£1,500 of damage in one day at football ground

Bridlington Town news
Bridlington Town news

Vandals struck twice in one day at Bridlington Town’s Queensgate ground, causing around £1,500 of damage in two separate incidents.

Volunteers arrived at the stadium on Tuesday morning and discovered a break-in, and then a distinctive club banner behind the goal was ripped down during a cup game between Scarborough Athletic and Whitby town in the evening.

Town chairman Peter Smurthwaite said: “It was mainly damage to the doors, locks and furniture, although some items were stolen too.

To make matters worse, some idiots from Whitby damaged the banner, and we will need to buy a new one. That banner had featured so well in the Class Of 92 documentary on BBC One last week. I’ve lost count of the number of people who have said to me they recognised our ground on the Tv because they recognised the banner.

“I’m so cheesed off because it is all just wanton vandalism. You can accept paying out when gale force winds cause the damage but this could all have been avoided.”

Mr Smurthwaite estimated that the cost of repairing the damage from the break-in would be around £1,000, while a replacement banner would cost £500.

“We’ve just spent £1,800 on getting the floodlights through their bi-annual test and most of this will come out of my pocket, it is not worth putting it through the insurance, although Scarborough or Whitby will be paying to replace the banner.

“It is Scarborough’s sole responsibility to ensure the crowd is controlled. It is not up to me to provide stewards.

“In the end, police had to be called during the game and that does not reflect well on our club.

“The only positive is that we have had an offer from a local band, Capital Eye, to do a gig and donate the proceeds to the club and BKR Distribution have offered to do a free leaflet drop to promote it.

“It’s nice to know there are people like that out there. If there were more offers like that, it would help us a lot.”

Town have no confirmed that Whitby Town chairman Graham Manser has agreed to cover the cost of the damage to the banner.