How much money have Hartlepool United earned in the FA Cup after progressing through to third round following 1-0 win over Exeter City?
Hartlepool United are one of only two non-league sides to have secured their place in the FA Cup third round.
Pools did so by beating League Two high-flyers Exeter City 1-0 at Victoria Park on Tuesday night to set-up a third round tie at Oxford United in the new year.
The only other National League club in the third round is Dave Challinor’s former side AFC Fylde, who travel to Sheffield United in January.
Their respective runs to the third round have generated £108,750 in prize money for the club’s so far though when you factor in gate receipts and television revenue, things start to become more lucrative.
So far, Hartlepool’s four FA Cup matches have generated a cumulative crowd of 10,948 with the profits being split between the home and away sides.
Non-league sides can receive a higher percentage of the gate receipts when drawn against Football League opposition and this becomes mandatory from the third round onwards.
In addition, Pools received a five figure sum for their second round tie at Exeter City being shown as part of the BBC’s Final Score coverage.
Taking all this into account and Pools will likely have netted upwards of £150,000 from their cup run so far.
However, it’s worth pointing out the costs they will have incurred as long trips to Exeter and Yeovil don’t come cheap. Although their initial ill-fated postponement at Yeovil should have been partially covered from a financial standpoint, it was still far from ideal for the club.