League Two side Accrington Stanley have come up with a novel way to make money – sell tickets for a game which could have happened.
When they lost out to Yeovil in the second round of the FA Cup, the team watched as their League One counterparts were subsequently granted a bumper pay day by being paired with Man Utd. Undeterred, they then decided to print and sell 250 “commemorative” tickets for the game, which will never be played.
Chairman Peter Marsden said:
This isn’t about dwelling on what might have been. It would have been magnificent to play Manchester United but it was akin to being on holiday. Holidays quickly come and go and we have a league campaign to focus on. I believe we have a realistic chance of making the play-offs if we can just get people to help us a little bit.
Accrington have attracted a fair bit of criticism online, with fans rightly questioning exactly how you can commemorate something which didn’t actually happen. Marsden does, however, claim that they’re in touch with Man Utd to try and see if they can set up a friendly match at some point in the future.
It’s easier to just see this for what it is: a harmless PR stunt which raises some much-needed cash for the self-proclaimed “club that wouldn’t die”.