Although teams may have been around local football for a long time, often the FA Vase is their introduction to the game at a national level. The third FA Vase Build-Up Blog introduces a small selection of teams who are taking the FA Vase bow this season with apologies to the other first-timers (there are just too many teams and too little time to research).
It will come as no surprise to find out that United were formed from the catholic community in Southend-on-Sea. They played under a few different guises from the 1930's onward but Catholic United, as they are now, came into being in 1959. They originally played in white shirts but, after writing to Celtic FC, changed their kit to the famous green and white hoops following a kit donation from the famous Glasgow club. For the full club history click on this link.
From local football, the club has climbed the ladder through the Essex Olympian League structure, gaining promotion to, and winning, the Premier League in the 2017-18 season. They currently ground-share with Bowers & Pitsea.
Friday 30th August, 745pm. Clapton FC v Catholic United FC - @Aveley FC, Parkside, RM15 4PX
Knutsford, up until now, is probably best known for the fact that it has an M6 service station bearing the name of the town. However, the local football club is hoping to put the town on the map for an entirely different reason. Egerton FC was formed less that 20 years ago and was originally a football outlet for the local Youth Centre. Now, some 17 years down the line, they run 37 youth teams and 7 adult teams with the first-team now into their second season of Cheshire Premier League football.
Egerton travel to West Didsbury & Chorlton for their first ever experience of Vase football. West have made it into the First Round four times in recent seasons, so this promises to be a tricky baptism for Egerton.
Saturday 31 August, 3pm. West Didsbury & Chorlton v Egerton - Brockburn Road, M21 8FE
Formed during the second world war, Frenford have made steady progress through the Essex Olympian League. They joined the Eastern Counties Division One South last season, finishing in a very creditable 9th spot and entering the FA Vase for the first time this season.
Frenford face a tough test against a Potton United side that has a wealth of history in the FA Vase, FA Trophy and the FA Cup as well as playing at a level above their opponents, since their promotion two seasons ago.
Saturday 31 August, 3pm. Potton United v Frenford. The Hutchinson Hollow, SG19 2LX.
Nothing at all to do with any type of sausage, New Salamis were actually formed in the early 1970's by British-based supporters of Cypriot First Division side Nea Salamis Famagusta, who also act as a parent club for their British supporters team. They began life playing in the British Cypriot League and were still playing as a Sunday League outfit until very recently. They joined the Hertfordshire County Senior League last season, finishing second and winning a place in the Spartan South Midlands League Division One where they have already racked up some very impressive scorelines.They will take their FA Vase bow against a Codicote side who find themselves back in Step 7 after seven seasons in Division One.
Saturday 31 August, 3pm. New Salamis v Codicote. Queen Elizabeth Stadium, EN1 3PL.
PFC, formed by the local Polish community, are only three years old but have already managed to secure two promotions, starting from from the Middlesex Division Two, they have progressed all the way into the Premier League where they achieved second spot last season.
PFC haven't been handed an easy task in the Vase with a trip to Combined Counties Premier side Cobham on the cards. The Hammers recently earned an FA Cup draw at Step 4 Chertsey Town, before going down 4-2 in the replay.
Saturday 31 August, 3pm. Cobham v PFC Victoria London. Leg O'Mutton Field, KT11 1AA.
Having been formed in 1938, Pilkington played their football in local leagues around St Helens and Liverpool before joining the Mid-Cheshire League in 1980, which is where they stayed, albeit fluctuating between divisions, until last season when they won the premier League and earned a place in the North West Counties League. They have been granted a home tie in their first ever FA Vase fixture, taking on Atherton Laburnam Rovers, a team that they last played in Cheshire League 2 action in the 1981-82 season.
Saturday 31 August, 3pm. Pilkington v Atherton LR. ArcOframe Stadium, WA10 6RP.