An FA Cup third qualifying round who’s who of semi-pro clubs
It is very easy to forget that the FA Cup starts nine months before the final with the first preliminary qualifying rounds involving a whole host of semi-professional clubs, all of whom share a dream of progressing as far as they can, and playing their part in an albeit small slice of history.
The third qualifying round is upon us, so Coral take a look at a number of teams still left in who are facing replays, all hoping for a tie in the next round that could change their humble lives.
Warrington Town v Colwyn Bay
Warrington is a place more renowned for its rugby league, rather than its football, which perhaps is why Coral price their football club as 12/5 outsiders to overcome opponents Colwyn Bay, odds-on at 5/6 for victory, both in 90 minutes.
The home side finished third in the Northern Premier League Division One North last season, and during their short history have a number of cup wins to their names, including the Altrincham Cup (1954/55), and are three time Runcorn Challenge Cup winners (1965/66, 1966/67, 1968/69) to name a few. Colwyn’s star man is Barbados international player Louis Moss, who will land back in the UK 12 hours before kick-off after playing three games in six days for his country’s Gold Cup qualifying matches.
Manager Frank Sinclair said: “We will have to see how tired he is and if there is any jet lag. It may be asking a lot for him to be involved from the start, but he will be in the squad.”
Bromley v Grays Athletic
Bromley football club were first founded in 1892, and actually have three Amateur FA Cup wins to their names, coming in the 1910/11, 1937/38, 1948/49 seasons.
The Greater London club, who are odds-on favourites at 1/2 to beat opponents Grays Athletic in 90 minutes, have also won the London Senior Cup on five occasions in the 1909/10, 1945/46, 1950/51, 2002/03 and 2012/13 campaigns.
Opponents Grays, who are 4/1 to progress in 90 minutes have a rich history themselves in cup football, having won the FA Trophy in 2004/05 before retaining it the following season.
Gloucester v Staines
Established in 1883, the home side are 13/10 to overcome opponents Staines at home in 90 minutes, who are 6/4 for the win. Gloucester’s last trophy win came in 2013, when they were Champions League Cup winners (yes, you did read that correct).
This is a match that could go either way, after a tight match in the first leg. The visitors last won silverware in 2013, when they lifted the Middlesex CFA Senior Challenge Cup. Boss Marcus Gayle, who played for Jamaica at the 1998 World Cup, will be hoping hero of the initial match, Bajram Pashaj who grabbed the equaliser can be the difference again.