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How 'phenomenal' FA Cup bye helped Chichester make history


Non-league Chichester City began their FA Cup campaign in August, and have reached the second round of the FA Cup for the first time in their history
FA Cup second round: Tranmere Rovers v Chichester City
Venue: Prenton Park Date: Sunday, 1 December Kick-off: 15:00 GMT: Coverage: Updates on BBC local radio and live text commentary on the BBC Sport website

Chichester City have produced one of the most talked-about moments of this season’s FA Cup without even stepping foot on a pitch.

The lamentable and protracted demise of Bury meant that one club involved in the draw for the first round would receive a bye.

City’s players watched the draw from West Sussex via television as the balls were plucked from the bowl by Karen Carney and Jermaine Beckford.

After a long wait theirs was eventually the last ball out, meaning the lowest-ranked club left in the competition would be going through to the second round for the first time in their history without playing.

Their celebrations that night have since been viewed over 1.2 million times on Twitter.