In their first season back at National League level Sutton finished 12th, the highest of the promoted clubs, but it was the FA Cup for which the season will be remembered as U’s made history by reaching the 5th round for the first time ever. After a last minute winner at home to Forest Green had seen them through the 4th qualifying round, they won 6-3 at Dartford before beating League Two Cheltenham thanks to another very late goal. In the third round U’s scored three times in the last fifteen minutes to win a replay at AFC Wimbledon after a goalless draw, and then in front of the BT cameras they beat Leeds 1-0 to gain revenge for the result 47 years earlier. The fifth round saw U’s drawn at home to Arsenal and put up a creditable performance in a 2-0 defeat televised live on BBC1.
Sutton have also made great strides off the pitch in recent years,, establishing close links with the local community through initiatives such as two Community Fun Days per season, organised with the local Metropolitan Police Safe Neighbourhoods Team, and earning the status of FA Charter Standard Community Club in 2010. The work done as part of the club’s Football Development Plan has seen football return to the adjacent Collingwood Recreation Ground with the thriving colts’ section, and in 2013 the club was awarded Business of the Year and was also winner of the Commitment to the Community Award in the Sutton Business Awards. After a programme of improvements which has seen all four sides of the ground redeveloped in the last thirty years, a 3G pitch was installed in summer 2015 and is used by Combined Counties League club Sutton Common Rovers, and AFC Wimbledon Ladies, as well as providing an all- weather sports facility for the local community.