November 16, 2008

England: FA Cup 2008-’09, Second Round Proper. The 39 Clubs who have qualified.

Filed under: 2008-09 FA Cup — admin @ 11:24 am


[ Note: Map is updated to all games played on 18th November.  Text below is not updated.   All re-plays have been played,  except for Grays Athletic v. Carlisle United.  All clubs that won re-plays have been added to the map.  Sorry if there are any errors...I just wanted to get the updated map out there before I shut down for today.] 

FA Cup First Round replays are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday.  There was one match on Monday…Northampton Town 2-5 Leeds United.  There are 14 replay matches scheduled for Tuesday…{Click here}.

On the chart to the right of the map,  clubs which have secured passage to the Second Round are listed in large type.  These 26 clubs have thieir crests shown on the map,  along with a thumbnail description of the club,  which includes the club’s name,  it’s location,  it’s league and level,  and it’s average attendance as of 10th November, 2008.  

Clubs which must play replays on 18th November are listed in small type.  When the replays are all done,  I will add the winners’ crests and thumbnail information to the map, and make another post before the Second Round Proper (which is scheduled for 29th November) .

The current  attendance figures of clubs which have advanced to the Second Round so far range from the 19,747 per game that League One’s Leicester City draw,  all the way down to the 240 per game that Curzon Ashton are drawing.

Of the 26 clubs who have qualified,  there are 18 clubs from the League,  and 8 non-League clubs.

Curzon Ashton FC,  from Ashton-under-Lyme,  Greater Manchester,  plays in the Unibond First Division North.   This league is in the 8th Level in the English Football pyramid.  Here is the official site of the Unibond leagues:

There is one club from the 7th Level who has qualified:   Eastwood Town FC,  of Nottinghamshire.  [ Note: the image on ETFC's crest is of Badgers,  which is their nickname. ]   The club plays in the Unibond Premier Division.  Here are the tables for the Unibond Leagues (7th and 8th Levels) :

Two clubs from the 6th Level have qualified:  Alfreton FC,  of Derbyshire,  and Blyth Spartans AFC,  from Northumberland.   Both are in the Conference, North…currently billed as the Blue Square North.  

There are 4 clubs from the 5th Level,  which has been traditionally known as The Conference (official name is now the Blue Square Premier  League) :   Kidderminster Harriers FC are from around 15 miles south-west of Birmingham,  in Worcester .   Torquay United FC hail from the Torbay area of Devon.   Histon FC are from a small suburb of Cambridge.   Forest Green Rovers FC are from the Cotswold Hills {see this},  in the small town of Nailsworth,  which is near Stroud, Gloucestershire.   Here is the 5th and 6th Levels’ official site:

17 clubs have qualified from the League.   [The league,  of course,  being the top 4 Levels,  the top two of which don't enter the FA Cup until the Third Round.] 

There are 10 clubs from the 4th Level,  League Two.    They are (in descending order of current average attendance) :  Bradford City FC Port Vale FC,  Gillingham FC,  Notts County FC,  Wycombe Wanderers FC,  AFC Bournemouth,  Brentford FC,  Chesterfield FCMorecambe FC,  and Macclesfield Town FC.

The 8 clubs from the 3rd Level,  League One,  are (in descending order of current average attendance) :  Leeds United FCLeicester City FC,  Millwall FCPeterborough United FC,  Tranmere Rovers FC,  Scunthorpe United FC,  Leyton Orient FC,  and Crewe Alexandra FC.

There are six clubs who are still alive who are from Greater Manchester.  There are five clubs from Greater London who are still alive.  There are three clubs are from the south Derbyshire/ south Nottinghamshire region of the East Midlands who have qualified for the Second Round:   Alfreton Town,  Eastwood Town,  and Notts County.  These three clubs are located rather close together,  within a circle with a radius of about 10 miles. 

Thanks to Tony’s English Football Site for attendance figures   [Note: the link is set to go to the League One attendance figures. ] {Click here}.

FA site:

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