Category: FA Cup

Chelsea v West Ham Is Plum Tie From Second Round Draw

The draw for the Second Round of the FA Cup has taken place, with the top match being an all-Division1 affair as Chelsea host West Ham. Historically Chelsea have struggled in the FA Cup whilst West Ham made it to the final in Year 1, so there is everything to play for.

The only other all-Division 1 tie is Arsenal taking on newcomers Watford at the Emirates.

There were three national league sides in the draw and they have all been given difficult matches. Sheffield United take on current Cup holders Nottingham Forest. Huddersfield Town were given the potentially easiest match-up as they are away to Division 3 Leicester City. Brentford were given an away match too, in an all-London encounter against Tottenham Hotspur.

There is at least one Conference side guaranteed in the third round after Birmingham were drawn against Burnley. There will also be at least one Division 3 side in the next round as Oxford United take on Crystal Palace. Losing finalists from the last two finals, Norwich City were given a tricky tie against Luton Town.

Other notable games include Conference side Brighton hosting Manchester United, Aston Villa host Liverpool and Leeds United take on Division 1 Everton.

Matches are to be played in Season 6 – Week 7.

The Second Round draw in full..

  1. Brighton & Hove A v Manchester United
  2. Sheffield United v Nottingham Forest
  3. Birmingham City v Burnley
  4. Manchester City v Q.P.R.
  5. Aston Villa v Liverpool
  6. Arsenal v Watford
  7. Leicester City v Huddersfield Town
  8. Wolves v Newcastle United
  9. Leeds United v Everton
  10. Wimbledon v Portsmouth
  11. Norwich City v Luton Town
  12. Charlton Athletic v Coventry City
  13. Oxford United v Crystal Palace
  14. Southampton v Sheffield Wednesday
  15. Tottenham v Brentford
  16. Chelsea v West Ham United

FA Cup Second Round Draw Tomorrow

With the final FA Cup 1st Round matches completed, we now have the full list of 32 teams in the draw for the second round. The second round comprises of twelve Division 1 team, eight Division 2 teams, plus the twelve winners from the 1st Round.

It is the first time that the FA Cup has allowed for 44 team, in the biggest Cup competition ever for Subbuteo club. In another first, 8 teams from the Conference were include, as well as 8 non-league sides. There were also 8 teams from Division 3 in the 1st Round, which was made up of 12 matches. There was an expectation of 5x Division 3 teams, 4x Conference and 3x non-league sides to make it through and that was exactly how it panned out.

The big teams from Division 1 now enter the Cup and some of the non-league sides will be hoping for a tie against the giants. There is a buzz of anticipation around the big draw for the second round which takes place on Tuesday 5th March 2024.

Each team is assigned a number for the draw, with the teams qualifying from Round 1 being given numbers 1-12, based on their match order. Division 1 sides have been given numbers 13-24, based on their current league position with Division 2 sides occupying numbers 25-32, also based on their current league position.

The draw numbers in full are as follows:

  1. Coventry City
  2. Wolves
  3. Birmingham City
  4. Huddersfield Town
  5. Brentford
  6. Sheffield United
  7. Portsmouth
  8. Oxford United
  9. Burnley
  10. Leicester City
  11. Crystal Palace
  12. Brighton & Hove Albion
  13. Arsenal
  14. Everton
  15. Manchester United
  16. Liverpool
  17. Newcastle United
  18. Watford
  19. Southampton
  20. Chelsea
  21. Tottenham Hotspur
  22. West Ham United
  23. Nottingham Forest
  24. Norwich City
  25. Manchester City
  26. Aston Villa
  27. QPR
  28. Luton Town
  29. Sheffield Wednesday
  30. Leeds United
  31. Charlton Athletic
  32. Wimbledon

FA Cup First Round Match Report

The 1st Round of the FA Cup has taken place. Here is a round up of the results, with match reports from games between Division 3, Conference and non-league sides.

Coventry City v Middlesbrough – This was non-league Middlesbrough’s first game and they came up to Division 3 Coventry City. Coventry got off to a flying start as they were awarded a penalty within the first few minutes, which they easily converted. An even contested then ensured and Middlesbrough got a bit of luck as they found an equaliser just before half-time. Middlesbrough then pushed on strongly and could of almost scored a couple of times, as they even skimmed a shot off the crossbar. Coventry stayed with the plan and soon enough got the winning goal, as Middlesbrough were left weak in defence.

Result: Coventry City 2 v 1 Middlesbrough

Wolves v Sunderland – Division 3 frontrunners Wolves took on non-league Sunderland at home. It did not take Wolves long to break down the Sunderland defence and they were quickly 1-0 up. They continued to pressure the non-league side and were duly rewarded soon after with a second. The spectators expected Wolves to keep on and increase their lead, but the team sat back and let Sunderland come at them as they defended their lead. Sunderland could not break down the defence, so it is the Division 3 side Wolves, that go through to the 2nd Round. The featured image shows Wolves scoring their spectacular second goal.

Result: Wolves 2 v 0 Sunderland

Bolton Wanderers v Birmingham City – Birmingham City took on non-league Bolton in the third match and it was clear to see the difference in the two sides. Birmingham immediately took hold of the game and never looked back. They scored three simple goals and although both keepers made some good saves, Bolton were unable to score a goal. Although Birmingham’s performance in the Conference has not been great, they will be pleased to have a convincing win, to see them into the second round.

Result: Bolton Wanderers 0 v 3 Birmingham City

Huddersfield Town v Bournemouth – A thrilling encounter took place between non-league Huddersfield and Conference team Bournemouth. In a close tie, Huddersfield were the first to score, before they dug in with all their might to defend their lead. Bournemouth threw everything at them and it was only down to the Huddersfield keeper and the goalpost that kept them out. The Bournemouth keeper also made some vital saves to keep them in the tie. In injury time Bournemouth won a corner and after a shot was deflected, a Bournemouth player was near the line to tuck it in to level. In extra time Huddersfield broke forward once more and shot but the ball did not cross the line. The Bournemouth keeper went to clear the ball but only kicked it towards a Huddersfield player, who was able to thunder it back into the goal. Bournemouth tried everything to find an equaliser but ran out of time as Huddersfield become the first non-league team to make it into the 2nd Round.

Result: Huddersfield Town 2 v 1 Bournemouth (AET)

Brentford v Ipswich Town – This all non-league encounter was a great opportunity for one of these sides to make it into the second round. Brentford started off the stronger and went 1-0 up just before half-time. Ipswich did their best to fight back but Brentford remained strong. Later in the second half, Brentford found a gap between defenders and duly made it 2-0. Ipswich had a great chance to get back into the game soon after, but their chip shot went over the top of the goal. In injury time, Brentford had another shot which rebounded off a defender and into the goal to make it 3-0, which was a bit unfair on the away team who had played well.

Result: Brentford 3 v 0 Ipswich Town

Derby County v Sheffield United – Derby County from Division 3 suffered a shock defeat against non-league Sheffield United in this classic Cup tie. United took an early lead but Derby used their skill to get back into the match and scored to make it equal. Derby went on to score a second before United got their second to make it 2-2 at the end of normal time. Derby soon went 3-2 ahead in extra time and thought they were through but Sheffield Utd did not give up and scored again to make it 3-3. In penalties Derby went first and Sheffield missed theirs, giving Derby the advantage. But Derby missed their second as Sheffield got level once again. It was all even until Derby missed their 5th, leaving Sheffield with a chance to go through. After a mistaken penalty, Sheffield got a retake and cleaned slotted home to win this thrilling match.

Result: Derby County 3 v 3 Sheffield United (P.3 – 4)

Portsmouth v Blackburn Rovers – This clash of two struggling Conference sides wanting a turn-around in fortunes, had all the makings of a Cup classic. Despite Portsmouth getting off to a better start, it was the away side that scored first. The Blackburn keeper then kept his side in the tie with some incredible saves, until Portsmouth finally found a way around him to make it 1-1 after full time. In extra time, Portsmouth were quick to score almost from the kick off. Blackburn were facing elimination and pushed forward and shocked the home supporters when they got a surprise equaliser. With the game heading towards penalties, Portsmouth had one last chance attacking. The defender needed to block the shot but clipped the attacker, giving a penalty. Portsmouth hammered the ball home to make it 3-2, and with only seconds remaining, it was not enough time for Blackburn to get another chance.

Result: Portsmouth 3 v 2 Blackburn Rovers (AET)

Stoke City v Oxford United – Oxford from Division 3 got off to a lightning start as they grabbed possession from Stoke and raced up the other end to score. Non-league Stoke were shocked by this encounter but prevailed until Oxford doubled their lead later on. A fantastic save from the Oxford goalkeeper prevented Stoke from getting back into the match and Oxford were happy to play out time until the final whistle to record their first FA Cup match win since Year 1.

Result: Stoke City 0 v 2 Oxford United

Burnley v Fulham – There was the prospect of a great game between these two Conference rivals, especially after Fulham beat Burnley earlier in the season. It was a close game although Fulham had the best of the chances after they struck the post. In the second half, Burnley had a good chance to score and the defender kicked out in haste, causing a penalty. Burnley duly scored and then pressed on with their home advantage as they grew in confidence to make it 2-0. Despite Fulham fighting back, time was against them and although they too hit the post, they could not find the back of the net.

Result: Burnley 2 v 0 Fulham

Leicester City v Millwall – There was nothing between these two Division 3 sides as neither were able to find a breakthrough. Leicester came the closest as they hit the post and had a series of corners in injury time, but their forwards were off target. In extra time both sides had good chances but the game remained at a deadlock. It went to penalties with Millwall going first and missing. Leicester scored but then missed their second to make it equal once more. Millwall had their fifth penalty saved and Leicester just had to score to take the result on the night.

Result: Leicester City 0 v 0 Millwall (P.4 – 3)

Crystal Palace v WBA – Division 3 leaders Crystal Palace took on a tricky West Brom team as they both looked for their first FA Cup victory. Palace began the stronger and soon took the lead. It was then a surprise when West Brom hit back before taking a shock lead. Palace were stunned back into life and were able to bring the game level again. West Brom were then awarded a free kick but Palace were able to keep the ball out of the net. Palace pushed on but could not score before time ran out. In extra time, both sides had chances but were not able to capitalise. The match reach penalties and Palace were in a state when they missed their first two. Thankfully for them, West Brom missed their second and fourth so after 5 each, the penalty score was level at 3-3. Sudden death took place and both sides scored a further two nail-biting penalties before West Brom missed their third and they were out of the Cup.

Result: Crystal Palace 2 v 2 WBA (P. SD -Crystal Palace)

Brighton & Hove Albion v Hull City – Conference Brighton took on this years Division 3 surprise team who are excelling with their league performances. It was a close encounter although it was the Hull City keeper who was working harder to keep his team in the tie. With three quarters of the match gone, Hull City gave away a free kick on the edge of the area. Brighton took full use of the opportunity and put a score on the board. Hull had a couple of good chances from a wide position. but the Brighton keeper was equal to them, with one incredible save to note. Brighton were able to hang on to take the victory.

Result: Brighton 1 v 0 Hull City

SubbuteoCLUB FA Cup Official Ball Announced

As with the actual football tournaments around the country, SubbuteoCLUB also nominates special footballs to use in our competitions.

The FA Cup is the longest standing knock-out Cup competition we have and has undergone a revamp for Year 6. This year will see the largest number of teams enter the competitions, including a number of non-league sides, many playing for the first time. Teams from Division 1 and Division 2 will enter in the second round, meaning that teams from Division 3, the Conference and non-league will need to progress through the 1st Round before they can potentially face one of the big teams.

The 1st Round kicks off during Week 6, so to commemorate this historic event, SubbuteoCLUB would like to announce the ball that will be used for the duration of the competition. We have chosen to use the Mitre Ultimax Pro 2, which is the same ball that is being used in the real FA Cup for the 2023/24 season.

We have obtained a replica of this ball in 22mm form and we are ready to commence this great Cup. The 1st Round fixtures can be found on the competition page. We will have to wait until the 1st Round is completed for the 2nd Round draw and Cup holders Nottingham Forest begin the defence of their trophy.

Year 5 FA Cup Final – Match Report

So the day of the FA Cup Final arrived and there was a real buzz in the air as the clock ticked down towards kick-off. The teams lined up on the pitch and some were surprised when the special guest was announced as the Queen, who came out to greet them, accompanied by her entourage. With the Queen being a secret West Ham supporter, she was a little unhappy that she had missed the League Cup Final a few months ago and had to suffer watching ‘these two ghastly teams’!

The game soon began and both teams found the Wembley pitch to be much softer than their league pitches. This resulted in the ball running a bit slower, meaning it was a scrappy encounter. This affected the first half of the game, with a lot of mistakes and poor passing. Norwich took the upper hand by attacking, with Notts Forest sitting back and trying to counter on the break. Both sides had a few chances which were off target, until Norwich had the best moment of the half with a shot on the edge of the area. The Norwich striker hit the ball well, but the Forest defenders stood firm and managed to bundle the ball out for a corner.

Norwich earn a free-kick in a dangerous position

It was all equal at half-time as the players left the pitch to take a well-earned break.

In the second half, Norwich continued to dominate possession, but Forest suddenly had a good break. The Norwich defender mistimed his rushed tackle to bring down the player. The referee awarded a direct free kick to Forest.

Forest line up the free kick with Norwich making a wall

Norwich put up a 4 man wall, but the Forest player struck the ball perfectly and the ball found the far corner of the goal. Norwich players claimed that the ball had not crossed the line, but replays showed it clearly had. The Forest players ran for the corner in celebration. 1-0 to Forest.

Replays show the ball cleared crossed the goal line

Despite Norwich attacking even harder in the last 20 minutes, they could not find the target. Forest players defended for their lives and played really well. The referee allowed some extra time, which frustrated the Forest team, but Norwich could not find a way through. The final whistle was blown and Nottingham Forest have won the FA Cup 1-0.

The Queen came back onto the pitch to award the teeny-tiny trophy to the winning team. She could be heard talking to one of her advisors that it was an awful match and she could not wait to get back home to her Corgis. Charming! The Forest players could not care, as they were too busy waving the trophy in the air and downing cheap champagne.

The Forest players celebrate as the Queen tries to hand over the trophy!

The results for all of Year 5’s FA Cup games can be found here.

Year 5 FA Cup Final Preview

This years FA Cup Final is between Division 1 Norwich and Nottingham Forest. Nottingham Forest last won the FA Cup in Year 3, after beating Wimbledon in extra time. The bookies were expecting an Arsenal v Everton final, based on League performances, so the two finalists have surprised many to get all the way to the big game.

It will be an intriguing final as these two teams are amongst the most successful in my league and both reside in the top division. Norwich City have made it to their second consecutive final after losing to Arsenal last year. Nottingham Forest won the FA Cup a few years ago and are aiming to be the first team to win the Cup twice.

A Cup win for either side will help them put the league performances behind them and will launch the winners into the revamped (and larger) European Cup next year.

Nottingham Forest have been teetering on the edge of relegation this year and therefore no-one expected them to get to the Cup Final. During their cup run, they took apart Division 2 Southampton 4-0 before defeating Division 3 Leeds United. Their toughest game was the semi-final against holders Arsenal, where they went against the odds to book their place in the final.

Norwich were last years losing FA Cup finalists and are looking to go one better this year. During their Cup journey, they endured a tight encounter to get past Division 1 West Ham, before an easier game against Division 2 relegation favourites Derby County.

They were not expected to win the semi-final with Everton, but their never-die attitude brought them out on top. They now go to their second FA Cup final in two years and hope to get their hands on the trophy this time.

The ground staff at Wembley have been busy with the lawnmowers, with the pitch changing from the standard stripes to special a chequered pattern for the big match – although there are still a few bumps to iron out! C’mon lads, jump to it!

Meanwhile, the marching band are being put through their paces ahead of the Final, practising their marching skills ready for the traditional FA Cup Final ‘Abide With Me’ anthem. They have been in isolation for quite a while, so are pleased to be able to stretch their legs! There may even be an appearance from the Queen to hand out the trophy to the winners!

The band practice their moves on the pitch