Accrington Stanley have sold £5,000 worth of ‘commemorative’ FA Cup tickets for a clash against Manchester United that never happened.
The Reds were knocked out of the tournament after a second round replay 2-0 defeat to Yeovil Town on December 16.
If Stanley were to have beaten Yeovil they would have faced Manchester United at the Crown Ground on January 4.
Despite the mouthwatering fixture passing Stanley by, the club still cashed in with 250 ‘special edition commemorative tickets’ selling out in just over 24 hours.
The tickets attracted national and international publicity, with demand outstripping the number of tickets available.
Stanley chairman Peter Marsden said the proceeds generated from the £20 apiece commemorative tickets would be used towards helping manager John Coleman strengthen the squad.
He said: “We have had a huge cross section of people from all over the UK and abroad who have bought tickets.
“The £5,000 or so raised is but a drop in the ocean to the amount it costs to keep the club afloat every year but can make a difference and everything raised will go to help John build his team.
“Going ahead, I think that trying to tap in to the national and worldwide affection for and interest in Accrington Stanley could well prove our secret weapon as, given our gates – and this is no disrespect to the 1,000 or so regulars who I have the deepest regard and admiration for – we have to continue to think ‘outside the box’ if we are to prosper.”
Manager Coleman said: “Anything helps, whether it’s to strengthen the squad or keep hold of the players that we’ve already got.”
Those who have bought the tickets will have their name on a Roll of Honour in the club programme and on the website to
recognise their contribution.