FA Cup ‘huge’ to non-league clubs, says Trafford manager Tom Baker

The FA Cup has been described as ‘huge’ to non-league clubs by Trafford FC manager Tom Baker despite his side falling out of the competition.

The Manchester-based side were not in the hat for Monday afternoon’s third qualifying round draw after losing 3-1 to National League North Darlington, but they have accumulated a total of £6,750 in prize money from the competition in addition to their takings from two match days.

Baker said: “It’s huge. The club would have made a few bob today in terms of the gate and the bar.

“The prize money we’ve generated so far does help.”

Tom Baker speaking in a post match interview.
Baker’s side have had a mixed start to the season. Pic: Trafford FC

The draw for the third qualifying round took place at 1:30pm on Monday.

They would have travelled to Leamington or Chasetown in the next round had they disposed of the Quakers.

The winners of the next round are set to receive £11,250, whilst the losers will get £3,750.

A lot of sides from the north-west are still in the competition, including Southport, Chester and Altrincham, with the latter two having to carry out a replay following a 1-1 draw.

Baker felt that his team should have come out of their game with more than they did, after having a penalty shout for handball turned down and a controversial free-kick given against them leading to Darlington’s second goal.

Darlington open the scoring in the first half at Shawe View. Credit: Trafford FC YouTube

“I feel like we should have a replay. I thought for large spells we were the better team. I just wish we were going back to Darlington on Tuesday but that’s football.”

His attention will now turn to Tuesday evening’s game against City of Liverpool, who are 15th in the league and just one place below Trafford in the Northern Premier League North West Division.

“We’ve got to take this good performance into Tuesday and into the league now.”