List of the first match played in the FA Cup by each individual club.
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Premier League Clubs 2015-16
AFC Bournemouth – 1909-10 Preliminary Round (as Boscombe and member of Hampshire League West)
Bournemouth Gasworks (Athletic) (also from Hampshire League West) 0 – 0 Boscombe (Boscombe won replay 2-1)
Bournemouth Gasworks Athletic was formed in 1899, but didn’t add the ‘Athletic’ moniker until 1921. Known as The Lights, the club first entered the FA Cup in 1905/06 season, competing in 27 seasons right up until 1956-57, and reaching the 3rd Qualifying Round on four separate occasions. The club spent most of its existence playing in the Hampshire League (and Dorset League), and dissolved 16 years after its last FA Cup appearance.
Arsenal – 1889-90 1st Qualifying Round (as Royal Arsenal)
Royal Arsenal 11 – 0 Lyndhurst (formed 1883 from Denmark Hill)
Lyndhurst entered the FA Cup on four occasions losing all four matches, twice 4-2 to Chesham, 9-0 to Crusaders as well as the double-digit defeat to Royal Arsenal. However, as two of those seasons were before the Football League was formed, the club is registered as reaching the First Round twice.
Aston Villa – 1879-80 2nd Round (received a bye in 1st Round)
Stafford Road (Works), Wolverhampton 1 – 1 Aston Villa (Villa won replay 3-1)
Stafford Road Works from Wolverhampton (AKA Stafford Road and Stafford Road Railway Works) was formed in 1874 and entered the FA Cup eight times, reaching the Quarter Finals in 1880-81 where they were narrowly beaten 2-1 by Old Etonians.
Chelsea – 1905-06 1st Qualifying Round (as a Football League Division 2 side)
Chelsea 6 – 1 1st Grenadier Guards (League membership not yet identified)
1st Grenadier Guards, based in London, had played in London League Division One in the 1903-04 season, and would later compete in the Great Western Suburban League, the Southern Suburban League Senior East Division and the Spartan League all before the breakout of World War One. The club entered the FA Cup seven times making it as far as the 4th Qualifying Round in 1910-11.
Crystal Palace – 1905-06 1st Qualifying Round (as Southern League Division 2 side)
Crystal Palace 7 – 0 Clapham (a Southern Suburban League Senior B side)
It’s not clear if this Clapham club was associated with Clapham Rovers who won the FA Cup in 1879-80. The club had been called Clapham Claremont for one season two years prior to this Crystal Palace defeat and entered the competition right up until the 1909-10 season, one year before Clapham Rovers was reportedly dissolved. Clapham had previously played in the Clapham League and eventually became a Spartan League West member in 1908-09 season. Under the Clapham name, the club made the 3rd Qualifying Round of the FA Cup on two occasions.
Everton – 1886-87 1st Round drawn to play at Glasgow Rangers but scratched
1887-88 1st Round Bolton Wanderers 1 – 0 Everton (match voided) (Re-organised game ended 2-2, then the teams drew 1-1 before Everton finally won 2-1. Everton then lost 6-1 to Preston North End in 2nd Round, but that result was voided as Everton were disqualified after that game was played and Bolton re-instated)
Glasgow Rangers entered the English FA Cup twice, scratching in 1885-86 rather than travelling to Rawtenstall in the First Round, and making it all the way to the Semi Finals in 1886-87 where a 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa prevented them from becoming only the second Scottish side after Queen’s Park to make the English FA Cup final. The Scottish FA banned their member clubs from competing in the English FA Cup after this season.
Leicester City – 1890-91 1st Qualifying Round (as Leicester Fosse, not in a any League)
Leicester Fosse 0 – 4 Burton Wanderers (Midland League side)
Burton Wanderers was formed in 1871 and would eventually become a Football League club in 1894 for three seasons, before merging with Burton Swifts, who had remained a Football League club, in 1901 to form Burton United who folded in 1910, three years after leaving the Football League. This victory over Leicester Fosse took Burton Wanderers into the 2nd Round of the FA Cup for their one and only time.
Liverpool – 1892-93 1st Qualifying Round (as a Lancashire League side)
Nantwich (Town) (from The Combination) 0 – 3 Liverpool
Nantwich was formed in 1884, adding the word ‘Town’ in 1973, and is still an active participant in the FA Cup having competed in it 92 times since their first entry in 1888-89 season. The Dabbers have appeared in the 1st Round of the competition on just the one occasion, a 2011-12 campaign that saw them lose 6-0 at League One side Milton Keynes Dons.
Manchester City – 1890-91 1st Qualifying Round (as Ardwick, not in any League)
Ardwick 12 – 0 Liverpool Stanley (League membership not yet identified)
Liverpool Stanley was formed in 1882 in Kirkdale and entered the FA Cup eight times in total, first competing in 1887-88 meaning the club had one 1st Round appearance, a 5-1 home defeat to Halliwell. The club eventually played in the Lancashire Combination before joining the Liverpool and District League Division One.
Manchester United – 1886-87 1st Round (as Newton Heath Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway)
Fleetwood Rangers 2 – 2 Newton Heath LYR (Newton Heath disqualified before the replay)
1889-90 1st Round (as Newton Heath, member of Football Alliance)
Preston North End 6 – 1 Newton Heath
Fleetwood Rangers was a founder member of the Lancashire League and twice made the 2nd Round of the FA Cup in their 11 seasons of competing in it. The club left the Lancashire League to join the Lancashire Combination in 1897, but appear to have dissolved before the end of the Nineteenth Century.
Newcastle United – 1892-93 1st Round (as a Northern League side)
Newcastle United 2 – 3 Middlesbrough (also a Northern League side)
Nb. It’s debatable whether Newcastle United is a result of a merger between Newcastle East End and Newcastle West End, or whether Newcastle East End amalgamated Newcastle West End and Newcastle United is just an extension of Newcastle East End
1887-88 1st Round South Bank 3 – 2 Newcastle East End (After extra time)
South Bank was formed in 1868, incorporated South Bank clubs Eribus, Excelsior and Black Watch before competing in the FA Cup for the first of 90 times in 1886-87. The club made one 2nd Round appearance the following year before becoming Northern League regulars and competing in the FA Cup up until the 1992-93 season, and folding six years later after a few seasons in the Wearside League.
Norwich City – 1902-03 Preliminary Round (as member of Norfolk and Suffolk League)
Lowestoft Town (also in Norfolk and Suffolk League) 5 – 0 Norwich City
Lowestoft was formed in 1887 as a result of a merger between East Suffolk and the first of many Kirkley clubs, adding the name ‘Town’ three years later. The Blues are still an active participant in the FA Cup having competed 107 times since first entering in 1898-99 season. The club has made the 1st Round on six separate occasions; only five other clubs have gone so far in the competition more often without ever making the 2nd Round.
Southampton – 1891-92 1st Qualifying Round (as Southampton St Mary’s, not in any League)
Warmley (not found in any league) 1 – 4 Southampton St Mary’s
Gloucestershire based Warmley only existed in the Nineteenth Century folding in 1899 having first played in the Bristol and District League before competing simultaneously in the Western League and the Southern League. The club twice made it to the FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round, in 1895 defeated again by Southampton St Mary’s, and in 1899 losing to Reading in what would be the club’s final season.
Stoke City – 1883-84 1st Round (as Stoke)
Stoke 1 – 2 Manchester
This Manchester club was formed in 1866 (maybe related to Manchester RFC) and competed in the FA Cup for just two campaigns. This victory over Stoke was a precursor to a 2nd Round 15-0 drubbing at the hands of Queen’s Park, the biggest ever FA Cup win by a non-English club.
Sunderland – 1884-85 1st Round
Redcar 3 – 1 Sunderland
Redcar was one of the biggest clubs in the North East in the Nineteenth Century and made the FA Cup Quarter Finals the year after this win over Sunderland, losing 2-0 to Small Heath Alliance (Birmingham City). The club became founder members of the original North Eastern League in 1889 before eventually joining the Northern League up until the 1921-22 season, coinciding with the last of 12 FA Cup campaigns. The club folded after joining the Cleveland Amateur League the following season.
Swansea City – 1913-14 Preliminary Round (as Swansea Town, Southern League Division 2 side)
Swansea Town 4 – 0 Port Talbot (member of the Swansea League)
Port Talbot was formed in 1901 and entered the FA Cup in the final three seasons before World War One being knocked out in the Preliminary Round each time without winning a game. This Swansea Town defeat was preceded by a 2-1 loss at Aberdare and followed by a withdrawal when due to face Caerleon Athletic. The club may also have been known as Seaside Athletic following the Great War, but eventually became Port Talbot Athletic in 1984 before becoming Port Talbot Town at the beginning of the 21st Century. The club currently competes in the Welsh Premier League.
Tottenham Hotspur – 1894-95 1st Qualifying Round (not a member of any League)
Tottenham Hotspur 3 – 2 West Herts (no League yet identified)
West Herts was formed in 1865 and would eventually form one half of Watford FC when merging with Watford St Mary’s in 1898. By then the club were a Southern League Division Two side, had amalgamated Watford Rovers in 1892, and had had five FA Cup campaigns reaching the 2nd Qualifying Round in 1895-96 season.
Watford – 1898-99 Preliminary Round (as a member of Southern League Division 2 London)
Watford 1 – 0 Chesham Town (member of Bucks and Contiguous Counties League)
Chesham Town was formed in 1885 and had only just added the ‘Town’ moniker to their name. They first entered the FA Cup in their formation year making the 2nd Round the following season. They had 30 FA Cup campaigns before merging with local rivals Chesham Generals during the First World War to form Chesham United, having also been members of Southern League Division Two, the South East League and various Berks & Bucks competitions.
West Bromwich Albion – 1883-84 1st Round
West Bromwich Albion 0 – 2 Wednesbury Town
Wednesbury Town only entered the FA Cup on two occasions despite being in existence for more than 100 years after their two campaigns whilst members of the West Midlands (Regional) League. The club made the 4th Round (last 16) in their inaugural FA Cup season.
West Ham United – 1895-96 1st Qualifying Round (as Thames Ironworks, not member of any League)
Thames Ironworks 0 – 5 Chatham (United) (member of Southern League Division 1)
Chatham was formed as Chatham United in 1882 as a result of a merger between Rochester Invicta and Royal Engineers Band. The Chats entered the FA Cup in their first season and are still active participants some 118 campaigns later. The club made the 5th Round in 1884-85, bizarrely the only club of nine to be eliminated in that round, and actually made the Quarter Finals in 1888-89 season which was only labelled as the 3rd Round. Chatham United eventually became a Southern League Division One club and dropped ‘United’ in 1898, re-forming as Chatham Town in 1947 and briefly being known as Medway in the second half of the 1970s when playing in the Kent League.
Championship clubs 2015-16
Birmingham City – 1881-82 1st Round (as Small Heath Alliance)
Small Heath Alliance 4 – 1 Derby Town
This was the only match that Derby Town played in the FA Cup.
Blackburn Rovers – 1879-80 1st Round
Blackburn Rovers 5 – 1 Tyne Association
Formed in 1877 Tyne Association entered the FA Cup twice, losing 4-0 to Redcar in their only other appearance seven seasons after this first match.
Bolton Wanderers – 1881-82 1st Round
Bolton Wanderers 5 – 5 Eagley (Bolton won replay 1-0)
Formed in 1874 Eagley entered the FA Cup seven times from 1879-80 season reaching the 4th Round (last 16) the season after this meeting with Bolton.
Brentford – 1897-98 1st Qualifying Round (as member of London League)
Brentford 6 – 1 1st Coldstream Guards
1st Coldstream Guards were a London based club who had one season in Southern League Division Two, two years before this FA Cup tie, and reached the 2nd Qualifying Round in the last of four FA Cup campaigns.
Brighton and Hove Albion – 1901-02 Preliminary Round (as member of Southern League)
Brighton and Hove Albion 6 – 2 Brighton Athletic
Founder members of the Sussex League, Brighton Athletic were playing in the East Sussex League by the start of the 20th Century and made it as far as the 2nd Qualifying Round in the first two of four FA Cup campaigns in the first four years of the 1900s.
Bristol City – 1895-96 Preliminary Round (as Bristol South End, league not identified)
Bristol South End 5 – 1 Slough
Slough were formed in 1894 as a result of a merger of the successful Swifts side with Slough Albion and Young Men’s Friendly Society (Slough), the club competed in the FA Cup 38 times before going on to merge with Slough Centre in 1942 to form Slough United, the former name of the current Slough Town club. This original Slough side made the 4th Qualifying Round in 1903-04 when members of the Berks and Bucks League, before entering the Great Western Suburban League and the Spartan League of which they were members until the outbreak of the Second World War.
Burnley – 1885-86 1st Round
Darwen Old Wanderers 11 – 0 Burnley
Formed in 1879, as well as inflicting this record FA Cup defeat upon Burnley, Darwen Old Wanderers twice made the 3rd Round of the competition in this and the previous season. Bizarrely the club’s last FA Cup game would be a 4-0 defeat to Burnley in 1887-88, although they protested the result and the FA ordered the game to be replayed. Darwen believed they should have been awarded the tie and scratched in protest.
Cardiff City – 1910-11 Preliminary Round (as member of Southern League)
Cardiff City 3 – 1 Bath City
Formed in 1889 Bath City had entered the FA Cup 20 years before Cardiff and were members of the Western League at the time of their meeting. The club still participates in the competition and has made the 3rd Round six times in 98 campaigns.
Charlton Athletic – 1914-15 Preliminary Round (League not identified)
Charlton Athletic w/o Ashford Railway Works
Q1 Round Dartford 0 – 0 Charlton Athletic (Dartford won replay 2-1)
Formed in 1907 as South Eastern and Chatham Ashford Railway Works the club converted to just the final three names a year later upon entering both the FA Cup and the Folkestone and District Senior League. The club folded in 1928 after 16 FA Cup campaigns, but their nickname, The Nuts and Bolts, was taken on by Ashford Town formed the following season.
Dartford are still competing in the FA Cup although the club has re-formed twice since forming in 1888. The Darts have 102 FA Campaigns under their belt and reached the 3rd Round twice in the late 1930s.
Derby County – 1884-85 1st Round
Derby County 0 – 7 Walsall Town
Walsall Town was formed in 1879 and eventually merged with Walsall Swifts in 1888 to form Walsall Town and Swifts which became plain Walsall eight years later. Walsall Town made six appearances in the FA Cup reaching the 4th Round (last 16) in their first season 1882-83.
Fulham – 1896-97 1st Qualifying Round (as member of London League)
Swanscombe 5 – 0 Fulham
Kent based club Swanscombe entered the FA Cup nine times either side of the turn of the 20th Century as members of the original Kent League, making the 3rd Qualifying Round the season after this win over Fulham.
Huddersfield Town – 1909-10 Preliminary Round (as member of Midland League)
Heckmondwike 0 – 11 Huddersfield Town
Heckmondwike were competing in the West Yorkshire League at the time of this record FA Cup win for Huddersfield, this being their fifth FA Cup campaign. The club transferred to the Yorkshire Combination the following season and five years later had one season in the Midland League reaching the 4th Qualifying Round of the FA Cup in the same year. Unfortunately this coincided with the outbreak of World War I and the club didn’t seem to re-appear after hostilities were over.
Hull City – 1904-05 Preliminary Round (League not identified)
Stockton 3 – 3 Hull City (Stockton won replay 4-1)
This Stockton club was the one formed in 1882 that eventually merged with Norton Cricket Club Trust five years after ‘folding’ to form the current Norton and Stockton Ancients club. The club had 75 FA Cup campaigns before this merger reaching the 3rd Round in 1951-52.
Ipswich Town – 1890-91 1st Qualifying Round (not member of any League)
Ipswich Town 2 – 0 Reading
Leeds United – 1920-21 Extra Preliminary Round (as member of League Division 2)
Leeds United 5 – 2 Boothtown
Boothtown had been members of the Bradford and District League and the Halifax and District League prior to World War I and would go on to become members of the West Riding County Amateur League in the early 1920s, but the season they faced Leeds United their league status has not been identified. Leeds themselves would be admitted to the Football League soon after this FA Cup tie and promptly withdrew from the competition.
Middlesbrough – 1883-84 1st Round
Middlesbrough 1 – 5 Staveley
Staveley competed in the FA Cup 12 times from 1881-82 to 1895-96 and were founder members of the Midland League for a couple of seasons before moving down to the Sheffield and Hallamshire League by the time of their final FA Cup campaign. The club made the 5th Round (last 16) in 1885-86 season.
Milton Keynes Dons – 2004-05 1st Round (as member of League Division 1)
Milton Keynes Dons 1 – 0 Lancaster City
Lancaster City formed in 1911 as Lancaster Town changing the suffix in 1937. Despite folding and re-forming in 2007 the club still competes in the FA Cup with 92 campaigns under their belt, and two 2nd Round appearances to shout about.
Nottingham Forest – 1878-79 1st Round
Notts County 1 – 3 Nottingham Forest (AET)
Preston North End – 1883-84 2nd Round (received a bye in the 1st Round)
Preston North End 4 – 1 Great Lever
Great Lever was formed in 1877 and the club entered the FA Cup four times, twice making the 2nd Round. The club eventually competed in the Lancashire Alliance just prior to World War I.
Queens Park Rangers – 1895-96 1st Qualifying Round (League not identified)
Queens Park Rangers 1 – 1 Old St Stephens (became Shepherd’s Bush) (Old St Stephens won replay 1-0)
Old St Stephens was formed in 1880 and whilst members of Southern League Division Two competed in the FA Cup four times before amalgamating a local club and changing their name to Shepherd’s Bush in 1898. The club maintained membership of the Southern League for a while before competing in the Metropolitan Amateur League, the Great Western Suburban League, the Spartan League and the Isthmian League up to 1914. The club reached the 5th Qualifying Round four times, twice falling just short of a 1st Round appearance.
Reading – 1877-78 1st Round
Reading 2 – 0 South Norwood
Formed in 1871 and folded in 1880 South Norwood competed eight times in their 10 year existence in the FA Cup reaching the 2nd Round on five of those occasions.
Rotherham United – 1925-26 1st Round (as member of League Division 3 North)
Halifax Town 0 – 3 Rotherham United
Halifax Town were formed in 1911 and were an established Football League side in Rotherham United’s first season after the merger of Rotherham County and Town. Halifax entered the FA Cup 86 times before folding in 2008 reaching the 5th Round (last 16) on two occasions.
Sheffield Wednesday – 1880-81 2nd Round (as The Wednesday, received a walkover against Queen’s Park in the 1st Round)
Blackburn Rovers 0 – 4 The Wednesday
Wolverhampton Wanderers – 1883-84 1st Round
Wolverhampton Wanderers 4 – 1 Long Eaton Rangers
Long Eaton Rangers was formed in 1882 and competed in the FA Cup 16 times before folding at the end of the 19th Century. The club made the FA Cup 2nd Round twice.
League One clubs – 2015-16
Barnsley – 1893-94 1st Qualifying Round (as Barnsley St Peter’s, member of Sheffield and Hallamshire League)
Barnsley St Peter’s 4 – 5 Gainsborough Trinity
Blackpool – 1891-92 1st Qualifying Round (as member of Lancashire League)
Higher Walton 4 – 5 Blackpool
Higher Walton was formed in 1882 and competed in the FA Cup for 10 consecutive seasons from 1884-85 season making it as far as the Third Round in their fourth season, the last before Qualifying Rounds were introduced.
Bradford City – 1903-04 1st Qualifying Round (as member of League Division 2)
Bradford City 6 – 1 Rockingham Colliery
Formed in 1902 this was Rockingham Colliery’s first FA Cup campaign and this was the furthest the club progressed in the competition in its six campaigns, two of which happened in the late 1930s after the club had re-formed in 1931.
Burton Albion – 1951-52 Preliminary Round (as member of Birmingham and District League)
Moor Green 2 – 4 Burton Albion
Moor Green was a relatively successful non-league club formed in 1906 and competing in the FA Cup 63 times before merging with Solihull Borough 100 years after being established to form the current Solihull Moors club. The Moor Green club made the First Round of the FA Cup twice, most recently as the 2002-03 season.
Bury – 1887-88 1st Round
Drawn away at Blackburn Rovers but scratched without playing match
1891-92 1st Qualifying Round Bury 3 – 1 Witton
Witton was a Cheshire based club which folded in 1892, two years after the current Witton Albion club was formed. Witton entered the FA Cup eight times making it as far as the Third Round on two occasions.
Chesterfield – 1892-93 1st Qualifying Round (as member of Sheffield League)
Gainsborough Trinity 4 – 2 Chesterfield (AET) (Match voided)
(Gainsborough Trinity won replayed match 4-2)
Colchester United – 1938-39 4th Qualifying Round (as member of Southern League)
Colchester United 4 – 1 Ilford
Coventry City – 1892-93 Preliminary Round (as Singers FC, League not identified)
Burton Swifts 3 – 0 Singers FC
Burton Swifts is a former Football League club from the end of the 19th Century formed in 1871 and merging with Burton Wanderers in 1901 to form Burton United.
Crewe Alexandra – 1883-84 1st Round
Crewe Alexandra 0 – 10 Queen’s Park
Doncaster Rovers – 1888-89 1st Qualifying Round (not in any League)
Doncaster Rovers 1 – 9 Rotherham Town
Rotherham Town was formed as Rotherham in 1870 adding the ‘Town’ suffix the following season. The club entered the FA Cup 13 times before folding in 1896 making the Second Round on three separate occasions.
Fleetwood Town – 1999-2000 Preliminary Round (as Fleetwood Freeport, member of North West Counties League)
Billingham Town 1 – 2 Fleetwood Freeport
Gillingham – 1893-94 1st Qualifying Round (as New Brompton, not in any League)
Ilford 6 – 3 New Brompton
Millwall – 1887-88 1st Round (as Millwall Rovers)
Millwall Rovers w/o Casuals scratched
2nd Round Old Westminsters 8 – 1 Millwall Rovers
Formed in 1870 Old Westminsters were one of the major Southern based Amateur clubs that dominated the early years of the FA Cup having made the Quarter Finals three times prior to this 1887-88 season.
Oldham Athletic – 1905-06 1st Qualifying Round (as member of Lancashire Combination)
Oldham Athletic 2 – 1 Ashton Town
Ashton Town entered the FA Cup four times in the early years of the 20th Century before folding in 1911. The club played in the Lancashire Combination and progressed as far as the Second Qualifying Round in their first campaign in 1903-04 season.
Peterborough United – 1935-36 1st Qualifying Round (as member of Midland League)
Peterborough United 0 – 3 Rushden Town
Rushden Town was formed as plain Rushden in 1889 adding ‘Town’ 12 years later. The club entered the FA Cup 78 times, falling just short of reaching the ‘Proper’ Rounds on several occasions, before merging with Irthlingborough Diamonds to form Rushden and Diamonds in 1992.
Port Vale – 1885-86 1st Round (as Burslem Port Vale)
Burslem Port Vale 3 – 0 Chirk
Wrexham based side Chirk was formed in 1876 and would go on to make the FA Cup Fifth Round in both seasons following this 1885-86 defeat. The club changed its name to Chirk AAA after the First World War.
Rochdale – 1908-09 Preliminary Round (as member of Lancashire Combination)
Rochdale 3 – 5 Accrington Stanley
Scunthorpe United – 1909-10 Preliminary Round (as Scunthorpe and Lindsey United, member of the Lindsey League))
Scunthorpe and Lindsey United 8 – 0 Withernsea
Formed in 1897 Withernsea entered the FA Cup just twice either side of the Great War being knocked out in the Preliminary Round both times.
Sheffield United – 1889-90 1st Qualifying Round (League not identified)
Scarborough 1 – 6 Sheffield United
Shrewsbury Town – 1887-88 1st Round
Macclesfield 1 – 3 Shrewsbury Town
Southend United – 1907-08 Preliminary Round (as member of the Southern League)
Southend United 3 – 0 East Ham
This East Ham club folded ahead of the First World War and had entered the FA Cup 10 times making the First Qualifying Round twice during that time.
Swindon Town – 1886-87 1st Round
Watford Rovers 0 – 1 Swindon Town
Watford Rovers was formed in 1881 and in the six campaigns they had in the FA Cup they made it as far as the Second Round. The club was absorbed into West Herts in 1892 who themselves merged with Watford St Mary’s seven years later to form the current Watford FC.
Walsall – 1888-89 1st Round (as Walsall Town Swifts, not in any League)
Walsall Town Swifts 5 – 1 Sheffield Heeley
Sheffield Heeley was formed in 1860 and participated in the FA Cup 11 times reaching the Fourth Round in their first campaign in 1881-82 season.
Wigan Athletic – 1933-34 Preliminary Round (as member of the Cheshire County League)
Wigan Athletic 1 – 1 Great Harwood (Wigan Athletic won 4-1 in replay)
Great Harwood was formed in 1877 and folded just over 100 years later. In that time the club entered the FA Cup 48 times making it as far as the First Round in 1970-71 when members of the Northern Premier League.
League Two Clubs – 2015-16
Accrington Stanley – 1971-72 1st Qualifying Round (as member of the Lancashire Combination)
Morecambe 2 – 0 Accrington Stanley
AFC Wimbledon – 1906-07 Preliminary Round (as Wimbledon, member of the Southern Suburban League)
West Norwood 2- 1 Wimbledon
Surrey based West Norwood entered the FA Cup 36 times before the outbreak of WWII making the 5th Qualifying Round (one round away from the 1st Round ‘Proper’) in the season that they beat Wimbledon, eventually losing 9-1 to the original Accrington Stanley.
2004-05 Preliminary Round (as AFC Wimbledon, member of the Isthmian League)
AFC Wimbledon 3 – 0 Ashford Town (Kent)
Barnet – 1912-13 Preliminary Round (as Barnet-Alston, member of the Athenian League)
Barnet-Alston 2 – 0 Luton Crusaders
Playing in the Luton and District League, Luton Crusaders only entered the FA Cup 3 times just prior to WWI reaching the 1st Qualifying Round in their debut season a year earlier than Barnet’s debut.
Bristol Rovers – 1895-96 Preliminary Round (as Eastville Rovers, member of the Western League)
Eastville Rovers 0 – 2 Warmley
Warmley entered the FA Cup nine times, making the 4th Qua;ifying Round twice, before folding in the last year of the 19th Century and were members of the Western League when beating Eastville Rovers in their debut FA Cup match, eventually joining the Southern League before folding two seasons later.
Cambridge United – 1927-28 Extra Preliminary Round (as Abbey United, member of the Cambridgeshire League)
Great Yarmouth Town 3 – 1 Abbey United
Carlisle United – 1901-02 2nd Qualifying Round (as Shaddongate United, member of the Cumberland Senior League)
Shaddongate United 5 – 1 Keswick
Keswick were members of the Cumberland Senior League along with Shaddongate United and entered the FA Cup a year earlier than their opponents and 18 times in total, twice making the 3rd Qualifying Round.
Crawley Town – 1958-59 Preliminary Round (as member of the Metropolitan and District League)
Crawley Town 0 – 1 Horsham
Dagenham and Redbridge – 1992-93 1st Qualifying Round (as member of the Conference)
Dagenham and Redbridge 1 – 1 Billericay Town (Dagenham won replay 4-1)
Exeter City – 1908-09 1st Qualifying Round (as member of the Southern League)
Exeter City 14 – 0 Weymouth
One of the biggest FA Cup wins of all time, and the second biggest win for a club in their debut FA Cup match.
Hartlepool United – 1908-09 1st Qualifying Round (as Hartlepools United, member of the North Eastern League)
Hartlepools United 2 – 1 West Hartlepool
West Hartlepool were members of the Northern League and entered the FA Cup eight times, making the 4th Qualifying Round in 1905-06, before folding the season after losing to Hartlepools United.
Leyton Orient – 1904-05 1st Qualifying Round (as Clapton Orient, member of the Southern League)
Cheshunt 0 – 0 Clapton Orient (Clapton Orient won 4-1 in replay)
Luton Town – 1885-86 1st Round ‘Proper’
Marlow 3 – 0 Luton Town
Mansfield Town – 1909-10 Extra Preliminary Round (as Mansfield Wesley, as member of the Notts and Derbyshire League)
Mansfield Wesley 3 – 2 Shepshed Albion
Formed in 1897 this was also the debut FA Cup match for the original Shepshed Albion club who entered the FA Cup 11 times in the early 20th Century as members of the Leicestershire Senior League.
Morecambe – 1920-21 Preliminary Round (as member of the Lancashire Combination)
Morecambe 1 – 1 Breightmet United (Breightmet won 2-0 in the replay)
Formed in 1889, Breightmet United entered the FA Cup 25 times between the start of the 20th Century and the outbreak of WWII, variously as a Bolton and District Amateur League side and members of the West Lancashire League, making it to the 1st Qualifying Round on nine separate occasions.
Newport County – 1913-14 Preliminary Round (as member of the Southern League)
Newport County 6 – 0 Mond Nickel Works
Playing in the Swansea League, Mond Nickel Works entered the FA Cup in the final two years before the outbreak of WWI making the Preliminary Round on both occasions.
Newport County folded and re-formed in 1989 and the first FA Cup match of the re-formed club known as Newport AFC was in 1992-93 Preliminary Round (as member of the Southern League)
Dawlish Town 0 – 3 Newport AFC
Formed in 1889, Dawlish Town first entered the FA Cup 100 years later entering 14 times, but never making it beyond the Preliminary Round before folding in 2011.
Northampton Town – 1898-99 1st Qualifying Round (as member of the Northants League)
Hinckley Town 1 – 2 Northampton Town
Formed in 1889, Hinckley Town eventually became Hinckley Athletic via being named Hinckley United, and entered the FA Cup 80 times making the Second Round ‘Proper’ twice in 1954/55 and 1962/63. In 1997 the club merged with another Hinckey Town to form another Hinckley United.
Notts County – 1877-78 1st Round ‘Proper’
Notts County 1 – 1 Sheffield (Sheffield won 3-0 in replay)
Oxford United – 1931-32 Extra Preliminary Round (as Headington United, member of the Oxford Senior League)
Headington United 2 – 8 Hounslow Town
Formed in 1884 as Hounslow, only becoming Hounslow Town ahead of this 1931-32 season, the club entered the FA Cup 65 times, making the 1st Round ‘Proper’ twice in 1954/55 and 1962/63. Club reverted back to the name Hounslow before merging with Feltham in 1991 to form Feltham and Hounslow Borough, who themselves merged with Bedfont in 2012 to form Bedfont and Feltham.
Plymouth Argyle – 1903-04 3rd Qualifying Round (after getting a bye in Q2, member of the Southern League)
Plymouth Argyle 7 – 0 Whiteheads
Dorset based Whiteheads entered the FA Cup nine times in the first years of the 20th Century making the 5th Qualifying Round in 1902-03 where they lost 9-0 to Swindon Town.
Portsmouth – 1899-1900 1st Qualifying Round (as member of the Southern League)
Portsmouth 10 – 0 Ryde
Formed in 1888, Isle of Wight based Ryde were members of the Hampshire League, re-named Ryde Sports at the start of the 20th Century and entering the FA Cup 49 times, reaching 1st Round ‘Proper’ twice in the 1930s, before dissolving in 2004.
Stevenage – 1983-84 Preliminary Round (as Stevenage Borough, member of the United Counties League)
Stevenage Borough 2 – 0 Milton Keynes City
Original known as Bletchley and Wipac Sports, then as Bletchley Town, this Milton Keynes City club entered FA Cup 24 times before folding in 1985, making the 4th Qualifying Round in 1964/65 and 1965/66.
Wycombe Wanderers – 1895-96 1st Qualifying Round (not in any League)
Wycombe Wanderers 2 – 3 Wolverton London & North Western Railway
Wolverton LNWR were formed in 1887 as Wolverton and had several name changes up until folding in 1992 when simply called Wolverton again. They entered the FA Cup 69 times under the guises of Wolverton LNWR, Wolverton Town, Wolverton Town and British Rail, Wolverton Town (Milton Keynes), Milton Keynes Wolverton Town and as plain Wolverton. The club made the 4th Qualifying Round in 1957-58 as Wolverton Town and British Rail.
Yeovil Town – 1919-20 Preliminary Round (as Yeovil and Petters United, member of the Western League)
Bath City 4 – 4 Yeovil and Petters United (Bath City won 2-0 in replay)
York City – 1923-24 Extra Preliminary Round (as member of the Midland League)
York City 2 – 1 Castleford and Allerton United
Castleford and Allerton United entered the FA Cup six times in the years following the end of WWI making the 3rd Qualifying Round in 1921-22 season.