Egremont Ranger have been left “speechless and deeply saddened” after their Gillfoot Park ground has been allegedly vandalised.
The National Conference League side currently play in the Premier Division of the competition and are active at all ages within the Cumbrian leagues with numerous youth teams.
The damage is to the covered stand and a bench has been moved into the neighbouring field and has had the seating damaged.
Club Chairman Mark Chorley said: “Hugely disappointed & upset writing this
having to report that more damage has
been done at Gillfoot park over the
“As can be seen in the images a
part of the stand seems to have been
purposely knocked down and a bench has
been put in farmers field.
“We are a community club with the
community at the very heart of everything
that we do and to see this sort of vandalism
becoming a more regular occurrence has
us utterly speechless and deeply saddened.”
While the club should be focusing on finishing the season with the current climate raising funds for repairs and potentially investing in security for the ground is an off field distraction they could do without.
Mark continued: “As everyone knows being a community club means we rely on the unselfish efforts of our volunteers to survive, flourish and give back to the community that supports us and this complete act of selfishness goes completely against our principals and morals.
“With the current climate we will now have to find the additional funds to repair this
damage which may mean we have to divert
funds from other projects or events that
would benefit not only the club but the
community as a whole.”
The club have appealed to the local community for help identifying the culprits saying: “The incident has been passed over to the police so please if you have any information with regards to any of the damage please contact them or ourselves so that another incident like this won’t happen again.”
This weekend the National Conference team head to Lock Lane on Saturday August 6.