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How Newport could profit from memorable cup run

5 February 2019

Sky Bet League Two side Newport County face Sky Bet Championship side Middlesbrough in the Emirates FA Cup this evening, knowing that victory could have a lasting financial impact on the club.

The Exiles run in this season's competition has has included victories over Met Police, Wrexham and Premier League side Leicester City and has already increased their season income by approximately £900,000. 

Newport sit 53 places below Boro in the EFL, but set up a fourth-round replay between the sides with a last-gasp equaliser at the Riverside Stadium at the end of January.

The winners of the tie will meet Premier League champions and Carabao Cup finalists Manchester City at the next stage on Saturday 16 February and, if Newport were to get there, the club will benefit significantly.

Should they progress, County will receive £180,000 in FA Cup prize money. They will also have gone further than any other League Two club in this season's competition, meaning they would receive £250,000 as part of the recently launched Divisional Progress Prize fund, agreed by the EFL and FA.

With the potential fifth-round tie also selected for live TV broadcast, the club would receive a further £250,000. 

EFL Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey said: “The financial rewards that are earned as a result of progressing through the rounds in the Emirates FA Cup deliver a huge boost to EFL Clubs and the addition of a £250,000 divisional prize provides an even greater return that recognises a Club’s success.

“This additional fund, agreed with both The FA and Premier League, demonstrates further our commitment to securing the maximum financial contribution for our Clubs.” 


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