Haringey’s FA Cup tie with Dons picked for live TV broadcast
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The first round game, which will be live on BBC Two, is set to pocket the Coles Park club a staggering £75,000
Haringey Borough’s FA Cup first round clash with AFC Wimbledon has been picked for live TV broadcast.
The Football Association confirmed the news earlier this afternoon and it means the Bostik Premier club will be in for a big pay day regardless of the result.
League One side the Dons will visit Coles Park on Friday, November 9 for a 7.55pm kick-off in front of the BBC Two cameras.
A statement on the FA’s website read: “The live broadcast fee is £75,000 per club, while the winners will pick up a further £36,000 from the FA prize fund.”
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It is a huge amount of money for Borough, who were plying their trade in the Essex Senior League – level nine of the football pyramid – as recently as 2015.
After two promotions, Loizou’s men are now in the Bostik Premier and they will be making plans for a huge night at Coles Park – easily the biggest in the club’s history.
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Things might have been very different had Borough lost out in Saturday’s fourth qualifying round tie on home turf to Poole Town, but they turned it around with a fine second half display.
Steve Devlin put the away side one up from the penalty spot in the first half and the Dolphins nearly made it 2-0 when Richard Gillespie was played through one on one in the second period, but he failed to beat Valery Pajetet.
It was the slice of luck Borough needed as they equalised in the 77th minute when substitute Jorge Djassi-Sambu tapped home following a set-piece.
Six minutes later and Loizou’s men were in dreamland when Joel Nouble bundled home after another sub Femi Akinwande had been denied from close range.
Haringey had to withstand some late pressure from Poole at the end of the dramatic tie, but held on to secure their spot in the first round and the reward is this money-spinning tie with Wimbledon.
Saturday was not the first time the north Londoners had survived a close shave in this season’s FA Cup with an upset almost occurring in the first qualifying round at Brentwood Town.
The Bostik North hosts’ were winning 2-1 before Borough forward Chinedu McKenzie levelled in the 88th minute and Akinwande sent them through with a superb stoppage-time winner.
Loizou’s thoughts returned to the cup clash in Brentwood, which took place on September 8, just minutes after his team had seen off Poole to reach the first round proper for the first time.
He said: “I lost my voice at half time and they must have heard me in the bar across the road. A few home truths were said and I left the players alone for the last five minutes to think about what I had said.
“We went out and we were camped in their box from the first minute of the second half and the substitutions we made – both made goals, but the turning point was actually when they hit the post and then I just knew.
“When we played Brentwood, in the 87th minute we were heading out, so this is the luck of the FA Cup. Poole had a chance to make it 2-0, they hit the post and we countered and made it 1-1 and then it goes 2-1. Crazy!”