THE home of Gosport Borough is set for a makeover after the football club picked up thousands of pounds for its FA Trophy run.
Borough lost 4-0 in the final to Cambridge United at Wembley on Sunday but chairman Mark Hook says the club has still earned £64,000 in prize money.
He could not give a rough estimate as of yet for more cash earned from merchandise and ticket sales but said it would be ‘in the thousands rather than tens of thousands’.
Mr Hook said Gosport would spend the earnings on doing up their home ground Privett Park.
Work will include fixing the turnstiles and the floodlights.
Mr Hook said: ‘The money generated from the cup run will go on improving the ground. This includes working on the pitch, fixing the turnstiles and the floodlights and also concreting the fire exits.
‘It will also gives us the chance to pay off debts so we can start next season as a well-balanced club.’
Mr Hook added that although the money was good on paper, it isn’t quite as much as it looks.
‘The prize money seems great but for some of the away games, we were spending more than what the prize money was,’ he said.
‘Also, a lot of our Saturday league games were postponed to Tuesday nights and we don’t get as many people coming along so we’ve lost that money too.’
Finalists in last year’s FA Trophy Wrexham received £225,000 from gate receipts at Wembley.
But Mr Hook said Gosport won’t receive anywhere near that much.
He added: ‘Last year, there were 35,000 fans at Wembley. This year, there was 18,000 so the Wembley costs and money to the FA will be the same but there will be a lot less split between ourselves and Cambridge.
‘But although we haven’t got money to spend on new players and big investments, at least we can sort out a few of the ground problems.
This Saturday’s home match against Bishop’s Stortford will be free for fans to attend as a thank you for their support at Wembley.
The club will be accepting donations instead of ticket fees.