Dinnington: Vandals strike again pushing football club to breaking point

Dinnington Town Football Club (w131024-2c)
Dinnington Town Football Club (w131024-2c)

Mindless vandals have smashed up Dinnington Town FC’s ground putting the last game of the season and the future of the club in jeopardy.

Dinnington Town manager Steve Toyne found the facilities had been wrecked when he returned to Phoenix Park on Saturday 19th April after a narrow defeat against Louth Town.

It is not the first time the club ground has been targeted by thugs.

And this latest display of destruction has left bosses with a dilemma as to whether they should carry on.

“I really don’t know how much more the club or I can take,” said Mr Toyne, who has put his heart and soul into keeping the club going.

He thanked current sponsors Venus restaurant, the Royal Elephant and Tradebe who continue to help the club in whatever way they can.

He said: “We are grateful to them, of course. But we work so hard to provide a club with no main sponsor and we keep getting knock backs like this.”

“It’s now getting to a point where we say that’s it - no more. People give so much but we are getting nothing in return.”

“We need help now and we need it fast.”

In the latest damage spree, vandals slashed both nets and removed them, and set fire to recently bought bins.

The junior sized goals that were stored behind the stands have been smashed into tiny pieces and shards of the plastic pushed into the pitch all over the goal mouth.

Seating in the stands has been smashed, this time beyond repair.

Volunteers are now busy with the clean-up operation in a race against time to ensure the club can host Knaresborough Town in the final game of the season this Saturday.

A spokesman said the league had been informed of the situation.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “We have a few ideas who is behind this and through further investigations we hope to be knocking on a few doors in the near future.”

“The ground is now going to be subject to regular patrols and anyone caught will be dealt with.”

“We empathise with the club and will do all we can on this matter.”

Supporters are urged to contact club representatives if they can help in any way.

Keep an eye on www.pitchero.com/clubs/dinningtontown for news about Saturday’s scheduled match against Knaresborough Town.