HAVING failed to enter last season, Henley Town renew acquaintance with the FA Vase tomorrow (Saturday) when they visit Oxfordshire and Hellenic League rivals Chinnor, kick-off 3pm, writes John Bailey.
A total of 536 clubs have been accepted into this season’s competition and clearly most of them will have little chance of reaching Wembley.
To put that number into perspective it has to be remembered that there are around 30,000 football teams in the country, so even the 536 to some extent represent an elite. Of the clubs entered, 26 are exempted to the second round proper and 43 more to the first round proper, so the clubs who have to start in the qualifying competition have a hard row to hoe.
At least, the Red Kites and Chinnor have been helped by drawing a bye into tomorrow’s second qualifying round.
Henley first entered the tournament 13 years ago, but the Vase was conceived as a successor to the FA Amateur Cup. That was a competition the Town first entered in 1896, whilst they first took part in a national trophy, the FA Cup itself, as long ago as 1879.