Causing FA Cup upset against Notts County ‘could solve all of our problems’ say Oxford City


An FA Cup upset against Notts County could solve all of Oxford City’s financial problems, says the National League South club’s director Paul Lyon.

Oxford are around £1m in debt going into their second round tie against the Magpies at Meadow Lane, after a turbulent 18 months.

Former director Thomas Guerriero was jailed for more than 12 years in May last year for a $6.6m investment fraud in America, while managing director Colin Taylor died two months later.

City were left with a £1.5m debt that has been reduced to £900,000 by Lyon and director of football Justin Merritt.

And Lyon hopes Oxford can beat Notts and land a big payday against a Premier League club in the third round to help clear their debts.

Oxford City boss Mark Jones

They have already banked £42,500 for getting this far in the competition.

And they will receive £72,000 because the match with the Magpies will be live on BT Sport, with a further £27,000 the prize for the winner.

“If we beat Notts County, we could draw a Premier League team away,” said Lyon.

“The television money is about £140,000 and you have gate money on top of that.

“That would be the dream. It makes Saturday’s game the biggest in the club’s history because if we win, it could solve all of our problems.”



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