PLAYER-manager Paul Quinn’s appeal for help to cover some £4,000-worth of expense to get his Brighouse Town side to Newport on the Isle of Wight for the their FA Vase fourth round tie, has seen a tremendous response.
Ellis Aked, secretary and fixture secretary of the Brighouse & District Snooker League, said his committee were only too willing to help and pledged £100.
“The members were all in agreement that it was a marvellous achievement by the club to get themselves onto the national stage and represent Brighouse in such a prestigious cup competition,” he added.
Ray McLaughlin’s brother-in-law, Paul Nutton, a partner in Peel & Walker Chartered Accountants of Elland, has chipped in £100, Town assistant manager Mark Booth’s dad, Ken £50 and Northern Timber of Wakefield Road, Brighouse £25.
“This is tremendous and at such a busy and expensive time,” said delighted chairman Ray McLaughlin.
Former long serving and respected Echo journalist Jean Trotter, who has remained secretary of the 3Bs committee, has promised to alert her management to see what they can do amongst their members and the business community.
The same applies to Simply Flowers owner Lesley Adams who has been instrumental, with her committee, in putting on the superb Brighouse street markets over the past two years.
John Turner, president of Crow Nest Golf Club, said he would be discussing with his club how they could help as other local sporting bodies, pubs and clubs said they would be rallying round.
Quinn is to also approach John Shires, locally based sports editor of ITV Yorkshire and co-presenter of Calendar, to see if he would look at following Town on their journey to the Isle of Wight in search of a last 16 place in the competition that ends with the final at Wembley.
When chairman, McLaughlin heard from coach proprietors Wilfreda Beehive of Doncaster that they would be having a front windscreen sign purpose made stating - Official Team Coach Brighouse Town AFC - he said he would be an immensely proud man when he climbed aboard.
“We will certainly be promoting this great little town of ours along the motorways and main roads of the country as we head south to Southampton via England’s St George’s Training Centre at Burton-on-Trent,” he said.
“It is something that will take this club further in its quest to climb the Football Association pyramid and then really establish itself.”