How many non-League teams will make it into the third round of the FA Cup?

Brackley Town are hoping to be one of non-League football's representatives in the third round

By Jon Dunham
Friday, 27th November 2020, 7:00 am
Brackley Town progressed into the second round of the FA Cup after a penalty shoot-out success over Bishop's Stortford at St James Park
Brackley Town progressed into the second round of the FA Cup after a penalty shoot-out success over Bishop's Stortford at St James Park

There will be at least three non-league clubs taking their place in next Monday’s draw for the third round of the FA Cup.

The winners of the Marine v Havant & Waterlooville, Canvey Island v Boreham Wood and Stockport County v Yeovil Town ties will all have the chance of being drawn against one of English football’s elite.

Elsewhere, Brackley Town are one of eight non-league clubs facing EFL opposition in a bid to reach the third round - Kevin Wilkin's Saints, from the National League North, travel to League 2 Tranmere on tonight (Friday).

Only two non-league clubs have won through to the third round proper stage in the last two seasons, and in 2017/18 there were none at all.

That followed the 2016/17 season when five reached that stage. Of those, Sutton United went onto the fifth round and Lincoln City became the first non-league club to reach the quarter-finals for 103 years.

The record number of non-league clubs in the third round is eight, a figure recorded in 2008/09.

That beat the previous record of six established in 1977/78, the season when Blyth Spartans reached the fifth round.