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Sunday, 1 September, 2002, 13:31 GMT 14:31 UK
Bath University on FA Cup trail
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Team Bath are chasing last year's winners Arsenal
A university football side - which became the first student team to enter the FA Cup for more than a century - has won their first match.

The team, from the University of Bath, beat the Devon side Barnstaple Town 4-0 in the first preliminary round tie.

Now they are just four matches away from the first round proper, when Nationwide League clubs enter the tournament.

The last time a student team entered the FA Cup was in 1880, when sides from both Oxford and Cambridge took part.


Barnstaple made it difficult for us, but we ran out comfortable winners in the end

Ged Roddy, team manager

The Bath team may not get as far as an Oxford University team in 1874.

They won the competition when it was just three years old, beating the Royal Engineers 2-0 in the final.

Team Bath currently compete in the Screwfix Direct Western League Premier Division.

The current squad includes players who have been with, among others, Aston Villa, Newcastle United, Southampton, Watford, and West Bromwich Albion.

Comfortable win

The footballers will now face Backwell United on 14 September in the first qualifying round of the competition.

Team manager Ged Roddy said: "It was a great performance and I'm delighted for the lads.

"Barnstaple made it difficult for us, but we ran out comfortable winners in the end.

"This is a great day for Team Bath and it will be fantastic to play in the next round of the FA Cup at the University of Bath."

Team Bath offers its players two or four-year contracts to allow them to combine full-time training with a university education.


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