Gulls to receive cash boost for cup broadcast

Banbury United v Canvey Island – Emirates FA Cup first round – The Banbury Plant Hire Community Stadium – Saturday 3pm

Although non-league football fans have again been cast adrift from their clubs following the latest set of Government lockdown rules, followers of Canvey Island have been handed an unlikely opportunity to capture the action from their Emirates FA Cup first-round tie with Southern League Premier Central Division outfit, Banbury United.

The Gulls travel to the Oxfordshire-clubs Banbury Plant Hire Community Stadium on Saturday afternoon with the match set to be broadcasted live by Match of the Day on their BBCiPlayer and BBCSport online platforms.

The match will be filmed using a single camera, with both clubs receiving £5,000 for being selected.

Canvey Island Chairmen, John Batch, admitted the cash injection came as a boost for the club: “In these times, the money generated by our FA Cup run will prove invaluable,” he told Yellow Sport.

“There has been very little financial help from the government for the club, so any additional income is much needed.

“As well as £5,000 for the television rights, we will also receive either £16,900 if we win the match or £5,600 if we lose. In previous years only the successful team has earned prize money from the 1st Round onwards, so this is a good change from the FA and will help to make up for the lack of gate revenue.

“It’s just a shame that our fans can’t be there to enjoy the match, as they’ve played a big part in us getting this far in the competition.”

Gulls boss, Mark Bentley, has no fresh injury concerns and has a full squad to select from.


Brian Jeeves