The draw for the early rounds of The Emirates FA Cup and Buildbase FA Vase were released today and Sheppey have been drawn at home for both competitions! Furthermore, we have been drawn at home for the next rounds of both competitions should we win the fixtures.
The Emirates FA Cup – Extra Preliminary Round
Saturday 5 August 2017 – Kick-off 3pm @ The Havill Stadium | Holm Park
Sheppey United -V- AFC Croydon Athletic
The Winner of this fixture will play Hastings United in the Preliminary Round
The 16/17 competition saw 736 entries taking part between August and the final on 27th May where Arsenal ran out winners 2-1 winners over Chelsea at Wembley Stadium.
Buildbase FA Vase – First Round Qualifying
Saturday 9 September 2017 – Kick-off 3pm @ The Havill Stadium | Holm Park
Sheppey United -V- Loxwood
The Winner of this fixture will play Tunbridge Wells in the Second Qualifying Round
The competition is the FA’s third national tournament after the FA Cup and FA Trophy, and is open to teams playing at step 5 (e.g. SCEFL Premier Division) down to step 7 (e.g. Kent County League Premier Division).
Originally founded in 1974 following the abolition of the FA Amateur Cup, the Vase is now competed for by over 500 teams with the final at Wembley Stadium as part of a double header with the FA Trophy.
Chairman Matt Smith had this to say:
“This is brilliant news for the club! Home ties in both rounds is more than I could have hoped for! I will need to order in more burgers and sausages!”