Rhodes on a Sky high as Bradford City strike it rich from Arsenal tie (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Rhodes on a Sky high as Bradford City strike it rich from Arsenal tie
City could bank up to £300,000 from playing Arsenal as Julian Rhodes called for the cup cash to keep rolling in.
The club are looking at their biggest windfall since the Premier League days after Sky confirmed they will be showing next month’s Capital One Cup quarter-final live on TV.
Joint chairman Rhodes believes the money will go a long way towards balancing the books for the season. But he urged City not to take their foot off the pedal when they kick off the FA Cup at Northampton tomorrow.
Rhodes said: “The Arsenal tie is brilliant and a great reward for the progress we have made in the cups so far. And we’ve got a chance against anyone at our place.
“It will be the biggest game at Valley Parade since we beat Liverpool to stay in the Premier League. We’re not going to rush into the pricing yet because we’ve got to really make this count.
“At the start of the season we set the budget high. We wanted to get a good squad together that could generate extra money like this.
Tomorrow is another huge game. The FA Cup prize money can be enormous – you don’t get any in the League Cup – and the TV fees are so much more because it’s still the number one competition.Julian Rhodes
“There are areas where we can generate that extra income. One was cup runs, which have been brilliant so far, and the second is add-ons for players like Andre Wisdom at Liverpool, which is happening.
“Finally, if all else fails, we would have to look at selling players in January – which we don’t want to have to do.
“If we can get enough from the first two areas, then hopefully we can afford to strengthen instead.
“We’re making emergency loan signings like Craig Forsyth because Kyel Reid was injured and now we’re looking at centre halves because we’ve had a disaster in that area.”
Another victory at Sixfields, where City won in the league ten days ago, comes with an £18,000 reward – with a further £27,000 windfall on offer for making it through round two.
Rhodes added: “The Northampton game is very important to the club – as is the JPT tie against Port Vale. The better you can do in the cups has a knock-on influence in the league and it gets people behind you.
“Tomorrow is another huge game. The FA Cup prize money can be enormous – you don’t get any in the League Cup – and the TV fees are so much more because it’s still the number one competition.
“It’s fantastic that we are doing well in the League Cup. Nobody could have ever imagined we would be here in the quarter-finals.
“Tuesday night has to go down as one of the best for a long, long time. But we have to keep it going.”
Talks began behind the scenes yesterday to decide on ticket prices for the Arsenal game and the economics of opening up areas of the stadium that have not been used in recent seasons.
The mouth-watering Dece-mber 11 match rekindles memories of the two home games against the Gunners in the top flight when City claimed a 2-1 win and a draw.
Rhodes joked: “I’ve heard Arsene Wenger was having nightmares bearing in mind his appalling record at Valley Parade with only point from a possible six. The one draw he was dreading was Bradford away!
“It’s not a nice one for him and he won’t enjoy it at all. If we’ve got that big crowd behind us and perform like we can then who knows.
“Arsenal will be the red-hot favourites obviously but we showed the other night that anything can happen.
“It’s great for the club and for the city itself. This week has got everybody buzzing.
“The fans at Wigan were incredible but I shouldn’t be surprised anymore. The past ten or 11 years have not been good for them but they keep on coming and they deserve this more than anyone.
“We’re the only team in England still in all three cup competitions right now. Phil (Parkinson) is right, we will need more players if we qualify for the Europa League!”