The Path to Wembley

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The FA Cup Path to Wembley 2012/13.

Has the FA Cup lost its magic? I think it has. So, I decided this season to try and watch a game in every round from the extra preliminary round all the way to Wembley, to see if I can re-capture the magic of this great competition. Being a ground hopper, I didn’t want to follow one team, as they win through to the next round, but rather choose a game in each round, allowing me some new ground visits along the way.  I realise that getting tickets for the Semi and Final could be problematical, but I shall cross that bridge when I come to it! My reference to steps highlights the level the club plays in the English football pyramid. Steps 1-4 are the Premier league, and then the 3 divisions of the football league (the Championship, League One, League Two). Step 5 is the top non league step, the ‘Conference national’, these days many clubs are fully or half professional. Step 6 is the Conference North/South divisions, and so on.

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Counties visited so far; Leicestershire/Northamptonshire/Surrey/Bedfordshire/Gloucestershire/Buckinghamshire/Greater London/Greater Manchester

Goals so far (up to game 11, Jan 26th); 35, av goals per game – 3.18

New grounds visited; Oadby T/Irchester Utd/Coalville T/

Bracketed ticks – (Clubs groundsharing) – AFC Dunstable/Gloucester City

Sat Aug 11th 2012 – at Wigston Road.

Extra Preliminary round –

Game 1 (Tie 54) – Oadby Town 3 (United Counties League D1/Step10) 
Anstey Nomads 1 (East Midlands League/Step10) , att 184.
admission £5, programme £1, badge £3.
Match rating 3.5/5.

Oadby; Butlin, Dodds, Cobb, Brown, Brett, Hirst, Duffy, Adams (Surridge), Reeves, J Stevenson (K Stevenson), Brownhill.

Anstey; Simmonds, Charles, Tature (Frost), J Armson, Hunt, Alexander (Ginvert), Rudkin (Latham), Kirby, Taylor, Gibbs, S Armson.

Scorers; Oadby – Adams 38, Stevenson 57, Reeves 90+2.  Anstey – Gibbs 87.

See –

In 10 words- Summer roast, quality from the ‘poachers’, enthusiatic locals, great start.

What happened next? Oadby lost 3-2 at Step 4 club Carlton Town.

Sun Aug 12th 2012 –

The Irchester Sports Assocation Grounds.

Game 2 (Tie 83)- Irchester United 0 (United Counties Premier League/Step9)  
Huntingdon Town 1 (United Counties Premier League/Step9) , att 67.
admission £5, programme £1.
Match rating 2/5.

Irchester;  Freeman, Blande, White, Turrier, Gell, Mitchell (Lynch), Ridgway, Marlow, Dowman (Love), Burge, Whitney (Mendes). Huntingdon;  Beeny, Waterworth (S Spencer), R Spencer, Blackwell, Crick, Dear, Moyes (Green), Warwick, Bowen, Drane, Jordan.

Scorers;  Huntingdon – Jordan 45.

In 10 words – Blazing hot, lack of quality, Roman defence breached, podgy keeper!

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What happened next? Huntingdon Town won 3-2 at home to St Ives (from same league/division), but then got thumped 7-0 at Step 7 club Cambridge City away in the 1st qualifying round.

Prelimary Round –

Sat Aug 25th 2012 – at Owen Street.

Game 3 (Tie 39)- Coalville Town 5 (Northern Prem D1 South/Step8) 
Loughborough University 3 (Midland Alliance/Step9), att 140.
admission £7, programme £1, badge x 2 (£3 each).
Match rating 4.5/5.

Coalville Town; Bowles, Jenno, Stuart, Kay, Hill (Kellogg), Miveld, Woodward, Carney, Davidson (Powell), Murdock, Robbins. Loughborough Uni; Lowton, G Williams, Baxter, Nash, Wilkinson, C Williams, Webb, Nelson-Addy, Nti (Cook), Dixon (Elkhassi), Collino (Worthington).

Scorers; Coalville – Robbins 22,55, Stuart 27 (pen), Davidson 36,64.  Loughborough – Nti 10, 46, 61.

See –

In 10 words – Plucky students, outclassed, end to end, entertaining, and ‘two’ badges! 🙂

What happened next? Coalville lost 1-0 at home to Nottinghamshire rivals Ilkeston Town from Step 7.

Game 4 (Tie 62) – 1st Qualifying Round Replay-

Tue Sep 11th 2012 – at Short Lane- Ashford Town (Middlesex) 3 AET (Southern League, Central Division/Step8)  Dunstable Town 0  (South Midlands League Prem/Step9), att 116. Admission £8, programme £1. Match Rating 3/5.

Ashford T; McCarthy,Knock, Thomas (Kazi), Canderton, Conteh, Mullan, Lodge, Weight, Brown, Lockhart-Adhosi (Bennett), Bitmead (Duffy). Dunstable T; Kidd, Pickering, Mead, Woods, Bufano, Buchanan, Olaleye, Brinkman (Burnett), Frater, Roache, Cooper.

ScorersAshford T – Bitmead 93 (pen), 101 (pen), Brown 112.

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In 10 words – Dunstable shaded in 90, Ashford dominate ET, Bitmead penalties finalise.

What happened next? Ashford lost 6-2 at home to St Albans City (Southern Premier, Step 7)  in the 2nd qualifying round.

Game 5 (Tie 35) – Wednesday September 26th  – 2nd Qualifying Round Replay at Creasey Park. 

AFC Dunstable 0 (South Midlands Premier/Step9)  Northwood 3 (Southern League Central Div/Step8),  att 109. Admission £6, programme £1, Match Rating 3/5.

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In 10 words – Programme shortage, Northwood dominate, BJ battles, Ajayi has last word.

What happens next? Northwood kost 4-0 at home to Boreham Wood (Conf South/Step6)  in the 3rd Qualifying Round/Oct 6th.

Game 6 (Tie 34) – 3rd Qualifying Round at Whaddon Road, Cheltenham.

Sunday October 7th 2012  – Gloucester City 1 (Conference North/Step6) v Eastleigh  0 (Conference South/Step6).

att 432, Admission £12, programme £2, Match Rating 2.5/5.

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In 10 words – Even tie, Eastleigh unimpress, Hamblin early goal settles, Tigers through.

What happens next? Gloucester City host Chippenham Town (Evo Stick Southern Premier/Step7) in the 4th Qualifying Round/Oct 20th or 21st.

Game 7  (Tie 20) – 4th Qualifying Round at Holloways Park, Beaconsfield SYCOB FC. 

Sunday October 21st 2012 – Slough Town  0 (Southern League Central Division/Step8) Gosport Borough 0  (Southern League Premier/Step7)

att 523, Admission £8, programme £2, Match Rating 2/5.

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in 10 words > Grey day, fractious first half. Defences on top, draw fair.

What happened next? Replay Tue 24th Oct. Slough won 2-1 and travel to Mansfield in Round One.

CIMG1934Game 8 (Tie 18) – Mon November 12th- KO 19:45 -FA Cup 1st Round Replay –  AFC Wimbledon 4 (League Two/Step4) v York City 3 (League Two/Step4), AET.

att 1,954, admission £19 programme £2, match rating 4.5/5.

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In 10 words > Minstermen impress, sending off changes things, eleven men make difference.

What happens next > AFC visit their nemisis MK Dons in the 2nd Round!

2247509Game 9 (Tie 18) – Sunday December 2nd 2012 – KO 12:30 – FA Cup 2nd Round – MK Dons (League One/Step3) 2-1 AFC Wimbledon (League Two/Step4).                   CIMG2027

att 16,459, admission £15, programme £3, match rating 2.5/5

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In 10 words > Cracking atmosphere, MK Dons had the extra class, Wimbledon proud.

What happens next > MK Dons visit Championship (Step2) Sheffield Wednesday in Round Three.

DSC00109 Game 10 (Tie 1) – Saturday January 5th 2013 – KO 15:00 – FA Cup Third Round – Crystal Palace 0 (The Championship/Step2) v Stoke City 0 (Premier League/Step One).

att 13,693, admission £20, programme £3, match rating 2.5/5

Palace: Price, Parr, Delaney, Ramage, Moxey, Bolasie (Banton), Jedinak, O’Keefe, Mortitz, Zaha (Williams), Easter (Appiah).

Stoke: Sorensen, Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Shotton, Nzonzi, Whitehead, Kightly (Jerome), Owen (Adam), Walters, Crouch (Jones).

Ref; Swarbrick.

In 10 words; Clash of styles, few chances, Crouch and Owen poor, deadlock.

What happened next? Stoke won the replay 4-1 after extra time, 1-1 after 90 minutes. Stoke entertain Man City in Round four (L 0-1), a repeat of the 2011 final.

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Game 11 (Tie 11) – Saturday January 26th 2013 – FA Cup 4th Round – Manchester United 4 (The Premier League/Step1) Fulham 1 (The Premier League/Step 1) at Old Trafford, KO 17:30pm. DSC00174

att 72,596 admission £42, programme £3, match rating 3/5.

Man Utd: De Gea, Rafael, Evra, Jones, Smalling, Anderson (Kagawa), Giggs (Valencia), Carrick (Scholes), Nani, Rooney, Hernandez.

Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hangeland, Baird (Karagounis), Hughes, Riise, Sidwell, Duff (Rodallega), Kacaniklic, Berbatov, Ruiz (Dejagah).

Man Utd – Giggs (Pen) 3, Rooney 50, Hernandez 52, 66.
Fulham – Hughes 76.

Ref; M.Clattenburg.

In 10 words; Men against Boys, punchless Fulham, strange atmosphere, classy United progress.

What happens next? Man Utd entertain Reading in Round five.

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Game 12 ‘Probably’ Oldham Athletic v Everton, FA Cup 5th Round, Feb 16th, KO 6pm.


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