Swift defiant after arson attack at Linnets’ ground
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.”
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