By Kelly Wickham
The city has erupted into celebrations after Chichester City FC made it through to the second round of the FA Cup.
Bury FC was kicked out of the English Football League after they fell into administration so there was an odd number of teams left in the draw on Monday evening.
The last three clubs in the draw were Chichester, Stevenage and Peterborough but it was lucky number 71 for the lowest ranking team, who received a bye and were automatically put through to the next round.
Chichester City Football Club have also said they will donate some of the £30,000 odd prize money to Bury FC.
A tweet by the club said:
“The club would like to place on record that we will be making a donation to the appropriate organisation involved with the continuation of @buryfcofficial. Someone had to get the bye, maybe after six wins already we deserved it?”
Mayor of the city, Cllr Richard Plowman said:
“The latest news is wonderful. The people of Chichester are thrilled and proud of the news that Chichester FC are through to the next round of the FA Cup.
“We all love a David and Goliath situation so very well done. The lads are great donating part of the next round prize money of £36,000 from the bye to struggling Bury FC. If there is spare ticket for the next match going, just let me know!”
Many of the club’s players have been or are currently studying at the University of Chichester.
Sports and activities manager at the university students union, Adam Sewell, said it was a great achievement for the club.
He told the Chichester Post:
“This is extremely important for the club, players, city and fans.
“The players are role models and have a great ethos after they have said they will donate some of the money to Bury FC. It’s highly commendable.
“It is such a great result, especially after being one of the earliest clubs by entering around six rounds ago and achieving so many wins already. Getting the bye is just the luck of the draw and doesn’t take anything away from their achievement.
“Let’s hope for a home fixture in the next draw. It would be good to see a big club as well but it’s great for them just to be involved in such a prestigious competition.”
Shelagh Legrave, chief executive of the Chichester College Group, added:
“It is thrilling to see Chichester City FC reach the second round of the FA Cup – what a tremendous experience for the club and their players.
“We are particularly excited as Darin Kilpartrick – one of our lecturers – is the assistant coach at Chichester, so we will be following the second round draw very closely!
“It is also inspiring to hear that they intend to donate some of their prize money to Bury – a great demonstration of true sportsmanship.”