DELIGHTED chairman Dave Gamble has thanked “generous” Hucknall Town fans after they dipped into their pockets to help pay for the club’s floodlight repairs.
Town were landed with a whopping £5,000 bill to put right the lights behind the main stand after they failed during an Evo-Stik League, Premier Division clash against Buxton on Bank Holiday Monday January 3.
The club called in electricians to install a new control box and replace underground cabling at their Watnall Road ground.
To help raise the money, the cash-strapped Yellows went cap in hand to supporters to ask for donations and also held a bucket collection at their home clash with Northwich Victoria on Saturday January 15.
Now Gamble is pleased to announce that fans were happy to help and gave the club “between £800 and £1,000”.
The chairman added that the whole sum for repairs had now been raised and that the floodlights were in full working order again.
Gamble said: “I am very thankful for everyone’s donations. Some of the donations we received humbled me.
“It really was a fantastic effort. It shows people do care and I am very grateful for that. They are very generous. One fan even handed me a light bulb wrapped in a £5 note!
“The floodlight bill will be paid as is normal. It’s business as usual thanks to the generosity of our supporters and other donors.”
Town’s first-team coach Jamie Brough also expressed thanks on behalf of the management team.
Brough said: “A massive thankyou to everyone, no matter how big or small the donation.
“The fans have been terrific all season anyway, even though the results have been up and down. They are very supportive.
“The amount that they raised was somewhat surprising to me when I was told and it shows what a good group of fans we have got.
“It is hugely appreciated and we now have to repay their faith in us with our results on the pitch.”
Meanwhile Gamble has flatly denied Town have been landed with a massive £28,000 VAT bill.
The rumour mill has been in motion but Gamble said: “That is not true. People should not believe everything they read on the Internet or hear in the bar.”
Town are back in Evo-Stik action on Saturday (January 29) when they welcome struggling Whitby Town to Watnall Road.
The Yellows are still yet to win a league game in 2011 and lost their latest fixture, at FC United of Manchester on Saturday January 22, 4-1. But Brough is sure the squad can bounce back.
He said: “We have not won in 2011 but I don’t think our performances have resulted in what we’ve deserved.
“That said, performances do not get you points. Results get you points.
“It is very important we get back to winning ways. Now, starting against Whitby.
“It will be a tough game. They will work hard and make it physical for us.
“But we have to continue with the way we have been playing and cut out the straightforward mistakes we have been making.”
Brough said three of FC United’s goals were of Town’s own making, be it through sloppy marking or lapses in concentration.
“Of the six goals we have conceded in the last two defeats, five have been our own fault,” he said. “We need to keep our concentration a little bit more.”
However Brough added that he was happy with how the young Town side acquitted themselves in front of a boisterous and sizeable crowd of 1,883 at Gigg Lane, the home of League Two outfit Bury, where FC United are based.
“FC United came flying out of the blocks but when you have a crowd of nearly 2,000 behind you, it’s going to be a boost. Perhaps we were caught on our heels a bit.
“For me, playing in front of a crowd like that is something to thrive on. We told the lads before the game not to worry about the crowd.
“To be fair, after their early goal, we got back into it and quietened the crowd down. But then we conceded a goal out of nothing and they were bouncing again.”
Brough said there were likely to be changes to the side for the Whitby game. Wayne Diuk and Cashel Walters have been on loan at Long Eaton United but could be in the reckoning, while Tris Whitman, who had last weekend off, is also in contention for a return.
Striker Tyeisse ‘TJ’ Nightingale was forced off at half-time against FC United with a stomach bug but is expected to have shaken it off.
Brough added: “The fact that we can send players out on loan and still have five substitutes on the bench shows how strong our squad has suddenly become.”