A local unnamed Championship side has donated £2,000 of shopping vouchers to Bolton Wanderers’ unpaid staff as they are unable to feed their families.
The crisis club recently entered administration and are hit with a 12 point deduction for the 2019/20 season in League One.
It is also reported by Bolton News that staff of the Greater Manchester side but also the Bolton Whites Hotel have been offered fresh food and essentials donated by local businesses.
Club chaplain Phil Mason said: “We have tried to offer whatever support we can to people and that has included trying to get some provisions in order that people can continue to live a normal life.
“When people talk about football they often associate it with big salaries and luxurious living but the reality is that many of our staff – as we all do – live within their means. And that becomes very difficult when you have not been paid for a couple of weeks. It has hit home hard.
“Through the chaplaincy and the Community Trust we have been able to offer food provisions. This has been made possible because of the kindness of some local charities, businesses and people who have not done it for publicity, in fact they have asked to remain anonymous.
“The reality is that a lot of staff here live day-to-day, hand-to-mouth but the situation for some means it is impossible to manage.’
Bolton’s players have not received any wages since February, however PFA have thankfully given them a loan to help out.
Mason continued: “It has been a stressful time for all of our staff. I wouldn’t wish to go into details for reasons of confidentiality but concern and anxiety has been rife,’ Mason said.
“What I have been tremendously impressed with, however, is the resolve of the staff to come into work and to support each other through such testing times.
“I think that is something that needs to be admired and recognised by anyone coming into the club. The best investment they will make is the staff.”
After the story came out on social media, fans took to give their reaction with many understandably angry at the situation at Bolton, but glad that a nearby side have decided to help out the footballers just being able to live, bring up their families and pay bills – find out what Twitter users had to say on the next page.Like what the Fan Banter have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!
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