FA Cup: Chesterfield and Wrexham lead non-league push into third round | FA Cup

Non-league Chesterfield pulled off a shock 2-0 win at AFC Wimbledon to book their place in the FA Cup third round.

Armando Dobra put the National League high-flyers in front just before half-time and Jeff King’s long-range effort with 15 minutes left made sure of the upset against the League Two Dons.

Paul Mullin scored a hat-trick as National League leaders Wrexham defeated Farnborough 4-1 at the Racecourse Ground. Mullin headed the Dragons in front from a corner early in the second half, but the National League South visitors were level just after the hour through a free-kick from Oli Pendlebury. Elliot Lee put Wrexham back in front with 12 minutes left before Mullin added two more late on to complete his treble.

Forest Green Rovers ended seventh-tier Alvechurch’s hopes of a money-spinning tie in the third round with a 2-1 win. Former Crystal Palace striker Connor Wickham put Rovers, who are bottom of League One, ahead from the penalty spot in the 24th minute. Alvechurch – who play in Southern League Premier Central Division and were the lowest-ranked team left in the competition – equalised three minutes into the second half through Jediah Yeboah Abbey’s free-kick.

However, Josh March put the League One side back in front just two minutes later, scoring against his former club. Forest Green finished the match with 10 men after defender Dom Bernard was sent off for a second yellow card after grabbing Danny Waldron’s shirt as the Church striker looked to break clear.

Connor Wickham celebrates with his Forest Green teammates after scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot.
Connor Wickham celebrates with his Forest Green teammates after scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot. Photograph: Graham Hunt/ProSports/REX/Shutterstock

King’s Lynn, second-placed in the National League North, were beaten 3-0 at home by League Two Stevenage. Three goals in five minutes at the start of the second half, with Luke Norris scoring a quickfire brace before Jamie Reid’s strike, ended the Linnets’ hopes of further progress.

National League Barnet’s cup dreams were ended with a 1-0 defeat at Accrington through a late goal from Ethan Hamilton. Otis Khan hit a last-minute winner as League Two Grimsby stunned Cambridge 2-1 at the Abbey Stadium. Khan had put the visitors ahead on the hour, but Sam Smith nodded in a equaliser before the Mariners frontman struck a late second to send the League One Us crashing out.

Myles Hippolyte headed a stoppage-time equaliser as League Two Stockport snatched a 2-2 draw at Charlton to earn a replay. Chris Hussey had given County an early lead but the Addicks led by half-time, Steven Sessegnon’s cross diverted into his own net by keeper Ben Hinchcliffe before Albie Morgan made it 2-1.

Goals from Devante Cole, Adam Phillips and a Josh Benson penalty gave Barnsley victory against League Two Crewe 3-0 at Oakwell. A brace from Josh Umerah helped Hartlepool beat 10-man Harrogate 3-1 at Victoria Park. Town defender Joe Mattock was sent off at the end of the first half for a foul on Umerah, who slotted in the resulting spot-kick.

Billy Bodin grabbed two goals in the closing stages as Oxford beat League One rivals Exeter 4-1 at the Kassam Stadium.

Walsall came from behind to beat Carlisle 2-1 with an 88th-minute Andy Williams equaliser and a stoppage-time goal from fellow substitute Douglas James-Taylor.

Sheffield Wednesday substitute Michael Smith hit two goals in six minutes in a 2-1 comeback win over League Two Mansfield at Hillsborough, while Shrewsbury beat Peterborough 3-1 to also book a place in Monday’s draw.

Colby Bishop scored twice from the penalty spot as Portsmouth came from behind to beat MK Dons 3-2 at Fratton Park.

In Saturday’s late kick-off, National League Dagenham were denied another upset when Scott Kashket scored a stoppage-time equaliser for Gillingham at the Chigwell Construction Stadium after Josh Walker had put the hosts in front with just 10 minutes left.

FA Cup second-round draw: Giant-killers Alvechurch away at Forest Green | FA Cup

Non-league Alvechurch have been rewarded for their FA Cup giantkilling exploits with a trip to Forest Green in the second round. The Worcestershire-based side, who play in the seventh-tier Southern League Premier Central Division and are the lowest-ranked team left in the competition, stunned League One’s Cheltenham on Saturday.

They will now play another team from the third tier in Forest Green, who saw off non-league South Shields, following Monday’s draw.

In another intriguing tie, Wrexham, one of the National League pacesetters, host National League South Farnborough. The Welsh side, who have been rejuvenated following their high-profile takeover by actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney last year, eased past Oldham on Sunday while Farnborough overcame Sutton.

Ebbsfleet, also of the National League South, host League One opposition in Fleetwood while National League North high-flyers King’s Lynn take on League Two Stevenage.

National League South Chippenham, who claimed a shock win over League One Lincoln, face another side from the same division in Burton.

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Full FA Cup second-round draw


Accrington Stanley v Barnet or Chelmsford City
Barnsley v Crewe
Bracknell or Ipswich v Buxton
Bristol Rovers v Boreham Wood
Burton v Chippenham Town
Charlton v Stockport
Curzon Ashton or Cambridge United v Grimsby
Dagenham & Redbridge v AFC Fylde or Gillingham
Ebbsfleet  v Fleetwood
Forest Green Rovers v Alvechurch
King’s Lynn Town v Stevenage
Newport v Torquay or Derby
Portsmouth v MK Dons
Sheffield Wednesday v Mansfield
Shrewsbury v Peterborough or Salford City
Solihull Moors or Hartlepool v Harrogate
Walsall v Carlisle
Weymouth or AFC Wimbledon v Chesterfield
Woking or Oxford United v Exeter
Wrexham v Farnborough

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Curzon Ashton will face Grimsby if they can see off Cambridge and Solihull will play Harrogate if they get past Hartlepool. Barnet or Chelmsford, meanwhile, will head to Accrington and Woking will host Exeter if they can knock out Oxford.

There is an all-League One clash between Portsmouth and MK Dons and two League Two sides in Walsall and Carlisle will face each other.

Premier League and Championship sides join the competition in early January when the Cup reaches the third-round stage.

Torquay and Curzon Ashton take League One clubs to FA Cup replays | FA Cup

Will Goodwin struck in the fifth minute of stoppage time as the National League side Torquay salvaged a 2-2 draw against 10-man Derby in the first round of the FA Cup.

League One Derby looked on course to sail through after Will Osula struck in the 27th and 47th minutes. But the game turned on its head when Eiran Cashin was dismissed after he pulled back Goodwin in the penalty area before Asa Hall converted the spot-kick.

Goodwin then scored in the closing seconds to send the home supporters at Plainmoor wild and earn Torquay a replay.

Curzon Ashton will replay against Cambridge after a goalless draw at Tameside. Seventy places separate the sides but Mark Bonner’s League One team, who last season reached the fourth round with a 1-0 win at Newcastle, were unable to break the deadlock against their National League North opponents.

Wrexham booked their spot in the next round with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Oldham. Sam Dalby opened the scoring after 10 minutes when he tapped in from close range before Paul Mullin doubled the home side’s advantage 15 minutes later. Mullin, who celebrated his 28th birthday, then headed home Ben Tozer’s long throw shortly after the hour to seal Wrexham’s first second-round spot since 2018.

Woking’s clash against Oxford was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch at the Laithwaite Community Stadium.

FA Cup roundup: Alvechurch shock Cheltenham; Chippenham beat Lincoln | FA Cup

Danny Waldron was the two-goal hero as seventh-tier Alvechurch pulled off an FA Cup first-round giant-killing by triumphing 2-1 at Cheltenham of League One.

The Southern League Premier Central outfit, the lowest-ranked team in the first round, took the lead through Waldron’s 19th-minute finish, and he then struck again five minutes into the second half. Cheltenham’s Ryan Jackson replied four minutes later, but Alvechurch were able to see out a famous victory.

Sixth-tier Chippenham also celebrated an upset against League One opposition after they won 1-0 at home against Lincoln thanks to Joe Hanks’ 44th-minute goal. Farnborough and King’s Lynn, two other sixth-tier teams, both produced shocks at League Two sides, beating Sutton 2-0 and Doncaster 1-0 respectively.

Chippenham Town’s Joe Hanks backheels what turned out to be his side’s winner against Lincoln.
Chippenham Town’s Joe Hanks backheels what turned out to be his side’s winner against Lincoln. Photograph: Chris Vaughan/CameraSport/Getty Images

Farnborough scored twice late on via Michael Fernandes and Francis Amartey, and Gold Omotayo was the matchwinner for Doncaster with an 83rd-minute header.

Other sixth-tier teams registering eyecatching results were Ebbsfleet, who defeated National League Halifax 2-1 at home, and Weymouth, Fylde and Chelmsford, who all earned replays against teams from higher leagues.

Weymouth held AFC Wimbledon to a 1-1 draw, Fylde secured the same result against Gillingham, and Chelmsford drew 1-1 at Barnet thanks to Charlie Ruff’s equaliser in added time.

‘A wow moment’: Eggleton excited for Charlton return with Coalville Town | FA Cup

The television in the club house at Coalville Town was tuned into BBC2 and all eyes were on Alan Smith and Dion Dublin as they prepared to make the draw for the first round of the FA Cup.

“We were No 61 and Charlton were No 11,” says Jake Eggleton, recalling that Monday night last month. “When No 11 came out and we waited to see who’d they play, all I could think was: ‘Let it be 61, it’s got to be 61.’ When it was us, the whole place went mental. It was a wow moment. It felt fantastic, unbelievable, amazing.”

As a lifelong Charlton fan, the Coalville defender had even more reason than most to celebrate a draw which will transport his seventh-tier, Leicestershire-based team to The Valley on Saturday.

“After the draw my mum said she just knew we’d get Charlton,” says Eggleton. “She said she just felt it was meant to be. But it also means that, for the first time, she and dad are going to be in the away end at The Valley.”

Jake Eggleton (centre) in his Charlton kit.
Jake Eggleton (centre) in his Charlton kit. Photograph: Courtesy of Jake Eggleton

As a boy growing up in north Kent, Eggleton, now 24, belonged to a family of Charlton season-ticket holders and was part of the club’s academy until his release at the age of eight. “But I kept my season ticket,” he says. “Even now, I’m still a massive fan. Charlton’s is the first result I look out for and I go and watch them whenever I can. If they’re playing in the Midlands and Coalville haven’t got a game, I’ll be there.”

A boy who grew up idolising two Charlton strikers, first Darren Bent and then Yann Kermorgant, soon moved on to West Ham, doing so well that on 2 May 2015 he walked on to the Upton Park pitch at half time in a Premier League win against Burnley to sign a scholarship contract.

One of the fellow academy prodigies next to Eggleton in photographs commemorating that landmark afternoon was Declan Rice. “I played alongside Declan in the Under-18s,” says Eggleton, who would be released by the club two years later. “I haven’t kept in touch with him so much but I’ve still got friends at West Ham.

Jake Eggleton next to Declan Rice on the pitch at Upton Park.
Jake Eggleton next to Declan Rice on the pitch at Upton Park. Photograph: Courtesy of Jake Eggleton

“Being there was a really good experience. I had a fantastic time, so leaving was hard. It had been a big part of my life for 10 years and, for a while, not being at West Ham any more was very difficult. For a period of about a year I fell out of love with football.”

After stints with non-league Hendon and then Hampton and Richmond Borough he began preparing for an alternative career and headed to Loughborough University, completing a degree in sport and exercise science this summer before immediately embarking on a Masters in strength and conditioning.

“Sports science gives you a lot of options, both within football and outside it,” says Eggleton. “Coming to Loughborough was one of the best decisions I’ve made.”

During that initial degree course he started playing for the university’s first XI and the qualities that had propelled him to Under-21 level at West Ham soon ensured he swiftly caught the eye of local scouts.

“We played Coalville in pre-season and afterwards the manager [Adam Stevens] asked me if I’d like to sign for him and I’ve been here ever since,” says the centre-back who is also comfortable at right-back. “It’s been really good. There’s a great sense of community. After games, we all go and have a few drinks with the supporters in the club house. It’s been really nice to be able to get to know them.”

Semi-professional Coalville are one of several teams pushing for promotion from the Southern League Premier Division Central but a team who train two evenings a week emphasised their potential by winning 3-2 at fifth-tier Notts County in the fourth qualifying round last month.

Jake Eggleton
Jake Eggleton can play as a centre-back or right-back. Photograph: Courtesy of Jake Eggleton

The reward was a trip to League One Charlton where about 2,000 Ravens fans – Coalville’s nickname derives from their origin in 1926 as Ravenstone Miners’ Athletic – are expected to congregate at The Valley for their side’s first appearance in the first round for 18 years.

In November 2004, Coalville were widely regarded as somewhat unlucky to lose at Wycombe but Eggleton is not alone in believing that Saturday’s tie against a former Premier League side at a famous 27,000-capacity stadium represents a somewhat bigger deal.

There is also the reality that a defender cheered on by a sizeable contingent of family and friends will be back in the shop window. “If I got an opportunity to play professionally I’d definitely give it a go,” he says. “But I’m not thinking about that at the moment. I just want to make the very most of Saturday’s opportunity.

“I want to be sure I take it all in … and do my best to help Coalville play as well as we know we can. It’s going to be really exciting.”

Ronnie Radford obituary | Football

Few players from the lower reaches of English football ever make it into the national consciousness, let alone stay there for decades. Yet Ronnie Radford, who never played at any level higher than the old Fourth Division, did just that. Radford, who has died aged 79, earned his enduring fame on a muddy pitch at non-league Hereford United in February 1972 during a televised third round FA Cup replay match against First Division Newcastle.

The tie seemed to be all over when the visitors went 1-0 up with 10 minutes to play. But shortly afterwards Radford won a sturdy tackle just inside the opposition half, played a long-range one-two with the winger Brian Owen and then unleashed a wondrous shot from 30 yards that rocketed into the top corner of the Newcastle goal. As Radford arced across the sodden surface with arms aloft, hundreds of youthful Hereford pitch invaders engulfed him in a scene of such delirious ecstasy that it has become as much a part of the folklore of the FA Cup as the white horse at Wembley or long-haired Charlie George lying on his back after scoring the winner in the 1971 final.

Radford’s glorious strike allowed Hereford to essay one of the greatest ever cup giant-killing feats with a 2-1 win that was sealed by a goal from Ricky George in extra time. Highlights of the drama were relayed to millions on Match of the Day, with suitably excitable commentary from a young John Motson. Radford’s goal has since been replayed hundreds of thousands of times by misty-eyed admirers.

The player himself, a journeyman who spent most of his career in part-time non-league football while working as a joiner, was among those playback enthusiasts who could relive the moment endlessly without becoming bored. But he was typically modest about what has often been described as the best ever goal in the FA Cup. “At the time I didn’t even think about the distance to the goal,” he recalled. “I just thought: ‘I’ve got to hit this.’ It could have gone in the car park, but it didn’t.”

Ronnie Radford, top left, celebrating with Hereford United teammates in February 1972 after their win against Newcastle United.
Ronnie Radford, top left, celebrating with Hereford United teammates in February 1972 after their win against Newcastle United. Photograph: PA Photos/PA

Radford was born in South Elmsall, a small coal mining town in Yorkshire. He played at school as a midfielder, a position he occupied for most of his career, although he also appeared at full back. Signed up by First Division Sheffield Wednesday in 1961 as a teenager, he was moved on in the same year to Second Division Leeds, where he trained under their player-manager Don Revie.

Having failed to make the first team either at Leeds or Wednesday, in 1962 he was signed up by non-league Cheltenham, where he had a happy time for the next three years on a weekly wage of £12 that was supplemented by joinery work. There was a short interlude with Rugby Town in 1965, but he soon returned to Cheltenham, spending another three seasons there and clocking up 318 appearances until Fourth Division Newport County signed him for £1,500, giving him his first experience of higher-level football.

“It was quicker in the Football League, but my fitness levels improved with full-time training and it was a good experience,” he said later. However, Radford was still living in Cheltenham with his wife Annie, found the travelling to Wales onerous, and also missed his work as a joiner, which he regarded as his main activity.

After two seasons at Newport, during which he appeared 68 times, he plumped in 1961 for a transfer back to part-time Hereford, allowing him to be nearer home and to pick up with his joinery again. “I left Newport because of the travelling really, and I was earning less in full-time football than I was playing part-time and working,” he said.

Although he could never have imagined it, the switch to Hereford also quickly thrust Radford into the spotlight. He was barely into his sojourn there when the club went on a terrific FA Cup run, progressing all the way from the qualifying rounds to within theoretical breathing distance of the final at Wembley. Although the momentous win against Newcastle came as a result of a fine team performance, inevitably Radford’s extraordinary goal – and the heartwarming scenes that followed it – stole the limelight.

After the end of his football career, Ronnie Radford worked full-time as a joiner.
After the end of his football career, Ronnie Radford worked full-time as a joiner. Photograph: Christopher Thomond/The Guardian

At the time he had never seen himself on the small screen. “After the match, me and Annie stopped off for fish and chips and ate it in front of Match of the Day,” he said. “We thought it was going to be two minutes of highlights but they made it into the main game. I’d never watched myself play football, I didn’t even know what it looked like when I ran. It was such a strange experience.”

Although he was flattered to be the centre of attention, Radford was also discomfited by being the focus of so much media activity. “I was only one part of it, one kick. There were 14 other guys who shared all those experiences with the people of Hereford. I just felt so uncomfortable about being singled out.”

After the win against Newcastle, Hereford lost in the fourth round of the cup to West Ham, but were subsequently promoted to the football league. Radford stayed at the club until 1974, after which he had a short spell as player-manager at Worcester City and then played for Bath City, where an achilles tendon injury ended his career at the age of 33.

A finish to serious football prompted a return to his native Yorkshire, where he settled in Wakefield with Annie and their two children, Gary and David. Taking up joinery full-tme, he remained there for the rest of his life.

Each year, as a reminder of his enduring place in public folk memory, Radford was invited to the FA Cup final to present an award to the team that had pulled off the most inspiring giant-killing act in that year’s competition.

He is survived by Annie and their sons.

Ronald Radford, footballer, born 12 July 1943; died 2 November 2022

FA Cup first round draw: Bracknell Town host Ipswich, Hereford face Portsmouth | FA Cup

Two former FA Cup winners face potentially trips to non-league opposition after the first round draw was made on Monday. Ipswich Town, currently second in League One, will travel to face Bracknell Town of the Southern League Premier South. Portsmouth, the winners in 2008, go to National League North side Hereford FC.

The lowest-ranked side in the first round, seventh-tier Alvechurch, will travel to League One side Cheltenham Town. “We’re excited. It’s not a million miles away from here so hopefully the fans will follow us down,” the Southern League Premier Central side’s manager, Ian Long, told BBC One after the draw. Coalville Town and Needham Market, who play in the same division, will visit Charlton and Burton respectively.

Quick Guide

FA Cup first round draw


South Shields v Forest Green; Bolton v Barnsley; Boreham Wood v Eastleigh; Curzon Ashton v Cambridge United; Maidenhead United v Dagenham & Redbridge; Crawley v Accrington Stanley; Solihull Moors v Hartlepool; Kidderminster or AFC Fylde v Gillingham; Peterborough v Salford City; Sutton United v Farnborough; Grimsby v Plymouth Argyle; MK Dons v Yeovil or Taunton; Ebbsfleet United v FC Halifax Town; Carlisle v Tranmere; Bracknell Town v Ipswich Town; Hendon or Chippenham v Lincoln City; Sheffield Wednesday v Morecambe; Hereford v Portsmouth; Shrewsbury v York City; Buxton v Merthyr Town; Charlton v Coalville Town; Weymouth v AFC Wimbledon; Newport v Colchester; Stockport County v Swindon; Doncaster v King’s Lynn; Altrincham or Gateshead v Stevenage; Fleetwood Town v Oxford City; Burton Albion v Needham Market; Bradford City v Harrogate; Port Vale v Exeter City; Torquay or Hampton & Richmond v Derby County; Bristol Rovers v Rochdale; Wycombe v Walsall; Blyth Spartans or Wrexham v Oldham or Chester; Crewe v Leyton Orient; Barnet v Chelmsford; Woking v Oxford United; Chesterfield v Northampton; Cheltenham v Alvechurch; Barrow v Mansfield.

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South Shields, who are currently managed by the former England striker Kevin Phillips, will welcome Forest Green Rovers to their First Cloud Arena home. “It’s a day the club deserves,” Phillips told Sky Sports News. “They got into the first round a couple of years ago, but it was during Covid where there were no fans allowed.”

Hendon, who are currently bottom of the Southern League Premier South, could face Lincoln City at home if they can win their replay against Chippenham. Derby County, who enter at the first-round stage for the first time since 1985-86, will face non-league opposition at either Torquay or Hampton & Richmond.

Kevin Phillips in the South Shields dugout.
Kevin Phillips’ South Shields side face Forest Green after beating Scunthorpe in the final qualifying round. Photograph: Kevin Wilson/South Shields FC/PA

Curzon Ashton of the National League North will host Cambridge United, with Altrincham or Gateshead the destination for League Two leaders Stevenage. Weymouth will entertain AFC Wimbledon, while Oxford United visit historic giant killers Woking. League Two’s bottom side, Hartlepool, travel to Solihull Moors.

National League promotion chasers Wrexham could face local rivals Chester in an all-non-league affair, if the two sides can come through replays. Another intriguing tie pits two sixth-tier sides, Merthyr Town and Buxton, against each other.

The League One leaders, Plymouth, will visit Grimsby, while Bolton host Barnsley, Sheffield Wednesday welcome Morecambe and Exeter travel to Port Vale in all-League One clashes. The ties will be played from 4-7 November.