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…
Thanks to, here. Thanks to Dover Athletic official site, here. Thanks to British [map of Kent], here.
Thanks to The, 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…
Thanks to Rochdale, here. Thanks to Zimbio, here. Thanks to, here.Thanks to the, match report, here.

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:

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 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…

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…


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.].

Thanks to the contributors to the pages at, 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, (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]… .
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, 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,
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’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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