An urgent appeal has been launched to save an amateur football club from extinction.
Hindley Town FC has enjoyed a small but loyal fanbase since its inception almost half a century ago.
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But vandalism to its facilities, and a dwindling number of players and volunteers – from pitch side to board level – are putting the club’s very existence at risk.
The club was founded in 1972 and has played at Kildare Street, across the way from Wigan and Leigh Hospice, since 2000.
Its chairman Dennis Davies said urgent help was needed to solve the club’s current plight.
“The club needs fresh impetus and revitalising with a new generation of not just players but also club officials breathing fresh air into the place,” he said.
“The board have given around 50 years of service to the club but unfortunately old age is catching up with them.
“Jobs take a lot longer than when they did 20 years ago unfortunately.
“Vandalism is also a factor with youths damaging various things over the years.
“It would be better if the youths were on the field having a kick-about instead of smashing things up.
“A positive response would be just what the club needs and deserves given the work that has gone into the club. The town deserves something to be proud of, given the amount of money that doesn’t get spent on the town itself, there is no doubt we are a deprived community.”
Dennis added: “The club is in a sound financial state with a long term lease but it requires some hard work and some TLC.”
The club harbours ambitions to be part of the football pyramid within 10 years, with its own training facility to serve local teams and the community.
Anyone interested in playing for Hindley Town or volunteering behind the scenes can call Dennis on 07842 522965.