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FA CUP: Stones get home draw against Torquay

Tuesday 22nd October 2019

MAIDSTONE United will face Torquay United at home in the first round proper of the FA Cup.

The Stones saw off Kings Langley 4-1 at the weekend and secured the former league club – currently in the tier above – in the competition.

Cup runs are important to all non-league sides as they generate prize money  - £36,000 at this stage – and match day revenues.

A spokesman for the club said: “We’re happy enough with the draw. Torquay won promotion last season from the the league we’re in at the moment, so they are a handy enough side.

“When you go into the pot for the first round proper, some clubs want to get the biggest side they can, such as Sunderland, or they want a smaller side to have a better chance to progress to the next round.”

The Devon side is currently doing well in the fifth non league tier of English football.

Torquay is managed by the hugely experienced Gary Johnson (64) who has been in charge of Bristol City, the Latvian national side, and Peterborough United in a managerial career of over 30 years.

He moved to Torquay after three years in charge of Cheltenham Town.

The Stones spokesman said: “Gary Johnson is no mug and he knows how to get the best from the sides he manages. It will be a challenging game for us but hopefully we can get through.”

The club hopes to attract a gate of 2,000 to the match.

FA Cup first round draw: Sunderland v Gillingham, Maidstone v Torquay, Whitby or Stourbridge v Welling or Eastleigh, Bristol Rovers v Bromley, Ebbsfleet or Woking v Notts County, Dover v Southend.

Matches will be played on the weekend on November 8 – 11.