JOHN Miles scored a £100,000 goal to set Accrington Stanley up with a bumper FA Cup home tie against Premier League Fulham.
The Reds are hoping a full house will turn up at the Crown Ground on Saturday for the fourth round clash with the Reds reaching this stage for the first time since 1959.
The club, almost wound up in November over a £308,000 unpaid tax bill and which also faced another winding up order in February although the current tax debt was swiftly paid off, pocketed £67,000 prize money for beating League One side Gillingham on Tuesday night - to go alongside the £45,000 they gave already got in the competition.
And it was winger Miles, recalled to the starting line-up due to suspensions, who fired home the winner nine minutes from time to send the watching 1322 in raptures.
Manager John Coleman said: "Financially it's a great boost and I would like to think there will be a big crowd here on Saturday. We have never played a Premier club here in my reign and I would like to think we can get a full house.
"The lads have given their all this season, through the good times and the bad times, even when the club and their employment were under threat.
"The average age here is 21 but they have bags of enthusiasm, they keep pulling out big performances and their desire will take them a long way. We have a steely determination here and a belief
"We know it won't be a cake walk against Fulham, They have done well in the league and in Europe but the way we are playing at the moment, we wouldn't mind taking on Real Madrid!
"I hope the queues will be down Livingstone Road for tickets and cup fever will grip the town again like it did in 2003 when we last did well in the cup ."
Gills boss Mark Stimson was gutted as his side haven't yet won away from home this season: "I am hugely disappointed, like the fans who travelled up.
"There was a huge reward with a home tie against Fulham - it is a massive disappointment.."
There was no doubt though that Stanley deserved their win. On a freezing night, they had the better chances with Bobby Grant coming close twice, Sean McConville firing inches wide and Michael Symes having his effort saved by Alan Julian in the first half.
Reds keeper Dean Bouzanis wasn't called into action until the second half and then he pulled off a superb save to keep out Mark Bentley who was clean through.
Stanley continued to boss the game though, especially with the introduction of Billy Kee, with Symes forcing another good save out of the keeper and loanee Kee missing an open goal.
A replay in Kent looked on the cards until Miles got on the end of Kee's knockdown and finished superbly to take Stanley into dreamland.
Ticket prices for the Fulham game (for all areas of the ground):
- Adults: £20
- Concessions (over 65's and under 16's): £10
Home fans will have the choice of Main Stand seating, Sophia Khan Stand seating or Sophia Khan Stand terracing. Visiting supporters will be accomodated in the Coppice Terrace behind the goal.
Season ticket holders can purchase their tickets from 9.30am on Wednesday morning, either in person from the club reception or by calling 01254 356950. Season ticket holders will be able to purchase up to two tickets and will be asked to produce voucher A for these tickets when they collect them. Tickets will then be on general sale to the public from 9.30am on Thursday and Friday. Reserved season ticket holder seating will be held until the end of the working day on Thursday.