FA Cup Round 1 – Get Involved Before It Is Famous

It's time for FA Cup Round 1 and our favourite competition getting into the proper rounds. How many Non League teams can survive? We'll have a guess at that

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The FA Cup Round 1 kicks off the proper section of the World’s greatest knockout Cup competition this weekend after many rounds and months of qualifying.

At this stage just the third and fourth tier sides from League One and Two join the ragtag bunch of Non League and Semi Professional Non League teams that have made it this far. Some have been in the competition for a long time before FA Cup Round 1 even starts.

Most people don’t really give a stuff about the FA Cup until the big teams join in Round 3. By then a handful of Non League teams remain, and the terms minnow will be thrown around like Origin Bolter in the NRL. There will be loads of feel good stories too about Non League players day jobs, like Rob the Baker, Geoff the Banker, and Rob the Plumber. Not to forget “Magic of the Cup”.

So why not get involved at this stage of the competition. You’ve already missed enough by missing all the qualifying rounds. And there’s also plenty of games on ESPN on Foxtel to enjoy. Some from grounds which hold fewer than a food line at an EPL ground.

As FA Cup Round 1 and 2 interest usually lies in the Non League teams that are left, here to save you time is the list of the lesser knowns.


FA Cup Round 1 Non League Teams

Team Division Tier Position Pts to Leader
Alfreton National League North 6th 16th / 22 -20
Altrincham National League North 6th 21st / 22 -30
Barrow National League Premier 5th 5th / 24 -6
Boreham Wood National League Premier 5th 9th / 24 -10
Brackley Town National League North 6th 7th / 22 -10
Braintree National League Premier 5th 22nd / 24 -28
Chesham United Southern Premier League 7th 7th / 24 -14
Curzon Ashton National League North 6th 19th / 22 -23
Dagenham & Redbridge National League Premier 5th 3rd / 24 -4
Dartford National League South 6th 6th / 22 -10
Dover National League Premier 5th 7th / 24 -9
Eastbourne Borough National League South 6th 14th / 22 -10
Eastleigh National League Premier 5th 8th / 24 -10
Halifax National League North 6th 5th / 22 -7
Harrow Borough Ryamn Premier League 7th 19th / 24 -17
Kidderminster National League North 6th 3rd / 22 -6
Lincoln City National League Premier 5th 2nd / 24 -4
Macclesfield National League Premier 5th 10th / 24 -10
Maidstone United National League Premier 5th 16th / 24 -18
Merstham Ryamn Premier League 7th 16th / 24 -15
Solihull Moors National League Premier 5th 15th / 24 -18
Spennymoor Town Northern Premier League 7th 9th / 24 -9
St Albans City National League South 6th 4th / 22 -9
Stamford Northern Premier League Div 1 Sth 8th 20th / 22 -20
Stockport National League North 6th 11th / 22 -13
Stourbridge Northern Premier League 7th 12th / 22 -12
Sutton United National League Premier 5th 13th / 24 -15
Taunton Town Southern Div 1 South/West 8th 12th / 22 -20
Westfield FC Combined Counties Premier 9th 2nd / 23 -13
Whitehawk National League South 6th 11th / 22 -18
Woking National League Premier 5th 21st / 24 -27


Non League Teams that can make it to the big payday.

The goal for most of the teams in the FA Cup at this stage is to keep going for as long as possible. Especially if they make it to the third round when the EPL and Championship big boys come into the competition. All of them hoping for a Manchester United away draw to fill coffers to unprecedented levels.

Here are our top ten sides that could make the 3rd Round and possibly even further. We picked five teams before 3rd Qualifying Round that could make this round – we got three right.

Braintree Town
Dover Athletic
Sutton Utd
Boreham Wood
St Albans City


FA Cup Round 1 Australian TV Times

Sat 6:55am EST – ESPN 508 – Eastleigh v Swindon Town
Sat 11:25pm EST – ESPN 508 – Merstham v Oxford United
Sun 1:55am EST – ESPN 508 – Bolton v Grimsby Town
Mon 0:55am EST – ESPN 508 – Alfreton Town v Newport County
Tue 6:40am EST – ESPN2 509 – Southport v Fleetwood Town


FA Cup Round 1 Gurgler Selections


ALFRETON to beat Newport County
DRAW – Lincoln v Altrincham
MORECAMBE to beat Coventry
BOREHAM WOOD to beat Notts County

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MILLWALL to beat Southend
BOLTON to beat Grimsby
BRADFORD to beat Accrington
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE to beat Halifax
GILLINGHAM to beat Brackley
MILTON KEYNES to beat Spennymoor
PETERBOROUGH to beat Chesham
WHITEHAWK to beat Stourbridge
BLACKPOOL to beat Kidderminster
HARTLEPOOL to beat Stamford

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SWINDON to beat Eastleigh
OXFORD to beat Merstham
WIMBLEDON to beat Bury
SUTTON to beat Dartford
LUTON to beat Exeter
PLYMOUTH to beat Mansfield
DONCASTER to beat Oldham
CURZON ASHTON to beat Westfield

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Born and raised on the banks of Yebri Creek, Theydon Bois has always been obsessed by sport. A stellar career of Underage B sides, RSL Social Golf, C Grade Warehouse and D Grade Indoor Cricket didn’t showcase much talent, but provided a window into the love for any game, any time. Theydon follows as much as he can and will provide opinion, ideas, and best tips and bets for most sports*. A particular interest in English Football sees Theydon Bois up every Saturday night until 2am with two laptops, smartphones, IPad and a radio feed of Soccer Saturday. A lifelong fan of underperforming, mediocre, disappointing teams will not sway his enthusiasm for sport. *Rugby Union not included.

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