Tractor donation to team

Whitby Town chairman Graham Manser with groundsman Eric Wilson and Cleveland Potash managing director Graham Clarke'w111308      picture by Ceri Oakes
Whitby Town chairman Graham Manser with groundsman Eric Wilson and Cleveland Potash managing director Graham Clarke'w111308 picture by Ceri Oakes
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A LOCAL mining company has “saved” Whitby Town’s season after donating a tractor to help keep the pitch playable.

Cleveland Potash donated the tractor, which will be used to keep the Turnbull Ground’s pitch in a playable condition, when they learned Whitby Town’s own machine had broken down and the team could not afford a replacement.

Whitby Town chairman Graham Manser said: “The season has been a financial disaster.

“Due to the weather we have lost home games against FC United of Manchester and Halifax Town which should have been very good financially.

“The financial side was not good and then the groundsman’s tractor broke down.

“A repair was not feasible due to the age and obsolete parts and so we are very grateful to Cleveland Potash, and in particular Graham Clarke, for donating a replacement tractor, without which we could not play football because the pitch would be unplayable.”

Cleveland Potash run Boulby Mine, near Loftus, and managing director Graham Clarke said: “It’s a pleasure to help.

“We look to support the community as much as we can, whether through kid’s football teams or the local town team.”

“We help as much as we can, whether this side of the mine or towards Middlesbrough.”