Frome Town and Oxford City meet for the first time in 110 years in Emirates FA Cup

Friday 17 Sep 2021
The 2021-22 Emirates FA Cup campaign heads into its second round qualifying stage on Saturday 18 September

This weekend sees the remaining sides in the 2021-22 Emirates FA Cup battle it out for a place in the next round of the historic competition.

First played during the 1871-72 season, the oldest cup competition in the world celebrates its 150th anniversary this year.

And while some clubs meet for the first time, others will renew long-term rivalries and attempt to build on their own legacies.

The Emirates FA Cup
  • Second round Proper
  • 18-19 September 2021
  • Winning clubs receive £3375 from prize fund
  • Losing clubs receive £1125 from prize fund
New history will also be forged for clubs up and down the country, and perhaps none more so than Frome Town and Oxford City. The last encounter between the two clubs in the competition was prior to the First World War on 18 November 1911, with the side from Somerset coming out as 4-1 winners at their home stadium of Badgers Hill.

This victory for Frome Town was seen as a ‘giant killing’ at the time, with Oxford City one of the more well-known non-professional clubs in the country having won the FA Amateur Cup in 1906.

Now, Oxford City will be returning to Badgers Hill 110 years later, and hoping to avenge their loss while ensuring it is their name in the hat for the third round qualifying draw on Monday.

For clubs such as Frome Town, which was founded just after the turn of the century in 1904, the Emirates FA Cup still represents an opportunity to test themselves against opposition from across the country in the hope of going further than ever before.

"The Emirates FA Cup gives clubs like Frome Town the chance to dream, and pursue the holy grail of an appearance in the first round proper," said Steve Jupp, Frome Town’s club historian.

"The next tie is always the biggest game of the season."

While Frome Town are dreaming of an appearance in the first round proper this November, for Oxford City this reality was achieved in the 1999-00 edition of the competition and then the second round last term when they lost to Shrewsbury Town having seen off Northampton Town in the first round.

Oxford City will be hoping to go one step further towards replicating that feat of reaching that stage this season by avenging their loss to Frome Town back at the start of the Twentieth Century. Even after 150 years, the historic competition continues to throw up all manner of meetings, whether its clubs facing each other for the first time or those that last met over a century earlier.

Every team that has progressed to the second round qualifying will be aiming to build on their own histories within the Emirates FA Cup and progress to its third round qualifying draw which is due to be announced on Monday 20 September.

By Communications department