Bite-size Review of FA Cup 3rd Round 2017-18

Stat of the Round

A record SEVEN ties ended with a 0-0 scoreline (the previous record of SIX 0-0 draws happened only last season)

 

Cupsets

Level 4 beat Level 1 (h): Coventry City 2-1 Stoke City

Level 4 beat Level 2 (a): Brentford 0-1 Notts County

Level 4 beat Level 2 (h): Newport County 2-1 Leeds United

Level 3 beat Level 1 (h): Wigan Athletic 3-0 AFC Bournemouth

Level 3 beat Level 2 (a): Aston Villa 1-3 Peterborough United, Queens Park Rangers 0-1 Milton Keynes Dons

Level 2 beat Level 1 (h): Nottingham Forest 4-2 Arsenal

Level 4 beat Level 3 (h): Yeovil Town 2-0 Bradford City

 

Into 4th Round for 1st time ever

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

 

In 4th Round for first time in a while

Notts County (6 years), Coventry City (4 years), Preston North End (3 years)

 

Successive years making it into 4th Rd

Chelsea (20), Liverpool (7), Manchester City (6), Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur (4), Hull City, Watford (3)

 

KO in 3rd Rd but equalled best run

Fleetwood Town (3rd time in 19 seasons), AFC Wimbledon (3rd time in 14 seasons)

 

First time KO as early as 3rd Rd for a while

Arsenal (22 years)

Blackburn Rovers, Derby County (4 years)

 

KO and not gone further than 3rd Rd for a while

Exeter City (37 years), Mansfield Town (10 years), Luton Town (5 years)

 

Consecutive 3rd Rd exits

Ipswich Town (8), Norwich CityQueens Park Rangers (5), Sunderland (3), AFC Bournemouth, AFC Wimbledon, Aston Villa, Barnsley, Bolton Wanderers, Burton Albion, Everton, Fleetwood Town, Luton Town, Stoke City (2)

 

Hat-Tricks

Jon Dadi Bodvarrson (Reading)

 

Miscellaneous

Arsenal are the first FA Cup holders to go out in the 3rd Round since Manchester City in 2012

Arsenal are the first FA Cup holder to go out in the 3rd Round to lower league opposition since Liverpool lost to Bolton Wanderers in 1993

Huddersfield Town beat Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup for the first time ever at the 6th attempt

Rochdale and Yeovil Town are both just one win away from equalling their respective club’s best ever FA Cup run

The only other time Coventry City played and beat Stoke City in the FA Cup they went on to lift the Trophy in 1987

Manchester United have now knocked out Derby County in their last eight consecutive FA Cup ties

QPR have now exited the FA Cup in the 3rd Round 49 times, putting them just one behind the all-time record of 50 held by Plymouth Argyle

Peterborough United are the current top scorers of clubs still in FA Cup with 15 goals

The original Newport County faced Leeds United just once in 1948-49, won 3-1 and went on to record the club’s best ever FA Cup run

Both Nottingham Forest and Notts County are in the FA Cup 4th Round in the same season for the first time since 2011

The last time Wigan Athletic beat AFC Bournemouth in the FA Cup they went on to lift the Trophy

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Lost Magic?

For the first time in 67 years there will be no Non-League representation in the 3rd Round of this year’s FA Cup. This is extremely disappointing for all Cup romantics, particularly given the records set by Sutton United and Lincoln City last season, and some think this signals a shift in the ‘Magic of the Cup’.

However, a couple of specific factors have contributed to this outcome which is occurring for only the second time since the current FA Cup structure was put in place in the 1925-26 season. Despite representing a quarter of the clubs competing in the 2nd Round, all ten Non-League clubs were unusually drawn against EFL opposition thereby meaning there would be no guaranteed Non-League club in the 3rd Round. Additionally, the high profile nature of the success of Non-League clubs last season highlighted to lower Football League clubs the financial benefits of putting together even a half-decent Cup run, and many sides upped their game this year taking the competition far more seriously than in previous seasons.

 

Mersey Beat

The pairing of Liverpool and Everton in this year’s 3rd Round sets an FA Cup record. It is the 18th time the two Merseyside rivals have been drawn to face each other in the competition (including Finals) and this is a record match-up for the ‘Proper’ Rounds of the FA Cup. Liverpool have triumphed in ten of the previous 17 contests, but bizarrely have yet to be victorious in any FA Cup game against Everton played at Anfield. Will they break that duck this year?

The most common FA Cup tie of them all is Great Yarmouth Town versus Lowestoft Town who have been drawn to face each other in the competition 21 times. The Blues of Lowestoft have a 13 to eight win ratio over the Bloaters.

 

Potential New Territory

A victory for any one of three particular clubs in this year’s 3rd Round would mean they would appear in the 4th Round of the FA Cup for the first time ever, although for two of them it may not be as simple as that as there is debate as to whether or not they ‘own’ a previous club’s history. First, the straightforward example. Fleetwood Town are in the FA Cup 3rd Round for the second successive year and for the third time in total. Victory over Premier League side Leicester City would make the Fishermen the first club from the town to reach the 4th Round.

Next, a more complicated example. Newport County are in to the FA Cup 3rd Round for the second time since re-forming in 1989. It is that re-formation that clouds the issue as to whether a victory over Leeds United would set a new FA Cup record for the Exiles or not. For my statistical purposes I treat the current Newport County club as a separate entity to the club formed in 1912, but which folded in 1989. However, I know that many involved with the club see it as a continuation of the original Ironsiders, and therefore count their exploits to the 5th Round in the 1948-49 season as their FA Cup record run. Coincidentally they beat Leeds United in that year’s Cup run.

Now the extremely complicated and contentious example. AFC Wimbledon are appearing in the FA Cup 3rd Round for the third time since forming in 2002 and so a victory at Tottenham Hotspur would set a new record for the club in the competition. Or would it? When the FA sanctioned Wimbledon FC to be moved lock, stock and barrel to Milton Keynes and be re-named as Milton Keynes Dons the ‘who owns the history of Wimbledon’ was an unresolved contentious issue, and by association, who can call themselves ‘FA Cup winners’. Personally I believe the history more rightly belongs to AFC Wimbledon, however for the purposes of my statistical analysis I treat Wimbledon, Milton Keynes Dons and AFC Wimbledon as three separate clubs, and so regard the Dons as being one step away from setting a new FA Cup personal best. If nothing else, thanks to an away tie at Tottenham Hotspur, at least they will be able to correctly state they have played at Wembley in the FA Cup.

 

Another club looking to make their own FA Cup history is Burton Albion. In 66 previous campaigns the furthest the Brewers have ever been in the competition is a 4th Round appearance seven years ago. This year is only the second time that the club actually starts their campaign in the 3rd Round and an away tie at fellow EFL Championship strugglers Birmingham City represents their best chance of equalling their best Cup run.

 

First Cup Meetings

All four sides involved in making personal FA Cup history are facing opponents they’ve never met in the competition before. Only four other of the 32 ties also involve clubs meeting in the FA Cup for the first time despite a plethora of Cup runs between them. Cardiff City and Mansfield Town collectively have 197 FA Cup campaigns between them, Yeovil Town and Bradford City have a combined total of 198 campaigns, Shrewsbury Town and West Ham United have a total of 223 campaigns, whilst Exeter City and West Bromwich Albion are meeting for the first time with a combined total of 225 FA Cup campaigns.

Exeter City are in fact competing in the FA Cup for the 100th time, whilst West Brom are entering for the 125th time, as are Middlesbrough, Stoke City and Wolverhampton Wanderers. Another club with an FA Cup milestone this year is Rochdale who are competing in it for the 100th time. The Dale have a 3rd Round meeting with Doncaster Rovers, a tie notable for the fact it is the only one of the 32 ties to involve two clubs neither of whom have ever reached the Quarter Finals before. Additionally, Rovers have won through on both previous occasions the two sides have met in the FA Cup, both times by a 2-1 scoreline.

 

One-sided Affairs

Of those ties involving clubs who have met in the FA Cup before, a few will instil dread into one of the clubs involved due to their abysmal record against their opponents in the FA Cup. Manchester United and Derby County are drawn together for the 10th time with the Rams only being triumphant when the Red Devils were still known as Newton Heath in the 19th Century. Manchester United have won the last seven meetings scoring 22 goals in the process.

Huddersfield Town fans may well believe a visit to EFL Championship strugglers Bolton Wanderers is a tie they should come through with relative ease. However, in five previous FA Cup pairings the best the Terriers could achieve has been a 1-1 draw in their first meeting with five successive victories for Bolton in all their other matches.

Norwich City fans may very well be excited by the prospect of Premier League champions Chelsea visiting Carrow Road but the best the Canaries could muster in six previous FA Cup games against the Blues is two draws, with Chelsea eventually triumphing in those replays and in all four past occasions.

 

Watch Out for the Lower League Side

Aside from Bolton Wanderers having a better head-to-head record against their FA Cup 3rd Round opponents who play in a higher league, all the following lower League clubs also have the same upper hand over higher League opposition.

EFL 1 side Wigan Athletic have beaten Premier League AFC Bournemouth in both their previous two FA Cup meetings. The last time, in a replay five years ago, was the launch-pad to the Latics’ greatest ever day at Wembley. Similarly, the only time Coventry City and Stoke City have met in the FA Cup was 30 years ago in the 5th Round, a 1-0 victory for the Sky Blues on their journey to lifting the ultimate prize. Luton Town is the only 4th tier side having to travel to a Premier League club in this year’s FA Cup 3rd Round, but the Hatters will go to Newcastle United knowing they have a two to one win ratio over the Magpies in the competition, and that Newcastle have a wretched recent FA Cup run whilst Luton are currently scoring goals for fun!

Will any of those sides continue their winning ways over their opponents to cause an FA Cup upset? The most likely Cupset, if it could be so called, could happen at Molineux as runaway Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers host bottom of the Premier League Swansea City. Wolves have met the Swans twice before in the FA Cup winning through on both occasions when their opponents were still known as Swansea Town. Who would bet against them making it three out of three?

 

Better Concentrate on the League?

Last season Newcastle United won an FA Cup tie for the first time in six seasons, and it was only the Magpies fourth FA Cup victory in 11 seasons. However, two other clubs have more disappointing recent FA Cup runs. Queens Park Rangers recent FA Cup record can only be described as abysmal, recording just four victories in their last 20 campaigns, including failing to progress beyond the 3rd Round in each of the last four years.

On the surface it would appear Ipswich Town have a better recent FA Cup record than both of the two other clubs having won through 10 FA Cup ties in the last 20 seasons, however the club has failed to record any victory in the competition at all in each of their last seven campaigns.

 

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

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v WINNERS

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

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

Semi-Finals four years ago.

 

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

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

Best Runs: RUNNERS-UP v RUNNERS-UP

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: RUNNERS-UP v Round 4

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v WINNERS            

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: RUNNERS-UP v RUNNERS-UP

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v QUARTER FINALS

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: QUARTER FINALS v WINNERS

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v RUNNERS-UP

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: Round 3* v WINNERS

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

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

*Since re-forming in 1989

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v WINNERS

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: Round 5 v WINNERS

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

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

 

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v WINNERS

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: QUARTER FINALS v WINNERS

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: RUNNERS-UP v Round 5

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v WINNERS

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: QUARTER FINALS v WINNERS

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v Round 3

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: RUNNERS-UP v WINNERS

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: Round 3 v RUNNERS-UP

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

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

 

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v RUNNERS-UP

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v QUARTER FINALS

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

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

 

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNER v WINNERS

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: QUARTER FINALS v WINNERS

History: No previous FA Cup meetings.

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

 

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v SEMI FINALS

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: Round 5 v SEMI FINALS

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: WINNERS v RUNNERS-UP

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: RUNNERS-UP v WINNERS

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: RUNNERS-UP v WINNERS

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: SEMI FINALS v WINNERS

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

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

 

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

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

Best Runs: SEMI FINALS v WINNERS

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

Best Runs: QUARTER FINALS v WINNERS

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

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

 

The 2017-18 FACTA Nominees

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

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

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

Voting Options

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

 

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

Team of the Cup

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

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

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

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

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

 

Performance of the Cup

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Surprise of the Cup

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

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

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

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

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

 

Special Team Award

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

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

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

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

 

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

Voting closes at 11.59am on Wednesday 3rd January 2018

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

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

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

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

The four FACTA categories are:

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

(Past winners: Didcot Town and Stourbridge)

 

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

(Past winners: Chesham United and Barrow)

 

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

(Past winners: Hoddesdon Town and Westfields)

 

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

(Past winners: Hartley Wintney and Lincoln City)

 

Nominations close on Christmas Eve.

Answers & Explanations for #FACupXmasQuiz

Below are the answers and explanations to my FA Cup Xmas Quiz. I hope you’re not too annoyed by the explanation for those you struggled to get, and that you don’t kick yourself too much for those ‘of course it is’ answers you should have got?

I sincerely hope you did enjoy the quiz. Thanks for taking part and I’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

A link to the original questions is here

https://facupfactfile.wordpress.com/2017/12/01/facupfactfile-festive-xmas-quiz/

 

Answers (and Explanations)

  1. Abbey Hey (Abi, hey)
  2. Moneyfields (brass & muck)
  3. Millwall (mill wall – helps keep factory roof on)
  4. Barrow (lose wheel from wheelbarrow, barrow is a mound of dirt)
  5. Liversedge (liver’s edge)
  6. Chipstead (chips Ted – Theodore Roosevelt)
  7. Bishop Auckland (head of diocese / New Zealand city)
  8. Southport (it’s in the north)
  9. Hollands and Blair (Dutch and Tony)
  10. Port Vale (port veil)
  11. Prescot Cables (anagram – could be)
  12. Margate (mar = mess up)
  13. Clapton (tough one this – the 60s saw ‘Clapton is God’ graffiti)
  14. Sun Sports (tabloid back page)
  15. Goole (ghoul)
  16. Gateshead (anagram – around)
  17. Shildon (anagram – wrongly)
  18. Dulwich Hamlet (dull witch, should be in MacBeth)
  19. Salisbury (Salisbury Plain)
  20. Lingfield (ling is a fish and also another word for heather)
  21. Tunbridge Wells (where all the metaphorical disgruntled people come from)
  22. Bromley (anagram – criminal)
  23. Cheshunt (anagram – possibly)
  24. Chasetown (pursue Huddersfield Town’s lead)
  25. Bitton (sounds like bittern and bitten)
  26. Stansted (Stan’s ted – Stan Laurel is Oliver Hardy’s partner)
  27. Curzon Ashton (anagram – around)
  28. Cockfosters (Australian beer held in a strange way)
  29. Albion Sports (move ‘s’ in Albion’s ports)
  30. Ware (sounds like where)
  31. Fulham (full ham)
  32. Barnsley (Barnsley chop is meat cut straight across the short saddle)
  33. Leyton Orient (Leighton Baines going east)
  34. Hackney Wick (Hackney cab, material running through candle)
  35. Horndean (horn dean)
  36. Lewes (can be found backwards in SEWELl)
  37. Barking (double meaning – crazy / shouting)
  38. Histon (found in wHIST ONly)
  39. Accrington Stanley (anagram – cast (as in throw), who are they is milk advert reference)
  40. Kirby Muxloe (anagram – remix)
  41. Maldon and Tiptree (Mal=bad, don=teacher, tip=tilt, tree=elm)
  42. Everton (can be found backwards in piNOT REVErend)
  43. Rusthall (found in thRUST HALLowe’en)
  44. Enfield (cockneys drop their aitches – hen field)
  45. Slimbridge (slim bridge)
  46. Marine (anagram – sail around, also double meaning)
  47. Tower Hamlets (high-rise and word for villages)
  48. Alvechurch (‘alve church)
  49. Hartley Wintney (anagram – criminal)
  50. Stevenage (Steven age)
  51. Colne (take og out of Cologne)
  52. Cheddar (gorge in Somerset)
  53. Kidlington (anagram – garbled)
  54. Brockenhurst (anagram – about)
  55. Cribbs (Cribs are homes in urban dictionary)
  56. Arsenal (found in coARSEN ALders)
  57. Marlow (anagram – cross owl & ram)
  58. Blackpool (dark water)
  59. Crystal Palace (a grand greenhouse)
  60. Chelsea (found in satCHEL SEAfarer)
  61. Lordswood (cricket bats are made of willow)
  62. Darlington (darling=dear, ‘ton’ is ‘not’ backwards)
  63. Cammell Laird (camels are ships of the desert, laird is a word for an owner)
  64. Squires Gate (entrance for squires only, not common people)
  65. Langford (fang lord – description of Dracula – Spooner often switched first letters around)
  66. Barkingside (king=rex in bar-side=next to pumps)
  67. Merstham (anagram – make up)
  68. Irlam (her lamb)
  69. Consett (anagram – ground)
  70. Hallam (found in letHAL LAMb)
  71. Blyth Spartans (blythe=indifferent, Spartans= old warriors)
  72. Altrincham (tough two parter – anagram (lost) of rich man after the ALT key)
  73. Spelthorne Sports (spell ‘thorne sports’)
  74. East Preston (Ribbleton is a village east of Preston in Lancashire)
  75. Romulus (European twin was Remus, uncle Remus was American story teller)
  76. Biggleswade (Biggles weighed)
  77. Mossley (the French word for the (le) inside mossy=downy)
  78. Cadbury Heath (chocolate & plain)
  79. Ramsgate (ram’s gate)
  80. Dunkirk (done Kirk)
  81. Radcliffe (Daniel Radcliffe)
  82. Dartford (dart=arrow, ford=fiesta)
  83. New Mills (mills=plants)
  84. Burnham (burn ‘em)
  85. Chesterfield (found in manCHESTER FIELDer)
  86. Leatherhead (leather=skin, head=leader – herd references cowskin)
  87. Thurrock (found in arTHUR ROCKs)
  88. Thackley (anagram (unusually) both of ‘they lack’ and ‘latch key’)
  89. Newhaven (new haven)
  90. Shoreham (shore ham)
  91. Newton Aycliffe (anagram – shaped)
  92. Knaphill (nap hill)
  93. Northwood (Kielder forest is a wood in the north of England)
  94. Ashington (anagram – mixed)
  95. Maine Road (Maine is the first US state you come to if you travel on the road from Montreal)
  96. Bashley (bash lea)
  97. Clipstone (one of my favourites – Stone clip (crossing legs) is famous scene in Basic Instinct)
  98. Hendon (hen done)
  99. Odd Down (anagram (odd) is part of the answer)
  100. Clitheroe (anagram – quirky)
  101. Arundel (anagram – launder)
  102. Hassocks (has socks)
  103. Shaftesbury (anagram – splashes around)
  104. Aveley (found in hAVE LEY lines)
  105. Rochdale (anagram – around)
  106. Tooting and Mitcham United (tooting=honking, Robert Mitchum, united=together)
  107. Gorleston (anagram – maybe)
  108. Droyslden (anagram – out)
  109. Chorley (first 4 letters of chorizo with last 3 letters of parsley)
  110. Tividale (anagram – abandoned)
  111. Bideford (‘defo’ inside ‘bird’)
  112. Eastleigh (village if Astley is east of the town of Leigh in Lancashire)
  113. Trafford (anagram – organised)
  114. Parkgate (park=play area)
  115. Aylesbury (anagram – variety of)
  116. Metropolitan Police (coppers on the street)
  117. Walsall (found backwards in nigeLLA’S LAWyer)
  118. Herne Bay (Spooner would say Burn Hay, switching first letters)
  119. Boreham Wood (bore ‘em wood)
  120. Morecambe (Ernie Wise and his partner)
  121. Abbey Rangers (rangers patrol monasteries)
  122. Three Bridges (3 famous actor relatives)
  123. Farsley Celtic (anagram – adjust)
  124. Kings Langley (Langley is CIA HQ hence center spelt American way)
  125. Mile Oak (anagram – stir)
  126. Holmesdale (Sherlock Holmes / Dale Winton)
  127. Nelson (on his column in Trafalgar Square)
  128. Whitehawk (white hawk)
  129. Ilford (found in wILF ORDinarily)
  130. Watford (anagram – eccentric)
  131. Brocton (found backwards in NOT CORBy)
  132. Guiseley (guy’s=man’s, lea=field)
  133. Bamber Bridge (Bamber Gasgoigne presented University Challenge before Paxman)
  134. Farnborough (anagram – awfully)
  135. Badshot Lea (bad shot Lee)
  136. Longlevens (anagram – about)
  137. Aston Villa (Aston (Martin) villa)
  138. Bury Town (one of my favourites, inter=bury, Milzano is a town – Milan is a city)
  139. Penrith (anagram – twist)
  140. Binfield (bin field)
  141. Seaham Red Star (anagram – false)
  142. Shepton Mallet (anagram – deploy)
  143. Barwell (bar=pub, well=OK)
  144. Berkhamsted (one of my favourites, anagram – hash)
  145. Lancing (how to get rid of a boil)
  146. Canvey Island (anagram – about, clue to island with ‘get off here’)
  147. Whyteleafe (anagram – suspect)
  148. Glebe (one of my favourites, found in eaGLE BEagle)
  149. Sheffield (the world’s oldest club, Sheffield famous for steel)
  150. Barnet (cockney rhyming slang – if you have Barnet Fair=hair, you don’t need a Syrup of Fig=wig)
  151. Handsworth Parramore (hands=men, worth=value, Parramore=paramour)
  152. Brentford (David Brent from The Office and his car)
  153. Wealdstone (wield stone=rock)
  154. AC London (half of AC/DC in capital of England)
  155. Southall (anagram – mix the sin of)
  156. Leamington (anagram – out of joint)
  157. Quorn (a brand of meat-free food)
  158. Barnton (one of my favourites, barn=shed, ton is a weight)

FA Cup 2017-18 2nd Round Bite-sized Review

Cupsets

Level 4 beat Level 3 (h): Carlisle United 3 v 1 Gillingham

 

Into 3rd Round to at least equal best Cup run

Newport County (26th campaign since re-forming), Fleetwood Town (19th campaign) AFC Wimbledon (14th campaign)

 

In 3rd Round for first time in a while

Notts County (6 years), Mansfield Town (5 years), Coventry City, Stevenage (4 years)

 

Successive years making it into 3rd Rd

Peterborough United, Wycombe Wanderers (3)

 

KO in 2nd Rd but set best run

Guiseley (51st campaign), AFC Fylde (19th campaign), Hereford (2nd campaign)

 

KO in 2nd Rd but equalled best run

Slough Town (7th time in 73rd campaign) – this is a record number of 2nd Round knockouts for a club never to have made the 3rd Round, Boreham Wood (3rd time in 47th campaign), Oxford City (2nd time in 109 campaigns), Maidstone United (2nd time in 16 campaigns since re-forming)

 

KO but reached 2nd for first time in a while

Oxford City (48 years), Leatherhead (39 years), Boreham Wood (20 years), Slough Town (13 years)

 

KO and not gone further than 2nd Rd for a while

Woking (21 years), Morecambe (15 years), Gillingham, Swindon Town (6 years)

 

Hat-tricks (or more)

Jimmy Spencer (Mansfield Town)

 

Miscellaneous

This is the first season for 67 years that there will be no non-league clubs in the FACup 3rd Round