Clubs prepare to embark on bid for Cup glory.
BARELY 12 weeks after Yaya Toure's goal gave Manchester City their first trophy for 35 years in the Cup Final at Wembley, the 131st FA Cup competition kicks-off again next month. And six local clubs will be among the 204 ties playing the extra preliminary round on August 20 playing for prize money of pounds 750.
Formby were the first Mersey outfit out of the drum, handed a home draw at Altcar Road against Cheshire club Alsager Town, and with the incentive of further home ties against Lancaster City in the preliminary round and if successful another home draw in the first qualifying round on September 17.
Runcorn Town are at home in the extra preliminary round against Brighouse Town, St Helens Town will entertain North West Counties Premier Division rivals Atherton LR, AFC Liverpool are at home in all-Premier Division match-up with Runcorn Linnets and Premier Division Bootle entertain First Division Wigan Robin Park with a possible plum first qualifying round draw at last season's FA Cup giant-killers FC United of Manchester lying in wait further down the line.
* DRAWS involving local clubs: FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round: Formby v Alsager Town, Runcorn Town v Brighouse Town, St Helens Town v Atherton LR, Bootle v Wigan Robin Park, AFC Liverpool v Runcorn Linnets. All ties must be played on Saturday, August 20, (3pm) with replays on or before Thursday, August 25.
Preliminary Round: Cammell Laird v St Helens Town or Atherton LR, Clitheroe v Skelmersdale United, Prescot Cables v Warrington Town, Mossley v AFC Liverpool or Runcorn Linnets, Formby or Alsager Town v Lancaster City, Woodley Sports v Bootle or Wigan Robin Park, Congleton Town or Eccleshill United v Runcorn Town or Brighouse Town. All ties must be played on Saturday, September 3 with replays on or before Thursday, September 8. First Qualifying Round: Ashton United v Congleton Town or Eccleshill United or Runcorn Town or Brighouse Town, FC United Of Manchester v Woodley Sports or Bootle or Wigan Robin Park, Curzon Ashton or Bamber Bridge v Prescot Cables or Warrington Town, Squires Gate or Colne v Mossley or AFC Liverpool or Runcorn Linnets or Atherton Collieries or Irlam, Formby or Alsager Town v Winsford United or Maine Road or Padiham or Lancaster City or Ashton Athletic, Ossett Albion or Witton Albion v Marine, Burscough v Clitheroe or Skelmersdale United, Cammell Laird or St Helens Town v Radcliffe Borough or Holker Old Boys or Leek CSOB or Atherton LR. All ties must be played on Saturday, September 17 with replays on or before Thursday, September 22.