Club left to pick up bill after arson attack by yobs

VANDALS have struck again at a cash-strapped football club, leaving it facing yet more repair bills.

Yobs struck at Wallsend Town Football Club in Howdon, starting a fire in the home side’s dugout and melting two of the seats. A further two seats were smashed.

The club has been hit by a series of vandal attacks over the past few years.

In recent weeks, one of the goalposts at the Langdale Gardens ground had its iron support bars stolen, leaving the club to pick up a bill of almost £2,000 for a new set.

Club manager Dave Grandini said the club cannot afford to keep carrying out repairs as it is struggling financially.

“There has been vandalism at the club for ages now,” said the 50-year-old.

“It’s been going on for about five years. It must have cost us about £7,000 for repairs, and we can’t afford it.

“It’s getting to the stage now where we might have to close because we’re struggling. It’s just a nightmare and it makes me think, is it worth it?

“You just don’t know from one day to the next what is going to happen.

“Every time we go down to the club something is wrong.

“We are appealing for sponsors and would appreciate any help.

“We are also looking into looking into the possibility of grants.”

Police officers have launched an investigation into the incident, which took place between the evening of Sunday, September 18, and the morning of Tuesday, September 20.

A spokesman said: “We can confirm that an incident of criminal damage was reported to us.

“Officers from the Wallsend neighbourhood policing team are investigating.”

Anyone wishing to sponsor the club can ring Mr Grandini on 07578 700 410.