Published on 17 Oct 2022 5:29 pm (UK Time)
The FA Cup First Round Proper draw commences tonight, as teams from League One and Two join the competition.
They come into the competition with a chance of facing teams much lower than them in the pyramid, with non-league teams having come through qualifying rounds to get to this stage.
Some teams in the hat will still have to win their replay games on Tuesday night to progress, including the likes of Wrexham, Oldham and Yeovil Town.
The draw will be shown live on BBC Two, taking place at around 7.15 pm BST tonight.
In this article, I will take a look at some of those teams who are confirmed in the First Round, with the potential for some huge mismatches in the draw…
Alvechurch FC – Southern League Premier Division Central
Seventh-tier Alvechurch FC is the lowest-ranked side confirmed in the next round and will be in the First Round proper of the FA Cup for the first time in nearly five decades.
A 3-2 win over Worksop Town was enough to seal their place in tonight’s draw.
Their best performance in the competition was back in 1974 when the Worcestershire-based side made it to the third round, where they lost to Bradford City, however, this was before the club folded in 1993.
Last season they went out at the third qualifying stage, so will be extremely pleased to have reached the first round proper this year.
They are ball number 59 in the draw, and with sides such as Derby County and Portsmouth in the draw, will be looking for a big draw.
Merthyr Town FC – Southern League Premier Division South
Welsh side Merthyr Town has reached the first round proper of the FA Cup for the first time since they were reformed.
The Martyrs beat Folkestone Invicta 2-1 at home, to secure their place in the hat for tonight’s draw.
The seventh-tier side will also be hoping for a big draw, and join fellow Welsh side Newport County in the hat, and will potentially join Wrexham if the National League side can overcome Blyth Spartans in their replay on Tuesday night.
The Welsh side is ball number 79 in tonight’s draw.
Coalville Town FC – Southern League Premier Division Central
Coalville Town created the shock of the fourth qualifying round, after knocking out former football league side Notts County away from home, to progress into the First Round Proper.
This feat matches their best FA Cup performance, reaching the first round for the first time since 2004, and just the second time in their history.
The Ravens gave their travelling fans a memory that they’ll never forget and will hope to create more in the First Round.
The seventh-tier side is ball number 61 in tonight’s draw.
South Shields – Northern Premier League Premier Division
South Shields also matched their best-ever performance in the FA Cup, after stunning Scunthorpe United of the National League, to book their spot in tonight’s draw.
The Mariners made it to this stage in 2020 and were knocked out by at the time League Two Cheltenham Town, so will look to go one better this time around.
The seventh-tier side is ball number 53 in the draw tonight.
1. Accrington Stanley
2. AFC Wimbledon
4. Barrow AFC
5. Bolton Wanderers
6. Bradford City
7. Bristol Rovers
8. Burton Albion
9. Cambridge United
10. Carlisle United
11. Charlton Athletic
12. Cheltenham Town
13. Colchester United
14. Crawley Town
15. Crewe Alexandra
16. Derby County
17. Doncaster Rovers
18. Exeter City
19. Fleetwood Town
20. Forest Green Rovers
22. Grimsby Town
23. Harrogate Town
24. Hartlepool United
25. Ipswich Town
26. Leyton Orient
27. Lincoln City
28. Mansfield Town
29. Milton Keynes Dons
31. Newport County
32. Northampton Town
33. Oxford United
34. Peterborough United
35. Plymouth Argyle
36. Port Vale
38. Rochdale AFC
39. Salford City
40. Sheffield Wednesday
41. Shrewsbury Town
43. Stockport County
44. Sutton United
45. Swindon Town
46. Tranmere Rovers
48. Wycombe Wanderers
49. Oldham Athletic AFC or Chester
50. Kidderminster Harriers or AFC Fylde
51. King’s Lynn Town
52. York City
53. South Shields
54. Solihull Moors
55. Curzon Ashton
56. Blyth Spartans or Wrexham
57. Altrincham or Gateshead
62. FC Halifax Town
64. Torquay United or Hampton & Richmond Borough
65. Yeovil Town or Taunton Town
66. Maidenhead United
68. Ebbsfleet United
70. Dagenham & Redbridge
71. Hendon or Chippenham Town
73. Oxford City
74. Bracknell Town
75. Boreham Wood
77. Needham Market
78. Chelmsford City
79. Merthyr Town
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