FA Cup first round draw: Bracknell Town host Ipswich, Hereford face Portsmouth | FA Cup

Two former FA Cup winners face potential trips to non-league opposition after the first round is drawn on Monday. Ipswich Towncurrently second in League One, travels to the face Bracknell Town of the Southern League Premier South. Portsmouththe winners in 2008, go to the National League North side Hereford FC.

The lowest ranked side in the first round, seventh row Alvekerktravels to the side of League One Cheltenham Town. “Were excited. It’s not even a million miles from here so hopefully the fans will follow us,” Southern League Premier Central manager Ian Long told BBC One after the draw. Coalville Town and Needham Marketwho play in the same division will visit Charlton and Burton respectively.

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FA Cup first round draw

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South Shields v Forest Green; Bolton v Barnsley; Boreham Wood v Eastleigh; Curzon Ashton v Cambridge United; Maidenhead United v Dagenham & Redbridge; Crawley v Accrington Stanley; Solihull Moors v Hartlepool; Kidderminster of AFC Fylde against Gillingham; Peterborough v Salford City; Sutton United v Farnborough; Grimsby v Plymouth Argyle; MK Dons v Yeovil of Taunton; Ebbsfleet United v FC Halifax Town; Carlisle v Tranmere; Bracknell Town v Ipswich Town; Hendon of Chippenham v Lincoln City; Sheffield Wednesday v Morecambe; Hereford v Portsmouth; Shrewsbury v York City; Buxton v Merthyr Town; Charlton v Coalville Town; Weymouth v AFC Wimbledon; Newport v Colchester; Stockport County v Swindon; Doncaster v King’s Lynn; Altrincham of Gateshead v Stevenage; Fleetwood Town v Oxford City; Burton Albion v Needham Market; Bradford City v Harrogate; Port Vale v Exeter City; Torquay of Hampton & Richmond v Derby County; Bristol Rovers v Rochdale; Wycombe v Walsall; Blyth Spartans of Wrexham v Oldham of Chester; Crewe v Leyton Orient; Barnet v Chelmsford; Woking against Oxford United; Chesterfield v Northampton; Cheltenham v Alvechurch; Barrow Mansfield.

Ties are played between November 4 and 7.

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South Shieldscurrently managed by former England striker Kevin Phillips will welcome Forest Green Robbers to their First Cloud Arena home. “It’s a day the club deserves,” Phillips told Sky Sports News. “They got into the first round a few years ago, but during Covid no fans were allowed.”

Hendoncurrently bottom of the Southern League Premier South could face Lincoln City home if they can beat their replay Chippenham. Derby Countycompeting in the first round stage for the first time since 1985-86 faces out-of-competition opposition Torquay or Hampton and Richmond.

Kevin Phillips in the South Shields dugout.
Kevin Phillips’ South Shields side faces Forest Green after beating Scunthorpe in the final qualifying round. Photo: Kevin Wilson/South Shields FC/PA

Curzon Ashton of the National League North will host Cambridge Unitedof altrincham or Gateshead the destination for League Two leaders Stevenage. Weymouth will entertain AFC Wimbledonwhile Oxford United visit historical giant killers awake. The bottom of the League Two, Hartlepooltravel to Solihull Moors.

Promotion fighters in the National League Wrexham could face local rivals Chester in an all-non-league affair, if the two sides can get through replays. Another intriguing tie pits two sixth-tier sides, Merthyr Town and Buxtonagainst each other.

The leaders of League One, Plymouthwill visit Grimsbywhile Bolton host Barnsley, Sheffield Wednesday welcome Morecambe and Exeter travel to Port Vale in all-League One clashes. The tie will be played from November 4-7.

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