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Wolves clash hands Crusaders £500k boost

 

Cash windfall: Tommy Whiteside
Cash windfall: Tommy Whiteside

By Graham Luney

Crusaders' money-spinning Europa League clash with Wolves will lift the club's prize money beyond the £500k mark.

Progression to the second qualifying round of the Europa League has netted the Crues €500k (£448k) and that figure will now be lifted by a television deal and gate receipts.

After tomorrow's first-leg clash at Molineux, the Shore Road men welcome Nuno Espirito Santo's side to Seaview for the rematch next Thursday.

The club has agreed a £10k deal with Premier Sports for live coverage of the game and they will also pocket the gate receipts which could be as much as £70k.

Uefa matches must be all-seated, bringing the Seaview capacity down to just below 2,700 with 540 tickets going to Wolves fans.

The club is trying to put in 1,200 temporary seats at the Shore Road venue but that appears unlikely at this stage.

"The money is welcome but it's not life-changing," said Crues treasurer Tommy Whiteside.

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"It's a great achievement for the management, staff, players and fans and it's great for the profile of the club.

"We have good sponsors and hopefully a game like this solidifies our relationship with them."

Tomorrow's Molineux clash is a 31,000 sell-out and tickets for the Seaview game are selling fast.

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