A Colne footballer has been left stunned by the response to a fund-raising plea after a third break-in in 12 months at the town’s football club.
Reserve goalkeeper Stuart Cross, who set up the fund-raising page on Sunday, said club has been overwhelmed with the generosity of folk right across the region after almost 75% of the £1,000 target has already been achieved.
Police said the burglary at the club’s XLCR Stadium at Holt House in Harrison Drive happened between 6pm on Saturday and 10am on Sunday.
A number of sweets and bottles of alcohol were stolen as well as damage caused to several windows and doors.
Whoever broke in helped themselves to burgers too and even scrawled a review and thank you onto the wall.
Stuart said: “The chairman estimated the cost at £1,000 but I don’t know if that includes the spirits stolen or just the damage.
“But I thought if we could get something it’s better than nothing as it is the club that has to foot the bill.
“The response has been unbelievable. I thought there might be £40 or £50 in by today but we were at £500 by lunchtime. It’s amazing. Fingers crossed we get there.
“Nelson and Barnoldswick, both local rivals, have offered to help as well which is brilliant.
“A group of Runcorn Linnets supporters, who are likely to be our biggest title rivals, are bringing some sort of hamper of sweets and spirits for the bar and Colne Town Council is putting the issue of CCTV on the next agenda.
“We are such a family club and I think it is that which has brought the response as everybody is made to feel welcome. Thank you to everybody who has donated.”
Last time the club was broken into in September, both the bar and the tea bar were smashed up, windows were broken and the pitch vandalised, leaving the club with a £3,000 bill to rectify the damage.
A statement on Colne FC’s Facebook page on Sunday read: “Unfortunately we’ve been broken into again, looks like the same people as last time.
“Plenty of damage as they have broken windows and doors and locks, stolen plenty of spirits, sweets and more. If anybody heard anything, please let us know.
“Remember, we’re all volunteers trying to provide the town with a football team.”
The fund-raising page can be found here.
Anybody with information can call police on 101 or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.