Words by Richard Scott
When you think of the clubs who supplied international sides with their players for the European Championships, you think of the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus.
But what about Step 4 side Farsley Celtic?
Well, the Villagers provided Gibraltar with forward Adam Priestley for the qualifying campaign that saw them take on the likes of Germany and Scotland as they looked to make an unlikely bid to reach France last summer.
Now the club is set to receive a windfall over £21,000 for holding the players’ registration, money which is invaluable for a club like Farsley. It’s not exactly known what the club intend to do with the money, but that sort of cash is a real financial boost to a club who attract an average attendance of 194.
UEFA paid out over 50million Euros to clubs who released players to compete in the qualifying round of the competition and another 100million Euros to clubs who saw their players in action during the finals.
Priestley has since moved to Derbyshire side Alfreton Town of the Vanarama National League side and has featured for the national side as they attempt to pull off and unlikely qualification to the FIFA World Cup in 2018 held in Russia.
That means that The Reds are likely to receive a windfall in the future.