Swift defiant af­ter ar­son at­tack at Lin­nets’ ground

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ jamie.lopez@reach­plc.com @jamie_lopez1

THE chair­man of Burscough Foot­ball Club has is­sued a defiant mes­sage af­ter an ar­son in­ci­dent at the club’s sta­dium.

Fire­fight­ers were called to Vic­to­ria Park, on Mart Lane, at around 7.30pm on Tues­day night to re­ports that plas­tic seats had been set on fire.

Fire and po­lice ser­vices have launched a joint ar­son in­ves­ti­ga­tion, though no ar­rests have yet been made.

But de­spite the dam­age, chair­man Mike Swift said the club would not be de­terred by an act of “mi­nor, petty van­dal­ism”.

He said: “Some­thing like this is not help­ful when you’re in a sport where young peo­ple can be in­volved. You do ev­ery­thing you can to be part of the vil­lage. We give free en­trance to young peo­ple, you do all you can so they can watch foot­ball and play foot­ball.

“It won’t de­ter us from be­ing part of the com­mu­nity.

“It won’t stop Burscough Foot­ball Club, it’s been here more than 100 years.”

He added: “Items of petty van­dal­ism will not de­ter the proud her­itage of Burscough Foot­ball Club. We move on. We’ve got a foot­ball sea­son to look to for­ward to.”

Plan­ning is well un­der way for the 2018-19 sea­son, with the club set to re­turn to a green home kit af­ter switch­ing to white last sea­son. Fans held a bal­lot over the change last month, and over­whelm­ingly sup­ported the de­ci­sion to re­turn to the tra­di­tional colour.

A fire ser­vice spokesman said: “Fire­fight­ers from Orm­skirk used wa­ter mist packs to ex­tin­guish a fire started in plas­tic seats in a foot­ball stand at Vic­to­ria Park, Mart Lane, Burscough. Po­lice and LFRS will in­ves­ti­gate the sus­pected ar­son.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion on the in­ci­dent can call po­lice on 101, quot­ing log num­ber LC201806121132, or call Crimestop­pers, anony­mously on 0800 555 111. sev­ens fes­ti­val of this na­ture aligns closely with what my dad was pas­sion­ate about - be­ing in­clu­sive for all abil­i­ties by pro­vid­ing rugby at elite lev­els, so­cial rugby and women’s rugby.

“It gal­vanises and in­spires oth­ers to be part of some­thing pos­i­tive for the com­mu­nity and ul­ti­mately

The Burscough FC ground at Vic­to­ria Park where ar­son­ists struck

Pre­ston Grasshop­pers Ladies cel­e­brate their win Jonathan Skofic, left, and, above, his son, Jack, in ac­tion

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