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Warrington Town smash crowdfunding target as they wait for new season news

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WARRINGTON Town’s crowdfunding page remains open after hitting its initial target of £10,000 earlier this month.

Former club chairman and Mr Warrington Worldwide himself, Gary Skentelbery, helped the Northern Premier League football club hit five figures on May 7 meaning the target had been raised in just 17 days.

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More than 245 supporters have donated to the cause, including Warrington-born professional footballer Matthew Pennington, currently on loan at Hull City from Everton.

Local football club Moore United also made a donation of more than £450, while former Yellows midfielder Bradley Barnes was another donor.

As well as a number of fans chipping in, local businessmen including Dante Group’s Alan Roskell, the Tavern Sports Bar and Tudor CCTV have helped the club plug an estimated shortfall of £70,000 caused by the premature end of the season and the coronavirus lockdown.

With the 2019/20 season declared null and void, the Yellows had to settle for a third successive third place finish, heartbreakingly robbing them of promotion again following last year’s ‘super’ play-off final defeat and the play-off defeat to Grantham Town the previous year.

There is still no indication as to when the 2020/21 season may start, although some clubs have started to announce new signings.

A number of options are believed to be being worked on by league officials depending on when the season does get underway, particularly if no play is possible until after Christmas, which would require a shortened campaign.

As a result of that uncertainty, the club has decided against putting season tickets on sale as yet, until it has a clearer picture on what fans will have to watch in the new season.

Manager Paul Carden has kept in contact with last season’s squad, and some discussions have been held regarding new deals.

Only left-back Tom Warren is currently under contract for 2020/21, while one player unlikely to return is winger Luke Wall, who has taken up an offer to play in Gibraltar.

Midfielder Scott Sephton has been confirmed as part of Matlock Town’s retained list for next season, after joining them the week after the Yellows’ final game of the season against the Gladiators on March 10.

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