DONS HIT JACK­POT

AFC Wim­ble­don cho­sen for FA Cup tele­vi­sion cov­er­age again

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By John Lyons

MAN­AGER­LESS AFC Wim­ble­don are set to cash in again in the FA Cup af­ter be­ing se­lected for live cov­er­age for the sec­ond round in a row.

The Dons beat Bostik Pre­mier Haringey Bor­ough 1-0 in the first round in front of the BBC cam­eras just over a week ago. They picked up £75,000 as a live broad­cast fee and trousered £36,000 in prize money.

De­spite the win, it proved to be the last match in charge for boss Neal ArNew­port dley, who left the club by mu­tual con­sent on Mon­day af­ter six years in charge.

First-team coach Si­mon Bassey has been ap­pointed in­terim man­ager and he’s brought in for­mer Repub­lic of Ire­land in­ter­na­tional Steven Reid to as­sist him.

Whether they will still be in charge for the FA Cup sec­ond round tie at ei­ther More­cambe or FC Hal­i­fax on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 1 (12.30pm live on BT Sport 1) re­mains to be seen.

The League Two Shrimps and Na­tional League out­fit Hal­i­fax played out a goal­less draw in their first meet­ing and replay on Tues­day night.

The replay win­ners and the Dons will pocket £75,000 for live cov­er­age of their sec­ond round tie, with prize money of £54,000 also up for grabs.

Three other sec­ond round ties have been cho­sen for live cov­er­age. Black­pool visit Tim Flow­ers’ Soli­hull Moors in front of the BBC Two cam­eras on Fri­day, Novem­ber 30 (7.55pm). There’s an all-Welsh clash be­tween Na­tional League pace­set­ters Wrex­ham and County on De­cem­ber 1 (BT Sport 1, 8pm) and Joey Bar­ton takes his Fleet­wood side to Na­tional League North Guise­ley on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 3 (BT Sport 1, 8pm).

League One front-run­ners Portsmouth have been drawn away to Rochdale, while Sun­der­land travel to Walsall.

Two of this mid­week’s re­plays are live on BT Sport 1. Ox­ford City host Tranmere on Tues­day and Sal­ford face Shrewsbury the fol­low­ing night. The broad­cast fee for the re­plays is £33,750 per club.

JOY: AFC Wim­ble­don’s Mitchell Pin­nock cel­e­brates his last-gasp win­ner against Haringey Bor­ough in the first round

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