OXFORD City’s Emirates FA Cup second round game at Shrewsbury Town could be the biggest in their

137-year history.

That is the view of the Vanarama National League South outfit’s finance director Paul Lyon, with the club in line for a cash windfall if they beat the Sky Bet League One side on Sunday.

Although prize money and broadcast fees have halved for this season’s competition due to Covid, City will still net £37,500 thanks to the clash being televised live on the BBC and BT digital platforms.

But if – and it is a big if – they produce their second Cup shock of the season and reach the third round for the first time in their history, Lyon revealed they could net £250,000.

“The most important thing about winning is what comes next,” he said.

“It’s probably the biggest game in the history of Oxford City.

“Financially it’s massive, but we don’t want the players to be nervous – we just want them to play the same way as they did against Northampton.

“If we have a good day and Shrewsbury have a bad one you never know.”

David Oldfield’s side will be looking to upset a third-tier team for the second successive round, after their excellent 2-1 win over Northampton Town earlier this month.

It is a feeling they have grown used to in recent seasons, reaching the first round in four successive campaigns and getting to this stage in 2017/18.

Zac McEachran, Reece Fleet and Joe Oastler are the three survivors from the squad that lost to Notts County three years ago, although the latter is suspended on Sunday.

And Oldfield is confident the occasion will not prove too much for his side at Montgomery Waters Meadow.

“The players were fantastic on the TV last time and recognise the challenge,” he said.

“The history has not been a factor so far, but it’s a very big game for the club.

“We’re building on some really big cup runs in the past.

“We can’t afford to think about that, we need to be as good as we possibly can be even to give ourselves half a chance.

“It’s relevant that a few of our boys have been involved in those previous runs.”

Sunday’s game is Shrewsbury’s first since they sacked manager Sam Ricketts, with assistant Dean Whitehead also leaving.

The managerless hosts are 23rd in League One and in terrible form, but Oldfield – who was at Oxford United with both men – is still wary.

He said: “I’m disappointed for Sam and Dean, but we know how big a challenge it will be irrespective of anything else.”