New toilets for Cambridge from money earned playing with Manchester United
Cambridge United earned a fourth-round replay in the FA Cup with Manchester United at Old Trafford after securing a goalless draw at Abbey Stadium. The Chairman of the League Two team, Dave Doggett, said that the club are planning to upgrade their stadium with the cash earned from the matches – starting with the toilets.
The matches with the Premier League club will result in the League Two outfit gaining a healthy £1.7 million from gate receipts, TV revenue and FA Cup rewards. The club make around £1.6 million annually.
Doggett told Cambridge News, “There's a lot of speculation about how much money the club will be getting but it certainly looks like it's going to be in excess of 1.5 million pounds.
“We obviously need to take stock of where we are but our ambition for some time now has been to improve the stadium.
“It needs modernizing and the facilities need to be fit-for-purpose, and I think it's fair to say Friday's performance has been a game changer for the club.”
Better toilets for everyone: Cambridge Chairman
He said that the club have come a long way from a few years ago when they were making huge losses.
He continued, “It's certainly a far cry from the situation we found ourselves in a few years ago where we were reporting losses of around 400,000 pounds.
“It's fair to say our toilets are quite bad so we certainly should be able to provide everyone with better ones now.
“I'd like to think the redevelopment will be brought forward now, which is good news not just for the club, the players and the fans but the whole community really as our plan is to reach out even further into the community.
“What we need now is for the local councils to really support us so that this redevelopment can happen.”