Ebbsfleet United’s appeal for donations boosts funds

PUBLISHED: 14:16 28 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:16 28 January 2013

Ebbsfleet United’s appeal for football fans to donate money to keep the cash-strapped club afloat has been a success, chairman Jessica McQueen says.

A post on the club’s website last week asked supporters to give a minimum of £30 to help its financial position.

Ms McQueen refused to say how much the club needed to raise or how much fans had donated but said: “January is a very difficult month and we have had no football played here since New Year’s Day. It is a long time and we need to get revenue. We decided to give our fans the chance to support us and we have a very good response.”

But she played down the severity of the club’s finances, adding: “The future of the club is not in any doubt. All football clubs are in the same situation as us.”

Meanwhile one anonymous fan put a spoof posting on eBay selling the club for £10,000, which led to the Ebbsfleet United missing out on a large donation.

McQueen explained: “Somebody who was going to give us a considerable amount of money said that if the fans think of the club as a joke he wasn’t willing anymore to donate.”

She said they have reported the incident to the police.

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