A Rich Tapestry

It’s the Preliminary Round of The FA Cup this afternoon, which sees 332 teams taking part for a place in the First Qualifying Round of the competition. There are, as ever, some names that everyone remembers from some point in the past if you jog their memories hard enough. The ludicrously-named FC Halifax Town, who formed during the summer when Halifax Town AFC went into liquidation, play their first ever match in the competition against Silsden, as do Nuneaton Town, who formed after the closure of Nuneaton Borough during the summer. Both of these clubs have caused the occasional upset in the past. The original Halifax Town beat Manchester City 1-0 in 1980, whilst those of you with shorter memories will remember Nuneaton Borough’s last minute penalty to earn a 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough in the Third Round in 2006. They’re not the only clubs taking part at this stage with a serious FA Cup pedigree. Aylesbury United are still homeless – they’re ground-sharing with local rivals Chesham United this season while the arguments continue over whether they can find a new site within Aylesbury itself – but in better times, they knocked out Southend United & Northampton Town, and featured in a Third Round match against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road . Chasetown, also of the Southern League, held Oldham Athletic to a 1-1 draw three years...

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