FA CUP: What you need to know about the second round draw

Here is what you need to know ahead of the second round draw of the Emirates FA Cup which will take place at 7pm tonight on BBC Two as teams eagerly wait to see who their next opponents will be.

Cheltenham Town and Forest Green Rovers will both be in the hat, but following draws for both teams in their first round match ups, they will have replays against Ebbsfleet United and Oxford United respectively before they can advance to the second round.

The draw will be at The Beveree, home of National League South side Hampton & Richmond Borough. This is where they will play their first round replay against Oldham Athletic.

The conductors of the second round draw will be former Middlesbrough and Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer and Brighton & Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray.

When will the games take place?

The first round replays will take place on Monday, November 12, Tuesday, November 20 and Wednesday November 21.

Cheltenham Town will be playing at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium in their replay. Forest Green Rovers will also be at home at The New Lawn.

The second round is scheduled to take place over the weekend of Friday, November 30.

Prize Money

The winner of the first round games receive £36,000, while the winners of the second round gain another £54,000 according to

Prize money from the FA Cup is invaluable for lower league clubs like The Robins and Forest Green.

Cheltenham Town’s commercial assistant Luke Saunders spoke of the value of the tournament’s prize money.

“Every club below the top tier is dreaming of a big third round draw because of the financial implications it can bring,” he said.

“It attracts extra fans through the buzz it generates. Add that to the prize money and it can be very lucrative for a club like ourselves which can help build a stronger future on and off the pitch.”

Ball Numbers

Cheltenham will be ball three in the draw tonight. While Forest Green Rovers will be represented by ball 23.

Here are the rest of the ball numbers for tonight’s draw.

  1. AFC Wimbledon
  2. Maidstone United
  3. Ebbsfleet United or Cheltenham Town
  4. Hampton & Richmond Borough or Olham Athletic
  5. Swindon Town
  6. Mansfield Town or Charlton Athletic
  7. Woking
  8. Scunthorpe United
  9. Sunderland
  10. Aldsershot Town or Bradford City
  11. Grimsby Town
  12. Chorley or Doncaster Rovers
  13. Fleetwood Town
  14. Peterborough United
  15. Southport
  16. Plymouth Argyle
  17. Chesterfield or Billericay Town
  18. Lincoln City
  19. Barnet or Bristol Rovers
  20. Stockport County
  21. Bury
  22. Gillingham or Hartlepool United
  23. Oxford United or Forest Green Rovers
  24. Tranmere Rovers or Oxford City
  25. Accrington Stanley
  26. Barnsley
  27. Shrewsbury Town or Salford City
  28. Newport County
  29. Walsall
  30. Rochdale
  31. Solihull Moors
  32. Sutton United or Slough Town
  33. Guiseley
  34. Blackpool
  35. Luton Town
  36. Morecambe or FC Halifax Town
  37. Carlisle United
  38. Southend United or Crawley Town
  39. Portsmouth
  40. Wrexham

What happened in round one?

Here’s what happened in Cheltenham’s and Rovers’ first round match ups.

Ebbsfleet United 0-0 Cheltenham Town

Oxford United 0-0 Forest Green Rovers

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