Yate Town FC needs your help
A CROWDFUNDING appeal has been launched by Yate Town after its income was wiped out by the coronavirus crisis.
The early end of the football season saved the Bluebells from the threat of relegation but they now face financial uncertainty.
The club has asked fans and local people to support the club, and has pledged that for every £15 donation, a free ticket will be given to a front-line worker.
Launching the appeal on its website, the club said: “Due to the enforced closure of the club house and the complete lack of all match day revenue, our main income steams were completely turned off overnight and, with ongoing running costs this, has placed the club in an extremely difficult financial position.”
The club has set a target of £5,000 and donations can be made online at crowdfunder.co.uk/supportyatetown.
Former player and manager Richard Thompson is Town’s new director of football. He played for Yate at the start of his career and returned to later on, first as a player and then as manager.
The appointment came after Nigel Hawkins stepped down from the role for personal reasons, after eight years at the club.
Club captain Nick Peare has moved to Cirencester Town.
He led Yate to promotion to the BetVictor Evo-Stick Premier South last hear, scoring 12 goals in the promotion campaign.
The club said: “Yate Town Football Club would like to wish Nick Peare all the best for the future and thank him for his services. 'Des' captained the Bluebells to promotion last season, his hunger and passion for the club was undeniable. He was a fan favourite at Lodge Road, and scored some cracking goals to go with it.”
Joe Guest, a midfielder who made 28 appearances in the 2018-19 promotion campaign, has also left for Taunton Town.