Sunday Supplement : What is the FA Cup worth to Swansea City ?
Sunday, 24th Jan 2021 08:32 by Adrian Gold & Keith Haynes
Swansea a Independent takes a look at this years FA Cup with its reduced winning amounts per round due to the pandemic, and adds up the worth of a decent FA Cup run.
The FA Cup still rewards winners of each round
Swansea City are once again accumulating some extra wealth this season as a decent FA Cup run always does, okay it’s only two wins to date but what’s the worth to the club itself ? Rewards for winning teams have been taken back to the 2018/19 season by the FA citing the pandemic, hence the lower values involved in the 2020/21 season. In Swansea City’s case a win at Stevenage in the third round earned the club £69,000 with no LIVE transmission fee’s other than the highlights package shows on BT Sport, BBC etc.
Things got far more interesting for the swans in the fourth round, a home tie against Nottingham Forest was never going to be easy, but the winners would receive £90,000 plus if any game was transmitted LIVE an extra £85,000. As we know the game was transmitted LIVE on the BBC so yesterday’s game earned Swansea City £175,000 adding to the already accumulated £69,000 we are on the quarter of a million mark for winning two games. Let’s not forget the five goal destruction either. Worth it’s weight in gold. And all the goal scorers have come through the Swansea system playing the Swansea way.
A great day yesterday for Swansea City academy products
Moving on now to round five, the last thirty two clubs and the swans again find themselves at home to Manchester City. Nobody is going to say the home team will be the victors but Pepe Guardiola will know he got away with a lucky win a few seasons ago with a 3-2 win. Two clear offside goals won the game, and with VAR available but as the swans had just been relegated to the championship they were not allowed to use it. Lucky Pepe eh ? Had it been in use Manchester City would have won nothing more than a share of the gate money.
That’s a decent point to make, gate receipts are split in the FA Cup and that is clearly not happening this year so all clubs are going to suffer financially with the pandemic showing no signs of clearing off.
So,it is Manchester City at home and the winners of that game earn £180,000, it seems there are no losers award after the third round so it’s win or bust, However, the game is certain to be shown on TV which will earn the swans another £85,000. Already banked regardless of the fifth round result a nice £335,000 in the coffers. Money which no club would account for at the start of the season, it’s all a bonus. Superb news, I’m sure Steve Cooper May be asking our chief executive a few questions before the end of January about this extra stash of money.
Celina scores for the swans against Man City in the FA Cup
So, that’s the FA Cup prize and TV money explained, it’s not as much as recent years but let’s be honest it’s not to be sniffed at. A guaranteed £335,000 already for Swansea City, and you never know. If we actually get some decent officials included who are not blinded by the big club mentality Swansea City could well get a bit of revenge back for the last time around. If they do it’s another £180,000 banked taking the club to over half a million in the bank.
Who said the FA Cup doesn’t pay well ?
Probably most of the fans of clubs not in it because they have been knocked out. But that’s a whole different story.
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Letters from Wiltshire #34 by wessex_exile
I won’t dwell on Robbie’s latest message to the supporters – we’ve all read it, and we’ve all probably drawn our own conclusions about what it doesn’t say as much as what it does. To me, bottom line, I suspect the clock is now ticking for Steve Ball (at least), turn around this terrible form pretty damn quick, or start clearing out your locker. Regardless of personal opinions on any of the individuals concerned, I would like to think none of us actually wants to see people made redundant in the current climate. But, these are difficult times that require tough decisions. If Steve Ball is up to the job and can turn this around, I’ll be more than happy to support him. If he’s not, he has to go before irreparable harm is done…and we all know what that will look like, we’ve been there before…
Letters from Wiltshire #33 by wessex_exile
Today we face a trip to Crawley, not usually a venue that bears fruit for the U’s it has to be said. In nine visits we’ve only won once in the league, and once in the League Cup. Of course, we’ll all remember that League Cup victory, indeed many of us were probably there to see us progress through to 5th round and the dream fixture against Manchester United at Old Trafford. All of our goal-scorers that night, Luke’s Norris and Gambin, and Cohen Bramall (okay, technically an O.G.), are no longer with us, so let’s hope at the very least that recent departee and subsequent returnee Frank Nouble can bag another like his late equaliser against Mansfield. Steve Ball commented during the week about how tight the league is at the moment, and he’s right that a couple of back to back victories would see us move significantly up the table away from danger – but we’ve got to win them first Steve – something we’ve failed to do since our 1-0 victory at Scunthorpe on December 8th.
Letters from Wiltshire #32 by wessex_exile
Fifty years ago yesterday, Colchester United of the 4th Division pulled off the greatest cup giant-killing ever, beating 1st Division Leeds United 3-2 at Layer Road. Watched by 16,000, and the Match of the Day cameras, Dick Graham’s U’s, a rag-tag band of mostly aging journeymen, defied the odds to defeat arguably the greatest club side in Europe at the time. “The greatest cup giant-killing ever” is a bold claim, and over the years various football magazines and websites have run their own polls of which was the greatest. Whilst that day at Layer Rd always features, as the years have gone by other feats fresher in the memory have been put forward as a candidate – we probably all remember Ronnie Radford’s screamer against Newcastle, Sutton’s exploits, or even Bradford City quite recently at Stamford Bridge – but these pale into insignificance when you pause to reflect on the Don Revie side that we beat that day. Sprake, Cooper, Charlton, Hunter, Lorimer, Giles etc – all full internationals, all household names – the only one missing was Billy Bremner, and that was because he was injured. By comparison, all we had to offer was Ray Crawford – at his peak arguably on a par with some in the Leeds side, but that peak had been ten years earlier playing for Ipswich and England. Eleven heroes didn’t just try and hold out against Leeds United, they took the game to their illustrious opponents with such tenacity, grit and no small amount of flair, and before we knew it, the U’s were 3-0 in the lead. As legs tired, Leeds got back into the game with goals from Hunter and Giles, but we held firm – typified at the death by Graham Smith pulling off an impossible save to ensure the U’s achieved the greatest cup giant-killing ever!
Letters from Wiltshire #31 by wessex_exile
And so the dust settles on another transfer window closing, and despite (my) expectations that the possibility of incoming business was going to be remote, we have instead seen a veritable flurry of activity, with no less than three coming in. Big Frank Nouble, making a very welcome return on loan from Plymouth Argyle, of course needs no introduction. Neither really does feisty Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu, here on loan last season, and this time signed full-time from Charlton Athletic for an undisclosed fee. Actually paying hard cash for someone did come as a surprise, presumably offset by the sale of Cohen Bramall to Lincoln for a similarly undisclosed fee. However, the fact that the Addicks have insisted on not only a sell-on clause, but a rarely used buy-back clause too, suggests (a) Wiredu’s signing fee probably wasn’t too high, and (b) Charlton are protecting those finances with these clauses. The last one, which would have been a complete surprise for me were it not for a contact leaking me the news earlier yesterday, is left-back Josh Doherty on loan from Crawley. Josh was only announced once outgoing left-back Bramall was confirmed, and presumably his loan is directly related to part-time fashion model, TV and radio celeb and former left-back Mark Wright signing for Crawley on a non-contract game-by-game basis in December. We have also released seven from the academy, Ollie Kensdale, Miquel Scarlett, Sammie McLeod, Michael Fernandes, Ollie Sims, Danny Collinge and Matt Weaire, and I’m sure we all wish them the best for the future.
Letters from Wiltshire #30 by wessex_exile
Friday night football – can’t beat it. Gives you that feelgood factor all weekend, sitting back to enjoy a stress-free Saturday afternoon watching others fail in your wake. Of course, you have to win first, which we’ve been struggling to do for a while now, so be prepared for the possibility of a miserable weekend just in case. We share this evening with Reading v AFC Bournemouth, albeit they kick-off an hour later than we do. In the real world, leaders of the UK’s five largest business groups have written to Boris demanding action on the substantial difficulties they are facing over Brexit bureaucracy, whilst French border authorities are reporting that two-thirds of lorries arriving from the UK are empty (i.e. no exports leaving the UK). Still, at least the NHS can enjoy their extra £350m per week…
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