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FA Vase Quarter Finalists have ground broken into, items stolen and trashed by vandals

FA Vase Quarter Finalists Sholing FC have unfortunately had their ground broken into and trashed by vandals earlier this week.

The Wessex League Premier Division side posted photos on social media of the criminal damage parts of the ground suffered on Thursday morning.

The club wrote a further tweets: “Ironic that in a week the club was selected for an @FA pilot scheme for grassroots work in the local community, we get this happen.

Of course the vandalism is the work of a couple of local idiots, but it’s soul destroying nevertheless”

Another said: “To everybody that has taken the time to contact Sholing FC re: The criminal damage the the club suffered over night by mindless vandals. We had so many offers of help in rectifying the damage caused and possible Just Giving Pages/Crowdfunding. I would like to point out that the damaged Defibrillator box is just that and that the unit is stored away when games are not on. If anybody has any information please contact CRIMESTOPPERS on 101 and give Sholing FC as a reference. We have had a local community business offer up to £500 for any information that leads to an arrest of the individuals or the recovery of the stolen items. Thanks again to everyone for your support over the last 10 hours.”

Greg Dickson, Sholing’s club secretary said, as quoted by the Daily Echo: “Michael Simmons, who helps my groundsman arrived at just after 9.30am yesterday to clean the changing rooms and rang me when he saw what had happened.

“Five of the rubbish bins had been knocked over, scattering litter all over the place.

“The culprits used a hammer to smash a hole in a shed which serves as the club shop. They reached in and stole items including shirts, scarves and key rings – anything they could get their hands on.

“They also broke into another shed, obviously looking for money, but the cash box was empty.

“Viewing what they’d done was like having your heart ripped out. It’s not my personal property but I felt as violated as I would have done if it had been my own house.

“I’ve described the cost of the incident as running into hundreds of pounds but it might be more.

“We’re trying to understand the mentality of the people responsible. It could be kids who know the layout of the club – we just don’t know.”


After reading the story and those tweets of the damage at the ground, fans within the non league community as well as a few clubs took to Twitter to condemn the vandals and offer sympathy to the FA Vase quarter finalists – take a look at what they had to say on the next page.


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