Accrington Stanley made just £2.99 profit from FA Cup tie with Barnet

The grim financial reality of football’s lower leagues: How League One Accrington Stanley made just £2.99 profit by hosting their second round FA Cup match against Barnet

  • The Accrington chief executive tweeted a financial collapse of the tie
  • It was found that 1,532 paying viewers contributed £9,771.66 net of VAT
  • But Stanley then had to pay for stewarding, floodlights and medical expenses
  • They also had to come up with over £5,000 for Barnet’s travel and hotel expenses
  • This left a total win of just £5.99 to be shared with Barnet

The Accrington Stanley chief executive has revealed how the League One club walked away from an FA Cup tie on a meager £2.99 this season.

In a stark illustration of the reality of life in the minor league, David Burgess tweeted a breakdown of monies earned and paid for Stanley’s second-round tie against Barnet in November.

It was revealed that 1,532 paying spectators passed through the turnstiles at Wham Stadium in Accrington to visit the National League side that afternoon, generating £11,016 in revenue.

The chief executive of Accrington Stanley have revealed they made a profit of just £2.99 from a draw in the second round of the FA Cup against Barnet in November

The chief executive of Accrington Stanley have revealed they made a profit of just £2.99 from a draw in the second round of the FA Cup against Barnet in November

David Burgess tweeted a breakdown of Stanley's earnings and expenses from the cup game

David Burgess tweeted a breakdown of Stanley’s earnings and expenses from the cup game

In addition, Stanley earned £710 from 71 guests paying £10 each for executive packages in their 1968 lounge.

This gives a total of £11,726 or, if VAT is deducted, £9,771.66.

The second page shows the payments Stanley had to make from that amount. Porters and stewards were paid £4,154.37, £75 for use of floodlights and £400 for medical care.

Under FA Cup rules and regulations, away teams are entitled to claim travel and hotel accommodation expenses from the host club.

Barnet did so, with £2,300 being set aside for their travel expenses and £2,836.30 for hotel rooms for their players and staff.

The front page showed how much Accrington was making from FA Cup tie gate fees

The front page showed how much Accrington was making from FA Cup tie gate fees

But the second page showed how Barnet's travel and hotel expenses, as well as other expenses, decimated all revenue. Also, the leftover £5.99 had to be shared with Barnet

But the second page showed how Barnet’s travel and hotel expenses, as well as other expenses, decimated all revenue. Also, the leftover £5.99 had to be shared with Barnet

This left a ‘credit for distribution’ of just £5.99.

The rules state that before the FA Cup third round, net goal receipts will be split equally between the two clubs.

That meant Barnet was entitled to half of that £5.99 – not to mention £5,139.30 in expenses – leaving Accrington with a final profit of just £2.99.

Burgess tweeted: “To clarify – the FA Cup R2 Gate receipts… @ASFCofficial walked away with a grand total of £2.99 after all expenses – ticket prices £10 or less and no police charges…”

Action from the FA Cup second round tie in November which Accrington won 1-0

Action from the FA Cup second round tie in November which Accrington won 1-0

Accrington players applaud fans after drawing 1-1 with Boreham Wood in the third round

Accrington players applaud fans after drawing 1-1 with Boreham Wood in the third round

Luckily, thanks to Ethan Hamilton’s winner, they received £67,000 in prize money in the 84th minute of the game.

Their reward was an away game at another National League club, Boreham Wood, in the third round that ended in a 1-1 draw.

The replay at Wham Stadium was scheduled for Tuesday night but was postponed due to an unplayable pitch.

Stanley are 19th in League One, a point above the relegation zone, and have the second-lowest average attendance at 3,276, behind only Forest Green this season with 3,042.

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