£10k dash could see Macc Town clinch cash bounty
FANS of Macclesfield Town FC are being challenged to raise £10,000 to buy new players.
A mystery overseas fan gifted the club £15,000 in August for manager John Askey to spend on new signings.
But now, in a potentially lucrative twist, the anonymous donor is offering to match pound for pound any cash raised by supporters up to £10,000.
This could mean John Askey could have £35,000 to spend on bolstering his squad this season.
The Silkmen Supporters Trust, a group set up to support the club with fundraising, has now started a £10k Dash campaign and aim to hit the target by November 10, the day Macc take on Altrincham at the Moss Rose.
Fans have already donated £1,500 since last week’s launch.
The idea has been welcomed by John Askey, whose small squad suffered a double injury blow at the weekend.
He said: “The £15,000 we received last month helped us secure important new players for the team.
“If we can now bring in another £20,000 or more, it will give us a much better chance of keeping the squad together and maintaining the consistency that’s vital if we’re going to secure one of those top spots by the end of the season.
“There are a few players I have my eye on who could still be available who might be right for the club, but we’ll have to see. I won’t just spent it. It has to be the right decision for the club.”
Club chairman Mark Blower is hopeful the scheme will be a big help to the club.
He said: “It is fantastic to hear that a group of supporters are teaming up to help supplement John’s playing budget. We have built a good squad but this is a tough league and with hopefully good runs in all of the cup competitions this funding will help John improve his squad and give him the best possible chance of success.
“Everybody at the club has a part to play in the success of the team. Whether it is a member of the backroom staff, an office volunteer or a supporter. Initiatives like this just go to show this.”
Donations to the £10k Dash can be made via www.crowdfunder.co.uk/ macclesfield-town-10kdash or cheques sent to Silkmen Supporters Trust, Churchill Chamber, Churchill Way, Macclesfield, SK11 6AY.