The FA Trophy – First Round Draw


Aldershot Town will play Torquay United away  in the FA Trophy on 14th December.

North section

Solihull v Darlington
Stourbridge or South Shields v Southport
Bradford PA v Halesowen
Harrogate v Hartlepool
Stockport v Blyth or Alfreton
Chesterfield v Notts County
Hednesford v Chester
FC Halifax v Wrexham
AFC Telford v Leamington
Farsley Celtic v Altrincham
Matlock v Chorley
FC United of Manchester v Kettering
AFC Fylde v Curzon Ashton
Atherton Collieries v Barrow

South section

Yeovil v Welling
Oxford C or Hornchurch v Dulwich Hamlet or Chippenham
Kings Lynn or Hereford v Dover
Carshalton v Aveley
Eastleigh v Yate
Tunbridge v Billericay or Hampton
Barnet v Weymouth
Kingstonian v Woking
Chelmsford City v Havant
Enfield v Ebbsfleet
Eastbourne v Salisbury
Maidenhead v Hemel Hempstead
Sutton v Dagenham
Maidstone or Dartford v Concorde or Slough
Torquay v Aldershot
Bath or Gosport v Sholing or Horton
Dorking v Bromley
Royston v Boreham Wood

With John Rooney scoring goals like this, no wonder Barrow sit top of the National League


Atherton Collieries 1-0 Boston United
Bath City 0-0 Gosport Borough
Biggleswade Town 1-4 Aveley
Blyth Spartans 1-1 Alfreton Town
Brackley Town 0-1 Chester
Braintree Town 1-2 Yate Town
Carshalton Athletic 2-1 Tooting & Mitcham United
Chelmsford City 2-1 Hungerford Town
Colne 2-3 Southport
Concord Rangers 0-0 Slough Town
Curzon Ashton 3-0 Kidderminster Harriers
Darlington 2-1 Gainsborough Trinity
Dulwich Hamlet 2-2 Chippenham Town
Eastbourne Borough 3-1 Hartley Wintney
Enfield Town 4-3 Maldon & Tiptree
Guiseley 0-4 AFC Telford United
Halesowen Town 1-0 Gateshead
Haringey Borough 1-4 Hemel Hempstead Town
Havant & Waterlooville 3-1 Cinderford Town
Hednesford Town 2-1 Coalville Town
King’s Lynn Town 0-0 Hereford
Kingstonian 2-1 AFC Sudbury
Leamington 2-1 Spennymoor Town
Leatherhead 0-3 Dorking Wanderers
Maidstone United 2-2 Dartford
Matlock Town 2-0 Redditch United
Oxford City 1-1 Hornchurch
Peterborough Sports 0-3 Kettering Town
Runcorn Linnets 0-3 FC United of Manchester
Salisbury 4-2 Hayes & Yeading United
Tonbridge Angels 2-1 Bognor Regis Town
Wealdstone 2-3 Royston Town
Welling United 3-1 St Albans City
Weymouth 1-0 Hastings United
Workington AFC 0-1 Farsley Celtic
York City 0-1 Altrincham


Clubs from the leagues immediately below the Football League had no realistic chance of playing in a Wembley Final before the FA Council decided to start an ‘FA Challenge Trophy’ competition in 1969. It was open to all non-Football League clubs registering professional players.

Eligibility rules have changed over time, but from 2008 onwards the competition has been open to clubs playing in Steps 1–4 of the National League System, equivalent to tiers 5–8 of the overall English football league system. This covers the National League, the Southern LeagueIsthmian League, and Northern Premier League

The competition is a knockout tournament with pairings drawn at random. However, the qualifying round draws and the 1st Round proper draw are regionalised to reduce teams’ travel costs, and from the 2014–15 season this was extended to the 2nd Round proper draw as well, however this change only lasted 1 season. If a match (other than the semi-final or final) is drawn, there is a replay, usually at the ground of the team which played away from home for the first game. Drawn replays are now settled with extra time and penalty shootouts, though in the past further replays were possible.

Originally the competition included as many qualifying rounds as were required to reduce the number of teams to 32. In 1999 the format was amended to match that of the FA Cup, with six rounds prior to the semi-final stage, albeit without qualifying rounds. Teams from the Football Conference received byes through the early rounds, in a similar manner to the way in which the leading clubs receive byes in the FA Cup.

As of 2008–09 the competition featured four qualifying rounds and four rounds proper before the semi-finals. Teams from Step 4 enter at the preliminary round stage, those from Step 3 at the first qualifying round, those from Step 2 at the third qualifying round, and those from Step 1 at the first round proper.

The FA pays prize money to all teams which win at least one match in the Trophy competition. In the 2014-15 season the prize for the 64 preliminary round winners was £2,500, rising round-by-round to £50,000 for the winners of the final. The prize fund is cumulative, so a team that starts in the preliminary round and wins through several rounds would receive £2,500 for the preliminary round, £2,700 for the first qualifying round, £3,250 for the second qualifying round, and so on.

The Trophy is now in its 44th season. There have been 37 Wembley Finals, plus five at Villa Park and one at Upton Park. Scarborough, Telford United and Woking lead the way with three Trophy wins each. Another nine clubs have won it twice – Altrincham, Barrow, Enfield, Grays Athletic, Kingstonian, Macclesfield Town, Stafford Rangers, Stevenage Borough and Wycombe Wanderers.

Macclesfield Town, then Northern Premier League champions, were the first Trophy winners and 28,000 saw them beat Telford United 2-0 at Wembley. Their second goal was scored by Brian Fidler, whose trademark was a goal celebration that involved running round most of the pitch.

Isthmian League Dagenham became the first of the old ‘amateur’ clubs to win The Trophy in 1980. In the following year Bishop’s Stortford’s winning team included goalkeeper Terry Moore, an Amateur Cup winner with the same club in 1974.

The late Ian Crawley scored the goal that won The Trophy for Telford United in 1989 – six years after netting the winner for VS Rugby against Halesowen Town in The FA Vase Final.

Martin O’Neill, a highly respected manager, was in charge at Wycombe Wanderers from 1990 to 1995. He took the Conference club to two Trophy Finals and they won both.

Their 2-1 success against Kidderminster Harriers in 1991 attracted a crowd of 34,842 to the old Wembley and that remained the record attendance for a Trophy match until six years ago. Steve Guppy, the Chairboys’ outside-left, played for the full England team against Belgium in 1999.

After Wycombe came Geoff Chapple’s Woking and they were Trophy winners in three seasons out of four. Clive Walker, the former Chelsea and Sunderland winger, played in all three Finals for the Cards (in 1994, 1995 and 1997) and then went on to collect another winners’ medal with Cheltenham Town in 1998!

The last Trophy Final at the old Wembley, featuring Kingstonian and Kettering Town in 2000, was a five-goal thriller and Geoff Chapple, the man with the Midas touch, won The Trophy for an incredible fifth time as a manager. He had done it three times with Woking and twice with Kingstonian.

The Trophy Final returned to Wembley in 2007 and a record 53,262 fans saw Stevenage Borough beat Kidderminster Harriers 3-2 after being two goals down.

Stevenage have returned twice since then, too. They beat York City 2-0 in the 2009 Final, but lost to Barrow a year later.

Darlington were the victors here in 2011 thanks to Chris Senior’s winner against Mansfield Town in the last minute of extra time.

Last year York City got over their 2009 defeat to beat Welsh outfit Newport County 2-0. Matty Blair opened the scoring and Lanre Oyebanjo added the second as the Minstermen cruised to victory.

Wrexham took The FA Trophy to Wales in the 2013 Final, which was played in late March, as they beat Grimsby Town on penalties following a 1-1 draw after extra time.


Year Winners Runners-Up Result Attendance
1970 Macclesfield Town Telford United 2-0 28,000
1971 Telford United Hillingdon Borough 3-2 29,500
1972 Stafford Rangers Barnet 3-0 24,000
1973 Scarborough Wigan Athletic 2-1(aet) 23,000
1974 Morecambe Dartford 2-1 19,000
1975 Matlock Town Scarborough 4-0 21,000
1976 Scarborough Stafford Rangers 3-2(aet) 21,000
1977 Scarborough Dagenham 2-1 21,500
1978 Altrincham Leatherhead 3-1 20,000
1979 Stafford Rangers Kettering Town 2-0 32,000
1980 Dagenham Mossley 2-1 26,000
1981 Bishop’s Stortford Sutton United 1-0 22,578
1982 Enfield Altrincham 1-0(aet) 18,678
1983 Telford United Northwich Victoria 2-0 22,071
1984 Northwich Victoria Bangor City 1-1(aet) 14,200
Replay at Stoke City FC 2-1 5,805
1985 Wealdstone Boston United 2-1 20,775
1986 Altrincham Runcorn 1-0 15,700
1987 Kidderminster Harriers Burton Albion 0-0(aet) 23,617
Replay at West Bromwich Albion FC 2-1 15,685
1988 Enfield Telford United 0-0(aet) 21,328
Replay at West Bromwich Albion FC 3-2 7,005
1989 Telford United Macclesfield Town 1-0(aet) 19,576
1990 Barrow Leek Town 3-0 21,492
1991 Wycombe Wanderers Kidderminster Harriers 2-1 34,842
1992 Colchester United Witton Albion 3-1 32,254
1993 Wycombe Wanderers Runcorn 4-1 32,968
1994 Woking Runcorn 2-1 15,818
1995 Woking Kidderminster Harriers 2-1(aet) 17,815
1996 Macclesfield Town Northwich Victoria 3-1 8,672
1997 Woking Dagenham & Redbridge 1-0(aet) 24,376
1998 Cheltenham Town Southport 1-0 26,837
1999 Kingstonian Forest Green Rovers 1-0 20,037
2000 Kingstonian Kettering Town 3-2 20,034
2001 Canvey Island Forest Green Rovers 1-0 10,007
2002 Yeovil Town Stevenage Borough 2-0 18,809
2003 Burscough Tamworth 2-1 14,625
2004 Hednesford Town Canvey Island 3-2 6,635
2005 Grays Athletic Hucknall Town 1-1(aet) 8,116
Grays Athletic won 6-5 on kicks from the penalty mark
2006 Grays Athletic Woking 2-0 13,997
2007 Stevenage Borough Kidderminster Harriers 3-2 53,262
2008 Ebbsfleet United Torquay United 1-0 40,186
2009 Stevenage Borough York City 2-0 27,110
2010 Barrow Stevenage Borough 2-1(aet) 21,223
2011 Darlington Mansfield Town 1-0(aet) 24,668
2012 York City Newport County 2-0 19,844
2013 Wrexham Grimsby Town 1-1(aet) 35,266
Wrexham won 4-1 on kicks from the penalty mark
2014 Cambridge United Gosport Borough 4-0 18,120