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Leeds FA Cup tie brings financial boost for Bulls
1:32pm Thursday 1st November 2007 in Sport
HEREFORD United look set for a massive cash bonus after being paired with Yorkshire giants Leeds United in the first round of the FA Cup.
The tie, which will be staged at Edgar Street on Friday, November 9, kick-off 7.45pm, has already been earmarked for Sky TV coverage, earning both clubs a payment of Â£75,000, and the prospect of a capacity crowd raises the financial stakes even higher.
"We expect to make a six-figure sum," said Bulls chairman and director of football Graham Turner.
"There has been lots of interest and BBC Radio 5 Live will be taking commentary on at least part of the game."
Leeds, who just six years ago were semi-finalists in the Champions League, are making their first ever appearance in the FA Cup's first round and the clamour for tickets began with season ticket holders queuing outside Edgar Street yesterday (Wednesday) to make sure of their places.
Season ticket holders have until Friday at 4pm to claim their tickets while membership card holders can obtain their ticket from 9am on Friday until 2.30pm on Saturday.
Vouchers will be issued at Saturday's Coca Cola League 2 clash with Darlington and voucher holders can obtain their tickets from 5pm on the same day.
All remaining tickets will go on sale on Monday lunchtime.
Ground capacity has been set at 7,700 with just over 2,000 tickets going to Leeds who have been allocated the entire Blackfriars Street End and the area under the Floors 2 Go stand at the Blackfriars End.
Tickets are priced at Â£20 for seating and Â£15 for terracing.
Turner is, meanwhile, working to ensure that Watford on-loan duo Toumani Diagouraga and Theo Robinson, who have both played key roles in United's success this season, will be allowed to play by their parent club.
"They would be devastated if they were not allowed to play," he said.
Turner has added another loan player to his squad by adding Liverpool teenager Robbie Threlfall to the Edgar Street ranks for a month.
"We tried to sign him during the summer but then he was chosen to go on Liverpool's tour to Hong Kong where he played for 30 minutes in the first-team against South China," said Turner.
Eighteen-year-old Threlfall, an England under-19 international, is principally a left-back who can also play at centre-back.
He will act as cover for the injured Dean Beckwith and for Karl Broadhurst, who is suspended for the Darlington match.
Steve Guinan is suspended for the next two games, too, while full-back Trent McClenahan will also be absent from Edgar Street on international duty later this month.
"It is most important that the players keep their feet on the ground," said Turner. "We have two important games - at home to Darlington on Saturday and then with Mansfield on Tuesday evening - with six points at stake.
"The message to the players is to get those league games out of the way first and then they can think about enjoying themselves against Leeds."