Saturday see’s a host of Preliminary Round ties take place in the 2018/19 Emirates FA Cup and all eyes will then be on the first ‘proper’ draw of the season.
By proper, we mean that as the FA Cup Extra Preliminary and Preliminary rounds are pre drawn in July with EPR winners knowing who they will face next, this will be the first live draw of the competition.
The First Qualifying round means clubs in the Evo Stik North, South and Bostik League Premier Division’s should join the fray. The round is also the first in this seasons competition where the losing side won’t receive any prize money. The winners will receive £6,000 – double the amount at the same stage last season.
Binfield and Thatcham Town are the Berkshire representatives left in at this stage with the likes of Slough Town, Maidenhead United and Reading added in later rounds.
Need a reminder of what’s new in this season’s competition? Read our ‘everything you need to know’ guide here.
When is the draw?
We expect the FA Cup First Qualifying Round draw to be published at 1pm on Tuesday on the Football Associations website. Bookmark Football in Bracknell’s FA Cup page to get the latest as it happens.
Which clubs should you look out for?
Berkshire clubs Ascot United, Windsor, Binfield and Thatcham Town all have Preliminary Round ties on Saturday and could be in the big draw on Monday.
Update: Binfield and Thatcham Town are the only clubs going in to the 1QR draw.
Who made it last season?
Thatcham Town were the only Berkshire side to make the First Qualifying Round last season where they beat Hamworthy United 5-1. The Kingfishers went out in the next round losing 2-0 at Banbury United. Binfield were in the draw but lost their Preliminary Round replay 3-0 at Horndean.