Businessmen hand Rangers new kit

Youngsters from Carnforth Rangers in their new strip.
Youngsters from Carnforth Rangers in their new strip.

THE Visitor has helped a vandalism-struck kids’ football team to acquire a new kit.

Back in July Carnforth Rangers football club, which has 200 child members, was devastated when yobs wrecked the clubhouse.

Two businessman saw the story and decided to help by supplying a brand new strip.

Stuart and Jonathan Brakewell, of Central Power Services in Garstang, presented the children with the kit before their 6-0 win against Lancaster Boys Club.

Russell Pritchard, junior club chairman, said: “After reading the story in the paper regarding the vandalised clubhouse, Stuart and Jonathan had no hesitation in sponsoring the kit for the team.

“Maybe every cloud has a silver lining.”

Club members and volunteers still hope to raise up to £70,000 for new facilities, after mindless louts wrecked the changing area, ripped off roof slates, smashed up toilets and ripped out plumbing. They even stole the small nets and goalposts used by the club’s juniors.

The clubhouse, at Quarry Road in Carnforth, has been condemned on health and safety grounds and will be demolished.

This means the 105-year-old club has nowhere for their 16 league teams – made up of over 245 players, including 200 children – to change, wash or use the toilet.

Any assistance or donations to help build a new clubhouse would be greatly appreciated.

Contact Steve Smith, club secretary on 07826 368350, Carl Ingleby, chairman, on 07776 352995, or Wayne Jackson, junior club secretary, on 07909 697629.