Nantwich Town: An FA Cup history

Nantwich Town are just 90 minutes of football away from progressing to the first round proper of the FA Cup for only the third time in the club’s 135-year history.

Standing between The Dabbers and the prospect of a tie with the EFL big boys is Kings Lynn Town. The Norfolk-based side are a division above BetVictor Northern Premier League outfit Nantwich.

The game takes place on Saturday October 19 at The Weaver Stadium, with the winner of the tie set to receive £18,750 in prize money for progressing to the next round.

Visitors Kings Lynn go into the contest on the back of a 2-0 win over Leek Town in the previous round.

Nantwich are also in fine form after dispatching Morpeth Town 1-0 in the previous round, leaving it late with a last minute goal from Joe Mwasile to keep FA cup dreams alive for The Dabbers.

Nantwich have looked strong throughout their cup campaign, beating Grantham Town 3-1 in the first qualifying round and then AFC Telford United in the second. Telford play in the same league as Kings Lynn.

The last time the two sides met was also in a cup competition, playing each other in the FA Trophy back in 2015. That day Nantwich ran out 5-1 winners, with Liam Shotton getting his hat-trick.

However, despite The Dabbers only reaching the first round of the FA Cup twice, they do have some notable feats etched into the history of the world’s oldest cup competition.

Way back on October 15, 1892 (I’m not sure if you’ll remember it) Nantwich hosted a little known side at the time called Liverpool FC, who were making their debut in the competition. The Reds ran out 4-0 winners on the day and the rest as they say is history.

It wasn’t quite the FA Cup, but in 1952 they entered the inaugural FA Youth Cup competition where they were drawn against a Manchester United youth team consisting of Duncan Edwards, David Pegg, Albert Scanlon and Rob Cope, famously known as the Busby Babes. However, it was one to forget for The Dabbers – they got hammered in embarrassing fashion, losing 23-0 at the old Cliff training ground.

In 1995 Andy Locke set a new FA Cup record that still stands to this day. In a preliminary round tie against Droylsden he achieved the fastest ever hat-trick in the competition in an incredible two minutes and twenty seconds and remains the fastest hat-trick in any round of the FA Cup.

It took until the 2011-12 campaign for Nantwich to reach the first round for the first time in the club’s history after beating Nuneaton in the final round of qualifying. This set up a trip to MK Dons to play in front of 4070 fans at Stadium MK, with The Dons running out 6-0 winners.

The most recent cup heroics came in the 2017-18 season, where Dave Cooke’s men strung an impressive cup run together to reach the first round for the second time. They beat City of Liverpool 2-1, Shepshed Dynamo 1-0, Nuneaton Town 3-1 and Kettering Town 1-0 to meet EFL side Stevenage, who won the tie 5-0 to end the cup campaign.

So for a team who have only reached the first round twice, Nantwich have an incredible history in the competition and will be looking to write a new chapter in the history books when they meet Kings Lynn Town next weekend.