Chorley FC seek fans’ help ahead of roof fund-raiser

PLEA: Chorley FC vice-chairman Graham Watkinson

PLEA: Chorley FC vice-chairman Graham Watkinson

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Chiefs at cash-strapped Chorley FC are asking fans to raise the roof ahead of the club’s latest fund-raiser.

Last season, the club were dealt a huge blow when the roof of the Duke Street stand was condemned due to rust.

We will be putting buckets out to collect loose change from everybody.

Graham Watkinson

A Crowdfunder appeal was launched and more than £7,500 was raised to help remove the roof.

Since the removal, Magpies bosses have been quoted £35,000 for a new roof on the Duke Street stand.

The club are open to a number of suggestions and they want the fans to come out in force and raise the roof.

A second Crowdfunder has been ruled out.

Officials admit that with the help of sponsors and fans, they hope to slash the quote by more than a third.

Secretary and Chorley FC vice-chairman, Graham Watkinson, said: “We will be putting buckets out to collect loose change from everybody.

“We feel with businesses doing things at cost and volunteers helping out where they can, then we should be able to take a third off the quoted price.

“We want the Magpie family to come together and we want fans to raise the roof.

“It’s a bit of a call to fans to come forward, we don’t just want to go to them and ask for their hard-earned cash.

“We are open to any suggestions to help raise the money.”

The club will look to raise the money in stages.

Once the cash has been raised, Mr Watkinson confirmed that the club will pay tribute to the people that have helped.

“We would probably look at renaming the stand after the community,” he added.

“It’s the least the club could do, I’m not sure on a name yet but it’s something that definitely will be done.”