Chorley FC look to fans to help fund changes to stadium

Chorley mascots at Saturday's game against Worcester City with the Mayoress and Mayor of Chorley, Margaret and Roy Lees, Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle, Lord Faulkner of Worcester, Magpies chairman Ken Wright, Coun Alistair Bradley, and community development officer Gerry Luckza with a cheque of �13,500 given by the Football Conference Trust to help fund the club's community projects
Chorley mascots at Saturday's game against Worcester City with the Mayoress and Mayor of Chorley, Margaret and Roy Lees, Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle, Lord Faulkner of Worcester, Magpies chairman Ken Wright, Coun Alistair Bradley, and community development officer Gerry Luckza with a cheque of �13,500 given by the Football Conference Trust to help fund the club's community projects
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Chorley’s vandal-hit Victory Park has been dealt another blow – but you can help save the club.

The stadium’s steel Duke Street stand has been deemed unsafe and condemned to demolition by the local authority due to rust.

“We’ve already had a great response from people and we are glad of the support.”

Ken Wright, chairman

And cash-strapped Chorley are unable to fork out the estimated £50,000 replacement fee to save it after spending more than £10,000 repairing damage caused by yobs.

The club’s kitty has been dented by seven vandal attacks in the last 12 months and now chairman Ken Wright is calling on fans to help them replace the stand by donating to their ‘Crowdfunding’ site.

He said: “We are looking to try to raise some money.

“Unfortunately we have had seven vandalism attacks in the last 11 months and we have had to pay for those repairs.

“We are asking people to make a donation and we can assure them that all the money will go on the stadium and replacing the stand.”

The club’s initial target is £5,000, but just two days since the eight-week appeal launched on March, 1 they have already raised more than £1,000.

As well as the mammoth task of tearing down and replacing a stand, the club’s car park also needs resurfacing, the grass banking’s need sorting and seats need improving in all areas of the main stand.

Mr Wright said: “To repair the Duke Street stand will cost us £50,000 and there are other parts of the stadium that also need attention too.

“We did some work on the stand in the summer but unfortunately it is an ageing stadium.

“We’ve already had a great response from people and we are glad of the support.”

Chorley boss Garry Flitcroft blasted the vandals.

He said: “You see people working so hard behind the scenes and for people to keep breaking in is demoralising.

“There is a lot of money being spent to repair and it is just local idiots that are breaking in. It is wrong.”

Fortunately for Flitcroft’s Conference North side, the stand will stay intact for the remainder of the season.

On the pitch Flitcroft is hoping his men can bounce back against Leamington at Victory Park tonight after drawing 3-3 with Worcester City on Saturday.

He was disappointed with the draw and urged his men to up their defensive game.

He said: “When you are scoring three goals in a match, you should be going on and winning the game.

“Defensively we just need to improve and improve our talking and communication.

“I had a go at them in the dressing room on Saturday and we will look to put it right tonight. Up until two or three games ago we had the best defensive record in the league.

“We are going to miss chances but at least they are in the positions and they are creating chances.”

To donate see: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/chorley-fc-secure-our-stadium