Cash windfall for Lilywhites

MOSSLEY’S Emirates FA Cup run has boosted the football club’s coffers by around £10,000 according to director John Larner.

The Lilywhites received £2,890 in FA prize money for beating Ossett United in the preliminary round and a further £6,000 for overcoming Clitheroe in the first qualifying round.

Mossley bowed out of the FA Cup against Kidsgrove Athletic

In addition there was gate receipts along with takings from the bar and refreshments that will push the figure towards five figures, a huge amount for a club like Mossley.

Mr Larner said: “The money is a great help towards helping secure the future of the football club.
“It will certainly make our balance sheet look a lot better.”

Had Mossley beaten Kidsgrove Athletic on Saturday (Sept 22) in the second qualifying round, they would have picked up an additional £9,000 in prize money.

Mr Larner added the cash windfall is welcome after the club spent a considerable sum on ground improvements in the summer, though club sponsors helped finance them.

It has been a hugely encouraging start to the season for Mossley, both on and off the field.

The club is riding high in Evo Stik League West and attendances have continued to climb.

There was a gate of 439 at Seel Park for the FA Cup tie against Kidsgrove with Mr Larner saying the majority were home fans.

Mossley’s average home attendances last season were 250 – up from 150 the previous year – and Mr Larner says the way they are already shaping up, they ought to surpass that figure in the current campaign.

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