When Chichester City entered the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday August 10th nobody would have imagined that Oaklands Park would be hosting the Second Round Draw three months and one day later. And yet a few moments ago that draw was broadcast on BBC2, and there were City, front and centre, making the Isthmian League extremely proud indeed- and they weren't alone. Maldon and Tiptree, conquerors of Leyton Orient yesterday, and Kingstonian, who massacred Macclesfield Town, were there too- completing a trio of our clubs hoping to draw one of the big boys (or each other, which would have guaranteed one of our clubs in the Third Round).
According to Phil of FA Cup Factfile- and he would know- the last time we had three Isthmian League clubs in the Second Round of the FA Cup was twenty two years ago. Maldon & Tiptree have never reached this stage before, Kingstonian haven't done it for nineteen years, and Chichester City are the first club for seventy years to get to this stage after starting in the Extra Preliminary Round. It has been a vintage Isthmian FA Cup year- and it isn't over yet!
So here are the details you need:
Chichester City, who got to this stage having defeated Erith Town, Bridon Ropes, Chalfont St. Peter, Hartley Wintney, Enfield Town and Bowers & Pitsea- a list which includes three higher division clubs- will travel to either Tranmere Rovers or Wycombe Wanderers.
Maldon & Tiptree, who have defeated Safron Walden Town, Histon, Wingate & Finchley, Chertsey Town, Royston Town and- of course- Leyton Orient, will be at home to Grimsby Town or Newport County.
Kingstonian, who have defeated Walton Casuals, March Town United, Weston Super Mare, Dartford and Macclesfield Town, are at home to AFC Fylde, who currently sit twentieth in the National League.
Matches will be played over the weekend of Saturday 30 November, with winning clubs receiving £54,000 from The FA prize fund.