Football: United pick up their cheque

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The Independent Online
MANCHESTER UNITED collected pounds 815,210 as the first FA Premier League champions when the positional prize fund of more than pounds 9m was distributed yesterday. As winners they collected 22 shares, while Nottingham Forest picked up one share, worth pounds 37,055, for finishing last.

However, the merit money accounted for a only quarter of the cash available at the Premier League share-out, as a result of the pounds 304m five-year TV deal the league signed with BSkyB. Clubs appearing in live TV games or on the BBC's highlights programme Match of the Day shared another pounds 9.375m, and the remaining 50 per cent of the funds was shared among the top flight teams and last season's down-and-outs West Ham, Luton and Notts County.

They collected a basic pounds 750,000 each. Newcastle United pocketed only pounds 50,000 for winning the Football League's First Division title.

----------------------------------------------------------------- PREMIER LEAGUE POSITIONAL PRIZE-MONEY ----------------------------------------------------------------- 1 Manchester United. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pounds 815,210 2 Aston Villa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pounds 778,155 3 Norwich City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pounds 741,100 4 Blackburn Rovers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pounds 704,045 5 Queen's Park Rangers . . . . . . . . . . . . . pounds 666,990 6 Liverpool. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pounds 629,975 7 Sheffield Wednesday. . . . . . . . . . . . . . pounds 592,880 8 Tottenham Hotspur. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pounds 555,825 9 Manchester City. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pounds 518,770 10 Arsenal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pounds 481,715 11 Chelsea. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pounds 444,660 12 Wimbledon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pounds 407,605 13 Everton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pounds 370,550 14 Sheffield United. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pounds 333,495 15 Coventry City. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pounds 296,440 16 Ipswich Town. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pounds 259,385 17 Leeds United. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pounds 222,330 18 Southampton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pounds 185,275 19 Oldham Athletic. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pounds 148,220 20 Crystal Palace. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pounds 111,165 21 Middlesbrough. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pounds 74,110 22 Nottingham Forest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pounds 37,055 -----------------------------------------------------------------

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