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Rupert Wyman 26th Oct 2008 - 13:55

FA Cup first round draw

This year's FA Cup has been underway for weeks now with all the qualifying rounds, with every single non-league team from all the way down the pyramid dreaming of the romance available in the FA Cup. Who can forget Havant & Waterlooville's cup run last season when not only did they knock out eventual League One title winners Swansea, they went to Anfield and led against Liverpool twice, before succumbing to a 5-2 defeat.

On Sunday 26 October one could argue that the countdown to the FA Cup proper began with the first round draw. The first round as normal will feature all League One and League Two sides as well as all the qualifiers from non-league from the Blue Square Premier all the way down the pyramid.

Full first round proper draw


Home team   Away team
Accrington Stanley v Tranmere Rovers
AFC Hornchurch v Peterborough United
AFC Wimbledon v Wycombe Wanderers
Aldershot Town v Rotherham United
Alfreton Town v Bury Town
Barnet v Rochdale
Blyth Spartans v Shrewsbury Town
Bournemouth v Bristol Rovers
Brighton v Hartlepool United
Bury v Gillingham
Carlisle v Grays Athletic
Cheltenham Town v Oldham Athletic
Chester City v Millwall
Chesterfield v York City/Mansfield Town
Colchester United v Leyton Orient
Crewe v Woking/Ebbsfleet United
Darlington v Droylsden/Belper Town
Durham City/Histon v Swindon Town
Eastbourne v Barrow
Harlow Town v Macclesfield Town
Havant & Waterlooville v Brentford
Hereford v Dagenham & Redbridge
Hinckley/Curzon Ashton v Exeter City
Huddersfield Town v Port Vale
Kettering Town v Lincoln City
Kidderminster v Cambridge United
Leeds United v Northampton Town
Leicester City v Stevenage/Horsham
Leiston/Lewes v Fleetwood Town
Luton Town v Newcastle Blue Star/Altrincham
Milton Keynes Dons v Bradford City
Morecambe v Grimsby Town
Northwich Victoria/Telford
v Southend United
Oxford United v Dorchester Town
Sutton United v Notts County
Team Bath v Ashford Town/Forest Green
Torquay United v Evesham United
Walsall v Scunthorpe United
Wrexham/Eastwood Town v Brackley Town
Yeovil Town v Stockport County

As is tradition the Premier League and Championship sides will not enter until the third round, when all the teams who have progressed through the first and second rounds proper will be hoping to draw one of the big boys.

Dates of the FA Cup rounds


Round Dates
First round
Saturday 8 November 2008
Second round
Saturday 29 November 2008
Third round
Saturday 3 January 2009
Fourth round
Saturday 24 January 2009
Fifth round
Saturday 14 February 2009
Sixth round Saturday 7 March 2009
Semi-finals Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 April 2009
Final Saturday 30 May 2009

As you would expect, despite last year's failings in this competition, it is the 'Big Four' who head the betting and you wouldn't back against one of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool or Man Utd getting their hands back on the famous Cup.


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