Mighty Rams ready for history-making Emirates FA Cup second round match

Rams FC fans Photo Louis McLaren

If the mighty Rams triumph over AFC Wimbledon tomorrow evening [December 4] they will play [at home]  in the Emirates FA Cup third round proper against 2nd tier Ipswich Town.

The Rams are the lowest ranked team in the second round but have had numerous wins on their journey to the FA Cup, including a 2-1 win over National League Woking last month.

The team, and 1,400 fans aboard 20 coaches, travel to the Cherry Red Records Stadium on Monday [December 4], for a 7.45pm kick off.

The match will be screened live on ITV4 and can also be watched in the club’s Corner House Bar.

The Rams pick up a broadcast fee of £60,000.

The build up to the game has been huge with The Emirates FA Cup and Sky cameras visiting manager Ben Smith at work as deputy head at Hartsdown Academy; interviews screened on BBC and a Road to Wimbledon FA cup song performed by Thanet’s Luke J Dorman and the SuperMicks.

Brooklyn is a loved member of the Regency dance school family

All donations to download the album will go to four year old Brooklyn Bain – who is courageously battling a terminal brain tumour.

The money raised will go on immediate costs such as food for mum Leanne and family while in hospital and travel costs, financial support for Leanne and family so Brooklyn’s siblings can continue their routine as much as possible and  future costs when Brooklyn returns home after treatment, such as modifications to their family home, blinds and curtains in their living room, medical equipment such as a heart rate monitor, wheelchair rain cover and foot stool, and funds for making memories, fun days out and family trips.

Find the Road to Wimbledon FA Cup song at: https://ramsgatefc.bandcamp.com/album/road-to-wimbledon

Ramsgate FC chairman James Lawson

Ramsgate FC chairman James Lawson previously told The Isle of Thanet News that the club has reached the moon and is now aiming for the stars as they head into the 2nd round tie of the Emirates FA Cup

James said: “Financially it’s £60,000 which will help smooth the running of the club in the immediate term. But, more importantly, is the moment it creates around the club and the town. The response has been incredible, people who are not traditionally involved with the club are excited so I am desperate for the people to have their day.

“We have reached the moon and now we are aiming for the stars. What we have achieved is unparalleled, club’s our size do not, or very rarely, get to the second round of the FA Cup.”

The 32 third round proper ties will take place across the weekend of Saturday and Sunday 6 and 7 January.

Those victorious in the third round proper will land £105,000 from the Emirates FA Cup prize fund.


  1. I watched the match last night, and they did better than I thought they would, I predicted 7 Nil, but they only lost 5 nil! The Rams Goalie should be knighted, he was heroic!

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