FA Cup’s first round of matches to go on amid lockdown in the UK

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FA Cup’s first round of matches will go on as planned even though the government of the United Kingdom has declared a four-week lockdown in the country.

The UK government announced last weekend that a four-week restriction has been placed on every less essential service including non-elite competitions due to the rising cases of coronavirus in the country. This restriction was earlier not clear enough because some non-elite clubs were among the 40 clubs that are still involved in the 2020-2021 FA Cup campaign.

However, the government confirmed on Monday, November 2, that the 10 non-elite clubs that are still involved in the competition this season should continue to participate in the competition but in-line with elite protocols.

The government also confirmed that all the FA Cup fixtures scheduled to be played between 6 and 9 of November 2020 will go ahead even though the national lockdown will commence on Thursday, November 5.

Though the restriction did not affect the elite leagues like the Premier League and the Championships, all their matches will still have to be played behind closed doors. This means that the hope that the Premier League would start hosting spectators at match venues this season might not be possible anytime soon.

The FA Cup for 2020-2021 season

The fact that it has been confirmed that round one of the FA Cup will go ahead amid the coronavirus lockdown in the UK is not the only thing that excites the non-elite clubs that are still involved in the competition, they stand a chance of generating revenue from the competition.

The new system of the 2020-2021 FA Cup gives room for the losing side to partake in the sharing of the prize money as a kind of incentive to lessen the financial burden the coronavirus pandemic has forced on clubs.

Below is the full fixtures of FA Cup’s first round 2020-2021 season:

 FA Cup's first round 2020-202:

Friday 6th November

Harrogate vs Skelmersdale United

Saturday 7th November

Tonbridge Angels vs Bradford

Exeter vs Fylde

Banbury United vs Canvey Island

Barrow vs Wimbledon

Bolton vs Crewe

Boreham Wood vs Southend

Brackley Town vs Bishop’s Stortford

Bromley vs Yeovil

Cambridge vs Shrewsbury

Charlton vs Plymouth

Cheltenham vs South Shields

Colchester vs Marine

Dag & Red vs Grimsby

Gillingham vs Woking

Hull vs Fleetwood

Ipswich vs Portsmouth

Leyton Orient vs Newport

Lincoln City vs Forest Green

Oxford Utd vs Peterborough

Port Vale vs King’s Lynn

Rochdale vs Chesterfield

Salford vs Hartlepool

Stevenage vs Concord Rangers

Sunderland vs Mansfield

Swindon vs Darlington

Tranmere vs Accrington

Walsall vs Bristol Rovers

FC United of Manchester vs Doncaster

Sunday 8th November

Scunthorpe vs Solihull Moors

Barnet vs Burton

Eastleigh vs MK Dons

Hampton & Richmond vs Oldham

Havant & Waterlooville vs Cray Valley Paper Mills

Hayes & Yeading vs Carlisle

Maldon & Tiptree vs Morecambe

Torquay vs Crawley

Wigan vs Chorley

Eastbourne Borough vs Blackpool

Monday 9th November

Oxford City vs Northampton

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