The FA Cup now offers an extra 3k !

One of the consequences of Blyth’s relegation back to the Evo Stick Premier League is losing an exemption and having to start the 2012/2013 FA Cup campaign 1 round earlier.

On Saturday 8th September 2012, Blyth will play a First Qualifying Round game for the first time in 6 seasons, the last time Blyth started the competition that early was 2005/2006 season, ironically it was an away tie against Wakefield & Emley on 10th September 1995, Blyth came from 1-0 down to win 2-1 thanks to goal from Andrew Leeson & Liam Gildea, the game also saw Adam Bartlett make his debut for the club replacing the injured Craig Turns.

<  Liam Gildea scores the winner in the last First Qualifying Round tie Blyth played.

Now 6 years on the draw has given the possibly of a rematch with Blyth due to play the winners of the Preliminary Round tie between Garforth or Wakefield and an omen if we meet Garforth the last time we played them in the First Qualifying Round we went on to reach the 2nd Round proper!.

While many will no doubt complain it’s another game in what will already be a busy season and a banana skin that has tripped up the club many times before it will however (if Blyth win the tie) give a winners prize of £3,000 which can’t be sniffed at in the current climate, however there will of course be the cost of staging another game.

However starting 1 round earlier will make the perceived ‘holy grail’ of a First Round appearance more difficult to do, reaching the First Round in 2012/2013 will bring the possibility of a ‘plum’ draw against the likes of Portsmouth, Sheffield United, Coventry City and just reaching that far will have netted the club a handsome £27,500 in prize money.

Although Blyth’s own record of reaching the 1st Round features 7 occasions of doing so from the starting in the First Qualifying Round, last season’s FA Cup proved the odd’s are now heavily stacked against clubs doing so.

Of the 232 clubs that played 1st Qualifying Round games only 8 clubs made it to the First Round proper (AFC Totton, Bradford Park Avenue, East Thurrock United, Nantwich Town, Stourbridge, Redbridge FC, Oxford City & Arlesey Town)

And the reward wasn’t exactly what those 8 clubs had hoped for with only 3 drawing League clubs and they weren’t exactly the kind of opponents Non league clubs hope for when reaching that far – Plymouth Argyle v Stourbridge, Milton Keynes Dons v Nantwich & East Thurrock United v Macclesfield Town.
4 clubs drew each other AFC Totton v BPA, Redbridge v Oxford City and 1 drew a Conference South club, Salisbury City v Arlesey Town.

The FA Cup has changed many times over the years with the number of competing team increasing each year to the point there is now even 2 rounds before Blyth enter the competition (Extra Preliminary Round & Preliminary Round) on the 11th August 2012 there will be 200 games played in the Extra Preliminary Round alone.

Back in the late 1940’s Blyth played in a Premlinary Round for 4 season running, 1947/1948, 1948/1949, 1949/1950 & 1950/1951 and going as far back as the 1920’s Blyth even played in a 5th & 6th Qualifying Round ties.

As for Blyth’s record in the 1st Qualifying Round it isn’t as bad as many would think having through exemptions to various rounds only played 28 times in the First Qualifying Round.

Winning 19 times plus 5 times in replays, losing only 4 times 1 of them being in a Replay and drawing 6 times.

2005-06           WAKEFIELD-EMLEY                             Away              Won    2-1
2004-05           SKELMERSDALE UNITED                  Home              Lost      0-2
1997-98           SPENNYMOOR UNITED                      Away               Drew   1-1     
Replay Home Won 1-0
1995-96           GARFORTH TOWN                                Home              Won     6-0
1993-94           GATESHEAD                                           Away               Lost    0-4
1994-95           CROOK TOWN                                        Away               Won    2-0
1992-93           PENRITH                                                 Away               Won    2-1
1991-92           BRIDLINGTON TOWN                         Away               Lost     2-3
1990-91           BRIDLINGTON TOWN                         Home              Won     2-0
1989-90           MURTON                                                 Away               Won     3-0
1988-89           ROSSENDALE UNITED                       Home              Won     1-0
1987-88           GATESHEAD                                          Home              Won     2-1
1986-87           CROOK TOWN                                       Home               Drew   1-1     
Replay Away Won 1-0
1984-85           GUISBOROUGH TOWN                      Home               Drew    1-1    
Replay Away Lost  1-3
1985-86           FARSLEY CELTIC                                 Away               Won     2-1
1977-78           SHILDON                                               Away               Won     3-0
1971-72           BOLDON COLLIERY WELFARE       Home                Won     3-2
1970-71           WILLINGTON                                       Home                Won     2-1
1969-70           STOCKTON                                            Away                Drew    3-3     
Replay Home Won 8-2
1968-69           SPENNYMOOR UNITED                    Home                Won     4-3
1967-68           GATESHEAD                                         Away                Drew   1-1      
Replay Home Won 2-1
1966-67          WHITLEY BAY                                      Home               Won     4-1
1965-66          RYHOPE COLLIERY WELFARE        Home               Won     4-3
1951-52          NEWBURN                                              Away               Drew    1-1      
Replay Home Won 1-0
1950-51          SOUTH SHIELDS                                  Away               Won    2-0
1949-50         GOSFORTH & COXLODGE                  Away                Won    4-0
1948-49          ASHINGTON                                          Home               Won    2-1
1947-48          THROCKLEY                                          Home                Won     4-0
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2 Responses to The FA Cup now offers an extra 3k !

  1. Great read, let’s hope for a good cup run this season

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