Chester FC enter the FA Cup this morning with the draw for the fourth qualifying round taking place at 10.30am.

Last season the Blues had a memorable and financially rewarding run to the second round proper of the world's most famous domestic cup competition.

Having dispatched Stockport County to reach the first round, Steve Burr's team knocked out League Two side Southend United at Roots Hall, setting up a second round clash with Barnsley.

Chester came close to defeating the Tykes at Oakwell but had to be content with a replay and the League One outfit proved too strong second time around.

Burr, his squad and supporters will be hoping for more success this time around.

Fourth qualifying round ties will be played on Saturday, October 24, and the winners will receive £12,500 along with a place in the hat for the first round.

The Chronicle will be live blogging the draw from 10am and we've taken a look at five potential opponents for the Blues:

Spalding United or Sporting Khalsa

Two clubs who Chester fans might not know too much about must replay on Tuesday night having drawn 1-1 on Saturday.

Spalding, who are ninth in the Evo-Stik League First Division South under manager Pat Rayment, have reached the first round proper on two occasions, although not since 1964-65.

Willenhall-based Khalsa came into existence in 1991 as members of the Walsall & District Sunday League. The club, who are now members of the Midland Football League Premier Division, have already got through four rounds to reach this stage.

AFC Fylde

The Coasters are going well in National League North and thrashed Coleshill Town 9-0 in the third qualifying round with Matty Hughes, who picked Fylde over Chester in the summer, bagging a hat-trick.

Hughes is not the only familiar face for Blues fans in Dave Challinor's squad with both Bradley Barnes and Dom Collins having spells with the club.

Fylde don't lack for ambition and, with a new 6,000 capacity stadium now under construction, want to be in the Football League by 2022.

A trip to their current home Kellamergh Park, where visiting Chester fans were once handed pints of milk, would be a tough test for Steve Burr's team.


The old sparring partners could be reunited after the Magpies scraped past Whitley Bay 3-2 at the weekend with ex-Chester midfielder Andy Bond among the scorers.

Garry Flitcroft stepped down as manager over the summer so ex-Crystal Palace and Blackburn Rovers striker Matt Jansen now occupies the hotseat.

It has been a mixed season so far for the Victory Park outfit, who are 10th in the National League North.

Along with Bond, the Magpies line-up includes another ex-Chester man with defender Kieran Charnock, who left the Blues at the end of last season.

AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Although the fourth qualifying round is regionalised, a long trek to Northamptonshire is possible because the Diamonds fall into the northern section.

Formed in 2011 as a phoenix club after the original club, once the rich kids of non-league football, were expelled from the Conference National, and started in the Northants Senior Youth League.

Diamonds won the United Counties League Premier Division last season and are now in the Southern League Division One Central.

Andy Peaks' team, whose home ground is the Dog & Duck, shocked Evo-Stik League Premier Division side Ashton United 2-0 to reach this stage.


There's no seeding in the FA Cup so the Blues could well draw a fellow National League club, including arch rivals Wrexham.

Following their thrilling 3-2 win in the season's first cross-border derby earlier this month, Chester would head into the game with confidence, particularly as Gary Mills' men are now without a win in five games after losing 2-1 at Dover Athletic.

Wrexham, who reached the third round last term before losing to Premier Division club Stoke City, have picked up a single point from three visits to Chester since the Blues reformed in 2010.

The last time the clubs met in the FA Cup was in 1997-98 when two goals from Karl Connolly gave the Wrexham the edge in a second round encounter.