Histon fans pitch in to help boost club's finances
Histon supporters have pitched in to help boost the club’s coffers during this difficult period.
Financial prudency in recent years means that the Stutes were not facing any type of crisis, but sought a bit of extra revenue to tide them over during the off-season.
They launched a crowdfunding initiative on Just Giving, and set a target of £1,000. The goal was reached within two days, and it currently stands at £2,055.
Chairman John Hall explained the purpose of the fundraising.
“This was a way of covering the shortfall, albeit a small one,” he said. “The club still goes on, like every other business.
“The joy we have is that we have a nice ground, but that nice ground costs us money – probably more than some other grounds to maintain.
“I think the work we’ve done over the years, and what Keith Nicholls has done on the financial side, has put us in good stead to move forward. We just want to keep that position strong.
“We’ve still got to maintain the pitch, and there is work going on it now. The plus side of this is that we get a longer run at getting our pitch back in the shape it should be in and that should be fantastic for the season whenever it starts.
“But there are still ongoing costs.”
He added: “It’s things like we were going to have a bingo night and an Easter raffle, that sort of thing, which now can’t happen so this crowdfunding replaces the expected income from those.”
Manager Lance Key and captain Max York have thanked fans for their support and money to assist Histon during the summer.
“We have reached our goal due to your enormous generosity, but every little helps,” said Key.
“Let’s see how far we can go. Once again, thank you to all who have donated. We really are truly grateful that this football club means so much to you, as it does to us.”
York added: “One of the strengths of community clubs such as ours is that we are there for each other in times of need.
“Players throughout the club’s structure draw inspiration from support like this and will be looking to reward your faith in us and the club when football recommences.
“Until such time, please stay safe, follow the government advice and stay strong.”
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