What do we know about our FA Cup opponents?

Ahead of Wednesday’s televised replay we look at our potential third round opponents in the FA Cup. National League South side Whitehawk FC (level 6 of the league pyramid) will entertain League Two side Dagenham and Redbridge in front of the BT Sport camera’s with a trip to Goodison Park up for grabs.

Whitehawk

Whitehawk FC

Brief History

Whitehawk FC (founded in 1945) have spent the majority of their existence playing in the Sussex County League, but following recent investment have enjoyed three promotions in the last six seasons, with the club currently riding high in sixth place in the National League South (two divisions below League 2). The clubs owners have been looking to oversee a change of name, with a switch to Brighton and Hove City their preference, however Championship side Brighton and Hove Albion have objected to the name change leading to the FA formally rejecting Whitehawk’s proposition.

Where do they play?

The Hawks (didn’t see that one coming) play at The Enclosed Ground, situated in East Brighton Park with a capacity of 2,000, although regular attendances are closer to 300. Everton will certainly be hoping to avoid a replay, with the Enclosed Ground featuring a sloping pitch!!!

League Record

Whitehawk were promoted out of the Sussex County Football League in 2010 and since then have finished as Champions in both the Isthmian League Division One South and Premier Division to take their current place in the National League South. Last season the Hawks retained their status in the National League South on the last day of the season, a late equaliser securing a 3-3 draw and a place outside of the relegation zone.

FA Cup Record

Their best ever FA Cup run is this season, with a win the draw with Dagenham and Redbridge taking them into the third round draw for the first time in their history.

The Manager

Midway through last season Steve King was appointed manager. King has spent his entire career in non-league football, most notably with Macclesfield Town, where he coached for one season, the year after their relegation from the football league. He has transformed the fortunes of the side and after last year’s flirt with relegation they are pushing for promotion and enjoying their best every run in the FA Cup.

Star Man

Sergio Torres, once of Crawley Town, already has an FA Cup pedigree, playing a leading role in Crawley’s run to the fifth round in 2011. That run came to end at Old Trafford in a 1-0 defeat, with the Argentine playing in front of 75,000 supporters.

This season’s Cup Run

2nd Qualifying Round – Dulwich Hamlet (H) 4-2

3rd Qualifying Round – Gosport Borough (H) 2-2

3rd Qualifying Round replay – Gosport Borough (A) 2-1

4th Qualifying Round – Poole Town (H) 2-0

Round 1 – Lincoln City (H) 5-3

Round 2 – Dagenham and Redbridge (A) 1-1

 

Dagenham and Redbridge

Brief History

Dagenham and Redbridge were formed in 1992 following a series of mergers. Firstly Leytonstone, Ilford and Walthamstow Avenue came together to form Redbridge Forest who then merged with Dagenham FC to form a new club who took their place in the National Conference.

Where do they play?

The Daggers play at Victoria Road, a 6,078 capacity stadium in Dagenham, Greater London.

League Record

In their relatively short history the club have endured two relegations, enjoyed three promotions, reaching a high of League One, but are currently struggling near the foot of League Two.

FA Cup Record

Their best performance in the FA Cup saw them reach the 4th round in 2002-03, where they lost to Norwich City 1-0.

The Manager

The team are currently managed by Wayne Burnett, a former midfield player who spent his entire career in the lower leagues.

Star Man

The team’s star player is veteran striker Jamie Cureton who was their top scorer last season with 19 league goals, however the former Norwich City and QPR forward has struggled for goals this year, with only 5 goals so far. Cureton has played against Everton before, appearing as a substitute for Norwich in a 0-0 draw back in 1994.

This season’s Cup Run

Round 1 – Morecambe (H) 0-0

Round 1 replay – Morecambe (A) 4-2

Round 2 – Whitehawk (H) 1-1

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