Harriers in the money after FA Cup heroics

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KIDDERMINSTER Harriers made the best part of a quarter of a million pounds from their FA Cup adventure.

Now that the dust settled on the club's most successful run in the competition for 20 years, the true value of the past few months is coming to light.

It is estimated by chairman Mark Serrell that the Aggborough outfit are £220,000 richer as a result of their run to the fourth round and subsequent 1-0 defeat to Premier League Sunderland.

That figure is made up of £125,000 in prize money, from victories against Bradford Park Avenue, Sutton United, Newport County and Peterborough United, and gate receipts.

Harriers pocketed around £70,000 alone from the Sunderland match after a crowd of 25,081 turned up at the Stadium of Light.

Of that attendance, 3,800 were Kidderminster supporters, while the Black Cats have forfeited the fee for the unsold 1,200 tickets allocated to the Skrill Premier outfit.

Along with the £250,000 generated from selling striker Joe Lolley to Huddersfield Town, it is proving to be a very profitable time for the Harriers.

Consequently, chairman Serrell is arranging for a small bonus to thank staff, players and management for their efforts during the build-up to the Sunderland clash.

But while there is money in the bank, the focus now turns to the business of securing a play-off place in non-league's top tier.

Andy Thorn's team are seventh in the table ahead of today's return to the North East to take on Gateshead (3pm).

They are yet to win in the league under the new manager's guidance, losing 2-1 at home to Dartford and drawing 1-1 at Hereford United.

But they are only one point shy of the top five and have two games in hand as a result of their FA Cup exploits.

It is shaping up to a crucial period for the men from Aggborough.

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