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Club coffers swell in Cup bonanza
Exeter FC
Exeter City is selling 7,000 tickets for the rematch
A Devon football club hopes two matches against Manchester United will help it wipe out many of its debts.

Exeter City's 0-0 draw with Manchester United in the FA Cup on Saturday has ensured a replay at Exeter's St James' Park on 19 January.

The 7,000 tickets for the replay went on sale on Tuesday.

The two games are expected to raise 750,000 for the cash-strapped Conference side, which is 93 places beneath the Premiership team.

Game challenge

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said the Saturday result was "Exeter's day".

And Exeter said they were hoping to rise to the challenge during the rematch.

When doors opened at the club's box office on Tuesday morning, people at the front of the queue had been waiting in the rain for more than three hours.

Fans took control of Exeter City in 2003 after it was relegated to the Conference League and risked being wound up because of its debts.

In October 2003, the club agreed a deal with the majority of its creditors over debts of about 4m.

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