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  1. Hartlepool United will play... number 39, Blyth Spartans

    by , 11th November 2014 at 05:21 PM (11v11 blog)
    By Steve Sands (AFS contributor)

    You only have to think of the FA Cup and you are immediately transported to a world of clichés, a land inhabited by giants and minnows, where cup fever is always on the boil and the magic of the competition is constantly in the air.

    I started this series of FA Cup blogs by picking a team to follow in the early rounds of the competition. That team was Tooting and Mitcham United, who were subsequently beaten by East Thurrock United. The ‘Rocks’ were then in my spotlight as they thrashed Bath City, before the plucky boys from Essex were knocked out by Hartlepool United last Saturday.

    At 1,000-1 to win the Cup, Hartlepool may not be the pick of this week's football bets, but I am now following the Pool into the Second ...

    Updated 11th November 2014 at 07:57 PM by Veritas

    Categories
    Competitions , FA Cup
  2. East Thurrock to face 'Pool after demolishing Bath

    by , 29th October 2014 at 01:03 PM (11v11 blog)
    By Steve Sands (AFS Contributor)

    Such was the extent of East Thurrock United’s demolition of Bath City in the Fourth Qualifying Round of the FA Cup last Saturday, the Somerset side found themselves apologising to their fans for the 7-1 thrashing.

    “This was the worst performance I can remember in all my time in football" was the response of Bath City director of football Adie Britton in the aftermath of the game.

    “I would like to apologise to the fans who travelled and we hope the players will as well," added Britton. "It was absolutely shocking but equally as hard to explain why it occurred.”


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    East Thurrock on the other hand, were ecstatic and have been rewarded with a long trip to the North ...

    Updated 29th October 2014 at 03:39 PM by Veritas

    Categories
    Competitions , FA Cup
  3. An FA Cup perspective- East Thurrock United

    by , 22nd October 2014 at 09:23 AM (11v11 blog)
    By Steve Sands (AFS Contributor)

    East Thurrock United of the Ryman Premier Division is the club that we will be following into the Fourth Qualifying Round of the FA Cup this Saturday.
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    For those teams who are fortunate enough to emerge victorious at the weekend, there is the prospect of an attractive tie against a Football League club when the draw for the First Round is made at the National Football Centre at St. George’s Park on Monday 27 October.

    Neil Speight, the club secretary at East Thurrock United, has kindly given us an exclusive insight into his club’s FA Cup history and what the competition means to a club like his.

    “The biggest day in East Thurrock United's brief history - they were only formed in 1969 ...

    Updated 22nd October 2014 at 11:20 AM by 11v11

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    FA Cup
  4. We hand over our FA Cup baton to East Thurrock United

    by , 14th October 2014 at 08:32 PM (11v11 blog)
    By Steve Sands (AFS Contributor)

    We followed Tooting and Mitcham United into the FA Cup Third Qualifying round last Saturday but unfortunately they were beaten 2-1 away at East Thurrock United.

    So it’s now the Essex side that I turn my attentions to for the Fourth Round Qualifying round, due to be played on Saturday 25 October 2014 – the round before the non-league boys are joined by the clubs from the Football League.

    It’s already been a long haul for many of the teams as the competition, which began with an Extra Preliminary Round as far back as 16 August 2014, when 368 teams battled it out to progress to the qualifying rounds proper.

    The key dates coming up in the FA Cup are:
    First Round Proper Saturday 8 November ...

    Updated 15th October 2014 at 08:23 AM by Veritas

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    FA Cup
  5. Tooting march on

    by , 9th October 2014 at 09:54 AM (11v11 blog)
    By Steve Sands (AFS Contributor)

    I have to admit that I feel a bit like Dr Who after my recent blogs. I’ve been somehow transported back to the 1970s and have become stranded there.

    We had Hereford United’s FA Cup slaying of the Newcastle giant from the 70s, Malcolm Macdonald’s sideburns and even mention of the 1970s comedy classic Citizen Smith.

    As I sit here in my flared jeans and garish purple lavender tank top with floral Motif, I’m ready for my next adventure and hopefully a return to the reality of 2014 and this seasons FA Cup competition.

    You may recall that my plan was to follow the winners of the tie between Tooting and Mitcham and Bishop's Stortford, into the next round of the FA Cup this Saturday.

    After a ...

    Updated 9th October 2014 at 08:45 PM by Veritas

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    FA Cup
  6. Tooting and Mitcham, the popular choice for the FA Cup

    by , 29th September 2014 at 11:59 AM (11v11 blog)
    By Citizen Sands

    In my last blog I decided, given that Hereford United were no longer in the competition, I would randomly pick a team to follow into the next round of the FA Cup.

    My unscientific choice is Tooting and Mitcham United. Probably just because I like the name and it resounded with me for some reason.

    Then I remembered why – because of the 1970s comedy sitcom Citizen Smith that starred Robert Lindsay as Wolfie Smith, a young Marxist urban guerrilla living in Tooting in South London.

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    The show was written by John Sullivan, who later wrote Only Fools and Horses. The pilot for the show was first transmitted in 1977 – shortly after the football club’s most famous FA Cup exploit. For ...

    Updated 29th September 2014 at 02:28 PM by Veritas

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    FA Cup
  7. Hereford United – FA Cup giant killers

    by , 28th September 2014 at 08:23 AM (11v11 blog)
    By Steve Sands (AFS Contributor)

    Whilst other teams were playing in the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup this weekend, Hereford United were looking on with envy and contemplating their very existence.

    Rather than seeking out FA Cup glory, the Bulls had to settle for a league game against Hungerford Town in the Southern League Premier Division, which they lost 2-0.

    Hereford’s 2014/15 FA Cup adventure came to an end at the hands of Ellistown & Ibstock United with a 3-2 defeat on 13 September in their first round qualifying tie.

    Hereford’s conquerors are a relatively new team, formed by a merger between Ibstock United and Ellistown F.C.

    Prior to the merger, Ibstock were like Hereford nicknamed the ‘The Bulls’, the ...

    Updated 28th September 2014 at 10:17 AM by Veritas

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    FA Cup