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Dugouts “Completely Trashed”: Lancaster City Football Club Fan Appeal

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Lancaster City Football Club (LCFC) launched an appeal on the 28th February to raise money for new dugouts which have been “completely trashed.”

Like many in the city, Lancaster City Football Club has been badly affected by the recent storms Dudley, Eunice, and Franklin. For the Dolly Blues, as they are affectionately called, the high winds brought on by these storms tore apart their dugout, rendering it completely useless. For a club that is already on a tight budget, this was certainly a tough blow.

The dugouts, which had been there since the beginning of the 2020/21 campaign, had seen their fair share of rough weather. However, the almost 40 mph winds that swept through the city proved too much for it to bear. Not all of the Lancaster City Football Club dugouts were destroyed with one that has been made of concrete block still standing.

The appeal, which hopes to raise £3000, aims to build another one of these concrete dugouts, expanding on what they currently have so that they are doubled in size.

Raising the funds will be crucial for the club, with possible sanctions looming over them if they cannot get the dugouts rebuilt. Having just recently achieved the English FA certificate that certifies that their ground meets the league requirement, they are now at risk of no longer complying with the regulations. Failure to raise sufficient funds would likely result in a fine for the club that is already heavily reliant on volunteers.

James Cummiskey, Commercial Director for LCFC and organiser of the appeal, thankfully stressed in an interview with SCAN, that relegation is not a consequence they expect to face.

Lancaster City Football Club has raised £595 at the time of writing and they hope people will continue to donate. Mr Cummiskey noted that, as a thank you to anyone that donates, a plaque will be made to go on the back of the dugouts with all of the donors names. The club newsletter will also include names as a further thank you.

As well as the appeal, the club hopes to attract sponsors for the new dugout.

If you would like to donate to Lancaster City Football Club, the Just Giving page can be found on their Twitter feed, or you can click the link here

Aside from the appeal, James Cummiskey went on to speak about Lancaster City Football Club’s desire to engage more with Lancaster University students. Looking for volunteers across the board, he invited any students wanting some voluntary work experience to get in contact with the club. They would be open to any number of roles including sports journalists and physiotherapists.

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