Cheddar AFC dreaming of lucrative FA cup adventure
This season’s Emirates FA Cup will see clubs benefit from the competition prize fund more than doubling to £30.2m, and Cheddar AFC is dreaming of a lucrative cup adventure, ahead of the Western League Division One side’s Preliminary Round home tie against Yate Town at Bowdens Park on Saturday 25 August.
The new Emirates FA Cup prize fund will benefit participating clubs and their communities across every round of the 2018-19 competition and victory will see Cheddar benefit from the increased prize money on offer for the second round in succession. The fund will see winning clubs receive more than ever before, as each side who progresses from the Extra Preliminary Round to the First Round of the competition will be awarded a total of £60,190.
This is only the third Emirates FA Cup campaign for Cheddar in their 125-year history, and last week’s impressive 3-2 away win against Bridgwater Town gave them their first ever taste of victory in the world’s most famous domestic cup competition. The feat was even more impressive as their opponents had never been knocked out in the Extra Preliminary Round in their previous 22 FA Cup campaigns.
The Somerset club have already picked up £2,250 following their Extra Preliminary Round victory and know that a win on Saturday will secure another £2,890 in prize money to help with their ambitious projects on and off the pitch, all of which will positively impact the club and wider community in the years to come. The list of improvements they are looking to make include the replacement of the ground’s dated floodlights, a full refurbishment of the home and away team dressing rooms, and the completion of the pitch perimeter which will allow home and away fans to watch the game from anywhere in the ground.
It’s the 138th edition of the world’s original cup competition this term, which saw over 1.8m supporters watch more than 11,000 players in action during last season’s campaign. All 368 clubs at the Cup’s earliest stage were guaranteed a payment, regardless of their result. Winning clubs in the Extra Preliminary Round last season would have collected £1,500 from the prize fund, with losers taking home nothing. But this year, winners – including Cheddar – received £2,250 and losing clubs received £750, making a real difference to clubs across the football pyramid.
Andy Ambler, The FA’s Director of Professional Game Relations, said: “We’re very pleased that the Emirates FA Cup prize fund for this season’s competition has doubled to over £30.2m, with £4m of this guaranteed to be distributed to Non-League clubs. We’re confident this increased level of
investment will have a positive and meaningful impact at every level of football in England, and I wish all clubs competing in this year’s Emirates FA Cup the very best of luck.”
Matt Postins, Cheddar AFC’s Club Chairman, said: “There is a real buzz around the football club and local community after our first ever FA Cup win in our 125-year history, and we are enjoying every minute of the competition as we head into the Preliminary Round this weekend. The prize money available is really important to a club like ours as it allows us to make meaningful and impactful upgrades to benefit players, fans and the wider community. The fact that there is now double the amount on offer at each round gives us an additional incentive to try and progress as far as we can.”