Stat crunch: FA Cup 2nd Qualifying round

Ahead of today’s draw for the 2nd qualifying round, we take a look at some statistics surrounding the Dolphins’ record at this stage of the competition. All stats not including this season’s draws.

Predictably, Dolphins have been drawn away from home just as many times as they have been given home draws – with 22 apiece from 44 ties.

The most frequent match-up has been with Wiltshire side Salisbury. Remarkably, the Dolphins have made five visits to Salisbury out of six ties, hosting the Whites once – way back in 1958-59.

Poole celebrating a win during their last encounter with Salisbury (Photo Credit: Andy Orman)

Dolphins have met eight teams multiple times as this stage – not including Salisbury, Poole have faced relatively local sides Bridport, Portland United and Frome Town three times.

National South sides Chippenham Town and Hungerford have been familiar faces for Tom Killick’s sides, having drawn both teams twice in the past decade.

Chippenham Town have been somewhat of a bogey team, with Poole’s two trips to Hardenhuish Park ending in defeat on both occasions.

National South Poole knocked out by Southern League Chippenham (Photo Credit: Andy Orman)

The Bluebirds were to be Poole’s demise last campaign – with the Dolphins being knocked out of the world’s oldest cup competition on penalties for the first time.

The Crusaders, however, have been a much better omen for the Dolphins.

When Poole have drawn Hungerford in the FA Cup under Killick, they have gone on to reach the 4th qualifying round on both occasions.

Whilst Killick has faced Hungerford twice at home, one of those visits was in the 3rd Qualifying round.

Dolphins first met Hungerford in the 2nd qualifying round in 1985, winning 3-2. Poole have only lost the one meeting against the Crusaders, a preliminary round tie back in 1995.

Killick has an impressive record at this stage of the competition, winning seven out of eleven ties played.

That’s a vast improvement on the club’s overall record of 26 wins, a winning percentage of 59%.

Poole’s largest winning margin at this round saw them put double digits past Warminster Town, beating them 10-1 in 1962.

Conversely, Dolphins’ heaviest defeat in the 2nd qualifying round was dealt by the hands of Dorset rivals Weymouth, who beat Poole 4-0 way back in 1949.

Only seven of Poole’s ties have gone to a replay at this stage, with Poole advancing on four occasions. Under Killick, only two ties have gone to a replay – with Dolphins winning one against Thame United, and losing against National South opposition in Bath City.

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