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What's the story: Wycombe vs Stourbridge

5 January 2017

It's one of the most eye-catching games of the third round... and we look at the key storylines.

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It's the very first meeting between the two sides - there's no record of them meeting previously in any competition. No current Wycombe players have played for the Glassboys, and vice versa. Five names to have represented both clubs are Tim Langford, David Titterton, Stuart Cash, John Williams and Tony Cunningham.

Uncharted territory
This is the first time Stourbridge have ever reached the third round of the FA Cup, having been formed 141 years ago. They're only the eighth side in history from the seventh tier to progress this far. Wanderers have experience of making it to the third round on nine previous occasions, but only once were they successful - back in 2001, when they went on to reach the semi-final.

Better than Arsenal
Stourbridge are officially the best team in the FA Cup over the past eight seasons; they've won 28 matches in the competition, more than any other side to have played in the cup in that time. Arsenal or Chelsea are their closest rivals and will need to win the cup this year to have a chance of overtaking them... of course the stat is warped slightly by the fact that Stourbridge play four matches before even making the first round proper. However, having never progressed out of the preliminary rounds before 2009, they've now done it in five of the past eight seasons.

Banana skin
Wycombe have been knocked out of the FA Cup by non-league on three occasions since entering the Football League in 1993. Basingstoke Town, Eastwood Town and Fleetwood Town are the trio of clubs etched in folklore for the wrong reasons.

From Lincoln Road to Adams Park
Stourbridge's adventure this season began on Saturday 3rd September with a 3-1 win at Peterborough Sports, in front of 206 supporters at Lincoln Road. Since then they've defeated Mickleover Sports, Ilkeston Town, Nantwich Town, Whitehawk and then Northampton Town to reach the third round, where they'll play to a crowd of over 6,000. Stourbridge sold out their allocation of 2,000 tickets, while sales to Wycombe fans are approaching 4,000.

Unbeaten runs
Neither side have lost a league game since Saturday 22nd October; that's a run of nine matches for the Glassboys, and 10 for Wycombe. In that time both teams have obviously made those sequences even greater with triumphs in the cup.

In the dugout
Gareth Ainsworth may be one of the longest-serving bosses in the EFL, but his stretch is dwarfed by the 14 years that Gary Hackett has spent as manager of Stourbridge. He was born in the town and is a Glassboys legend; his playing career included a spell with West Bromwich Albion around the time that the Baggies met the Wanderers in an FA Cup second round clash in the early 90s, although he didn't feature in either the original match or the replay.

Man in the middle
The referee for this match is Darren England, who's shown 62 yellow cards and five reds in 23 games so far this season. His last match involving the Chairboys was the 1-1 draw against Dagenham last season, when he sent off visiting striker Matt McClure for two yellow cards.

Hacksaw vs the Beast
Much of the pre-match media attention has centred around Stourbridge's second round hero Jack Duggan, who netted the winner against Northampton. He's known as the Hacksaw, and has already tweeted his eagerness to get stuck into a battle with Adebayo 'The Beast' Akinfenwa.

Goals, goals, goals
There are two in-form goalscorers on show on Saturday; Scott Kashket has been on electrifying form with 13 goals in 15 games so far, while Luke Benbow has 21 goals in all competitions for the Northern Premier League side.

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