the real fa cup

4th Qualifying Round

From Smallthorne to Big Time

Phil Annets Round Up of the FA Cup’s winners and losers in the 4th Qualifying Round. Torquay fail to make the 1st Round for the first time in 86 years!


Cambridge scores for Cambridge, Prada finishes with style (c) Andy Lloyd Williams. FA Cup 4th Qualifying.

Harem Scarem

Leatherhead 2-3 Sutton United. Classic cup tie goes to extra time: banana skin, goals, silly red cards, saves, dubious penalties, chewed fingers and some morons leaving a poised cup tie with five minutes to go. Idiots.

Hebburn Week – The Players

No fewer than nine Hebburn players have their say on the Gateshead game, the FA Cup and the future. And they talked to Andy Hudson, of course.

No Sweet Heaven

No Sweet Heaven for Hebburn as Heed Progress: Gateshead 3-0 Hebburn Town. Andy Hudson reflects on some Northern League heads held high.

Hebburn Week – Daniel Regan

Hebburn Town are approaching their final few days of preparation before they meet north-east neighbours, and non-league high-flyers, Gateshead in the FA Cup on Saturday. Andy Hudson talks to Hebburn Town keeper Dan Regan.

Mr Hebburn. Alphonse To You.

Alphonse Reyrolle and Hebburn Town – Take one Tyneside town, add a French industrialist, start up a footy team and, hey presto, 99 years later they’re mixing it with the big boys on the verge of FA Cup history.

Higgins Double Snookers Robins

Carshalton Athletic will forever wonder what might have been after two stunning goals were not quite enough to beat Chelmsford at a freezing Melbourne Park.


Carshalton Athletic 1 Chelmsford City 1
In a week where modern football’$ headline$ have been dominated by court ca$e$, underhand contract negotiation$, cheating and, quelle $urpri$e, money, we found a pub with a bit of soul and olde worlde warmth and charm …

Sheffield = Draw

Modus Hopper Random’s Graham Yapp very kindly offered to write us a match report of the game we wanted to go to but couldn’t get to, Sheffield FC .v. Tipton Town. Here it is!

Non League Day
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