Date: 9th December 2016 at 12:15am
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The FA Cup Second Round replay between Newport County and Argyle has suddenly become the half a million pound game.

The winner of the tie will face Liverpool in the Third Round and following the news that BT Sport will screen a live broadcast of the Anfield game it means that either Newport or Argyle will bank a huge cash windfall of £500,000 which could rise to £600,000.

The game at Rodney Parade on Wednesday 21 December, also live on BT Sport, will be of huge importance to both clubs, for Argyle a win will mean a cash bonanza at just the right time with the January transfer window just about to open and the main grandstand at Home Park soon to be refurbished.

So far Newport and Argyle are guaranteed 45% each of the gate receipts from the Second Round games at Home Park and Rodney Parade, the attendance at Home Park was 5,071 and the crowd for the forthcoming game at Newport is likely to be less than 4,000.
In the recent League Two game at Rodney Parade between Newport and Argyle only 3,416 fans watched the game and 1,067 of them were Argyle fans, so a rough estimate of gate receipts for each club across the two games would be £45,000.
Each club will receive £36,000 in broadcast fees and the winner will pick-up £27,000 in FA Cup prize money.

However, the trip to Anfield is where the big money will appear.
The game on Sunday 8 January has already been selected by BT Sport for a live TV game with Liverpool and Newport/Argyle receiving £144,000 each in broadcast fees.

But what about cash from the attendance?
Our great friends up the road Exeter City travelled to Anfield for an FA Cup Third Round replay in January of last season watched by a crowd of 43,292, 6,000 of those were from Exeter, but that was a midweek game and with the capacity at Anfield now increased to 54,000 the attendance for the game against Newport or Argyle should nudge towards 50,000.

Liverpool announced the cost of tickets for cup matches at the start of the season with matches against League Two sides capped at £21 for the majority of seats in the Anfield Road stand.
If Argyle or Newport match the attendance set by Exeter last season each club should, as a conservative estimate, receive around £350,000 from the gate receipts.
If Anfield reaches its full capacity the 45% share of the attendance for either Argyle or Newport will go above the mammoth figure of £400,000.

On top of all those fantastic fees is the prize money of £67,500 for beating Liverpool!

When all the money from TV and gate receipts are added together Argyle or Newport should walk away from the game at Anfield with at least £500,000 in their very large back pocket.

Football isn’t always about money, most fans would prefer promotion glory rather than filling up the bank account so before that half a million pound game against Newport there are two very important League Two games for Argyle to play in their quest for promotion.
The first is against new league leaders Doncaster Rovers at Home Park this Saturday followed by a trip to Accrington Stanley the following week, once those two crucial games are completed the focus can switch to the big money game at Rodney Parade.