FA Cup Pool set for record rewards to small clubs
The annual FA Cup Pool looks set to reward smaller clubs for their participation in last season’s competition with new record payouts.
May 31st, 2013
It’s a little-known process to fans of teams in the higher echelons of the English football pyramid system that, from the third round of the FA Cup onwards, whichever is the home team of a replayed tie pays 5% of their total gate receipts into a pot.
At the end of the competition the pot is then shared out between every non-league team who reached the first round of the Cup as a prize for their progress. This year 32 teams from the Conference and below found themselves in FA Cup first-round action, and as a result look set to receive over £11,000 each – a new record.
Of course, as a team progresses in the Cup, they’d receive more and more prize money for their own coffers – just ask Blue Square Bet Premier side Luton Town, who made it to the fifth round – only one step away from the quarters and equally as deep as the likes of Arsenal and Leeds – before being eliminated by Millwall.
Dorchester Town of the Conference South had made it to the second round before losing to the Hatters, earning over £40,000 in prize money for themselves – and will take their total earnings from FA Cup competition to over the fifty grand mark thanks to this pool payoff.
Teams which will receive the money are listed below.
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