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Wembley double could be huge money-spinner for York City
YORK City’s double Wembley date this month will bring hundreds of thousands of pounds to the club and boost the city’s feel-good factor, according to fans and club chiefs.
Bootham Crescent bosses said City’s FA Trophy Final clash against Newport County this weekend, followed by the play-off final against Luton Town eight days later, could bring in £300,000 in gate receipts. Victory over Luton would also mean a return to the Football League for city and a huge annual boost for club coffers.
Sophie Hicks, York City’s community director said: “Ultimately the rewards are massive for the play-off’s, which could be an additional £750,000 each year in income if we reach the Football League.
“It’s a really important eight days for us what with the cup final, a decision on the new stadium and the play-offs. They have reached two finals - if that hasn’t put the city on the map I don’t know what would.”
If City win the FA Trophy, they receive £50,000 in prize money, while the runners-up receive £25,000.
Susie Cawood, head of York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, said the feel-good factor associated with the Wembley double should not be forgotten, especially in times of “doom and gloom”.
She said: “If York win these games they will get written about and a lot and people forget the economic benefits of a successful club or stadium. It strengthens the case for a community stadium when you have a football team going to Wembley twice.”
Meanwhile, fans are gearing themselves up to make one or both trips to Wembley, though pubs in York are expected to be packed with supporters.
Frank Ormston, chair of the supporters’ group York Minstermen, said: “It does lift people’s spirits. People who don’t usually take any notice of football are suddenly very interested.
“I would like to see the pubs empty in York because I want everyone down in Wembley supporting the side but the reality is that a lot of people won’t be able to afford both trips, so I’m sure they will be going out to the pubs and clubs to watch.”