A beacon of hope for non-league fans. A welcome distraction from the Premier League. A chance for anyone to win a major trophy. The 2019/20 FA Cup third round proper is nearly upon us.
After two rounds of classic FA Cup drama and upsets, the next draw will see the ‘big boys’ from the Premier League and the Championship get thrown into the ring (or the bowl, we should say) as fans up and down the country cross their fingers to face, or avoid, some of the best teams in Europe.
Last season, Manchester City completed the domestic treble as they annihilated Watford 6-0 in what was the biggest FA Cup final victory since Bury beat Derby by the same scoreline in 1903.
Talking of Bury, their expulsion from the football league saw one lucky team receive a bye into the second round. That lucky team? Chichester City, the lowest-ranked team in the competition. Of course, it was.
Read on for information about the draw, the ball numbers and all the drama you may have missed in the competition so far.
When is the FA Cup third round draw and what TV channel can I watch it on?
Venue: The Etihad Stadium (because Man City are FA Cup holders)
Date: Monday, 2 December 2019
Start time: 7:00 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): Live on BBC Two and live streamed on BBC iPlayer
The hosts: Mark Chapman will host as Tony Adams and Micah Richards draw the home and away teams.
The ball numbers to look out for…
1 AFC Bournemouth
3 Aston Villa
5 Birmingham City
6 Blackburn Rovers
8 Brighton & Hove Albion
9 Bristol City
11 Cardiff City
12 Charlton Athletic
14 Crystal Palace
15 Derby County
18 Huddersfield Town
19 Hull City
20 Leeds United
21 Leicester City
23 Luton Town
24 Manchester City
25 Manchester United
28 Newcastle United
29 Norwich City
30 Nottingham Forest
31 Preston North End
32 Queens Park Rangers
34 Sheffield United
35 Sheffield Wednesday
37 Stoke City
38 Swansea City
39 Tottenham Hotspur
41 West Bromwich Albion
42 West Ham United
43 Wigan Athletic
44 Wolverhampton Wanderers
47 Shrewsbury Town
48 Coventry City or Ipswich Town
49 AFC Fylde
50 Tranmere Rovers
51 Oxford United
52 Exeter City or Hartlepool United
53 Eastleigh or Crewe Alexandra
54 Forest Green Rovers or Carlisle United
55 Solihull Moors or Rotherham United
57 Rochdale or Boston United
58 Peterborough United
59 Burton Albion
60 Newport County
61 Fleetwood Town
62 Port Vale
63 Northampton Town
64 Bristol Rovers or Plymouth Argyle
The FA Cup upsets so far…
Bolton 0-1 Plymouth Argyle – A youthful Bolton side fall at home to League Two Plymouth after Callum McFadzean scores after 11 minutes.
Dover Athletic 1-0 Southend Utd – National League side Dover topple Sol Campbell’s Southend, who were 37 places above their opponents in League 1.
Leyton Orient 1-2 Maldon & Tiptree – League Two Leyton Orient are shocked by Isthmian League North (the eighth tier of English football) side Maldon & Tiptree, who also end the game with 10 men.
Macclesfield Town 0-4 Kingstonian – Seventh-tier Kingstonian smash a Macclesfield Town side who can barely pull a team together after players striking over unpaid wages.
Maidstone Utd 1-0 Torquay Utd – National League South beats National League as Torquay fall at the first hurdle.
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The 2019/20 FA Cup second round fixtures and results
Friday, 29th November 2019
Maldon & Tiptree 0-1 Newport County
Saturday, 30 November 2019
Cheltenham Town vs Port Vale (3pm)
Forest Green Rovers vs Carlisle United (3pm)
Kingstonian vs AFC Fylde (3pm)
Oldham Athletic vs Burton Albion (3pm)
Portsmouth vs Altrincham (3pm)
Shrewsbury Town vs Mansfield Town (3pm)
Walsall vs Oxford United (3pm)
Eastleigh vs Crewe Alexandra (5:30pm)
Sunday, 1 December 2019
Blackpool vs Maidstone Utd (2pm)
Bristol Rovers vs Plymouth Argyle (2pm)
Coventry City vs Ipswich Town (2pm)
Crawley Town vs Fleetwood Town (2pm)
Exeter City vs Hartlepool Utd (2pm)
Gillingham vs Doncaster Rovers (2pm)
Northampton Town vs Notts County (2pm)
Peterborough United vs Dover Athletic (2pm)
Rochdale vs Boston Utd (2pm)
Tranmere Rovers vs Chichester City (2pm)
Monday, 2 December 2019
Solihull Moors vs Rotherham Utd (7:45pm)
The non-league sides left in the 2019/20 FA Cup
- Chichester City (eighth tier)
- Kingstonian (seventh tier)
- Altrincham (sixth tier)
- Boston Utd (sixth tier)
- Maidstone Utd (sixth tier)
- AFC Flyde (fifth tier)
- Dover Athletic (fifth tier)
- Eastleigh (fifth tier)
- Hartlepool (fifth tier)