FA Cup leaves Fylde quids in

Manager Dave Challinor
Manager Dave Challinor

AFC Fylde are £38,813 better off for last season’s FA Cup exploits.

In addition to their prizemoney, the Warton-based club have now received a cash windfall of £11,313 for winning win through to the first round proper.

The reward comes from the FA Cup Pool scheme, whereby every club that hosts a replay from the first round onwards pays five per cent of the gate receipts into a kitty to be distributed among the 32 non-league clubs which won through the four qualifying rounds.

The Coasters have the likes of Premier League sides Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea to thank for their cash boost as those three hosted FA Cup replays last season, which is why the total in the Pool pot was the highest ever.

Fylde also earned £27,500 in prize money from the cup campaign which ended with a first round defeat by Accrington Stanley.

The price they paid in return was a lengthy backlog of league fixtures.

The money will come in useful for Fylde as they look to learn from their play-off defeat on penalties to Hednesford Town and win promotion from the Evo-Stik Northern Premier to the Conference North at the second time of asking next season.

Dave Challinor’s side have already confirmed a string of pre-season friendlies, starting with a derby away to AFC Blackpool on Saturday, July 13.

They will visit Warrington the following Saturday before their first home fixture against New Mills on July 27.

Fylde visit Prescot Cables on Tuesday 30 and then entertain Workington on August 3.

The Coasters hit the road to Ramsbottom United to August 6 before completing their preparations at Barrow on August 10.