The road to Wembley begins

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Well, the road to Wembley begun in August, but now we've reached the First Round Proper of the world's oldest football competition.

Chelsea were the winners of last season’s FA Cup beating Everton 2-1 in the Final, in May. Less than three months later, 762 teams started out in the 129th FA Cup, and now with six qualifying rounds completed, the clubs from League One and League Two, join the non-league sides who have made it through the qualifying rounds.

With the final taking place on May 15th, the Wembley arch is quite a distance away.

FA Cup First Round Draw

Gillingham vs. Southend United
Grimsby Town vs. Bath City
Gateshead vs. Brentford
Chesterfield vs. AFC Bournemouth
Blyth Spartans or AFC Telford vs. Lincoln City
Stockport County vs. Tooting & Mitcham United or Eastbourne Borough
Burton Albion vs. Oxford City
Barrow or Chester City vs. Eastleigh
Oldham Athletic vs. Leeds United
Lincoln United/Cambridge United vs. Ilkeston Town
York City vs. Crewe Alexandra
Wycombe Wanderers vs. Brighton & Hove Albion
Hereford United vs. Sutton United
Nuneaton Town vs. Exeter City
Bristol Rovers vs. Southampton
Carlisle United vs. Morecambe
Forest Green Rovers vs. Mansfield Town
Oxford United vs. Yeovil Town
Paulton Rovers vs. Norwich City
Swindon Town vs. Woking
Port Vale vs. Stevenage Borough
Luton Town vs. Rochdale
Bromley vs. Colchester United
Accrington Stanley vs. Farnborough or Salisbury City
Millwall vs. Crawley town or AFC Wimbledon
Stourbridge vs. Walsall
Shrewsbury Town vs. Staines Town
Wealdstone vs. Rotherham United
Torquay United vs. Cheltenham Town
Barnet vs. Darlington
Notts County vs. Bradford City
Huddersfield Town vs. Dagenham & Redbridge
MK Dons vs. Macclesfield Town
Rushden & Diamonds vs. Hinckley United
Northwich Victoria vs. Charlton Athletic
Aldershot Town vs. Bury
Wrexham vs. Gloucester or Lowesloft Town
Hartlepool vs. Kettering Town/Redditch United
Tranmere Rovers vs. Leyton Orient
Northampton Town vs. Kidderminster or Fleetwood

Ties to be played on the week of the 7th & 8th November.


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