FA Cup First Round - Confirmed

Last updated : 30 October 2007 By Bournemouth Co-Ordinator
AFC Bournemouth will be heading way up north to the Cumbrian town of Barrow for the FA Cup First Round on November 10th.

The Cumbrian side, currently 19th in Conference North, beat Conference side Farsley Celtic in their Fourth Qualifying Round replay this evening, 2-1 at Holker Street.

Speaking in the Bournemouth Evening Echo about the long trip north, manager Kevin Bond is quoted as saying: "The bigger clubs don't come in until the third round so it would be a good idea to have the first and second rounds regionalised. You could still have the giant-killing scenarios with non-league clubs playing league clubs so it's got to be worth looking at. I think regionalisation would also create more interest because there would be a lot more local games and that would attract bigger crowds. With respect to Barrow and Farsley Celtic, I think Bournemouth playing the likes of Weymouth, Eastleigh or Salisbury would be more beneficial to all concerned".

Josh Gowling backs this up by saying: "These trips take their toll on players and fans alike and it would definitely be better if the first couple of rounds were regionalised", which they were until 9 years ago.

The FA are quoted as saying: "With transport links improving a great deal in recent decades, it was decided that the first and second rounds should be opened up on a national level rather than divided regionally".