Northern Premier League side Tadcaster Albion faces closure after flooding, something that has happened to their pitch for the second time this season.
Storm Ciara caused havoc at many non league clubs under a week ago with many having to set up a donation page to pay the repairs.
— Tadcaster Albion (@TadcasterAlbion) February 13, 2020
As mentioned, Tadcaster could be saying goodbye to their club that has been in existence for over 125 years as the weather continues to leave the pitch flooded.
A club statement read: “Storm Ciara has devastated the club, leaving the pitch under 1.6 metres of dirty river water. The same water has penetrated the Clubhouse damaging the floor and carpets. The strong winds have damaged the roof, allowing rainwater to leak in ruining the ceiling in several areas. Externally everything is covered in dirty river sludge.
“The rear fence behind the main stand has been knocked over by the strength of the flood water. The pitch is still partly underwater, and we have been unable to assess the damage at this time. Ground maintenance equipment has been damaged. The new visiting officials’ facility that was nearing completion has been wrecked. We have yet to find out if the floodlights still work.
“This is truly devastating and comes just after a group of volunteers have spent time painting and cleaning areas of the stadium preparing for the ground grading at the end of February.
“The club has been dealt with a number of weather-related incidents in the past, through its team of volunteers, the local community and support from the wider football community. However, at a Directors’ Emergency Meeting on Wednesday 12 February, the conclusion reached was that this could be the end.
“The Club has used its cash reserves to repair the facility after previous floods and is not able to do so again. The Club has estimated that to fix the damage it needs up to £42,000. It does not have any contingency funds left.
“The Club is reviewing the situation and will take whatever action it can, including working with the Football Foundation & West Riding County FA, but it is not looking good.
“This is devastating news for Tadcaster as a town and everyone involved with the club.”
— Andy Charlesworth (@Charlie_stroler) February 12, 2020
Chairman Andy Charlesworth said: “we have invested thousands of pounds in the club following previous floods. We just can’t keep doing this every year. We can’t get flood insurance and we are now facing the potential of closure of the club. For the Club to continue help in the form of donations or materials/services in kind will be needed. On behalf of the club I would like to thank everyone who has shown their support to our current plight.”
“The Club is bracing itself for the next storm this weekend before any clean-up can commence.”
Donations can be made via the JustGiving fundraising platform, click HERE to do so.
Fans gave their reaction after finding out that Tadcaster Albion faces closure after flooding…
— Mark Carrington (@Mad_Marko) February 13, 2020
Anything we can do @YorkCityFC? Let them train on our training ground or something?
— Graham Brown (@Browny_90) February 13, 2020
Absolutely heartbreaking for this to happen again, hope its not the last we see Tadcaster albion.??
— Ant.? (@AsSowter) February 13, 2020
Sending well wishes from Ashton United, we loved our visit to you guys earlier this season & hope you manage to recover!
— AUFC supporters club (@AUFCSC2016) February 13, 2020
Very sad to see this again
— JSL (@LUFCracing) February 13, 2020
Sad to see this
— keith m (@murphkmurph) February 13, 2020
Any chance of your next door neighbour putting his hand in his pocket! Heard he’s worth a few ££££. #Humphrey.
— Chris Dowson (@asfacademyys) February 13, 2020
Devastating news. I really enjoyed my first visit to Tadcaster this season and loved it's history and surrounds and friendly welcome. The same age as my.own club Marine too. All crossed for some good news and a full recovery. ??
— Susan Nugent ?⚽️?? (@SusanNugent2) February 13, 2020
Absolutely devastating. Hope some way you can get things sorted and carry on in your journey.
— Warren Jones (@WozzaJ5) February 13, 2020
Awful to see any club going through this. Local community and businesses need to chip in to save the club.
— NonLeagueTraveler (@non_traveler) February 13, 2020
@andrearadri help em out boss!
— Aaron S (@aarons1308) February 14, 2020