Essex’s Step Five and Six clubs from the Essex Senior and Eastern Senior Leagues will find out who they face in the BBC Essex Senior Cup Preliminary, First and Second Round Draws when they’re broadcast live on Wednesday 31st July from BBC Essex station’s Chelmsford studios.
The draws will take place on the Wednesday Sport show at around 6:20pm and 6:45pm as part of a special preview programme featuring local clubs ahead of the new 2019/20 season. There are 54 sides taking part in the Senior Cup this year, including Southend United and Colchester United, with newcomers Hashtag United entering for the first ever time.
East Thurrock United are the current holders following their 3-1 victory in the final against Chelmsford City in front of 1,822 spectators at Colchester United FC in March. They join the rest of the Football League, National League and Isthmian League teams in a group exempt until Round Three of this year’s competition.
The following clubs will be involved in the Preliminary, First and Second Round Draws: Barkingside, Benfleet, Burnham Ramblers, Coggeshall United, FC Clacton, Fire United Christian, Frenford, Halstead Town, Harwich & Parkeston, Hashtag United, Holland, Ilford, Leyton Athletic, Little Oakley, Lopes Tavares London, May & Baker Eastbrook Community, Newbury Forest, Redbridge, Saffron Walden Town, Southend Manor, Stansted, Stanway Rovers, Takeley, Walthamstow, West Essex, White Ensign, Wivenhoe Town
The following clubs are exempt until the Third Round: Aveley, Barking, Basildon United, Billericay Town, Bowers & Pitsea, Braintree Town, Brentwood Town, Brightlingsea Regent, Canvey Island, Chelmsford City, Coggeshall Town, Colchester United, Concord Rangers, Dagenham & Redbridge, East Thurrock United, Grays Athletic, Great Wakering Rovers, Harlow Town, Heybridge Swifts, Hornchurch, Hullbridge Sports, Maldon & Tiptree, Romford, Southend United, Tilbury, Waltham Abbey, Witham Town