Former Manchester United star Gary Neville has donated a significant amount of money towards helping Brighouse Town.
The FA recently confirmed that all Non-League football from steps 3 to 7 would be declared null and void with immediate effect due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Brig’s last match in the BetVictor Northern Premier League was back in March and they, like a host of other clubs in England at the minute, are suffering financially as a result.
But Neville’s donation will help the club to cover for the loss of income they are currently experiencing, with their clubhouse also shut due to the social distancing measures in place by the government.
Neville, according to Brig’s website, wanted to help the club as it was the last game he watched Salford City play with his Dad.
The United icon stated “Brighouse Town holds a special place in my heart even though the result did not go in our favour with Salford City suffering a 3-1 defeat on the day”.
“We all at Brighouse Town FC are incredibly humbled and overwhelmed by the donation made by Gary Neville and others as this type of generosity clearly demonstrates that the Football community is not just a business but a family and more importantly an integral part of our community right here in Brighouse,” Brig’s chairman James Howard said on the donation.
“We have been contacted by other famous names and sports stars who want to share our story as this clearly has touched all from the professional game right down to grass roots.”
While the club’s manager Vill Powell added: “It’s an unexpected but brilliant gesture and I can’t thank him enough.
“Everyone is aware of the impact this has had globally, and football is no different. For all football clubs it’s difficult times but for small clubs like Brighouse Town the impact of Covid-19 has been devastating as the income we receive fails to exist, so Gary’s generosity and that of others in Football and the local community is essential.
“So, a massive thank you to Gary Neville and all those who have donated to our just giving page. We urge all fans of Football to support your local non-league team in whatever way you can and stay safe, stay at home.”