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FA Cup run is lifeline for Albion Sports
It may be the first week in September but Brighouse Town and Albion Sports have already played three ties in this season's FA Cup.
They have both successfully negotiated the first two rounds, even though they both needed a second bite of the cherry in the preliminary round.
Town host Crook Town next Saturday, while Albion face yet another long journey to take on Marske United.
Albion have certainly clocked up some miles with a replay at South Shields and tomorrow's arduous trip to Alnwick in the FA Vase but they will be lapping it up and looking forward to another seaside excursion.
They are in the FA Cup for the first time in their history and it has already proved to be profitable.
Town and Albion have both earned £3,425 to swell their club coffers.
There is another £3,000 in prize-money if they can win their forthcoming first qualifying round ties.
The extra income will be very welcome at Brighouse but for Albion it is a lifeline.
Town own their stadium and had a successful season last term, while Albion are paying rent to Farsley for the use of Throstle Nest and rely heavily on gate money to as much as break even on a match day.
There is no additional income from food outlets and bar takings for tenants and any hopes a money- spinning pay-day from a big pre-season friendly to set them up were non-existent.
So for Albion the funds generated by this cup run are absolutely vital, while for Town it will be a welcome windfall.
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