MEMBERS of a Wearside amateur football club have been left “heartbroken” after senseless yobs trashed their facilities, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.
The louts broke into Albany Park football ground, in Concord, Washington, and trashed dressing rooms, showers and the officials’ rooms.
Equipment including a number of match balls were also taken.
Detectives have confirmed they are investigating the break-ins and have appealed for witnesses to come forward.
Bosses at Washington Colliery FC, whose senior side and under 17, 15 and 11 teams all use the ground’s pitches, spoke of their upset at being targeted.
Fighting back the tears, chairman and manager Barry Davison, whose own office at the site was also left damaged, told the Echo: “It’s heartbreaking.
“I got a phone call off the police to say it had happened and they were at the club for three hours trying to find out what’s happened.
“They’ve smashed all of our dressing rooms, showers and the away dressing rooms.
“The facilities were so nice we used to get teams coming to play here and say “wow” when they saw them.
“Now this has happened we are devastated.”
As well as the damage, a lock up was broken into with footballs and nets swiped.
Washington Colliery’s senior team play in the Sunderland Sunday League, while a number of the club’s youth players have recently been for trials with Scottish league sides.
“The lock ups are massive and we only had them replaced about 12 years ago,” added Mr Davison.
“They must’ve come with sledgehammers to break in. The nets alone cost £400.”
“It’s disgusting and I’d hate to think what it will cost to replace everything.”
A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: “Police are appealing for information following a burglary.
“It happened between 8.30pm on Tuesday, February 3, and 10.30am on Wednesday, February 4, when someone broke into a portacabin at Washington Football Club, in Spout Lane.
“They caused extensive damage to the dressing rooms inside.
“Football equipment was also stolen from an outside storage area.
“Anyone with information should call police on 101, extension 69191, quoting reference number 0381/03/02/15.”