Team Bath v Mansfield Town
FA Cup 1st Round Proper, 16th November 2002
Team Bath nicknamed the Scholars joined the Western League for season 2000/01 playing their matches at the Bath University Sports Ground. In 2002/03 the club entered the FA Cup for the first time and embarked on a seven match run and ended up playing Football League side Mansfield Town live on Sky Sports TV.
The Preliminary Round saw them travel to Barnstaple Town whom they dispatched 4-0. Fellow Western League side Backwell United were then beaten 3-1 at home and Wessex League Bemerton Heath Harlequins suffered a 6-1 defeat at the University. The 3rd Qualifying Round saw them drawn away to Southern Premier league Newport County who were no match as the Scholars went through by 3-0. The 4th Qualifying Round saw them pitted away to Isthmian League side Horsham which ended up in a scoreless 0-0 draw. The replay back at the university saw a bumper crowd of over 1,500 who witnessed a 1-1 draw after extra time but it was Team Bath who went through by 4-2 on penalties.
The 1st Round Proper match against Mansfield attracted a crowd of 5,469 due to the extra seating that was in demand and a Saturday lunchtime TV audience. Mansfield raced into a 3-0 half time lead but goals from Carl Heiniger and Caleb Kamara-Taylor pulled the home side back into the game but it was Mansfield who progressed in the end with a 4-2 victory.
After winning the Western League at the end of the season Team Bath left for pastures new in the Southern League, however they still remain the only university team to reach the FA Cup Rounds Proper since Oxford University lost to Clapham Rovers in the 1882 final at the Kennington Oval.