Bridlington chairman Pete Smurthwaite urges town's football fans to back Seasiders
Bridlington Town chairman Pete Smurthwaite has urged the town’s football fans to back the Seasiders as they get ready to return in action.
The Queensgate club have been hit by financial losses during the Covid-19 pandemic as they have not been able to utilise the new Town Bar fully since it opened last July.
Smurthwaite is eager for fans to come down to the club’s pre-season friendlies, and also head to the Town Bar on weekends and help boost the club’s coffers ahead of their first season back in the NPL.
Town are also staging a special event a week on Friday, July 2, called ‘An Evening with Burnsy and Swanny’, starting from 8pm at the Town Bar.
Smurthwaite said: “Radio presenter David Burns and former Leeds United and Hull City player Peter Swan have offered to help out at the club with the fundraising event and I hope our fans can support the event in good numbers.
“The income generated is vital to the club as we prepare for the new season particularly with the added expense of having been promoted into the Northern Premier League.
“This means an increase in our annual running costs with a higher playing budget and travel costs plus additional administration costs for memberships and insurances etc.
“It is absolutely vital we generate more income to cover these additional costs especially after all the past problems with the Covid pandemic.
“We have not been able to fully utilise the Town Bar since we opened last July after a substantial investment in building the bar due to Government restrictions.
“Even now we have to employ additional staff to accommodate reduced numbers by having table service only and social distancing measures in place therefore reducing the profits.
“We lost a reasonable amount of revenue last season with not being able to receive money from our sponsors and we have always received a decent income from all the local cup finals we usually hold in May which we have lost over the last two seasons.
“The government grants we received during Covid only cover the basic running costs of the bar and maintenance of the stadium and pitch and don’t contribute towards the football costs.
“I would ask supporters to get behind the club for the July 2 event and attend as many of the friendlies as they can.
“It would be nice to see a few more of our fans at the Town Bar on a weekend when there is always some sport on the television.
“I would like to thank all the fans who have attended the Town Bar to watch the England games the support is very much appreciated and creates an excellent atmosphere for the games.
“I would also remind our supporters the more you can put into the club the more the chairman is prepared to put in as well.”
Tickets for the ‘Burnsy and Swanny’ event can be purchased from the Town Bar or on 01262-606879.