Five to Remember
Ramsgate 3-0 Cirencester Town 2005/06 Fourth Qualifying Round
A bumper crowd at Southwood saw The Rams blow away Southern Premier side Cirencester in a devastating second half display to book their place in the First Round for the first time since 1955. Warren Schulz opened the scoring on 55 minutes before late goals from Shane Suter and Michael Yianni sent Rams fans piling into the clubhouse to see the draw live on BBC. With Nottingham Forest and Leeds United possibilities, Ramsgate were drawn away to Nuneaton Borough, where they were defeated 2-0.
Kingstonian 0-2 Ramsgate 2004/05 First Qualifying Round
Having already beaten Lancing 7-0 in the previous round, The K’s were the huge scalp that started the momentum which concluded with Ramsgate winning the Kent League. A headed effort from Warren Schulz was complimented by a Stuart Vahid strike in injury time to knock out the Isthmian Premier side, who were two levels above Jimmy Ward’s side.
Gosport Borough 2-3 Ramsgate 2018/19 Second Qualifying Round
Torrential rain looked certain to see a late postponement down on the Solent but despite a lot of surface water the match went ahead. An early goal by Rory Smith was cancelled out before Kyron Lightfoot restored the lead on the stroke of half-time. Lightfoot added to his earlier goal by thundering a freekick off the underside of the crossbar. Boro’ hit back immediately before seeing their goalkeeper dismissed as The Rams progressed.
Ramsgate 1-1 Maidstone United 2002/03 Extra Preliminary Round
Southwood Stadium was broadcasted in to the living rooms of people around the world and the genuine FA Cup arrived in 2002 as BBC chose this Kent derby, Maidstone’s first FA Cup tie since reforming, as their feature tie. Peter Hook’s Rams trailed 1-0 at the interval before Gavin Schulz equalised from close range, earning a replay. Not a classic on the pitch, but one to remember for different reasons.
Watford 5-3 Ramsgate Athletic 1955/56 First Round Proper
The Rams debut appearance in the First Round of The FA Cup saw Jimmy Blair’s side lose in a thriller at Vicarage Road. After early round wins against Chatham Town and Ashford Town, replays were needed to overcome Canterbury City and Sittingbourne. A 2-2 draw away at Guildford City meant another replay was needed for a shot against the big clubs. The Rams won 3-2 at Southwood to make history.
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