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Warrington Town launch crowdfunding campaign

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WARRINGTON Town have launched a crowdfunding campaign and have already attracted support from Everton player Matthew Pennington.

Pennington, 25, hails from Great Sankey and currently plays on loan with Championship side Hull City.

The campaign’s initial target is £10,000, to help support the club through these uncertain times, and Pennington’s donation of £250 was one of the first received.

The coronavirus outbreak and subsequent lockdown has created a shortfall of approximately £70,000, according to club chairman Toby Macormac.

The Just Giving page states: “Whether you’re a seasoned regular, a casual fan or you just remember our glorious FA Cup run, your local football club needs your help!

“Following the premature end to the 2019/20 season due to the coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent forced closure of the social club, Warrington Town FC has lost nearly all of its revenue streams – match day income, sponsorship, bar takings, 3G pitch revenue etc.

Read: Q&A with chairman Toby Macormac

“After receiving a number of requests from people wishing to help, we have set this fundraiser up for people to donate any amount they wish – knowing that any donations, however big or small, will be a massive help to protecting the existence of the club and ensuring that it can continue to drive forward its progress as part of the town, which needs and deserves a football club playing at the highest possible level.”

Their season was suspended on March 16 and then subsequently cancelled altogether, with all results expunged, denying the Yellows a tilt at promotion.

They were third in the league when the curtain came down, the third successive season they have ended the season in third place in the Northern Premier League.

Meanwhile, a recent race night held by the official supporters’ club raised more than £500, which will be going towards replacing the nets at the club’s Cantilever Park ground in time for next season.

To donate visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/theyellows

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