Rudy Funk’s column: Cup of plenty for Boro

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The FA Cup is a great competition for clubs like us with the main reason being the financial boost if you can progress through a few rounds.

As I have said before, our club is one of those that needs this money the most because we don’t currently have a home of our own.

The costs are brought in by the first team playing in Bridlington at Queensgate, then we have our reserves and younger teams playing in different places as well.

There are so many expenses that need to be catered for, so the financial help these competitions bring is just amazing.

The fans are great with the money they bring in through the turnstiles, but we need to find ways to cover all of the costs we have.

This helps so much and it does so much more because of that I am so pleased for the club as a whole.

Part of the rules in that competition also states that the home club has to contribute to our travel to the game, which allowed us to journey up to Newcastle in style at the weekend.

It gave the players the chance to spend a good six hours together as a group, which helped no end with bonding.

Our vice-chairman Wendy Danby put on a quiz on the way up there and there was a football quiz done by our chairman Dave Holland on the way back.

My wife Sue’s team including John Reed and Tom Davie finished with the top score, though Paul Foot’s group weren’t far away.

It was a great day for everyone. One of great banter and great cameraderie, which is exactly what you need in a club.

In contrast I had couple of tough conversations this week when talking to Josh Greening and Nathan Cook.

As well as being great lads, Josh and Nathan are also great footballers, so letting them go was very hard for me to do.

We have parted on good terms and we have kept their registrations so they will be available if the chance comes.

It was a tad unfair for me to keep these lads on the bench because they are young and still developing in the game.

At the same time, if you compare them to other younger players at the club, they are already settled at the senior level, having played there for a long time.

There are still more established lads in the team though and an awful lot of competition for places.

I had a long conversation with them both and when the times comes I hope they will come back and play for us again.

As long as I am manager there will always be a place for them.