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EFL Clubs benefit from FA Cup progress prize

21 March 2019

Five EFL Clubs are set for a financial windfall after their progression in this season’s Emirates FA Cup, with Newport County, Swansea City and Millwall set to make over £1million each.

This comes after the EFL and The FA reached an agreement earlier this season whereby a new £250,000 Progress Prize was to be rewarded to the EFL Club from each Division that goes furthest in the competition. 

Sky Bet League Two side Newport made their way to the Fifth Round of this season’s competition, claiming a memorable victory against Premier League side Leicester City in the Third Round, before a valiant effort in defeat against Manchester City.

In total, Newport’s run generated over £1.1m of additional revenue, including the full £250,000 as the last remaining representative in Sky Bet League Two.

Millwall, after their run to the Quarter-Final, will receive just over £1.3million, whilst Swansea City are also set to get over £1.1m in total, including the £125,00 Progress Prize with the prize pot split evenly after multiple Clubs from the same division exited the competition at the same stage.

After their progress to the last eight, the pair from the Sky Bet Championship were the last remaining EFL representatives. Neil Harris’ side suffered the heartache of a penalty shootout defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion, whilst Manchester City brought an end to the run of Swansea.

Recipients from Sky Bet League One, Doncaster Rovers and AFC Wimbledon, will also receive an additional £125,000 each.

Both Doncaster and AFC Wimbledon’s run to the Fifth Round yielded over £800,000, including Rovers’ televised fixture against Crystal Palace and the Wombles’ Fourth Round tie against West Ham United.

EFL Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey, said: “The EFL has worked closely with The FA and the Premier League to develop the Divisional Prize Fund to ensure Clubs from all three EFL divisions had a further incentive to progress in the FA Cup alongside a payment for supporting the competition sponsor, Emirates.

“The initiative provided EFL Clubs a £250,000 prize fund for each Division to provide a further financial boost for those Clubs that progressed further in the competition. I’m delighted for the five EFL Clubs who will be rewarded for their success in the competition this season.”

Nine EFL Clubs reached the Fifth Round of this year’s competition, the joint-second highest in a single season since the Premier League’s inception in 1992, whilst in this season’s Emirates FA Cup, EFL Clubs have defeated seven of their Premier League counterparts to progress.

That list includes Newport County’s Third Round victory against Leicester City, AFC Wimbledon’s memorable Fourth Round triumph against West Ham United and Millwall’s progression against Everton at the same stage.

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