Gainsborough Trinity’s FA Cup run will have a positive impact on next season’s finances, according to chairman Richard Kane.
The local businessman was delighted with Monday night’s draw, which will see League One Shrewsbury Town visit the Martin and Co Arena in the first round proper.
Wins over Boston United, Droylsden and Wrexham have already netted Trinity £24,000 in prize money, and the Blues have their fingers crossed that the game against the Shrews will be televised, bringing in extra revenue.
Another shock victory would net the club a further £18,000.
As the cup income continues to mount, Kane says it’s putting a healthy glow on Gainsborough’s financial forecast.
“It’s just taken the nervous edge off the financial situation at the club, for the next 12 months,” he said.
“It’s helping us into next season now, and anything we get on top of this is a bonus.
“Hopefully there’s more to come.”
Kane was part of a 200-strong crowd that packed the Blues Club on Monday night to watch the cup draw, and he insists Shrewsbury tick all the boxes.
And he wouldn’t bet against another upset.
“I’m very pleased with it – we wanted a league club or a lesser opposition.
“We didn’t want anyone in our league or the National League.
“And I think they’re beatable, looking at statistics and everything else.
“There’s a gulf between National League North and League One, but these things happen - just look at what happened on Saturday, everyone had written us off.”
While Steve Housham will have the job of masterminding an attempt to oust a League One club from the competition, Kane’s task is to promote the game.
“We’ve just got to fill the place now,” he said.
“I’d expect to sell out. We’ve got to reserve at least 1,200 for their fans, and our capacity is 3,800 so there’s 2,600 for Gainsborough.
“It’s excellent for Gainsborough as a town, because of the amount of people coming here for the game.
“And there’s a good chance it could be a on TV, which would be the cream on the top.”