The much-anticipated television selections for the first round of the FA Cup have been unveiled. This comes as League One and League Two clubs join the competition following the final qualifying round for non-league sides. As is tradition with this legendary competition, several upsets have paved the way for some exciting clashes.
Among the most notable ties, Cray Valley Paper Mills, one of the three remaining eighth-tier sides in the competition, will face off against third-tier Charlton Athletic. This matchup is considered the highlight of the round, promising an exciting clash between the underdogs and the established club.
All the matches are scheduled to take place over the weekend of November 4-5.
How to watch the FA Cup first round on TV
Five of these thrilling matches will be broadcast in the UK across BBC and ITV. The televised coverage kicks off on Friday evening with Sheppey United hosting Walsall on ITV4. The action continues on Saturday as National League Bromley take on Blackpool, with the match being aired on BBC Two.
Sunday promises more excitement as National League leaders Chesterfield play against former FA Cup winners Portsmouth. This match will be followed by an all-EFL tie between Crewe Alexandra and Derby County, broadcast on ITV X. The weekend's live FA Cup TV showings conclude with Cray Valley Paper Mills heading to the Valley to face Charlton in a local derby.
FA Cup first round TV schedule
Here's a quick rundown of the TV fixtures for the FA Cup first round:
- Sheppey United vs Walsall (7.45pm, Friday, November 3) - ITV4
- Bromley vs Blackpool (5.45pm, Saturday, November 4) - BBC Two
- Chesterfield vs Portsmouth (12.15pm, Sunday, November 5) - ITV1
- Crewe Alexandra vs Derby County (2.45pm, Sunday, November 5) - ITVX
- Charlton Athletic vs Cray Valley Paper Mills (5.30pm, Sunday, November 5) - BBC Two
The FA Cup first round promises to be a thrilling spectacle for UK football fans. With a mix of established clubs and underdogs, the stage is set for a weekend of exciting football action. Be sure to tune in and catch all the drama as it unfolds.
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