WITTON Albion have highlighted their gratitude for the town's support.

With the season ending early and revenue streams drying up from the likes of match and bar takings due to the coronavirus pandemic, they have called on football fans to help plug the shortfall so that they can come out of the other side in as strong a position as possible.

Witton media assistant Paul Harper writes in his Guardian column this week: "Over the last few days, we have set up an online crowdfunder page to accept donations from supporters who would like to help support the club through this difficult period.

"A number of individuals had been in touch and offered to make donations, so we have created a secure and safe way to do so.

"It has been overwhelming to see the amount of support that has come in, with close to £1,000 raised within the first 24 hours of the page going live.

"As well as supporters donating, a number of players, managers and former players have also got involved and everyone at the club would like to thank all those who have contributed so far. It really means a lot and will be a huge help in this trying time.

"Over the course of the off season, we will continue to provide as much content as we possibly can through the club’s website and social media channels, with the potential of some exclusive content and events for the online donors as a thank you for their support."

If people are in a position to and would like to make a donation, you can find the crowdfunding page at justgiving.com/crowdfunding/witton-albion.

Meanwhile, there is a lot of hard work being carried out at the stadium.

"The ground staff have been busy reseeding the Wincham Park pitch so it will look immaculate come the time when football is safe to return," says Paul.

"A few photographs have been posted on our social media feeds and we’ll continue to show the progress of the pitch over the summer. The glorious sunshine we’ve been experiencing over the last few weeks makes it look even better.

"We’re continuing to look for some archive footage to look back on some great games from a bygone era. We have a limited store of video, so if you have anything that you think may be of interest and would be willing to share it with the supporter base, we’d really appreciate it.

"Finally, may I extend the warmest wishes from everyone at the club to our vice chairman Reg Hardingham who turned 90 this week.

"Reg is a true legend around the club and we hope he enjoyed a fantastic birthday."