The FA Youth Cup second round proper draw was made at Wembley Stadium this morning and evoked some nostalgic feelings here at Champion Hill. Though only one first round proper tie has been completed and several of the final round qualifying are still to be played, the draw has a cluttered look about it.
However ahead of the eventual winners of Dulwich Hamlet Under 18s trip to face their counterparts from the Met Police could be a gruelling trek into the depths of the West Country with Yeovil Town, Forest Green Rovers or Hungerford Town lined up to host that second round proper tie.
For Dulwich fans the draw brings back memories of one of those great Champion Hill evenings. Back in November 2010, the youngsters were drawn at home to Yeovil Town having survived a scare at Northwood in the previous round when ‘keeper Anthony Page saved a vital penalty. It was a real gung-ho cup tie, Yeovil taking the lead before Paul McCallum equalised. The Somerset side went back in front early in the second half but once more McCallum struck to send the tie into extra time. By this time the visitors had been reduced to ten men and the advantage told as McCallum completed his hat trick to set up a home tie with Newcastle United. Along with McCallum the Dulwich squad that night included Ethan Pinnock, Michael Chambers and Quade Taylor.
The arrival of winter put that Newcastle United tie back to early January but with 400 or more packed into Champion Hill, many making the long journey from the North East, the Geordies were stunned by an early goal from Omarr Lawson. The ‘Toon levelled but it was still 1-1 at the break with Hamlet fans dreaming something magical. Unfortunately, the magic came from the young Geordies who upped the ante after the break, and though Luke de Freitas would score the goal of the night it would be 6-2 by the final whistle.
The full draw is as follows:
1 Lincoln City or Port Vale v Wigan Athletic or York City
2 Ilkeston or Burton Albion v Shrewsbury Town or AFC Telford United
3 Romulus or Stourbridge or Chesterfield v Sheffield United or Bradford City
4 Accrington Stanley or Basford United v Hartlepool United or Fleetwood Town
5 Oldham Athletic or Chester v North Ferriby United or Morecambe
6 Walsall or Coventry City v Blackpool or Crewe Alexandra
7 Scunthorpe United or Wrexham v AFC Fylde or Bury
8 Northampton Town or Notts County v Altrincham or Rochdale
9 Carlisle United or Tranmere Rovers v Doncaster Rovers
10 Mansfield Town or Cambridge City v Dereham Town or Peterborough United
11 AFC Wimbledon or Woking v Gillingham or Ebbsfleet United
12 Bournemouth or Exeter City v Oxford United or Kidlington
13 Cheltenham Town or Swindon Town v Boreham Wood or Barnet
14 Cambridge United or Hayes & Yeading United v Aveley or Stevenage
15 AFC Hornchurch or Leyton Orient v Luton Town or Colchester United
16 Yeovil Town or Forest Green Rovers or Hungerford Town v Metropolitan Police or DULWICH HAMLET
17 Biggleswade Town or Enfield Town v Sutton United or Worthing
18 Sholing or Newport County v Barton Rovers or Southend United
19 Millwall or Dover Athletic v Woodbridge Town or Dagenham & Redbridge
20 Gloucester City or Cirencester Town or Bristol Rovers v Plymouth Argyle or Portsmouth
All ties in this round must be played by Saturday 21 November 2015