FA Cup leaves non-league side in debt

23 Apr 2008

By: Sport Industry Group

A row has erupted over the monetary value of playing in the FA Cup after a non-league side was left £10,000 in the red after being forced to switch its first-round game to a larger stadium.

Havant and Waterlooville’s home tie at the club’s West Leigh Park stadium against Millwall was moved to Portsmouth’s Fratton Park ground due to concerns over overcrowding.

However a £35,000 police bill for the game has left the Nationwide Conference South club facing a major shortfall in the wake of their 2-1 loss. Revenue from the match itself only produced a break-even figure of £25,000.

‘Just about everybody in football - even police I've spoken to - thinks it's absolutely scandalous,’ commented Havant club secretary Trevor Brock. ‘We must be the first team playing in the FA Cup against a League team that has lost money.’