THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

6 December ~ Chesham United head to Valley Parade today hoping to cause an upset and reach the FA Cup third round for the second time in their history. The Generals, currently competing in the Southern League Premier Division, were formed by a merger of Chesham Town and Chesham Generals in 1917 and their best FA Cup performance came in 1979-80, when they defeated Minehead and Merthr Tydfil before succumbing 2-0 to Cambridge United in the third round.

Perhaps Chesham’s greatest footballing occasion, however, came in the 1968 Amateur Cup. Having entered the competition in the preliminary round, the club battled through 16 matches – six of which were replays – to reach Wembley. Chesham was a town of just 18,000 people but around 20,000 match tickets were sold, making up nearly half of the 54,000 attendance. Although they lost 1-0 to Leytonstone, Kenny Kent missing a penalty that could have levelled the final, Chesham were welcomed back home by a crowd of around 5,000. You can read memories of the amazing Amateur Cup run here, while highlights from the day are below.

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