Non-League side Radcliffe Borough FC are believed to have been the victims of an arson attack last night.
The main stand at Stainton Park was engulfed in flames on Sunday evening and is understood to have been completely destroyed in the fire.
Fire crews were called to the club’s ground on Coleshaw Close East just off Pilkington Road at approximately 7:30pm last night.
The cause of the blaze remains unknown but the club’s twitter account said:
“There was an arson attack to our main stand tonight. Luckily nobody hurt. Many Thanks to fire service and kinds words. Tomorrow, we’ll assess”
The club has been inundated with messages of support from fans and other clubs.
Barnton FC said “@radcliffeboro if there is anything at all we can do to help out, you only need to ask guys”
While Brighhouse Town FC said “Sad news from @radcliffeboro yesterday. Glad nobody was hurt. It happened to our clubhouse a few years back. Sending thoughts”
Speaking to the M.E.N a spokesperson from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue said “We sent three fire engines from Bury, Whitefield and Farnworth and crews used a hose reel jet to extinguish the which involved a 20mx10m stand.
“We were on the scene for around and an hour a half”
The blaze comes just a day after Radcliffe lost 1-0 at home to Burscough in The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier.
The team currently sit in 15th position in the First Division North and were due to play at home tomorrow night against West Didsbury & Chorlton in a cup tie.
A statement will be made by the club at 16:00.
There'll be a club statement at 4pm with an update on the fire damage, but most importantly what happens next. We appreciate your support ⚽️
— Radcliffe Borough FC (@radcliffeboro) December 5, 2016