17 clubs prepare for Emirates FA Cup debut this season

Tuesday 19 Jul 2016
The Emirates FA Cup

Last week saw the first two rounds of this season’s Emirates FA Cup drawn out at Wembley, and there were a few names in the hat for the first time.

A total of 17 clubs will be making their FA Cup debut when the extra preliminary round kicks-off next month.

The Emirates FA Cup

Extra Preliminary Round
3pm, Saturday 6 August 2016
Prize money TBC
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There are some famous names in there, albeit under new guises following the formation of new clubs, such as Hereford FC who will join the competition in the preliminary round on Saturday 20 August.

And they could face another debutant in Haughmond, should the Shrewsbury-based club beat Alvechurch at the first stage.

Another famous FA Cup name is Coventry, with the city’s primary club winning the competition back in 1987, but with Coventry United entering The Cup this season, there’s another team from the Midlands city aiming to make their own mark.

Our list below compiles all of this season’s FA Cup debutants and who they will be facing in their first game.

Extra Preliminary Round, Saturday 6 August

Thame United v Abbey Rangers 
Ashby Ivanhoe v Quorn AFC
South Normanton Athletic v Aylestone Park
Bridon Ropes v Canterbury City
Fairford Town FC v CB Hounslow United
FC Bodmin Town v Cheddar
Coventry United v Shawbury United
Epsom & Ewell v Gravesham Borough
Haughmond v Alvechurch
Horsham YMCA v Hollands & Blair
Retford United v Leicester Road
Longlevens AFC v Bedfont & Feltham
Harefield United v Northampton On Chenecks
Tividale v Wolverhampton SC
Sheppey United
v Badshot Lea

Preliminary Round, Saturday 20 August


Hereford v Haughmond or Alvechurch
Salisbury v Welton Rovers or Bitton

By Nicholas Veevers