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  • Football club chief in renewed appeal for support

    Henry James

    OFFICIALS of Skelmersdale United have issued a renewed plea for townsfolk to support a fundraising campaign to help secure the immediate future of the 135-year-old club.

    A Just Giving page set up in November aimed at raising £10,000 to fund Skem’s ground-share arrangement at Prescot Cables’ ground for the rest of the season realised nearly £3,000 in a matter of days.

    However, since then the donations have dried up and the total now stand at just £3,771 leaving it more than £6,000 adrift of its target.

    Skelmersdale United chairman, Paul Griffiths, said: “It has been a massive struggle and we need the support of the local population and local businesses to help us raise £10,000.

    “If we can raise the next £6,000 and reach that £10,000 target, the club will be able to pay for the ground hire at Prescot Cables. Then all we have got to do is cover the players’ expense.

    “It is going to be a push to see the season out and we will have to survive hand-to-mouth every week, but I am sure that more or less we will get through by the skin of our teeth.”

    The chairman added that the groundshare at Prescot has been a success, despite a drop in attendances.

    “During the three months we have been at Prescot our crowds are down. We used to have gates of 220 to 230 at our old home ground but at Prescot they have fallen to 140 to 150.

    “Also, last season every home match was sponsored, but this season only five have been supported, although we do want to thank the likes of Messenger Express for their support.

    “We have also lost out with not having the clubhouse.

    “On the weekend we had to leave our old club we had a wedding reception booked for the club. This had to be moved and I know that the venue where it was eventually held took £5,000 behind the bar for that one event.”

    Mr Griffiths added that he aims to bring the club back to Skelmersdale as soon as possible.

    If you would like to support the club’s appeal go to the website www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/sufc1882.

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