FA CUP: Cherries to get £160,000 windfall from Setanta if they beat Blyth

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The Cherries and TV coverage have hardly been the best of friends in recent years, last one I can remember was Hartlepool away.

However, if the mighty AFC Bournemouth can squeeze past their non-league rivals Blyth Spartans in the FA Cup 2nd Round replay on the Tuesday 16th December it will be third time lucky as the Cherries-Blackburn tie is scheduled to be shown by Setanta.

This will give the Cherries a very handsome £160,000 whatever the outcome of the game. Add this to the £20,000 from Round 1, £80,000 from Round 2 and £40,000 from the Round 2 replay and you have a grand total of £300,000. That’s a lot of money for a League Two club in crisis, but where will the money go? I have no idea, I could speculate but I can’t be bothered. What it should be spent on, or at least a portion of it, is a couple of good players, preferably not from non-league. A striker is the obvious choice, but who could we get for £100-150,000?

Not sure, but we sold Kuffour for £65,000 and Sam Vokes for £300,000, so surely someone better than Kuffour, but not with as much potential as Vokes. To boost the coffers we could sell Pitman, remember Steve Claridge valued him at £250,000, I say sell him now. I’m sure the club would be more than happy to take at least £150,000 for him. Personally, we think £250 would be a fair price, but don’t tell anyone else.

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