ACCRINGTON Stanley chairman Eric Whalley is urging the fans to shout his side into the third round of the FA Cup.
The Reds face Bournemouth, live on Sky television, in the second round replay on Monday night at the Interlink Express Stadium after a heroic 1-1 draw at the Fitness First Stadium on Saturday. A home tie against Second Division Colchester is the reward if Stanley can make the third round for the first time since the club reformed in 1968. And the Reds will also pick up another £50,000 for being on the television.
"The cameras are here because they want to see an upset as they did when we played Huddersfield," said the chairman. "They like the David v Goliath stories and hopefully we can do it again. Colchester wasn't really the draw we wanted and there was a groan on the coach from the players when they came out of the hat but it is at home and we could have a realistic chance of getting into the fourth round.
"I hope, though, we can get through and get a full house on Monday. There were 600 fans at Bournemouth and each and every one of them deserve a medal. The players really appreciated it and it was a brilliant atmosphere."
And the boss has said the television money will be ploughed straight back into the club.
"We have got two planning applications in at the moment. We want a new stand, covering for behind the goals and an extension to the club house. Hopefully, we will be able to do this quicker thanks to the cup run and the tv money."
And the chairman has defended the cost of tickets which are more expensive than usual.
"The prices were set for both matches before the game at Bournemouth, and had to be agreed by both clubs as the gate is shared."
- MONDAY'S replay against Bournemouth at the Interlink Express Stadium will not be all ticket and there will be pay on the turnstiles. The costs are £15 for adults, £7 for OAP's and £5 for under 18's. Tickets are available today during normal office hours, on Saturday before the Aldershot match and also on Monday before the Bournemouth replay.