Club vows to fight on after vandals strike

Damage to the dugout . Below ' the burned roof at AFC Blackpool
Damage to the dugout . Below ' the burned roof at AFC Blackpool
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Bosses at a football club which has been repeatedly targeted by vandals insisted today they would not let the yobs win.

The most recent set-back to hit AFC Blackpool was a fire in the away team dugout at the club’s Common Edge home last Thursday which completely destroyed the seats and roof, causing hundreds of pounds of damage.

The burned roof at AFC Blackpool

The burned roof at AFC Blackpool

But officials at the club had already cleared away the damage from the suspected arson and repainted the concrete structure by the following morning.

It comes after a number of other incidents at the club, including the ground having previously been vandalised.

General secretary Karen Tebbutt said she could not understand why people would repeatedly target the club.

She said: “It’s not just us they are hurting – it’s the kids from the local community.

“We have got to not let them win.”

The club has around 200 youngsters who use the facilities, as well the senior, reserve and Sunday league teams.

Club secretary Billy Singleton said the setback was a hassle but will not affect upcoming games.

AFC Blackpool next play at home on September 17 and the new seats were expected to be in place by today.

Mr Singleton said: “It is just inconvenient – it’s extra work and money is always tight.

“It is hard to run a football club like this.”

But despite being plagued by a series of incidents that have seen club property stolen and vandalised, he said the club will keep bouncing back.

The blaze in the away dugout, which occurred in the early hours of Thursday and caused around £250 of damage, is being treated as suspicious.

The current AFC Blackpool club was formed in 2008 when the Common Edge part-timers changed their name from Blackpool Mechanics – the club originally formed more than 60 years ago.

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