Cougars look to cash in with big cup clash against Warrington

Gary Fawcett

Gary Fawcett

First published in Keighley Cougars

Chairman Gary Fawcett believes Cougars can expect to make three times as much money from their glamour Carnegie Challenge Cup tie with Warrington Woloves than a normal Championship game.

Tony Smith’s Super League leaders head to Cougar Park next month for the fourth-round showdown, which sees the clubs meet in the same stage of the competition for the second year running.

Warrington stuffed Jason Demetriou’s men 80-0 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium last season, but Fawcett reckons they can give them a game this time around.

Fawcett said: “Warrington are going to be very tough and ob-viously we will do our best to win the game.

“I’ve just been speaking to Sam Obst about it and saying that one of the best sides in the world are going to be coming down to Cougar Park. It will be a massive draw from a crowd perspective.

“Despite the fact that we lost 80-0 there last year, we actually enjoyed the game and the day out.

“We would rather have that and a good pay-day rather than a less-er team that we may lose to.”

Fawcett does not expect the tie to be televised but said: “We will be really happy if it on television but I don’t think it will be.

“Nevertheless, Warrington could bring a couple of thousand fans at least, so we expect to generate around £60,000.

“It’s a split fifty-fifty gate with Warrington, so we should make about three times as much as we would for a normal home game. I had to have a chuckle when we were drawn against Warrington again.

“But this time we have home advantage and we’re a better team than last year – there’s no doubt about that.”

Demetriou’s men tackle Cham-pionship rivals Hunslet at Cougar Park on Sunday (kick-off 2pm).

That means a reunion with for-mer Cougars coach Barry Eaton, who is held in high regard at the club.

Fawcett added: “Barry picked up a team that was on its backside in 2006 and 2007. JD took on that squad that Barry had assembled and won promotion with it.

“I’ve got a lot of time for Barry and we look forward to welcoming him and his family back to Cougar Park on Sunday.”

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