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Review of FA Cup Round One Action


Some people may wonder why I am only posting this now but if truth be told the FA Cup 1st round has only just finished. So we are going to look back at the 10 games that I picked out on Friday.

The biggest upset was on Saturday when Swindon Town visited Cheshire and face Macclesfield Town. An upset was forseeable but nobody saw a 4-0 score line being the result. Goals from Connor Jennings (2), Scott Boden and Peter Winn saw them put a massive upset at Mose Road.

Stourbridge will be representing the Dudley Borough in the second round with a trip to Stevenage after they hammered Biggleswade with a 4-1 win at home. Two goals from the on loan Ryan Rowe and one each from Will Richards and Luke Benbow put the Glassboys through. While Evan Key scored for Biggleswade which made it 1-1 at one point.


Hednesford Town pushed Crawley Town all the way at Keys Park. After a goalless first half The Pitmen captain Darren Campion netted an own goal to give Crawley the lead before Elliot Durrell equalized from the spot but with just minutes to go sub Emilie Sinclair scored the winner put the Surry side level.


Edger Davids took his Barnet side to Lancashire to face Preston North End, but against one of the top 4 teams in league one they came unstuck as the Lilywhites ran rampant winning 6-0.

Goals from Tom Clarke, Joe Garner two and a half hat-trick from Paul Gallagher won the Lilywhites the game who also had Stuart Beavon sent off. While the Bees lost Keanu Marsh-Brown to a 12th minute red card.


Daventry’s big day out at Chesterfield didn’t end too badly as they took a creditable 2-0 defeat.

It took over an hour for the hosts to find the back of the net with Gary Roberts scoring on 69 minutes and Jimmy Ryan on 88 minutes. As the Northamptonshire side enjoyed their day in the limelight.


Halifax Town were knocked out of this seasons competition losing 4-1 at MK Dons. MK won the game with goals from a Izale Mcleod brace, a penalty from Shaun Williams and Brendon Galloway. While Lee Gregory scored the goal for the visitors.


Bishop Stortford lost 2-1 to Northampton in front of the TV cameras on Sunday. It took until the hour mark for the Cobblers to break through with Danny Emerton scoring for the visitors before Luke Norris made it 2-0 for the Football League side. The Storts got a goal back through Reece Prestedge but it wasn’t enough to force a replay.


In the all Skrill Premier clash it was Wrexham who came out onto of Alfreton by winning 3-1.

A brace from Andy Bishop put the Red Dragons ahead before Jake Speight scored from the spot just after the hour mark. But Jay Harris made it 3-1 to kill off anymore fight backs from Alfreton.


Gloucester City went out of Saturdays competition losing 2-0 at home to League Two leaders Fleetwood Town.

Goals either end of the game from David Ball (11 minutes) and Jon Parkin (84 minutes) put the Cod Army though to the second round of the competition.


The final of our top 10 games was Shortwood United playing Port Vale in front of the BT Cameras as Vale ran out 4-0 winners.

The Vale went ahead on 15 minutes through Jennison Myrie-Williams and on 30 minutes Vale went 2-0 with Chris Birchall making it 2-0. It stayed that way until the end when on 89 minutes Williams scored from the spot, before Chris Lines it 4-0 on 90 minutes.

The Vale team had to use a local park and ride to get to the ground due to no car park being at the ground.

Watch highlights of the game here.

There were other shocks including Tamworth beating Cheltenham 1-0 at The Lamb but there were impressive wins for Kidderminster Harriers, Dover and Welling (who knocked out Luton who made last seasons 5th round.) While Gateshead, Grimsby and Lincoln City all have replays against Football League sides.


The Magic of the FA Cup 10 games to look out for.


The Magic of the FA Cup returns this week and this is when it gets really serious. (Well for the national media does anyway.) League One and Two teams come into the draw now and it has produced some fantastic ties here are out top 10 games coming up in the FA Cup.

How TV bosses over looked Daventry visit to Chesterfield as a possible cup upset I will never know. One of the lowest ranked teams playing at the Procat stadium, Chesterfield.

It is just full of cup upsets however I am sure the Northamptonshire club fans will enjoy their trip to Derbyshire in what will be a little cracker and who knows an upset could be on the cards there.

One game that could be an upset and is on TV is Bishop Storford welcoming Northampton Town to ProKit UK stadium. The Skrill South side that are famous for being placed in the Conference North a few seasons ago will enjoy hosting Northampton live on TV.

The Cobbles sit at the foot of the Football League and with the Storts 3rd in the Skrill South there is every chance of a famous upset coming from Hertfordshire.

Another game that can see a possible upset is Hednesford v Crawley Town , which is one of the games that has extended highlights on ITV. The Pitmen sit top of the Skrill North despite only being promoted last season and look a good bet to keep on their good form and win the promotion.

In Crawley Town they welcome a team no stranger to an FA Cup run themselves having made the 5th round to visit Manchester United but lost 1-0. Crawley Town, formerly of the Southern League and rivals of The Pitmen, sit 13th in League One and could this time they be on a cup upset.

You can see my FA Cup preview on Hednesford below.

Preston North End v Barnet is an interesting tie for me personally. The Bees managed by Edger Davids one of the most well known managers in the world of Non-league.

Ok he may not be at Deepdale as he doesn’t travel far north (which for me is a bit arrogant but that is beside the point.) Preston are in the top four and under Simon Grayson look set to make a return to the Championship next May and I am sure he will be looking forward to welcoming Davids to the Deepdale dugout.

Halifax Town travel to MK Dons in another FA Cup tie. The Skrill Premier side have made a fantastic start to life there and an FA Cup upset will be great for them having dispatched Nuneaton in the last round They Shaymen will be hoping to have another cup upset and get themselves on TV.

While MK Dons, the club forced AFC Wimbledon to be form, sit 8th in League One and while they expect for it to be a formality for them to progress into Sunday’s draw.

Monday’s FA Cup tie see Shortwood United welcome League One to Port Vale.

The Wood knocked out former Football League club Aldershot out in the last round and now will be looking to do the same vs Port Vale.

There is the added bonus that Shortwood joint manager Alex Sykes grew up in the area and will be looking to get one over his local club.

The Valiant have been in this place before when they faced Forest Green Rovers at this stage last season so know what to expect from Shortwood.

It is not just league v Non-league Saturday as Stourbridge v Biggleswade face each other on Saturday. The Glassboys will be a little disappointed not to be welcoming a Football League side to the War Memorial Stadium but in welcoming Biggleswade they must be happy in having a chance to progress into Round Two.

While Biggleswade will face their league rivals. The Town sits in mid table ahead of their trip to promotion chasing Stourbridge in a game, which could go either way.

Homeless Gloucester City welcomes Fleetwood Town in the FA Cup. Gloucester homeless since 2007 and the flooding and are soon hoping to return to Meadow Park their home.

Fleetwood Town are look to be getting another promotion as they sit high in League Two. Having won the two legged race with Wrexham in the Conference Premier couple of season ago they haven’t found Football League plain sailing but will hope to going up this time round.

Macclesfield Town vs Swindon is the penultimate fixture we preview. Macc haven’t had a great time this season and after a 7-0 win over Vauxhall Motors in the last round they will be hoping the FA Cup can give them some relief from the league struggle.

Swindon Town offer the Macc a stern test as they sit just outside of the play offs but will Mark Cooper, who last season at time was managing Telford United in the Conference Premier will want a distraction from the League Challenge.

The final game is another all non-league clash as Alfreton Town visit Wrexham as we are set to have at least one Skrill Premier side into the 2nd round and it is a tough one to call who makes it into through.

Wrexham have struggled this season and sit 17th in the league only having won just 5 of their games this season, which has been very disappointing for a team who won the FA Trophy and made the Play Off final last season.

While after a good start to the season Alfreton sit 9th in the league, wins over the likes of Kidderminster, Forest Green and Woking they should be favorites but this is the FA Cup and anything could happen.

That is just 10 games there are many more which you can see here. We will be you a round up of the FA Cup fixture over the weekend.

Violence in non-league football

Its something that has been coming back into football recently especially in Non-league football and that is the violence and acts of vandalism.

Atherstone Fans attack Barrow subs in the FA Cup

Atherstone Fans attack Barrow subs in the FA Cup

Over the last week in the FA Cup fixtures there have been 2 big act of violence. Both uncalled for a both unneeded for and these have ruined the face of non-league football.

On Saturday Atherstone Town fc welcome Barrow to The Snake Pit. The game, which was won the visiting Bluebirds 4-0. With some dreadful scenes- which can be read about here.

But the nuts and bolts of it all was ‘home fans’ entered the pitch at half time and proceeded across to the away end to fight with the travelling Barrow fans.

Punches were thrown and reports of a flare being launched into the Barrow support have made national media. But the worst of it all was one elderly supporter was left injured and blood pouring from his body, which makes it all even worse for everyone.

It wasn’t just the fans that was attacked the people who attacked the fans also took down one of the Barrow flags and burnt it.

In the local media Atherstone’s chairman, Rob Weale, said: “I am personally embarrassed about the scenes here at half-time. It was unacceptable.
“Obviously, we will be pursuing the perpetrators. We will work alongside the security officers, the referees and the police and those people responsible will feel the full force of the law.
“The situation was defused as quickly as possible, the police came in to take control but once it has happened it has happened and I apologies to the Barrow fans.”

Its is unknown what is going to happen to the fans who invaded the pitch and started fighting with the Barrow fans but as Weale said in his statement they will feel the force of the law and many will be hoping it is stadium bans and/or prison sentencing.

The next key incident came on Tuesday night as Hednesford made it past West Auckland Town in a replay 4-2 on penalties.
In the first game the Auckland fans were accused of over the top celebrating. But as the Hednesford supporter’s bus made its way of the ground on Tuesday night the bus was attacked.

It is never nice to see the bus getting attacked at the end of the day all its job is really is to transport fans to and from the game in what is hoped to be a safe manor.
Personally I think both of these acts are cowardly and mindless people who are hell bent on causing trouble and ruining it for other football fans.

Below you can read some tweet, which people have said about the incidents.

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From Non-league to Football glory

Bank Holiday Monday saw the play off final for the Championship take place at Wembley Stadium as Watford fc played Crystal palace for a right to play in the Premier League.

With the game locked at 0-0 on came journeyman Kevin Phillips, who has played for a number of clubs from Blackpool fc to Sunderland (where he scored over 30 goals in one season for the Black Cats) and it was the 39-year-old striker who’s goal from the penatly spot in Extra-Time put the Eagles back into the Premier League.

But what many football fans don’t remember is the fact that Phillips started his days out in non-league football for Baldock Town, who currently play in the Herts senior county league.

Kevin Phillips scores vs Watford to promote Palace to the Premier 19 years after being a non-league star

Kevin Phillips scores vs Watford to promote Palace to the Premier 19 years after being a non-league star

He joined ‘The Reds’ after he was release from his Youth Trainee Scheme contract at Southampton in 1992. Where he played as a full back for the Saints youth teams.

It was at Baldock where he was converted to the position we all now knows he plays- up front.

He enjoyed great success up front which in 1994 saw Glenn Roeder pay out £10,000 for the striker to join Watford and as they say the rest is history.

But what about other players who have made the step up from non-league football to the football league?

Well there is Ian Wright who was playing for Dulwich Hamlet before at the age of 22 he was brought to Crystal palace by Steve Coppell, where he formed a successful partnership with Mark Bright (Another player who started out in Non-league football at Leek Town) up front which saw them make the 1990 FA Cup final only to lose to Manchester United 1-0in a replay after a 3-3 draw in the first game.

Before he got a move to Arsenal where he beat the recorded most goals scored, which was held by Cifton Bastin and has since been over taken by Thierry Henry.

Since his retirement he owns a stake at Ashford Town and has spoken of his pride of playing non-league football.

Should Chris Smalling ever write an autobiography then surely he will entitle it from United to United or maybe Maidstone to Manchester. The England defender was part of the Millwall academy but joined Maidstone United in 2007 before he was off to another M named team in Middlesborough but within a month his contract was terminated due to homesickness.

Where he returned to Maidstone before he joined Fulham for an eventful debut as he scored an Own Goal to hand local rivals Chelsea a 2-1 win. He was attracting attention from a lot of high profile clubs and in January 2010 Sir Alex Ferguson snapped up the highly rated defender. Where in the 2010-2011 season he went on to play in a number of key games and scored his first ever goal for the Red Devils against Scunthorpe United in the League cup as the Premier League giants won 5-2.

Ashley Williams is another player currently playing in the Premier League who has made from the Non-league game.

He started out at West Brom before joining Conference new boys Hednesford Town where his performance’s saw him join Stockport County before being snapped up by Swansea where he has progressed onto become first team captain and lead the Swans to the Capital One Cup success this year with a 5-0 win over Bradford FC.

Ash is also the captain of the Welsh national football team as Chris Coleman appointed him to the role as captain taking over from Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey. Who could well soon be a teammate in club level if the rumors in the Daily Mail are to believed.

So who will be the next big thing out of non-league football? Well it is hard to tell but last week Duncan Watmore joined Sunderland’s development team (Under 21s) from Altrincham. While a player who I think could really make it big out of non-league is Kidderminster defender Cheyenne Dunkley. He really matured in his first Conference season and has formed an effective partnership with Josh Gowling.