East of the M60’s Road to Wembley: F.A. Cup First Round Proper Draw

A local derby for Gateshead against Blyth Spartans, or a trip to Droylsden for Gateshead?

Should Dave Pace see off Blyth Spartans at Croft Park on Tuesday, Droylsden may receive another home tie against north eastern opposite. The victors of the forthcoming replay face a home tie against Gateshead.

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East of the M60’s Road to Wembley: Fourth Qualifying Round Results

Droylsden’s dream put on hold but surprise win for Nantwich Town

As of the 17 October 2011, an all Blue Square Bet North tie still separates Dave Pace from the First Round Proper. Droylsden drew 0 – 0 against Blyth Spartans, granting them a replay. For Pacey, a trip to Blyth on a windy Tuesday night was the last thing he wanted, given that their next fixture is none other than Stalybridge Celtic at home.

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East of the M60’s Road to Wembley: Fourth Qualifying Round Draw

Could Droylsden make it to the First Round Proper for the third time running?

An all Blue Square Bet North tie separates Dave Pace from the First Round Proper. Droylsden are drawn at home to Blyth Spartans. Like Ashington and Hebburn Town, the Spartans are no stranger to cup upsets and may prove to be difficult opposition for The Bloods. Though they beat them 3 – 1 at Croft Park, league based histrionics are out of the question.

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East of the M60’s Road to Wembley: Third Qualifying Round Results

Droylsden now the sole Tameside club left in competition as Hyde bow out

So far, this year’s F.A. Cup campaign has been a fruitless one for our sides east of the M60 motorway. This has been punctuated by immediate exits for Glossop North End, Mossley and Stalybridge Celtic. So far, Tameside’s hopes of F.A. Cup success depends on Droylsden. By Monday, we shall find out who Droylsden and Stockport County will be facing in the next round.

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East of the M60’s Road to Wembley: Third Qualifying Round Draw

Home ties against Yorkshire opposition await Hyde and Droylsden

 

The Third Qualifying Round draw sees both the Bloods and the Tigers awarded home ties.

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East of the M60’s Road to Wembley: Second Qualifying Round Results

Away wins for Hyde and Droylsden but Stalybridge Celtic, Buxton, Altrincham and Ashton United bow out at home

East of the M60 motorway, only one of our teams are in the hat for the Third Qualifying Round draw (with another just inside the M60). Both of which are in the Blue Square Bet North, one of which has enjoyed a good run in the league, with the other one stuttering a little.

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East of the M60’s Road to Wembley: Here Come the Big Guns

F.A. Challenge Cup Second Qualifying Round draw

For many fans, this is where the magic of the F.A. Cup starts to unfold. From the 1st October, the Step Two sides enter the Second Qualifying Round. By then, the likes of Stalybridge Celtic, Altrincham and Hyde battle it out for a place in the next round and (hopefully by November) the First Round Proper, along with sides from Step Three downwards.

From the First Qualifying Round, Ashton United, Radcliffe Borough and Buxton have made it through to this round at the first attempt. Tomorrow night, we shall see if Woodley Sports or FC United of Manchester will join them at Surrey Street, Glossop. Continue reading “East of the M60’s Road to Wembley: Here Come the Big Guns”

East of the M60’s Road to Wembley: Step Three Clubs Enter

Convincing wins for Ashton United and Buxton, but FC United are thwarted by last minute goal

As proven this weekend, the First Qualifying Round failed to disappoint with emphatic victories for Ashton United and Lancaster City, and a replay for Woodley Sports. For our clubs east of the M60 motorway, only the Robins, the Bucks and the Steelmen are in the hat for the Second Qualifying Round, along with Hyde, Stalybridge Celtic and Droylsden. Continue reading “East of the M60’s Road to Wembley: Step Three Clubs Enter”

East of the M60’s Road to Wembley: Them’s the Preliminaries (Part 2)

All square for Mossley and Curzon Ashton but Woodley Sports clinch plum tie with FC United of Manchester

Yesterday’s showing in the preliminary round was better for our clubs east of the M60 motorway with wins for New Mills and Woodley Sports. Elsewhere in Greater Manchester, Trafford, Ramsbottom United and Radcliffe Borough emerged from their home ties victoriously. There was home draws for Curzon Ashton and Mossley. Continue reading “East of the M60’s Road to Wembley: Them’s the Preliminaries (Part 2)”

Celebrating Non League Day in Greater Manchester: 03 September 2011

Stuff the Overpaid Prima Donnas, why not see your local side in action?

 

The brainchild of East of the M60 is a fervent follower of The Mighty Stalybridge Celtic, and has seen them home and away since November 1994. He has survived the most dour of draws, most dire of weather conditions and enjoyed the dizzy heights of seeing at the top of non-league. Of late, Stalybridge Celtic has opted for a full-time professional set-up. Lacking the millions of its illustrious neighbours off Warwick Road and Ashton New Road, their model is based on home-grown talent (akin to Crewe Alexandra) instead of players who earn more than Stalybridge Celtic itself. So far, it is paying dividends with the ‘Bridge unbeaten this season and an unbeaten run at home since January 2011. Continue reading “Celebrating Non League Day in Greater Manchester: 03 September 2011”