek permission before using

Tie No. 1 Consett (NL 1) v North Shields (NL 1)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: Round 1 v Round 2

History: Seven previous FA Cup meetings, the most for all Extra Preliminary Round ties, six won by North Shields

Facts: Consett – last FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round exit was in 2013-14 season. North Shields – last 13 FA Cup campaigns have ended in either Preliminary Round or Extra Preliminary Round exits.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 2 Thackley (NCEL Premier) v Whitley Bay (NL 1)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v Round 3

History: No previous FA Cup meetings

Facts: Thackley lost their last two Extra Preliminary Round ties whilst Whitley Bay have exited in the Extra Preliminary Round three times in the last five years.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 3 Hebburn Town (NL 1) v Dunston UTS (NL 1)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 4th qualifying v 4th qualifying

History: One previous FA Cup meeting won 5-0 by Dunston UTS in 1996-97 season

Facts: Hebburn Town are returning to the FA Cup after three years but lost their last two Extra Preliminary Round ties. Dunston UTS have not exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary round since the 2009-10 season.

 

 

 

Tie No. 4 Ashington (NL 1) v Knaresborough Town (NCEL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: Round 3 v 2nd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings

Facts: Ashington have lost just once in the Extra Preliminary Round in the last eight years. Knaresborough Town have never exited FA Cup in Extra Preliminary round but it is four years since they last competed in it and a further 102 year gap before then.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 5 Goole (NCEL Premier) v Morpeth Town (NPL 1E)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 4

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v 4th qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings

Facts: Goole have never exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round in any of their 19 campaigns. Morpeth Town have three Extra Preliminary Round exits in the last six years.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 6 Glasshoughton Welfare (NCEL 1) v Blyth (NL 1)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 5

Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v N/A

History: No previous FA Cup meetings as Blyth are making their FA Cup debut. Glasshoughton Welfare have never faced a club in their debut FA Cup match before

Facts: Glasshoughton Welfare are appearing in FA Cup for the first time in three years after having four successive Extra Preliminary Round exits. Blyth are looking to become the first club from the town to win their debut FA Cup match.

 

Tie No. 7 Newcastle Benfield (NL 1) v Stockton Town (NL 1)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 4th qualifying v extra preliminary

History: No previous FA Cup meetings

Facts: Newcastle Benfield have not exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round since the 2013-14 season. Stockton Town are competing in the FA Cup for only the second time and are looking to achieve their first victory in the competition.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 8 Selby Town (NCEL 1) v Whickham (NL 1)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 5

Best Runs: Round 2 v 2nd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings

Facts: Selby Town are returning to the FA Cup after a six year gap and after exiting in the Extra Preliminary Round in their last two campaigns. Whickham are returning after a three year gap and have gone out in either the Preliminary Round or the Extra Preliminary Round in each of their last nine campaigns.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 9 Seaham Red Star (NL 1) v Heaton Stannington (NL 2)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 6

Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v 2nd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings

Facts: Seaham Red Star have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round in each of the last three seasons. Heaton Stannington have only twice gone out in the Extra Preliminary Round in their eleven FA Cup campaigns.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 10 Team Northumbria (NL 1) v Shildon (NL 1)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 1st qualifying v Round 2

History: No previous FA Cup meetings

Facts: Team Northumbria have withdrawn from the FA Cup so Shildon will progress to the Preliminary Round maintaining their record of just one Extra Preliminary Round exit in their last dozen FA Cup campaigns.

 

 

Tie No. 11 Northallerton Town (NL 2) v Garforth Town (NCEL Premier)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 5

Best Runs: 4th qualifying v 2nd qualifying

History: One previous FA Cup meeting in 1985-86 won 1-0 by Northallerton Town.

Facts: Northallerton Town are returning to the FA Cup after a season away and have gone out of the FA Cup in either the Preliminary Round or the Extra Preliminary Round in each of their last five campaigns. Garforth Town have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round in each of the last three seasons.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 12 Guisborough Town (NL 1) v Newton Aycliffe (NL 1)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: Round 1 v 2nd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Guisborough Town last exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round in the 2014-15 season. Newton Aycliffe have gone out at this stage of the FA Cup four times in their seven campaigns.

 

 

 

Tie No. 13 Barnoldswick Town (NWCL Premier) v Billingham Synthonia (NL 2)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 6

Best Runs: 1st qualifying v Round 1

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Last season Barnoldswick Town won their first FA Cup matches at their seventh attempt. Billingham Synthonia have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round four times in the last six years.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 14 Washington (NL 2) v West Auckland Town (NL 1)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 5

Best Runs: 4th qualifying v Round 1

History: Two previous FA Cup meetings both won by Washington, the second time just three seasons ago

Facts: Washington and West Auckland Town both suffered defeat in the Extra Preliminary Round last season.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 15 Sunderland Ryhope Community Association (NL 1) v Sunderland Ryhope Colliery Welfare (NL 1)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v extra preliminary*

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Sunderland RCA set their best FA Cup run to the 2nd Qualifying Round last season. Sunderland RCW have had just three FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round exits in their three campaigns. *Ryhope Colliery Welfare made FA Cup 1st Round in 1967-68 season.

 

Tie No. 16 Bridlington Town (NCEL Premier) v Harrogate Railway Athletic (NCEL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 4th qualifying v Round 2

History: One previous FA Cup meeting won 2-0 by Harrogate Railway Athletic in the 2001-02 season,

Facts: Bridlington Town have had just one Extra Preliminary Round exit in the last five years. Harrogate Railway Athletic have never exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round in any one of their 31 campaigns.

 

 

Tie No. 17 Penrith (NL 1) v Albion Sports (NCEL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: Round 2 v 2nd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Penrith last exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round in the 2015-16 season. Albion Sports posted the club’s best FA Cup run to the 2nd Qualifying Round only last season.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 18 Bishop Auckland (NL 1) v Pickering Town (NPL 1E)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 4

Best Runs: Round 4 v 2nd qualifying

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

Facts: Bishop Auckland exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round last season for only the fifth time in 119 campaigns. Pickering Town have made the Preliminary Round in each of their last three campaigns after having three successive Extra Preliminary Round exits.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 19 AFC Darwen (NWCL 1N) v Barnton (NWCL 1S)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 6

Best Runs: extra preliminary v 1st qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings

Facts: AFC Darwen have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round in all three of their campaigns so far. Barnton have also gone out at this stage in their last three FA Cup campaigns but they have been spread over 68 years.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 20 Liversedge (NCEL Premier) v Padiham (NWCL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 4th qualifying v 1st qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Liversedge avoided exiting the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round last season for the first time in six campaigns whilst Padiham were knocked out at this stage last year for the first time in the same period.

 

 

 

Tie No. 21 City of Liverpool (NWCL Premier) v Silsden (NWCL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 1st qualifying v 1st qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: City of Liverpool are competing in the FA Cup for just the second time matching the best FA Cup run of opponents in their first season. Silsden return to the FA Cup after a season away following five Extra Preliminary Round exits in their last seven campaigns.

 

 

Tie No. 22 AFC Liverpool (NWCL 1N) v Ashton Athletic (NWCL Premier)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 5

Best Runs: 1st qualifying v 3rd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings

Facts: AFC Liverpool have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round five times in their eight campaigns. Ashton Athletic achieved the club’s best FA Cup run to the 3rd Qualifying Round only last season.

 

Tie No. 23 Widnes (NPL 1W) v Northwich Victoria (NWCL Premier)

Levels: Step 4 v Step 5

Best Runs: extra preliminary v QUARTER FINALS

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Widnes have had just one previous FA Cup campaign and are looking to achieve their first victory in the competition. Last season Northwich Victoria exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round for the first time in their 109th campaign.

 

 

 

Tie No. 24 Burscough (NWCL Premier) v 1874 Northwich (NWCL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: Round 2 v 3rd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Burscough have never exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round in all their 71 campaigns. The same was true for the opponents of 1874 Northwich last season but that didn’t stop the club posting their best FA Cup run to the 3rd Qualifying Round.

 

 

 

Tie No. 25 Congleton Town (NWCL Premier) v Eccleshill United (NCEL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: Round 1 v 2nd qualifying

History: One previous FA Cup meeting won 3-1 by Congleton Town in 2011-12 season.

Facts: Congleton Town have not exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round since the 1930-31 season, 88 years ago. It is four years since Eccleshill United last competed in the FA Cup after exiting in the Extra Preliminary Round five times in their last six campaigns.

 

 

Tie No. 26 Prestwich Heys (NWCL 1N) v Abbey Hey (NWCL Premier)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 5

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v 2nd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Prestwich Heys are returning to the FA Cup after a 35 year absence and after equalling their best Cup run to the 2nd Qualifying Round in their last campaign. Abbey Hey have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round three times in the last five years.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 27 West Didsbury and Chorlton (NWCL Premier) v Squires Gate (NWCL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: preliminary v 2nd qualifying

History: One previous FA Cup meeting won 3-2 by Squires Gate two seasons ago.

Facts: In their five FA Cup campaigns to date West Didsbury and Chorlton have made it beyond the Extra Preliminary Round four times. Squires Gate have gone out of the FA Cup at this stage nine times in their last 13 campaigns.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 28 Winsford United (NWCL Premier) v Irlam (NWCL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: Round 2 v preliminary

History: No previous FA Cup meetings

Facts: Winsford United have gone out of the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round seven times in the last 10 years. Irlam have exited at this stage in both their last two campaigns.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 29 Penistone Church (NCEL Premier) v Bootle (NWCL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v 3rd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Penistone Church posted the club’s best FA Cup run to the 2nd Qualifying Round last season. Bootle have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round three times in the last four years.

 

 

 

Tie No. 30 Hemsworth Miners Welfare (NCEL Premier) v Runcorn Town (NWCL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: preliminary v 3rd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: In their six FA Cup campaigns Hemsworth Miners Welfare have alternated between exiting in the Preliminary Round and exiting in the Extra Preliminary Round. Runcorn Town have gone out of the FA Cup at this stage just once in their seven campaigns.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 31 Hallam (NCEL 1) v Runcorn Linnets (NPL 1W)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 4

Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v 3rd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Hallam have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round five times in their last seven campaigns. Runcorn Linnets have only gone out in this Round twice in all of their 10 campaigns.

Note: This tie is to be played on Sunday 12th August, KO 3.0pm

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 32 Maltby Main (NCEL Premier) v Athersley Recreation (NCEL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v preliminary

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Maltby Main exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round in both their last two campaigns whilst Athersley Recreation have done the same, but in their last three campaigns.

 

 

 

Tie No. 33 Parkgate (NCEL 1) v Sandbach United (NWCL 1S)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 6

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v N/A

History: No previous FA Cup meetings as Sandbach United are making their debut in the competition, representing the town in the FA Cup for the first time in 44 years.

Facts: Parkgate exited in the Preliminary Round in both their last two FA Cup campaigns after four successive Extra Preliminary Round defeats. Sandbach United are the second club they’ve faced making their FA Cup debut winning 4-1 last time around.

 

 

Tie No. 34 Litherland REMYCA (NWCL Premier) v Charnock Richard (NWCL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: preliminary v extra preliminary

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Both clubs are competing in the FA Cup for just the second time with Litherland REMYCA winning their debut match last season and Charnock Richard losing theirs.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 35 Maine Road (NWCL 1S) v Handsworth Parramore (NCEL Premier)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 5

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v 3rd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings

Facts: Maine Road last exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round in the 2014-15 season. Handsworth Parramore have never gone out of the FA Cup this early in any one of their four campaigns to date.

 

 

 

Tie No. 36 Walsall Wood (MFL Premier) v Worcester City (MFL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v Round 4

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Walsall Wood have gone out of the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round twice in the last three seasons. Worcester City have not exited at this stage of the competition since the 1934-35 season, 84 years ago.

 

 

 

Tie No. 37 Highgate United (MFL Premier) v AFC Wulfrunians (MFL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 4th qualifying v 2nd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Highgate United have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round four times in their last six campaigns. AFC Wulfrunians have only gone out at this early stage of the competition three times in all their 10 campaigns.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 38 Boldmere St Michaels (MFL Premier) v Malvern Town (WMR Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 6

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v 3rd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Boldmere St Michaels have had six FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round exits in the last 10 years whilst Malvern Town have gone out at this stage of the competition in each of their last five campaigns.

 

Tie No. 39 Atherstone Town (MFL 1) v Hanley Town (NWCL Premier)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 5

Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v preliminary

History: One previous FA Cup meeting just last season won 4-1 by Hanley Town.

Facts: Atherstone Town have experienced three FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round exits in their last four campaigns. Hanley Town are competing in the FA Cup for the fourth time with just one exit to date at this stage.

 

Tie No. 40 Stourport Swifts (MFL Premier) v Shawbury United (WMR Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 6

Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v preliminary

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Both sides are looking to break short losing streaks in the FA Cup with Stourport Swifts exiting at this stage in both their last two campaigns and Shawbury United going out this early in all of their last three.

 

 

 

Tie No. 41 Wednesfield (WMRL Premier) v Rocester (MFL 1)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 6

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v 3rd qualifying

History: One previous FA Cup meeting won 2-1 by Rocester in 2009-10 season.

Facts: It is eight years since Wednesfield competed in the FA Cup equalling their best run to the 2nd Qualifying Round the last time they did so. Rocester have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round three times in the last five years.

 

 

 

Tie No. 42 Coventry United (MFL Premier) v Rugby Town (UCL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 1st qualifying v Round 2

History: One previous FA Cup meeting won 2-1 by Rugby Town at this stage just last season.

Facts: This is just the third FA Cup campaign for Coventry United whilst Rugby Town have never exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round in any of their 42 previous campaigns.

Note: This tie is to be played on Sunday 12th August, KO 3.0pm

 

Tie No. 43 Coventry Sphinx (MFL Premier) v Whitchurch Alport (NWCL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v extra preliminary

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Coventry Sphinx exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round in both the last two seasons whilst Whitchurch Alport are participating in the competition for just the second time and are looking for their first FA Cup win.

 

 

 

Tie No. 44 Haughmond (WMR Premier) v Wolverhampton Sporting Community (MFL Premier)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 5

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v extra preliminary

History: One previous FA Cup meeting at this stage last season won 3-2 by Haughmond.

Facts: Haughmond achieved the club’s best FA Cup run to the 2nd Qualifying Round last season whilst Wolverhampton Sporting Community are looking for their first FA Cup win in their third campaign.

 

 

Tie No. 45 Racing Club Warwick (MFL 1) v Coleshill Town (SL 1C)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 4

Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v 3rd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: It is 10 years since Racing Club Warwick last participated in the FA Cup exiting in the Extra Preliminary Round in both their last two campaigns. Coleshill Town have not gone out as early as this stage of the FA Cup since the 2013-14 season.

 

 

 

Tie No. 46 Romulus (MFL Premier) v Westfields (MFL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v Round 1

History: One previous FA Cup meeting won 2-1 by Westfields in the 2012-13 season.

Facts: Romulus exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round in the first of their 13 campaigns and never yet again since. Westfields last left the competition this early in the 2013-14 season.

 

 

 

Tie No. 47 Ellesmere Rangers (NWCL 1S) v Leicester Road (MFL 1)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 6

Best Runs: 1st qualifying v 1st qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Ellesmere Rangers return to the FA Cup after a three year gap and after having exited in the Extra Preliminary six times in their eight previous campaigns. This is just the third campaign for Leicester Road and they are yet to taste defeat at this stage of the competition.

 

 

Tie No. 48 Sporting Khalsa (MFL Premier) v Tividale (WMRL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 6

Best Runs: 4th qualifying v 4th qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Sporting Khalsa have never exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round in any of their previous five campaigns. Tividale have not gone out at this stage since the 2011-12 season, either.

 

 

 

Tie No. 49 Long Eaton United (MFL Premier) v St Andrews (UCL 1)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 6

Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v preliminary

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Long Eaton United have gone out of the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round five times in the last eight years whilst St Andrews have exited the competition at this stage in each of their last six FA Cup campaigns.

 

 

 

Tie No. 50 Sleaford Town (UCL Premier) v South Normanton Athletic (MFL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 1st qualifying v 3rd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Sleaford Town have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round three times in the last four years. Last season saw South Normanton Athletic go out at this early stage of the competition for the first time ever in their 24th FA Cup campaign.

 

 

 

Tie No. 51 Heather St Johns (MFL 1) v Kimberley Miners Welfare (EMCL)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 6

Best Runs: preliminary v preliminary

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: It is four years since Heather St Johns last competed in the FA Cup exiting in the Extra Preliminary Round in both their last two campaigns. Kimberley Miners Welfare fare are participating in the FA Cup for just the second time after last season being awarded their Extra Preliminary Round tie despite losing.

 

 

Tie No. 52 Kirby Muxloe (MFL Premier) v AFC Mansfield (NPL 1E)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 4

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v 3rd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Kirby Muxloe have only once exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round in their previous nine campaigns. AFC Mansfield posted their best FA Cup run to the 3rd Qualifying Round in both the last two seasons.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 53 Clipstone (EMCL) v Barton Town (NCEL Premier)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 5

Best Runs: 1st qualifying v 1st qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Clipstone have just one FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round exit in their four previous campaigns whilst Barton Town went out at this stage of the competition in both the last two seasons.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 54 Lutterworth Town (UCL 1) v Heanor Town (EMCL)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 6

Best Runs: N/A v Round 1

History: No previous FA Cup meetings as Lutterworth Town are making their FA Cup debut.

Facts: Heanor Town have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round three times in the last five years. Lutterworth Town will be the ninth club they have faced making their FA Cup bow, having won four and lost four of their previous eight opponents.

 

 

Tie No. 55 Hinckley AFC (MFL 1) v Anstey Nomads (UCL 1)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 6

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v extra preliminary

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Both clubs have participated in the FA Cup three times. Hinckley AFC have just one Extra Preliminary Round exit whilst Anstey Nomads return after a year away still awaiting their first FA Cup victory.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 56 Worksop Town (NCEL Premier) v Shepshed Dynamo (MFL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: Round 3 v Round 1

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Worksop Town have gone out of the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round three times in the last four years whilst Shepshed Dynamo have done so just the once in their last five campaigns.

 

Tie No. 57 Rainworth Miners Welfare (EMCL) v Dunkirk (MFL Premier)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 5

Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v 2nd qualifying

History: One previous FA Cup meeting won 1-0 by Dunkirk in a 2013-14 replay.

Facts: Rainworth Miners Welfare exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round in each of the last three years. Dunkirk last went out at this early stage of the competition in the 2014-15 season.

 

 

Tie No. 58 Staveley Miners Welfare (NCEL Premier) v Boston Town (UCL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v Round 1

History: Two previous FA Cup meetings both won by Boston Town.

Facts: Both Staveley Miners Welfare and Boston Town have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round twice in the last three years.

 

 

 

Tie No. 59 Teversal (EMCL) v Loughborough University (MFL Premier)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 5

Best Runs: preliminary v 1st qualifying

History: One previous FA Cup meeting won 2-1 by Loughborough University in the 2012-13 season.

Facts: It is five years since Teversal last participated in the FA Cup and they have exited in the Extra Preliminary Round in each of their last five campaigns. Loughborough University have just three Extra Preliminary Round exits in their nine FA Cup campaigns.

 

Tie No. 60 Oadby Town (UCL Premier) v Shirebrook Town (NCEL 1)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 6

Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v 3rd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Oadby Town have three FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round exits in the last five years. Shirebrook Town return after a year away following three successive Extra Preliminary Round eliminations.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 61 Bottesford Town (NCEL Premier) v Radford (EMCL)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 6

Best Runs: 1stn qualifying v preliminary

History: One previous FA Cup meeting won 1-0 by Bottesford Town two years ago.

Facts: Bottesford Town posted the club’s best FA Cup run to the 1st Qualifying Round last season. Radford exited the competition in the Extra Preliminary Round in both the last two seasons.

 

 

 

Tie No. 62 Quorn (MFL Premier) v Belper United (EMCL)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 6

Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v N/A

History: No previous FA Cup meetings as Belper United are making their FA Cup debut.

Facts: Quorn have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round twice in the last three years. Belper United will be the second club they will have faced in the competition making their FA Cup bow. They lost on the previous occasion.

 

 

 

Tie No. 63 Leicester Nirvana (UCL Premier) v Grimsby Borough (NCEL1)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 6

Best Runs: 1st qualifying v 1st qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Leicester Nirvana went out of the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round in both the last two seasons. Grimsby Borough achieved the club’s best FA Cup run to the 1st Qualifying Round just last season.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 64 Cogenhoe United (UCL Premier) v Wisbech Town (NPL 1E)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 4

Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v Round 2

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Neither Cogenhoe United nor Wisbech Town have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round since the 2013-14 season.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 65 Wellingborough Whitworth (UCL Premier) v Harborough Town (UCL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: extra preliminary v preliminary

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: This will be Wellingborough Whitworth’s fourth FA Cup campaign and they are still seeking their first victory in the competition. Harborough Town have had five campaigns and just one Extra Preliminary Round exit.

 

Tie No. 66 Deeping Rangers (UCL Premier) v Holbeach United (UCL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v Round 1

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Deeping Rangers recorded the club’s best FA Cup run to the 2nd Qualifying Round just last season. Holbeach United have not exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round since the 2010-11 season.

 

 

 

Tie No. 67 Raunds Town (UCL 1) v Eynesbury Rovers (UCL Premier)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 5

Best Runs: 4th qualifying v 4th qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Raunds Town have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round four times in their last five campaigns whilst Eynesbury Rovers have gone out at this stage of the competition twice in their last four campaigns.

 

 

 

Tie No. 68 Arlesey Town (SSML Premier) v Desborough Town (UCL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: Round 1 v Round 1

History: One previous FA Cup meeting just last season won 3-1 by Arlesey Town.

Facts: It is 68 years since Arlesey Town last exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round. Desborough Town have done so four times in the last seven years.

 

 

 

Tie No. 69 Thetford Town (ECL Premier) v Fakenham Town (ECL 1N)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 6

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v 1st qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Thetford Town went out of the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round in both the last two seasons. Fakenham Town have had five Extra Preliminary Round exits in the last six years.

Note: This tie is to be played on Friday 10th August, KO 7.45pm

 

 

 

Tie No. 70 Northampton Sileby Rangers (UCL 1) v Ely City (ECL Premier)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 5

Best Runs: 1st qualifying v Round 1

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Northampton Sileby Rangers have just one FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round exit in their four previous campaigns. Ely City has gone out in the round of the FA Cup every season for the last five years.

 

 

 

Tie No. 71 Godmanchester Rovers (ECL Premier) v Newport Pagnell Town (UCL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 1st qualifying v 2nd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: After six successive Preliminary Round exits Godmanchester Rovers went out of the FA Cup last season in the Extra Preliminary Round. Newport Pagnell Town has gone out at this stage twice in the last four years.

 

 

 

Tie No. 72 Biggleswade United (SSML Premier) v Wellingborough Town (UCL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 1st qualifying v 1st qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: After four successive 1st Qualifying Round exits Biggleswade United went out of the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round last season. Wellingborough Town have gone out of the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round five times in the last seven years.

 

 

 

Tie No. 73 Histon (ECL Premier) v Peterborough Northern Star (UCL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: Round 3 v 1st qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Last season saw Histon exit the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round for the first time in 84 years. Peterborough Northern Star, however, have gone out of the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round in each of the last three seasons.

 

 

 

Tie No. 74 Daventry Town (UCL Premier) v Potton United (SSML Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: Round 1 v 3rd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Daventry Town exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round in both the last two seasons whilst Potton United have gone out at this stage of the competition four times in their last five campaigns.

 

 

 

Tie No. 75 Biggleswade (SSML Premier) v Northampton ON Chenecks (UCL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: extra preliminary v preliminary

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Biggleswade are participating in the FA Cup for the second time having lost their only tie last season. Northampton ON Chenecks are competing for the third time having set their best FA Cup run to the Preliminary Round last season.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 76 Swaffham Town (ECL 1N) v Yaxley (SL 1C)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 4

Best Runs: preliminary v 2nd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: In their five FA Cup campaigns Swaffham Town have exited in the Extra Preliminary Round (3 times) and the Preliminary Round (twice including last year). Yaxley last exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round in the 2014-15 season.

 

 

 

Tie No. 77 Rothwell Corinthians (UCL Premier) v Pinchbeck United (UCL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: preliminary v N/A

History: No previous FA Cup meetings as Pinchbeck United are making their FA Cup debut.

Facts: Rothwell Corinthians have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round in each of their last four campaigns. Pinchbeck United are the first club they will face in the competition playing in their very first FA Cup match.

 

 

Tie No. 78 Hullbridge Sports (ESL) v Gorleston (ECL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v Round 1

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Hullbridge Sports last exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round in the 2014-15 season whereas Gorleston have gone out in this round three times in the last four years.

 

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 79 Wroxham (ECL Premier) v Saffron Walden Town (ESL)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v Round 1

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Wroxham went out of the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round last season form the first time in 23 campaigns. It was the 2013-14 season the last time Saffron Walden Town did the same.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 80 Great Yarmouth Town (ECL Premier) v Hadleigh United (ECL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: Round 2 v 1st qualifying

History: One previous FA Cup meeting won 1-0 by Great Yarmouth Town in 2008-09 season.

Facts: Great Yarmouth Town have suffered five Extra Preliminary Round exits in their last eight FA Cup seasons whilst Hadleigh United have gone out at this stage twice in the last three years.

Note: To be played at Hadleigh

 

Tie No. 81 Walthamstow (ESL) v Walsham-le-Willow (ECL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v preliminary

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Walthamstow have suffered three Extra Preliminary Round exits in their last four FA Cup campaigns but Walsham-le-Willows are on an unwanted streak of six successive Extra Preliminary Round eliminations.

 

 

 

Tie No. 82 Kirkley and Pakefield (ECL Premier) v FC Clacton (ECL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v 2nd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Kirkley and Pakefield exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round last season whilst FC Clacton have done so in both the last two years.

 

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 83 Wodson Park (SSML 1) v Hoddesdon Town (ESL)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 5

Best Runs: extra preliminary v Round 1

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: It is six years since Wodson Park participated in the FA Cup and are still awaiting their first victory in the competition. Hoddesdon Town have been knocked out in the Extra Preliminary Round seven times min the last 11 years.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 84 Tower Hamlets (ESL) v Stanway Rovers (ESL)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 1st qualifying v 2nd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Tower Hamlets made the FA Cup Preliminary Round in each of the last three years. Stanway Rovers have gone out of the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round five times in the last seven years.

Note: To be played at Stanway

 

 

Tie No. 85 Norwich United (ECL Premier) v Takeley (ESL)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v 1st qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Norwich United last tasted defeat in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round in the 2013-14 season. Takeley achieved the club’s best FA Cup run to the 1st Qualifying Round just last season.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 86 St Margaretsbury (ESL) v Enfield 1893 (ESL)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v 2nd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: St Margaretsbury have suffered just one FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round defeat in the last six years whilst Enfield 1893 have been knocked out at this stage in every one of those same six seasons.

Note: This tie is to be played on Sunday 12th August, KO 2.0pm

 

 

 

Tie No. 87 Framlingham Town (ECL Premier) v Whitton United (ECL Premier)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 5

Best Runs: preliminary v 2nd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Framlingham Town are competing in FA Cup for only the second time having made it to the Preliminary Round last season. Whitton United are returning after a year away following an Extra Preliminary Round exit.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 88 Southend Manor (ESL) v FC Romania (IL 1SC)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 4

Best Runs: 4th qualifying v 2nd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Southend Manor have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round three times in the last five years. FC Romania set the club’s best FA Cup run to the 2nd Qualifying Round just last season.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 89 Wivenhoe Town (ECL 1S) v Brantham Athletic (ECL Premier)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 5

Best Runs: 4th qualifying v 1t qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Wivenhoe Town have gone out of the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round seven times in the last eight seasons. Brantham Athletic have done so just twice in the last four years.

 

 

 

Tie No. 90 Stowmarket Town (ECL Premier) v Basildon United (IL 1N)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 4

Best Runs: 4th qualifying v 3rd qualifying

History: One previous FA Cup meeting won 1-0 by Stowmarket Town in 1989-90 season.

Facts: Stowmarket Town have gone out of the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round four times in the last five seasons. Basildon United have not done so since their 2011-12 campaign.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 91 Sporting Bengal United (ESL) v Ilford (ESL)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 1st qualifying v 1st qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Sporting Bengal United have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round nine times in their 11 campaigns. Ilford have made it to the Preliminary Round in each of the last three seasons.

 

 

 

Tie No. 92 Haverhill Rovers (ECL Premier) v Haverhill Borough (ECL 1N)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 6

Best Runs: 4th qualifying v 1st qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Haverhill Rovers have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round three times in the last four years. Haverhill Borough achieved the club’s best FA Cup run to the 1st Qualifying Round just last season.

Note: This tie is being streamed live by the BBC on Saturday 11th August and has a 12.30pm kick-off

 

 

Tie No. 93 Ipswich Wanderers (ECL 1N) v Baldock Town (SSML Premier)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 5

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v 2nd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Ipswich Wanderers went out of the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round in both the last two seasons. Baldock Town achieved the club’s best FA Cup run to the 2nd Qualifying Round just last year.

 

 

Tie No. 94 Barkingside (ESL) v Leyton Athletic (ESL)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v extra preliminary

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Barkingside were knocked out in the Extra Preliminary Round last season as were Leyton Athletic in what has been their only FA Cup campaign to date.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 95 Cockfosters (SSML Premier) v Newmarket Town (ECL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 1st qualifying v 4th qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Cockfosters equalled the club’s best FA Cup run to the 1st Qualifying Round just last season. Newmarket Town have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round five times in the last 10 years.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 96 Woodbridge Town (ECL Premier) v Clapton (ESL)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v Round 3

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Woodbridge Town have been knocked out of the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round in each of their last seven campaigns. Clapton have exited at this early stage nine times in the last 12 years.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 97 Burnham Ramblers (ECL 1S) v West Essex (ESL)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 5

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v preliminary

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Burnham Ramblers have gone out of the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round in each of the last three seasons. West Essex made it to the Preliminary Round in their only previous FA Cup campaign.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 98 Stansted (ESL) v Sawbridgeworth Town (ESL)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v 1st qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Stansted have suffered seven FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round eliminations in the last nine years whilst Sawbridgeworth Town have gone out at this early stage nine times in their last 10 campaigns.

Note: This tie is to be played on Sunday 12th August, KO 2.0pm

 

 

Tie No. 99 Redbridge (ESL) v Long Melford (ECL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: Round 2 v 2nd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Redbridge have only ever once been knocked out in the Extra Preliminary Round in all their 42 FA Cup campaigns. Long Melford have made the Preliminary Round in each of the last three seasons.

 

 

 

Tie No. 100 Oxhey Jets (SSML Premier) v Wantage Town (HL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v 1st qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Oxhey Jets have suffered FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round eliminations four times in the last five years. Wantage Town last were knocked out at this stage of the competition in the 2010-11 season.

 

 

 

Tie No. 101 Tuffley Rovers (HL Premier) v Colney Heath (SSML Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v 2nd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Tuffley Rovers have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round four times in their last six campaigns. Colney Heath posted the club’s best FA Cup run to the 2nd Qualifying Round last season.

 

 

 

Tie No. 102 Winslow United (SSML 1) v Easington Sports (HL 1W)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 6

Best Runs: N/A v N/A

History: No previous FA Cup meetings as both clubs are making their FA Cup debuts.

Facts: Winslow United have waited 127 years to compete in the FA Cup for the first time (10 years shorter, though, than the record wait) whilst for Easington Sports it is a mere 72 years.

Note: This tie is to be played on Friday 10th August, KO 7.45pm

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 103 Harpenden Town (SSML Premier) v Edgware Town (SSML Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 1st qualifying v 4th qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Harpenden Town have gone out of the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round twice in the last four years. Edgware Town suffered the same fate for the first time last season in what was their 55th FA Cup campaign.

 

 

Tie No. 104 Hadley (SSML Premier) v Fairford Town (HL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v 1st qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Hadley have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round in half of their eight campaigns whilst Fairford Town have gone out at this stage of the competition seven times in their last eight campaigns.

 

 

 

Tie No. 105 Brackley Town Saints (HL Premier) v London Colney (SSML Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: extra preliminary v 1st qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Brackley Town Saints are participating in the FA Cup for only the second time and are looking to record their first victory in the competition. London Colney have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round in half of their last dozen campaigns.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 106 London Lions (SSML 1) v Wembley (SSML Premier)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 5

Best Runs: 1st qualifying v Round 1

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: This will be the third FA Cup campaign for London Lions but their first for five years. Wembley have made it through to the Preliminary Round in each of the last three seasons

 

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 107 Windsor (HL Premier) v Highworth Town (SL 1S)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 4

Best Runs: 1st qualifying v 3rd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Windsor have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round in each of the last three seasons. Highworth Town have not gone out of the FA Cup at this early stage since the 2013-14 season.

 

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 108 Bishops Cleeve (HL Premier) v Stotfold (SSML Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 4th qualifying v 3rd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Bishops Cleeve have never exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round in all their 14 previous campaigns. Stotfold have gone out in this Round three times in the last four seasons.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 109 AFC Hayes (CCL Premier) v Lydney Town (HL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v preliminary

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Last season saw AFC Hayes knocked out in the Extra Preliminary Round for the first time ever in their 24th FA Cup campaign. Conversely, Lydney Town have gone out at this early stage of the competition four times in their five FA Cup campaigns.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 110 Flackwell Heath (HL Premier) v North Greenford United (SSML Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 4th qualifying v 3rd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meeting.

Facts: Flackwell Heath have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round four times in the last seven seasons. North Greenford United last went out at this stage of the FA Cup in the 2009-10 season.

 

 

Tie No. 111 Tring Athletic (SSML Premier) v Berkhamsted (SL 1C)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 4

Best Runs: 1st qualifying v 2nd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings, although Tring Athletic did once defeat Berkhamsted Town 5-3 in the FA Cup.

Facts: In the last four years Tring Athletic have gone out of the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round three times whilst Berkhamsted have done so on two occasions.

 

 

 

Tie No. 112 Southall (CCL Premier) v Leverstock Green (SSML Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: Round 3 v 2nd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Southall have never exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round in any one of their previous 94 campaigns. Leverstock Green have gone out at this stage of the competition nine times in their 14 FA Cup campaigns.

Note: This tie is to be played on Sunday 12th August, KO 3.0pm

 

Tie No. 113 Holmer Green (HL Premier) v Longlevens (HL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 1st qualifying v preliminary

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Holmer Green have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round seven times in their last nine campaigns. Longlevens are participating in the FA Cup for the third time having made the Preliminary Round in both their previous two campaigns.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 114 Ardley United (HL Premier) v Shortwood United (TWL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v Round 1

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Ardley United have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round twice in the last three years. Shortwood United were last knocked out at this stage of the competition in the 2003-04 season.

 

Tie No. 115 Holyport (HL 1E) v Brimscombe and Thrupp (HL Premier)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 5

Best Runs: extra preliminary v 3rd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: It is three years since Holyport last participated in the FA Cup and in their six previous campaigns they exited at this first stage of the competition so are still awaiting their first FA Cup victory. Brimscombe and Thrupp were last knocked out in the Extra Preliminary Round in the 2014-15 season.

 

 

Tie No. 116 Abingdon United (HL Premier) v Burnham (HL 1E)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 6

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v Round 1

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Abingdon United return to the FA Cup after a year away and following two consecutive Extra Preliminary Round exits. Burnham have also gone out of the FA Cup at this stage in the last two seasons.

 

 

 

Tie No. 117 Crawley Green (SSML Premier) v Woodley United (HL 1E)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 6

Best Runs: 1st qualifying v extra preliminary

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Crawley Green have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round four times in the last seven years. Woodley United are participating in the FA Cup for only the second time having lost at this stage last season.

 

 

 

Tie No. 118 Reading City (HL Premier) v Chipping Sodbury Town (TWL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 1st qualifying v preliminary

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Reading City made it through to the Preliminary Round in both the last two seasons whilst Chipping Sodbury Town are participating in the FA Cup for only the second time having also made the Preliminary Round last season.

 

 

 

Tie No. 119 Leighton Town (SSML Premier) v Royal Wootton Bassett Town (HL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 4th qualifying v 2nd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Leighton Town have only once exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round in all their previous 56 campaigns. Royal Wootton Bassett Town have exited the FA Cup at this stage in all three seasons since the club added the ‘Royal’ prefix to their name.

 

 

 

Tie No. 120 Arundel (SCFL Premier) v Chertsey Town (CCL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v 3rd qualifying

History: Two previous FA Cup meetings both won by Chertsey Town.

Facts: Arundel have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round four times in the last six seasons. Chertsey Town were last knocked out at this stage of the competition in the 2014-15 season.

 

 

Tie No. 121 Sutton Common Rovers (CCL Premier) v CB Hounslow United (CCL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: preliminary v 1st qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Sutton Common Rovers equalled their best run to the Preliminary Round last season but have six Extra Preliminary Round exits in their eight FA Cup campaigns. CB Hounslow United have avoided an Extra Preliminary defeat in both their FA Cup campaigns to date.

Note: This tie is to be played on Sunday 12th August, KO 3.0pm

 

Tie No. 122 Broadbridge Heath (SCFL Premier) v Shoreham (SCFL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: extra preliminary v 4th qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Broadbridge Heath are participating in the FA Cup for the third time and still awaiting their first Cup victory. Shoreham were last knocked out as early as the Extra Preliminary Round in the 2012-13 season.

 

 

Tie No. 123 Langney Wanderers (SCFL Premier) v Epsom and Ewell (CCL 1)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 6

Best Runs: N/A v Round 1

History: No previous FA Cup meetings as Langney Wanderers are making their FA Cup debut.

Facts: Epsom and Ewell have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round three times in the last five years. Langney Wanderers will be the third club they will face playing their first FA Cup match. They won the other two.

Note: This tie is to be played on Sunday 12th August, KO 3.0pm

 

 

 

Tie No. 124 Bearsted (SCEL Premier) v Chichester City (SCFL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: extra preliminary v 1st qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Bearsted have just one FA Cup campaign under their belt, and Extra Preliminary Round exit last season. Chichester City has gone out of the FA Cup in this round eight times in the last nine years.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 125 Redhill (CCL Premier) v Horley Town (CCL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: Round 1 v 1st qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Redhill have made it through to the Preliminary Round in both the last two seasons. Horley Town have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round twice in the last four years.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 126 AFC Croydon Athletic (SCEL Premier) v Rochester United (SCEL 1)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 6

Best Runs: extra preliminary v 1st qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: AFC Croydon Athletic have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round in all five of their previous campaigns. Rochester United were knocked out at this stage in the last two of their three FA Cup campaigns.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 127 Spelthorne Sports (CCL Premier) v Peacehaven and Telscombe (SCFL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: preliminary v 4th qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Spelthorne Sports have suffered just one Extra Preliminary Round elimination in their three FA Cup campaigns to date. Peacehaven and Telscombe exited at this stage last season for the first time in eight years.

 

 

 

Tie No. 128 Hassocks (SCFL Premier) v Erith Town (SCEL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v 2nd qualifying

History: Two previous FA Cup meetings both won by Hassocks.

Facts: Hassocks has exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round six times in their last eight campaigns. Erith Town last went out in this round in the 2014-15 season.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 129 Worthing United (SCFL 1) v Littlehampton Town (SCFL 1)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 6

Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v Round 1

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Worthing United have had eight Extra Preliminary Round exits in their last nine FA Cup campaigns. Littlehampton Town have gone out at this stage in half of their last 10 campaigns.

 

 

 

Tie No. 130 Little Common (SCFL Premier) v Bedfont Sports (IL 1SC)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 4

Best Runs: extra preliminary v preliminary

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Little Common are in their second FA Cup campaign having been knocked out at this stage last season so still await their first FA Cup win. Across their seven FA Cup campaigns Bedfont Sports has either gone out in this round or the Preliminary Round.

Note: This tie is to be played on Sunday 12th August, KO 1.0pm

 

Tie No. 131 Crowborough Athletic (SCEL Premier) v Hanworth Villa (CCL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v 4th qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Crowborough Athletic have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round seven times in the last nine years. Hanworth Villa have only once gone out at this stage of the FA Cup during their seven campaigns to date.

 

 

 

Tie No. 132 Raynes Park Vale (CCL Premier) v Lingfield (SCFL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v 1st qualifying

History: One previous FA Cup meeting won 2-1 by Raynes Park Vale in the 2013-14 season.

Facts: Neither side has won an FA Cup tie for a while. Raynes Park Vale have gone out in the Extra Preliminary Round in each of the last three years whilst Lingfield have done so in each of their last four campaigns.

 

Tie No. 133 AFC Uckfield Town (SCFL Premier) v Glebe (SCEL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: extra preliminary v 2nd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: AFC Uckfield Town have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round in both their campaigns (and in the six campaigns of AFC Uckfield) so have yet to taste victory in the Cup Glebe set their best FA Cup run to the 2nd Qualifying Round last season in what was ostensibly their first actual campaign.

 

Tie No. 134 Abbey Rangers (CCL Premier) v Newhaven (SCFL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: extra preliminary v 4th qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Abbey Rangers have gone out of the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round in both of their campaigns so have still yet to win in the competition. Newhaven were last knocked out in the Extra Preliminary Round way back in the 1924-25 season.

 

 

 

Tie No. 135 Cobham (CCL Premier) v Sheppey United (SCEL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 1st qualifying v preliminary

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Cobham are returning to the FA Cup after six years away and following two successive Extra Preliminary Round exits. Sheppey United have had two FA Cup campaigns since re-forming and made the Preliminary Round for the first time last season.

 

 

 

Tie No. 136 Fisher (SCEL Premier) v Horsham YMCA (SCFL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: preliminary v 4th qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Fisher are returning to the FA Cup after three years away having either been knocked out in this round or the Preliminary Round in their five previous campaigns. Horsham YMCA have gone out of the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round five times in the last seven years.

 

Tie No. 137 Loxwood (SCFL Premier) v Hollands and Blair (SCEL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: preliminary v preliminary

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Whoever wins this tie will at least equal their best FA Cup run. Loxwood made the Preliminary Round in both the last two seasons. Hollands and Blair have only ever been knocked out in the Preliminary Round in their two campaigns to date.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 138 Sevenoaks Town (IL 1SE) v Lordswood (SCEL Premier)

Levels: Step 4 v Step 5

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v 1st qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Sevenoaks Town have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round five times in the last eight years. Lordswood have done so in each of their last three FA Cup campaigns.

 

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 139 Crawley Down Gatwick (SCFL Premier) v Three Bridges (IL 1SE)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 4

Best Runs: 1st qualifying v 2nd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Crawley Down Gatwick have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round three times in the last four years. Three Bridges has gone out of the FA Cup in the Preliminary Round in each of the last four years.

 

Tie No. 140 Eastbourne United Association (SCFL Premier) v Hackney Wick (ECL 1S)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 6

Best Runs: 4th qualifying v extra preliminary

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Eastbourne United Association were last knocked out of the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round in the 2010-11 season. Hackney Wick exited in this round last season, their only FA Cup campaign prior to this one and so are still looking for their first win.

 

 

 

Tie No. 141 Cray Valley Paper Mills (SCEL Premier) v Eastbourne Town (SCFL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 1st qualifying v 4th qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Last season Cray Valley Paper Mills set their best FA Cup run to the 1st Qualifying Round. Eastbourne Town have never exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round in any one of their previous 69 campaigns.

Note: This tie is to be played on Sunday 12th August, KO 3.0pm

 

Tie No. 142 Croydon (SCEL Premier) v Tunbridge Wells (SCEL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: Round 2 v 2nd qualifying

History: Two previous FA Cup meetings both won by Croydon in a replay.

Facts: Croydon were last knocked out of the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round in the 2012-13 season. Tunbridge Wells have gone out of the FA Cup at this stage three times in the last six years.

 

 

 

Tie No. 143 Erith and Belvedere (SCEL 1) v Saltdean United (SCFL Premier)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 5

Best Runs: 4th qualifying v 3rd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Erith and Belvedere have made it through to the Preliminary Round four times in the last five years. Saltdean United have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round six times in their last eight campaigns.

 

 

Tie No. 144 Haywards Heath Town (IL 1SE) v Lancing (SCFL Premier)

Levels: Step 4 v Step 5

Best Runs: 4th qualifying v 4th qualifying

History: Four previous FA Cup meetings with two wins apiece, but have not met in the FA Cup since the 1967-68 season.

Facts: Haywards Heath Town have experienced just one Extra Preliminary Round exit in their previous 56 FA Cup campaigns. Lancing have suffered Extra Preliminary Round exits in all of the last five seasons.

 

 

Tie No. 145 Rusthall (SCEL Premier) v Wick (SCFL 1)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 6

Best Runs: extra preliminary v 2nd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Whilst Rusthall have had just one previous FA Cup campaign to date exiting in the Extra Preliminary Round last season, Wick have gone out at this stage seven times in their last eight FA Cup campaigns.

Note: This tie is to be played on Sunday 12th August, KO 3.0pm

 

Tie No. 146 East Preston (SCFL Premier) v Balham (CCL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v N/A

History: No previous FA Cup meetings as Balham are making their FA Cup debut.

Facts: East Preston have gone out of the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round just once in the last six years. Balham will be the second FA Cup debutante they’ve faced having been victorious the last time they did so.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 147 K Sports (SCEL Premier) v Pagham (SCFL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: N/A v 2nd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings as K Sports are competing in it for the first time.

Facts: Pagham have made it through to the FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round in each of the last four seasons. K Sports will be the first club they have faced playing in their first FA Cup match.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 148 Deal Town (SCEL Premier) v Whitstable Town (IL 1SE)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 4

Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v 3rd qualifying

History: Five previous FA Cup meetings with Deal Town victorious three times including a 7-2 triumph in the 1964-65 season.

Facts: Deal Town have only once exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round in the last five years. Whitstable Town did so last year for the first time since the 1949-50 season.

 

 

 

Tie No. 149 Broadfields United (SSML 1) v Banstead Athletic (CCL Premier)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 5

Best Runs: N/A v 3rd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings as Broadfields United are competing in it for the first time.

Facts: Banstead Athletic have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round 50% of the time in the last eight years. Broadfields United will be the third club they’ve faced in the FA Cup playing their first match in it, having won one and lost one of the previous two.

 

Tie No. 150 Chatham Town (SCEL Premier) v Walton and Hersham (CCL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: QUARTER FINALS v Round 2

History: One previous FA Cup meeting won 4-0 by Walton and Hersham way back in the 1954-55 season.

Facts: Last season Chatham Town suffered an Extra Preliminary Round exit for the first time since the 1950-51 season. Walton and Hersham have never gone out of the FA Cup at this early stage of the competition in any of their previous 72 campaigns.

 

Tie No. 151 Corinthian (SCEL Premier) v Canterbury City (SCEL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v preliminary

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Corinthian have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round three times in the last four years. Canterbury City have only ever gone out in this round or the Preliminary Round in their five FA Cup campaigns to date.

 

 

 

Tie No. 152 Beckenham Town (SCEL Premier) v Colliers Wood United (CCL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v 2nd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Beckenham Town have suffered three Extra Preliminary Round eliminations in the last five years whilst Colliers Wood United have gone out at this stage four times in the last eight season.

 

 

 

Tie No. 153 Hamworthy United (WL Premier) v Team Solent (WL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v preliminary

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Hamworthy United have made it through to the FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round in each of the last three seasons. Team Solent have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round four times in their five campaigns to date.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 154 Melksham Town (SL 1S) v Badshot Lea (CCL Premier)

Levels: Step 4 v Step 5

Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v 3rd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Melksham Town have suffered Extra Preliminary Round elimination in each of the last five seasons. Badshot Lea made it through to the Preliminary Round during the same five years.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 155 AFC Stoneham (WL 1) v AFC Portchester (WL Premier)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 5

Best Runs: N/A v 2nd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings as AFC Stoneham are making their FA Cup debut.

Facts: AFC Portchester have equalled their best FA Cup run to the 2nd Qualifying Round in each of the last three seasons. AFC Stoneham will be the second club they’ve faced playing in their first FA Cup match, having won the previous time they did so.

 

Tie No. 156 Newport (IOW) (WL 1) v Amesbury Town (WL 1)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 6

Best Runs: Round 2 v preliminary

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Newport (IOW) have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round in each of the last three seasons. After going out at this stage in their first four campaigns Amesbury Town have set their best FA Cup run to the Preliminary Round in both the last two years.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 157 Knaphill (CCL Premier) v Sholing (WL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v 3rdm qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Knaphill recorded their best FA Cup run to the 2nd Qualifying Round just last season. Sholing, on the other hand, exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round last season for the first time in the eight seasons since competing under their current name.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 158 Guildford City (CCL Premier) v Petersfield Town (WL 1)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 6

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v 3rd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Guildford City made the 1st Qualifying Round in both the last two seasons. Petersfield Town have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round six times in their nine campaigns.

 

 

 

Tie No. 159 Tadley Calleva (WL Premier) v Baffins Milton Rovers (WL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: preliminary v N/A

History: No previous FA Cup meetings as Baffins Milton Rovers are making their FA Cup debut.

Facts: Tadley Calleva return to the FA Cup after a season away following three successive Extra Preliminary Round exits. Baffins Milton Rovers will be the first club they will face playing in their first ever FA Cup match.

 

 

Tie No. 160 Bemerton Heath Harlequins (WL Premier) v Cowes Sports (WL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v 2nd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Bemerton Heath Harlequins have suffered seven Extra Preliminary Round exits in the last dozen seasons. Cowes Sports has experienced the same fate seven times in the last 11 years.

 

 

 

Tie No. 161 Andover New Street (WL Premier) v Romsey Town (WL 1)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 6

Best Runs: N/A v 4th qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings as Andover New Street are making their debut in the competition.

Facts: Romsey Town are returning to the FA Cup after three seasons away and following two consecutive Extra Preliminary Round exits. Andover New Street will be the second club they’ve faced making their FA Cup bow, having won on the previous occasion.

 

Tie No. 162United Services Portsmouth (WL 1) v Andover Town (WL 1)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 6

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v 1st qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: United Services Portsmouth are returning after a year away and have experienced Extra Preliminary Round elimination just once in all their seven FA Cup campaigns. Andover Town have never gone out at this stage of the competition in their three campaigns to date.

 

 

Tie No. 163 Horndean (WL Premier) v Godalming Town (CCL 1)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 6

Best Runs: 1st qualifying v 4th qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Horndean have posted their best FA Cup run to the 1st Qualifying Round five times in the last seven years. Godalming Town have reached that same round in each of the last four years.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 164 Hamble (WL Premier) v Alresford Town (WL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: N/A v 2nd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings as Hamble are making their FA Cup debut.

Facts: Alresford Town have only exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round three times in their 10 campaigns so far. Hamble will be the first club they will face in the FA Cup playing in their inaugural match.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 165 Farnham Town (CCL 1) v Binfield (HL Premier)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 5

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v 2nd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Farnham Town have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round seven times in the last 13 years. Binfield have gone out at this stage of the competition four times in their nine campaigns so far.

 

 

 

Tie No. 166 Brockenhurst (WL Premier) v Christchurch (WL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v 2nd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Brockenhurst have not gone out of the FA Cup at this early stage since the 2014-15 season. Christchurch have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round seven times in the last nine years.

 

 

 

Tie No. 167 Bashley (WL Premier) v Bournemouth (Amateurs) (WL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: Round 2 v Round 1

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Bashley suffered an Extra Preliminary Round exit last year for the first time in all their 30 FA Cup campaigns. Bournemouth (Amateurs) have exited the competition in the Extra Preliminary Round in each of the last three seasons.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 168 Fareham Town (WL Premier) v Frimley Green (CCL 1)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 6

Best Runs: 1st Round v preliminary

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Fareham Town have suffered just one Extra Preliminary Round exit in the last six years. Frimley Green are returning to the FA Cup after two years away, but have only ever been knocked out in this round or the Preliminary Round in their 10 campaigns so far.

 

 

 

Tie No. 169 Ascot United (HL Premier) v Camberley Town (CCL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 1st qualifying v Round 1

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Ascot United have three FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round eliminations in their seven campaigns to date. Camberley Town have gone out at this stage of the competition twice in the last four years.

Note: This tie is to be played on Friday 10th August, KO 7.45pm

 

Tie No. 170 Sandhurst Town (CCL 1) v Lymington Town (WL Premier)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 5

Best Runs: 4th qualifying v preliminary

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Sandhurst Town return to the FA Cup after four seasons away and following six successive Extra Preliminary Round exits. Lymington Town have gone out in this round in each of the last four seasons, too.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 171 Clevedon Town (TWL Premier) v Portland United (WL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: Round 1 v 4th qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Clevedon Town have had just one Extra Preliminary Round exit in their last 62 FA Cup campaigns. Portland United have gone out at this stage twice in their last three campaigns.

 

 

 

Tie No. 172 Westbury United (TWL Premier) v Cribbs (TWL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: Round 1 v preliminary

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: It is eight years since Westbury United participated in the FA Cup when they had had three Extra Preliminary Round exits in their last five campaigns. The last three of Cribbs four FA Cup campaigns have ended in the Extra Preliminary Round.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 173 Hallen (TWL Premier) v Longwell Green Sports (TWL 1)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 6

Best Runs: 4th qualifying v 1st qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Hallen have exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round in each of the last three seasons. Longwell Green Sports have suffered the same fate in both the last two years.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 174 Wells City (TWL 1) v Shaftesbury (WL Premier)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 5

Best Runs: 4th qualifying v 2nd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Wells City have experienced FA Cup elimination in the Extra Preliminary Round just once in their last 23 campaigns. Shaftesbury have gone out at this stage twice in their last three campaigns.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 175 Bodmin Town (SWPL Premier) v Keynsham Town (TWL 1)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 6

Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v 1st qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Bodmin Town have not suffered an Extra Preliminary Round exit since the 2006-07 season. Conversely, Keynsham Town have gone out of the FA Cup at this stage in each of their last seven campaigns.

 

 

Tie No. 176 Cheddar (TWL 1) v Bridgwater Town (TWL Premier)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 5

Best Runs: extra preliminary v 3rd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: This will be the third FA Cup campaign for Cheddar and they are still waiting for their first Cup win. Bridgwater Town have never exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round in any one of their previous 22 campaigns.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 177 Shepton Mallet (TWL Premier) v Willand Rovers (TWL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: preliminary v 4th qualifying

History: One previous FA Cup meeting won 2-0 by Shepton Mallet in a replay just two years ago.

Facts: In their 14 FA Cup campaigns Shepton Mallet have either exited in this round or in the Preliminary Round. Willand Rovers have gone out at this stage of the competition five times in the last seven years.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 178 Bitton (TWL Premier) v Tavistock (SWPL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 6

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v 3rd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Bitton have gone out of the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round four times in the last nine years. Tavistock have done the same twice in the last three seasons.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 179 Buckland Athletic (TWL Premier) v Pewsey Vale (HL 1W)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 6

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v 1st qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Buckland Athletic have experienced six Extra Preliminary Round exits in their nine FA Cup campaigns. Pewsey Vale return to the FA Cup after three years away following four Extra Preliminary Round exits in their last five campaigns.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 180 Bridport (TWL Premier) v Wellington (TWL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v 1st qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Bridport registered the club’s best FA Cup run to the 3rd Qualifying Round last season. Wellington have had three Extra Preliminary Round exits in their last four campaigns.

 

 

 

 

Tie No. 181 Hengrove Athletic (TWL Premier) v Plymouth Parkway (TWL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: preliminary v 1st qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Both clubs have six FA Cup campaign under their belts. Hengrove Athletic equalled their best run to the Preliminary Round last season whilst Plymouth Parkway exited in the Extra Preliminary for the first time.

 

 

 

Tie No. 182 Saltash United (SWP Premier) v Odd Down (TWL Premier)

Levels: Step 6 v Step 5

Best Runs: 4th qualifying v 2nd qualifying

History: One previous FA Cup meeting won 3-1 by Odd Down in the 2012-13 season.

Facts: Saltash United return after two years away following six Extra Preliminary Round exits in their last eight campaigns. Odd Down last went out at this stage of the competition in the 2013-14 season.

 

 

Tie No. 183 Brislington (TWL Premier) v Cadbury Heath (TWL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 4th qualifying v 3rd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: Brislington have been knocked out of the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round four times in the last nine years. Cadbury Heath have suffered the same fate three times in the last five seasons.

 

 

 

Tie No. 184 Bradford Town (TWL Premier) v Roman Glass St George (TWL Premier)

Levels: Step 5 v Step 5

Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v 4th qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

Facts: In their eight FA Cup campaigns Bradford Town have been eliminated in the Extra Preliminary Round six times. It is 55 years since Roman Glass St George last participated in the FA Cup (as Bristol St George) having had just one Extra Preliminary Round exit in their 31 campaigns.

 

FA Cup 2018-19 EP Rd Preview

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FA Cup 2018-19 Extra Preliminary Round Overview

This season sees the FA Cup revert back to 736 participants, but interim Non-League Pyramid re-structuring by the FA means that exemptions for the early rounds have been affected. The Extra Preliminary Round contains 18 clubs from Step 4 who might have expected to be exempted until the Preliminary Round as in previous seasons. The FA will need to review the structure of the competition once the 2-4-6-8-16 pyramid is finally in place, but in the meantime there will be anomalies in exemptions.

The New Boys

There are 17 clubs making their debut in this season’s 2018-19 FA Cup with all but two of them beginning in the Extra Preliminary Round (the exceptions are the merged club Ossett United and Coggeshall Town who survived the cut-off point of Step 4 clubs in the Extra Preliminary Round). Several of the clubs were only formed in the 21st Century – Baffins Milton Rovers, Balham, Blyth, Langney Wanderers, Sandbach United and of course Ossett United – whilst three have had to wait since the nineteenth century to get a taste of FA Cup football.

Andover New Street were formed sometime in the 1890s and Winslow United were founded in 1891, so both of these clubs have waited up to 127 years to compete in the FA Cup. However, the aforementioned Coggeshall Town were formed in 1878, and so 140 years have passed since their formation and first kicking a ball in the most famous Cup competition. That 14 decade wait is now officially the longest any club has gone from formation to playing in the FA Cup, bypassing the 137 year-long wait of Brading Town from the Isle of Wight back in the 2008-09 season.

Welcome Back

Thirty-odd clubs are returning to the FA Cup after a period of non-participation, the majority of whom are doing so after just one to four or five seasons away. However, a couple are re-kindling their relationship with the competition after a much longer hiatus. Prestwich Heys competed in the FA Cup for 15 consecutive years from the beginning of the 1970s until the mid-80s. The Heys made the 2nd Qualifying Round three times then including in their last FA Cup campaign to date in the 1983-84 season, 35 years ago.

Bristol based Roman Glass St George, however, have been gone for much longer, so long ago that they were playing under a different guise and so it was not obvious that they had played in the FA Cup before. Formed as Bristol St George in 1882 the Glass first entered the FA Cup in their tenth season and went on to compete in it a total of 30 times reaching the 4th Qualifying Round at the end of the 19th Century. The club last competed in the FA Cup in the 1953-54 season and so 65 years and three name changes have passed before they now return to participate in it once again.

Old Friends

One of the consequences of the interim FA non-league re-structure is that there are more Leagues at Steps 3 to 6 and the impact of that increase is that fewer clubs will face opponents in the FA Cup whom they will also meet twice in League action. Two years ago 118 clubs met familiar foe in the Extra Preliminary Round, and last season that number rose to 136 clubs. However, in this season’s competition only 96 clubs will face opponents from the same League in the Extra Preliminary Round.

The number of clubs facing opponents who they have met before in the FA Cup tends to be around the 50 to 60 mark, and this season is no different. There are 29 ties involving clubs with FA Cup history between them and in the majority of cases there have been just one or maybe two previous encounters. However, some clubs do seem to come across the same opponents time and again. For example, Haywards Heath Town and Lancing have met four times before in the FA Cup with both sides winning through twice, but to be fair it is over 50 years since they last met.

Deal Town and Whitstable Town have faced each other five times before in the FA Cup with Deal Town coming out on top with three victories to two, including a 7-2 thrashing in the 1964-65 season. The most common tie of the Extra Preliminary Round was the first one drawn out of the hat as Consett take on North Shields for the eighth time. The Steelmen may not be over enamoured by the draw given that the Robins have won six of their previous seven encounters.

Some clubs are looking to avenge FA Cup defeats from just last season. Hanley Town beat Atherstone Town 4-1 in the competition last year, Haughmond won 3-2 against Wolverhampton Sporting Community, Arlesey Town defeated Desborough Town 3-1, and Rugby Town beat Coventry United 2-1 all in the Extra Preliminary Round in the 2017-18 season. However, Chatham Town have had to wait 64 years for the opportunity to avenge a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Walton and Hersham in the FA Cup.

Breaking Ducks

Aside from all the clubs making their FA Cup debuts this season there are also 24 other clubs yet to taste victory in the FA Cup. For many of these they have only tried once or twice before to get through to the Preliminary Round, but for others the wait has gone on for far longer. AFC Croydon Athletic have had five FA Cup campaigns and five Extra Preliminary Round exits. Holyport are returning to compete in the FA Cup after a couple of years away and they will be hoping for a change in fortunes against Brimscombe and Thrupp having lost all six of their previous FA Cup matches.

Several other clubs are on long unwanted streaks of Extra Preliminary Round elimination. Glasshoughton Welfare are returning to the FA Cup after a three year absence and following four consecutive Extra Preliminary Round exits. Rothwell Corinthians, Lymington Town and Lingfield are on similar streaks of four successive FA Cup losses spread over four to six seasons.

Malvern Town, Melksham Town, Lancing and Ely City have all exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round in each of the last five seasons. Teversal have a similar sequence in their last five campaigns and are returning after a five year gap to try to do something about ending it. Leicester based club St Andrew’s are on six for six in Extra Preliminary Round exits spread over the last eight seasons, whilst Enfield 1893 and Walsham-le-Willows will be weeping at six consecutive Extra Preliminary Round eliminations. Sandhurst Town are returning after five years away to try to end their run of six consecutive Extra Preliminary Round knock-outs.

However, Suffolk based Woodbridge Town and Bristol side Keynsham Town hold the current non-winning streak of all clubs participating in this year’s FA Cup with seven consecutive Extra Preliminary Round exits across nine and 14 seasons respectively.

Opposites Attract

The 2018-19 draw has paired together Widnes and Northwich Victoria who both exited the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round last season. The difference was that it was the first ever FA Cup game for the Dragons of Widnes whilst it was the first time in their 109 FA Cup campaigns that the Vics had ever been knocked out of the competition as early as the Extra Preliminary Round.

Northwich Victoria are also one of only two clubs competing in this year’s Extra Preliminary Round to have made it as far as the Quarter Finals in the past. They did so in the 1883-84 season, losing 9-1 at Blackburn Olympic, whilst in 1888-89 Chatham Town became the joint first non-league club to reach the last eight, but they lost 10-1 at home to West Bromwich Albion, the heaviest ever home defeat in an FA Cup Quarter Final.

Reputations on the Line

A handful of clubs have competed in the FA Cup a few times and have managed to avoid going out in the competition in the earliest Extra Preliminary Round, but there are several clubs who are putting their FA Cup histories to the test having never been eliminated at this stage of the competition in many, many years of participation.

Bishop’s Cleeve are one such team with 14 FA Cup campaigns under their belt and no Extra Preliminary Round exits. The aforementioned Prestwich Heys long awaited return to the FA Cup comes on the back of 15 campaigns of never having lost in the Extra Preliminary Round before, but that is simply because that particular round didn’t exist in the 70s and 80s. Bridgwater Town have had 22 FA Cup campaigns and not a single Extra Preliminary Round elimination.

Harrogate Railway Athletic are another such team and they travel to Bridlington Town in their 32nd campaign in the knowledge of having defeated their opponents 2-0 the last time they met in the FA Cup 16 years ago. Rugby Town have a 42 campaign unblemished record and having beaten their opponents Coventry United at this stage last season will be confident of making it forty-three.

Eastbourne Town have competed in the FA Cup 69 times without ever tasting defeat at this stage, but they will be wary of their opponents Cray Valley Paper Mills who registered their best FA Cup run just last season. Similarly, Burscough host 1874 Northwich having had 71 previous FA Cup campaigns without an Extra Preliminary Round exit, but aware that their opponents posted their best ever run in the competition just last season, too. For Walton and Hersham it is 72 FA Cup campaigns and no Extra Preliminary Round exits.

But Southall are the club really testing their reputation having had 94 previous FA Cup campaigns and zero Extra Preliminary Round eliminations. Their opponents, Leverstock Green, have gone out at this stage nine times in their total of 14 campaigns so history suggests their record should remain intact. But it is the FA Cup after all.

Quirky Facts

Sunderland Ryhope Community Association versus Sunderland Ryhope Colliery Welfare is not only one of two very close derbies in this year’s Extra Preliminary Round (the other is Haverhill Rovers vs Haverhill Borough), but at 67 letters in total it is also probably the longest combined names of any FA Cup tie in history.

Interestingly, it is the FA that add the word ‘Sunderland’ to Ryhope Colliery Welfare’s name, the club do not include it, which is a shame really because ‘Sunderland Ryhope Colliery Welfare’ is the only club name competing in the FA Cup this year that contains all the letters of the words ‘FA Cup’ in it.

Heanor Town will travel to Lutterworth United, a club making their FA Cup debut this season. They will be the ninth club Heanor Town have faced who are playing their first ever FA Cup match. For the record, Heanor Town have won four and lost four of the previous eight.

FACupFactfile Facts & Stats in 2018 FA Cup Final Programme

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

If you would like to use any of these facts & stats in your club’s own FA Cup programme then please let @FACupFactfile on Twitter know beforehand and ideally share a physical or electronic copy of the programme

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How Odd!

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

 

Berko’s Dozen

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

 

Lightning At-Tack

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

 

Shaftesbury Shock

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

 

Just Like Buses

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

 

 

 

No Victor Victoria

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

 

Fawley Awful

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

 

Pitt Start

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

 

Wood You Like to Call

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

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Seven Mins Four Pens

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

 

 

New Faces

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

 

You’re having a Wath

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

 

Long Way from Home

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

 

Cornish Pass Tie

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

 

Fourteen Hours

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

Seven Seconds

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

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The Non-League No Show

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

 

Hello Neighbour

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

 

Every Cloud

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

 

Just Gr8

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

Extra! Extra!

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

 

Not So Gr8

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

 

Will Griggs on Fire, Jack Midson’s Higher

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

 

Hot-Shot Hotspurs

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

 

 

Lucky 13?

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

 

Who’s No. 1?

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

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Haven’t We Met Before?

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

 

Repeat, repeat, repeat!

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

 

 

 

 

Blue or Red is the Colour

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

 

Two Long

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

 

Guaranteed Record

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

 

 

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

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v SEMI FINALS            

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

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

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v WINNERS

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

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

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v RUNNERS-UP

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: RUNNERS-UP v WINNERS            

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v WINNERS

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

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

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: Round 5 v WINNERS            

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

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

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: RUNNERS-UP v WINNERS

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

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

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v WINNERS

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

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

 

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Stat of the Round

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

Cupsets

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

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

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

 

Into 5th Round to at least equal best Cup run

Rochdale (3rd time)

 

In 5th Round for first time in a while

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

 

Successive years making it into 5th Rd

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

 

KO in 4th Rd but set best run

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

 

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

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

 

Consecutive 4th Rd exits

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

 

Equalled best ever FA Cup win

Swansea City (8-1)

  

Equalled heaviest FA Cup loss

Notts County (1-8)

 

 

Miscellaneous

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v WINNERS

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

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

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: QUARTER FINALS v RUNNERS-UP

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v RUNNERS-UP

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

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

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v SEMI FINALS            

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

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

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

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

Best Runs: Round 5 v WINNERS

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v SEMI FINALS            

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v WINNERS

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

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

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: Round 5 v WINNERS

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

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

 

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: RUNNERS-UP v Round 5

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

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

 

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v RUNNERS-UP

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: RUNNERS-UP v RUNNERS-UP

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v WINNERS

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: RUNNERS-UP v WINNERS

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

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

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: Round 3* v WINNERS

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v WINNERS

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v WINNERS

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

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

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v WINNERS

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

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

Semi-Finals four years ago.

 

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

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

Best Runs: RUNNERS-UP v RUNNERS-UP

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: RUNNERS-UP v Round 4

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v WINNERS            

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: RUNNERS-UP v RUNNERS-UP

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v QUARTER FINALS

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: QUARTER FINALS v WINNERS

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v RUNNERS-UP

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: Round 3* v WINNERS

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

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

*Since re-forming in 1989

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v WINNERS

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: Round 5 v WINNERS

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

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

 

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v WINNERS

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: QUARTER FINALS v WINNERS

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: RUNNERS-UP v Round 5

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v WINNERS

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: QUARTER FINALS v WINNERS

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v Round 3

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: RUNNERS-UP v WINNERS

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: Round 3 v RUNNERS-UP

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

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

 

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v RUNNERS-UP

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v QUARTER FINALS

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

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

 

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNER v WINNERS

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: QUARTER FINALS v WINNERS

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

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

 

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v SEMI FINALS

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: Round 5 v SEMI FINALS

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v RUNNERS-UP

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: RUNNERS-UP v WINNERS

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: RUNNERS-UP v WINNERS

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: SEMI FINALS v WINNERS

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: SEMI FINALS v WINNERS

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: QUARTER FINALS v WINNERS

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

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

 

The 2017-18 FACTA Nominees

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

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

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

Voting Options

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

 

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

Team of the Cup

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

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

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

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

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

 

Performance of the Cup

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Surprise of the Cup

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

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

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

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

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

 

Special Team Award

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

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

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

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

 

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

Voting closes at 11.59am on Wednesday 3rd January 2018