More damage leaves club chiefs furious

Damage: A gaping hole left after concrete panels were smashed.
Damage: A gaping hole left after concrete panels were smashed.

Yobs have once again caused thousands of pounds of damage to a non-league football club.

Vandals targeted Chorley FC’s Victory Park Stadium smashing concrete blocks leaving a huge hole in a fence and banging nails into several door locks.

It is thought the damage happened on Friday.

The damage meant anybody could have walked into Saturday’s FA Cup second-round qualifying tie against Glossop North End.

It is the third incident at the club’s ground in the past year.

In March, three televisions, stereo systems and a DVD player were stolen while in June, crooks attempted to set fire to an executive box as well as destroying several roof tiles.

The recent damage is expected to cost the club in the region of £1,200.

To look at preventing further damage to the ground, the club has priced up a number of schemes including high security fences and barbed with costs totalling £30,000.

Officials at the club have been left shocked at the recent spate of vandalism.

Vice-chairman Graham Watkinson said: “Everybody at the club feels they are fighting a losing battle and I think it could get worse with the new skate park.

“The area needs managing and the club has been asked to work with the people creating the new facilities.

“The damage is ridiculous, the offenders are going to every effort to do this.

“They didn’t just kick the panels out. If they put that much effort into getting a job they’d do much better in life.

“We’ve looked at different schemes to help prevent this but they are very expensive and it will be hard for a club our size to pay for it.

“All the hard work we put in on the pitch is going to waste, we received £4,500 from The FA after defeating Glossop North End in The FA Cup and now some of that prize money will have to go towards repair work.

Mr Watkinson is urging any members of the public who may know those responsible to come forward and speak out.

He added: “We are asking everybody in the local community to come forward and help us out. This shouldn’t be happening. Any information could be vital, people aren’t travelling miles to do this sort of damage they are local to the area. It’s vital we catch them and stop this constant vandalism once and for all.”

Chorley Police have been notified about every incident at Victory Park over the past year.

If you have any information please call 101.