SHEFFIELD Wednesday will take their FA Cup earnings to £113,000 so far this season if they beat Aldershot in the second round on Saturday.
With the Owls hot favourites to get past the League Two outfit at Hillsborough, and chairman Milan Mandaric hoping for a good run in the competition, victory would also open up the possibility of big money being raked in from the third round or even later ties.
Forty four teams from the Premier League and Championship - including Barnsley and Doncaster - enter the tournament when the third-round draw is made on Sunday.
Wednesday have already picked up a £67,500 broadcast fee for live coverage of their 2-1 win at Morecambe and £18,500 from the FA’s prize fund for winning that game; the goals came from Chris Lines and Chris O’Grady.
Winners of second-round matches receive £27,000 from the prize fund, so if Sheffield United, at home, and Rotherham, away, go through against Torquay and Shrewsbury respectively, that it will taking their winnings so far to £45,500.
The third-round draw will be made on ITV1 on Sunday at around 2.40pm after the channel’s live screening of the Totton v Bristol Rovers game, which kicks off at 12.30.
The other live second-round clashes are both on ESPN: Fleetwood v Yeovil tomorrow at 7.30 and Sutton United v Notts County on Sunday at 5.0.
Wednesday or Aldershot will be No 60 in Sunday’s draw, United or Torquay are 47, Shrewsbury or Rotherham 56, Barnsley three and Doncaster 16.
Third-round matches will be played on the weekend of January 8-9.
The draw will be made by Gianfranco Zola and former Everton and Sheffield United midfield player Li Tie.
They have been spending this week in China with the Cup as part of the trophy’s tour.
Last Friday the FA put it on show in Fargate, Sheffield, and Wednesday captain Rob Jones and United legend Tony Currie took part in the promotion.
This week the trophy has spent five days in a shopping mall in Guangzhou and been on a tour of the city, Southern China’s largest.
Film of the China stay will be shown in Sunday’s ITV programme.
FA marketing executive Victoria Wing said: “The FA Cup with Budweiser has a huge global audience and is broadcast to millions of people in Asia and particularly China.
“To be able to take the FA Cup into these territories is fantastic and underlines the appeal of the competition. There is massive interest in the Cup in Guangzhou.”