It’s ‘Mission Accomplished’ for Evo-Stik League Premier leaders Altrincham’s campaign to raise funds for new pitch covers after another sizeable contribution took the amount generated beyond its £10,000 target.
The club`s press and media officer John Edwards explained that the donation followed hard on the heels of Thursday’s news that manager Phil Parkinson, his staff and squad had clubbed together and made their own substantial contribution after deciding they wanted to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with supporters in helping take the club forward.
Arrangements are now being made for delivery of the covers, and they should arrive at The J.Davidson Stadium imminently, according to chairman Grahame Rowley, who said: “What a fantastic effort by all concerned, and the Board would like to thank everyone who responded so readily and generously. It’s less than a fortnight since we launched the appeal, and to raise that much in such a short space of time is remarkable.
“Every single contribution, large or small, is valued greatly, and we intend publishing a list of all those who donated on the website over the weekend, as a mark of appreciation. It’s great to see so many people wanting to play an active role in helping the club achieve its ambitions, and that’s what they have done by helping finance the purchase of these covers.
“They can help combat light frost but, primarily, they protect the pitch from heavy downpours, and we all know how important that is after recent postponements. They really will make a difference.”
As a further measure to guard against postponements next season, the club have arranged for important drainage work to take place on May 15th.
The repairs, on the Popular Side and Golf Road end, will enable surface water to drain away more effectively and, coupled with use of the new covers, should keep disruption from the weather to a minimum.