FA Cup cash will benefit Paulton Rovers for a decade
Paulton Rovers chairman David Bissex believes the money made from the televised FA Cup clash against Norwich City will help the club maintain financial stability for more than a decade.
The club yesterday sold the last remaining tickets for the televised first round tie at Winterfield Road on Saturday (12.45pm) and also revealed that they had agreed a one-game shirt sponsorship deal with Shepton Mallet-based company Blackthorn Cider.
Rovers are set to receive £70,000 for their part of the broadcasting fee from ITV and with the other fringe benefits on top are set to bank around a quarter of their usual annual turnover of around £400,000 from the clash against Paul Lambert's League One side.
Bissex said: "It is difficult to put a figure on exactly how much we are going to make. Everyone has a rough idea of the television fees but there is also money from the gate receipts to consider and other fringe benefits like sponsorship.
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"Whatever the final total is will certainly make a massive financial difference to the club. We are a very well run financially but this will keep us sound on that score for the next five to ten years. We are fortunate that we are doing quite well financially for a club operating at this level.
"What we are making from this cup tie is a massive boost; something totally unexpected that will put us in good stead and help cover our running costs for around the next five to ten years."
Manager Andy Jones insists he will continue to operate on a 'sensible' playing budget despite the unexpected windfall – but admits the additional funds could boost his side's Zamaretto League promotion bid.
"The money we will make from this cup run will really make no difference to me," Jones said. "The club has always been very sound in the way it is run financially. The treasurer keeps a tight reign on the finances and is very sensible. We have always striven to keep the club financially sound and in the four-and-a-half-years I have been here we have always worked within affordable budgets.
"It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for most of the players. To get the chance to play on live television against a team that was in the Premier League not so long ago does not come around too often. Getting out there and trying to win a game of football is the foremost thing in our thoughts right now."
Preparations to the Winterfield Road venue were continuing yesterday and Jones added: "The first person I spoke to after the draw was our treasurer Les Rodgers and we both agreed straight away that we wanted the game played here.
"Moving the game to another venue was never even discussed. Getting the game on here gives us the best and possibly only chance of toppling a side as a big as Norwich City."
A decision on whether or not to play broken metatarsal-victim Dan Cleverley will be made on Saturday morning. The skipper's condition was said to be improved last night but he may well have a pain killing injection before the end of the week in a bid to be fit.