City fans divvy up to boost wage budget

LANCASTER City chairman Mick Hoyle hailed a “fabulous” meeting with fans last Tuesday night as investment in players from the terraces moved a step closer.

Around 40 supporters have signed on the dotted line to help boost the club’s playing budget after Hoyle announced the club would have to cut back ahead of the coming season.

He told the Lancaster Guardian following the meeting at the Dolly Blue Tavern: “It was a great night.

“There are lots of things going on behind the scenes and we had 35 or 40 people there all doing different things to help the club. We only expected a handful to turn up.

“They’ve set up their own committee for fans’ investment led by Ian Sharp and Steve Wright and they’ve all filled the forms in to contribute something on a monthly basis.

“It was a very, very positive meeting. I was told there were 20 or 30 who weren’t there who had also said they might contribute.

“It was fabulous and makes our job as directors a lot easier.”

Hoyle also confirmed that the link with Myerscough College has been officially put in writing following a meeting with City boss Tony Hesketh and the head of Myerscough College’s Football Development Centre and recently departed City assistant Phil Brown in Preston last Friday, meaning the club’s reserve side will continue to be based at the college with Brown in charge.

The club hope to complete their set up for next season with an under-18 side made up of Lancaster and Morecambe talent.

City have applied to enter a side in the North West Youth Alliance and will learn their fate at the league’s AGM on June 18.

The Dolly Blues know they will start the season without midfielder Alex Kenyon, who has turned pro and joined Blue Square Bet Premier side Stockport County after a string of impressive performances last season.

Kenyon, who took over the captaincy from Neil Marshall at the end of January, will link up with former City man Danny Hattersley who moved to Edgeley Park in March.

The 19-year-old former Everton youngster said: “I’ve loved playing for Lancaster City for the past three years. It’s a fantastic club with passionate fans who I want to thank for all their support.”

City boss Tony Hesketh said: “I’m delighted for Alex.

“He’s following Danny Hattersley and there is obviously a link between Stockport, Lancaster City and Myerscough College, almost like a partnership.

“Stockport can provide a higher level of football and while there is no fee involved initially there are potential financial rewards based on success.

“We wish him well. He’s a good player, a born leader as far as I’m concerned, who no doubt will go on to play in the Football League.”