So, a home tie

You can read all about the FA Trophy draw HERE.

A home encounter with AFC Fylde.

Harry White has an effort earlier in the season for Chester against AFC Fylde
Harry White has an effort earlier in the season for Chester against AFC Fylde (Image: Terry Marland)

The FULL FA Trophy first round draw

1 Solihull Moors v Tranmere Rovers
2 Blyth Spartans v AFC Telford United
3 Boston United or Kidderminster Harriers v York City
4 Chorley v Marine
5 FC Halifax Town v Macclesfield Town
6 Spennymoor Town v Gainsborough Trinity
7 Chester v AFC Fylde
8 Wrexham v Harrogate Town
9 Leamington v Bradford (Park Avenue) or Stourbridge
10 Lancaster City v Stockport County or Southport
11 Tamworth or Warrington Town v Altrincham
12 Gateshead v Guiseley
13 Nuneaton Town v Barrow
14 Glossop North End or Workington v Hartlepool United
15 Haringey Borough v Leyton Orient
16 Dover Athletic v Eastbourne Borough or Royston Town
17 Wealdstone or Chelmsford City v Wingate & Finchley
18 Billericay Town v Havant & Waterlooville
19 Chesham United v Weston Super Mare
20 Sutton United v Truro City
21 Woking v Maidenhead United
22 Whitehawk v St Albans City
23 East Thurrock United v Aldershot Town
24 Hendon or Slough Town v Bath City or Margate
25 Ebbsfleet United v Eastleigh
26 Hereford v Dagenham & Redbridge
27 Torquay United v Maidstone United
28 Farnborough or Hartley Wintney v Bromley
29 Braintree Town v Brackley Town
30 Taunton Town v Hemel Hempstead Town or Bognor Regis Town
31 Hampton & Richmond Borough v Kingstonian or Heybridge Swifts
32 Dartford v Boreham Wood

Home to AFC Fylde

The Blues will host the Coasters on December 16.

Almost time!


Expected at 1pm

The draw is expected in the next 25 minutes or so and will take place at FA headquarters at Wembley.

How much is winning in the first round worth?

The Blues aren’t flush with cash, we all know that.

So a financial boost in the FA Trophy could be a big boost to the club.

Winners of first round ties can expect to collect £6,000 for their endeavours. A healty sum for a club like Chester.

What happened last year?

The Blues were handed an away trip to either Witton Albion or Boston United last season.

It was Witton who prevailed in the replay to seal a tie at home to Chester, and at Wincham Park it ended as honours even after a 1-1 draw. Jordan Chapell netted for Chester.

The replay was bonkers stuff.

As BBC Radio Merseyside’s Neil Turner so eloquently put it, that was the footballing equivalent of an episode of Fawlty Towers.

Chester booked their place in round two of the FA Trophy after the craziest of games against Witton, eventually winning 2-1.

James Alabi’s penalty and a last-gasp winner from Elliott Durrell sealed the win for the Blues in a game dominated by a host of crazy refereeing decisions.

Witton took the lead after they were awarded a penalty after just six seconds, with Bradley Bauress converting after Lynch had saved.

But it was referee Joseph Johnson who took centre stage, first sending off Tolani Omotola at the end of the first half, Chester’s Blaine Hudson in the second and Matthew Devine late on, sending Witton down to nine men.

Elliott Durrell slots in Chester FC's dramatic winner against Witton Albion
Elliott Durrell slots in Chester FC's dramatic winner against Witton Albion (Image: Terry Marland)

When will the draw be played?

Ties for the FA Trophy first round will be played on the weekend of Saturday, December 16. Any replays are expected to be scheduled for the following Tuesday/Wednesday.

Who could we face?

Here’s a list of potential opponents (depending on where the FA draw the line for the north/south divide).


AFC Telford United
Blyth Spartans
Boston United or Kidderminster Harriers
Brackley Town
Bradford Park Avenue or Stourbridge
Gainsborough Trinity
Glossop North End or Workington
Lancaster City
Nuneaton Town
Stockport County or Southport
Spennymoor Town
Tamworth or Warrington Town
York City

AFC Fylde
FC Halifax Town
Hartlepool United
Macclesfield Town
Solihull Moors
Tranmere Rovers


Is the draw regionalised?


The Blues won’t have to worry about any lengthy trips down south at this stage. But should they progress to round two then the competition then goes national and the likelihood of some hefty away mileage greatly increased.

Still, for now we will be relatively close to home should the draw hand us an away tie (it usually does!).

What time is the draw?

The draw is set to be made ‘around 1pm’ on the FA website.

But given what has happened in previous seasons that could be subject to a little bit of leeway either side. We shall see!


The Buildbase FA Trophy has now completed it’s preliminary stages and the draw for the first round will be made today.

Chester are in the hat and will be hoping that the competition can at least offer some rays of light in what has been an otherwise dreadful campaign in the National League.

A home draw against a lower ranked side would likely be the preferred choice, but given Chester’s struggles this season there will be no easy route through to the second round.