Portsmouth receive £250,000 FA Cup windfall - without playing
Pompey have earned a £250,000 FA Cup windfall - without kicking a ball.
Kenny Jackett’s side will face Arsenal in the fifth round of the competition having eliminated Barnsley 4-2.
Following defeats last night for Oxford United, Shrewsbury and Coventry, it ensures the Blues are now the sole League One representatives in the next round.
As a consequence, they will receive a £250,000 progress prize from the FA Cup.
The fund has this season been introduced to reward the Football League club from each division which travels furthest in the competition.
In the event of more than one team being eliminated at the same stage, the prize fund will be split equally between them.
For League One, as the last side left standing, Pompey will be the recipients.
While the League Two windfall is heading to Northampton, who last night lost 4-2 at Derby, yet were already the only remaining club from their level.
It means the Blues will have totalled £730,000 in prize money and television revenue through the FA Cup this season.
Should the visit of Arsenal be chosen for broadcast, that figure will continue to rise – as it will should competition progress continue.
The date of the Premier League club’s visit has still to be finalised, although all fifth-round games are to be played in the week commencing Monday, March 2.
Last night, Coventry were eliminated on penalties against Birmingham, while Shrewsbury suffered a late 1-0 defeat to a youthful Liverpool at Anfield.
And Oxford were undone by Allan Saint-Maximin’s extra-time goal for Newcastle at the Kassam Stadium.