A page set up to raise money for the people who work at Bolton Wanderers Football Club has reached nearly £7,000 in less than a week.
Lifelong Bolton fan, Gavin Clements, has set up the petition to help the staff at Bolton Wanderers Football Club that may not be getting paid this Christmas due to the club receiving a winding up petition from HMRC.
“A lot of people are talking about the players not getting paid,” Gavin told Quays News, “but I think they’ll be all right for a while yet. It’s the backroom staff I’m more concerned about.”
Despite the club requesting more time to raise the money, it was revealed last week that it might go into administration after it was issued with the winding up petition, possibly leaving many backroom staff unemployed within days of Christmas.
Gavin continued: “I’m a lifelong fan and over the last few years we’ve seen the club decline, and now it would appear we’re [the club] is possibly going to go into administration over the next few weeks.
“A lot has been made of the players not getting paid but in all honesty they can probably survive on their wages for a few months let alone just through December, whereas the people who run the club on a day-to-day basis are just like you and me, they have mortgages to pay and it will have a massive impact on them to suddenly lose their income. I think it’s more important that the everyday staff get their pay so their families can still have a Christmas.”
Graham is in contact with the club’s directors who he says are going to ensure the money gets split equally between the staff members if they don’t get paid.
Former Bolton legend, John McGinlay has donated a round of golf with himself and two other people worth £300.
— L Block Whites (@TheLBlockWhites) December 15, 2015
And other football stars have been tweeting their support for the club.
Stuart Holden also supports the fund and has even donated:
With Stan Collymore saying he was sad to see what’s happening at the “Fine football club”.
Sad to see whats happening at Bolton Wanderers. A fine football club on the brink, like so many others.
Shouldn’t be happening to any.
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) December 10, 2015
To donate to the fund and check its progress go here: https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/gavin-clements?utm_id=88.
By Teresa McMahon