Your stats and facts for final hurdle!

1 week ago By David Watters

With one final hurdle to overcome to reach the first round proper of the Emirates FA Cup, super-statistician Phil Annets has been running the rule over the weekend's ties featuring the EVO-STIK League's clubs.

The seven fourth qualifying round ties featuring the EVO-STIK League's eight flag-bearers are among the 32 fixtures previewed by the cup guru and @FACupFactfile founder in his latest guide to the stats and facts in the world's oldest cup competition.

After collecting £7,500 as third qualifying round winners, this weekend's victors in the final qualifying round will bank another £12,500 from the FA's prize fund and go into the hat for the first round proper on Monday when the Football League's clubs enter the competition.

For more information on the go-to Twitter account of Annets which featured in May's FA Final Cup Final programme at Wembley, read his blog covering every tie played since the season kicked off and every club's record in the world's oldest cup competition at: http://facupfactfile.wordpress.com.

Saturday 15 October
Solihull Moors (NCEL Premier) v Ossett Town (NPL 1N)
Levels: Step 1 v Step 4
Best Runs: Round 2 v 4th qualifying
History: No previous FA Cup meetings.
Facts: Solihull Moors achieved its best FA Cup run just last year. Ossett Town is equalling the club's best Cup run achieved just once before 11 years ago.

South Shields (NPL 1N) v Hartlepool United (National League)
Levels: Step 4 v Step 1
Best Runs: 3rd qualifying v Round 4
History: No previous FA Cup meetings, however Hartlepool United (as Hartlepools United) lost 1-0 to South Shields in 4th Qualifying Round in 1913/14 season. That South Shields club became Gateshead in 1930.
Facts: South Shields are appearing in this Round for the first time ever in their 23rd campaign. Hartlepool United is appearing as early as this Round for the first time since 1924/25 season.

Nantwich Town (NPL Premier) v Kettering Town (SL Premier)
Levels: Step 3 v Step 3
Best Runs: Round 1 v Round 4
History: No previous FA Cup meetings; Nantwich Town is the fourth club this season Kettering Town is meeting for the first time in the FA Cup.
Facts: It is six years since Nantwich Town ventured beyond the Qualifying Rounds for their one and only time so far. Coincidentally it is also six years since Kettering Town appeared in the 1st Round.

Buxton (NPL Premier) v Gateshead (National League)
Levels: Step 3 v Step 1
Best Runs: Round 3 v Round 3
History: No previous FA Cup meetings.
Facts: It is 55 years since Buxton last ventured beyond the Qualifying Rounds of the FA Cup. Gateshead has exited the FA Cup in this Round in both seasons since setting their best Cup run.

Scarborough Athletic (NPL 1N) v Hyde United (NPL 1N)
Levels: Step 4 v Step 4
Best Runs: 2nd qualifying v Round 1
History: No previous FA Cup meetings, although Hyde United lost 1-0 to the original Scarborough in this Round in 1962/63 season.
Facts: Scarborough Athletic is now two Rounds further than the club progressed in eight previous FA Cup campaigns. It is 23 years since Hyde United last went beyond the 4th Qualifying Round when they equalled their best FA Cup run for the third time.

Stourbridge (NPL Premier) v Macclesfield Town (National League)
Levels: Step 3 v Step 1
Best Runs: Round 3 v Round 4
History: One previous FA Cup meeting, a 1980/81 1st Qualifying Round tie won 6-2 by Stourbridge.
Facts: Stourbridge set the club's best ever FA Cup run just last season and have made the 1st Round five times in the last eight years. Macclesfield Town has only failed to beyond this Round once in the five years since dropping out of the Football League.

Sunday 15 October
Shaw Lane Association (NPL Premier) v Barrow (National League)
Levels: Step 3 v Step 1
Best Runs: preliminary v Round 3
History: No previous FA Cup meetings.
Facts: Having never won an FA Cup tie before this season, Shaw Lane Association has now won more FA Cup matches than they have lost. Barrow reached the 3rd Round last season for the 12th time, a record for any club never to have gone any further.

Emirates FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round Draw
1 FC Halifax Town v Tranmere Rovers
2 Solihull Moors v Ossett Town
3 South Shields v Hartlepool United
4 Shaw Lane Association v Barrow
5 Chorley v Boston United
6 AFC Telford United v FC United of Manchester
7 Harrogate Town v Gainsborough Trinity
8 Nantwich Town v Kettering Town
9 Buxton v Gateshead
10 Guiseley v Shildon
11 AFC Fylde v Wrexham
12 Kidderminster Harriers v Chester
13 Scarborough Athletic v Hyde United
14 Stourbridge v Macclesfield Town
15 Brackley Town v Billericay Town
16 Dagenham & Redbridge v Leyton Orient
17 Eastleigh v Hereford
18 Aldershot Town v Torquay United
19 Bath City v Chelmsford City
20 Oxford City v Bognor Regis Town
21 Maidenhead United v Havant & Waterlooville
22 Haringey Borough v Heybridge Swifts
23 Woking v Concord Rangers
24 Hampton & Richmond Borough v Truro City
25 Dover Athletic v Bromley
26 Slough Town v Folkestone Invicta
27 Burgess Hill Town v Dartford
28 St Albans City v Boreham Wood
29 Maidstone United v Enfield Town
30 Margate v Leatherhead
31 Paulton Rovers v Sutton United
32 East Thurrock United v Ebbsfleet United

To view the full draw, rounds dates, exemptions and the FA prize fund, visit: http://www.thefa.com/competitions/thefacup.

Images courtesy of theFA.com & @FACupFactfile/Twitter

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