BROWNE ON THE BALL: Money makes the season go round

Duncan Browne
Duncan Browne

WHAT are the two most important fixtures Boston United face over the next couple of months?

Gainsborough away stands out as a mouth-watering match. Clashes against Workington and Colwyn Bay, maybe even Solihull Moors, could be seen as chances to pick up vital points.

But, honestly, the Blue Square Bet North matches aren’t the top priority right now.

The two most important fixtures are the FA Cup tie against Kidsgrove Athletic on October 1 and the court battle date with Grimsby Town, pencilled in for November.

To many Pilgrims fans, Kidsgrove may mean little more than the side which Stewart Talbot joined after his injury-packed period at the Jakemans Stadium came to a close.

But their arrival in town marks a massive game for United.

It may be the amber and black Goliath up against David from the Evo-Stik Division One South, but the spoils from this battle are immense.

Boston haven’t enjoyed a decent run in the FA Cup for several years, but this year the cash that comes with each victory could be significant.

Chairman David Newton has demanded the club break even this year.

The wage bill has been cut, and you could argue that’s evident on the pitch with the results right now.

But here’s the conundrum. If the results don’t improve then less people will come and watch. The less people come and watch, the less chance the club has of breaking even.

Therefore, every penny of prize money that comes United’s way this season is vital for a year in the black.

A cup run may raise confidence in the team. It may get more bums on seats. It may mean the difference to the budget stretching to another player or two.

The second fixture could also have enormous financial implications.

The Pilgrims say they are owed compensation after losing their former managers Rob Scott and Paul Hurst to the Mariners.

They in turn brought Shaun Pearson and Anthony Church with them to the club.

The pair were out of contract, but under the age of 24, therefore money is owed.

But how much? That is what’s yet to be decided. And that again is vastly important to this club’s bank balance this season.

The fact Grimsby chairman John Fenty resigned this week should have no implication on the hearing as the grievances are between two clubs and not individuals.

Yes, we hear every year (normally after an FA Cup defeat against Congleton or Worcester or whoever) that the league is the bread and butter. That’s true.

But right now, there are enough teams worse than Boston in this division to pretty much ensure safety, as long as there’s cash in the bank.