Worksop Town have enlisted the help of a former England manager and a professional goalkeeper in their fight for survival.
Graham Taylor and Ian Bennett, pictured, became the latest ‘big names’ to take memberships in the #Team500 Club this week.
Both Worksop born men spoke to the Guardian about their reasons for backing the world’s fourth oldest club.
Taylor said nostalgia played a big part in his fondness for Tigers.
“I lived for three years in Worksop after I was born, and was then brought up in Scunthorpe.”
“But we used to visit my grandparents and holiday in Worksop.”
“I remember my Grandad taking me to see Tigers when I was five or six and I stood behind the goal.”
“Someone scored for Worksop and I can still see the ball bulge the net and that has stayed with me all of my life.”
Former Birmingham and Huddersfield goalkeeper Bennett highlighted the club’s history as a reason to fight for their survival.
“We must all try to keep the tradition and also the future of Worksop Town Football Club going forward,” he said.
Locally, the district’s MP John Mann, put out a rallying call to Bassetlaw residents and businesses to join him in the #Team500 Club.
He told the Guardian:“This is a critical time for Worksop and for its football club.”
“We are fortunate to have one of the world’s oldest clubs, with big plans for the future.”
“All that hangs in the balance however, and now is the time for us to rally round and save the club.”
“There have been some good first steps, with a strong local campaign backed by the Worksop Guardian and the District Council.”
“I have joined the 500 Club to add my financial support at this very difficult time, and I hope that local businesses and people who can afford to will do the same.”
Worksop based firms like Wilko, Apple Fitness, The Grafton, McDonalds, Greencore and Masterglass are all getting behind the Tigers.
And educational bases like Worksop College, who have offered their assistance and financial help by taking two memberships, want to play a role in the fundraising campaign.
Headmaster Gavin Horgan, said: “Sport matters. Community matters.”
“We are very pleased to be able to support the Worksop Town FC #Team500 Campaign – the club has a unique place in the life of Worksop and we are proud to play our, very small, part in ensuring that continues for many years to come.”
The Worksop Guardian will also continue to spread awareness of the club’s plight, along with taking its place in the #Team500 Club.