Supporters can bid for places to play for Tonbridge Angels
Loyal fan sets up "Angel Aid" to help club's financial burden
AFTER reading an appeal on his club’s internet message board on 2nd June from the club’s chairman, Tonbridge Angels’ fan Peter Ide has stepped in to help the newly promoted Isthmian Football League Premier Division outfit try and get out of their current financial difficulties, writes Stephen McCartney.
forty-five-year-old supporter, who lives locally in East Peckham, watched his
first Tonbridge game in 1964 when they met Fulham in a pre-season friendly.
Included in the West Londoners'
side was local legend George Cohen – two years before he helped England win
the World Cup.
he has given around twenty four supporters the chance to don the blue shirt and
play on the lush Longmead Stadium turf – paying for the privilege, of course
– twenty-four hours after the first team squad entertain Go Travel Kent League
neighbours Tunbridge Wells in the Courier Cup - their first home pre-season
Kent football hit by a financial crisis, Ide is making sure he can do all he can
to make sure his club doesn’t suffer the same fate as some of their rivals.
has set up “ANGEL AID” and on Sunday 1st August (3pm
kick off) at the club’s Longmead Stadium, first team boss Tony Dolby and
his coach Mike Rutherford will take charge of two teams, with supporters making
bids to play with up to three first team players as their team mates.
teams will wear Tonbridge Angels kit – so effectively it’s a unique chance
for supporters to play for their club.
can be obtained by bidding with a minimum of £30 per place.
However, players must be over the age of sixteen.
revealed he is hoping to make the event a family day, running a junior
six-a-side tournament in the morning and possibly a Miss Tonbridge Angels
Football Club Beauty Pageant between the six-a-side tournament and the main
will be a small charge for spectators but there will be a lucky programme draw
with prizes on offer – as Ide aims to raise a four-figure sum to ease the
financial burden left over from last season.
Ide said: “I know Paul Dainty (club chairman) quite well.
The club has debts left over from last season.
Initially this was an idea I had four weeks ago, but after Paul appealed
two weeks ago, I have volunteered and started ANGEL AID.
not set any targets but everything will help the club.
However, I hope to raise a reasonable amount.” Ide said.
accepting bids from supporters interested in playing for Tonbridge Angels in the
game, by email firstname.lastname@example.org
or by calling 07818 440 330. However, Ide will be going on holiday for two
weeks on Sunday, but will reply on his return.
also willing to speak to any interested parties regarding sponsoring the event.
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