FA Cup First Round Proper: 11 familiar faces to look out for

8th Nov 2018

The FA Cup returns this weekend as the First Round proper gets underway. 

It is a chance for the sides from non-league to finally pit themselves against an EFL opponent.

The competition has thrown up many surprises over the years, even if some of the bigger clubs now take it less seriously.

The competition still remains Europe’s greatest cup, loved by millions of fans the world over.

These early rounds often throw up a couple of names that many will remember for playing careers further up the football league or even in the Premier League. So, with in mind, here are a few familiar faces to look out for this weekend.

Daily Football Tips

Graham Alexander (Salford City)

The former Scunthorpe and Fleetwood manager is better known for his time with Burnley as a player where his ability to take a spot kick earned him the love of the Claret faithful.

His move into management came as no surprise to those who played with the uncompromising midfielder and he has been tasked with getting Salford into the Football League after becoming their manager earlier this year.

Jon Parkin (York City)

Although Parkin never played in the Premier League he was still a key man for the likes of Hull City and Preston North End in the Championship. 

The big striker is perhaps better known for his rather large physique than his skill and poise but the York City striker could lead the line for the Minster Men against Swindon at the weekend.

Darren Carter (Solihull Moors)

Carter is a name that will be very familiar to a lot of football fans given that he has played for nearly every club (well, nine, actually) but it is Birmingham City and West Brom fans that perhaps have the most vivid memories of the midfielder.

He represented both clubs in the Premier League but never went on to have the career his early promise suggested, mainly due to injury. Now at Solihull he is in line to feature against Hitchin Town this weekend.

Steve Watson (Gateshead)

The Gateshead boss is not plying his trade that far from where he made his biggest impact as a player. Watson was part of Kevin Keegan’s famous Newcastle United side of the 1990s that almost, but not quite, won the Premier League title.

His team mates of that era included the likes of Faustino Asprilla, David Ginola, Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand and Philippe Albert.

He may not manage such illustrious names these days, but is still loved by all at Newcastle.

Jamie O’Hara (Billericay Town)

Surprisingly, O’Hara is only 32 years old but it seems like an age since he last played at a top level.

The former Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth midfielder was a real talent while at both clubs but injury curtailed his career and he has steadily slipped down the pyramid since.

Now at Billericay Town he will be facing a side whose decline could be compared to his own in Chesterfield.

Andrew Davies (Hartlepool)

Davies started his career with Middlesbrough where he became a regular in the Premier League.

The defender also played in the top flight for Stoke City after Tony Pulis brought him to the Britannia Stadium from Southampton.

He is currently the captain of Hartlepool and will be hoping to use all 33 of years of experience to help them progress against League One Gillingham.

Tim Flowers (Solihull Moors)

The former England goalkeeper played top-flight football with Southampton before moving to Blackburn Rovers. The fee of £2.4m made him the most expensive shot-stopper in Britain at the time.

He would become a key player in Rovers' 1995 title-winning side and is now the manager at Conference National outfit Solihull Moors.

Justin Edinburgh (Leyton Orient)

Spurs fans will look back on Edinburgh’s time with the club with huge fondness. The full-back represented Tottenham in 215 games following his move from Southend United.

He won the FA Cup in 1991 and the League Cup in 1999 before leaving the club after 10 years at White Hart Lane.

He is now the manager of Conference National side Leyton Orient, who he is hoping to take back into the football league.

Roger Johnson (Bromley)

It is not often that a League Cup winner turns out for a Conference side but at 35-years-old it is fair to say that Johnson is in the latter stages of his playing career.

He is best known for his spell at Birmingham City, where he won the League Cup in 2011, plus a stint at Wolves.

He also made a handful of top-flight appearances for West Ham but he will be very much focused on leading a young Bromley side to FA Cup success this weekend.

READ MORE: Seven of the worst Premier League loan signings ever

Sam Ricketts (Wrexham)

The Wrexham manager started his career at Oxford before being released, a decision they would later regret as the player went on to have a successful Premier League career with both Hull City and Bolton Wanderers.

He also played at international level for Wales but is now doing a sterling job of reviving Wrexham.

Alfie Potter (Billericay Town)

Not a household name by any means, but still the player to have scored Oxford United’s most famous goal since 1986.

The winger made a name for himself in this very competition when on loan at non-league Havant & Waterlooville.

He won 'player of the round' when he proved to be a vital part in Havant’s famous 5-2 defeat to Liverpool, during which the non-league side led 2-0 at one stage.

He will be hoping to create another piece of FA Cup history this weekend.

We use cookies on this site to enhance your user experience. By using askfans.co.uk you are giving your consent for us to set cookies. Cookie Policy

I agree