Bullock's plea for fans to back under-pressure Whitby Town

Whitby Town general manager Lee Bullock has issued a rallying cry to Blues fans as he admits the club is under “serious financial pressure”.

Thursday, 2nd April 2020, 9:44 am
Updated Thursday, 2nd April 2020, 9:46 am
Whitby Town FCs general manager and assistant boss Lee Bullock
Whitby Town FCs general manager and assistant boss Lee Bullock

The Blues, like most other sports clubs, have been hit hard by the suspension of action due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Bullock, who has been ringing round season ticket holders and supporters this week, revealed the club are exploring their options, including using the government furlough scheme, which would see 80% of their wages paid.

“The club is under serious pressure,” said Bullock, who is also boss Chris Hardy’s assistant manager.

“We’re suffering big financial losses as we have missed out on five home games, plus any other revenue that comes into the club.

“The loss of gate receipts, bar takings, match and matchball sponsorships, plus any functions and revenue through the bar have all gone.

“We’re exploring our options through all of this. We are looking into how to apply for a grant of £10,000 from Scarborough Borough Council and we are considering the use of the government’s furlough scheme too.”

Bullock insists the club are in regular dialogue with the contracted players and that they have been understanding of the club’s plight.

“The players have been great through all of this and I’m sure they will continue to do so,” added Bullock.

“The board put certain measures in place before the season started that will hopefully help us come through this in one piece.It will be tough, but we need everyone to pull together.”

The club have launched a Just Giving page, while other initiatives have been launched.

Town were working hard on a ground development plan, and Bullock revealed the scheme will now be put on hold until face-to-face meetings can be held with the club’s trustees, the Football Foundation and the North Riding County FA.

“The development plan would have brought in much-needed extra revenue, but this will now be put on hold until we can meet up to discuss things,” added Bullock.

He announced the club are set to release information about season ticket prices for the 2020/21 season.

“Information and prices will come out soon, we hope that fans will support us and buy a ticket,” Bullock said.

“Thank you to everyone for their support so far.”

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