FA Cup

News: FA Cup First Qualifying Round draw announced

FA Cup First Qualifying Round draw announced

The draw for the First Qualifying Round of the Emirates FA Cup was made on Monday afternoon and a number of intriguing ties have been announced.


News: FA Cup First Round draw made

FA Cup First Round draw made

Merstham will face Oxford United at home when they appear in the First Round of the FA Cup for the first time after the draw was made on Monday evening

The Surrey club play in the Isthmian League Premier Division, the seventh tier of English football.

Southern League Chesham, also from the seventh tier, face a trip to League One club Peterborough United.

Ninth-tier Westfields will face the winners of Monday’s replay between York City and Curzon Ashton, with ties to be played on the weekend of 5-6 November.


News: FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round draw made

FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round draw made

THE draw for fourth round qualifying of the FA Cup was made this morning live on talkSPORT with clubs eagerly awaiting to see who they need to overcome to make the First Round proper.

The thirty two ties will take place over the weekend of Saturday, October 24, with the winning sides earning £12,500 from the FA Cup prize fund. (more…)

The Real FA Cup: The ins and outs of the First Qualifying Round

The Real FA Cup: The ins and outs of the First Qualifying Round

With the preliminaries out of the way,we head into phase two of the FA Cup. The First Qualifying Round sees the entry of level seven teams.

Here lie some genuine giants of the non league game, teams who’ve felt the warm glow of the ‘propers’ and basked in the limelight of cup shocks, albeit some time ago in many cases.

Leatherhead, Kettering Town, Blyth Spartans, Matlock Town Grays Athletic. They’ve all been there before but, at this stage of the competition, it is they who fear the blade of David’s axe and missing out on the £3,000 prize money.


Groundhopper Malcolm Stephenson visits Victoria Park

Hartlepool 1 – Blyth Spartans 2 (Fa Cup 2nd Round (5/12/14).

Living in the North East made Victoria Park an easy ground to get to on my ground hopping travels. In fact it was way back in 1981 when I first attended a match there against local rivals Darlington. Both teams were in the old fourth division and they seemed never to move out of there over many years. These were the days before automatic relegation to the Conference league. Teams could go out of the league but it was by a system called re-election.. Then it was on a voting system and the whole football league had to vote on any one being relegated. The four teams bottom of the league went into the hat seeking votes from everyone else. It was an ‘old pals’ act in my eyes. However a number of clubs did get the boot over time and to me it seemed that any teams this far North were always at risk. (more…)

FA CUP HIGHLIGHTS: Blyth Spartans 3-0 Darlington

Scoreless at Heritage Park on Sunday and for forty five minutes at Croft Park the deadlock remained unbroken.  Frustration reined for both sides but eventually there were goals between Blyth Spartans and Darlington but it was the Northumbrian outfit who were the ones celebrating.  Thanks to Darlington’s YouTube channel you can view the highlights here on FTLOF

FA CUP HIGHLIGHTS: Darlington 0-0 Blyth Spartans

Four times the woodwork was struck and numerous chances were missed.  When you throw in a missed penalty it’s hard to see why the deadlock remained unbroken as Darlington and Blyth Spartans played out a thrilling FA Cup tie.  Thanks to Darlington’s YouTube channel you can see the highlights from a pulsating fixture

FA CUP HIGHLIGHTS: Bishop Auckland 2-3 Spennymoor Town

There was FA Cup action for Spennymoor Town as they took a well earned break from their promising start to the Evo-Stik League season.  They were on familiar ground as they took a trip to former Northern League rivals Bishop Auckland and the two sides played out a thrilling tie that saw Jason Ainsley’s side progress to the Second Qualifying Round

A Cup classic but brave Robins bow out (Mark Ferguson)

northshields_logoEight goals, four red cards, five penalties awarded, extra time and penalties. The full story from a FA Cup thriller between North Shields and Scarborough Athletic is provided by FTLOF’s Mark Ferguson

North Shields 4-4 Scarborough Athletic AET (Scarborough win 4-2 on penalties)

The FA Cup worked its magic to produce an enthralling encounter at the Daren Person Stadium last night as North Shields bowed out of the competition, losing 4-2 on penalties to Scarborough Athletic.

The sensational tie had absolutely everything and more – five penalties, four red cards and eight goals in 120 minutes. If you stayed in to watch England, you really missed out.

Against a team from the next tier of the football pyramid, Shields earned a replay with a 1-1 draw at Scarborough at the weekend and once again they set out to upset the odds in front of their own fans.