Blackpool AFC forced to cancel games after ground ‘completely smashed up’ in break-in

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The break in saw the changing rooms and vending machines “smashed up”

 

The amateur football club will see games cancelled after a break in last weekend
The amateur football club will see games cancelled after a break in last weekend (Image: A.F.C Blackpool)

A Blackpool football club has been forced to cancel games after its changing rooms were ‘completely smashed up’ in a break-in.

Blackpool Amateur Football Club is raising money to replace damaged doors after a break in on the early hours of Sunday morning (November 14).

The club has three teams, including both an Under 17’s and Under 18’s team.

Now, Blackpool AFC have been forced to cancel games after a break in last weekend that saw the changing rooms, referee changing room and vending machines “completely smashed up”.

The people that had broken in had “strangely” decided to smash up the vending machines and changing rooms, Kevin Quirke said, rather than opting for “anything else” like spirits.

Mr Quirke, whose family is involved in volunteering at the club, is now raising funds to help the team replace the damaged doors which he said was caused by “mindless vandalism”.

Mr Quirke told Lancs Live that the break in had a serious effect on the amateur games, with an upcoming Under-17s game already cancelled as they are unable to house a referee.

He explained that the “devastating” break in meant the club was “losing revenue” through both bar and ticket sales.

The club changing rooms were broken into on Sunday, November 14.
The club changing rooms were broken into on Sunday, November 14.

“It was all about bringing fans and money back in after the pandemic,” he said, “and now this has happened.”

The community club is ran by volunteers and Mr Quirke said they are unable to claim “on the insurance policy” due to how much it will raise the cost of their insurance.

He added: “The Club provides so much for the town with youth football, adult football and community events. Please give anything you can to help AFC recover from this awful, devastating incident.”

The fundraiser has received 76 donations so far, seeing the £500 goal quickly reached. At present, the club has received £907 in donations to remedy the break in.

The club was founded as Blackpool Metal Mechanics in 1947, before changing its name to Blackpool Mechanics.

They started out playing at Stanley Park Arena before moving to the present ground on Jepson Way in 1949.

You can donate to the fundraiser here.