Silk­men fund hits £39,000

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town FC have al­most £39,000 to spend on new play­ers thanks to a fundrais­ing ap­peal by fans.

A mystery over­seas fan gifted the club £15,000 in Au­gust for man­ager John Askey to spend on new sign­ings.

But in a bid to gal­vanise supporters the anony­mous donor of­fered to match pound for pound any cash raised by supporters up to £10,000 be­fore Novem­ber 10, the day Macc take on Al­trin­cham at the Moss Rose.

The £10k Dash cam­paign was launched by Sup­port Our Silk­men, a group of su­per-fans, backed by the Silk­men Supporters Trust, which raises funds for the club.

In just over a month fans pledged on­line, through cheques and cash col­lected at games rais­ing £11,000.

And in an ex­cit­ing twist the mys­te­ri­ous donor has now of­fered the club an­other £3,000 in Jan­uary.

This means John Askey has £39,000 to spend on bol­ster­ing his squad.

Tony Brown, from Sup­port Our Silk­men, said the re­ac­tion to the cam­paign had been bril­liant.

He added: “We had dozens of fans from all over the world dig­ging deep to help the cam­paign.

“I al­ways hoped we would reach the tar­get but to ac­tu­ally do it is bril­liant. We had peo­ple throw­ing in change at home matches, and cheques for hun­dreds of pounds be­ing sent in.

“I’ve been clear from the start but ev­ery penny is held by SST for the man­ager to spend on play­ers.”

The cam­paign was sup­ported by John Askey and club chair­man Mark Blower.

Speak­ing of the wind fall Mr Askey praised fans of the Silk­men for their help.

He said: “This has really shown that fans are be­hind the club.

“Play­ers, man­agers, own­ers, come and go, but the fans stay, and once again when they were called upon they have really shown their sup­port.

Mr Askey has al­ready spent some of the cash bring­ing in for­ward Reece Sty­che, the Gi­bral­tar in­ter­na­tional who has also rep­re­sented Eng­land C team. He has pledged not to waste the re­main­der.

He said: “At the mo­ment we have a great squad who

‘We had dozens of fans from all over the world dig­ging deep’

are all per­form­ing and we need to push on into the play-off po­si­tions.

“It’s great to know if we suf­fer in­juries and need to bol­ster the team we can, but I don’t plan to sim­ply spend it for the sake of it. I might even hold onto it for next sea­son.”

● Mac­cles­field Town now has £39,000 to spend on play­ers af­ter an anony­mous do­na­tion and fundrais­ing cam­paign by fans

●● Mac­cles­field man­ager John Askey

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