Out of form Sky Bet League Two club Swindon Town have been paired with York City in the first round of this season’s Emirates FA Cup, a side who have never beaten them at The County Ground.
The Robins currently find themselves in mid-table in the fourth tier of English football while York City are currently battling some of their darkest days since they were formed in 1922 with the club now playing in National League North.
The Minstermen have already had to successfully negotiate their way through three qualifying rounds to gain their reward of a fixture against English Football League club Swindon Town at The County Ground.
York City’s record in Wiltshire over the years has been dire with the club having never beaten their Emirates FA Cup first round opponents on their own patch.
Swindon Town and York City first met at The County Ground on 12 September 1959 when they shared the spoils in the old Division Three after fighting out a 1-1 draw. Since that meeting, the North Yorkshire outfit have made a further six trips to Swindon Town and have lost on every single visit. The Robins beat York City 6-0 at The County Ground in 1965 while they were 5-1 winners 12 years later.
There has rarely been such a difference in league positions in the footballing pyramid between the two clubs as now, however, Swindon Town’s recent poor form will give York City hope. Another small fact to note is that Sam Collins, the current manager of The Minstermen, was once on the books at The County Ground as a loanee and that will add a little spice to the tie.