July 10, 2019 3.32 pm This story is over 29 months old

Imps donate tickets to fire ravaged Lincolnshire club

Equipment, documents and historic artefacts were destroyed

Lincoln City FC has donated tickets for Saturday’s match to a team based near Skegness, whose club house was destroyed by fire.

In the early hours of Wednesday, June 26, a fire tore through the home of East Coast Juniors, who were formed in 1994 and are based in Burgh le Marsh.

The suspected arson destroyed equipment, documents and historic artefacts from over 20 years of history, including 20 presentation night shields.

The club is trying to raise vital funds to help rebuild their facilities.

Lincoln City officials this week donated over 100 tickets to East Coast Juniors for the Imps’ friendly against Sheffield Wednesday at Sincil Bank this weekend.

The Imps and The Owls are donating a signed shirt to the club to help them raise vital funds to help rebuild their facilities.

20 presentation night shields were also destroyed.

East Coast Juniors is trying to raise £5,000 and a previously set up Just Giving page has raised £3,542 at the time of writing.’

Damage caused by the fire.

Richard Baker, Club Secretary for East Coast Juniors, said: “It has been a devastating time for the whole club.

“All of our equipment has been destroyed from the fire. Goals, nets, corner flags and poles, to respect lines, our line marker and paint, pop up goals and spare kit. We also lost 23 years of Club history as approximately 20 Presentation Night Shields were also destroyed.

East Coast Juniors FC previously posted on Facebook about the fire.

The response from the local community has been fantastic. We’ve had a great number of people donate through Just Giving and through cash and cheques. We would like to say a massive “thank you” to you all from everyone associated with East Coast Juniors.

“It’s a great gesture from Lincoln City and this weekend’s game is one which a lot of our players are really looking forward to attending. It’s a great way to put a smile back onto our players faces after an upsetting last couple of weeks. Thank you, Lincoln City, from everyone at East Coast Juniors and good luck for the game.”

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