Mystery donor steps in to raise roof at Chorley football club

Ambitions: Chorley Football Club
Ambitions: Chorley Football Club

A mystery donation will allow a football club to carry out much-needed work on its decaying stand.

Chiefs at Chorley Football Club were stunned when out of the blue, a lifelong fan came forward and stumped up the £35,000 needed to repair the Duke Street End roof.

The donation completely covers the cost of everything, it means the FA Cup prize money can be invested in different areas of the club

The fan, who wishes to remain anonymous, made the donation after admitting he was impressed by the club’s progress.

Loyal fans had raised concerns about the lack of cover with the winter months approaching. But since receiving the donation, bosses hope the will be roof will be raised in December although an official date is yet to be confirmed.

As well as the roof, a provision has also been made to build a new disabled viewing platform.

Graham Watkinson, vice-chairman and secretary, said: “It was a real surprise when the fan came forward.

“The fan has watched Chorley all his life, he’s shown quite an interest and has always questions about the roof.

“He approached myself and the chairman Ken Wright and said he liked what was happening at the club and that he was prepared to make a donation.”

The Duke Street stand, which is behind the goal near the social club, has been an open terrace since the roof was removed during the summer.

More than £7,500 was raised by a Crowd Funder to help cover the costs of the removal.

But a further £35,000 was needed to help build and erect a new roof. Fans had been looking at ways to raise further funds while the club looked at investing the £12,000 won in the FA Cup preliminary rounds. However, since the donation, it means the club can now invest the money in other areas of the club including the squad.

“Quite a lot of the work is being done at cost price, businesses can’t do these things for free but they are getting behind the club and helping us out,” Mr Watkinson added.

“The donation completely covers the cost of everything, it means the FA Cup prize money can be invested in different areas of the club.

“We won’t be closing the stand either, it will be open on match days and it will be safe for all fans to use.

“Some of the work is also being completed by volunteers but we’re always on the look out for any extra pairs of hands.

“A brief discussion was held with the owners Victory Park Holdings and they were more than happy for the work to take place.”