BALA Town have received an unexpected but welcome cash boost from Uefa's Euro 2016 payout.
European football's governing body has released details of solidarity payments to 641 clubs – a form of compensation for releasing players to feature in qualifying and final competition games at the tournament.
The Lakesiders will bank £17,942 from the appearances of their former defender David Artell, who was part of the Gibraltar squad who were in the same qualifying group as Germany, Poland, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland. The payments cover the period from the start of qualifying for Euro 2016 back in September 2014, through to the final stages in France where Wales reached the semi-finals.
The money is split with a record €100m shared between clubs releasing players for the final tournament based on a fixed amount per player per day.
A former Rotherham United, Shrewsbury, Mansfield, Morecambe and Crewe player, Artell was called up by Gibraltar in February 2014, qualifying through his father, and made his debut in the minnows' second ever official match, a 4–1 friendly defeat to the Faroe Islands.
Players only have to be named in the 23-man matchday squads for their clubs at the time to qualify for payments but Artell, now manager of Crewe Alexandra, featured several times.
Artell made 37 (+2) Welsh Premier League appearances for the Lakesiders, scoring three goals, before a brief spell with Port Talbot Town.
Only Italian outfit Juventus earned more than Liverpool, who supplied five of Roy Hodgson's 23-man England squad and enjoyed a payout of £2,890,773. Meanwhile, striker Adam Priestley's appearances in also qualifying for Gibraltar pocketed Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One North side Farsley Celtic £21,531.