For the first time in history three Fylde coast teams will feature in tonight’s draw for the first round of the FA Cup.
AFC Fylde won through to the first round proper for the third time in four years with Saturday’s 1-0 home win over Barrow.
Dion Charles’ goal earned the Coasters a place alongside Blackpool and Fleetwood in the 7pm draw to be made at Thackley Juniors FC in Bradford and screened live on BBC Two.
The Seasiders, whose relegation to the third tier means they enter the competition at this stage for the first time since 2006, will be ball number five and manager Neil McDonald said: “A home draw will be perfect. After that I’m not too concerned who we get. I’m told it’s a while since Blackpool were drawn at Bloomfield Road (against Sheffield Wednesday in the fourth round in 2011/12).”
That was the season Fleetwood enjoyed their best FA Cup run, beaten by Ian Holloway’s Pool in round three.
The Cod Army, who went out at the first hurdle at Cambridge last year, will be ball number 20 this evening, while AFC Fylde will be 50.
Coasters manager Dave Challinor hopes their luck in the draw continues. “We have been drawn at home in all three qualifying rounds,” he said. “The cup run is massive for us financially and everyone here is eagerly anticipating the draw.”