Bridlington Town chairman praises supporters for donations

Bridlington Town chairman Pete Smurthwaite has hailed Seasiders supporters who have rallied to help boost the club's coffers during the suspension of all football due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Tuesday, 31st March 2020, 3:13 pm
Bridlington Town skipper Andy Norfolk

Smurthwaite said: "We have installed the “Virtual Game” donation page on our website which has brought in some additional funds for the club in these difficult times.

"We are fortunate at our club that we already have two organisations in the “Supporters Club” and the “Onward Fund” who have raised monies in recent seasons to help with various aspects of the running of the club.

"They have both agreed to make a donation along with an anonymous donor towards the cost of the annual pitch refurbishment which still needs to be carried out in May so we continue to be known as the “Wembley of the North” when other clubs visit us.

"I appreciate times are very difficult financially but I will still continue to back the club and the decision is made so much easier when you know other people are prepared to help you and appreciate what I do.

"We are fortunate at this club that we have excellent staff and a group of volunteers who support myself and the club.

"When the country eventually starts returning to normal after this coronavirus crisis sport will play a big part in bringing back the “feelgood factor” and we need to make sure this football club still exists in its current form and whatever help we receive will be very important.

"We are fortunate we have been able to receive the grants from the Yorkshire Coast CLLD (Community Led Local Development) and the Football Foundation to replace the current clubhouse with a brand new building.

"This will be an important asset to the local community not just for football use but will be available to other local organisations and at a time when we will need it most to return to our normal lives along with the stimulus of being involved in sport again.

"As I have recently stated I have been pleased with the increase in attendances and sponsorship on match days and let’s hope this will continue and expand in the future in the knowledge we have such an excellent product and facilities."

Anyone wanting to help the club by purchasing parts of the Seasiders' virtual matchday packages can find the information on

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