Paul Doswell has urged the BBC to “get it right this time” by broadcasting Sutton United’s FA Cup Third Round replay against AFC Wimbledon.
Not only was the tie seen as a potential giant-killing but it also carried great historical significance, with AFC Wimbledon playing their first ever fixture against Sutton United in 2002.
However, the tie was snubbed by both the BBC and BT Sport when they decided their choices for live broadcast, despite both managers hailing the “romance” of the tie.
Vanarama National League side Sutton held their SkyBet League One opponents to a 0-0 draw on Saturday, meaning they will meet in a replay at the Dons’ Cherry Red Records Stadium
And after watching his side come close to a major cup upset, Doswell is urging the broadcasters to broadcast the replay live on television.
“If the TV companies get it right this time and we are the live TV game then that could be worth £75,000 to us,” he said. “That’s 25% of my whole budget for the whole season, plus we’ll get another £30,000-40,000 in gate receipts so that’s £115,000 if they put us on the telly. That makes this club and takes the pressure off the chairman.
“We haven’t got a rich benefactor here putting 10 grand a week on a player. That’s not us. It’s huge. I just hope the TV companies look at our game and think that we can pull off a shock because we believe we can.”
Doswell described himself as “devastated” at the decision to snub the original fixtue on Saturday, and chose to do so in a live broadcast when he was interview by the BBC’s Jonathan Pearce.
He explained “Because it was live, I was able to say it without them editing it”
“Jonathan Pearce asked a question and I sort of turned it around and said: ‘I just hope that they choose us for the replay game.’ Of course we should have been on the TV – the BBC in particular because they are a taxpayer-funded organisation so they shouldn’t be after viewing figures.
“Where’s the romance of the FA Cup? It was not a shock to me to see that Man United were 2-0 up after eight minutes, City beat West Ham 5-0 – we see it every week. I’m not going to lie, we were devastated because that would have half-built the changing room for the kids, which is what we would have done with the money.”
The BBC and BT Sport are yet to announce their selections of the replay to be shown on live broadcast.
Article: Mark Carruthers
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