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How the FA Cup boosts a non-league club


Sutton United are mid-table in the Vanarama National League, although not so long ago they were in the third tier of the non-league pyramid in the Ryman League.  On Sunday they face Leeds United in a televised FA Cup tie that will bring them £144,000 in addition to the £300,000 they have already earned from their cup run.  They have already been able to repair a leak in the home dressing room roof.

The club's annual income is about £1m with around half of that spent on rent, rates, lighting, upkeep, travel and kit.  Sutton's wage bill last season was £440,000 which covers the cost of player wages at an average of £500 per player per week for 40 weeks of the year.  It also covers wages for the bar staff, coaches and 3G pitch staff.

Manager Paul Doswell, who has invested £1m of his money in the club since 2008, does not receive a salary.   Part of the television money will be used to start paying back Doswell for the interest free £700,000 loan he gave the club to build the 3G pitch.