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Chichester to host Emirates FA Cup draw

Steven Mowthorpe and Miles Rutherford interviewed by Mark Chapman during the first round draw

The FA have chosen to host the draw for the Emirates FA 2nd round at Chichester City's Oaklands Park ground, it will be shown live on BBC Two on Monday 11th November.

Due to the restricted space in the clubhouse along with the space required for film crews it will be an invite-only event.

Chi find themselves in the second round courtesy of being the unique beneficiaries of a bye being available to one team in the first round following Bury’s removal from the competition.

Manager Miles Rutherford and goalkeeper Steven Mowthorpe were present at the first round draw hosted by fellow step 4 outfit Maldon & Tiptree three weeks ago.

The rest of the players, management and club officials gathered at Oaklands Park to watch the drama unfold as Chi’s ball, number 71 was last to be drawn by Karen Carney and Jermaine Beckford.

First round ties takes place across this weekend, the results of which will determine the 40 clubs that will enter the draw for round 2, although neighbours Portsmouth tie with Harrogate Town takes place immediately following the draw.

Chi chairman Andy Bell can only stress how proud the club is to be hosting the draw: “It’s a massive moment in the club’s history, it’s a unique experience for everyone involved”.

“To think how far the club has come in the last couple of years and now be the centre of a national event like the FA Cup draw, I have to pinch myself sometimes!”

“We’d love to be able to accommodate more people but unfortunately we have limited space so it will be strictly invite-only”.

Second round ties are due to be scheduled for the weekend of November 30th / December 1st.