Thanks to Bracknell Town’s promotion to the Bostik League at the end of the 2017/18 season, Football in Bracknell will be covering the Buildbase FA Trophy competition for the first time.
The Robins will feature in the Trophy competition by virtue of being a step four side after their elevation along with FA Vase holders Thatcham Town and fellow former Hellenic League club Highworth Town.
Bracknell will almost certainly start in the Extra Preliminary Round and while we haven’t had it confirmed, we suspect the draw will be regionalised much as the early rounds of the FA Cup and FA Vase are.
Last season 276 teams entered but that number will likely increase this time around following the creation of new divisions at step 3 and 4 of the English Football Pyramid. Brackley Town won last season’s competition, beating Bromley in the Wembley Stadium Final.
That could reasonably mean ties against the likes of Fleet Town, Egham Town or even a reunion with Thatcham. Looking for the full draws for each round? they along with the FA Cup and FA Vase are here.
- Extra Preliminary Round – Weekend of Saturday 29 September 2018
- Preliminary Round – Weekend of Saturday 13 October 2018
- First Round Qualifying – Weekend of Saturday 27 October 2018
- Second Round Qualifying – Weekend of Saturday 10 November 2018
- Third Round Qualifying – Weekend of Saturday 24 November 2018
- First Round – Weekend of Saturday 15 December 2018
- Second Round – Weekend of Saturday 12 January 2019
- Third Round – Weekend of Saturday 2 February 2019
- Fourth Round – Weekend of Saturday 23 February 2019
- Semi-Final first leg – Saturday 16 March 2019
- Semi-Final second leg – Saturday 23 March 2019
- The Final – Sunday 20 May 2019
Main image: Wrexham players with the FA Trophy in 2015. Photo: Getty Images.