HUNDREDS of pounds have poured in to support a Wearside football club after its facilities were trashed by vandals.
The Echo reported earlier this week how members of Washington Colliery FC were left heartbroken after louts broke into Albany Park football ground, in Concord, Washington, and trashed dressing rooms, showers and the officials’ rooms.
Expensive equipment including a number of match balls and goal nets were also taken.
Barry Davison, chairman and manager at Washington Colliery, who play in the Sunderland Sunday League, spoke of his upset at the mindless destruction.
Since the story featured however, strangers and the Football Association have come to the club’s aid.
An online fund-raising page has also been set up, and more than £800 has been generated towards getting the ground’s changing facilities back to their former glory.
Mr Davison today told the Echo: “It’s just unbelievable.
“I’ve been in touch with John Topping at Durham FA as he’s an old friend and they have sorted us out with some footballs because we’ve lost everything.
“The damage that was done was disgusting, but there are some lovely people in this world.
“Our changing rooms had massage tables and the away team ones had the same. Even our referees’ room had their own showers but they were totally obliterated.”
Mr Davison added that the club, which also has under 17, under 15 and under 11 sides, have a target of £4,500 to repair the damage and get new equipment in.
“Someone rang up the club secretary after seeing the story and has said he will give us £500,” he said.
“Proctor and Gamble have agreed to hand over £250 too which is absolutely brilliant.
“There are a lot of fund-raising things going on right now and I think a lot of it has come after that poor man in Gateshead was attacked the other week. The target is quite big but I’ve got every faith that we’ll get there with people’s help.”
Police are still appealing for witnesses to the attack, which happened between 8.30pm on Tuesday, February 3, and 10.30am on Wednesday, February 4.
Anyone with information should call police on 101, extension 69191, quoting reference number 0381/03/02/15.
To make a donation towards the club, go to www.gofundme.com/lzx3ec.