Conference Premier side Crawley Town who are only the 6th Non League club since the Second World War to reach the FA Cup 5th Round Proper have been amply rewarded for their valiant efforts having been drawn against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
They reached this stage after winning 1-0 at Torquay United in the 4th round, a game in which they missed 2 penalties. It was a bad tempered match with 9 booking and 2 sending offs and Crawley were lucky that the penalty misses were not punished as Torquay created a lot of chances. However their finishing was poor and now it a massive pay day for the already rich Conference side.
The attendance at 5,065 was well above Torquay’s average reflecting the importance of this tie to both sides.
The other five clubs that have made it through to that last-16 stage are:
Colchester United (1948)
Yeovil Town (1949)
Blyth Spartans (1978)
Telford United (1985)
Kidderminster Harriers (1994)