When does the FA Cup start?

When does The FA Cup 2018/19 start? The answer is, today. That’s right The Championship, League One and League Two may have started last weekend. The Premier League last night with Manchester United beating Leicester City, but already The FA Cup is here and ready to go.

Yes, the first of fourteen rounds kicks off with the FA CUP QUALIFYING – EXTRA PRELIMINARY ROUND starting this afternoon, so check out all the fixtures below and find yourself a game near you to get to this weekend.

Saturday 11 August 2018 Extra Preliminary Round

15:00 1 Consett AFC VS North Shields
15:00 2 Thackley VS Whitley Bay
15:00 3 Hebburn Town VS Dunston UTS
15:00 4 Ashington VS Knaresborough Town
15:00 5 Goole AFC VS Morpeth Town
15:00 6 Glasshoughton Welfare VS Blyth AFC
15:00 7 Newcastle Benfield VS Stockton Town
15:00 8 Selby Town VS Whickham
15:00 9 Seaham Red Star VS Heaton Stannington
15:00 11 Northallerton Town VS Garforth Town
15:00 12 Guisborough Town VS Newton Aycliffe
15:00 13 Barnoldswick Town VS Billingham Synthonia
15:00 14 Washington VS West Auckland Town
15:00 15 Sunderland RCA VS Sunderland Ryhope CW
15:00 16 Bridlington Town VS Harrogate Railway Athletic
15:00 17 Penrith AFC VS Albion Sports
15:00 18 Bishop Auckland VS Pickering Town
15:00 19 AFC Darwen VS Barnton
15:00 20 Liversedge VS Padiham
15:00 21 City Of Liverpool VS Silsden AFC
15:00 22 AFC Liverpool VS Ashton Athletic
15:00 23 Widnes VS Northwich Victoria
15:00 24 Burscough VS 1874 Northwich
15:00 25 Congleton Town VS Eccleshill United

15:00 26 Prestwich Heys AFC VS Abbey Hey
15:00 27 West Didsbury & Chorlton AFC VS Squires Gate
15:00 28 Winsford United VS Irlam
15:00 29 Penistone Church VS Bootle
15:00 30 Hemsworth Miners Welfare VS Runcorn Town
15:00 32 Maltby Main VS Athersley Recreation
15:00 33 Parkgate VS Sandbach United
15:00 34 Litherland Remyca VS Charnock Richard
15:00 35 Maine Road VS Handsworth Parramore
15:00 36 Walsall Wood VS Worcester City
15:00 37 Highgate United VS AFC Wulfrunians
15:00 38 Boldmere St Michaels VS Malvern Town
15:00 39 Atherstone Town VS Hanley Town
15:00 40 Stourport Swifts VS Shawbury United
15:00 41 Wednesfield VS Rocester
15:00 43 Coventry Sphinx VS Whitchurch Alport
15:00 44 Haughmond VS Wolverhampton SC
15:00 45 Racing Club Warwick VS Coleshill Town
15:00 46 Romulus VS Westfields
15:00 47 Ellesmere Rangers VS Leicester Road
15:00 48 Sporting Khalsa VS Tividale
15:00 49 Long Eaton United VS St Andrews
15:00 50 Sleaford Town VS South Normanton Athletic

15:00 51 Heather St Johns VS Kimberley Miners Welfare
15:00 52 Kirby Muxloe VS AFC Mansfield
15:00 53 Clipstone VS Barton Town
15:00 54 Lutterworth Town VS Heanor Town
15:00 55 Hinckley AFC VS Anstey Nomads
15:00 56 Worksop Town VS Shepshed Dynamo
15:00 57 Rainworth MW VS Dunkirk
15:00 58 Staveley MW VS Boston Town
15:00 59 Teversal VS Loughborough University
15:00 60 Oadby Town VS Shirebrook Town
15:00 61 Bottesford Town VS Radford
15:00 62 Quorn VS Belper United
15:00 63 Leicester Nirvana VS Grimsby Borough
15:00 64 Cogenhoe United VS Wisbech Town
15:00 65 Wellingborough Whitworth VS Harborough Town
15:00 66 Deeping Rangers VS Holbeach United
15:00 67 Raunds Town VS Eynesbury Rovers
15:00 68 Arlesey Town VS Desborough Town
15:00 70 Northampton Sileby Rangers VS Ely City
15:00 71 Godmanchester Rovers VS Newport Pagnell Town
15:00 72 Biggleswade United VS Wellingborough Town
15:00 73 Histon VS Peterborough Northern Star
15:00 74 Daventry Town VS Potton United
15:00 75 Biggleswade VS Northampton On Chenecks

15:00 76 Swaffham Town VS Yaxley
15:00 77 Rothwell Corinthians VS Pinchbeck United
15:00 78 Hullbridge Sports VS Gorleston
15:00 79 Wroxham VS Saffron Walden Town
15:00 80 Great Yarmouth Town VS Hadleigh United – at Hadleigh United FC
15:00 81 Walthamstow VS Walsham Le Willows
15:00 82 Kirkley & Pakefield VS FC Clacton
15:00 83 Wodson Park VS Hoddesdon Town
15:00 84 Tower Hamlets VS Stanway Rovers – at Stanway Rovers FC
15:00 85 Norwich United VS Takeley
15:00 87 Framlingham Town VS Whitton United
15:00 88 Southend Manor VS FC Romania
15:00 89 Wivenhoe Town VS Brantham Athletic
15:00 90 Stowmarket Town VS Basildon United
15:00 91 Sporting Bengal United VS Ilford
15:00 92 Haverhill Rovers VS Haverhill Borough
15:00 93 Ipswich Wanderers VS Baldock Town
15:00 94 Barkingside VS Leyton Athletic
15:00 95 Cockfosters VS Newmarket Town
15:00 96 Woodbridge Town VS Clapton
15:00 97 Burnham Ramblers VS West Essex
15:00 99 Redbridge VS Long Melford
15:00 100 Oxhey Jets VS Wantage Town

15:00 101 Tuffley Rovers VS Colney Heath
15:00 103 Harpenden Town VS Edgware Town
15:00 104 Hadley VS Fairford Town
15:00 105 Brackley Town Saints VS London Colney – at Oxford City FC
15:00 106 London Lions VS Wembley
15:00 107 Windsor VS Highworth Town
15:00 108 Bishops Cleeve VS Stotfold
15:00 109 AFC Hayes VS Lydney Town
15:00 110 Flackwell Heath VS North Greenford United
15:00 111 Tring Athletic VS Berkhamsted
15:00 113 Holmer Green VS Longlevens
15:00 114 Ardley United VS Shortwood United
15:00 115 Holyport VS Brimscombe & Thrupp
15:00 116 Abingdon United VS Burnham
15:00 117 Crawley Green VS Woodley United
15:00 118 Reading City VS Chipping Sodbury Town
15:00 119 Leighton Town VS Royal Wootton Bassett Town
15:00 120 Arundel VS Chertsey Town
15:00 122 Broadbridge Heath VS Shoreham
15:00 124 Bearsted VS Chichester City
15:00 125 Redhill VS Horley Town

15:00 126 AFC Croydon Athletic VS Rochester United
15:00 127 Spelthorne Sports VS Peacehaven & Telscombe
15:00 128 Hassocks VS Erith Town
15:00 129 Worthing United VS Littlehampton Town
15:00 131 Crowborough Athletic VS Hanworth Villa
15:00 132 Raynes Park Vale VS Lingfield
15:00 133 AFC Uckfield Town VS Glebe
15:00 134 Abbey Rangers VS Newhaven
15:00 135 Cobham VS Sheppey United
15:00 136 Fisher VS Horsham YMCA
15:00 137 Loxwood VS Hollands & Blair
15:00 138 Sevenoaks Town VS Lordswood
15:00 139 Crawley Down Gatwick VS Three Bridges
15:00 140 Eastbourne United AFC VS Hackney Wick
15:00 142 Croydon VS Tunbridge Wells
15:00 143 Erith & Belvedere VS Saltdean United
15:00 144 Haywards Heath Town VS Lancing
15:00 146 East Preston VS Balham
15:00 147 K Sports VS Pagham
15:00 148 Deal Town VS Whitstable Town
15:00 149 Broadfields United VS Banstead Athletic
15:00 150 Chatham Town VS Walton & Hersham

15:00 151 Corinthian VS Canterbury City
15:00 152 Beckenham Town VS Colliers Wood United
15:00 153 Hamworthy United VS Team Solent
15:00 154 Melksham Town VS Badshot Lea
15:00 155 AFC Stoneham VS AFC Portchester
15:00 156 Newport (IW) VS Amesbury Town
15:00 157 Knaphill VS Sholing
15:00 158 Guildford City VS Petersfield Town
15:00 159 Tadley Calleva VS Baffins Milton Rovers
15:00 160 Bemerton Heath Harlequins VS Cowes Sports
15:00 161 Andover New Street VS Romsey Town
15:00 162 United Services Portsmouth VS Andover Town – at AFC Portchester
15:00 163 Horndean VS Godalming Town
15:00 164 Hamble Club VS Alresford Town
15:00 165 Farnham Town VS Binfield
15:00 166 Brockenhurst VS Christchurch
15:00 167 Bashley VS Bournemouth
15:00 168 Fareham Town VS Frimley Green
15:00 170 Sandhurst Town VS Lymington Town
15:00 171 Clevedon Town VS Portland United
15:00 172 Westbury United VS Cribbs
15:00 173 Hallen VS Longwell Green Sports
15:00 174 Wells City VS Shaftesbury
15:00 175 Bodmin Town VS Keynsham Town

15:00 176 Cheddar VS Bridgwater Town
15:00 177 Shepton Mallet AFC VS Willand Rovers
15:00 178 Bitton AFC VS Tavistock AFC
15:00 179 Buckland Athletic VS Pewsey Vale
15:00 180 Bridport VS Wellington AFC
15:00 181 Hengrove Athletic VS Plymouth Parkway
15:00 182 Saltash United VS Odd Down
15:00 183 Brislington VS Cadbury Heath
15:00 184 Bradford Town VS Roman Glass St George

Sunday 12 August 2018 Extra Preliminary Round

13:00 130 Little Common VS Bedfont Sports Club
14:00 86 St Margaretsbury VS Enfield 1893
14:00 98 Stansted VS Sawbridgeworth Town – at Bishop’s Stortford FC
15:00 31 Hallam VS Runcorn Linnets
15:00 42 Coventry United VS Rugby Town
15:00 112 Southall VS Leverstock Green
15:00 121 Sutton Common Rovers VS CB Hounslow United
15:00 123 Langney Wanderers VS Epsom & Ewell
15:00 141 Cray Valley (PM) VS Eastbourne Town
15:00 145 Rusthall VS Wick – at Tunbridge Wells FC

Tuesday 14 August 2018 Extra Preliminary Round

19:45 102R Easington Sports VS Winslow United

FA Cup 2018/19 – date for your diaries

The Emirates FA Cup Final will take place on Saturday 18th May, but before all that there are plenty of games to get to in the earlier rounds. Make a note then of all the dates below and if you have nothing on then get yourself to one of the early round games that are local to you.

It’s a great way to support local teams to you, visit new grounds that you may not have known were there and get to see some good football for very reasonable prices.


Extra Preliminary Round Saturday 11th August 2018

Preliminary Round Saturday 25th August 2018

First Round Qualifying Saturday 8th September 2018

Second Round Qualifying Saturday 22nd September 2018

Third Round Qualifying Saturday 6th October 2018

Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 20th October 2018

First Round Proper Saturday 10th November 2018

Second Round Proper Saturday 1st December 2018

Third Round Proper Saturday 5th January 2019

Fourth Round Proper Saturday 26th January 2019

Fifth Round Proper Saturday 16th February 2019

Quarter Final Saturday 16th March 2019

Semi Final Saturday 6th April 2019

Final Saturday 18th May 2019

Trafford v Kendal Town – Evo-Stik First Division North

Trafford FC managed to gain a play-off spot with victory over Kendal Town FC at Shawe View yesterday in the final league game of the season. Myself and a few friends when down to the match and there was a large crowd there as well to cheer on their local team.

Despite the nerves the Trafford boys performed to their best and in the end the final score was Trafford FC 4 vs Kendall Town 0 and here are a few photos from our day out.


Bradford PA v Stockport – National League

A good friend of mine is a huge Stockport County Fan and I have been to a number of their games over the years. On Good Friday 2018 I attended a match involving ‘The County’ outside of the Manchester area for the first time. The location Bradford, where The Hatters faced Bradford Park Avenue in the National League North.

It was a busy journey (thanks to the 770 Stockport fans that attended) to the all ticket match, with a train from Manchester to Huddersfield, then a change to the nearest train station, Low Moor. An all the way uphill mile and half walk to the Horsfall Stadium followed.

A crowd of 1044 with over 70% supporting Stockport watched as the visitors totally dominated and took a well earnt 2-0 lead by the 60 minute mark. However complacency allowed Bradford Park Avenue back into the game and with two quick goals they levelled it up with less than 10 minutes to go.

We were then left with a frenetic ending to the match, both teams had chances, but justice was done a delicately placed volley from Stockport’s number 8, James Ball, brought a winner in the 94th minute – cue a friendly pitch invasion from a jubilant section of the Stockport fans. My friend was happy and so was a very relieved manager, Jim Gannon. Sixth place in the division after this dramatic victory and a place in the playoffs looking more and more secure as the weeks go by.


Carlos Carvalhal back at Sheff Wed in the FA Cup 5th Round

The page will be updated until all of the FA Cup 5th Round results are confirmed:

Wednesday 28 February 2018
19:45 6R Tottenham Hotspur 6 – 1 Rochdale
Live on BT Sport 2

Tuesday 27 February 2018
20:05 1R Swansea City 2 – 0 Sheff Wed
Live on BBC One

Monday 19 February 2018
19:55 8 Wigan Athletic 1 – 0 Manchester City
Live on BBC One

Sunday 18 February 2018
16:00 6 Rochdale 2 – 2 Tottenham Hotspur
Live on BBC One

Saturday 17 February 2018
12:30 1 Sheffield Wednesday 0 – 0 Swansea City
Live on BT Sport 2
15:00 2 West Bromwich Albion 1 – 2 Southampton
15:00 7 Brighton & Hove Albion 3 – 1 Coventry City
17:30 5 Huddersfield Town 0 – 2 Manchester United
Live on BT Sport 2

Friday 16 February 2018
19:45 4 Leicester City 1 – 0 Sheffield United
20:00 3 Chelsea FC 4 – 0 Hull City
Live on BT Sport 2

Wigan on a FA Cup run – 4th Round

The page will be updated until all of the FA Cup 4th Round results are confirmed:

Spurs finally saw off brave Newport Town at Wembley last night after the Welsh our took them to a replay. The north London outfit made last night look easy but they certainly didn’t like playing on Newport’s Rodney Parade tight and intimate ground originally. They’ll have a similar issue next round now too as they face Rochdale at their Spotland, after they saw off Millwall on their awful pitch.

The biggest upset, Wigan Athletic 2 v West Ham United 0

There weren’t too many upsets in the fourth round, but certainly the biggest came at the DW Stadium. Where Wigan, who’d already beaten Premier League Bournemouth in the previous round, knocked out West Ham United this time around by two goals to nil. They now face the mighty Manchester City at home in the next round after they easily beat Cardiff City 2-0.

The only other upset came at Anfield where Liverpool were beaten 2-3 by a battling West Brom team who came from behind to win. The main talking point of the game though was VAR, after decision after decision was questioned by the system and a tough night for referee Craig Pawson

Wednesday 7 February 2018
19:45 14R Tottenham Hotspur FC 2 – 0 Newport County AFC
Live on BT Sport 2

Tuesday 6 February 2018
19:45 3R Birmingham City FC 1 – 4 Huddersfield Town FC
AET (1 – 1 at the end of normal time)
19:45 9R Rochdale AFC 1 – 0 Millwall FC
20:05 4R Swansea City FC 8 – 1 Notts County FC
Live on BBC One

Sunday 28 January 2018
13:30 15 Chelsea FC 3 – 0 Newcastle United FC
Live on BT Sport 2
16:00 7 Cardiff City FC 0 – 2 Manchester City FC

Saturday 27 January 2018
12:30 2 Peterborough United FC 1 – 5 Leicester City FC
Live on BT Sport 2
15:00 3 Huddersfield Town FC 1 – 1 Birmingham City FC
15:00 4 Notts County FC 1 – 1 Swansea City FC
15:00 8 Milton Keynes Dons FC 0 – 1 Coventry City FC
15:00 9 Millwall FC 2 – 2 Rochdale AFC
15:00 10 Southampton FC 1 – 0 Watford FC
15:00 11 Middlesbrough FC 0 – 1 Brighton & Hove Albion FC
15:00 12 Wigan Athletic FC 2 – 0 West Ham United FC
15:00 13 Hull City 2 – 1 Nottingham Forest FC
15:00 16 Sheffield United FC 1 – 0 Preston North End FC
17:30 14 Newport County AFC 1 – 1 Tottenham Hotspur FC
Live on BT Sport 2
19:45 1 Liverpool FC 2 – 3 West Bromwich Albion FC
Live on BT Sport 2

Tough night for referee Craig Pawson – Liverpool 2 v West Brom 3

Friday 26 January 2018
19:45 6 Sheffield Wednesday FC 3 – 1 Reading FC
19:55 5 Yeovil Town FC 0 – 4 Manchester United FC
Live on BBC One

Jack Grimmer with the winner – FA Cup 3rd Round

The page will be updated until all of the FA Cup 3rd Round results are confirmed:

Jack Grimmer with the winner against Stoke City

Coventry City the 1987 FA Cup winners added more misery on Stoke City and Mark Hughes, who has since been sacked as their manager after an awful run of recent form. Coventry scored first before Charlie Adam equalised, but it was Jack Grimmer with the winner in the 68th minute that sunk the Premier League side to send Coventry City into the next round.

With no non-league teams in the third round for the first time in sixty-seven years it was all about League One and League Two teams causing upsets. Wigan managed it second time around after being two nil up down in Bournemouth only to concede a 92 minute equaliser in their first match. Back up north though they brushed aside the Premier League by three goals to nil.

Newcastle United however made light work of Luton Town after they went three nil up in the first half, but Luton as we know are fantastic at scoring goals. They got one back at the start of the second half through Hylton. He then scored again not long after, but it was disallowed for offside when it clearly
wasn’t and that could have made all the difference as Luton would have just got at them. West Brom had an easy game too as they got two first half goals against Exeter through Rondon and Rodriguez, they could have had three but Robson-Kanu also missed a penalty.

At Highbury, Fleetwood met Leicester City for their ever first ever meeting. Unfortunately there was no Jamie Vardy making a return to his old club because he was out with an injury. Fleetwood were a ninth tier club just twelve years ago but they gave a good account of themselves and had some chances in the first game to get a 0-0. No surprise they lost the replay though at the King Power.

There were also four other lower league teams that held higher opposition to a 0-0 draw before eventually getting knocked out. Now they might not be in the next round but for some earning more money from a replay could help them no end. The teams were Stevenage who held Reading at home, Carlisle did the same at home against manager less Sheff Wed. Mansfield actually managed it away from home vs Cardiff and Norwich kept Chelsea at bay at Carrow Road.

Aston Villa made ten changes to their team for the match and it worked initially as they took the lead against Peterborough, but then they collapsed and lost to the League One side by three goals to one. Ian Holloway’s bad run of FA Cup matches continued after his QPR side lost 1-0 at home to MK Dons, that now seven losses in his last eight games at this stage of the cup for Holloway.

The lowest ranked side still in the whole competition are still Yeovil after they beat Bradford to reach the fourth round for only the third time since 1949. Bizarrely Bradford haven’t scored an away goal in the cup since that famous game at against Chelsea in 2015 at Stamford Bridge. Another upset happened at Doncaster where two League One teams met. High flying Doncaster are near the top of the division but were knocked out after losing 1-0 against relegation threatened Rochdale.

John Stead and the FA Cup go hand in hand

Now John Stead and the FA Cup go hand in hand and he was at it again as he scored an absolutely stunning left footed screamer to give his League Two side Notts County a win over Championship side Brentford.

Wednesday 17 January 2018
19:45 7R Wigan Athletic FC 3 – 0 AFC Bournemouth
19:45 25R Swansea City FC 2 – 1 Wolves FC
19:45 31R Chelsea FC 1 – 1 Norwich City FC
Live on BBC One

Tuesday 16 January 2018
19:45 20R Leicester City FC 2 – 0 Fleetwood Town FC
Live on BT Sport 2
19:45 22R Mansfield Town FC 1 – 4 Cardiff City FC
19:45 24R West Ham United FC 1 – 0 Shrewsbury Town FC
AET (0 – 0 at the end of normal time)
19:45 32R Sheffield Wednesday FC 2 – 0 Carlisle United FC
20:00 26R Reading FC 3 – 0 Stevenage FC

Monday 8 January 2018
19:45 5 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 2 – 1 Crystal Palace FC
Live on BT Sport 1

Sunday 7 January 2018
12:00 9 Newport County AFC 2 – 1 Leeds United AFC
Live on BBC Wales
14:00 24 Shrewsbury Town FC 0 – 0 West Ham United FC
Live on BBC One
15:00 18 Tottenham Hotspur FC 3 – 0 AFC Wimbledon
16:00 12 Nottingham Forest FC 4 – 2 Arsenal FC
Live on BT Sport 1

Saturday 6 January 2018
12:45 20 Fleetwood Town FC 0 – 0 Leicester City FC
Live on BBC One
13:00 19 Middlesbrough FC 2 – 0 Sunderland AFC
15:00 1 Ipswich Town FC 0 – 1 Sheffield United FC
15:00 2 Watford FC 3 – 0 Bristol City FC
15:00 3 Birmingham City FC 1 – 0 Burton Albion FC
15:00 6 Aston Villa FC 1 – 3 Peterborough United FC
15:00 7 AFC Bournemouth 2 – 2 Wigan Athletic FC
15:00 8 Coventry City FC 2 – 1 Stoke City FC
15:00 10 Bolton Wanderers FC 1 – 2 Huddersfield Town FC
15:00 11 Yeovil Town FC 2 – 0 Bradford City FC
15:00 13 Brentford FC 0 – 1 Notts County FC
15:00 14 Queens Park Rangers FC 0 – 1 Milton Keynes Dons FC
15:00 16 Exeter City FC 0 – 2 West Bromwich Albion FC
15:00 17 Doncaster Rovers FC 0 – 1 Rochdale AFC
15:00 21 Blackburn Rovers FC 0 – 1 Hull City
15:00 22 Cardiff City FC 0 – 0 Mansfield Town FC
15:00 23 Manchester City FC 4 – 1 Burnley FC
15:00 25 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 0 – 0 Swansea City FC
15:00 26 Stevenage FC 0 – 0 Reading FC
15:00 27 Newcastle United FC 3 – 1 Luton Town FC
15:00 28 Millwall FC 4 – 1 Barnsley FC
15:00 29 Fulham FC 0 – 1 Southampton FC
15:00 30 Wycombe Wanderers FC 1 – 5 Preston North End FC
15:00 32 Carlisle United FC 0 – 0 Sheffield Wednesday FC
17:30 31 Norwich City FC 0 – 0 Chelsea FC
Live on BT Sport 1

Friday 5 January 2018
19:55 4 Liverpool FC 2 – 1 Everton FC
Live on BBC One
20:00 15 Manchester United FC 2 – 0 Derby County FC

New Year’s Day – League Two Round-up

Happy New Year to you all, we hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and holiday period whatever you were doing? We just hope you all managed to catch some football at some point with your family and friends. We watched loads here at Football Nation and wanted to bring you a EFL League 2 update from some of the fixtures that were played yesterday.


Mansfield 3 v Carlisle 1 – Mansfield are back in the play off places after Carlisle made it easy for
them to pick up all three points. Keith Curle’s return to his old club Carlisle didn’t go well at all after a terrible start, his team did try to get back into the game but in the end Mansfield saw them off when Hemmings got his second goal of the afternoon. A great start to the New Year for Mansfield then and that is now just one defeat in eighteen matches now.

Newport 2 v Exeter 1 – A first three points for Newport of the festive season as they started the new year with a hard thought win. Top scorer Patrick Amond was back in the goals again after just six minutes and scoring last week too. Exeter arrived in south Wales having lost four consecutive away games and this made it five, even though they did give it a good go. Jayden Stockley got his 13th goal of season to equalise but Newport scored again to give them their first league victory at home in seven games to cement their place in the top half.

Colchester 0 v Cambridge 0 – A point a piece then for both teams, which means John McGreal’s Colchester side have now gone six games unbeaten. Cambridge are also on the back of a four match unbeaten run too and nothing could separate the pair in this goalless match.


Barnet 1 v Swindon 2 – The away side took the lead through Ellis Iandolo but John Akinde equalised just three minutes later. However Swindon kept up their impressive away form and got a 2-1 lead before half-time thanks to Matt Preston and it stayed like that until the end. That is now nine wins from twelve on the road for Swindon which is the best record in the division.

Crewe 2 v Grimsby 0 – That’s three wins in five for Crewe Alexandra now as Chris Porter got their first goal of the day and his tenth of the season. Grimsby have not won in their last five games.


Stevenage 4 v Cheltenham 1 – After one win in five for Stevenage they needed a bright
start to the year, but they went behind to Cheltenham after just two minutes. They bounced back quickly and strongly through Godden and Pett to give themselves a 2-1 half-time lead. Tom Pitt’s first half goal was his sixth of the season and he got his seventh in second half for a great comeback.

Yeovil 1 v Crawley 2 – Yeovil threw away a 3-2 lead to lose 4-3 at the end of the year away to Morecambe as they continue to leak goals. Another big issue this season has been keeping players on the pitch with numerous red cards throughout their campaign. Two in this match and that is the second time this season they’d had two players sent off in same match. In total they had four red cards just in November as well. Three wins in four for Crawley Town though as they came from behind to win.

In other news, Forest Green remain rooted to the bottom of the table and Morecambe’s game was abandoned against Accrington due to a waterlogged pitch.

One step from facing the big boys – FA Cup 2nd Round

The page will be updated until all of the Second Round Proper results are confirmed as the teams battle it to qualify for the third round where they can potentially face the big boys:

Tuesday 19 December 2017
19:45 16R Carlisle United FC 3 – 1 Gillingham FC

Thursday 14 December 2017
19:45 19R Hereford FC 0 – 2 Fleetwood Town FC
Live on BT Sport 1

Wednesday 13 December 2017
19:45 14R Crewe Alexandra FC 0 – 1 Blackburn Rovers FC

Tuesday 12 December 2017
19:45 1R Peterborough United FC 5 – 2 Woking FC
19:45 5R Yeovil Town FC 3 – 2 Port Vale FC
AET (1 – 1 at the end of normal time)
19:45 15R Wigan Athletic FC 3 – 2 AFC Fylde
19:45 16R Carlisle United FC P – P Gillingham FC
19:45 18R Exeter City FC 2 – 1 Forest Green Rovers FC
AET (1 – 1 at the end of normal time)

Monday 4 December 2017
19:45 8 Slough Town FC 0 – 4 Rochdale AFC
Live on BT Sport 1

Sunday 3 December 2017
14:00 1 Woking FC 1 – 1 Peterborough United FC
14:00 3 Newport County AFC 2 – 0 Cambridge United FC
14:00 4 Wycombe Wanderers FC 3 – 1 Leatherhead FC
14:00 7 Doncaster Rovers FC 3 – 0 Scunthorpe United FC
14:00 9 AFC Wimbledon 3 – 1 Charlton Athletic FC
14:00 11 Mansfield Town FC 3 – 0 Guiseley AFC
14:00 12 Gateshead FC 0 – 5 Luton Town FC
14:00 14 Blackburn Rovers FC 3 – 3 Crewe Alexandra FC
14:00 20 Coventry City FC 3 – 0 Boreham Wood FC

Saturday 2 December 2017
12:30 17 Notts County FC 3 – 2 Oxford City FC
Live on BT Sport 1
15:00 2 Milton Keynes Dons FC 4 – 1 Maidstone United FC
15:00 5 Port Vale FC 1 – 1 Yeovil Town FC
15:00 6 Shrewsbury Town FC 2 – 0 Morecambe FC
15:00 10 Stevenage FC 5 – 2 Swindon Town FC
15:00 13 Bradford City FC 3 – 1 Plymouth Argyle FC
15:00 16 Gillingham FC 1 – 1 Carlisle United FC
15:00 18 Forest Green Rovers FC 3 – 3 Exeter City FC
15:00 19 Fleetwood Town FC 1 – 1 Hereford FC

Friday 1 December 2017
19:55 15 AFC Fylde 1 – 1 Wigan Athletic FC
Live on BBC Two

When is the FA Cup 3rd round draw?

The 137th FA Cup is well and truly under way, however some people out there do not even contemplate this great competition until the third round proper. Those people will be tuning in this weekend as it’s FA Cup 3rd round draw time, but not before forty teams battle it out.

Tomorrow the second round begins with AFC Fylde taking on 2013 winners Wigan Athletic live on BBC2. It should be a cracking weekend of games and hopefully just as entertaining as the first round which certainly didn’t disappoint. With seven non-league clubs knocking out higher ranked opposition.

In the 40 first round games there was a total of 133 goals with some truly outstanding finishes and lots and lots of drama. Those teams that got through took one step closer to getting a shot at some of the FA Cup giants out there, like Manchester United. As they are potentially now just 90 minutes away from meeting them if they can win their second round tie, so what can we expect?

Well as mentioned, on the rise AFC Fylde are at home against one of the highest ranked teams currently in the competition in Wigan. Kick off at 7.55pm tonight. The ambitious Lancashire side has been rising through the divisions for ten years now, their dream is league football by 2022 but of course an FA Cup run and a tie against the big boys is in everybody’s dream.

Notts County are another going well under new manager Kevin Nolan, however two years ago they lost to lower league opposition in Salford City. They then will have to be weary of sixth tier Oxford City.

In total there are ten non league teams left in the competition this year. Six are from the National League, one from the Conference South and three from the lowly seventh tier and they are Hereford, Leatherhead and Slough Town.

Monday 4th December at 19:45 – Slough vs Rochdale – live on BT Sport 1

Non-league Slough got drawn at home and are taking on Rochdale, every chance of creating an upset then? Just like Boreham Wood did in the last round as they managed a giant killing against former winners Blackpool. Can they do it again this time against another former winner in Coventry?

Other teams playing in this round are Guiseley who had never reached the second round until now, but after beating Accrington in a penalty shoot out they now play Mansfield town. Leatherhead created a shock by beating the all new dancing Glenn Tamplin Billericay team.

Woking are nearly in the third round again as well, the early 1990’s third round regulars face Peterborough United at home. Other fixtures to keep an eye on are Maidstone away to MK Dons. Gateshead playing at home to high-flying Luton Town. Hereford away at Uwe Rösler’s Fleetwood Town side and finally, a local yorkshire derby with Doncaster taking on Scunthorpe.

The full draw and kick off times though are as follows:

Friday 1st December
AFC Fylde 19:55 Wigan Athletic

Saturday 2nd December
Notts County 12:30 Oxford City
Bradford City 15:00 Plymouth Argyle
Fleetwood Town 15:00 Hereford FC
Forest Green Rovers 15:00 Exeter City
Gillingham 15:00 Carlisle United
Milton Keynes Dons 15:00 Maidstone United
Port Vale 15:00 Yeovil Town
Shrewsbury Town 15:00 Morecambe
Stevenage 15:00 Swindon Town

Sunday 3rd December
AFC Wimbledon 14:00 Charlton Athletic
Blackburn Rovers 14:00 Crewe Alexandra
Coventry City 14:00 Boreham Wood
Doncaster Rovers 14:00 Scunthorpe United
Gateshead 14:00 Luton Town
Mansfield Town 14:00 Guiseley
Newport County AFC 14:00 Cambridge United
Woking 14:00 Peterborough United
Wycombe Wanderers 14:00 Leatherhead

Monday 4th December
Slough 19:45 Rochdale