Thursday, December 29, 2011

Football fans dig deep for Big Coat Day

 Source: Prestwich and Whitefield Guide

 FOOTBALL fans showed support for their team and two charities on Boxing Day.

As well as cheering their side to a thrilling 2-1 win at Gigg Lane, FC United of Manchester supporters donated three van loads of clothing to good causes.

The 3,000 items will be shared between the Mustard Tree and the Boaz Trust, which both help homeless people.

Some of Bury Council’s 8,000 staff also made donations, as did workers from local firms.

And firefighters from Bury and Whitefield stations also made an appearance before the match to meet some of the supporter-owned club’s younger fans, who gained free entry to the game.

Sedgley representative and FC United fan, Cllr Alan Quinn, said: “It was great to get Bury Council’s workforce involved, “I’m sure that this will become part of their Christmas events now.

“I’d also like to thank Steve Matthews of Arco Workwear who generously donated many items of clothing too.

“From an FC United point of view, it’s another Christmas and we’re still here showing others that there is another way for football.”

Bury fire station watch manager Al Topping said: “Big Coat Day was a great success and we are pleased to have played our part supporting FC United and their continued valuable community work.”

FC United spokesman Andy Walker said: “I’d just like to say a massive ‘thank you’ to all those who took time out of their Christmas to donate costs and other warm clothing to help the homeless and needy.

“Seeing the van outside Gigg Lane packed to the roof with clothing was an inspirational site and every item that we have collected will make a big difference to many people in need across our area.”

1:45pm Wednesday 28th December 2011 in News
By Dale Haslam