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1st Round

The Magnificent Seven

Phil Annets reviews a cracking 1st Round for the non league sides, perhaps why the draw for the 2nd Round was so underwhelming!

FA Cup First Round Draw Numbers

Here are the numbers for tomorrow’s draw for the 1st Round of the FA Cup. The draw will be broadcast live on ITV, starting at 1.30pm. 1 ACCRINGTON STANLEY           2 AFC BOURNEMOUTH                3 AFC WIMBLEDON                  4 ALDERSHOT TOWN               5 BARNET                       6 BRADFORD CITY               7 BRENTFORD                    8 BRISTOL ROVERS               9 BURTON ALBION                10 BURY                        11 CARLISLE UNITED              12 CHELTENHAM TOWN              13 CHESTERFIELD                 14 COLCHESTER UNITED           15 COVENTRY CITY               16 CRAWLEY TOWN                17 CREWE ALEXANDRA             18 DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE       19 DONCASTER ROVERS            20 EXETER CITY                  21 FLEETWOOD TOWN               22 GILLINGHAM                 23 HARTLEPOOL UNITED            24 LEYTON ORIENT               25 MILTON KEYNES DONS           26 MORECAMBE                    27 NORTHAMPTON TOWN             28 NOTTS COUNTY                 29 OLDHAM ATHLETIC              30 OXFORD UNITED                31 PLYMOUTH ARGYLE              32 PORT VALE                    33 PORTSMOUTH                   34 PRESTON NORTH END            35 ROCHDALE                     36 ROTHERHAM UNITED             37 SCUNTHORPE UNITED            38 SHEFFIELD UNITED            39 SHREWSBURY TOWN              40 SOUTHEND UNITED             41 STEVENAGE           42 SWINDON TOWN                 43 TORQUAY UNITED               44 TRANMERE ROVERS              45 WALSALL                     46 WYCOMBE WANDERERS            47 YEOVIL TOWN                  48 YORK CITY  49 ALFRETON TOWN 50 HYDE OR HARROGATE TOWN 51 HEREFORD UNITED 52 BARROW 53 GUISELEY 54 KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 55 BRADFORD PARK AVENUE 56 WREXHAM 57 AFC FYLDE OR ILKESTON 58 ALTRINCHAM 59 LINCOLN CITY OR FC HALIFAX TOWN 60 MACCLESFIELD TOWN 61 MANSFIELD TOWN 62 STOCKPORT COUNTY 63 AFC TELFORD UNITED OR NUNEATON TOWN 64 METROPOLITAN POLICE 65 ARLESEY TOWN 66 FOREST GREEN ROVERS OR DARTFORD 67 YATE TOWN OR NEWPORT COUNTY 68 SLOUGH TOWN OR GOSPORT BOROUGH  69 HASTINGS UNITED 70 BROMLEY 71 CHELMSFORD CITY OR EAST THURROCK UNITED 72 HAYES & YEADING UNITED OR BOREHAM WOOD  73 CAMBRIDGE CITY  74 BISHOP’S STORTFORD 75 BRAINTREE TOWN 76 DORCHESTER TOWN OR BURY TOWN 77 LUTON TOWN  78 GLOUCESTER CITY 79 HENDON 80 EBBSFLEET UNITED

Stand Up, If You Hate The Pig!

Bath 1-3 Daggers: A rant about the offside rule. A pig, not as annoying as Chelsea. A perma-tanned old midfielder. And when he says ‘rant over’, it’s not true … Simon Field at Twerton Park.

Blyth’s Bogie Team

Blyth Spartans 0-2 Gateshead. Conference high flyers make light of their North East rivals, Jon Shaw tormentor in chief. Andy Hudson at Croft Park.

An Afternoon Of Indecision

Brentford 1-0 Basingstoke Town: “… Ron Noades was self-appointed manager of the team, which sounds even more ridiculous as I write this than it seemed at the time …”


FA Cup stalemate at Oakside. Redbridge 0-0 Oxford City. The Cup’s lowest-ranked remaining side live to fight another day. And they nearly nicked it.

A Rallying Cry

1977/78: Jackie Marks, Blyth Spartans coach, interviewed at St James’ Park after the Blyth .v. Wrexham game by Match of the Day:

Redbridge’s 5th Cup Final

“I don’t think we’re going to win it [the FA Cup], although I’m not sure yet” – Redbridge Gaffer Terry Spillane. He’s the chirpiest nervous manager we’ve spoken to.

Woking Up The Neighbours

Woking 2 Brighton 2 aet
After a valiant effort from the Blue Square South side, Brighton won easily on pens when Woking missed every single penalty. Gus manages, Taricco off, flares, bring back terracing, homophobia, fish and chips and Snubbs pitchside …

We Want More

A quick review of and comment about the non-league clubs in FA Cup action this weekend. Harrow Boro’, FCUM, Dover, Swindon Supermarine and Tamworth.

Cod Army Slap Hutchings Down

Fleetwood Town were left ruing missed chances after a 1-1 draw with ten-man Walsall at Highbury and the Conference Premier outfit should have sent the struggling League One club crashing out of the cup.

Karma Bites Back …

Karma Bites Back As Gills Crushed By Dover.
We love a good cup shock and they were a little short in Round 1. Gills365 man Simon Head puts his misery to one side to give us the gory details.

Dover Ready To Prove A Point

The Gills might be staring down the barrel of a Gooner powered Dover gun in this weekend’s FA Cup Dover shaped gun. But is that the least of their worried? Presenter of the Football Pubcast and editor of indie Gillingham website Gills365, Simon Head, gets frank.

FA Cup 1st Round Draw

The Not Real bit of the FA Cup hove in to view and we watched with interest. Fat Boy Slim and Hells Bells did the honours … shame they didn’t choose some non-league legends, ho-hum. Vampire Jim cheesed up the ante and it flew past in a second. Here are the ties that interest us, where to go is now the big question. If Carshalton pull off the unexpected, our taste buds and bar billiard buds are duty bound to return. Corby Town .v. Luton Town Harrow Borough .v. Chesterfield Notts County .v. Gateshead Southport .v. Sheffield Wednesday Havant & Waterlooville .v. Droylesden Hayes & Yeading .v. Wycombe Wanderers Dagenham & Redbridge .v. Leyton Orient AFC Wimbledon .v. Ebbsfleet Lincoln City .v. Workington or Nuneaton Town Hereford United .v. Hythe Town Carshalton or Chelmsford .v. Hendon or Met Police Swindonw Supermarine or Bath City .v. Eastwood Town Gillingham .v. Farnborough or Dover Tamworth or Grimsby Town .v. Crewe Guiseley .v. Crawley Town Brighton .v. Woking Rochdale .v. FC United of Manchester or Barrow Carlisle United .v. Sheffield or Tipton Town Leiston or Dartford .v. Port Vale Forest Green Rovers .v. Northampton Town Fleetwood Town .v. Walsall Hartlepool United .v. Vauxhall Motors Full fixtures and results at the FA website and highlights and reviews of previous rounds on the itv FA Cup website

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