Cambridge City earn financial boost through FA Cup run
Cambridge City’s FA Cup run has provided a welcome financial boost at a time when resources are stretched across the football pyramid.
The Lilywhites were eyeing the first round proper for the first time in eight years, but those dreams came to an end with a 2-0 defeat at Darlington FC last Saturday.
Luke Charman grabbed both of the goals in the first half at Blackwell Meadows as the hosts made their two-tier advantage tell.
The run may be over, but it has provided plenty of cheer for many during a difficult time, with a win over Biggleswade United, a penalty shootout success over Stowmarket and victories over Cheshunt and Halesowen Town.
“Financially, it was very useful for us,” said City chairman Kevin Satchell.
“It’s a shame the prize money was decreased this year, but even so I think in prize money alone we’re going to collect over £15,000 and that’s very important for clubs at our level.
“All non-League clubs would appreciate that extra income that they couldn’t have budgeted for, so it will be very useful.
“Then, of course, there is the aspect of us getting more publicity as a result of a Cup run as well. It’s all been very positive.
“It’s never nice to be knocked out in the last qualifying round, but it does mean we have progressed through four rounds successfully to get there.”
Although the match with Darlington was behind closed doors, fans had been allowed in for previous rounds and with attendances capped, they were nearly all full houses.
“It’s certainly been very interesting for fans, as well as the club, to follow the run,” said Satchell.
“It’s just a shame that supporters couldn’t travel to Darlington because I’m sure we would have taken a decent following.
“There have been some good memories, there always is of every Cup run. It ends up getting talked about for years until you get another one that supersedes it – hopefully that will be next season!”
On the pitch, Satchell hopes City can use the run to their advantage in the Pitching In Isthmian League, North Division.
“There is always a slight down side [with a Cup run] with more games to be played you might pick up more injuries, but we will take the positives over the negatives, and it sets us up quite nicely now to try to push on in the league.
“There may be no further cup games this season.
“There is no invitation cup this year, and the league cup is going to be optional – so we may be able to concentrate on the league now and nothing else.
“There is still a long way to go in that as we’ve only played four games.”
City are due to be at home to Canvey Island this Saturday (October 31).