Caring Colne FC helps fellow burglary victims

Eccleshall FC's secretary Jim Tunney being presented with the takings by Colne FC's first team manager Steve Cunningham. (S)
Eccleshall FC's secretary Jim Tunney being presented with the takings by Colne FC's first team manager Steve Cunningham. (S)

After three break-ins in 12 months, members of Colne FC know exactly how bad it feels to have to replace items at a voluntary run club.

So when club officials heard of a burglary at cup opponents Eccleshall in the run up to Saturday’s game, the club decided to donate the takings from the match to the Staffordshire side.

Linda Priestley took her normal raffle collection at the gate, then first team manager Steve Cunningham and his wife Trish added to it by collecting cash from the 109 spectators at the game, raising more than £100 in total.

Colne FC Committee member Ben Metcalfe said: “Knowing all to well the situation Eccleshall were in, having suffered break-ins our self we were contacted by our manager’s dad, Stephen Cunningham, if we could donate the takings of the raffle to Eccleshall.

“He donated raffle prizes himself to help raise £120. It might not seem that much, but it really shows that the non-league community are one big family.”