DONS IN MOOD TO CAPTURE FA CUP BOUNTY
AFC Wimbledon are in for a bumper pay-day when they take on unheralded
Curzon Ashton in the FA Cup second round this afternoon – but bigger riches could lie in store.
The League One side travel to Ashton-under-Lyne to take on the Nash in a high noon showdown which is live on BT Sport 1.
The fee for television coverage is £72,000 – and the Dons will bank another £27,000 in prize money if they can see off the National League North part-timers. With gate receipts to be added, there is a potential six-figure jackpot on offer.
However, that could be small beer if Wimbledon can get through and then land a plum tie against a Premier League heavyweight in the third round.
Dons boss Neal Ardley said: “We’ve managed to get through (with a 5-0 replay win against Bury) and now find ourselves away to Curzon with a chance of round three.
“It really has to be a priority for us to see this job through and get ourselves in the hat for what could be any sort of tie. What it does bring to the football club, and can potentially bring, is huge.”
It’s a busy day of Cup football today. Plenty of eyes will be on the all-League One clash between
Bolton and Sheffield United. The 1987 winners
Coventry face a testing trip to League Two side
Cambridge United, who overcame Dover in a replay thriller in round one.
Bristol Rovers will be out to avoid an upset at home to in-form National League outfit Barrow, while Millwall (at home against Braintree), Northampton (away to Stourbridge) and Accrington Stanley (away to Woking) also face Non-League sides. Notts County host Peterborough and Port Vale face Hartlepool in two all-EFL clashes. In an all-Non -League tie, Martin Allen’s Eastleigh host FC Halifax. Oldham visit Lincoln City tomorrow night.
EAGER: Neal Ardley