It's cash Gordon!
PUBLISHED: 15:35 04 November 2009 | UPDATED: 14:46 24 August 2010
By Ben Kosky WEALDSTONE S FA Cup exploits could secure the club s short-term future – whether or not they pull off a shock against Rotherham on Sunday. The cash-strapped Stones have already netted more than £25,000 from their run to the first round and ca
By Ben Kosky
WEALDSTONE'S FA Cup exploits could secure the club's short-term future - whether or not they pull off a shock against Rotherham on Sunday.
The cash-strapped Stones have already netted more than £25,000 from their run to the first round and can add another £18,000 to the kitty if they knock out the League Two side.
The club were forced to beg funds from their supporters to cover this season's playing budget - but, whatever Sunday's result, chairman Howard Krais is optimistic there will be no repeat next year.
"It has been a tricky year and that was the reason we went to the supporters," Krais told the Times. "We knew we couldn't afford to lose any money because we didn't have any to lose.
"My hope is that we won't have to go to our fans next year because of the cup money. It's a fantastic opportunity and will give us a bit more of a platform.
"The playing budget is already 25 per cent lower than it was last year and as things stand [manager] Gordon [Bartlett] won't get any more money this season, but it will enable us to look further ahead."
Sunday's tie at Grosvenor Vale will be the Stones' first FA Cup meeting with a league side since they drew 1-1 with Swansea City at their old Lower Mead ground in 1986 before losing the replay 4-1.
And the chairman feels the visit of Rotherham will rank alongside some of the most memorable days in the club's history.
"Promotions and going to Anfield for the FA Youth Cup a few years ago were big days, but there's something special about this competition," Krais added.
"It's about all those people connected with the club who have worked so hard and I hope it'll be a day they'll talk about, but only for one year - then we'll do it again!
"It's also a great day for Gordon - it's his testimonial year, he's done so much for this club over the years and I think he's got the FA Cup monkey off his back at last.
"Rotherham are three levels above us, but I genuinely think we've got a chance - if we can get our full team out and play our best, who's to say we can't do it?"
During his time as Yeading manager, Bartlett earned replays against Colchester and Gillingham, but has yet to oversee an FA Cup victory over a league club.
He added: "This has put the spotlight on us a bit - even more so if we can get a result. Secondly, we have a young squad and it'll be fantastic for them, and most importantly, the financial input is the lifeblood of the club."
The club have set up a 500-seater temporary stand for Sunday's tie and tickets are priced at £20, while standing will be £15 for adults and £10 concessions. Supporters are advised to buy tickets in advance.
PENALTIES from Ryan Ashe and Greg Ngoyi earned Stones a 2-1 win in their FA Trophy replay with Harrow Borough on Tuesday.
Peter Lyall struck for Borough, but Wealdstone held on and will travel to Farnborough in the next round.