Explained: How Cobblers could receive a BYE in first-round of FA Cup

Cobblers will learn their first-round opponents in this year's Emirates FA Cup when the draw takes place next week - that is if they play anyone at all.

Thursday, 17th October 2019, 12:57 am
The FA Cup trophy

The draw is being held next Monday, October 21, at around 7.10pm live on BBC 2.

And this season one club will receive a bye into round two when the first-round draw is made following Bury's removal from the competition.

The Shakers were expelled from the English Football League n August and therefore can't take part in the FA Cup, which means the 47 remaining League One and League Two clubs will join 32 non-league outfits in the first round in November.

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The final club left in the pot during the draw will receive the bye and that club will also be awarded the £36,000 prize money for a first-round winner.

The most recent incident of a professional club not competing in the FA Cup came in 2000 when Manchester United pulled out due to the FIFA Club World Championships. On that occasion a lucky losers system was introduced and no team was handed a bye.

In that year, with an odd number of teams involved in the third-round draw, Darlington were selected at random from the 20 sides who had been knocked out in the second round and lost 2-1 at Aston Villa.