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March 10, 2011

2010-11 FA Cup, Sixth Round Proper, with match-ups.

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FA Cup 6th Round



Click on the box below to see the 4 match-ups, featuring profile boxes of each of the 8 clubs still alive in the 2010-11 FA Cup competition…
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BBC/FA Cup/ home.
Leading scorers on each club…
Arsenal – [tie] Samir Nasri (23 years old/born in Marseille, France) – 14 goals (9 LG; 1 FA; 2 LC; 2 EU), Robin van Persie (27 years old/born in Rotterdam, Netherlands) – 14 goals (10 LG; 1 FA; 2 LC; 2 EU).
Birmingham City – Nikola Zigic (30 years old/born in Backa Topola, Socialist Rep. of Serbia, FYR)- 8 goals (5 LG; 3 LC).
Bolton Wanderers – Johan Elmander (27 years old/born in Alingsas, Sweden) – 10 goals (9 LG; 1 FA).
Manchester City – Carlos Tévez (27 years old/born in Ciudadala, Greater Buenos Aires, Argentina) – 21 goals (18 LG; 3 FA).
Manchester United – Dimitar Berbatov (30 years old/born in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria) – 19 goals (19 LG).
Reading – Shane Long (24 years old/born in Gortnahoe, Tipperary, Ireland) – 20 goals (18 LG [League Championship]; 2 FA).
Stoke City – [3-way tie] Robert Huth (26 years old/born in East Berlin, East Germany) – 7 goals (6 LG; 1 FA), Kenwyne Jones (26 years old/born in Point Fortin, Trinidad and Tobago) – 7 goals (5 LG; 2 LC), Jonathan Walters (27 years old/born in Birkenhead, Merseyside, England) – 7 goals (3 LG; 3 FA; 1 LC).
West Ham United – Carlton Cole (27 years old/born in Croydon, south London) – 11 goals (5 LG; 2 FA; 4 LC).

FA Cup Sixth Round matches on television…
United Kingdom
Birmingham City v Bolton Wanderers, Saturday 12th March, 12:45pm GMT (ESPN-UK).
Manchester United v. Arsenal, Saturday 12th March, 5:15pm GMT (ITV-1).

Stoke City v West Ham United, Sunday 13th March, 2pm GMT (ITV-1).
Manchester City v Reading, Sunday 13th March, 4.45pm GMT (ESPN-UK).

United States and Canada
Birmingham City v. Bolton Wanderers, Saturday, March 12, 7:45am ET (Fox Soccer Plus).
Manchester United v. Arsenal, Saturday, March 12, 12:15pm ET (Fox Soccer Channel).

Stoke City v. West Ham United, Sunday, March 13, 10:00am ET (Fox Soccer Plus).
Manchester City v. Reading, Sunday, March 13, 12:45pm ET (Fox Soccer Channel).

Here are the clubs that have made it to the FA Cup Sixth Round Proper for the second consecutive season…
Birmingham City
Reading
Stoke City.

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Photo credits -
Birmingham City/St. Andrews…Bing.com/maps/Bird’s Eye satellite view, here.
Bolton/Reebok Stadium… http://www.helibott.com/stadiums.html .
Manchester United/Old Trafford… http://www.manutdpics.com/prints-234/old-trafford-gallery.html .
Arsenal/Emirates Stadium… http://www.byrnegroup.co.uk/p/h/Projects/Emirates_Stadium/234/
Stoke City/Britania Stadium…Bing.com/maps/Bird’s Eye satellite view, here.
West Ham/Boleyn Ground [aka Upton Park]…Fussball Tempel.net (West Ham/Boleyn Ground photo).
Manchester City/City of Manchester Stadium [aka Eastlands]… The Sun.co.uk (Manchester City/Eastlands photo).
Reading/Madejski Stadium…Bing.com/maps/Bird’s eye satellite view, here.

Thanks to Historical Football Kits site, for the kit illustrations, http://www.historicalkits.co.uk/
Thanks to ESPN Soccernet, for current attendance figures.
Thanks to the FA Cup silversmiths, Thomas Lyte Silver, for the photo of the FA Cup trophy, here.

February 18, 2011

2010-11 FA Cup, Fifth Round (including 2 Fourth Round Replays).

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2010-11 FA Cup, Fifth Round


BBC/Football/FA Cup home.

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Photo credits: logo from Therightwinger.com. Photo from news.bbc.co.uk via Getty Images.

In addition to the six Fifth Round Proper ties this weekend, there are two Fourth Round Replay matches…on Saturday – Chelsea v. Everton, with the winner playing on Tuesday, 1st March, hosting Reading for a Fifth Round match.
On Sunday – Manchester City v. Notts County, with the winner playing on Wednesday, 2nd March, hosting Aston Villa.

On the map page, along with 2009-10 and current average attendances (from league home matches) of all the clubs still alive in the 2010-11 FA Cup , I have added the statistic of Numerical Change versus 09/10 Avg. Attendance.

FA Cup televised games in the United Kingdom…
Manchester United v. Crawley Town
Saturday 19 February
5.15pm GMT, on ITV1

Leyton Orient v. Arsenal
Sunday 20 February
4.30pm GMT, on ESPN (UK)

West Ham United v. Burnley
Monday 21 February
8pm GMT, on ESPN (UK).

FA Cup televised games in the United States and Canada…

Chelsea v. Everton [4th Round replay]
Saturday, February 19
7:30 am ET, on Fox Soccer Channel.

Birmingham City v. Sheffield Wednesday
Saturday, February 19
10:00 am ET, on Fox Soccer Channel.

Stoke City v. Brighton & Hove Albion
Saturday, February 19
10:00 am ET, on Fox Soccer Plus.

Manchester United v. Crawley Town
Saturday, February 19
12:15 pm ET, on Fox Soccer Channel.

Manchester City v. Notts County [4th Round replay]
Sunday, February 20
9:00 am ET, on Fox Soccer Plus.

Leyton Orient v. Arsenal
Sunday, February 20
11:30 am ET, on Fox Soccer Channel.

West Ham United v. Burnley
Monday, February 21
3:00 pm ET, on Fox Soccer Plus.
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Thanks to the FA Cup silversmiths, Thomas Lyte Silver, for the photo of the FA Cup trophy, here.
Thanks to the contributors to the pages at en.wikipedia.org, 2010-11 FA Cup/Fourth Round Proper.
Thanks to ESPN Soccernet, for attendance figures – Barclay’s Premier League Stats: Team Attendance – 2010-11.
Thanks to MikeAvery.co.uk, for 2009-10 attendance figures.

January 27, 2011

2010-11 FA Cup, Fourth Round Proper.

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2010-11 FA Cup Fourth Round Proper


BBC/Football/FA Cup home.
From the Two Unfortunates.blogspot.com, 27 January, by Lanterne Rouge, ‘The Thursday Preview: West Ham Vs Nottingham Forest‘.

2010-11 FA Cup Fourth Round matches on television…
United Kingdom
FA Cup Live Televised Games‘, (FACupfootball.co.uk).
Saturday, 29 January:
12:30 pm GMT, Everton v. Chelsea (ESPN-UK).
5:15 pm GMT, Southampton v. Manchester United (ITV1).
Sunday, 30, January:
12:00 pm GMT, Arsenal v. Huddersfield Town (ESPN-UK).
2:00 pm GMT, Notts County v. Manchester City (ITV1).
4:30 pm GMT, Fulham v. Tottenham Hotspur (ESPN-UK).

USA and Canada
FoxSoccer.com/FSC programming, here.
Friday, January 28:
6:00 pm ET, FA Cup Preview Show (Fox Soccer Channel)
Saturday, January 29:
7:30 am ET, Everton v. Chelsea (Fox Soccer Channel).
10:00 am ET, Stevenage v. Reading (Fox Soccer Plus).
12:15 pm ET, Southampton v. Manchester United (Fox Soccer Channel).
Sunday, January 30:
7:00 am ET, Arsenal v. Huddersfield Town (Fox Soccer Channel).
9:00 am ET, Notts County v. Manchester City (Fox Soccer Plus).
11:30 am ET, Fulham v. Tottenham Hotspur (Fox Soccer Channel).
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Thanks to the FA Cup silversmiths, Thomas Lyte Silver, for the photo of the FA Cup trophy, here.
Thanks to the contributors to the pages at en.wikipedia.org, 2010-11 FA Cup/Fourth Round Proper.
Thanks to ESPN Soccernet, for attendance figures – Barclay’s Premier League Stats: Team Attendance – 2010-11.

January 3, 2011

2010-11 FA Cup, Third Round Proper.

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2010-11 FA Cup Third Round

BBC Sport/football/FA Cup, here.

2010-11 FA Cup Third Round Proper…The 5 biggest upsets…
#1, Stevenage 3-1 Newcastle United. League Two’s Stevenage, a club that is spending it’s first-ever season in the Football League, defeated the Premier League’s Newcastle United. In terms of current league tables, Stevenage are three levels and 75 places lower than Newcastle. Stevenage are just the 13th club from the 4th Level or from Non-League to defeat a 1st Level club in the FA Cup since 1980, and are only the third club to do this since the Premier League was formed in 1992-93..
From Guardian.co.uk/football, by Paul Doyle, ‘Peter Winn seals famous victory for Stevenage over Newcastle‘.
From TVGolo.com, ‘Stevenage 3-1 Newcastle (FA Cup) [video highlights, 1:39]‘.
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#2 biggest upset…Crawley Town 2-1 Derby County (3 levels and 61 places separate the two clubs). Crawley Town are the only Non-League club still alive in the competition. [The club are in second place in the Conference National, 3 points behind AFC Wimbledon (with 3 games in hand).] from Guardian.co.uk/football, Monday 10 January 22:16 GMT, by Dominic Fifield, ‘Crawley Town beat Derby County to keep non-league flag flying in FA Cup‘.
From 101 Great Goals.com, ‘Remember Sergio Torres: Crawley keep the magic of the FA Cup alive dumping Derby‘ [video highlights from all 3 goals].
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#3 biggest upset…Sunderland 1-2 Notts County (2 levels and 54 places separate the two clubs). ‘Lee Hughes seals Notts County win at Sunderland in FA Cup third round‘, by Lance Harvey at Guardian.co.uk/football.
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#4 biggest upset…Burton Albion 2-1 Middlesbrough (2 levels and 47 places separate the two clubs). ‘Burton Albion 2-1 Middlesbrough‘, from BBC.co.uk/FA Cup.
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#5 biggest upset…Norwich City 0-1 Leyton Orient (1 level and 40 places separate the two clubs). ‘Norwich 0-1 Leyton Orient‘, from BBC.co.uk/FA Cup.
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As usual with this category of map, fixtures are on the far right of the map page; locations of clubs, with their crests, are on the map and within the map segments flanking the main map; and current average attendances (from domestic home league matches) are listed on the far left. Also on the left is each club’s percent change versus 2009-10 average attendance.

The FA Cup Third Round is when clubs from the top two levels of English Football, the Premier League and the Football League Championship, enter the competition. That accounts for 44 teams. The other 20 teams come from lower levels, in this case as far down the pyramid as the 6th Level (Dover Athletic; more on them below). Due to the inclement weather this winter in Britain, there are 65 clubs on the map, not 64 clubs, because one Second Round tie, Lincon City v. Hereford United, has been postponed 3 times due to a frozen pitch at the Imps’ Sincil Bank. That Second Round replay is now scheduled for when the bulk of the matches this round are being played – at 2 pm GMT on Saturday. The winner of Lincon/Hereford is then scheduled to play in Buckinghamshire on Tuesday the 11th, versus Wycombe Wanderers.

Here are the matches scheduled for television…
United Kingdom…The FA Cup on TV (The FA.com).
Sat. 8 Jan…
12:45 pm GMT, Arsenal v. Leeds United (ITV1).
5:30 pm GMT, Stevenage v. Newcastle United (ESPN/UK).
Sun., 9 Jan…
1:30 pm GMT, Manchester United v. Liverpool (ITV1).
4 pm GMT, Leicester City v. Manchester City (ESPN/UK).
Mon. 10 Jan…
8 pm GMT, Crawley Town v. Derby County (ESPN/UK).

USA and Canada…
foxsoccer.com/fsc
foxsoccer.com/fs+
Sat. Jan. 8…
7:45 am, Arsenal v. Leeds United (Fox Soccer Plus).
9:30 am ET, FA Cup Preview Show (Fox Soccer Channel).
10 am ET, Sheffield United v. Aston Villa (Fox Soccer Channel).
10 am ET, Scunthorpe United v. Everton (Fox Soccer Plus).
12:30 pm ET, Stevenage v. Newcastle United (Fox Soccer Channel).
Sun. Jan. 9…
8:30 am ET, Manchester United v. Liverpool (Fox Soccer Channel).
11 am ET, Leicester City v. Manchester City (Fox Soccer Channel).
Mon. Jan. 10…
2:30 pm ET, Crawley Town v. Derby County (Fox Soccer Plus).

Fom The Guardian.co.uk/football, ‘FA Cup third-round preview: five potential upsets to look out for‘, by Rob Bagchi.

Dover Athletic are the lowest-placed club still alive in the FA Cup this season. The coastal Kent club are in the 6th Level, in the Conference South. The Whites aim to make it two promotions in three seasons, and are currently in the playoff places, in 4th place. They’re unbeaten in their last 5 matches, which includes a 7-2 trouncing of Thurrock on Sunday the 2nd of January. Dover’s manager is Martin Hayes, whose playing career included 102 matches and 26 goals for Arsenal (1983-90). Dover Athletic have sizable support for a club two rungs below the Football League, and in fact Dover Athletic were in the Conference National (which is the 5th Level) for nine seasons, from 1993-94 to 2001-02. Dover are currently drawing 1,013 per game to their Perry’s Crabble Athletic Ground in River, Kent (the ground is just across the border from the town of Dover; Perry’s are a car dealership).

In the 2010-11 FA Cup First Round, Dover beat Gillingham away, 2-nil. That match-up was significant in two ways – first, it was a Kent derby. Second, it was a grudge match for Dover, as Gillingham had wrested away Dover’s then-manager, Andy Hessenthaler, over the summer break, and to rub salt into the wound, Hessenthaler then lured two of the Dover staff over to the Gills. On 6 November, Dover dispatched the two-levels-higher Gillingham before 7,475 at Priestfield (which included 2,300 Dover supporters). Then in the Second Round, on 27 November, Dover hosted another League Two club, Aldershot Town, and they beat the Shots 2-0. 4,123 filled the Crabble Athletic Ground for the match. That match was televised, so Dover made a bit of cash on that, too. Both goals v. Aldershot were scored by Adam Birchall, who is attracting the attention of clubs in higher divisions. He had played 104 games for League Two’s Barnet from 2006 to 2009, and it’s likely he will end up back in the 4th Level soon. Adam Birchall was born in Maidstone, Kent, and is a Wales U-21 international. Birchall currently is the second-highest scorer in the Conference South – he has netted 13 league goals (Braintree Town’s Sean Marks has 14 league goals). Birchall also has 11 cup goals in 6 matches in the FA Cup this season (five rounds’ worth of matches plus one replay). That’s insane. Birchall has been crucial to the Whites’ First and Second Round victories – netting the first goal in the Gillingham match – a 30-yard screamer in the 18th minute; and scoring both goals (one from the penalty spot) versus Aldershot. The photo on the left directly below the stadium image shows Birchall seconds before he scored that strike against Gillingham. The photo on the right, there, shows Luke l’Anson right as he was about to score on the parried rebound from a shot by teammate Harry Baker, in the 28th minute.

Here is Dover Athletic’s page at Pyramid Passion.co.uk…Dover Athetic FC/Crabble Athletic Ground.

Below is a satellite view image of the Crabble Athletic Ground, plus photos from the 2 matches (all photos from Doverathletic.com).

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Dover Athletic have their work cut out for them in the Third Round, as they must travel up to West Yorkshire to face 3rd Level club Huddersfield Town, who sit 6th in League One.
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Thanks to the FA Cup silversmiths, Thomas Lyte Silver, for the photo of the FA Cup trophy, here.
Thanks to the contributors to the pages at en.wikipedia.org, 2010-11 FA Cup/Third Round Proper. Thanks to Bobby McMahon at SoccerReporetExtra, here (via @OptaJoe) for the Stevenage/FA Cup stat. Thanks to ESPN Soccernet for attendance figures – here… 1st Level/Premier League ; 2nd Level/Championship ; 3rd Level/League One ; 4th Level/League Two ; 5th Level/Conference National.


November 26, 2010

2010-11 FA Cup, Second Round Proper.

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2010-11 FA Cup, Second Round



BBC Sport/football/FA Cup, here.

From When Saturday Comes site, on 29th November, 2010, ‘Droylsden ignored by local media despite Cup run‘, by Tony Curran.
Thanks to the FA Cup silversmiths, Thomas Lyte Silver, for the photo of the FA Cup trophy, here.
Thanks to the contributors to the pages at en.wikipedia.org, 2010-11 FA Cup/Second Round Proper.

November 3, 2010

2010-11 FA Cup, First Round Proper.

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2010-11 FA Cup First Round Proper



The map page shows the 80 clubs involved in the 2010-11 FA Cup First Round Proper…fixtures are on the far right; club locations are shown in the map itself, and attendance figures (home league matches) are at the far left. Southampton have the highest average attendance in the round, drawing 20,741 per game in their League One home matches. Tipton Town have the lowest average attendance in the round, drawing 83 per game in their Midlands Alliance home matches.
FA Cup fixtures, at BBC/football, here.
BBC/FA Cup home.

Saturday, 6th November – at Priestfield Stadium: Gillingham 0-2 Dover Athletic, attendance: 7,405.
Click on image sequence below, for a full-screen view…
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Thanks to ThisIsKent.co.uk, here. Thanks to Dover Athletic official site, here. Thanks to British Services.co.uk [map of Kent], here.
Thanks to The Guardian.co.uk, match report, here.

Friday, 5th November – at Spotland: Rochdale 2-3 FC United of Manchester, attendance: 7,048.
Click on image sequence below, for a full-screen view…
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Thanks to Rochdale Online.co.uk, here. Thanks to Zimbio, here. Thanks to Daylife.com, here.Thanks to the Guardian.co.uk, match report, here.

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Photos and captions of the two lowest-placed clubs, Tipton Town and Hythe Town are shown below, about halfway down the page. Also, at the end of this post I have listed all derbies in this round, with a cut-off point of 100 km./60 miles. There are 13 Derbies in the 2010-11 FA Cup First Round that fall into that category, the closest being the Greater Manchester derby of Rochdale v. FC United of Manchester (10 km./6miles); the second closest being the East London Derby of Dagenham & Redbridge v. Leyton Orient (13km./8 miles). One other match-up needs mentioning, a West Country derby between Plymouth Argyle and Swindon Town (209 km./130 miles). All 15 of the derbies are listed at the bottom of this post.

The 2010-11 FA Cup commenced on 11 August, 2010, with the Extra Preliminary Round, when 402 clubs – from the 9th and 10th Levels in the English football pyramid – began the 130th edition of the world’s oldest knockout competition [the first FA Cup was held in 1871-72]. In total 759 clubs in England and Wales will compete in this season’s FA Cup competition.

Two clubs from the Extra Preliminary Round still remain in the First Round Proper…Hythe Town FC, of the Kent League; and Tipton Town FC, of the Midland Football Alliance. Both these clubs have won six matches to get to the First Round Proper. Tipton Town’s cup run started with a 0-5 victory over Alvechurch FC, in front of 59 spectators at Alvechurch’s ground in Worcester; while Hythe Town won their match versus Bookham FC by a 4-0 score at Hythe’s Reachfields Stadium in Hythe, Kent, in front of 169 spectators.

Then the Preliminary Round then saw 8th Level clubs enter (131 clubs entered in this round).

Then the First Qualifying Round saw 7th Level clubs enter from these 3 leagues…
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Southern Football League Premier Division
Isthmian League Premier Division
(66 clubs entered in this round).

Then the Second Qualifying Round saw 6th Level clubs enter from…
Conference North
Conference South
(48 clubs entered in this round).

The Third Qualifying Round had no new entrants, and at the end of the 3rd QR, the field at this point was whittled down to 40 clubs.

Then the Fourth Qualifying round saw the 24 clubs from the Conference National – the highest step in the Non-League ladder, at the 5th Level – enter the competition.
14 Conference clubs advanced from the 4th QR, plus 18 other lower placed Non-League clubs. These 32 Non-League clubs advance to the First Round Proper, at which point the 48 clubs from League One and League Two – the two lower levels of the Football League – enter the competition. [Premier League and League Championship clubs enter in the Third Round in early January.]

The breakdown of Non-League clubs in the 2010-11 FA Cup, by level…
9th Level clubs (2):
South coast/Kent club Hythe Town (Kent League), and Black Country/West Midlands club Tipton Town (Midlands Alliance).

8th Level clubs:
None.

7th Level clubs (4):
Greater Manchester-based club FC United of Manchester (Northern Premier), Greater London-based club Harrow Borough (Isthmian Premier), Greater London-based club Hendon (Isthmian Premier), and the Wiltshire club Swindon Supermarine (Southern Premier).

6th Level clubs (12):
Essex club Chelmsford City (Conference South), Northamptonshire club Corby Town (Conference North), Thames estuary/Kent club Dartford (Conference South), south coast/Kent club Dover Athletic (Conference South), Greater Manchester-based club Droylsden (Conference North), Nottinghamshire club Eastwood Town (Conference North), Thames estuary/Kent club Ebbsfleet United (Conference South), West Yorkshire club Guiseley (Conference North), south coast/Hampshire club Havant & Waterlooville (Conference South), Warwickshire club Nuneaton Town (Conference North), the Ellesmere Port, Cheshire club Vauxhall Motors (Conference North), and the Surrey club Woking (Conference South).

5th Level clubs (14):
Greater London-based club AFC Wimbledon, Cambridgeshire club Cambridge United, the Surrey club Crawley Town, County Durham club Darlington, Lancashire club Fleetwood Town, Gloucestershire club Forest Green Rovers, Tyne and Wearside/Greater Newcastle-based club Gateshead, Greater London-based club Hayes and Yeading United, Bedfordshire club Luton Town, Nottinghamshire club Mansfield Town, Northamptonshire club Rushden & Diamonds, Merseyside club Southport, Staffordshire club Tamworth, and North Yorkshire club York City.


On Wednesday, 27th October there was a 2010-11 Fourth Qualifying Round Replay in the Black Country, at the Tipton Sports Academy (capacity 2,000; 208 seated) with Tipton Town defeating Sheffield FC (who are the world’s oldest football club, established in 1857). Tipton is midway between Wolverhampton and Birmingham, and has a population of around 47,000. Formed in 1948, Tipton Town are a 9th Level club who play in the Midland Alliance League, and are currently in 2nd place, 3 points behind leaders Coalville Town. Tipton Town’s greatest player is, hands down, Steve Bull, the England international and 300-plus goal scorer for Wolverhampton Wanderers (1986-99), who played for Tipton Town from 1981 to 1984 before he signed with West Bromwich Albion.

At the time of this their first-ever qualification for the FA Cup First Round Proper,Tipton Town were averaging 83 per game (league home matches). They drew an all-time high 1,429 for the replay with Sheffield FC on 27th October (the first match was a 2-2 draw in Sheffield in front of 1,026 at the Coach and Horses Ground in Dronfield, North Derbyshire). In the replay, goals were scored by winger Eric Bowen and striker Danny Campbell. Campbell had also scored the second half equalizer in the original meeting at Sheffield FC’s ground. Tipton Town wins the 17,250 pounds prize money for reaching the First Round, and in this current poor economic climate, that is a huge sum for a club of Tipton’s size. Their reward for making it to the First Round is a trip up north to Cumbria and a share of the gate receipts at Brunton Park, home of League One’s Carlisle United (who sit 8th in the league).

Tipton Town hit FA Cup jackpot‘, from The Express and Star.com on Thursday 28th October.

From the BBC/FA Cup, by Phil Maiden, ‘Tipton Town set for FA Cup first round debut‘.
Tipton Town FC, a 9th Level club from the Black Country, in the Midland Football Alliance…
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There is one club in the First Round that is lower placed than Tipton Town (who sit 2nd in a 9th Level league), and that is Hythe Town, who sit 5th in the 9th Level Kent League. In the 4th QR, Hythe Town beat Conference South club Staines Town. Hythe Town are currently drawing 192 per home league match, which is the highest turnstile count in the Kent League. Hythe is a small coastal market town with a population of around 14,000, located 17 km. (10.5 miles) west of Dover. Hythe Town drew Hereford United away, which might give the Kent minnows a shot at an upset, seeing as how Hereford are battling relegation at third-from-bottom in League Two.
From BBC/FA Cup, by Matt Davidson of BBC Radio Kent, ‘Hythe Town looking to upset FA Cup odds’.
Hythe Town FC, a 9th Level club in the Kent League…

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Derbies in the 2010-11 FA Cup First Round…
Rochdale AFC v. FC United of Manchester [FCUM play at Bury FC's Spotland] – 10 km. (6 miles) [A Greater Manchester derby.]. Note: This match is on Friday, and is being widely televised.
Brighton & Hove Albion v. Woking – 59 km. (37 miles).
Corby Town v. Luton Town – 69 km. (43 miles).
Stevenage v. MK Dons – 36 km. (22 miles).
Rotherham United v. York City [Rotherham's location being measured from Rotherham, although the club currently plays down the road in Sheffield, at the Don Valley Stadium] – 62 km. (39 miles) [A Yorkshire derby].
Hayes & Yeading United v. Wycombe Wanderers – 24 km. (15 miles).
Dagenhan & Redbridge v. Leyton Orient – 13 km. (8 miles) [An East London derby.].
AFC Wimbledon v. Ebbsfleet United – 45 km. (28 miles).
Chelmsford City v. Hendon [who play at Wembley FC's Vale Farm in Wembley, Brent, Greater London] – 60 km. (35 miles).
Gillingham v. Dover Athletic – 57 km. (35 miles) [A Kent Derby.].
Tamworth v. Crewe Alexandra – 74 km. (46 miles).
Barnet v. Charlton Athletic – 23 km. (14 miles) [A Greater London Derby.].
Accrington Stanley v. Oldham Athletic – 29 km. (18 miles).
Brentford v. Aldershot Town – 38 km. (23 miles).
Plymouth Argyle v. Swindon Town – 209 km. (130 miles) [A West Country Derby.].

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Thanks to the contributors to the pages at en.wikipedia.org, 2010-11 FA Cup, First Round Proper.
Thanks to the FA site/FA Cup, here.
Thanks to this nice site for up-to-date Conference South attendance figures, http://www.confsouth.co.uk/ (at bottom of their home page).
Thanks to this sweet site, which is the official site of Harrogate Town FC…they have attendance figures, up to date, for all the Conference North clubs [ESPN Soccernet stops compiling attendance figures at the 5th Level, and this season, Mike Avery's site doesn't have up to date attendance figures]… http://harrogatetown.com/league/statistics/averageattendances.cgi .
Thanks to the official site of the Northern Premier League [aka Evo-Stik League] (I calculated FC United of Manchester attendance figures from match reports there), here.
Thanks to www.mikeavery.co.uk, for Isthmian and Southern League attendance figures, at Non-League Football Stats – Attendances by Division [up to Sept. 4], here.
Thanks to the Zamaretto League site, for Swindon Supermarine attendance, http://www.southern-football-league.co.uk/attendances/premier.asp?section=attendances
Thanks to Hythe Town FC site, for photos.
Thanks to the Kent League official site, for Hythe Town average attendance, here.
Thanks to Midland Football Alliance site, for Tipton Town average attendance.
Thanks to the official Tipton Town site, here, for photos.
Thanks to GlobeFeed.com’s distance calculator, here.
Thanks to Pies and Mushy Peas site/Hythe Town FC, here.
Thanks to the FA Cup silversmiths, Thomas Lyte Silver, for the photo of the FA Cup trophy, here.

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