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Norman seeks a pot of gold

PUBLISHED: 18:12 23 September 2009 | UPDATED: 16:27 07 September 2010

WINGATE & Finchley boss David Norman believes the pot of gold reward at stake from this Saturday s FA Cup clash would be felt throughout the entire club, writes Ian Cooper. Wingate entertain Aylesbury in the second qualifying round, equalling their best

WINGATE & Finchley boss David Norman believes the 'pot of gold' reward at stake from this Saturday's FA Cup clash would be felt throughout the entire club, writes Ian Cooper.

Wingate entertain Aylesbury in the second qualifying round, equalling their best ever run in the competition, with a £4,500 prize-fund at stake, as well as a chance to face opponents from higher leagues in the following rounds.

Much of that money would go towards the Blues' developing youth system and, while the league remains Wingate's priority this season, Norman admits the windfall from cup games such as Saturday's are vital in stabilising the club's future.

"The FA Cup has always had that romantic idea of the small clubs beating the big teams. You're chasing that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and of course we'd love to be part of that, it's the same for a lot of smaller clubs," said Norman, who took over as Wingate manager during pre-season.

"Each stage is important, a lot of hard work goes into running the club. It's not just the first team, but the youth team and the whole set-up.

"I suppose you could say the odds are in our favour playing at home against a team from a lower division, but it's about who performs on the day.

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