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Cambridge United CEO on the financial benefits of drawing Newcastle United in the FA Cup

3 weeks ago
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A lot of interest / excitement amongst the fans of Cambridge United after drawing Newcastle United in the FA Cup.

A delay then before plans could be made, as everybody had to wait for the TV bosses to pick their matches for live broadcast, both for the UK market and overseas.

Thankfully this Newcastle United v Cambridge United clash remaining at 3pm on Saturday 8 January.

With 13 days still to go, Cambridge United have already sold out the vast majority of their initial 5,000 ticket allocation. If the demand is there, they could potentially take another 2,500 tickets, as away clubs in the competition are entitled to 15% of capacity.

Speaking about the upcoming match, the CEO of Cambridge United declares: ‘A fantastic opportunity for our team and fans to experience a Premier League setting like Newcastle, with 52,000 fans watching.’

The club’s CEO though, says that financially, drawing Newcastle United is: ‘A help, although it’s not the huge payday that some people might expect.’

Cambridge United CEO Ian Mather talking to the Cambridge Independent:

“On one level, it is just a fantastic opportunity for our team and fans to experience a Premier League setting like Newcastle, with 52,000 fans watching.

“On that level, it’s absolutely brilliant. Financially, it’s a help although it’s not the huge payday that some people might expect.

“It’s due to the ticket pricing.

“Newcastle have got a history in recent years of fixing ticket prices at £10 and £5 as a thank you to the fans, and this year they are continuing that policy.

“It is great for the fans and our fans will benefit from that as well, but in terms of the revenue we receive, because we have a share of the gate, then obviously we’re getting less money than if it was normal ticket prices.”

“I think it is one of those games that will draw attention.

“It’s not going to be televised but I’m sure people will be interested in the result and we will be going there with positive thoughts in our mind.

“We’re playing Newcastle [in the FA Cup] and Leeds [in the FA Youth Cup], it’s some years since you could say that for the first team and youth team.

“It’s perhaps a measure of how far we’ve come.”

“It is going to be a lot of travelling fans [up to Newcastle] – we’ve got an allocation of 5,000 and we should have a big following.”

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