WANDERERS could be quids in if all their away games are streamed online this season.

Colchester United chairman Robbie Cowling has revealed the payment structure agreed by clubs using the EFL’s iFollow platform this season.

Bolton sold 2,252 streaming passes for Saturday’s game at the JobServe Community Stadium, which was played behind closed doors.

As a result, the Whites actually earned more money from the fixture than the home team, who sold 452 passes and also received money for the first 500 sold by Bolton.

Cowling predicts that Wanderers could rake in £345,000 from away passes this season, if their support continues at a similar level.

And echoing the long-held beliefs of Accrington chairman, Andy Holt, he believes the streaming system is unfairly weighted towards the top clubs with bigger fanbases.

The U’s chairman explained: “The way it works currently is that the home team keep all of the revenue for the tickets they sell through their own website and they also get the revenue for the first 500 that buy via the away team. For example: for Saturday’s game against Bolton, we sold 452 iFollow passes, (so we keep all of the revenue from those), and Bolton sold 2252 iFollow passes, (of which we get the revenue from the first 500).

“This has put a very new aspect on the revenue that is available to clubs this season. Bolton made more money in gate receipts from our home fixture than we did because they had the revenue from 1,752 iFollow passes whereas we had the revenue from 952 iFollow passes.

“In normal times, we would have expected about £54,000 in home gate receipts from this fixture but we will receive just shy of £8,000, whereas Bolton would have expected about £600 for the 5 per cent commission we pay them but will have received about £14,000 more than that.

“We sold just over 300 streams for the away game against Bradford, so we earnt £0.00 for that away game and I expect that to be the case for every away game this season. So based on 23 away games, Bolton look set to receive about £345,000 from the streaming of their away games this season whilst we can look forward to approximately £0.00.

“Perhaps these facts might help some of you that think we should still be in the Championship understand what we are up against.”