TV money could boost non-league sides

TELEVISION money rules football at Premiership level - and it could start to have an affect on Ridgeons League football.Part of the £425 million television four-year deal negotiated by the Football Association last week includes the televising of FA Carlsberg Vase games by Setanta Sport.

By Elvin King

TELEVISION money rules football at Premiership level - and it could start to have an affect on Ridgeons League football.

Part of the £425 million television four-year deal negotiated by the Football Association last week includes the televising of FA Carlsberg Vase games by Setanta Sport.

The subscription channel has not released details of exactly what this will entail, but certainly the final and most probably the latter stages will be shown live from 2008/09 - with edited highlights of earlier rounds.

Although Diss Town - in 1994 - are the only Ridgeons League winners of the FA Vase, the league has enjoyed more success in the competition than most.

And the lure of a live semi-final from Humber Doucy Lane (for example) whets the appetite for what is already an enchanting tournament.

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The New Forest-based side meets Truro, the moneyed side from Cornwall, in the final next month.

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