January 29, 2023

PREVIEW FOR EMIRATES FA CUP FOURTH ROUND QUALIFYING AS NATIONAL LEAGUE SIDES ENTER

This weekend sees National League clubs enter the Emirates FA Cup for the first time this season as 64 clubs look to book their place in the first round proper.

The 24 National League clubs will be among those hoping to land £9375 in prize money in the fourth round qualifying ties on their way to the first round proper, where Football League clubs enter the competition.

Among those entering the Emirates FA Cup at this stage are a club who have won the competition before, Notts County, who lifted the trophy in 1894 and were runners-up three years before that.

The world’s oldest professional football club, having been created in 1862, 26 years before the Football League was launched, Notts County are currently top of the National League and welcome Coalville Town, of the Southern League Premier Division Central, on Saturday afternoon.

Notts County are the only team currently in the competition who have lifted the trophy before but the lowest-ranked team left, Bury AFC,were created in 2019 following the expulsion of Bury FC, who have won the FA Cup twice.

On Saturday afternoon, Bury AFC will host York City, who themselves almost reached the FA Cup Final in 1955 when they took Newcastle United to a replay in the semis.

Wrexham AFC are among those entering the FA Cup at this stage. The club, who have received worldwide fame following the takeover of Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, take on National League North Blyth Spartans at 1pm on Saturday, with the game being shown on ESPN 2.

Also televised will be United Counties League Premier Division North side Anstey Nomads versus Chesterfield, whose last game in the competition was against the then-European champions Chelsea in the fourth round proper in January. Their match will kick off at 12.30pm and will be shown on the BBC’s iPlayer, red button and website.

With the 32 fourth round qualifying ties split into north and south sections, there are some intriguing clashes, including Boreham Wood welcoming neighbouring Wealdstone.

Fellow National League side Dorking Wanderers, who reached Level Five for the first time in the summer following 12 promotions in 23 seasons, will be hoping to make further history by reaching the first round proper when they host Eastleigh.

Even those unsuccessful in fourth round qualifying ties will still receive £3125, while those who progress will find out their first round proper opponents on Monday evening, with ties taking place over the weekend of Saturday 5 November.

Source: The Football Association