This season I'm aiming to watch as many rounds of the FA Cup as possible and maybe even complete the 'Road to Wembley'. There are 14 rounds in total. From the Extra-Preliminary Round in August to the Final on 18 May.
The financial rewards for non-league clubs in the FA Cup are pretty sizable, so it gives fans like me the chance to watch some high-stakes knockout football. Here are some Road to Wembley money facts:
- prize money for the winners in the Extra-Preliminary Round is £2,250
- by the First Qualifying Round winners receive £6,000
- any non-league club that makes the First Round proper will pocket a huge £25,000
Next round: Third Round
Oldham progressed to the Third Round and Maidstone became the latest non-league club to depart the competition. There are a few non-league sides left, including Woking and Barnet. Most have been draw at home to Premier League clubs, meaning tickets will probably be hard to come by. A few of the London Football League clubs have home draws, including Chelsea, Brentford, QPR, Millwall and Crystal Palace.
The most local game for me is West Ham v Birmingham. Oldham's reward for their run so far is a trip to Fulham, which would give me the chance to continue on my current path. I'll decide when the fixtures are confirmed.
- Fulham v Oldham
- West Ham v Birmingham
- Woking v Watford