JOHN Coleman admits the £20,000 prize money for getting through the FA Cup first round does add to the pressure for tomorrow’s clash with League One outfit Tranmere.
For the past four seasons the Reds have been knocked out at the first hurdle losing the chance of the bumper prize money on offer for a win which, to a club like Stanley, is invaluable.
"The last four years in the FA Cup have been a nightmare," said Coleman, who said he hopes to sign another loan player by the end of the month,
"The thing about us as well is that we know what the money can do for us as the run to the third round in 2003 helped finance our switch to full-time football.
"We know what an influx of cash means to a club our size and having the money on offer, does add to the pressure. Every game is massive for us, though, and Tranmere is even a bit bigger. I watched them in the Johnstone Paints Trophy on Tuesday against Morecambe and they like to pass the ball, they are composed and it should be a good game.
"If we play to the best of our ability though we stand a good chance."
Chief Executive Rob Heys admits a cup run is a big dream to help finance Stanley’s climb further up the football ladder.
"It is absolutely massive for us. We realised in 2003/4 what a cup run can do - the prize money, the money from television, the merchandise boost and the excitement a cup run can generate.
"That took us to full-time and that in turn helped us get into the Football League so it had a massive knock on effect.
"Now we want a good cup run to take us to the next level again. We don’t want to stay in League Two forever. We are ambitous but we need the money to take us further.
"It would affect the players we can bring in, the ground and the facilities whether they are at the FES or somewhere else in the future."
Coleman will be forced into one change with Rovers loanee Terry Gornell unable to play against his parent club. Kieran Charnock, from Peterborough, has got the nod as has loan players Rosytn Griffiths and Jamie Clarke, from Blackburn Rovers.
Coleman though was yesterday still awaiting a response from Rochdale about Kallum Higginbotham.
Peter Cavanagh and Peter Murphy remain sidelined while Bobby Grant was hoping to get the all-clear to begin training next week following a knee operation in August.