It’s a sunny springtime Saturday. The football season should be building to an exciting climax. We should all be having a quick pint with our mates before heading to The J.Davidson Stadium for an afternoon of excitement and drama. The players were peaking at the right time, comfortably dispatching playoff contenders Spennymoor Town in the last game. And today’s visit of local rivals Chester was going to be spicy, the rivalry heightened through the dealings of a couple of months ago. This is what an Alty v Chester game looks like, for those of us missing our football. Played just over a year ago, Mooney and Mahon were busy early on for Chester before Alty took control.
The game was to be our biggest home match of the season so far, eagerly anticipated by fans players and staff alike. The Manchester Glass Sponsors lounge was booked full to capacity and we were expecting a gate in excess of 2000 for today's game.
But it was not to be. Events, far more serious than the loss of a game of football have put paid to our afternoon in the sunshine. As a consequence of losing just this game, Alty will miss out on more than £30,000 of revenue and the delay in the rest of the season takes us well into six figures. And that’s not even including the playoffs. We will do our best to do what we always do, and look after the players, the management team and the staff. We will look at our planned investments, on and off the field and scale them back accordingly. But one thing is for sure, the profit we recorded last season will not be repeated this season. And we face significant uncertainty for next season too.
In short, we need your help. We know times are hard and we are doing our best to support the community where we can but we would massively welcome any contribution you can make to support the football club at this time.
To this end, we have set up a Go Fund Me page for your donations, with the target of raising £10,000 to alleviate the cash flow challenge we face. You can donate at:
Thank you for those of you who have signed up to Alty rewards. This allows you to make contributions to us on a monthly basis, in return for, as the name might suggest, rewards with a particular Alty spin. If you would like to contribute in this way you can sign up at:
Other ways you can contribute to the club include the Patrons scheme and the Monthly Draw:
Patrons - https://www.altrinchamfc.com/club/the-patrons-scheme
Monthly draw - https://www.altrinchamfc.com/club/afc-monthly-draw
Thank you all in advance for any contribution you can make. We will more than make it up to you when football resumes. We know we have the best fans in the business and we will make sure we remember your support at this difficult time.
Stay healthy and take care, and we are looking forward to seeing you back at The J.Davidson Stadium.