This is an updated version of last weekend's press release which we are running again today as a reminder there is still time to lodge a bid for one of the historic shirts worn by Altrincham's players against Bradford (Park Avenue) at The J.Davidson Stadium tomorrow. Get your bids in now to Alty director Lawrence Looney - full details below.
A Chance To Buy A Piece Of Football History – Auction Details For Altrincham FC’s Match Day Shirts
It is a fortnight since Altrincham FC announced their groundbreaking plans to wear a special match day kit based on the LGBT Pride flag to commemorate Football v Homophobia Action Month. The kit will be worn for the Vanarama National League North match with Bradford (Park Avenue) at The J.Davidson Stadium, Moss Lane, Altrincham tomorrow, Saturday 16th February, kick-off 3pm.
News of the pioneering initiative has created unprecedented interest on a global scale, and, after careful consideration, a decision has now been reached on how best to conduct the promised auction of the shirts worn on the day.
Altrincham FC Commercial Director Lawrence Looney detailed how the eagerly-anticipated auction will work by saying: 'We wanted to give as wide an audience as possible the opportunity to bid for these historic shirts, whilst also rewarding those who attend the match in person. We are therefore taking email bids for seven of the shirts and will sell another seven in a face-to-face auction in the Altrincham FC Community Sports Hall at The J.Davidson Stadium after the game. Those successful bidders in attendance will be able to select the specific shirt number they prefer, with the remote bidders being allocated the remaining shirts.'
One shirt will be donated to the National Football Museum in Manchester and all profits from the auction will go to The Proud Trust, a regional organisation that seeks to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people in the North-West. The organisation is raising funds to rebuild Manchester’s only LGBT+ Centre.
So, if you can't make the game but are interested in buying a piece of football history, don't delay. There is still time to place a bid for a shirt worn buy one of the players by emailing Lawrence at [email protected]
For those planning to attend, and therefore give themselves the opportunity to bid for a shirt in person, the match is pay on the gate only. Admission is £13, with concessions at £10, Juniors (12-16) £5 and under 12s £1.
Come and join us and play your part in a small piece of football history.