FA Trophy: Draw, Prize Fund & More

The draw for the FA Trophy 3rd qualifying round (yes, we even have to qualify for the FA trophy now!) takes place tomorrow, on the 17th of November. Whilst there is a tendency to look to the FA Trophy with slight disdain, there is good reason to be interested in the competition, a trip to Wembley for the finalists, a prize fund which is not to be sniffed at (see below), and a few potentially good away games to go to. The teams in tomorrow’s draw which we could potentially meet include:
Teams from other divisions:
• Chasetown
• Spennymoor Town or Leek Town
• Rushall Olympic
• Blyth Spartans or Halesowen Town
• St Neots
• Barwell
• Witton Albion or Workington
• Kings Lynn Town
• Redditch Utd
• Gresley
• FC United
• Ramsbottom United
• Mickleover Town or New Mills

Teams from our division:
• AFC Fylde
• Barrow
• Boston United
• Brackley Town
• Bradford Park Avenue
• Chorley
• Colwyn Bay
• Gainsborough Trinity
• Gloucester City
• Guiseley
• Harrogate Town
• Hednesford Town
• Hyde
• Leamington
• Lowestoft Town
• North Ferriby United
• Oxford City
• Solihull Moors
• Stalybridge Celtic
• Tamworth
• Worcester City

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Prize Fund
Third Round Qualifying winners £4,000
First Round Proper winners £5,000
Second Round Proper winners £6,000
Third Round Proper winners £7,000
Fourth Round Proper winners £8,000
Semi Final winners £16,000
Final runners-up £25,000
Final winners £50,000

How’d we do last year?
An away draw in the 3rd qualifying round at Barrow yielded at 2-2 draw, Jevons and Fagbola with the goals. The replay at Edgeley Park brought about a 3-2 victory for Barrow, despite Jevons putting County ahead, Barrow raced into a 3-1 lead, Iain Howard scored a consolation in the 89th minute but it wasn’t enough as County went out at the first stage.

How can County expect to do?
Realistically, other than the Cheshire Senior Cup, this is the only piece of silverware that County can expect to achieve (not including the league title!!!). Gosport Borough FC (who operate in the southern equivalent of County’s devision) made the final last year, but went on to lose to Cambridge United 4-0.

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So, whilst any sort of home game will probably fail to rouse up too much passion amongst County fans, a good run in this competition could certainly be beneficial to County, both financially and on the field. Chorley went on a good run in last years competition and got promoted, let’s hope that County can do the same!

Animo et Fide

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