Filed under: News | Tags: Altrincham, Gigg Lane, incompetent officialdom, Moss Lane, The FA
A statement from the ‘fishal site:
FC United will play any home FA Cup games and FA Trophy games at Gigg Lane next season and not at Altrincham as previously announced.
The FA had advised that playing these matches away from Gigg Lane was permissible but The FA has since informed us that we had been wrongly advised by a member of staff in the competitions department.
I suppose now isn’t the time to point out we played BPA at Radcliffe in last season’s Trophy? The FA probably don’t know about that, the useless pricks.
The reason we wanted cup games moved to Alty, for those who don’t know, is due to the regulation stating gate receipts must be shared equally among the clubs in cup competitions. Now, in the league, we need an attendance of 1700 to break even. So in the cups, if we don’t get around 3400 (I know, bad maths, don’t pick me up on it) in, we’re getting financially slaughtered.
So what are the options?
1. Close the MRE, as we did in several games last year. This takes the figure need to break even down from 1700 to 1200, and it’s a lot more realistic expecting 2400 people in for a cup game.
2. Hope we get drawn away in every round.
3. Get knocked out as soon as possible, and get the fuck out of Gigg Lane even sooner. The place (although we’re grateful for the use of it blah blah blah) is crippling us financially. Which is another reason it’s such a shame this Alty thing didn’t happen. Given the contract at Gigg Lane is up soon, it would have been interesting to see how Moss Lane worked for us.
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