TAN­NERS ARE IN THE MONEY

Late Tackle Football Magazine - - CLUBS GO FOR GLORY -

THE fact the FA have dou­bled the prize money on of­fer in their show­piece com­pe­ti­tion this sea­son has given Non­League clubs even greater in­cen­tive to go on a gi­ant-killing run. By knock­ing out Herne Bay, Haver­hill Rovers and Han­well Town, Leather­head trousered £30,000 in prize money. There was an­other £25,000 on of­fer for the fourth round qual­i­fy­ing win­ners and the prospect of big­ger re­wards to come. The Bostik Pre­mier could take a back­seat. “It’ll be the fifth league game we’ve had post­poned due to the cup run but, from the club’s point of view, you want to stay in the FA Cup as long as you can,” said man­ager Nikki Bull ahead of their tie at Hitchin Town. “I know some peo­ple say it’s a dis­trac­tion from the league - we’re fall­ing down the ta­ble and we’ve got games in hand - but all our pri­or­ity is the FA Cup. “There’s 25 grand on it, that’s the way I’m look­ing at it from the club’s point of view. It’s huge. “It was 15 grand for beat­ing Han­well. It was re­ally im­por­tant and you don’t want to put the pres­sure on the play­ers but for any Non-League club 15 grand is a hell of a lot of money. “There is so much wealth in the game now at the top level, but for us in the months of Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber you can earn £50-£60,000, which is mas­sive.”

Pushed to the limit: The Leather­head play­ers

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