Worksop Town Football Club is alive and kicking, thanks to the fundraising efforts of supporters and the backing of local companies.
More than 300 #Team500 Club memberships have been sold, raising £62,800 for the world’s fourth oldest football club.
That money, along with sponsorship deals and fundraising events, has – at the very least – secured the short term future of the Tigers.
Former England manager Graham Taylor, golfers Lee Westwood and Mark Foster and footballers like Ian Bennett have joined local politicians, the Worksop Guardian and local businesses like the Grafton in backing the club.
But the long term future is by no means assured.
Although Worksop are putting together a strategy for becoming a fully self sustaining organisation, the fundraising efforts will need to continue right throughout the season to ensure they can approach the 2015/16 season with confidence, and the season after that, and so on.
To join #Team500 and help support the town’s football team, visit their website or call into the Guardian office for an application form.
Members, paying the £200 fee, get free entry to Tigers matches and a range of discounts on local goods and services.
The Roll of Honour
#Team500 Club: Richard Nelson, Jimmy Tyrrell, Dave Manifield Painter and decorating services, Matt Sellers, The Grafton, The Grafton, The Grafton, The Grafton, The Grafton, Anne Keep, Kevin Keep, Chris Smith, Reva Smith, John Smith, Phil Whitehead, Mick Battrum, Paul Stacey, Andy Lake, Daran Booth, Brian White, Adie Richards, Terry Jones, John Fletcher, Micheal J Gibbons, N & J Catering (Nick & Adam), Simon Lamb, Paul Whittington, Dean Spencer, Roy Boot, George Keep, Mick Cookson, Richard Fox, Sam Holberry, Dave Shephard, Richard Pickersgill, Cutting Edge Barbers, John Mann MP, John Richardson, Simon Young, Sheaf Express Couriers, Roger Fields CTR Steel LTD, Alastair Parkin, Tom Matthews, Matthew Cooper, Dan Richards, Pete Marsh, Richard Perkins, Stuart Dickson, James Oliver Alderdown Ltd, Tony Buckingham (Buckingham Insurance), DG Jackson Ind Supplies, Roger Mills, James Mills, Martin Golds, Craig Ayscoush, Glyn Howarth, Paul Cookson, Councillor Simon Greaves, Robert Parkinson, Marc Tindle, Venus Bathrooms, Scott Nutbrown, Steven Blunt, Jayne Bullock, Scott Morley, Phillip Lister, Mick Claytor, Tim Barton, Darrel Simpson, Ian Ashcroft, Andy Boyfield, Gordon Revell, Tom Mumby, Patch O’ Keeffe - Celtic FC, John A Drake, Julie Rose Andrea’s Ironing, Chris Colton, Stan Emmerson, Dickie Bromley, Lenny Richardson, Danny Eastwood, John Glynn, Mick Walters, Martin Moore, Apple Fitness, Ernie Beeston, William Jackson’s Bakery, Masterglass, McDonalds Worksop, McDonalds Worksop, McDonalds Worksop, McDonalds Worksop, Robert Bland, Bernard Coleman A Housing, Brett Fox, So Him Fong King Asia Foods Ltd, So Him Fong King Asia Foods Ltd, Ted Pickering, Highgrounds Paintshops Ltd, TESCO Worksop, Graham Taylor, Bethany Clark (Alias), Glynn Almond Nottinghamshire Memorials, Bardo Electrical, Bardo Electrical, Anderson & Company Charted Accountants, The Gas Safety Company, BJ industries LTD, George Keenan, Graham Atherton, Daren Bekisz, Yorkshire Aggregates, Lynda Blackshaw, Leslie Blackshaw, John Madeley, Carolin Madeley, David Barthorpe, Colin Kirk, A J Vending Solutions Ltd, Keith Ilett, Peter cooper, Betts Family, L P Collins, L P Collins, Roy Joseph Baldwin, Diane Sellars, Ian Sellars, Alan Rhodes - Notts County Council, Colin Tomlin - Domino’s Pizza, Ian Hancock, Ian Shaw, James Johnson Peacock Windows, Jeffrey Ogley, Ian Bennett, Batchelors Sports and Social Club, Batchelors Sports and Social Club, Carl Rathbone, John Field, Harry Tweed, Wright Dental Care, M.Coupland, Stephen Matthews, Tim Edmonds - The Crossing, Tom Denton, Ivan Schofield, Alan Mosgrove, Paul Mosgrove, Rita Ridley, Clare Rees/Gemma Butterfield Greencore, Stephen Otter, Julie Cheetham, Connor Higginson, Ocean Pearl, Peter Brookes, John Norman, Adrian Browne, JK Vehicle Movements Ltd, JK Vehicle Movements Ltd, Fred Ilott, Wilko’s, Wilko’s, Jackson Quinn Solicitors, Bill Keeling, Mick West, Chris Randall, Dennis Locker, Your Car, Jim Wright, Walter Baker, John Rose, George Bell, John Marsden, Derek Jenkins, Ian Smith, Steve Merritt, John Worley, Alan Heeds, Richard Stansbury. raffle winner, school giveaway, school giveaway, school giveaway, Micheal Hulme, Wayne Lawman, William Heeds, Cafe Neo/Cypriana, Councillor David Pidwell, Signify, Steve Read S R Electrical Solutions, Chris Redzia Grey Horses Inn, Barrie Purcell, J. Green, Derek Bell, Ivan K Smithson, Costhorpe Building Products, Stephen Store Fabco Engineering Systems, Richard Shuker Eyres of Worksop, John Shuker Eyres of Worksop, the Late Donald Foreman, Councillor Jo White, Barr and Mitchell Radford, Daniel Betteridge (Memories in Stone), Charlie Middleton (in memoriam), Mick Breeze, Nathan Brown, Lee Marsden Gmb Union Wilko’s, Mark Penrose, Graham Rollinson, Richard Brandon, David Paling (Worksop Van Hire), Chris Oldfield, Les Marsden, Richard Wootton, George and David Cunnington, Pyronix Ltd, June Wesley, Premier Foods Ltd, Premier Foods Ltd, Paul McCormack Bethelec Ltd, Taff and Tom, Lewis Pingree, Julie Burman and Friends, Valerie Thorlby-Coy, Les Ferrand in memory, Steve Eastwood, Ray Copley Copytec Ltd, Fieldings Property Management, Pete Rodgers, Ian Parkin, Frank Coulson, Arthur Baker, R. Presswood Stanley Street Sports and Social Club, Roger Smith Lockeeper, Worksop Galvanizing Ltd, Ernest Gladwin and Robert Webb, B.A Baines, B.A Baines, Christopher Goodall, John Gladwin, Stuart Eyre, St Anne’s Raffle winner Donated by iNU Solutions, Christian and Ivan Pimperton, John Ellis, Phil Hall, Wayne Stocks, Simon Battersby, Steve Jarvis, Rev Simon Cash, Rev Simon Cash, Vincent Tindle, Jill Beales and the late Sid Barrowcliffe, Alan Beales, Glyn Robinson, Gerard Hand – GPH Safety, Beryl Stacey, Nick Dunk, Keith Bennett, Stan Button, Ian Davies – Worksop Town JFC, David Pressley, Joan Pressley, Sue Quartermaine, Adam Coupland, Lee Johnson – Johnson’s Tours, Lee Johnson – Johnson’s Tours, Lee Johnson – Johnson’s Tours, Lee Johnson – Johnson’s Tours, Ian Beswick, Luke Pickersgill, Lewis Pickersgill, Lilia Spencer, & Grace Nelson, Aaron Nelson, Alan Mansbridge Worksop Golf Club, Stephen Neal, Worksop Guardian Johnston Publishing, Tim Doughty, Andy Grainger Sheffield Audi, Brian Jarvis-Blower, Deuce ladies fashions, Jerry Simpson, DHL & B&Q, Andrew Tweed & Sara King, Stuart Priestley, Travis Perkins, Travis Perkins, Sarah Wilson, Dave Frecklington, Ilett & Clark Solicitors Ltd, David Andrew McCall, Darren Oldfield, Brian Muxlow, Sponsored walk donating to a school, Sponsored walk donating to a school, Sponsored walk donating to a school, Sponsored walk donating to a school, Sponsored walk donating to a school, Mark Foster, Mark Foster, John & Christine Stone, James A Gibson, I say I say United, Wayne Beswick, Bella Keep Donated by Lewis Pickersgill, Dr R Robinson, Robert Teasdale Lead Hill Motors, Brian Button, Noah Button, Jessie Donnelly, Kevin Stafford St Josephs FC, Stephen Shimwell, David Beard DB Signs, Lee Holt, Gladman Family Washershop, Glasby Electrical Contractors, Dennis Canham, Stuart Barlow, Ian Beaumont.