Totton smash Vase record after FA admit blunder

Totton fans at Wembley in 2007

Totton fans at Wembley in 2007

First published in Sport

THE RECORD attendance for an FA Vase final was broken this month - without a ball being kicked in anger!

As expected, AFC Totton and Truro City smashed the record Vase final attendance figure in May 2007 when it was announced that 27,754 fans had turned up for the first ever Vase final to be staged at the new Wembley, writes DEREK HAWKINS.

However, the Football Association have now admitted they got their sums totally wrong and the crowd for Totton's biggest-ever day was in fact a staggering 36,232 - nearly 8,500 more than previously thought.

"The new official record attendance for a FA Vase final is the 36,232 crowd for Totton's clash with Truro City last season," confirmed FA Council member John Ward, Hampshire' representative at Soho Square.

"Unfortunately, the mix-up came about because one of the turnstiles at Wembley wasn't working properly on the day and, for some reason, the previous figure didn't include the walk-up' fans who turned up on the day itself.

"It's taken a while to sort out, but all the figures have since been re-checked and the new figure is correct.

"The clubs were sent their monies some time ago now and both did extremely well financially.

"Both Totton and Truro earned money from a percentage of the sell-on of their tickets to fans and they also received a share of the gate.

"Clubs who do well in the FA Vase can earn a lot of money from it."

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