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FA Cup first round draw: 5 ideal opponents for Cheltenham Town

The draw for the first round of the FA Cup takes place at 7:10pm this evening.

Cheltenham Town (ball number 12) are the only Gloucestershire club to remain in the hat.

With League One and League Two sides entering the draw, a number of previous FA Cup winners could await the Robins on the weekend of Saturday 5 November. A host of non-league outfits are also potential opponents.

Here are five teams that Cheltenham will want to be drawn against.

Bolton Wanderers

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Bolton celebrate after winning the FA Cup in 1958

The four-time FA Cup winners are third in League One after suffering relegation from the Championship last season.

Although Bolton haven’t lifted the trophy for almost 60 years, Cheltenham would surely relish a test against a side who have such a pedigree in the FA Cup.

Phil Parkinson’s Trotters are pushing for a return to the second tier, too.

Coventry City

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Coventry City’s players after winning the 1987 FA Cup final

 

Another side to have won the FA Cup, and far more recently in 1987.

When Coventry were relegated from the Premier League in 2001, only Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton could boast longer tenures in the top flight.

The Sky Blues are currently languishing at the bottom of League One with only one win to their name, so the Robins would fancy their chances of progressing against a household name in English football.

Westfields

Credit: @westfieldsfc1
Credit: @westfieldsfc1

The club’s secretary Andrew Morris, who founded the side after England’s 1966 World Cup triumph, said it was a “magical experience” as Westfields beat Leiston 2-1 on Satruday to reach the first-round.

The Hereford-based outfit will be debutants in the first-round proper draw.

A potential tie with Westfields, who play in the Midland League Premier Division, will bring with it a fairytale story but also represents Cheltenham’s best chance of making it through to the second round.

Kidderminster Harriers

during the FA Cup with Budweiser Third round replay match between Peterborough United and Kidderminster Harriers at London Road Stadium on January 14, 2014 in Peterborough, England.
Kidderminster fans during the FA Cup third round replay withPeterborough United 2014

Cheltenham and Kidderminster have drummed up somewhat of a rivalry with both clubs in non-league in recent seasons.

The Robins completed a double over Harriers in their National League title win last term.

The towns are only 40 miles apart, and if the clubs are drawn together it would be one of Cheltenham’s nearest ties.

While the Robins were promoted back to the EFL in 2015/16, Kidderminster dropped down to National League North, where they sit inside the play-off places.

Sheffield United

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Sheffield United players on the pitch before their 1925 FA Cup final triumph

While Gary Johnson’s side might fancy a clash against non-league opposition to improve their chances of advancing, being drawn with a side who have enjoyed success in the FA Cup is sure to draw a crowd.

Sheffield United, who first triumphed in 1899, have won the competition four times.

The Robins have only ever met the Blades once, in an FA Cup third round tie in 2003 which Sheffield United won 4-0.

Chris Wilder’s side are in their sixth season in the third tier after relegation from the Championship in 2011, but still regularly attract crowds of 20,000.

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