Mangos need your help to survive
MANGOTSFIELD United needs help from the community to ensure its survival.
The club has launched a crowdfunding campaign after the premature end to the football season and closure of its social club left it with no income form the start of lockdown.
The Southern League programme for the 2019-20 season was officially ended in mid-April, with no conclusion, no promotion or relegation, which means the season effectively didn’t happen.
The Mangos last played in mid-March, with nine games still to play, and like many other non-League clubs the loss of income has left them in trouble financially.
Chairman Mike Richardson has twice appealed to the fans for donations to keep the club ticking over.
Speaking as a fundraiser on website JustGiving was launched in April, he said: "We need help or the very survival of the club is at stake. Hopefully friends, supporters and the wider community will realise the situation we're in.
"The club has had no income since early March, with no games, and now the social club has been closed, with no date for re-opening.
“We're the biggest non League club in Bristol and now it's time for everyone to embrace it or lose it."
Updating the fans in May, he said: “It is essential that people do realise that the situation will deteriorate in the coming weeks without help.
“In the end, people have to decide if they want the club to survive, and there is only so much that Pete (Crowley, director of football) and myself can do.
“Pete has been preparing the pitch from his own money and that will have saved us £1,000s of pounds.
“Once furlough changes, then decisions will have to be made. I cannot see any sponsorship coming this season and don't know where we go from there.
“Hopefully people will respond. Thank you all – stay safe.”
The crowdfunder had raised just under £3,300 as the Voice went to press and the club had also been boosted by a pitch funding award from the Football Foundation.
But at present no-one at the club knows when the new season will start, as they wait for the Southern League, FA and the government to make a decision on the return of grassroots football.
You can donate to the club at justgiving.com/crowdfunding/danny-west-2