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11th tier club reveal they face having to fold if they fail to raise money for storm damage repairs

11th tier club The 61FC (Luton) reveal they face the threat of having to fold if they fail to raise money for storm damage repairs.

Cliff Bailey got in contact with Fan Banter with a plea to spread awareness of the club’s situation, in which he said: “Hi, would it be OK to post a crowdfunding link for my club, The 61FC Luton, we are step 7 in Division 2 of the Spartan South Midlands League.

“Our situation regarding our club roof partially blowing during Storm Isha has become very urgent. Failure to raise money for the repairs will likely cause the club to fold. We are trying every avenue.

The 61FC (Luton) said: “A urgent plea for help , the recent storms have destroyed our roof to the 61fc bar and clubhouse , we need your help raising funds to pay the cost to fix , the club has been around for many years and is a huge part of the community of Luton, please help by clicking HERE.


Aim of the project: Recently heavy storms have caused leaks and extensive roof damage to our club house.

Our clubhouse is a staple of our home ground, hosting both teams dressing rooms and the bar where both teams and spectators drink and eat on match days.

However, the club house is not just there for footballing purposes.

Embedded in the local community, the club house also hosts various events throughout the year for the locals and is a staple of the surrounding area.

Due to the damage, we could see the clubhouse potentially being unfit for purpose.

This would mean our first team, reserves and Sunday side would have to find a new home to play our games, or worse cease operations until back and running.

We would also have to shut the clubhouse to any events, meaning a huge lose of income to the club and break down of ties within the community.

We are aiming to raise enough money to fix and future proof damage to the club house roof and keep the club in its home, where it has been situated for years.


61 FC is a football team born, bred and raised in Luton. We were formed in 1961 and have played in the local leagues since. 

We pride ourselves on our connection with the surrounding communities, aiming to build relationships and ties with the locals and giving opportunities for people to come together and play or watch football. 

When playing at home, you can often find various people from all walks of life stopping by to watch us play, whether they live on one of the streets in the surrounding areas or even travelling as far from Australia. 

We play in Luton, train in Luton and are supported by sponsors in Luton. This is our home and we want to ensure it remains our home for the foreseeable future.

The club has recently see rejuvenations in various aspects, playing and off field improvements. We would like to continue this and really bring the club back to where it belongs.

How you can play your part

There are four simple ways to help us reach our target, and make this project a reality.

1. Make a pledge. Don’t delay if you’re going to support us because momentum is key to our success!

2. Spread the word. Share our project on your social media pages and tell the world to get behind us! The more people we reach, the more support we will get.

3. Offer rewards. Get involved if you are a local business by donating things we can offer to our supporters. We will give you a shout out!

Social media users gave their reaction as the 11th tier club reveal they face having to fold if they fail to raise money for storm damage repairs…

@CooperJoeCooper: Happy to do a bit of free labour plastering for you guys when you get the leaks sorted 👍

@Dmarkyatefc: Never nice to see another club in this situation if you could give what you can to help these boys out 👊🏻⚽️

@maccazepp: Great local club that’s been around for so many years..any help would be amazing

@AdrianT27583969: Please help where you can. Every pound is a pound closer and greatly appreciated by all at the club. Up the @61FC

@azzabear89: Legendary club with the best chef in Britain and 2nd best chairman in south mids.

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