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Heybridge Swifts looking to make history in the FA Cup

Heybridge Swifts have reached the FA Cup first round for only the fourth time in their history Credit: ITV News Anglia

Heybridge Swifts currently ply their trade in the eighth division of English football. This weekend they take on League Two side Exeter City in the first round of the FA Cup.

It's only the fourth time the Essex side have reached this stage of the cup in their history. The last time was 15 years ago.

Heybridge Swifts reached this stage before, but never progressed further Credit: ITV News Anglia

The non-league side usually average 250 fans at home matches but this weekend they're taking nearly 300 supporters to Devon for the game.

The side are made up of part time players earning around £60 a week. Reece Conway is a PE teacher and will be in the squad for this weekend's game

Manager Jody Brown admitted that he wanted an away clash against a league side and that's exactly what he got.

But Brown hasn't prioritised any particular league or cup games this season saying that every match holds huge importance for him.

Heybridge Swifts will be wanting to cause an upset but another of our local clubs Colchester United will be trying to avoid one. They take on Oxford City who more than 100 places below them in the football league pyramid.

Colchester United will be looking to progress against non-league opposition Credit: ITV News Anglia

All of our other local teams competing in the FA Cup this weekend


  • Hyde United v MK Dons


  • Colchester United v Oxford City
  • Gateshead v Chelmsford City
  • Luton Town v Portsmouth
  • Northampton Town v Scunthorpe United
  • Peterborough United v Tranmere Rovers
  • Yeovil Town v Southend United


  • Cambridge United v Sutton United
  • Exeter City v Heybridge Swifts
  • Leatherhead v Billericay Town

It's only Ipswich and Norwich in League action this weekend because of the FA Cup.

Norwich travel to Bolton trying to recover after two home defeats on the trot.

Ipswich entertain Preston North End at Portman Road.