FA Cup: Warrington Town boosted by 'astounding' cash windfall

Warrington Town fans
Warrington Town fans stormed the pitch after they beat Exeter City in the FA Cup first round
Gateshead v Warrington Town - FA Cup second round
Venue: Gateshead International Stadium Date: Sunday, 7 December Kick-off: 12:00 GMT
Coverage: Full highlights on Match Of The Day, live text/report on BBC Sport website

Warrington Town chairman Toby Macormac says their FA Cup run has achieved the double bonus of a £200,000 windfall and attracting local rugby league fans.

The Northern Premier Division One side beat League Two Exeter City to reach the second round for the first time.

Their reward was a trip to Conference club Gateshead on Sunday.

"If you take into account the Gateshead game and look at the numbers, you're not going to be far off £200,000," Macormac told BBC Radio Merseyside.

Warrington are managed by Shaun Reid, brother of former England international Peter, and his group of part-time players made light of the 100-place gap between themselves and Exeter in round one.

With a squad including a catalogue model and a solicitor, funds are usually quite tight.

But the prize money and television revenue generated from the best cup run in their 64-year history has set the Yellows up for the future.

"It's an astounding figure and something that will definitely help sustain the club for seasons to come. We've got a great board of directors and we'll use those finances to take the club forward," said Macormac.

Football v Rugby League in Warrington
Warrington Town FCWarrington Wolves
Founded in 1949 as Stockton Heath Albion, took on current name in 1961HistoryOne of original 22 clubs that formed the Northern Rugby Football Union in 1895, only club to have played top-flight rugby ever since
Cantilever Park has a capacity of 2,500, adults pay £8 to watch league gamesStadiumMoved to 15,000-capacity Halliwell Jones Stadium in 2004
Reached FA Vase final in 1986-87HonoursThree-time winners of old Championship; reached Super League Grand Final in 2012 and 2013
England's 1966 World Cup winner Roger Hunt appeared for Warrington before joining LiverpoolDid you know?Warrington Wolves are also nicknamed "The Wire" in reference to the town's wire-pulling industry
In FA Cup second round having beaten five opponents, including four from higher divisionsCup pedigreeWon eight Challenge Cups, most recently in 2012

The town is more renowned for rugby league, with Warrington Wolves regularly challenging for domestic honours, but many of their supporters have been caught up in the cup fervour.

"There are a lot of rugby league fans that have come down and watched us," said Macormac.

"To get both the sports in the town integrating from a fan perspective is great to see."

Warrington's Cantilever Park ground sold out within three hours of the 2,500 tickets going on sale for the 1-0 win against against Exeter.

"We're under no illusions that when the Super League season starts, some of those fans will drop off," added Macormac.

"But when the Wolves are away, will they come and watch us at home? It's great to see that link between the two sets of supporters."

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