Progress could earn club another pay-out

VICTORY tomorrow would bring riches as well as pride for Needham Market according to chairman David Bugg.Having already made £11,400 in prize money alone this season, Bugg said: “The cup runs have already helped a tremendous amount financially this season and this game could make a huge difference.

Stuart Watson

VICTORY tomorrow would bring riches as well as pride for Needham Market according to chairman David Bugg.

Having already made £11,400 in prize money alone this season, Bugg said: “The cup runs have already helped a tremendous amount financially this season and this game could make a huge difference.

“The winners of the semi-final get £7,000, while even the losers of the final get £10,000 (the winners of the final get £20,000), so this game alone is worth in excess of £20,000 to us.

“If you bear in mind our paying budget for the entire squad is £40,000, and we are nowhere near the highest spenders in the league, that sort of money would make a big difference.

“This is just the biggest game in the history of our club. There is so much at stake, going to Wembley is what every footballer dreams of and many professionals don't get there.”

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Bugg took over as chairman of Needham two years ago at the exact same time as manager Danny Laws. Bugg said: “Danny is such a great coach, he's been the single main drive behind our success and I believe we have the best coach in our league. No one ever dreamt that we could be in with the chance of making three cup finals and winning the league come this stage at the start of the season.

“I've been in the game for an awful long time at various levels and I have never been more proud of a bunch of players.

“They are not money orientated, they are just decent people and if they don't win another game this season it will still be our best ever.

“Everywhere I go in Needham people are talking about the club all the time. The town only has a population of 4,500 and they can all be very proud of their local club.

“I must also praise our vice-chairman Nick Francis who has done so much work behind the scenes.”

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