\r\n\r\nThe Football Association has announced that the 32 non League clubs who played in the FA Cup 1st Round last season will each receive the sum of £11,313 from the FA Cup Pool.\r\n\r\nThis pool of money is derived from replays in the latter rounds of the competition, whereby clubs hosting replays from the 3rd Round onwards pay 5% of the gate receipts into the pool.\r\n\r\nWith the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea staging replays the pool share for the 2012/13 season is the best ever paid out.\r\n\r\nGloucester City are one of those beneficiaries having reached the First Round proper, facing Leyton Orient, a feat they had not achieved for 23 years.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers will be pleased with this windfall now it has been officially announced as Colin Peake, who acts for the Club in a consultancy capacity and is also a Director of the Football Conference, had informed Club officials that this would be a financial bonus they would qualify for.\r\n\r\nExplaining in more detail Peake stated: “as the FA Cup progressed and with a number of the higher profile Premier League clubs being taken to replays, it was obvious the FA Cup Pool would be the highest payout on record.”\r\n\r\n”I had originally been estimated to be around £10,000 so in hindsight I was being a tad conservative.\r\n\r\n”This is one of the reasons why the FA Cup committee believe that replays are part of the ethos of the competition, it can so easily be lost in the glitz at the top of the sport how payments like this can be so crucial lower down”.\r\n\r\nAlthough this is welcome news Peake went on to echo recent quotes from Chairman Nigel Hughes about the current overall position of the Club and its future.\r\n\r\n”The plan for restructure is well advanced and follows the direction laid out at the open meeting held back in March,” he said.\r\n\r\n”I stated then that a major overall with forensic examination of finances was required as part of what needed to be done.\r\n\r\n”That has been concluded and work is going on at a pace to complete all the strands of the restructure package.\r\n\r\n”I am confident it can be achieved and we have collectively made strides in the right direction.\r\n\r\n”A number of possible new investors have come forward and meetings have been held.\r\n\r\n”It is clear that the club can and should move forward with the new stadium projects and the football side working separately for the time being.”\r\n\r\nPeake remains cautious though that the restructure is like completing a jigsaw.\r\n\r\n”The FA Cup Pool dividend is welcome but it was already accounted for in the draft budget going forward.\r\n\r\n”In my role at this time I am acting as an honest broker and I would love to hear from any local individuals or business people who, like me, wish to see the club have a future in our great City.\r\n\r\n”I can guarantee them that for a small financial input they can enjoy the thrills of the game and feel part of the club without taking on the onerous tasks often associated with such involvement.\r\n\r\n”This is all part of the restructure and it is difficult but many businesses need to do this to survive and compete in a competitive market place.\r\n\r\n”Gloucester City Football Club is no different”.\r\n\r\nIf you wish to make contact to discuss any possible involvement, in whatever way, be it direct financial assistance or via any form of sponsorship and advertising, please call 07763 831070.

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